Beach villas in the Maldives, all inclusive resorts in Mauritius, and luxury hotels in Seychelles or Sri Lanka – check out my top holidays to the Indian Ocean for your next getaway.
When you think about dream holidays, the Indian Ocean is at the top of most bucket lists. From barefoot luxury in the Maldives, to celebrity hangouts in the Seychelles – paradise islands don’t come much better than this. However, it may surprise you to learn that holidays to the Indian ocean offer much more than romance and relaxation.
I still brag about climbing Sigiriya – the 200 metre-high rock in Sri Lanka, and as for the Maldives – swimming with whale sharks is one of the scariest things I have ever done! You can also trek through the jungle in Mauritius and hike the Copolia Trail in the Seychelles!
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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky who offer a wide selection of holidays to the Indian Ocean. Whether you want an overwater villa in the Maldives, an all inclusive resort in Mauritius, or an organised tour of Sri Lanka’s cultural centre, Tropical Sky can arrange it for you.
I have listed some of their four and five star holidays to the Indian Ocean below, but you can find many more on their website. All Indian Ocean holidays are priced for seven nights on random dates in 2024, but dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements.
Tropical Sky can also add on a stopover, or arrange a twin-centre holiday – just speak to their expert staff about bespoke arrangements.
All hotels are rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, and all package holidays to Indian Ocean include flights, return airport transfers and checked baggage.
Mauritius is one of the most popular destinations for holidays to the Indian Ocean. You will find year round sunshine, white sandy beaches, but surprisingly so much more. Explore the hidden waterfalls at the heart of the jungle, and go in search of some of its extraordinary wildlife, and, you will be spoilt for choice with the many water sports available – you can even go whale watching.
The lush green interior provides some championship golf courses and and the mix of Asian and African cultures help to provide some mouthwatering creole cuisine. But of course most people flock to Mauritius for its luxurious hotels on idyllic beaches, and I’ve picked two of these for you below. However, you can see lots more holidays to Mauritius from Ireland with Tropical Sky here.
1. All Inclusive: Veranda Paul and Virginie Hotel from €1999pp
Situated on a white sand beach on the northern tip of Mauritius near Grand Gaube, this adult-only hotel is a piece of paradise. Guests have left excellent reviews on TripAdvisor with many opting to return.
There are two restaurants, two pools and a host of water sports to choose from. The all-inclusive arrangement is superb and allows you free access, (including food and drink), at Veranda Palmar Beach, Veranda Pointe Aux Biches, Veranda Grand Baie & Veranda Tamarin. Your mini bar is restocked daily, and picnic baskets are also included should you decide to explore the island for the day.
Price from €1999 per person based on a seven-night stay in May including flights, transfers and hotel on an all-inclusive basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
2. All Inclusive Veranda Grand Baie from €1959pp
Veranda Grand Baie Hotel & Spa is located on the beach near the lively village of Grand Baie. It offers easy access to shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the town centre and is also close to the capital, Port Louis – this makes it an ideal choice for couples who wish to leave the resort in the evening time.
Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, this hotel is furnished in contemporary style and offers an infinity pool with stunning views. There are two restaurants and a host of water sports available, many of which are included in the all-inclusive arrangement.
Price from €1959 per person based on a seven-night stay in June including flights, transfers and hotel on an all-inclusive basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
3. Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Half Board from €1479
Also located on the beach and near the village of Grand Baie, this lively hotel is a super choice if you want easy access to the lively town centre and are looking for some fun nights out in Mauritius. This top rated hotel boasts two restaurants and a host of activities available, you can also choose to upgrade to All Inclusive at the time of booking.
Price from €1479 per person based on a seven-night stay in June including flights, transfers and hotel on an a half-board basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
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Maldives holidays are on every bucket list, and for good reason! I have been very fortunate to visit a few islands and I have been blown away by their beauty every time! Expect over water bungalows and an underwater paradise to match. Some resorts even have underwater restaurants and some bungalows have their own personal slide into the sea. When it comes to paradise islands, the Maldives ticks all boxes, and then some.
However, you might think that all of these resorts come with a hefty price tag – but not so! I’ve picked two great value all inclusive resorts in the Maldives below, with meals, drinks and speed boat transfers included.
You can choose to add on a stopover in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha or Istanbul – contact the team in Tropical Sky and they will arrange it for you, or view more holidays to Maldives from Ireland here.
4. Centara Ras Fushi, Maldives, All Inclusive with Speed Boat Transfers from €2649pp
This adult-only resort is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway. With stunning ocean views, a host of water-sports and a choice of four dining options, this all-inclusive deal includes a stay in a luxury ocean front villa with speed boat transfers.
