Honeymooning in your 50s – The Indian Ocean paradises of Mauritius, Maldives, and Seychelles

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By the time you reach your 50s, you have likely travelled to some of the most exotic destinations on your travel wish list. African safaris? Check. Gastronomic adventures in Italy, Spain, and France? Check. A tour of the majestic temples in Thailand? Check. Now that you are planning a honeymoon in your 50s, it’s time to do something that is both outside the box and truly relaxing and luxurious. Before you get to honeymoon, you need to start dating of course and here is the link to our over 50 sign up page

The islands of the Indian Ocean are tropical paradises perfect for romance. Mauritius, Seychelles, and the Maldives boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and are known for their ultra-luxurious overwater bungalows.

Depending on what you are looking for, the Seychelles, Maldives, and Mauritius can offer you Michelin-starred dining, world-class diving, and truly breathtaking beaches. Now your biggest worry will be how to choose just one…

Best for natural landscapes  – Seychelles

Seychelles might be known for its luxurious accommodation options, but it is also renowned for its wonderful natural landscapes and reserves. Head to Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the rare Coco de Mer palm. Make sure you also visit Bird Island to marvel at exotic birds and nesting turtles.

Best for a plethora of ultra-luxury hotels – Maldives

The Maldives is truly one of the world’s foremost destinations for ultra-luxury hotels nestled on private islands, making this a true favourite for honeymooners of all ages. How does an overwater villa with your own private butler and plunge pool sound? Check out Cheval Blanc Randheli located on the small private island of Niyama. If money is truly no object, the Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi is the ultimate in opulence.

Best for fine dining – Mauritius

Mauritius is blessed with abundant local produce and achingly fresh seafood, and so it is no wonder that this island offers world-class dining that rivals that found in European capitals.

One & Only Le Saint Geran has recently completed a £41 million renovation, and they now offer culinary fare from Michelin-starred chef Marc de Passori. Don’t miss the decadent lobster, champagne and caviar Sunday brunch at the Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, known as one of the world’s best.

To sample local flavours, head to the legendary Le Chateau de Bel Ombre is housed in a restored colonial mansion, renowned for its authentic Mauritian cuisine.

Best for scuba and snorkelling – Maldives

There is no denying that the clear waters and colourful reefs of the Maldives, Seychelles, and Mauritius are all almost equally beautiful. But, if we had to choose just one for its offerings beneath the waves, we have to recommend the Maldives.

The Baa Atoll (located just a 40-minute seaplane from the main island and capital of Malé) is an undersea oasis where you can dive or snorkel surrounded by manta rays and whale sharks. The Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is home to its own manta ray research station, making this the ideal destination for any honeymooners who are serious about scuba – and luxury.

Best for decadent spas – Seychelles

Do you and your new spouse want to indulge in massages on the beach, banana leaf body wraps, and Omorovicza gold and blue diamond treatments? Then you should consider booking your honeymoon at the MAIA resort on the Seychelles’ main island of Mahé. If you prefer the idea of a starlight massage, the Four Seasons Seychelles offers a whole menu of innovative spa treatments for couples.

Best for watersports and adventure? Mauritius

All of the Indian Ocean islands are known for their spectacular diving and snorkeling, but Mauritius has a leg up for adventure, as it’s a world-class kitesurfing destination. If you want to add some adrenalin to your honeymoon, book a stay at The St Regis Mauritius, home to an on-site kitesurfing club.

Best for booking your own private island? Maldives

Let’s face it – if you have the financial ability, there is nothing better than booking a stay on a private island for your honeymoon. The Maldives is known for its incredible private islands, complete with resorts that offer you every amenity you could wish for. Check out the COMO Cocoa Island, located in the South Malé atoll. It is home to just 33 villas that were all inspired by dhonis (the traditional Maldivian sailing boat).