indian ocean Elite Living AfricaThe Indian Ocean offers travellers seeking luxury, warm weather and pristine swimming in some of the planet’s most perfect escapes

The Maldives and the Seychelles are two of the most popular destinations for discerning sun-seekers – and there are other less obvious but equally stunning destinations worth considering when planning an upscale escape. Mauritius, Madagascar and Sri Lanka also have much to offer in terms of luxury, unique experiences and breathtaking natural beauty. For tennis lovers Dhonakulhi Island, the second largest Maldivian island, is home to Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. The resort’s obvious attractions include a gorgeous backdrop of coconut groves, sugar-like sands, turquoise waters and villas perched over lagoons. For those who want to take the time to brush up their tennis skills between extended relaxation sessions, the resort has opened a tennis academy in association with tennis legend, Nikolay Davydenko. The former world number three, who won 21 titles over the course of his career, was a consultant for the establishment of the academy and professional coaches are on hand to help guests of all skill levels brush up their game on hard courts. And after a session on the court, there is always the freestanding bath, jacuzzi and infinity pool with a view to the horizon for post-tennis relaxation.

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