The best spots to watch a sunrise or sunset in the Indian Ocean
They say that no two sunsets or sunrises are ever the same. Whether it’s the colours or the scenery, they’re always unique – this includes those in the Indian Ocean.
So, with extensive first-hand experience, here are our Indian Ocean Travel Experts’ recommendations for where to find the best for you and your loved ones:
Set on the powder-soft sands of Beau Vallon Beach in the Seychelles, with amazing views across the glistening bay; catch a sunset viewing from either from the aptly-named Sunset Bar, Le Bourgeois Restaurant or your very own Exclusive Ocean View Suite.
On its own 11-acre private island surrounded by turquoise lagoons on Mauritius’ East Coast, watch an unforgettable sunrise from your own Ocean Pool Villa’s private Plunge Pool or enjoy panoramic views of the ocean with a dip in the sparkling sea to start your day.
Secluded among 25 tropical acres on the tranquil west coast of Mauritius, you can arrange an intimate candle-lit dinner, including crafted cocktails sipped from pineapples, in a private cabana on the beach to watch the sunset over the crystal clear waters of Tamarin Bay.
In the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll, stay in an Exclusive Spa Sunrise Water Villa with an open deck built on stilts over the water and watch a morning’s sunrise in one of the most awe-inspiring places on earth. Afterwards, enjoy a private spa treatment and an à la carte breakfast.
On the west coast of La Reunion above the village of Saint-Leu and just 300m from the nearest beach, witness a sunset unlike you’ve never seen before from your Guétali Room with panoramic sea views from the tropical hillside. You may even spot whales from June to October!
Nestled on the curve of Passikudah Bay on, arguably, Sri Lanka’s best stretch of beach, head to this resort’s golden sands to make the most of the sunrise and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you at the same time. Opt for a Suite and you’ll be able to see it from your own terrace.
If you want to see these incredible sunsets and sunrises first-hand but aren’t sure which countries in the Indian Ocean are available to you, take a look at our hand-picked selection, as chosen by our Travel Experts.