We’ve shared our insider tips on the crème de la crème of luxury stays in South Africa and the most luxurious safari lodges in Botswana…now we shift the spotlight to shine on ultimate luxury in the Indian Ocean Islands. Prepare to be wowed by these perfect beach resorts in Zanzibar, The Seychelles, Mauritius and Mozambique.
Essentially Africa’s answer to the Caribbean, Mauritius is a colourful mix of beaches, reefs, lagoons, forests, waterfalls and mountains, with some rich culture thrown in for good measure. An ideal destination for couples or families, it’s perfect for that relaxing yet adventure-filled holiday off the east coast of the continent.
ONE&ONLY LE SAINT GÉRAN
One&Only resorts are known for being all about that no-holds-barred luxury, and Le Saint Géran is no different. Nestled on its own private peninsula complete with a breath-taking beachfront and shimmering lagoon, the sense of exclusive seclusion here can be felt from the moment you arrive. Gorgeous suites that are spacious and airy seamlessly connect the indoors with the outdoors, allowing you to take full advantage of your serene and beautiful surrounds. The absolute pinnacle of luxurious Mauritian living has to be Villa One, surrounded by lush gardens and with ocean views to die for. Of course you’ll also have a dedicated chef, butler and valet so you don’t have to lift a finger. A selection of restaurants, bars and lounges offer a quality dining experience no matter your taste, whilst the spa and fitness facilities reinvigorate and recharge. Tan alongside the pool, play a game or two of tennis, challenge yourself on a mountain bike guided tour or hit the turquoise waters with one of the many water sports… Whatever you want to do, rest assured you’ll find it right here – it is, after all, a tropical playground like no other waiting to be discovered.
ROYAL PALM HOTEL
A private and refined island boutique hotel residence, the magnificent Royal Palm is where you’re made to feel like complete royalty. Dedicated and attentive staff offers a warm welcome and is committed to ensuring your stay is comfortable, memorable and hassle-free. No two of the spacious and modern suites are the same, yet each boasts a superior elegance accented by luxurious and well-thought out décor, with the best part being that each is only a short stroll from the magnificent beach. Cuisine of only the highest standard is served at the various on-site restaurants, so that excellent food is as much a part of your unforgettable experience as the hotel itself. From land to water, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to fun and exciting activities. From squash to yoga, windsurfing, catamaran excursions and glass-bottom boat adventuring, your days can be as full or as slow as you’d like. Relax alongside the pool or forget all your worries by treating yourself to one of the spa treatments – however you choose to spend your time, guaranteed it will be special, Royal Palm special.
Take a look at our South African Safari & Mauritius itinerary
Bordered by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean to the east, South Africa to the southwest and Tanzania to the north, Mozambique is that idyllic combination of natural beauty, pristine beaches, several tropical islands and an interesting history. From discovering architectural ruins, to island-hopping on a dhow safari, experiencing the coral reefs while scuba diving or simply sipping cocktails on the beach, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
&BEYOND BENGUERRA ISLAND
This exquisite beach lodge is located on the Bazaruto Archipelago’s second largest island in a protected marine conservation area, making it a premier place for diving or snorkelling with its pristine reefs teeming with an abundance of underwater creatures. Sheltered within a canopy of indigenous casuarina pine trees, the luxury lodge opens out onto a secluded bay with stunning, uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. A lush tropical garden, rim-flow swimming pool, a massage sala and cleverly designed relaxation nooks are just some of the special places where you’ll spend your time in between activities like horse-riding on the beach, swimming, dhow boat cruising, deep-sea fishing and more. The stylish, contemporary and beach-inspired accommodation comes in the form of casinhas, cabanas and family suites all with private plunge pools, outdoor showers and chic features that create luxurious yet comfortable spaces.
