Look no further than its breathtaking beaches, diverse culture and exquisite dining to see why the Indian Ocean is one of luxury travel’s most sought-after destinations. Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka all offer holiday perfection; indeed, for some people the only trouble in this paradise is the price tag. But do Indian Ocean holidays really cost as much as we think?

We’re here today to set the record straight. As any savvy jetsetter will tell you, the myth that Indian Ocean holidays require a huge budget is actually quite far from the truth. That said, it’s always nice to stretch that budget as much as possible, so how can you save more on your Indian Ocean holiday?

We asked our destination specialists to list four ways that make Indian Ocean holidays affordable for everyone. So whether you’re a family looking for free kids’ places, newlyweds hoping for complimentary honeymoon inclusions, or beachgoers who want to cut out transfer costs, here’s our expert guide on how to save more on your Indian Ocean holiday.

Affordable all-inclusive options

We all love the idea of a cash-free holiday with a steady flow of food, drinks and entertainment. When everything’s included in the price you can dine, play and relax with the freedom of total indulgence, with no need to pick up the tab. Going all-inclusive in the Indian Ocean is an excellent way of boosting your budget and enjoying the kind of luxury inclusions you might previously have thought to be beyond your spending power. Ask your Indian Ocean agent at Kenwood Travel about the great-value all-inclusive packages available at Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort in Mauritius and Atmosphere Kanifushi & Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa in the Maldives.

A bar at Heritage Awali resort in Mauritius

A mixologist serves the drinks at Heritage Awali, all included.

Free transfers

For many visitors, approaching their island idyll via seaplane or speedboat becomes a standout moment of their Indian Ocean holiday. Not only is it a great way to admire the coral islets and blue lagoons from a unique aerial or sea-level perspective, it also highlights the seclusion and exclusivity of the Indian Ocean’s picture-perfect island settings. Rush hour on a wet Monday morning it ain’t. If factoring in the price of getting to and from your resort has been a deal breaker for your Indian Ocean holiday bookings in the past, that’s all about to change thanks to the following luxury resorts where airport transfers are complimentary: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, The Residence Maldives and the Maldives’ Angsana Ihuru.

Indian Ocean seaplane transfer aerial view.

Gain a ‘unique aerial perspective’ on your Indian Ocean holiday from your free transfer.

Free honeymoon inclusions

Whether or not you tied the knot in paradise, choosing it as the venue for your honeymoon is sure to kick-start the romance for loved-up couples. But after the expense of the wedding itself, some newlyweds may feel priced out of glamourous honeymoon locations like Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles. Not anymore. With Kenwood Travel, you can afford to begin married life together on an immaculate castaway beach in the Indian Ocean, complete with generous complimentary inclusions like welcome wines and romantic turn down services at intimate resorts such as Ozen by Atmosphere at Maadhoo in the Maldives, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa and Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius.

Beachfront dining table

Romantic dinner for two at Ozen by Atmosphere.

Kids go free

Travelling with the children is sure to create memories to treasure, but the associated added cost may leave you feeling short changed and low on viable options. This doesn’t have to be the case on your Indian Ocean holiday with Kenwood Travel. Add variety – and luxury – to your family holiday search with our top pick Indian Ocean hotels that offer free kids’ places. The barefoot paradise Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, the Bel Ombre beach escape Outrigger Mauritius and the laid-back thatched-roof retreat Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles all provide fantastic kids-go-free promotions to lighten the load on your holiday spend.

Kids club at Centara Island Resort & Spa

Free kids places mean the whole family can enjoy Indian Ocean holidays.

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