The Maldives has built its reputation as one of the world’s most luxurious destinations and it never fails to deliver.
The Maldives is a string of enchanted atolls embraced by a turquoise ocean. Tiny islands like nowhere else on earth. Explore their crystal-clear lagoons and make footprints in their powder-white sands.
Visitors in the winter months between December and April will enjoy the driest seasons and many flights to the Maldives connect over Dubai so why not consider including a stopover in your holiday.
Mauritius is surely the ideal tropical island destination, its coral sands and turquoise waters enhanced by a cornucopia of beach resorts that know the true meaning of the word ‘luxury’.
Dining here is a true epicurean experience and service levels echo those found only in the Far East. World-class spas and championship golf courses are also available whilst a relaxed attitude towards children ensures guests of all ages feel more than welcome.
Idyllic islands adrift in the Indian Ocean scenically the Seychelles is unique and now boasts true deluxe resorts that do them full justice.
The islands have ensured they keep up with all the modern trends, yet beachcombers and bird-lovers have always revelled in these islands, whilst scuba-divers and deep sea fishermen have never really discovered anywhere better. Visit these islands at any time of the year.
Floating like an emerald jewel in the Indian Ocean, the enchanting island of Sri Lanka is outstandingly beautiful. Falling like a teardrop from the Indian subcontinent, this lush paradise has an abundance of attractions. Verdant jungles drape over exaggerated mountains, white sand beaches glisten, ancient cities lay forgotten, traditional dances intoxicate the senses and locals exude a genuine, hospitable warmth.
1. W Retreat & Spa, Fesdu Island
The premier resort of the ultra-chic W Group, this exotic hideaway brings cutting-edge style to the Maldives. W’s inimitable lifestyle concept has arrived in the Maldives: cool, contemporary living in a back-to-nature environment, enhanced by ‘whatever you want, whenever you want it’ – the group’s clever wish-fulfilment service.
Accommodation: 78 Villas
2. Royal Palm, Mauritius
Many bon viveurs consider this to be one of the finest resort hotels in the Southern Hemisphere; with impeccable service and three staff to every guest, it’s not difficult to see why. A member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this stylish flagship of Beachcomber Hotels remains at the pinnacle of Mauritian hospitality. Situated in beautiful tropical gardens, Royal Palm is an exclusive hideaway constructed of natural stone, wood and thatch.
Accommodation: 84 Suites
3. Banyan Tree, Seychelles
This intimate villa resort has introduced the high standards of one of The Orient’s most charming hotel companies to the Seychelles. The Banyan Tree Seychelles is a luxurious villa resort that languishes on beautiful Intendance Bay, surrounded by swaying palms, Takamaka trees and the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean. A new addition to Banyan Tree Seychelles is the Banyan Tree Explorer, a 47-foot catamaran able to accommodation up to four. Fully staffed by a personal host and skipper, the spacious catamaran has a spacious main salon offering panoramic views of the sparking seas and luxurious cabins.
Accommodation: 60 Villas
4. Amanwella, Sri Lanka
Amanwella is modern and calm, serene and stylish, a retreat dedicated to its environment with an innate understanding of what is required to enjoy the spoils of this rich land without compromising on location, authenticity or modern necessities.
The clean vertical lines of Amanwella contrast with the rugged landscape creating a sense of calm, serenity and luxuriance that enables guests to unwind while enjoying the highlights of its rich coastal surroundings. The scenery is tropically stamped: long white beaches, tall leaning palms, rocky outcrops, dense turquoise ocean, a buzzing local village life, nearby rock temples, and heart-surging wildlife.
Accommodation: 30 Rooms and Suites
5. Four Seasons Explorer, Maldives
A unique way to experience the Maldives and a wonderful complement to your land adventure at one or both of our Maldivian resorts. Four Seasons Explorer allows avid divers, water enthusiasts, nature lovers and 21st-century explorers to discover remote shores and rarely visited dive/snorkelling sites among the untouched reaches of the exotic atolls. On this three-deck, live aboard luxury catamaran, all-inclusive itineraries allow divers to explore exciting channels and wrecks, sunrise and night dive sites as well as seasonal manta ray and whale shark hot spots. Embark on three-, four- and seven-night cruises, or private, customised charters.