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Five of the Best Indian Ocean Destinations

January 19 2018

When you think of your perfect holiday destination, what does it look like? Bustling local markets? Sun-kissed skin and days spent lounging on pristine beaches lapped by scintillating waters in every hue of blue? Or are your daydreams of holiday destinations filled with lush forests and incredible natural scenery, perfect for outdoor adventures? Or how about all of the above? Whatever your idea of the perfect island holiday, you are sure to find the most suitable destination among the array of gorgeous Indian Ocean islands. Not sure where to start? Here are five of our favourite Indian Ocean destinations, perfect for the ultimate getaway in paradise:


Zanzibar
 
This eclectic paradise offers the intrepid traveller all they could possibly want from an island holiday. From secluded beaches with nothing for miles to the bustling and wonderfully colourful Stone Town, there is something for everyone in Zanzibar. Steeped in an incredible culture and history, Zanzibar has drawn in wild-hearted explorers and traders for centuries. And it’s little wonder why: with absolutely incredible food, fascinating architecture (look out for the beautifully carved doors, stunning Arab Residences and gorgeous mosques specifically in Stone Town which has been deemed a World Heritage Site), rich marine diversity and sensational beaches, it’s nothing short of spectacular. 

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Zanzibar is technically made up of two larger islands; Pemba and Unguja—which is also known as Zanzibar Island. When you are not swimming with whales and dolphins, lapping up the sunshine on one of the beaches or relaxing at one of the exclusive resorts, you can explore the labyrinth that is Stone Town, go on a guided tour of one of the renowned spice plantations or marvel at the Jozani Forest Reserve (and the rare Kirk’s red colobus monkeys) or head to the vibrant markets for some local fare and authentic souvenirs. 


Seychelles
 
The Seychelles is an incredible archipelago made up of approximately 115 islands, the landmass of which would be equal to that of Vienna were they all put together. Here, you can find expansive stretches of perfect beaches, vibrant marine life, stunning birds, lush tropical interiors, phenomenal nature reserves and even rare animals (namely the giant Aldabra tortoises).

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This mesmerising destination is the perfect retreat for weary travellers and avid nature enthusiasts. Deemed by some to be 'The Galàpagos of the Indian Ocean', here you can glimpse sea turtles laying their eggs, giant Aldabra tortoises freely going about their daily business, wonderful tropical birds and rare plant species. There’s a wealth of incredible natural wonders to explore in the Seychelles and a trip to Praslin’s Vallée de Mai reserve (which some feel can only be equated to the Garden of Eden) is highly recommended for those looking to immerse themselves in incredible tropical surrounds. It’s at this World Heritage Site that visitors can see the rare coco de mer palms in their natural habitat as well as a plethora of phenomenal endemic flora and fauna. 


Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka was once deemed to be well off the beaten path for most travellers is fast gaining popularity for those looking for a unique island getaway. Imbued with incredible charm, this unusual South Asian destination is a land of tropical forests, luminous green rice paddies, misty tea plantations amongst undulating hills and iridescent flowers and birds. Sri Lanka is undeniably a magical place, one that appears as if it has come to life from the pages of a novel; here elephants freely move in the forests and leopards own the jungles. History buffs can marvel at the remnants of bygone kingdoms and intrepid explorers can make the most of the stunning surrounds and marvel and the immense beauty of the ancient Buddhist shrines. In Sri Lanka, the locals are friendly, the weather is incredible practically year round, it’s  absolutely breathtaking (from the lush jungles to the gorgeous coastlines) and it’s malaria-free, there’s no doubt that Sri Lank is an incredible choice for those looking for a true adventure in paradise.


Mauritius

Dramatic, volcanic landscapes, lush tropical interiors, pristine beaches, cerulean lagoons and so much more, Mauritius is the type of island holiday that people’s dreams are made of. This tropical island offers everything you could possibly want for a memorable island holiday; incredible luxury resorts,  first-class cuisine, a vibrant culture, an interesting history, an eclectic culture and picture-perfect beaches, what more could you want? Here, you can explore the jungle-like interiors, sample the local rum (especially phenomenal in a tropical cocktail), marvel at the expanses of vivid green sugar cane plantations and indulge in luxuriant spa treatments, phenomenal cuisine and fantastic activities both on shore and in the glistening azure waters Mauritius is famous for. Whether you are interested in playing a sensational round of golf on some of the world’s best golf courses, spending the day on the gorgeous island of Ile aux Cerfs, relishing a day out on a catamaran, making the most of the crystalline waters, spending your days sightseeing or exploring the local markets and towns, there’s something here for everyone. 

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With ample to do, direct flights from many countries around the world and absolutely outstanding accommodation along some of the finest beaches the world over, Mauritius will certainly make a phenomenal choice for your next vacation. 


The Maldives
 
There are few places as untouched and naturally sublime as the Maldives. In fact, the experience of seeing the Maldives in real life is totally surreal for many travellers because, unlike many other destinations, in real life, the Maldives is exactly as it appears to be in brochures, just better. The sea is a kaleidoscope of vivid blues and turquoises, beach sand is sugar-white and the diving opportunities are totally out-of-this-world. The Maldives itself is made up of approximately 1190 different islands, only 200 of which are inhabited by the local population and around 140 are solely reserved for exclusive luxury resorts. A bon vivant's dream destination, the Maldives is known for exclusive and innovative glamour. 

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The quintessential honeymoon destination, there are also a plethora of exceptional resorts that cater to families, with exceptional kids’ clubs and phenomenal outdoor activities and excursions suitable for people of all ages. Visit the turtle sanctuary, explore the bustling town of Male, spend the day at a luxury resort spa, discover the marvellous underwater world on a diving or snorkeling trip, marvel at the sunrise with a session of yoga, sip on decadent cocktails at sunset or simply indulge in the finer things in life as you relax along a sensational beach on a private island—a holiday in the Maldives will undoubtedly be a once-in-a-lifetime trip that will stay with you for the rest of time. 
 
If you are looking for truly sensational holidays that offer absolutely everything you could possibly want for the ideal trip to paradise, then look no further than Sun Resorts, which offer phenomenal four- and five-star resorts in Mauritius and the Maldives. With Sun Resorts, you can trust that everything from the food and drinks offerings to the accommodation and daily activities will be absolutely extraordinary. Contact us for more information on our hotels or to book a stay with us. Go on, you deserve it. 

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