There are times in your life when you just need a break. You want everything you need in one beautiful place, leaving you free to get through that pile of books, enjoy a relaxing ocean swim, and hit the pina coladas as many times as you fancy. This is the beauty of the all-inclusive resort.
But if you’re going to spend the majority of your holiday in one place, it needs to be top quality. You’ll need a good range of restaurants, plenty of activities for the whole family, and a comfortable room or villa with all the added extras. A picture-perfect location is, of course, top of the wish list.
So where should you book for a luxurious, no-fuss week or two in the sunshine? British Airways Holidays has a great selection of all-inclusive hotels set in the beautiful Indian Ocean that you won’t regret booking.
If you like your paradise locations to offer both tranquillity and action, then the all-inclusive C Mauritius hits the perfect balance. Start your day by grabbing a coffee at the Cpicerie deli, or pick up a bento box for a relaxed lunch on the beach. You can also choose from a range of international all-day dishes at the buffet restaurant, or enjoy delicious Asian dishes while taking in the incredible ocean view. Premium cocktails and biodynamic wines are also available whenever you fancy, day or night.
But it’s not all about the food. The beautiful spa has both single and double treatment rooms, as well as a sauna and steam room that are just the tonic for relaxing after a long flight. When you’re in the mood for something a bit more energetic, head to the beach bar for a live DJ set on the beach – enjoyed with a delicious cocktail in hand as the sun goes down.
OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi
Imagine enjoying a crisp glass of wine and mouth-watering meal while staring out into the turquoise Indian ocean – all while knowing you won’t need to open your wallet for the foreseeable. At OBLU EXPERIENCE Ailafushi in the Maldives this dreamy scenario is a daily reality in its all-inclusive four-star resort. Under The Fushi Plan, guests can make the most of just about everything they could ask for including all-day dining at its elegant restaurant, unlimited wine, beers, teas and coffees, plus daily organised activities, the kids club, and complimentary 15-minute non-motorised water sports sessions. There’s also a beautiful spa complex where you can chill out to your heart’s content, live music bars, and boutique shops.
OBLU SELECT Lobigili
For an adult’s only alternative, opt for its five-star sister hotel, OBLU SELECT Lobigili that’s connected by an 850-metre bridge across the lagoon. This boutique resort comprises 68 stylishly designed villas offering a more exclusive and romantic experience. Under the Lobi all-inclusive plan, expect all of the expected perks such as top-quality food and drink whenever you want it, plus fun excursions, a treatment at its tranquil spa that’s set in a private tropical garden, and unforgettable dining experience at ONLY BLU, the largest under-ocean restaurant in the Maldives. Work and everyday life will feel like a million miles away.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa and Hideaway Resort & Spa
The Lily Beach Resort & Spa was the first of its kind to bring the concept of a premium all-inclusive resort to the Maldives. As such, it’s well versed in offering its guests the best of everything – from the finest food and drink to excursions away from the hotel, and sports and leisure activities. In essence, whatever its guests want, they can have. It also welcomes couples and families while keeping everyone happy with designated quiet and fun zones. There are private pools in every suite or villa and an overwater spa where you enjoy a simple Jacuzzi or a Balinese massage.
If you’re travelling as a group or have a large family, the Hideaway Resort & Spa should be on your radar. Located at the far north end of the Maldives Archipelago, it offers a true Robinson Crusoe feel as well as some of the largest villas in the Maldives while only inhabiting 10 per cent of the island. Tropical greenery and gardens surround the hotel, while its crystal waters are home to turtles, reef sharks and stingrays that swim freely around the double coral reef. Whichever hotel you choose, you’re sure to have the holiday of a lifetime.
Escape to the Indian Ocean
British Airways flies direct from London to Mauritius and the Maldives year round. All holidays with British Airways Holidays are ATOL (5985) protected and come with a 23KG baggage allowance per person and a 24-hour holiday helpline.
Secure your 2023 Indian Ocean holiday now with a low deposit at ba.com/indianocean
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