If you’re starting to plan your end of year family holiday, here’s our quick guide to what’s on offer in the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar.
Accommodation ranges from adjoining rooms, flexible layouts and butler serviced villas, meaning there’s something for families of all shapes and sizes. Add to this, complimentary kids’ clubs at all hotels except for Tsarabanjina (Madagascar).
Newly refurbished, Belle Mare Plage offers effortless luxury where you can combine classic beach holiday fun of playing on the beach or by the pool with a few rounds of golf on the championship golf course or some R&R at the spa.
Intimate and elegant, Le Prince Maurice puts an extra dash of luxury into a long haul family holiday. Families come here to reconnect, relax by the pool and beach, with the option of exploring the island of Mauritius. A ride out on the glass bottom boat is very popular.
What to do in Mauritius
Mauritius is diverse and there’s a host of activities suitable for all ages. For younger children, there are nature parks to spot giant tortoises and boat trips for dolphin watching. Natural beauty abounds and a visit to the dormant volcano at Trou aux Cerfs, short walks to see natural waterfalls or for the more thrill-seeking quad biking, horse riding and parachute jumps. Find out more about what’s on for families in Mauritius.
Our largest resort, choice is everything at Ephelia and families can choose from a range of activities including watersports, zip lining, climbing and cycling. This is a vibrant lively place where it’s possible to combine a luxury holiday experience with very relaxed and welcoming hospitality. The spa village is a haven for those needing to retreat for a while, and the kids club is ideal for children wanting to make new friends.
Lemuria is smaller and quieter and all about location and quality, set adjacent to one of the most stunning beaches in the Seychelles. There’s golf, watersports and a spa to retreat to, while exceptional food is also high on the list of stand-out features. This is a place to down tools and enjoy some quality time together as a family.
What to do in the Seychelles
Another destination that’s become very popular with families who want to hire a car to explore the island, the Seychelles offers vibrant markets, nature parks, sailing and boat trips to smaller islands. Vallee de Mai is a must-do situated on the island of Praslin and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and easy to walk around.
Read more about Family Moments in the Seychelles.
While the Maldives is popular as a honeymoon destination, it’s also growing in popularity with families. At Halaveli we offer family villas kitted out with everything you need so you can enjoy the privacy of your own villa complete with personal butler and swimming pool. The beach has a paddle friendly shoreline for younger children while watersports appeal to older kids.
Popular with familiies wanting to holiday at the perfect Maldivian escape, Moofushi offers the Cristal all inclusive package so you don’t need to worry about any additional costs for food and drink while you’re there. Diving and snorkeling here is huge as Moofushi has one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, so if your children are over 8 and keen to get started, Moofushi cannot help but inspire.
What to do in the Maldives
Each hotel is situated on its own island. The journey from the capital Male by sea plane is a highlight of a trip to the Maldives. Other highlights include boat trips, fishing excursions and watersports.
This is our most remote resort in the Indian Ocean and we welcome young guests from the age of 4+. Air conditioned beach villas offer seclusion and privacy and again snorkeling/diving, fishing, watersports and exploring the wildlife of Madagascar feature high on the list of family favourites at this small resort (there are just 25 villas).
What to do in Madagascar
Madagascar itself offers an amazing opportunity to see endemic wildlife and plants including lemurs and baobab trees. Whale watching in season is also very popular.
Which of our 7 hotels and resorts would you like to take your family to?
With 7 destinations across Mauritius, Seychelles, Mald