Not sure which exotic destination to choose for your luxury holiday in the Indian Ocean? Basking in average winter temperatures hovering in the languid high-20s, and boasting some of the most luxurious beach hotels on the planet, Mauritius and the Maldives are wonderfully enticing options, both offering a stunning escape from the winter grind. But with similar climates and resorts, how best to choose between them? Read on to find out more about these two very different holiday destinations...AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MALDIVESSome 250 miles south-west of India, the Maldives form a chain of nearly 2,000 islands, the vast majority of them uninhabited. It is on these islands that the Maldives have smuggled away their luxury resorts, with the result that a holiday here is as close as you can possibly get to marooning yourself on a desert island.In fact, although the Maldives are also blessed with some of the very best diving and snorkelling on the planet – and all the resorts we use have superb PADI dive centres offering beginners’ courses and day trips – the islands essentially offer a barefoot paradise for people looking to kick back and forget about the world.See below for some suggestions for a holiday in the Maldives, or view our full range of hotels on these paradise islands.Soneva FushiLocated on one of the largest islands in the Maldives, a chic yet rustic resort which offers guests a truly peaceful holiday combining barefoot luxury with attentive first-class service, with rooms located just a few steps from the beach.Early booking offer: Book at least 90 days prior to arrival to receive complimentary half board for stays between 13 January - 19 December 2016. Combinable with other offers.Prices from £2650 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and room only.Click to view more information about Soneva Fushi The Residence MaldivesAn exclusive and secluded retreat offering unparalleled beauty and an idyllic refuge from the rigours of modern-day living. The thatched villas are a combination of contemporary sophistication and traditional Maldivian style, blending seamlessly into the natural environment.Free nights offer: Stay 7 nights for the price of 5 on a bed and breakfast basis between 1 April - 21 December 2016. Stay 7 nights for the price of 6 between 11 January - 31 March 2017. Combinable with other offers.Prices from £3500 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and bed and breakfast.Click to view more information about The Residence MaldivesConrad Maldives Rangali IslandSpread across two tropical islands, the resort offers beach and water villa accommodation. A divine spa, seven restaurants including one which is under the sea, and an abundance of activities mean the service amply matches the stunning beauty of the island.Early booking offer: Book at least 90 days prior to arrival to receive reductions worth 10% off the nightly rate for stays between 27 December 2015 - 25 December 2016. Prices from £2925 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and bed and breakfast.Click to view more information about Conrad Maldives Rangali IslandVelassaruA private island hideaway promising romance and intimacy is thanks to its remote isolation and personable staff. Maldivian architecture meets minimalist design in luxurious villas that reside either on the beach or above the lagoon and its richly-inhabited reef. Early booking offer: Book at least 60 days prior to arrival to receive reductions worth 10% off the bed and breakfast rate for stays of at least 4 nights between 16 April - 31 October 2016 or 5% off the nightly rate for stays between 1 November - 22 December 2016. Combinable with free nights offer.Prices from £1595 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and bed and breakfast.Click to view more information about VelassaruAN INTRODUCTION TO MAURITIUSIf you’re someone who loves to soak up the local culture between sessions on the sunlounger, or likes to visit a local market just as much as they like snorkelling, then Mauritius is probably much more your place. The island still has bone-white beaches and cobalt lagoons, but also offers fabulously rich rewards away from the beach. Mauritius is a thriving, vibrant island with a main town that has its own bustling Chinatown, buzzing market and colourful colonial architecture. In addition to Port Louis, Mauritius offers stunning coastal drives, spectacular waterfalls, and magnificent hiking trails in the Black River Gorges National Park. Throw in some of the best golf, tennis and watersports facilities in the Indian Ocean, and Mauritius is a superb all-rounder, catering to just about any holiday need.See below for some suggestions for a holiday in Mauritius, or view our full range of hotels on this fascinating island. Shanti MauriceIn the south of Mauritius, Shanti Maurice is a boutique lifestyle resort spread over thirty-six acres of tropical gardens encircled by wooded hills. The 61ethnic-style suites and villas overlook the sea and are well positioned for privacy.Reduced rates offer: Receive reductions worth 35% off for stays between 1 October - 30 November 2016 or 45% off for stays between 1 - 22 December 2016. Not combinable with other offers.Prices from £2790 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and half board.Click to view more information about Shanti MauriceAnahita The ResortThis exciting resort occupies a spectacular beachfront plot in a 213-hectare pocket of paradise on Mauritius’ stunning east coast. One- to three-bedroom villas are arranged around the bluest of lagoons, surrounded by verdant tropical gardens.Free nights offer: Stay 7 nights for the price of 5 or 14 nights for the price of 10 between 1 October - 20 December 2016. Stay 7 nights for the price of 5, 10 nights for the price of 7 or 14 nights for the price of 10 between 1 May - 30 September 2016. Valid for half board stays.Prices from £1760 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and bed and breakfast.Click to view more information about Anahita The Resort The Residence MauritiusA striking five-star hotel beside a glorious stretch of white sand beach on the east coast of the island. At the heart of the property is the lobby, with oriental-themed décor and veranda views which overlook the swimming pool and the beach beyond.Free nights offer: Stay 7 nights for the price of 5 on a half board basis between 4 January - 21 December 2016. Not combinable with honeymoon offer.Prices from £1950 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and half board.Click to view more information about The Residence MauritiusLe TouessrokA large and well-established resort which offers elegant luxury in a magnificent tropical location. Accommodation is light and airy, restaurants serve a combination of eastern and western cuisine while numerous activities will keep everyone happy.Prices from £2090 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and bed and breakfast.Click to view more information about Le TouessrokLux* Le MorneA tranquil beachside retreat where charming timber-framed bungalows sit within lush gardens. The atmosphere is romantic and elegant, with a number of dining opportunities and leisure facilities which make the most of the natural environment.Free nights offer: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3, 7 nights for the price of 5, 10 nights for the price of 7 or 12 nights for the price of 8 on a bed and breakfast basis between 5 January 2016 - 4 January 2017. Not combinable with other offers.Prices from £2140 per person for 7 nights including flights, transfers and half board.Click to view more information about Lux* Le Morne
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