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It's often dreamed about, but rarely done. Our guest, recently returned from the Maldives, spent two days alone on a pristine paradise island: a tiny coral fringed lagoon around a ring of white sand and splatter of tropical jungle. There were no annoying insects, no humans, just a raised four-poster bed built by a luxury resort with crisp white linen and iced boxes of drinks and snacks, with evening meals delivered by speedboat and served by waiters. 'It was incredible,' he reported. 'Castaway life as imagined by Ralph Lauren.'
It's just one of many extraordinary experiences A&K can arrange for you in the Indian Ocean, from dancing in an underwater nightclub to submarine trips and feeding sting rays. Along with well-established relationships with stunning resorts, we use the very best guides and arrange easy island hopping - flights are rarely more glorious - along with seamless connections with Africa and India.
Whether it's your honeymoon or luxury holiday, travel to the Indian Ocean with Abercrombie & Kent in 2014 and we'll reveal impossibly perfect white sand, waving palm fronds and exquisite marine life. Alongside the spice-infused history of Zanzibar and distinctive culture of the Swahili Coast, we'll take you to two hedonistic clusters of islands
The low-lying necklace of the Maldives, straddling the equator, pioneered the over-water villa. Vast emerald lagoons and coral frescoed with multi-coloured blizzards of fish are par for the course, but the expanding range of private island resorts now offer everything from Michelin-starred chefs and underwater spa treatments to tree house villas.
Further south the Seychelles has thrown off the tag of five-star islands, two-star accommodation. Its now boasts superb shabby chic castaway resorts including North Island - Prince William's choice for the royal honeymoon. The flat-topped atolls and lushly forested granite mountains offer heavenly nature - several have their own environmental programmes - including the planet's largest fish, smallest frog and heaviest tortoise.
And don't forget stunning Mauritius. Its wonderful coastline, premium hotels and excellent watersports, come with Hindu temples rising out of the sugar cane, historic tea plantations and fabulous local cuisine.
Even if you don't have your own Robinson Crusoe Island, the Indian Ocean offers an awful lot - and with A&K it's all possible.
I want to thank you for sending along such interesting and passionate subject matter experts; Jean Jac and Wilbert. Both had amazing depths of knowledge about Macchu Picchu, Peru and the Incas. We learned a tremendous amount from both of them!
- Mark Lewis