There is one type of trip that you can’t go wrong with: an island vacation, where there is bound to be something special for your entire family (or both you and your partner). If you’re looking for white sandy beaches, azure waters, a phenomenal culture, and exotic dishes in an outstanding tropical paradise, forget South East Asia (for a while) and instead focus on the Indian Ocean, which is home to many outstanding holiday destination gems, any of which would make for the most sensational getaway. There astonishing hotels are waiting to welcome you.
LUX* Grand Gaube, LUX* Le Morne, LUX* South Ari Atoll, LUX* Belle Mare, and SALT of Palmar have been voted The Best Resorts In The World for the Indian Ocean in the coveted annual Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards.
Now in its 35th year, the Awards continue to capture top travel experiences worldwide that Conde Nast Traveller readers love best, with votes from more than 240,000 readers. As one of the industry‘s esteemed longest-running travel awards, the prestigious accolade is recognized for its impact on consumer travel decisions for the year ahead.
Leading the way, Conde Nast Traveller’s readers named LUX* Grand Gaube among the top five resorts in the Indian Ocean and first in Mauritius. This eclectic lifestyle resort, brought to life by British designer Kelly Hoppen and Mauritian architect Jean-François Adam, is nestled on a secluded peninsula on the northern coast of Mauritius. It has a superb mix of everything the island has to offer, from two tranquil beaches, and gourmet dining destinations including the award-winning INTI Peruvian restaurant (recently named TripAdvisor Travelers‘ Choice Best of The Best Fine-dining Restaurants in Africa #2 and first in Mauritius), a pampering LUX* ME Spa to adventurous activities of helicopter and seaplane rides.
The serene beachfront resort LUX* Le Morne in Mauritius embodies a contemporary tropical island lifestyle paired with immersive experiences – curated for mindful luxury travelers. Situated at the foot of Le Morne mountain (UNESCO Heritage Site) and only 15 minutes from the Black River Gorges, it is within easy reach of some of the best hiking and trails, as well as boasting exclusive access to the most sought-after sunset spots and lagoons.
In addition to the vibrant and romantic LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius which is perfect for honeymooners and family escapes, the luxurious LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives features a variety of activities full of fun and modern soul including bicycle rides along the jetty, swimming alongside whale sharks, relaxing in overwater villas on stilts, dining at any of the eight restaurants and partaking in marine conservation.
Infusing modern explorers with meaningful travel experiences, the chic adults-only Mauritian hotel SALT of Palmar is a paradise for solo and couple adventurers. Guests are immersed in the heart of Mauritian life and allowed to connect directly with locals via the Skill Swap program – inspired by the sustainability ethos grounded in a desire to take guests to people, not just places, at this colorful and artfully designed resort.
Don’t wait ! Just dive into the Lux and Salt experience!