The all-inclusive arrangement allows you to dine in four restaurants, and includes a daily stocked mini bar, as well as complimentary non-motorised water sports, snorkelling equipment and resort activities. It’s no surprise that it receives rave reviews on TripAdvisor.
Price from €2649 per person based on a seven-night stay in May including flights, speed boat transfers and hotel on an all-inclusive basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
5. Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, All Inclusive with Speedboat Transfers from €2349pp
Located just 25 minutes by speedboat from Male airport and surrounded by stunning views of the Indian Ocean, this tropical island is also highly rated on TripAdvisor and offers excellent value for a week in the Maldives.
Guests can enjoy nightly entertainment including DJ Nights and live bands, as well as movie nights and cocktail parties. There are two all-inclusive offerings and dining locations depend on which room type you choose.
Price from €2349 per person based on a seven-night stay in May including flights, speed boat transfers and hotel on an all-inclusive basis. This is one of the best value all inclusive resorts in the Maldives. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
I was seduced by Sri Lanka when I visited a few years ago and have vowed to go back with my family to show them why.
With a coastline of white sandy beaches and an interior full of wildlife parks, 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites and the most stunning tea plantations, I don’t think I have visited a tropical island that offers as much as Sri Lanka. For anyone looking for adventure and culture, mixed with beach time, look no further.
Tropical Sky offer a wide range of holidays to Sri Lanka from Ireland, including twin centre options should you wish to explore Sri Lanka’s cultural centre. I have listed two great options below, but you can see more here, or contact their expert staff to arrange a holiday to suit you.
6. All Inclusive Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, from €1699pp
If you are looking for a lively holiday in one of Sri Lanka’s party resorts, then this is for you. Located in Hikkaduwa, this musical town combines fun and sun, with lots of activities. Expect party vibes and beach views with all meals and drinks included in the price of your stay. This must be one of the best value all inclusive holidays in the Indian Ocean and receives excellent reviews from guests.
Price from €1699 per person based on a seven-night stay in June including flights, transfers and hotel on an all-inclusive basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
7. Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, Half Board from €1399pp
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa is a great choice for anyone looking for a relaxing stay in Sri Lanka, at a great price! It is located on the Bentota peninsula on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, and offers a wide range of water sports on its sandy beach.
There is a range of dining options too, including Sri Lankan cruise and fine dining at 360 Seafood. Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, this offers great value for a holiday to Sri Lanka from Ireland in 2024.
Price from €1399 per person based on a seven-night stay in June including flights, transfers and hotel on a half-board basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
8. 5-Star Anantara Kalutara Resort & Spa, Half Board from €1999pp
Anantara are renowned for having a portfolio of deluxe hotels (such as the Marker in Dublin), and the Kalutara Resort & Spa is no exception. Overlooking the Kalu River, this luxurious hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday, but within reach of Sri Lanka’s highlights.
There are three restaurants and three bars on site, as well as a Spa, two swimming pools, yoga, gym and numerous watersports. Top rated on TripAdvisor, check out the reviews if you still need convincing!
Price from €1999 per person based on a seven-night stay in June including flights, transfers and hotel on a half-board basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
The Seychelles is made up of 115 islands, boasting a lush tropical backdrop and some of the best beaches in the world. There are many different resorts to choose from, but whatever you decide, don’t miss a day trip to the famous Anse Source d’Argent beach with its towering granite boulders.
9. Story Seychelles Hotel, B&B from €1899pp
Located on the coast of the popular Beau Vallon Bay, with restaurants and shops only a 10 minute beach walk away, this top-rated hotel is a great choice for couples looking to explore Mahe and the Seychelles’ capital – Victoria.
This luxurious hotel is surrounded by a white sandy beach and combines Seychelles heritage with modern facilities beautifully. There are six restaurants, a host of water sports and activities, as well as a luxury Spa and yoga pavillion.
Price from €1899 per person based on a seven-night stay in May or June including flights, transfers and hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
10. Coco de Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites, Praslin, B&B from €2229pp
Located on the idyllic island of Praslin, the superb Coco de Mer & Black Parrot Suites is in an idyllic location for a romantic stay in the Seychelles. The island is reached by a 15-minute flight, followed by a short road transfer – both included in the cost.
Enjoy stunning sunsets from one of the hotel’s several private beaches. Surrounded by tropical gardens, the chalet style rooms are modern and spacious. Be sure to take in a day trip to La Digue island, just 15 minutes by Catamaran from Praslin, to visit the renowned Anse Source D’Argent beach.
Price from €2229 per person based on a seven-night stay in September (or €1879 in January), including flights, flight and road transfers and hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. Contact the team in Tropical Sky for alternative dates and durations.
I hope these dream long haul holidays to the Indian Ocean will help you plan a fabulous trip for 2024. Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own.