Winter sun in the Indian Ocean
This winter, escape to the islands of the Indian Ocean, for some sun-filled family vacations.
February is (nearly) here!
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It is well known that the cosy atmosphere of the Indian Ocean islands, has only few rivals around the world. From mild summers to clement winters, the idyllic islands of the southern hemisphere will warm both older and younger ones, for a few days' winter vacation with the family.
Flip-flops on the feet, sunscreen on the face, trendy backless swimsuit on the body, pareo tied around the hip, hat on the head and sexy ponytail as a headdress... You are now all set and ready to indulge in the slow-paced islands’ rhythm! Here, we chill at all hours, living like a real islander. Children have fun while parents enjoy some peaceful moments. That is what winter vacation in the tropics is all about.
The Islandian experts share with you, wholeheartedly, great tips for some successful 2020 holidays!
Chic cocoons and breathtaking nature - Back to the roots!
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This year, take no risk for your winter holidays by opting for the Seychelles, a safe bet! Its crystal-clear lagoons, pristine beaches, vibrant wildlife and chic addresses make this destination a dreamlike reality for travellers! Mahé, La Digue, Praslin, Denis Island or even Bird Island… these charming islands perfectly reflect the local lifestyle of the blessed Indian Ocean inhabitants, that makes travellers envious to spend a few exclusive days in paradise!
For Thierry, Islandian expert, the Seychelles archipelago is simply heavenly:
« In my opinion, although the ideal months of the year are from April to November, the Seychelles are pleasant all year round. The sun warms up and winter brings only a refreshing breeze! With 115 islands at your disposal, one thing is guaranteed, there will be no room for boredom. Take a walk on the granite rocks of Anse Source d'Argent, enjoy the beautiful beach of Beau Vallon, taste tropical fruits at Anse Lazio, observe the countless sea birds of Bird Island, ride in an ox-cart, discover the sea coconut trees of Vallée de Mai... in short, the list of activities for a great family vacation might be very long!».
Charming hotels, bungalows, private villas by the water, luxury resorts with high-end services... with Islandian, choose your ideal according to your budget.
For these winter holidays, opt for the Constance Ephelia, a superb 5-star hotel nestled in Mahé. Here, you will find contemporary and spacious accommodations, surrounded by a lush scenery with a breathtaking view of the sea! For a time of ultimate comfort, indulge in a wide variety of treatments at the U Spa by Constance, while your children have fun by their own at the Constance Kids Club.
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If you have a fondness for both history and culture, a colonial-styled seaside hotel is the right address for you! Housed above Mahé's Intendance Bay and surrounded by rainforest, the Banyan Tree Seychelles is an elegant 5-star hotel. The luxury resort is ideal for couples and also welcomes children, with a babysitting service available upon request.
For a “back to the wild” trip, opt for a Seychelles vacation. For a “back to basics” break, opt for a Rodrigues vacation!
Charming and authentic accommodations - Back to basics!
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The D-day has arrived! Leave Paris, with a short hop at the Mauritius International Airport, and switch plane to board an ATR with only a few seats. Get ready to fly towards the beautiful volcanic island of Rodrigues. From the air, an endless palette of blue and green, multiple creeks lined with cliffs, long stretches of white sandy beaches and a few houses surrounded by cows, chickens and goats are uncovered!
Located not so far from Mauritius Island, Rodrigues enjoys an autonomous status and forms part of the Republic of Mauritius. The approximatively 38,000 Rodriguans focus on fishing, agriculture and tourism as their main economic activities. Straddling respect for their precious environment by, for instance, banning the use of plastic bags on the island since 2014, the people of Rodrigues are attached to their heritage and try to preserve it at all costs.
Beyond the necessary developments of the local infrastructures such as bridges, schools or hospitals constructions; residents affirm their will to maintain the genuine and unique charm that makes Rodrigues the most authentic destination of the Indian Ocean.
According to Yovana, Islandian expert, this little piece of paradise is ideal for family vacations:
« Treating yourself with a trip to the end of the world, is a real chance! Rodrigues is a dream escape for winter holidays, as this ‘back to the roots’ atmosphere reminds us that happiness lies in the simplicity of the little things of everyday life. While mobile network is almost impossible to catch, take advantage of the island’s beauty to show your children that it is still possible to have fun without technology! ».
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Watch the sun rise on the horizon, listen to the birds, wake up to the crowing of the cocks, dive into the sea, have lunch in a local snack bar to taste the famous "ourite" (octopus) from Rodrigues, go for a walk on the hilly paths or take a ride on a motorbike for some adrenaline. Here, everyone lives happily with their family, vegetable plantations and animals... life is sweet and, above all, affordable!
At about 7 minutes’ drive from Port Mathurin, Domaine de la Paix is a charming place to stay, that provides travellers with an exceptional 180° view of Rodrigues’ lagoon. With a great swimming pool, a bar and a few studios or rooms for couples and families, Domaine de la Paix promises peace of mind and serenity!
If you are looking for very intimate bungalows in a rather traditional style, Bakwa Lodge is made for you.
Nestled on the coast of Port Sud-Est, the seven bungalows are set between sea, hills and filaos (local trees). Here, the service is always attentive and the local cuisine is delicious. What more could you ask for a 100% authentic stay?
For an experience under the sign of authenticity, choose Rodrigues without hesitation. For some luxury and glitter winter holidays, think about a Maldives vacation!
Luxury resorts and sparkles everywhere - Always more!
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If you are a fan of mornings in robes, room meal services, sunsets on private cruises, the saying "always more and never enough", speedboats or seaplanes, yoga on the beach, outdoor showers and villas on stilts... welcome to the Maldives!
