Our favourite Indian Ocean island escapes with Emirates

21 March 2019

Treat yourself to a luxurious holiday experience from the moment you leave home by enjoying Emirates seamlessly convenient chauffeur service.

To make the most of your downtime, unwind in emirates exclusive airport lounge situated close to the gate, to escape from the hustle and bustle of the airport. Indulge in delicious gourmet cuisine, refresh with a shower or catch up on business with Wi-Fi access.

While on board, you will enjoy a five-star experience with delicious cuisine, award-winning board entertainment and relaxing in lie-flats beds to ensure you arrive at your destination relaxed.

Mauritius

Incredible luxury in Mauritius makes this destination a perfect choice. In this setting of exceptional beauty and famed for its stunning natural environment, enjoy an underwater sea walk where you can discover the aquatic life that surrounds the island. Sample its picturesque landscape and spectacular views by visiting Grand Bassin, the largest natural lake in Mauritius, surrounded by rich vibrant statues.

“This island is one of those perfect places to get married on, have a fantastic honeymoon, to celebrate that special birthday or anniversary on or maybe holiday somewhere a bit special. You will come away from Mauritius feeling you have experienced a very special destination - I certainly did”

Joanne, Travel Counsellor

Must-do attraction:

Visit Île aux Cerfs for a day of leisure in a ‘chic and wild’ setting, famous for its white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and home to one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Experience an activity-packed day, whether it’s simply sunbathing on white sandy beaches, diving to the depths of the Indian Ocean for an under-sea walk or partaking one of the thrill-seeking water sports such as parasailing and tube riding.

When’s best to visit?:

Thanks to its tropical climate, Mauritius enjoys warm weather year-round. The best time to visit the island; when the weather is cool, dry and sunny is between May and December.

Where to stay: Outrigger Mauritius, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort

Maldives

Sample the height of luxury in the Maldives. Here, the crystal-clear waters are home to turtles and manta rays, and dining is known as a culinary art. As one of the most romantic locations in the world, couples, in particular, will love the intimate feel, with glorious powder-white sandy beaches and infinity pools which melt into the turquoise waters.

“The Maldives is as the Maldives looks – stunning. We live in a world where we cannot tell the photoshopped from the authentic, but the Maldives is the real deal, and no one could feel mislead or disappointed when they arrive! I absolutely love the Indian Ocean and these stunning islands. There’s nowhere else like them.”

Lisa, Travel Counsellor

Must-do attraction:

The Maldives isn't just known for its snorkelling and scuba diving, the island nation is one of the world’s top dolphin spotting destinations, with plenty of opportunities to see these beautiful creatures prance and play in the crystal-clear waters.

When’s best to visit?

The Maldives remains tropical year-round, with the months between December and April being the best time to visit.

Where to stay: Kuredu, Atmosphere Kanifushi, Naladhu

Seychelles

Scattered like jewels across the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is an archipelago of islands with paradise beaches, crystal-clear waters and breath-taking landscapes, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind.

While many prefer to laze on the powder-white sands, the more adventurous may enjoy hiking the rocky middles of the island of Mahé.

This is hands down this is the most beautiful location I have ever visited. It’s heaven on Earth. The Seychelles is also home to exquisite beaches. We ate lunch at a local beachfront restaurant and the food was amazing as was the hospitality.”

Sarah, Travel Counsellor

Must-do attraction:

As one of the best snorkelling destinations, with some of the most stunning marine life in the world submerged in the warm turquoise waters, the Seychelles will not disappoint. The postcard-perfect sceneries of Sainte Anne Marine National Park, which is home to over 150 species of aquatic life, is the Seychelles' main attraction.

When’s best to visit?:

Although the climate is great throughout the year, the best time to visit the Seychelles is between April and October, when the weather is generally calmer.

Where to stay: Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Coco De Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites, Hilton Seychelles Labriz

Sri Lanka

From fascinating ancient ruins and endless golden beaches to delectable and incredible train rides, Sri Lanka is an ideal escape for those looking for an Indian Ocean island adventure. Framed by stunning beaches, Sri Lanka is rich with colour, has plenty of breath-taking scenery and renowned for its beautiful wildlife.

Must-do attraction:

Recognised by UNESCO for its cultural and historical value, Sigiriya is Sri Lanka’s most dramatic sight. The rock rises from the plains and you'll have to climb a series of a vertiginous staircase to reach the top, where you will be treated to ancient ruins and stunning views.

"One of my favourite parts of the trip was the climb of over 1,200 steps to the top of Sigiriya, also known as the Lion Rock. Considered the eighth wonder of the world, Sigiriya was built in the fifth century by King Kasyappa. We arrived on a feast day and there were huge crowds, so the climb took about two hours. The views from the top of the rock were incredible and I experienced a huge sense of achievement."

Mary, Travel Counsellor

When’s best to visit?:

December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka if you’re heading to the west and south coasts. If you plan on exploring the east coast, then head there between April and September.

Where to stay: Centara Ceysands, Uga Bay, Anantara Peace Haven

If you’re ready to escape to paradise, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.

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