Giltedge Ocean Islands tailor-makes luxury holidays to the world’s most beautiful islands.
The Seychelles is made up of 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, just south of the equator. These island paradises boast some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, rare and exotic plants and animals, and thriving coral reefs. A luxurious and relaxing retreat from the world, the Seychelles is a year-round destination with balmy weather and an excellent selection of places to stay. Highlights of a trip to the Seychelles include exploring the main island of Mahé, Praslin Island with the Vallée de Mai, cycling around picture-perfect La Digue, and getting away from it all to one of the exquisite private islands.
Mauritius, often referred to as a ‘paradise on earth’, is a sensory destination known for its balmy, cobalt-coloured ocean waters, white sand beaches and perfect weather. The eclectic local cuisine, rich culture and array of land- and water-based activities, including excellent diving, complement the appeal of this African destination. Expect luxury hotels, charming locals and stunning scenery.
Picture your perfect tropical island: soft sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and the ocean just the right shade of blue. That’s the Maldives. This far-flung archipelago has a staggering 1,200 islands, some no larger than a sweep of white sand. Underwater the magic continues with vibrant coral reefs and incredible sea life, all a few fin flips from shore. It’s the place to go for a castaway island escape, generously mixed with a good dose of luxury and exceptional levels of service.
Set on the beautiful east coast of Africa, Mozambique promises adventure and excitement with its exotic blend of culture, intriguing history, stunning scenery and delectable cuisine. Expect white sand beaches, unspoilt coral reefs, turquoise waters and welcoming smiles. Activities include snorkelling, deep-sea fishing excursions, scuba diving, romantic sunset cruises, and with convenient flights to South Africa’s Kruger Park – the option of adding on a big game safari. The best time to visit is between May and October, to avoid the rainy season and worst of the summer heat.
An easy 20-minute flight from Dar es Salaam lies the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar with their wide, sandy beaches and the World Heritage Site of Stone Town. Our favourite beaches lie on the north-east coast of the island, as do the famous reefs of the Mnemba Atoll. Stay on the main island (Unguja) or opt for a private island experience on beautiful Mnemba: go diving and snorkelling, explore Stone Town’s tangle of alleyways, and take in the turquoise ocean views as white-sailed dhows glide slowly by.
Madagascar is an island like no other: lush rainforests where lemurs scamper from branch to branch, savannah plains punctuated by towering baobabs, and a coast lined with golden beaches. Off the north of Madagascar are clusters of smaller islands. This is where you’ll find our favourite island lodges. Superb snorkelling, unspoilt beaches and barefoot luxury chalets. A fantastic choice for the more adventurous traveller, looking for an Ocean Islands holiday well off the beaten track.