Romantic Island Getaways in the Indian Ocean
If you are planning a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day or beyond, chances are that beach destinations will be top of mind.
Picture late breakfasts under palm trees, lazy days on the sand with cocktails adorned with exotic fruit and umbrellas, fresh grilled seafood for lunch and a siesta before a jog on the beach. Dinner is a lazy affair with under the stars with live music and dancing till late. More energetic couples can enjoy diving or snorkeling, play tennis or join in on a game of beach softball.
For wellbeing there are spa treatments for couples, beach yoga, fully equipped gyms and steam rooms followed by a refreshing dip in the pool or the ocean. Tackle a stand-up paddle board or hop into a kayak, learn to water ski or just have fun on a banana ride. Every beach location has its own unique attractions and the days will simply fly by as your body and soul is rejuvenated with your loved one by your side.
The Indian Ocean Islands are easily accessible for South Africans and in just a few hours after leaving home you’ll be sitting with your toes in the warm water and soft sand! These are some of the most desirable beach locations in the world and many travel from far and wide to relax at luxury resorts with uncrowded beaches.
Here are some suggestions for a romantic beach getaway in 2021:
Zanzibar - All Spice and Sultry Sunsets
The Spice Island offers a wide range of accommodation for all budgets, and activities beyond the beach include hiking in the pristine Jozani forest, dhow cruises with swimming in crystal-clear azure seas, followed by lunch on a sand bank, walks through mystical Stone Town and a visit to a spice farm. This is the pinnacle of the African beach holiday.
Mauritius - Luxury Resorts and Private Views
Mauritius is a year round destination with charming hotels on private beaches. The locals are friendly and the seafood is second-to-none. Take your golf clubs or just relax on a catamaran cruise with a barbecue lunch. Port Louis has a vibrant market for spices and crafts and there are many excursions if you can tear yourself away from the many activities at your resort. Find your perfect luxury resort or boutique hotel for that special romantic getaway...
Maldives - Turquoise Seas and Water Villas
The islands of the Maldives have been described as pearls sprinkled in the ocean. Many of the islands are home to a single resort, most with luxury villas on stilts over the shallow waters. This is the opportunity to swim, snorkel or dive aquamarine waters. Looking for the ultimate honeymoon destination? The Maldives is it.
Seychelles - Pristine Beaches and Sustainable Living
The islands of Seychelles are reputed to be the home of the original Garden of Eden; travel there and you will soon know why. The beaches feature large granite outcrops and many photographers claim they are the most beautiful in the world. The three most popular islands are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, each with their own charm. The Seychelles Islands are known for their natural beauty, indigenous forests and sustainable way of living.
Mozambique Islands - Coral Paradise and Portuguese Flavour
Mozambique is known for its long stretches of beach between small resorts to ensure your privacy. The diving and snorkeling is legendary and the Portuguese-style seafood is sumptuous in both quantity and quality. Bazaruto Island and the tiny Quirimbas Archipelago remain the most popular destinations for a romantic Mozambique holiday; with endless views of the azure ocean, just a fishing dhow or two on horizon.
As you can see the Indian Ocean Islands leave you spoiled for choice. Call Thompsons to help you decide and also offer you a great deal on a romantic beach package or island holiday which include flights, hotel transfers, meals and more.