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Your Next Island Escape: The Caribbean or Indian Ocean?

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28-Nov-2023 Lou Fox

Your Next Island Escape: The Caribbean or Indian Ocean?

Which will you choose?

When the allure of pristine beaches, azure waters and exotic retreats beckon, a choice awaits the discerning traveller: the vibrant charm of the Caribbean or the tranquil allure of the Indian Ocean?

From the rhythmic beats of reggae in Jamaica to the colonial elegance of Barbados, each Caribbean island offers warmth and diversity. And the local hospitality invites you to immerse yourself in the island's famous flavours and traditions. In contrast, an Indian Ocean holiday succumbs to an enchanting spell of tranquillity, where time seems to slow. The Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius are each havens of white sand beaches and blue waters that beckon you.

The Caribbean and the Indian Ocean are two awe-inspiring regions that have become top choices for a luxury beach holiday. With both promising pure beauty and an array of luxury travel experiences, we've put together a short guide to help you decide which paradise is perfect for you.

Caribbean Delight

Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Gauguin Restaurant
Nestled on the pristine shores of Antigua, the adults-only Galley Bay Resort & Spa offers an all-inclusive haven of seclusion and serenity. The resort's exquisite accommodations, ranging from beachfront rooms to charming Gauguin Suites, seamlessly blend Caribbean elegance with modern comfort while the gastronomy on offer is an exploration of culinary artistry.

Whether exploring the Caribbean's underwater wonders with a mask and snorkel or unwinding in the lavish Indulge Spa, every experience is designed to evoke a sense of tranquillity that lingers long after you arrive home from your Caribbean holiday.

Ideal for: A multi-centre adventure paired with America - the perfect city and beach combination.

Indian Ocean Bliss

COMO Cocoa Island

Water Villa Aerial
Intimate, exclusive and tucked away in the heart of the Maldives, COMO Cocoa Island offers a seamless blend of contemporary aesthetics and traditional Maldivian charm. Boasting a collection of overwater suites and villas, COMO Cocoa Island transports guests into its own world, suspended above the turquoise waters.

A much-loved Maldives hideaway, best known for its postcard-perfect beauty, rustic luxury and world-class wellness offerings, guests can spend their days above and below the water in the mesmerising house reef, enjoying an open-air movie under the stars or releasing their tension at the COMO Shambhala Retreat, which delivers the ultimate healthy living experience.

Ideal for: The quintessentially Maldivian experience of an over-water stay.

Caribbean Oceanfront Grandeur

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Amidst the elegance and allure of Barbados, every detail is designed to create an unforgettable experience and nowhere better can this be seen than at Fairmont Royal Pavilion. With a legacy spanning decades, this iconic resort is an embodiment of timeless luxury, offering an unparalleled escape for any discerning traveller.

Spend your days embracing the Caribbean Sea with a wealth of watersports, sipping delightful cocktails with the person you love most whilst you bask in a spellbinding sunset or treating yourself to a private, tiki torch-lit private dinner on the beach.

Ideal for: A romantic retreat with the option of a stopover in South America.

Indian Ocean Barefoot Luxury

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island Beach
Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, lush forests and coral-fringed waters, the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island offers a rare escape, where indulgence and nature coexist in perfect harmony. The resort's private villas and residences are scattered along the coastline, each a sanctuary of tropical elegance overflowing with luxury, while the beach and private pools blend seamlessly with the horizon.

There's no struggle to find a secluded spot along the 14km of unspoilt white-sand beach, where there is snorkelling, diving and watersports galore! Take to the waters, explore the colourful coral reef or savour fresh seafood at one of the resort's three restaurants.

Ideal for: A family escape full of adventure and exploration.
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Lou   Fox

Lou Fox

Content Executive

Ready with a guidebook and my camera, I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world. From learning to dive in Egypt to traversing the theatres and museums in NYC, I'm passionate about exploring the planet and writing about what the world has to offer.