The Indian Ocean is synonymous with romance and luxury, making this region ideal for anyone planning a perfect honeymoon. A honeymoon is an important time in any couple’s life, bringing an end to the stress of wedding planning and providing some sacred alone time after the buzz of The Big Day, not to mention being the beginning of happily ever after. Elegant Resorts are experts in the art of crafting the perfect honeymoon, including bespoke elements that are utterly unique and tailor-made additions that ensure you both enjoy the luxury honeymoon of a lifetime. In the Indian Ocean, the opportunities are endless. Romance abounds in the turquoise-coloured waters, pristine white beaches and oh-so-romantic private villas. Take a look at our guide to honeymoons, and the Indian Ocean’s most alluring settings, and allow us to make your dream honeymoon a dazzling reality.
The Maldives are the epitome of romance. Marooned on your own private island within a remote atoll that’s rich in luxury and completely suspended from the distractions of daily life, what more would you want from a honeymoon? Well, how about breathtaking sunsets, private dinners on the beach and some of the world’s best diving opportunities? Not to mention sumptuous spas and some of the most stylish over-water villas on Earth. Your honeymoon will begin in style as you arrive at your five-star resort by seaplane or speedboat!
The Maldives climate is best suited to visits from November – March, ideal for winter or spring weddings.
Akin to the mythical legend of Eden, the Seychelles is an unspoilt nirvana of natural beauty. Combining lush green fauna, powder-sand beaches and coco de mer palms. Native to this glamourous archipelago, coco de mer trees are symbolic of love and romance. The Seychelles is so romantic, they played host to a royal honeymoon when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first few days as newlyweds here in 2011. The Seychelles is ideal for island hopping and the stunning scenery is best viewed during a day’s sailing excursion, whilst golfers can enjoy a round in paradise.
The Seychelles climate is warmest with less rain in April, May, October and November, ideal for couples looking to honeymoon outside of the tradtional ‘wedding season’.
By far the most convenient of the Indian Ocean destinations to visit from the UK, Mauritius is every bit as spectacular as its far-flung neighbours. Combining island-beauty with fine French glamour and sophistication in spades, Mauritius is an ideal setting for quality time together and complete relaxation. Those who prefer to take time away from the sun loungers are also well catered for in Mauritius as there is a wealth of exploring to be done including waterfalls, sacred lakes and an extinct volcano. Adventurous couples can enjoy helicopter tours, climbing Le Morne an impressive peak that reigns over the island 556m above sea level, and other outdoor activities.
Visit Mauritius during the dry season which takes place from May to December, ideal for summer weddings.
Whilst the Indian Ocean is a relatively new destination and has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years, the charm of this secluded setting is truly timeless. There are some resorts that have been long established as the best in show and are the experts when it comes to giving honeymooners the VIP treatment they deserve. If you’re seeking all the traditional hallmarks of romance, these resorts are the old masters.
When you think of a luxury honeymoon in the Maldives, chances are you’ll subconsciously have pictured COMO Cocoa Island. The iconic overwater huts, sunset cruises, and even a whale shark picnic are yours to enjoy during your ultra-romantic stay on this island haven. The award-winning spa is also a perfect way to unwind after the flight and the emphasis on personalisation ensures each honeymoon is experience is as unique as the couple themselves.
At The Oberoi Mauritius, tradition is timeless. Boutique in nature and grand in style, this is a honeymooner’s haven. Choose from a spacious private villa or prestigious pavilion with pool as you spend each day waking to awe-inspiring views and a feeling of being the only two on the island. Thatched rooves, private Champagne breakfasts and candlelight dinners under the stars are just some of the classically romantic elements that combine to make this such a show stopping setting for a dreamy honeymoon.
If your ideal honeymoon is similar to a Robinson Crusoe style fantasy, North Island in the Seychelles is your match made in heaven. Comprising just eleven private villas, each conveniently located within walking distance from the beguiling beach, and with a dedicated Butler to be your very own Man Friday. Secluded, seductive and beautifully sophisticated, North Island can be your personal paradise. Delightfully, North Island also employ a policy of ‘conservation without compromise’ which ensures each luxury element of this exceptional resort is caring and considerate of the glorious environment in which it exists.
The newest kid on the block in the Maldives, OZEN by Atmosphere by Maadhoo has revolutionised the alluring atolls of the Maldives with its impeccable hospitality, contemporary style and one-of-a-kind all-inclusive indulgence plan. This means you can land in paradise completely relaxed, knowing the delicious dining and cooling cocktails are taken care of, leaving you to enjoy the exquisite surroundings. Finally, enjoy a truly unique dining experience at the signature underwater restaurant M6m.
Less than a year old, Six Senses Zil Payson has had an impressive start to life in paradise. Set on its own private island and accessed by a helicopter, this is one of the most exceptional luxury properties in the world. Wellness and relaxation form the core of Six Senses Zil Payson’s philosophy but romance is equally important. Honeymooners can enjoy private dining hosted by the Head Chef or chief sommelier, whilst the open air cinema is utterly magical. Hidden away and enjoying swathes of space, this luxury resort is a true love nest.
At One&Only Reethi Rah, the pace of life is slow and time is yours to treasure. Borrow a bicycle to navigate this sprawling resort, or drive a golf cart from the spa to the beach to save energy for a world-class diving experience. To feel even more at home in the heavenly setting, stay in a spectacular over-water villa to steal a corner of bliss for the duration of your honeymoon. For a real taste of romance, charter a traditional Dhoni boat to a private sandbank and enjoy a designer picnic surrounded by the vast beauty of the Indian Ocean. Finally, for the ultimate indulgence, bring the spa to your villa by arranging a private treatment.
Spend some time in total tranquillity at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. Located next to one of the top ten beaches in the world, this impeccable setting is the ultimate destination for a heavenly honeymoon. Request a romantic floral bath ritual be prepared for your return from a leisurely day’s exploring, and enjoy the definitive honeymoon must-have – a private infinity pool. As the only resort on the island to have a surf school, this is the ideal place to explore the azure ocean. Borrow kayaks, paddleboards and snorkelling equipment to experience the Seychelle’s magical marine life.
Of course, each island in the Indian Ocean is surrounded by the spectrum of blue hues that is the incomparable Indian Ocean, however there are some spots that really make the most of this unrivalled setting. At Huvafen Fushi, an adults-only luxury resort, barefoot luxury is the only order of the day. Despite having won multiple awards, Huvafen Fushi continues to excel year upon year and provide the finest honeymoon experiences. Each couple can enjoy a private plunge pool and an outdoor terrace from which to enjoy the vibrant vistas. Dive, dine and indulge in definitive luxury – pure escapism and total romance abound.
Four Seasons Resorts Mauritius At Anahita overlooks an incredible lagoon on a private eleven-acre island. Dine beside the crystalline waters, having enjoyed a seductive sundowner, enjoy a ‘floating’ spa treatment in a private treatment room overlooking the water and request a firework display to start married life with a bang. Take to the water with a catamaran cruise or enjoy a submarine adventure to experience the magical underwater kingdom without a wetsuit in sight.
To plan your perfect honeymoon in paradise, or for further information about our exclusive honeymoon portfolio, please call our expert Travel Consultants.