Paradise Islands with water bungalows and crystal clear waters with colourful coral reefs. Are these places you have dreamed of? I give you three luxurious but affordable all inclusive resorts in the Indian Ocean!
A destination on every bucket list, you only have to mention the Maldives and people start to daydream! 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 luxury hotels, the Maldives ticks all boxes and then some! If the Conrad Rangali Island is outside your price range, choose an all-inclusive resort, where all meals and drinks are included in the price of your holiday. One might think that all of these resorts come with a hefty price tag. Not so….
Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa, All Inclusive, Flights, Sea Plane Transfers & Water Bungalow from €1879!
I was sold when I saw that you need to get a sea plane to get there and that ALL rooms were water bungalows! Staying in a bungalow on stilts over the Indian Ocean sounds like a fairytale but this is the reality at the Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Resort. The hotel boasts a host of great snorkeling sites with complimentary boat trips offered to all guests. For an additional charge you can try your luck at diving as there is a PADI certified dive centre on site. The all-inclusive package includes all meals and snacks from 7.30am – 1130pm, selected alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, free use of sports facilities and free WiFi. Don’t be put off by the amazing price, check out the reviews on tripadvisor, this really is incredible value!
Sri Lanka is one of those islands that thankfully has not yet been discovered by the masses. With a coastline of white sandy beaches and an interior full of rolling hills and tea plantations, it is the perfect island of contrasts. For those who fancy some culture mixed with beach time, the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the world’s only elephant orphanage should tick both boxes.
Club Dolphin Resort, All Inclusive, Flights, Transfers & Superior Room, from €1129!
Located beside a tropical sandy beach on the west coast of Sri Lanka, this hotel also has an incredible selection of on site facilities. Set within 14 acres of lush gardens you will find tennis, archery, mini golf, horse riding along with beach volleyball and kayaking. The hotel boasts the largest fresh water pool in Sri Lanka as well as the Pavillion Spa 💛 For a limited time you will get a FREE room upgrade too! Check out the reviews on tripadvisor if you are still not convinced!
Another idyllic island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offers 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. 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 the mix of Asian and African cultures help to provide some mouthwatering creole cuisine.
Veranda Pointe Aux Biches, All Inclusive, Flights & Transfers from €1329!
Believe it or not, you are encouraged to go barefoot in this resort – imagine not having to pack ANY high heels!! This chic and stylish hotel has been recently refurbished and has a wonderful relaxed vibe. They even have a stocked mini bar included in the price of your stay! The main restaurant is called ‘Senses’ and they have a wellness lounge that offers spa treatments and therapies. Activities on site include aqua zumba, water polo and beach volleyball. Non-motorised water-sports are free including kayaks and stand up paddle boats. I think the biggest problem is you won’t want to leave! However if you do decide to venture outside, the hotel offers a free shuttle bus to Grand Baie (great for shopping) and a picnic hamper so you won’t loose out on the all-inclusive arrangement 👏 You shouldn’t need any more convincing, but if you do, read the amazing reviews on tripadvisor!