INDIAN OCEAN: Your Honeymoon Destination
After all of the stress and excitement of pulling off that perfect wedding, a honeymoon provides couples with a chance to unwind and enjoy their first quality time as newlyweds.
Nothing says relaxation and seclusion quite like escaping to a sun drenched tropical island with pristine white beaches, surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters. Don’t forget the beachfront accommodation, delicious local cuisine and opportunities to both relax and explore. If living life on island time sounds like the perfect lover’s getaway to you, then you can’t go past the romance filled islands of the Indian Ocean.
Spanning from the south-western coastlines of Australia all the way to South Africa, the Indian Ocean hides handfuls of vast island territories each with their own uniquely exotic cultures and intoxicating charm. Here are my top three Indian Ocean honeymoon escapes for 2016.
The Maldives is on the top of many honeymooner’s destination wishlist. Like exotic gems scattered across the blue velvet of the Indian Ocean, the 1192 coral islands of the Maldives cover an area of a million square kilometres across the equator, just west of Sri Lanka. Boasting some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, the Maldives has been attracting honeymooners for decades and is one of the most romantic island destinations in the world. Beachfront retreats and water bungalows are just a few of the amazing accommodation options available. Treat yourself to a spa package then relax by the white powder-soft beaches, or perhaps you’d prefer to spend your days snorkelling among the miles of bright coral reef, home to an abundance of dazzling marine life. If your idea of a honeymoon is relaxing in a far-flung paradise, then you have to discover the magic of the Maldives.
‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’ — Mark Twain. Situated 800 kilometres east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is famous for its unspoilt bone-white beaches and glimmering waters. However this tiny island nation offers honeymooners so much more than beautiful beaches. Take a stroll through the sub-tropical rainforest and gaze at some of the country’s beautiful flora and fauna. Adventure seekers can hire mountain bikes for a day of fast-paced exploring and golf lovers can choose from one of the island’s five world-class golf courses. Bursting with flavour, the Mauritian cuisine draws its influences from its Indian, European and Chinese heritage and serves as a perfect way to unwind each day. Topped off by enjoying a stunning sunset with your loved one, even one day in Mauritius will make you feel like you never want to leave.
It is no surprise that the Seychelles is a popular destination for newlyweds. Thousands of kilometres from anywhere, the Seychelles archipelago has some of the most stunning islands in the Indian Ocean, which stretch in a jewelled crescent from the equator to the tip of Madagascar. This picture-perfect destination is not only ideal for relaxing, it also features activities for those with a little sense for adventure. Be fascinated by the underwater scenery while snorkelling or diving through the pristine and intact coral reefs. Spend a day sailing or stay ashore and explore the jungle and coastal walks around the island. Walk hand-in-hand along a long stretch of white sand beaches, soak up the sun at the water’s edge and dine under clear skies filled with glistening stars. The Seychelles is a charming destination and the perfect choice for an all-round honeymoon.