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Indian Ocean tour ideas

If the thought of a trip to the Indian Ocean conjures up images of dreamy white beaches, turquoise seas and verdant forests rich in wildlife, you’ll find our sample itineraries offer invaluable inspiration on just where to go and what to do.

Devised by our Indian Ocean specialists and based on routes they know work particularly well, our tour ideas aim to show you what is possible, whether you dream of going island-hopping in the Seychelles, want to combine Sri Lanka’s temples with the beaches of the Maldives, hike through the mountains and forests of Mauritius or track lemurs in Madagascar. We’ll then tailor your trip to your interests, ensuring you get the most out of your time in the region.

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Ideas for your trip to the Indian Ocean

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Indian Ocean, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • The restaurant at Hilton Labriz, Silhouette Island

    Hilton Labriz break

    Seychelles
    • Beautiful beach and calm sea to swim or kayak.
    • A handful of local restaurants are within walking distance.
    • Options for snorkelling and diving on day trips from here.

    7 days from £1,770pp

  • L'Archipel seen from the sea, Praslin

    L'Archipel break

    Seychelles
    • Set in a tropical paradise with views over the white sand of Anse Gouvernement beach.
    • The hotel feels personal with just 30 rooms all with sea views.
    • Situated on the island of Praslin, right at the end of the famed Côte d'Or Bay.
    • Both restaurants serve delicious local seafood caught fresh each day.
    • Weekly Creole buffet served on the beach accompanied by live music and traditional dancing.

    7 days from £1,770pp

  • Pool, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

    Constance Belle Mare Plage break

    Mauritius
    • There are two fantastic 18 hole championship golf courses right at the hotel.
    • Amazing choice of dinner venue with seven restaurants and six bars.
    • Constance kids' club provides children with activities and adventures during their stay.
    • Bordering 2 km of pristine white sand beaches surrounded by lush gardens.
    • Onsite dive centre for guests to learn their open water diving qualification.

    7 days from £1,775pp

  • Lakaz Chamarel, Mauritius West Coast

    Lakaz Chamarel break

    Mauritius
    • The ecolodge is set in the heart of the stunning Black River gorges nature reserve.
    • Only 10 to 15 minutes away from the island's most beautiful beaches.
    • 20 individual lodges are set in stunning mature gardens, with outdoor showers and natural décor.
    • Dine alfresco on delicious Mauritian dishes fresh from the barbecue.

    7 days from £1,800pp

  • Les Villas D'Or, Praslin

    Les Villas D'Or break

    Seychelles
    • Each of the suites and villas features a private plunge pool and stunning views.
    • Dine by Design offers guests the chance to design the setting and menu a private dinner.
    • Award-winning spa providing traditional Asian wellness experiences.
    • Secretive location set among huge palm trees and descending right onto the white sand beach.
    • Options for snorkelling and diving on day trips.

    7 days from £1,895pp

  • Aerial View, Sands Suites Resort & Spa, Mauritius

    Sands Suites Resort & Spa break

    Mauritius
    • Proud of their five-star service, guests can enjoy a relaxing holiday with excellent and attentive staff.
    • Freshly caught fish is served in front of dazzling Indian Ocean views at Pink Peppercorn.
    • Deluxe suites have private terraces and personal access to the beachfront.
    • Five minutes away from the resort is the stunning Tamarina Golf Course.
    • Hotel has an experienced water sports team offering guests the best ways to explore the ocean.

    7 days from £1,990pp

  • Beach Villas with Pool, Velassaru Island, Maldive Island

    Velassaru Island break

    Maldives
    • Tucked away on its own coral island featuring a house reef filled with vibrant marine life.
    • The resort has five stunning restaurants, each focussing on a different global cuisine.
    • Learn to scuba dive in sheltered waters teaming with tropical fish.
    • Sail across the Indian Ocean in the hotel's own dhoni for a magical sunset cruise.
    • Villas have a modern and contemporary feel but uphold traditional Maldivian thatched rooving and natural charm.

    7 days from £2,100pp

  • 20 Degrees South, Mauritius North Coast

    20 Degrees South break

    Mauritius
    • Exceptional service and a stunning location at this Relais and Chateaux property.
    • Intimate feel and personalised touches, with just 29 rooms and 7 suites.
    • Stunning dishes served on the oldest motorboat in Mauritius, MS Lady Lisbeth.
    • Take a sunset or island-hopping cruise on the hotel's traditional barge.
    • Spend the day on the golf course at Mont Choisy golf club just 5 km away.

    7 days from £2,110pp

  • Pool, La Maison D'Ete, Mauritius

    La Maison d'Été

    Mauritius
    • Enjoy delicious Mauritian cuisine right on the beach, with the sand under your feet.
    • All rooms have a private terrace overlooking the azure waters of the coral lagoon.
    • Guests have access to many non-motorised water activities to explore the ocean.
    • The hotel also offers scuba diving with the Belle Mare diving centre for guests.

    7 days from £2,140pp

  • Seapoint Boutique Hotel, Mauritius

    Seapoint Boutique Hotel break

    Mauritius
    • Luxurious adults-only resort with a gorgeous pool overlooking the white sand beach and blue ocean.
    • Three delicious onsite restaurants serve local fresh produce, specialising in Mauritian French fusion dishes.
    • Suites have second storey private balconies overlooking the resort and out to the ocean.
    • The onsite spa offers relaxing beauty treatments using nourishing Thalago products.

