Embarking on a family holiday to a tropical paradise is a dream for many. But when it comes to choosing the perfect family holiday destination, the Indian Ocean offers an array of breath-taking options. Madagascar, Maldives, Seychelles, and Mauritius stand out as top contenders, each boasting unique charms and attractions.
From diverse wildlife adventures in Madagascar to pristine beaches in the Maldives, these destinations cater to different preferences. Let’s delve into the highlights of each, aiding families in selecting the ideal getaway for their next unforgettable vacation.
Mauritius family holiday
Embark on an enchanting adventure with your loved ones to the idyllic paradise of Mauritius! Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, this tropical gem beckons families with its sun-kissed beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture. From thrilling water sports to exploring lush nature reserves, a Mauritius family holiday promises unforgettable moments and cherished memories for all ages.
What to do in Mauritius with kids?
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.
If you want to know more, check out our article on 10 things to do in Mauritius
Where to stay in Mauritius on a family holiday?
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.
Seychelles family holidays
Embark on an extraordinary family escapade to the captivating archipelago of Seychelles! Tucked away in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles boasts pristine beaches, lush jungles, and a rich cultural tapestry waiting to be explored. Whether you’re snorkelling amidst vibrant coral reefs or strolling hand-in-hand on powdery sands, Seychelles offers an enchanting backdrop for unforgettable family moments.
What to do in Seychelles with kids?
Becoming more and more popular with families who love exploring, 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.
Discover more great tips in our article about 13 things to do in the Seychelles!
Where to stay in Seychelles on a family holiday?
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.
Maldives family holiday
Discover the breath-taking Maldives with your kids, where every moment is a picture-perfect postcard waiting to be captured. With its dazzling turquoise waters, pristine white-sand beaches, and luxurious overwater villas, the Maldives beckons families to indulge in the ultimate tropical getaway. From thrilling water adventures to serene beachside relaxation, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this slice of paradise.
What to do in Maldives with kids?
In the Maldives, families can indulge in a myriad of unforgettable experiences. From snorkelling in vibrant coral reefs to dolphin-watching excursions, the azure waters offer endless adventures. Kids can enjoy thrilling water sports, while parents relax with spa treatments or sunset cruises. Other highlights include fishing excursions and water sports.
Exploring local islands, visiting marine conservation centres, and indulging in beachside picnics complete the perfect family escape in this tropical paradise.
If you want to know more about Maldives activities, read our article: Top 10 things to do in the Maldives!
Where to stay in the Maldives on a family holiday?
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 families wanting to experience 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.
Madagascar family holiday
Set off on a wild and wonderful adventure with your loved ones to the exotic island of Madagascar! Known for its unique biodiversity and stunning landscapes, Madagascar offers families a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. From encountering playful lemurs in lush rainforests to exploring pristine beaches and vibrant markets, every moment on this island is filled with excitement and discovery.
What to do in Madagascar with kids?
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.
In Madagascar, families can immerse themselves in an unparalleled adventure amidst breathtaking biodiversity. The island offers a unique opportunity to witness endemic wildlife and plant, and seasonal whale watching adds to the excitement, providing unforgettable moments of marine marvel.
Exploring lush rainforests, encountering lemurs up close, and marvelling at towering baobabs create cherished memories for families seeking a truly extraordinary experience in nature’s wonderland.
Discover more exciting tips in our article about Top 10 thing to do in Madagascar!
Where to stay in Madagascar on a family holiday?
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).
Choose your perfect Indian Ocean family holiday destination
So, whether you’re captivated by the vibrant culture of Mauritius, enchanted by the pristine beauty of the Maldives, drawn to the lush landscapes of Seychelles, or intrigued by the unique biodiversity of Madagascar, the Indian Ocean offers an array of family holiday experiences to suit every taste. Whichever destination you choose, one thing is certain: unforgettable memories and cherished moments await you and your loved ones in these tropical paradises. So pack your bags, embark on your adventure, and let the wonders of the Indian Ocean weave their magic on your family holiday!