Anse Soliel Mahe, Seychelles

Destination

Indian Ocean Holidays

Desert island dreams

If you’re looking for pure luxury and indulgence, a holiday to the Indian Ocean is the answer. Fill the time slowly tick by as you sprawl on the white sands, cocktail in hand, before taking a dip in the warm waters. Head to your private pool overlooking the ocean, or be treated to a relaxing treatment in the indulgent spa. From overwater villas in the Maldives for a romantic getaway, to Mauritius’ melting pot of cuisine and culture; the Indian Ocean offers laid back living with a twist.

 Why not island hop around the Granitic and Coral islands of the Seychelles as you step back in time to a peaceful island lifestyle. Head to Sri Lanka and wander the streets, with historic experiences like no other. Or, head to a national park to gaze upon the country’s more spectacular wildlife. Scattered like precious jewels, each Indian Ocean island offers something totally different from the last. The only things they do have in common? – Paradise and bliss.  

Essential Information
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  • Time Zone Maldives - GMT +5 hours, Mauritius and Seychelles - GMT +4 hours, Sri Lanka GMT+5:30
  • Currency Rufiyaa (Maldives), Mauritian rupee (Mauritius), Seychelles rupee (Seychelles), Sri Lanka rupee (Sri Lanka)
  • Visa Information British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for travel to the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles with a 30 day tourist visit. For travel to Sri Lanka British citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel.
  • Language Maldives – Divehi, Sri Lanka - Tamil, Sinhalese, Mauritius and Seychelles - Creole, French and English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time Approx. 11–12 hours; Direct flights from the UK are available to Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Indirect flights from the UK are available to the Maldives and the Seychelles via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other countries
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to the Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka or the Seychelles.

Top Tips from our Experts

Aveenash

Destination Specialist

“Take a day trip to Ile aux Cerf Island, where white sandy beaches and island paradise awaits. Also, why not test your swing on the 18-hole championship golf course located on the island?” Mauritius

Emma

Destination Specialist

“Get up nice and early to take part in the island's daily treasure hunt. Bottles are hidden around the island every morning, and each contains a prize ranging from a free coffee at the resort's cafe to spa treatments.” Maldives -LUX* South Ari Atoll

Sarah

Destination Executive

“Take a trip to La Digue Island where you won't be bombarded by cars. The island's main form of transport is bicycles, so rent one yourself and visit all the beautiful beaches. If you're lucky, you many even find ancient tortoises.” Seychelles

Our Indian Ocean destinations

Indian Ocean

Reunion Island

Reunion Island
Anse Source d Argent Beach, Seychelles

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

Seychelles
Aerial view

Indian Ocean

Maldives

Maldives
An image of a Mauritian sunset

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Mauritius

Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Types of Indian Ocean holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Each country and island can vary between the time of the year, but the Indian Ocean generically has a tropical climate, which means the sunshines mot of the year round with scattered rainfall. 

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

Maldives

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OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

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The Fortress
Infinity pool, Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Mauritius

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Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel
Sunset Cocktails

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Felicite Island

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Six Senses Zil Pasyon

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