Three of the best Indian Ocean island retreats

For inspiring incentives in idyllic surrounds, the pearls of the Indian Ocean – Madagascar, Mauritius and the Maldives – are hard to beat. White sand beaches, coral reefs and some of the world’s most luxurious hotels are abundant in this part of the world. Here’s our pick of three of the best places to hang out…

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar
About 40 miles from Nosy Be island in Madagascar, this 86-acre island-resort is on one of the sacred islets of the Mitsio Archipelago. Its three white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, azure waters and coral reefs are populated with incredibly diverse wildlife. With its laid-back atmosphere, this intimate resort offers pure barefoot luxury, a truly chic Robinson Crusoe style experience.

From ecological thatch roofing to unspoilt clear water, Constance Tsarabanjina’s 25 beach villas are built and decorated in simple tones with a hint of Constance comfort. Feast on fresh seafood and Malagasy specialities in the sand floored restaurant and contemplate beautiful view from your hammock. The resort is all-inclusive which allows guests to relax and enjoy Constance’s excellent gourmet cuisine featuring local and fresh produce. Discover the island’s unique biodiversity with a guided nature walk or explore water still largely unexplored with guided snorkelling and private cruises.

Royal Palm Beachcomber, Mauritius
Located on the sheltered north-west coast of Mauritius, stretching along a pure white sandy beach, Royal Palm Beachcomber is a tranquil tropical haven. The luxury hotel has a unique atmosphere, natural charm and timeless elegance. Bathed in soft lighting, the 69 sea-facing suites combine delicate and bold hues, fine fabrics, finishes in wood and marble and custom-made wooden furniture crafted by local artisans.

Royal Palm Beachcomber is also celebrated for its award-winning cuisine. Three restaurants, presided over by French Chef Michel de Matteis, who obtained the tile of “Best Craftsman of France”, invite you to a tantalizing culinary experience. Choose from the casual elegance of Le Bar Plage, the spacious terrace of La Goélette or the intimate setting of the Italian restaurant named La Brezza.  There’s also three pools, a spa, sports centre, helipad, and the hotel is just 10 minutes form Mont Choisy Le Golf course.

COMO Cocoa Island
COMO Cocoa Island is an intimate private Maldives island resort with 33 overwater suites allowing guests to slip into the warm Maldivian sea, right from their room. Encircled with powder white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat, South Indian-influenced cuisine and world class diving.

COMO Cocoa Island is located in the Maldives’ South Malé atoll. Inspired by dhoni boats—the gently curving wooden vessels used by local fishermen—COMO Cocoa Island’s suites and villas arc out from the island itself. Simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon connect them, forming a sinuous boardwalk pathway. Each room has its own private terrace, with stunning views directly out to the watery expanse and horizon. Interiors are dominated by whites and blues, with only the subtlest nod to a certain local rustic aesthetic.

Cuisine at Uffa restaurant features European dishes in addition to a blend of Indian and Mediterranean traditions with an emphasis on locally caught seafood, fresh produce and COMO Shambhala healthful eating options. Private dining experiences can be organised in stunning locations across COMO Cocoa Island, while other experiences include game fishing, house reef snorkelling, turtle and whale shark expeditions and private boat charters.

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