    7 days from £2,150pp

  • Family villa pool, Constance Ephelia Resort, Mahe

    Constance Ephelia break

    Seychelles
    • Experience laid-back island life in this natural hillside resort.
    • The villas are surrounded by tropical forest and a short distance to the beach.
    • Each private villa has a plunge pool overlooking Lam Yai bay.
    • Laid back Thai style dining can be served in the comfort of your villa.
    • Access to a multitude of water sports in the pristine Gulf of Thailand.

    7 days from £2,200pp

  • Kempinski Mahe swimming pool area

    Kempinski Seychelles Resort break

    Seychelles
    • Experience beachside dining at the Windsong Beach Restaurant and taste their signature Hot stone steak.
    • Large rooms with private terraces overlooking the lush tropical forest or the pristine ocean.
    • The onsite dive centre provides the best way to explore the wonders of the ocean.
    • The hotel has a refined romantic feel and can offer private dining for a special celebration.

    7 days from £2,210pp

  • Beach at CaranaBeach

    CaranaBeach Hotel break

    Seychelles
    • Beachfront swimming pool offers stunning views over the bay.
    • Each of the 40 luxurious chalets are situated right on the beach.
    • Lorizon restaurant serves refined Creole dishes with panoramic views over the ocean.

    7 days from £2,260pp

  • La Demeure Saint Antoine, Mauritius

    La Demeure St. Antoine break

    Mauritius
    • Stay in a beautiful colonial mansion house belonging to the same family since 1830.
    • The house is set in sweeping, manicured gardens with ancient trees and lush green lawns.
    • En suite rooms are individually designed and offer original charm with four-poster beds and teak furnishings.
    • Dine on the wonderful open-air terrace at the restaurant, overlooking the gardens.

    7 days from £2,320pp

  • Kandu Bar, Kurumba, Maldive Island

    Kurumba break

    Maldives
    • Easily accessible from the airport with a ten-minute speedboat ride.
    • Proud of their traditional Maldivian heritage and offer guests native cultural experiences.
    • Choose from a multitude of international dishes at their eight wonderful restaurants.
    • For a very romantic experience guests can dine under the stars, right on the beach.

    7 days from £2,350pp

  • Dinner on the lake, Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

    Kurumba & Cinnamon Lodge

    Maldives and Sri Lanka
    • Discover the historic sights of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, including ancient capitals and the mighty rock fortress of Sigirya before a week of pure relaxation enjoying the Maldives' soft white sands and clear water.

    12 days from £2,365pp

  • The Plantation Restaurant, The Residence, Mauritius

    Mauritius Family Getaway

    Mauritius
    • Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius.

    • Explore the island's coastline by kayak or canoe.

    • Savour the decadent cuisine and attention to detail in one of the hotel's seven restaurants.

    • Take advantage of the many children's activities at the Belle Mare Plage.

    10 days from £2,380pp

  • Stilt fishermen just outside Galle

    Sri Lanka's south coast

    Sri Lanka
    • Stay within the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Explore the various boutiques within the fort walls.

    • Take time out to relax on the beautiful southwest coast.

    • Visit architect Geoffrey Bawa's Brief Garden.

    9 days from £2,415pp

  • Kandima, Maldive Island

    Kandima Maldives break

    Maldives
    • Situated in one of the most remote atolls in the Maldives, perfect for the ultimate escape.
    • Ten tantalising dining options, each with its own style.
    • Private villas are minimalistic in design with whitewashed walls and coastal decor.
    • Huge snorkelling platform on the edge of the pristine waters of the Kandima lagoon.

    7 days from £2,420pp

  • Heritage Awali, Mauritius South Coast

    Heritage Awali Golf Resort & Spa break

    Mauritius
    • Twelve tantalising restaurants offer a variety of world cuisine in unique locations around the resort.
    • Wide range of water sports to explore the local marine life.
    • Set within 1,300 hectares of nature reserve allows for walks through protected tropical forest.
    • Enjoy 18 holes at the Heritage Golf club, known as the best course in the Indian Ocean.
    • Access to the only beach club on Mauritius' south coast.

    7 days from £2,430pp

  • The sea is turquoise in Mauritius

    Mauritius Coast to Coast

    Mauritius
    • Experience the vast sandy beaches of Mauritius' east coast.

    • Pass through lush sugar plantations as you explore the island.

    • Explore the southern part of the island, taking picnics to sandy coves, and exploring colourfullocal towns

    12 days from £2,455pp

  • Paradise Sun, Praslin

    Paradise Sun break

    Seychelles
    • Right at the end of a 2 km stretch of white sand beach on stunning Praslin Island.
    • Creole inspired bungalows have huge windows and large verandas affording stunning views onto the beach and ocean.
    • Exciting buffet with different daily cuisines and live music four nights a week.
    • The hotel offers a wide range of complimentary and paid for activities to help guests explore.
    • Luxurious spa set in the privacy of the manicured gardens, offering an extensive range of holistic treatments.

    7 days from £2,470pp

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