An idyllic location, tropical sunshine and breathtaking natural beauty – the Maldives has it all. The nation is made up of 1200 coral islands, with each luxurious resort found on its own private isle. Seclusion, serenity and simplicity are the pillars of life in the Maldives.
Indulge in serious R&R in a gorgeous villa on stilts or head out to sea to experience some of the best diving in the world. Whether it’s all inclusive comfort you’re looking for or an unforgettable island adventure, this destination has you covered.
With so much relaxation on offer, our list of things to do is a little brief
- Relax on a hammock with a good book.
- Snorkel in the lagoon
- Have a tennis lesson (larger resorts only)
- Take in the amazing sunsets
- Go fishing
- Relax on the beach
- Walk around the whole island
- Relax on the deck of your over-water bungalow
- Try Scuba-Diving
- Relax in the pool
When to go?
The best time to visit is undoubtedly our winter and spring from December to May. This is when the weather is driest. From June onwards you’ll see rain but it’s by no means a bad time to visit. You’ll just get a sharp heavy shower in the late afternoon and the following morning will be fine again.
Maldives visa for Indians can be obtained on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days. Visitors are required to hold documents required for their next destination. Theoretically travelers must have US$30 per day for the duration of their stay.
: English widely spoken
: Maldivian Rufiya
Before you go
Now that the best bits of our Maldives all inclusive holidays have tantalised your senses, here are a few important notes:
*Seaplane and domestic aircraft luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage per person.
*Excess may be charged at approx $4 per kilo and/or carried later.
*As you board, all luggage including handbags will be stowed, so make sure you have your camera on hand to capture every moment.
It is easy to run out of adjectives when attempting to describe the natural beauty of the small tropical Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius. The volcanic island Republic, covered with lush forest, streams and waterfalls, and fringed with palms, dazzling white sands and teeming coral reefs, is the dream destination for an idyllic holiday, equipped with modern resorts that have been carefully developed to preserve the island’s beauty and ecology.
‘Mauritius was made first, then heaven was copied from it’, and anyone who has experienced the island would no doubt agree with it.
When to go
The peak holiday season is from October to April, when temperatures are at their highest. Humidity is higher too, but never unbearable with constant gentle breezes. Winter is June to September, when temperatures are cooler, but still very warm with plenty of sunshine. There are slight regional variations depending on where you visit and it’s exposure to the trade-winds. All-in-all, Mauritius really is a year-round destination.
Top ten things to do
- Taste the Mauritian Street food in Port Louis & Grand Baie
- Belle Mare Waterpark. Thrilling slides and a fantastic place for the kids to cool off.
- Quad Bike Safari. A great way to explore the Yemen national park with all the natural sights along the way.
- Black River Gorges. Picnics, hiking and scenic drives this spectacular national park is a must see for lovers of nature.
- Seven Coloured Earths. A magical sight of multi-coloured sand-dunes. A little understood but fascinating lights.
- Bel Ombre. With it’s turquoise lagoon, this area is renowned for it’s colourful coral reefs, and safe bathing and snorkelling.
- Port Louis. Enjoy great shopping in this bustling port and see local traders at work in the Central Market. A real flavour of local life.
- Try the local Mauritian “Rum”
- Kite-Surfing. Give it a go in the best destination for it with reliable breezes and superb sea conditions off the fine beaches.
- Casela Bird Park. 150 species of birds and animals. Getting around is an adventure in itself with zip-lines, segways and hanging bridges.
Food & Drink
Mauritian food is a delightful blend, from all the different cultures who have ever settled here, so you’ll fiund a unique mix of Creole, French, African, Indian & Chinese.
Treat your sweet tooth at L’Aventure du Sucre, the sugar museum.
Visit Rhumerie de Chamarel for rum tasting sessions, valley views and a unique meal at L’Alchimiste restaurant.
Hit the island’s best bars and nightclubs on Royal Road, Grand Baie.
