Let GAC transport you to a secluded paradise that most travelers will never see
Many travelers have a particular island they prefer for their warm weather vacations. Hawaii is a perennial favorite, and each island has a unique vibe. Maybe you fell in love with the Grecian Islands and plan to return yearly. Americans love the convenience of flights to the Caribbean, and we’re fond of several West Indies locales.
But for an island journey you won’t soon forget, we recommend the lesser-traveled islands in the Indian Ocean. These are some of the most off the beaten path destinations in the world, so they are perfect for a week of seclusion. And, just like the Caribbean, there’s an island in the Indian Ocean to suit every kind of vacation.
Here are four of our favorite destinations:
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 tropical islands located 1,500 kilometers off the eastern coast of Africa. The republic is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse wildlife.
You’ll want to arrive at the Seychelles International Airport (FSIA) on the main island of Mahé if you’re staying in the country’s capital and largest city, Victoria. But we can also arrange for arrival on one of the other main islands, like the Iles des Palmes Airport (FSPP) on Praslin Island.
Several of the smaller islands are maintained as private resorts. Let us know your ultimate destination, and we’ll make your arrival and transportation a breeze. We recommend either of the Four Seasons Resorts here (one on Mahé and the other on the secluded Desroches Island).
Once you arrive in Seychelles, there are a variety of activities to enjoy, such as snorkeling and diving, hiking through the lush forests and mountains, and visiting the many beaches and national parks. Seychelles is also known for delicious seafood and Creole-influenced cuisine.
If you’re looking for a low-key beach vacation, it’s hard to beat the Maldives. You’ll fly over 1,200 tiny islands as you arrive and then be whisked away by boat, seaplane, or helicopter to your destination. Thus, many of the Maldives are only big enough to accommodate a single hotel or resort, so finding some privacy there won’t be an issue.
This island chain is home to stunning beaches, quaint villages and markets, national parks, and marine reserves. You’ll no doubt want to snorkel or paddleboard in the crystal waters and spy on various colorful fish and coral. Or, you can simply relax in one of its many luxury resorts, where amenities include spas, fitness centers, and water sports. The Ritz-Carlton here is truly magical.
Mauritius is an island nation east of Madagascar, a popular destination for honeymooners and beach lovers. Surrounded by 100 miles of white, sandy beaches, the main island’s interior is green and mountainous, with fields full of sugarcane.
Must-sees in Mauritius include the rugged Black River Gorges National Park with its forest and waterfalls and the tranquil Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Garden. There’s no shortage of opportunities for scuba diving, water skiing, catamaran sailing, and glass-bottom boat excursions.
The capital, Port Louis, is a cosmopolitan city with a buzzing restaurant scene and a fabulous waterfront. There’s also a terrific Four Seasons Resort here — take a dazzling 15-minute helicopter from the airport to the resort’s helipad.
A mix of African and Arab influences throughout history makes Zanzibar a truly one-of-a-kind island. Its capital, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its narrow streets and historic buildings. While there, take a spice tour and learn about the island’s history as a trading hub for cloves, cinnamon, and other spices.
You can also visit the many beautiful beaches, including Nungwi Beach and Kendwa Beach, known for their white sands and palm trees. It gets slightly rainier in Zanzibar between March and May, so now is an excellent time to see the island. Let us know your travel dates, and we can handle all the arrangements.