Golden beaches framed by emerald palms; sapphire atolls surrounded by crystalline waters – a holiday to the Indian Ocean is truly precious. We’ve rounded up our top hotel picks for a holiday that you’ll treasure forever.
Maldives: Atmosphere Kanifushi
Your visit to the sensational Atmosphere Kanifushi begins in style with a scenic 35-minute seaplane ride over the reef-adorned waters of the Indian Ocean, before touching down on the pristine, golden sands of 2km long Kanifushi Island.
It’s from here, the feeling of indulgence only continues, with the generous Kanifushi Plan catering to your every want and need. This all-inclusive package offers an array of dining options for you to choose from, including the Maldives first ever vegetarian restaurant Just Veg; unlimited premium brand spirits; and an abundance of complimentary activities including two free snorkelling tours per day, weekly 45-minute massage, sunset fishing, and non-motorised water sports.
Guests of this luxury resort can opt for either pool, beach, or over-the-water villas. All are spacious and impeccably designed, though nothing quite encapsulates the Maldivian fantasy like a stay in one of the gorgeous Sunset Water Villas. Large picture windows give way to brilliant ocean views, and the sizeable 20 sqm private pool is the perfect place to take a dip as you watch the sky turn to the jaw-dropping shade of fuchsia that the island is famed for.
Seychelles: Constance Ephelia
Say hello to one of the most sought-after resorts in the Seychelles, the magnificent Constance Ephelia. Set in a prime location bookended by two of the best beaches in the Port Launay Marine Conservation area, this five-star resort has everything you could want for a sumptuous escape on the island of Mahé.
Elegantly decorated Junior and Senior Suites offer stunning terraces ideal for relaxing and sunbathing; whilst the spacious Villas boast beautiful beach, garden, or hillside views, as well as their own private plunge or infinity pool to cool off in.
There’s also plenty to keep you entertained during your visit. In addition to the complimentary non-motorised water sports on offer, adventure lovers can also embark on a thrilling zip-line ride through lush treetops, try rock-climbing on the sheer granite rock faces, or explore the dense mangrove forests by kayak. It’s the perfect way to work up an appetite before settling down for the evening at one of the resort’s five restaurants.
Maldives: Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
One of The Leading Hotels of the World, the Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa seamlessly blends natural elegance with contemporary design to create one of the most stunning resorts in the whole of the Raa Atoll.
It’s brand new 150 sqm villas are crafted from organically sourced materials such as bamboo, natural stones, and Langhi Langhi leaves; designed to complement the local environment whilst still offering the ultimate in privacy, space, and luxury. Each villa boasts a comfortable king-size bed, unique outdoor “under the stars” shower, and a refreshing private plunge pool.
A day in the life at this resort looks a little something like this: awaken to a delicious breakfast at the Aqua Restaurant, head to the PADI dive centre to learn the best snorkelling and diving spots, then spend the next several hours exploring the thriving house reef. As the sun sets, take advantage of the extensive all-inclusive programme with a premium sundowner drink at the vibrant Beach Club, before deciding which of the four delightful restaurants to dine in. Wake up, and repeat. It’s a good life.
Mauritius: One&Only Le Saint Geran
Surrounded by coral reefs and calm waters, the breathtaking One&Only Le Saint Geran possesses one of the finest locations in all of Mauritius, positioned on its own private peninsula with sheltered, swimmable lagoon.
All rooms are spacious, airy, and blessed with either ocean, beach, or lagoon views. There are plenty of options for both couples and families, with rooms, suites, and the statement Villa One to choose from. Suite guests especially will feel like superstars with a personalised 24-hour butler service catering to their every desire.
For those looking to relax and unwind, a soulful dip in one of the three swimming pools or an indigenous inspired treatment at the sensational One&Only Spa are both sure-fire ways to revitalise the spirit. And if it’s adventure you’re seeking, head out for the day on a kayaking tour through the lush Mauritian mangroves or chase waterfalls on an unforgettable guided hiking tour of the island.
As the sun sets, experience a culinary sensation at one of the six restaurants on offer. You’ll have the choice of authentic Mauritian fare, as well as restaurants dedicated to pan-Asian, French, and plant-based cuisine. Dining here is a feast for the eyes too, with picturesque al fresco waterfront and terraces offering the ultimate romantic setting for your meal. It’s the perfect end to an even better day.
Maldives: The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah
They say two islands are better than one, and that’s certainly true in the case of The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah. The only ‘two islands, one resort’ in the Maldives; guests of this luxurious retreat have access to sister resort Falhumaafushi, which can be found adjacent to the one-kilometre bridge that links the two islands. The all-inclusive package generously extends across both resorts, meaning that you have a huge choice of nine restaurants and six bars to dine out on, as well as access to two dive centres and the only Clarins Spa in the Maldives.
Thanks to its spectacular location on Gaafu Alifu, the deepest and largest atoll in the Maldives, The Residence benefits from some of the best snorkelling, diving, and deep-sea fishing in the Indian Ocean. The waters surrounding the resort teem with wildlife, and The Residence aims to keep it that way with strong advocacy of the ‘Protect Maldives Seagrass’ initiative.
After a day spent exploring the resort’s marine-abundant waters, choose from an array of accommodation to relax in. From classic water bungalows to innovative lagoon villas, the Residence caters to both couples and families alike, meaning that there is truly something for everyone in this slice of Maldivian paradise. We guarantee by the end of your holiday here, you’ll be wanting to make your stay at The Residence permanent.
Book Your Indian Ocean Escape
Creating incredible Indian Ocean holidays is what we do best here at Kenwood Travel. So, whether you’re wanting to make memories in the Maldives, celebrate a milestone in Mauritius, or escape to the Seychelles for a six-week adventure, we can help create a holiday you’ve been dreaming of. Simply call our team of Travel Experts on 020 7749 9241 or enquire online.