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Which part of the Indian Ocean is right for me?

  • Travel 101
  • By Jadeene Burrage
  • Published 22 June 2023
  • Revised 28 June 2023

The Indian Ocean is a place for all. Sunseekers, big tick. Adventurers, hello! Honeymooners, this is your playground. And families, all ages and generations are welcome.

The multitude of beautiful islands within the Indian Ocean hold expectations of palm fringed beaches, sea life encounters and ultra-luxury hotels. But with so much in common, it can be difficult to distinguish which part of the Indian Ocean is best for you. Thankfully, we’ve travelled extensively throughout this part of the world to present to you a deep dive into the Indian Ocean's crown jewels so you can decide whether you want to visit Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius next… or perhaps an ultra-luxury visit to all three?


Best for: Idyllic beaches

One mention of the Maldives and your mind is cast to white sand beaches, cerulean waters and swaying palm trees with a coconut in hand – and you’d be absolutely right. Paradise is the only way to describe this archipelago.  Despite it's name proving popular for swooning honeymooners, the Maldives is actually a very popular destination for families, with some resorts boasting world-class kid's clubs and overwater villas featuring their own waterslides. Want to know more? Discover the best kid's clubs in the Maldives with our five-minute read.

Surrounding the islands are tranquil lagoons that are home to tropical marine life including dolphins, sharks, turtles, countless types of fish and much more living within the coral reefs. Because of this, water sports are in abundance. For those who like to keep their feet on land, experience a private beach cinema experience or spend an evening under the stars in a beachfront bubble. The perfect evening for romancing couples. 

Beachfront cinema at Soneva Jani resort

Beachfront cinema at Soneva Jani resort

Winged Boots recommends: COMO Maalifushi

The only resort within the unspoilt Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi is well regarded for its diving and surf breaks. Waterbabies, this one is for you!

The 60-minute seaplane journey from Malé is well worth the trip as COMO’s secluded location means that marine life can thrive, so divers and snorkellers can expect sightings of whale sharks, manta rays, pods of dolphins, graceful turtles and a whole host of other serene creatures. 

And of course, there are a series of rooms, suites and villas both overwater and on the beach to catch you after a fun day exploring the Indian Ocean, alongside a spa and three restaurants to help restore your mind, body and stomachs. 

Maalfushi Water Villa

Maalfushi Water Villa
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Best for: Dramatic landscapes 

Made up of 115 islands, the Seychelles offering is diverse with pristine beaches, sloping mountains, lush forests and jaw-dropping waterfalls, all of which provide sanctuary to the impressive native wildlife – we recommend feeding the giant tortoises! 

Expect rugged beauty, where large granite boulders edge the palm-fringed jungle to create scenic landscapes that will steal your heart. Plus, luxury awaits as you can choose from a multitude of excellent hotels and private island resorts including North Island, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned. In fact, the Seychelles is a popular destination for the rich and famous. Travel like a star and discover where celebrities stay in the Seychelles

Anse Source d'Argent beach, Seychelles

Anse Source d'Argent beach, Seychelles

Winged Boots recommends: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Tucked away in the secluded Petite Anse bay on the southwest coast of Mahé, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles ticks every luxury holiday box. Aimed at both romancing couples and families, this hotel is a tropical haven for all guests.

Children can enjoy the complimentary kid’s club while parents can kick back and relax at the onsite spa. Those who like to keep active can try their hand at numerous non-motorized water sports including kayaking and paddleboarding or take a trip out to sea with a fishing or diving excursion. 

After a busy day, retreat back to your room, suite or residence all of which boast private infinity pools with views of the gardens, ocean or beach. For dinner, be sure to bring your appetite with five renowned restaurants serving local and international cuisine, plus two bars perfect for sunset cocktails and a nightcap. 

Serenity Villa

Serenity Villa


Best for: Culture and adventure 

Experience the cultural melting pot of Mauritius, a country predominately made up of six religions but all following the same ethos – Mauritian first. This togetherness is reflected in the island’s diverse cuisine, architecture and complex history. As well as its cultural focus, Mauritius has worked hard to become one of the most sustainable countries on the planet, with efforts going towards reducing the use of plastic and protecting the surrounding reefs. With many hotels adopting their own initiatives, you have peace of mind that you can enjoy complete luxury while staying in the most sustainable hotels in Mauritius.

Born from a volcano eruption, the spectacular landscapes make Mauritius an adventurer’s dream. Those with itchy feet will feel satisfied with an abundance of activities to choose from including snorkelling excursions, zip lining and quad biking in the national parks, hiking for waterfalls and exploring the famous botanical gardens. No trip to Mauritius is complete without trying its signature rum. 

Chamarel Falls, Mauritius

Chamarel Falls, Mauritius

Winged Boots recommends: Constance Prince Maurice

The stunning venue of Constance Prince Maurice exudes tranquil indulgence. Not only is it set in a secluded location, but it will blow you away for its exceptional architectural design and its natural reserves.

Elegant suites and villas are positioned strategically across the resort, boasting views of the immaculate gardens, elevated above the Barachois or set along the hotel’s private beach. Either way, each room’s modern island décor and luxury amenities will make for the most extravagant stay. 

For those seeking a spot of romance, spend the day pampering yourself at the onsite spa before dining at Le Barachois, where a stroll down a lantern-lit pontoon will take you to a floating restaurant serving some of the finest food found on the island.

Le Barachois restaurant

Le Barachois restaurant

Have you made a decision yet? Don’t worry – we realise that choosing between these three luxury destinations is a tricky task. That’s why our personal travel managers are on hand to discover the details of your dream paradisal trip. Give them a call on 0203 816 0985 today. 

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