Our Favourite Indian Ocean Luxury Hotels & Resorts
e highlight some of our favourite paradise escapes across the Maldives, Mauritius, the Seychelles and dreamy Zanzibar. Expect palm-fringed beaches, gin-clear waters, infinity pools and freshly shaken cocktails.
These luxury pads that will ensure well-healed guests make the most of paradise, from honeymoon-ready Maldivian retreats to A-list hangouts in Zanzibar, and a hotel in the Seychelles that’s so gorgeous guests don’t need to venture to the outer islands. It’s just a short car ride from the Airport on Mahé.
Soneva Jani, Maldives
From the pioneers of barefoot luxury - Sonu and Eva Shivdasani have created a Robinson Crusoe-style getaway that is the bucket-list holiday of everyone’s dreams. The 25 luxurious overwater villas and beach reserve are connected by a winding wooden path… and each one has its own waterslide!
Spread across five islets in the northern Noonu Atoll, a surreal collection of 25 palatial neo-Victorian villas, plunging into water that’s so clear that you can see rays, mottled nudibranchs, and parrotfish from shore.
True to the Seneva principles, Jani is respectfully sustainable too, with its own recycling centre, seawater pools, organic gardens, and an open-air cinema equipped with wireless headphones so as not to disturb the nesting turtles nearby.
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The Standard Huruvalhi, Maldives
Set on an enchanting private island in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, Hurawalhi Island Resort is a perfect match of serenity and excitement, comfort and adventure. This luxury resort is as brilliant as the ocean that laps against its beaches. It’s a beautiful blend of barefoot bliss and contemporary design. The Standard group of hotels is famous for a party-hard attitude and its Maldivian outpost is no exception. Daytime fun is family-oriented but builds towards adults-only abandon at the glass-floor nightclub. Astute parents can enrol off spring in thekids’ club and return for extra shut-eye to their white-on-white villa; 88 are overwater and 27 beachfront, including seven that interconnect, and six two-bedroom villas.
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Endless white sandy beaches with a turquoiselagoon, multiple dining avenues, water sports, dreamy sunset views andunparalleled hospitality. The luxury tropical island setting along with theendless engaging experiences creates a perfect stay for those wanting theultimate luxury escape.
Constance Ephelia, Mahé, Seychelles
Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé, overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay, Constance Ephelia enjoys a unique location set within 120 hectares of land with luxuriant and rare vegetation. Guests enjoy spacious contemporary accommodation, surrounded by lush landscape and scintillating lagoons, and a beautiful spa village to revive the senses. There are 313 rooms comprising Tropical Garden View Rooms, JuniorSuites, Senior Suites, Family Villas, Beach Villas, Hillside Villas, and a lavish Presidential Villa.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Félicité, Seychelles
Guests step in tune with nature, swim with turtles, and celebrate life as nature intended at the stunning Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles resort. Coral-fringed beaches and massive granite rocks create an air of drama andbeauty in this haven of perpetual summer. The resort offers boat shuttles to its larger neighbours, Praslin and La Digue yet most visitors feel little need to escape this place. Its 33 lush villas have pools and sunrise or sunset views, three cute coves, a spa built into the boulders, guided kayaking, hilltop hikes, clifftop picnics, rum tastings and cinema under the stars.
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Shangri-La Le Touessrok, Mauritius
Nestled on the quiet shores of Trou d’Eau Douce, Shangri-La Le Touessrok, Mauritius is a luxurious private hideaway embodying the true spirit of Mauritius. The resort offers uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean from itsexclusive accommodations and three miles of sandy white beaches on the doorstep. Guests discover Le Touessrok's rich history with touches of Asian hospitality, where they can indulge in trendy dining experiences, private island retreats, or tee off at one of two championship 18-hole golf courses.
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Four Seasons at Anahita, Mauritius
A secluded oasis at the edge of an idyllic lagoon on the east coast of Mauritius and lapped byturquoise waters perfect this relaxing resort is filled with lush greenery anddramatic views everywhere guests turn – from vibrant, tropical gardens to anexclusive Four Seasons Beach on Ile aux Cerfs. Each stylish villa and residence feature its own private garden and pool. It’s also the address for nature lovers who are equally interested in creature comforts. It sashays luxuriously across a private island and an enclave of Mauritius’ southeast coast within the Anahita Wilderness Sanctuary where twitchers can spot birds between the banyan trees and botanists can use QR codes to identify endemic plants. Zen-like bedrooms have private gardens and pools, plus bikes on which to pedal to the overwater spa and Anahita Golf Club’s Ernie Els-designed course.
AndBeyond Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
AndBeyond's Mnemba Island, where the likes of Tom Cruise go to decompress, has just 12 laid-back cottages tucked among casuarina pines. Aromantic hideaway, where guests can relax and unwind on their own stretch of beachfront. Thatched dining and bar areas boast beautiful open views of thebeach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond.
The resort is nestled on a secluded white beach on the northern west shores of Unguja and just an hour from Stone Town. The 56 rooms have furniture exquisitelycrafted from old fishing boats and indoor/outdoor bathrooms with private hot tubs. Dining deftly dances between African and European cuisines,while the spa harnesses the island’s spice larder for fabulous lotions and potions.
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