Five Fabulous Honeymoon Islands in the Indian Ocean
Weddings are wildly stressful. From dress fittings to meetings with caterers, bakers and florists, a real party takes serious work. Hence why every bride needs a pat-themselves-on-the-back honeymoon. Our top spots? They’re in the Indian ocean of course.
Your post-nuptial getaway has become a perfect way to forget the trauma of planning your big day. With that in mind, these are our favourite Indian Ocean island destinations to make sure your marriage gets off to a stress-free, sexy start!
While less remote than some of the other islands on this list, Bali is easily one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Located along the southwestern archipelago of Indonesia, the characteristic landmasses and unparalleled fauna make Bali feel like a place out of a dream. With dozens of resorts to choose from, you’ll be able to sprawl out on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world while still having the option to immerse yourself in the rich Indonesian culture in the island’s interior. This is perfect for the type of couple that loves adventure.
An atoll nation off the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives are something that must be seen to be believed. Touted by some as the best honeymoon destination in the world, the Maldives are dotted with resorts that make use of the bracing atoll and shallow lagoons by building personal huts and villas over turquoise water. With miles of soft-sand coastline and commanding views of the majesty of the Indian Ocean, we can’t imagine a better place to be lulled to sleep by the softly lapping waves under your room. Your Instagram will love you for it.
This stunning island to the east of Madagascar is a dream come true – a mountainous and naturally gorgeous interior softly slopes down to a coastline of fine white sand. Enclosed by the world’s third-largest coral reef that acts as a barrier to the battering currents of the Indian Ocean, lazy lagoons of bright blue encircle the island in a cyan-coloured halo. There are resorts aplenty on Mauritius – the island is ringed by them – but if you want something really special, choose something on the west coast to experience the romance and glamour of an island sunset every night.
This sprawling archipelago of islands off the east coast of Africa has anything you could possibly want for a stress-free week of post-wedding relaxation. With a jaw-droppingly beautiful coastline of pristine sand melding into impossibly clear water, set up in one of your resort’s beach loungers under a gently swaying palm tree and allow yourself to soak up the peace of this island paradise. Try some coco de mer, one of the rarest tropical fruits in the world, or take an inland trip to see the diverse bird populations that live on this honeymoon island destination.
Did I save the best for last? Maybe! There’s a reason that Zanzibar is known far and wide for having the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Located just off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is a breath-taking location with a rich and storied history. Lounge around the beach off one of their many five-star resorts, take a trip into Stone Town and experience their rich colonial history and local culture, or just allow yourself to be lulled to sleep on outdoor beds along the coast by swaying palm trees.
Kind of makes you see the sense in marrying more than once, doesn’t it?