Discover the Maldives
The Maldives consists of thousands of tiny islands scattered like emeralds across a glistening, turquoise ocean and is arguably the most alluring and romantic holiday destination in the world.
Abundant coral reefs surround soft white sand beaches bordered by lush, green palms. Tucked away amongst the flora you’ll find stunning beach villas but for that quintessential Maldives experience there’s nothing like watching the sun set from your own private water villa.
Many of the islands require an unforgettable flight by seaplane to reach them (usually between 20-50 minutes) although those closer to the airport can be reached by boat and there are several domestic airports too for additional transfer options.
British Airways flies direct from the UK to Maldives during the high season (Oct-Mar) but there are plenty of indirect options year-round via Dubai, a major transport hub for onwards flights to the Indian Ocean.
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The volcanic island of Mauritius, lying off the east coast of Madagascar is known for its abundance of luxury resorts, stunning beaches, plentiful coral reefs and breathtaking mountainous interior.
The island is a really family-friendly destination with many of the resorts offering lots of fun activities for the kids and plenty of adventures and excursions for the whole family to enjoy.
Mauritius is a year-round tropical paradise so the weather is almost guaranteed to be beautiful whenever you visit. Typically though, the months of November to April are the warmer months but also with a higher chance of rainfall.
Air Mauritius flies direct from the UK but there are also plenty of indirect options year-round via Dubai, a major transport hub for onwards flights to the Indian Ocean.
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The Seychelles comprises 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean close to the equator. The main island of Mahe and neighbouring Praslin are home to the majority of the country’s hotels.
Many luxury resorts can be found here, some on their own private islands. Gorgeous, white sand beaches, calm turquoise seas and exotic wildlife abound. World-class hotels in breathtaking locations are a given.
Seychelles is a year-round destination with temperatures rarely dropping below 24ºC or going above 32ºC. December to April are generally the warmest months and also the most humid.
Most flights from UK to Seychelles (Mahe Island) go indirect via Dubai or Abu Dhabi, a major transport hub for onwards flights to the Indian Ocean.
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Discover Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is located in the northern Indian Ocean off the south coast of India. Long, sweeping beaches, a rich cultural history and abundant wildlife parks make this a flourishing destination for holidaymakers.
Hotels are dotted all over the island, from luxury beach resorts to boutique tea plantation houses and wildlife eco-lodges. Bentota or Koggala in the south-southwest are great for beach lovers.
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination although the monsoon season and rainfall can affect different areas at different times. In general Jan-Feb and Jul-Aug are the driest months.
Sri Lankan Airlines flies direct from the UK daily but there are also plenty of indirect options year-round from regional UK airports such as with Qatar Airways via Doha.
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