Luxury holidays to the Indian Ocean are the stuff of which honeymoon dreams are made. Imagine making memories on the soft white sands with your newly wed, under the sunny island skies? But there’s so much more to the Indian Ocean than romantic island resorts – although that’s a fantastic place to start. With their vivid emerald waters, talcum-powder soft beaches and castaway-chic thatched water villas, the islands of the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius seem designed to photographed and talked over for years to come.
But under the surface the waters teem with a kaleidoscope of marine life in all shapes and colours, the beaches home to nesting turtles and jungles crowded with vegetation that exists only in this part of the world, such as the erotic coco de mer. There’s plenty of culture too, on Sri Lanka’s tea-scented shores, where Buddhist temples shimmer and colonial relics remain. While luxurious hotels and famously hospitable people are a main draw, there’s much more that meets the eye in these beads of beauty in the Indian Ocean.