March: Immerse yourself in an explosion of colour for the Hindu Holi Festival.
May: Top golfers head to the island for the AfrAsia Mauritius Open golf tournament.
For Indian nationals travelling to Mauritius. Air Mauritius will accept passengers with confirmed booking for a return flight within 60 days. If passengers hold a ticket for a stay beyond 60 days, they must apply for a visa from the Mauritius High Commission in Delhi prior to departure.
We consider ourselves to be specialists, and there is no better place to come for independent advice and the best prices around, so call Big Time Holiday when planning your dream holiday to this wonderful island paradise.
Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, the Seychelles are a collection of islands which make up one of the loveliest parts of the world. Imagine swinging in a hammock tied to two gently swaying coconut trees, sipping a cocktail whilst idly considering what to do for lunch. Well, you don’t need to imagine, paradise can be found in the Seychelles! The people are kind and laid back, the pace of life seems to be so gentle that after a few days your frantic commute to work seems like a distant dream.
Big Time Holiday has been booking clients to the Seychelles for several years. With our expert knowledge of this destination we would be delighted to share our experiences with our customers.
Top ten things to see & do
- Sainte Anne Marine Park. Scuba dive with Sea Turtles and colourful fish
- Hire a car and explore stopping off at deserted beaches to swim and snorkel
- Hike in the Morne Seychellois National Park and enjoy the view from the highest point on the island
- Visit Victoria Market for a fun and fascinating look at a small local market.
- Take the boat to Praslin and enjoy this tiny jewel in the ocean
- Take a trip to Aride Island, an ornithologist’s dream, and the nearest to an unspoilt island you will ever see.
- Stroll along Beau Vallon Beach at sunset and check out some of the local restaurants
- Island hop to La Digue, hire a bike and explore.
- Spend a morning in the town of Victoria and enjoy the bustle of this tiny capital
- Grab a spot on the beach and just relax!
When to go?
The Seychelles are a great, all year round destination where the temperature shows very little fluctuation. Between May and October the Southeast trade winds can bring marginally cooler weather and fresher breezes whilst between November and March the Northwest trades brings slightly warmer temperatures and humidity. December and January are the wettest months but the short showers are soon over and the sun quickly returns.
Food & drink
The local food is referred to as Creole cuisine and has arisen from the fact that the Seychelles are on a major trade route down the East coast of Africa and the food is influenced by African, Chinese, French and Indian traditions. These are a few of the best spots:
Beau Vallon on Mahé: Head to this scenic bay on the northwestern island of Mahé for a wide array of restaurants. The traditional, local cuisine at La Plage, and the Boat House are always a hit. La Perle Noire also has an extensive menu and first-class service.
Takamaka Rum Distillery: While you’re visiting the island of Mahé, make sure you pay a visit to this rum distillery, where you’ll have the chance to take a rum tasting tour and learn more about the history of rum making in the Seychelles
Events and festivals in the Seychelles
The Seychelles is an incredible destination to visit all year round. But if you’re looking for something a little different on your getaway this year, plan it to coincide with any one of these exciting events:
Seychelles Carnival International de Victoria: In April, the islands invite floats from around the world to take part in this exuberant event with street food, live music and dancing.
The Festival Kreol: The week-long Festival Kreol in October is arguably the most notable and important event to occur in the Seychelles. Celebrate food, music and culture with a range of free and paid events, allowing you to plan your perfect itinerary.
Seychelles Ocean Festival: Visit the Seychelles in December and enjoy this outdoorsy festival, which features sports events, competitions and exhibitions.
Seychelles visa for Indians can be obtained on arrival for free for a maximum stay of 30 days provided holding an onward or return ticket and funds of a minimum of $150 per day per person along with proof of accommodation.
English, French & Creole
Mouth-watering cuisine, idyllic beaches and fascinating culture are waiting for you on a holiday in the Seychelles. To start planning your getaway or to learn more about our exclusive Seychelles holiday deals call Big Time Holiday and check out our range of hotels and packages now.
Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India where ancient Buddhist relics lie enshrined by the forest, rainforests are dotted with exotic flowers and incredible wildlife and bustling fish markets line the spectacular coastlines.
Whether you are looking to discover Sri Lanka on an all-inclusive package or tour or enjoy a relaxing honeymoon, come and explore this lush, lively and multi-layered island in the Indian Ocean on a holiday to Sri Lanka with Big Time Holiday.
Beach Holidays in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka ticks all the boxes when it comes to what we want from a beach. Here’s a handful of its most notable.
If you like your coast clean, quiet and Instagram-ready, head down to Bentota Beach in the southwest of the island. Drink in the serene curved bays and when you’ve had enough relaxing you can hone your surfing or paddle boarding skills.
The bustling city of Negombo is found on the west coast of the island, and is home to a family-friendly beach.
Koggala, Sri Lanka’s longest beach, is uncrowded and retains an undiscovered vibe. When you’ve had your fill of sunbathing, explore the palm-lined lagoons nearby. Koggala beach is also just 15km away from the lively city of Galle. Head here for Dutch colonial buildings, quaint boutiques and the historic Fort area, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Culture and Wildlife in Sri Lanka
You’re bound to come across a number of cultural and historical attractions during your holiday to Sri Lanka – they’re woven closely into the bustling towns and tropical backdrop. Here are some of our favourites.
The atmospheric Sigiriya Rock in the Matale District provides one of the most dramatic (and photogenic) sites in all of Sri Lanka. Its sheer rock walls soar out of the forest and into the sky, forming a flat summit that was once home to an ancient civilisation.
Head to the cultural capital of Kandy to discover the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. While you won’t see the tooth the temple is named after, you can enter the sacred room it’s kept in during puja (prayers).
Sri Lanka is a paradise for both flora and fauna. One of the best ways to see some of its more rare species is a visit to Yala National Park. With over 200 species of birds, over 40 types of mammals and one of the best places in the world to see leopards, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Eating and drinking in Sri Lanka
Package holidays to Sri Lanka are made for enjoying the best food. Broaden your horizons – and your palette – with any of these suggestions.
If you’re a tea lover, head to the famous Norwood Estate Tea Factory and discover working tea plantations. Of course, you can’t leave without tasting some Ceylon tea for yourself.
Sometimes the most authentic food can’t be ordered off any menu. Head to the markets in Pettah, Colombo, to discover vibrant, genuinely Sri Lankan dishes. Keep an eye out for the huge array of chillies on offer. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, sample the notoriously hot cobra chilli.
Tuck into a gastronomical feast of the highest quality seafood at beachfront restaurant Seafood Cove. The ever-changing menu is based around each day’s catch, and you can choose exactly how you want your seafood cooked.
Events and festivals in Sri Lanka
For a holiday to Sri Lanka with a unique twist, check out these events.
Scale the 2,243 meter high Adam’s Peak to Sri Pada (sacred footprint). The views from the top are particularly spectacular at sunrise, so we recommend a night-time start.
Cricket is one of the most celebrated sports in Sri Lanka, and matches take place year-round in Colombo and Kandy. You might even catch The Lions, Sri Lanka’s national team.
Sri Lanka has monthly religious public holidays, when shops and businesses are closed and the sale of alcohol is forbidden so you may find restrictions in hotels.
Best time to go
The country enjoys near-perfect weather all the year round, with average temperatures hovering around 30° (86° F) in the coastal areas, but much cooler at around 19° (67° F) up in the hills that are central to the island. The mountains create rainy seasons at differing times to other parts of the island.
Do I need a visa?
Yes. You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa. Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days
: English widely spoken
: Sri Lankan Rupee
Inspired to explore the mysterious ruins and tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka for yourself? Find out more about holidays to beautiful Sri Lanka with Big Time Holiday.