After ten to eleven hours of flights from Paris towards the Indian Ocean, uncover this paradise emerged from a sleeping volcano submerged by the waters. Let yourself be carried away by its ribbon of pearly coral atolls stretching over 800 kilometres, its famous deluxe resorts and its amazing deep blue lagoon!
According to the Islandian Expert Yannick, the Maldives are the divers’ paradise as well as the ideal tailor-made holiday destination for children:
« From December to April, travellers will be able to enjoy the best of what the destination has to offer! Swimming with hammerhead sharks in Rasdhoo atoll, taking a ride in a submarine off the coast of Malé, picnicking on a lovely island, watching a traditional Maldivian show or initiating the whole family to diving! Of course, it might cost a little extra to the budget to spend some days in the Maldives, but once you set foot there, you’ll realize how worthy it is. Trust us! ».
Lovers of island to island sailing will be spoiled at Conrad Rangali Island. This award-winning premium hotel is located on two islands - Rangali and Rangalifinolhu - connected by a deck under which stingrays peacefully swim. The trendy hotel chain has found the perfect balance between understated luxury, outstanding culinary offer and pleasant seclusion from the rest of the world…
or family vacations, the private bungalow nestled on the pristine beach and the copious buffet of the Celcius restaurant will be a great choice! Where, you ask? At Huvafen Fushi! This superb 5-star hotel promotes a simple and relaxed lifestyle in a peaceful atmosphere that will fascinate you.
For an ultra-luxury escape (yet with a portion of simple life-styled addresses), opt for the Maldives. For active winter holidays, consider a break in Reunion Island!
Budget hotels and outdoor adventures - Let's get moving!
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Known as the “Intense Island” and the “Bourbon Island”, Reunion is a volcanic island based in the south-western Indian Ocean. From land to sea, the French overseas department dazzles: hiking, paragliding, surfing, canyoning, swimming in the waterfalls or mountain biking... the Indian Ocean destination is full of outdoors activities, to the greatest joy of locals and travellers alike!
For Christina, Islandian expert, a Reunion Island vacation is the perfect option for active winter holidays:
« In Reunion Island, the month of February is simply perfect! Outside, the thermometer displays around 27 degrees and no longer 31, enough to enjoy the open air without rushing into the air-conditioned areas! For a tropical island, Reunion is well equipped with efficient means of transport to move easily from town to town. With children, it's very practical! ».
Only 5 minutes away from the centre of Saint-Leu, Cases Couleurs is a comfortable and intimate 3-star hotel. During your stay, let yourself be guided far from the hustle and bustle of the city, towards various creole huts inspired by the architecture of colonial houses. Private swimming pool, tropical garden, colourful roofs, large veranda... in a studio or villa, you will be fully pleased by this address!
We also have an alternative for you! Facing the sea and nestled in a perfect setting, LUX* Saint-Gilles is a nice 5-star hotel that invites travellers to experience, throughout the day, its concierge service, superb swimming pool, sandy beach, and fitness room; and to go around its various bars and nice restaurants at night.
For an active getaway, Reunion Island awaits. For winter holidays at the heart of a postcard-material destination, think of a visit to Mauritius Island!
Ultimate refuges and unique cultural mix – A new generation postcard
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Among the most densely populated islands of the Indian Ocean, with about 600 inhabitants per square kilometre, Mauritius has managed to keep its lustre by preserving its charm. Beyond the postcard image that sticks to its skin, many other well-preserved facets are to be discovered. An eclectic and mixed population, a relaxed atmosphere, a legendary hospitality, some exceptional hotels, breathtaking landscapes, spicy flavours, a mosaic of religions and many other assets!
All year round, Mauritius is subject to attractive deals, depending on the desired travel season. Nowadays, the wide accommodations offer ranges from stays at the locals to 5-star luxury resorts, small bungalows and waterfront villas.
For Cathy, Islandian Expert, February is the ideal month for family holidays in Mauritius Island:
« Here, life is simple but generous. We appreciate life as it is, by valuing what we have without envying others. We have a lot of empathy and always have will for everything. Everyone finds its place, both Mauritians and travellers whom we meet and talk to on the beach, at the supermarket, or even in the bus. We are always ready to share our knowledge with pride and talk about our island around our favourite meal! Mauritius is a place where it is fun to live. The old Mauritian families are very large ones, with many children. Creating sand castles on the beach, bite into a piece of cake or a fruit bought from the hawker... We like to be well surrounded, to help and support each other, to discuss, to share everything at any time. After all, what would be the point of living alone? ».
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If what you are looking for is sharing unique experiences in a contemporary but local-styled hotel, in a rustic chic environment… the Zilwa Attitude is waiting for you! Located right on the North coast of the island, Zilwa Attitude invites travellers to discover the treasures of Mauritius: warm smiles, local music and the art of living by the sea, among others.
We still have something for you! For winter holidays in a luxury hotel with personalised service and unparalleled comfort, head to the Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa with the majestic Le Morne mountain as a backdrop. Whether you are a kitesurfing enthusiast, an apprentice golfer or a fan of all kinds of self-care treatments, this resort is made for you!
Have you made up your mind yet?
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Earthly paradise, beach houses, havens of flavours and authentic villages... the Indian Ocean offers a panel of varied and all unique islands; a postcard “cliché” as only the Indian Ocean knows how to make them exist.
With Islandian, each trip is crafted according to your desires. In other words, we are a re-imagined travel agency. Our itineraries are designed by our local team of travel experts, who love nothing better than finding new haunts, exploring the fantastic diversity of flavours and sharing the culture and history of the Indian Ocean islands.