This tiny island found 2,000 kilometres off the coast of Africa is the epitome of a tropical paradise with its sparkling cerulean waters, white sand beaches and glamorous luxury resorts. Increasingly, however, this island is no longer restricted to affluent travellers, with a growing list of accommodation, dining and activity options catering to a range of budgets.
The island is hugged by the world’s third largest coral reef, a prime spot for diving and snorkelling. On land, mountainous terrain and a wealth of wildlife make for excellent hiking, horseback riding and other outdoorsy activities. There are diverse architectural sites to explore too, with centuries of colonization leaving the island with a mix of Hindu shrines and colonial plantation mansions. In 2018, the country is celebrating 50 years of independence, so expect the atmosphere to be especially festive with lots of exhibitions and events marking this noteworthy anniversary.