Take a look at our Mozambique Island Escape itinerary
For a less crowded island experience, the beautiful Seychelles is the perfect choice. Powder-white beaches lapped by turquoise waters and sporadically interrupted by characteristic giant boulders are each little slices of heaven and because they are not super busy, you can expect nothing less than a relaxing and calm getaway. From hiking along coastal paths, island-hopping from one stunner to the next or immersing yourself in the dazzling underwater worlds below the surface, The Seychelles offers the best in both exploration and leisure.
Looking for a private island resort that’s all about luxury and exclusivity? Then North Island will meet all your expectations, and then some. With just 11 incredible villas, each crafted using local materials and a serene colour palette (yet still managing to maintain a sense of sophistication and modernity), you can expect it to feel like your own private beach home – a sanctuary. There are several dining options, each offering delicious daily menus inspired by what is fresh and available. Whether you dine in, enjoy a romantic, candle-lit meal or grab a tasty snack, rest assured your culinary experience will be of the highest standard. A generous list of activities is on offer, from scuba diving and SUPing, to snorkelling, yoga, sunset cruises, island excursions and more. North Island is where escape, adventure, privacy and relaxation meet in an intensely beautiful setting that will leave you feeling revitalised and forever grateful for such a breath-taking experience – it truly is barefoot luxury at its very best.
FOUR SEASONS DESROCHES ISLAND
“Your own private paradise on a lush coral island” – this is the tagline for this dreamy private island escape. With 14km of untouched beach, Desroches really is your oyster, an idyllic combination of luxury, tranquillity and exploration just waiting to be enjoyed. Private villas, suites and bungalows usher you into the lap of luxury and style, while still managing to offer that special, laid-back tropical island vibe. Relax in your private pool cabana, kick back in a hammock with a good read, or toast to the island with refreshing sundowners followed by a delicious dinner served on the terrace, all while taking in the glorious ocean views – it really doesn’t get much better than this. Get to know the giant Aldabra tortoise at the Island Sanctuary, explore the colourful, exciting depths of the Desroches Drop and its underwater maze of caves and marine life, enjoy a movie night under the stars or unwind with one of the many pampering spa treatments available – your days are your own, and with no one making plans for you except yourself, you’re in for an elevated holiday experience filled with beauty and freedom, from start to finish.
Take a look at our Botswana & The Seychelles itinerary
From the cobbled streets, vibrant markets and winding alleys of Stone Town, to the long stretches of pearl-white beaches, lush greenery of the Jozani Forest and intoxicating scents of spices, Zanzibar delivers hypnotic island bliss like no other. Whether it’s a more cultural experience you’re after, or an all-out switch-off beach escape you want, this magical archipelago off the coast of East Africa offers it all, and more. Plus, if you’d like to combine the best of both and indulge in a beach and safari adventure, then you’re in luck because Zanzibar pairs really well with a visit to Tanzania where a supreme bush experience awaits – take a look at our Classic Tanzania itinerary
&BEYOND MNEMBA ISLAND
Mnemba is an island paradise lying just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar and is where you’ll find the amazing Mnemba Atoll – a scuba diver’s delight. Simple yet luxurious bandas provide perfect, private hideaways, opening out onto your own personal beachfront complete with uninterrupted, stunning sea views. A range of activities are at your fingertips, including dhow cruises, water sports, bird-watching, beach walks or simply doing nothing at all. In-room massages are also available – the height of relaxation. Dining is also next-level, with everything from romantic beach picnics, to platter lunches bursting with delicious mezze and nibbles at the bar to accompany your sundowners. Couples, families and solo travellers will all love this remote and beautiful island destination where everything is taken care of for you so you can fully immerse yourself in that slow and blissful island mode.
Take a look at our Zanzibar Beach itinerary
Other luxury island spots worth mentioning include:
- The Oberoi Mauritius
- Fregate Island Private (The Seychelles)
- Vamizi Island (Mozambique)
- Azura at Quilalea Island (Mozambique)
- The Residence Zanzibar
- Constance Aiyana (Zanzibar)
The Indian Ocean islands are leading the pack for sheer, unapologetic luxury so if you’re planning to treat yourself, this is your next stop. Give our consultants a call for free advice and a no obligations quote.
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