With its cerulean waters teeming with marine life, the Indian Ocean might just be one of the most magical places on Earth. It also hosts some of our favorite island escapes, including the culturally rich nation of Sri Lanka and the coral-ringed archipelago of the Maldives. Centara Hotels & Resorts offers travelers some truly enchanting places to stay in this patch of paradise.
Set on a private atoll apart from the rest of this world, this opulent oasis of white colonial villas and turquoise waves represents the quintessential Maldivian experience. Spend your days sea kayaking, sailing, or exploring the surrounding reef. There’s nothing to stop you from simply reveling in the good life here. Sip a glass of bubbly on your veranda and savor the feeling of getting away from it all.
While tiny travelers are more than welcome at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, this resort caters exclusively to adults. Couples can enjoy leisurely days in their own private villas or luxurious treatments in the award-winning spa in complete serenity. Seven exquisite restaurants and bars ensure that guests never run out of new culinary delicacies to sample. For the actively inclined, there’s a PADI Dive Centre as well as a host of aquatic activities.
The Pearl of the Indian Ocean boasts a fascinating history and a profusion of native flora and fauna. Soak in the best of what this nation has to offer from the shores of a palm-fringed strip of coastline at this resort. Dine on local cuisine at Café Bem, fiery Thai classics at Suan Bua, and superb seafood with a view at 360. Though many guests prefer to while away the afternoons on the beach, there are plenty of activities here, ranging from kid-friendly fun to a soothing spa.