Indian Ocean & Middle East

In Sanskrit, Indian Ocean means ‘the mine of gems’, and indeed, it embodies island gems that are incomparable with anywhere else on our big blue planet. Flanked by Asia to the north, Australia to the east, Africa to the west and Antarctica to the south, this vast body of water is home to around 20% of the world’s water. The islands of the Maldives, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Sri Lanka are all incredibly unique and seriously boast the holiday WOW factor. Access from the UK is easy with a number of direct and in-direct airlines to choose from. We love combining these paradise isles, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Mauritius and Réunion being two of our favourite twins. The proximity of the islands to both Africa and the Middle East means they are the perfect accoutrement to a safari or city stopover.


With its Arabian allure and direct flight connections with much of the Indian Ocean, there are few places better to combine with these dreamy islands than the Middle East. There’s the glamour and glitz of Dubai with its futuristic skyscrapers and gorgeous beaches, or if you’re after a more traditional side of Arabia then Oman and its capital Muscat delivers, with a rich heritage and culture that has barely changed over the past few centuries.

Destinations in Indian Ocean

Destinations in Middle East

Three new reasons why we love Gili Lankanfushi

10th March 2020
by Melissa MacSween

One of our favourite resorts in the Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi, was devastated by a fire in January 2019 and had to close. After a rebuild, we’re delighted to say the resort reopened in December and it’s back, better than ever before. I had the pleasure of visiting there recently and here’s my top three new […]

Bora Bora vs Maldives

14th February 2020
by Rhodri Andrews

Turquoise waters? Tick. Powder-soft beaches? Tick. Overwater bungalows? Tick. Robinson Crusoe vibes and total isolation? Tick. Bora Bora and the Maldives are two tropical paradises that charge the imagination of anyone looking for an exotic island escape. On the surface, it’s difficult to separate the two when trying to decide where to go for your […]

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