An ultimate indulgence, enjoy a private dining experience on an uninhabited island. There’s just one couple allowed on Lonubo for dinner at a time, so it really is your own private island for the evening! A delectable five-course menu will be prepared and served by your private chef and waiter, accompanied by sparkling wine and the gentle lap of the ocean. After dining, your chef and waiter will depart, leaving you alone to stargaze from the large bed on the beach or from the ‘love beds’ in the trees. To return to Maafushivaru, simply call the resort from the dedicated mobile phone and ask them to whisk you back to the main island. The next morning, wake up late and enjoy continental breakfast in bed in your villa on Maafushivaru. This experience is available exclusively to guests staying at Maafushivaru Maldives.
Includes: Dinner, sparkling wine, dhoni transfers from Maafushivaru, breakfast in bed back on Maafushivaru.
Daily departures from Maafushivaru
What could be more romantic than your very own private island for the night? You’ll be dropped off late afternoon, with time for snorkelling and swimming at leisure before the sun sets over the Indian Ocean and the night sky is filled with stars. Your accommodation on this uninhabited island is a charming Beach Villa, nestled amongst the trees, with air-conditioning, television, iPod dock, minibar, mobile phone, outdoor bathroom and sun deck with outdoor hot tub. The next morning you'll enjoy a sparkling wine in-villa breakfast. Then, when you’re ready to be picked up, simply call the resort from the dedicated mobile phone. With just one couple on the island each night, this really is an utterly secluded and romantic escape. This experience is available exclusively to guests staying at Maafushivaru Maldives.
Three dining packages are available:
Romance Picnic includes a hamper for two delivered with you when you arrive, bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket. From £486 per person.
Island Barbecue includes meat and fish cooked on a barbecue by a chef, bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket. From £595 per person.
Desert Island Dream includes a five-course dinner on the beach with a private chef and waiter, bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket. From £973 per person.
All packages include sparkling wine in-villa breakfast the next day and transfers from Maafushivaru.
Daily departures from Maafushivaru
This full-day experience is an introduction to the island's capital, Port Louis. You'll get to know the city's history and culture with visits too the UNESCO-listed Aapravasi Ghat and the lively Central Market where locals head to buy fresh fruit vegetables. During your time at the market, you'll have the chance to try some typical Mauritian street food.
Departs Monday and Thursday
Visit the largest of La Reunion’s three calderas, the verdant Salazie which is located in the north of the island. Travel along the coastal road and through the capital Saint Denis before heading inland and up into the caldera. Stop in the mountain town and living museum of Hell-Bourg where you can witness the charming Creole houses that line the streets. After admiring the natural scenery of the caldera visit La Maison Folio, a colonial villa with lovely gardens that will take you back to the 19th Century.
Full day, daily
On Fridays this excursion will also visit the weekly market in Saint Paul.
Head into the heart of the island in a 4X4 and experience some of Réunion's most spectacular landscapes only accessible by heading off road. Begin your trip early and head towards the waterfall Niagara before ascending to the beautiful cirque of Salazie. En route you will pass waterfalls such as Veil of the Bride and enjoy a number of photo stops. Continue on to the village of Grand Ilet where the fruit vegetable chouchou is grown. Follow the forest road and witness the beautiful cirque of Mafate. On your return you will travel through the village of Salazie, have lunch near the hamlet of Ilet à Vidot and visit the village of Hell-Bourg to see examples of Creole architecture.
Full day, operates Fridays
These idyllic coral islands rank amongst the best dive destinations in the world. When conditions are good, the underwater visibility is at the highest level – sometimes exceeding 50 metres – and the warm water temperatures year-round make diving in the Maldives a pleasure. The North Malé Atoll is home to the Lion’s Head and Wattaru Kandu dive sites, both of which are frequented by reef sharks. Wattaru Kandu is also home to stingrays and garden eels whilst Lankanfinokhu, or Manta Point as it’s known locally, is a great place to see manta rays being cleaned by local colonies of cleaner fish.
In the South Malé Atoll, Hukrueli is another place to see rays and cleaner fish, and Maaya Thila, a protected marine area, is home to white-tip sharks, turtles, zebra morays and the elusive guitar shark. Hanifaru lagoon in the Baa Atoll is one of the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays – June to September being the best time as this is during the monsoon season and equinox when the lagoon is filled with plankton.
The Scuba Diver course provides pre-entry level certification in three days and on completion you can then upgrade to an Open Water Diver qualification by taking the additional five day course. Our Ten Dives and Six Consecutive Days diving allow qualified divers to make the most of their time in these beautiful islands. Courses are available at Kurumba Maldives, Dhigali Maldives, Velidhu and Meeru.
If you are particularly interested in elephant rehabilitation then we recommend a visit to the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe National Park. Here, orphaned and injured elephants are treated and prepared to be released back into the wild with minimal human contact. During your visit you'll see the elephants but there is no interaction available as they need to be released back into the wild.
Included: Entrance Fee, lunch, all taxes and service charges.
Departs daily as part of a tailor made car and driver itinerary
A helicopter flight over La Reunion’s spectacular landscapes is an experience not to be missed. See jagged peaks, coastal scenery, waterfalls, volcanoes and lava flows frozen in time as you soar over the island. From a 15 minute trip to the Mafate caldera to the 45 minute all-encompassing ‘L'Incontournable’ and the 55 minute ‘Le Must’ flights, there are plenty of choices depending on your budget.
Daily, duration 15 to 55 minutes
To experience Sri Lanka at a slower pace, the train between Kandy and Nanu Oya, close to Nuwara Eliya, is quintessentially Sri Lankan and offers stunning views. The track makes its way through a range of landscapes including tea plantations, forests, valleys and cliffs. Seats are reserved, and food is available on board, alternatively you can take a packed lunch or buy food along the journey from hawkers. The entire journey takes approximately four hours.
Included: Guaranteed seats, on-board meals
Departs daily from hotels or as part of your car and driver itinerary
Climb up from the coast to an altitude of 2200 metres through villages, acacias forest, geranium fields and forested landscapes to reach the Maïdo peak at the edge of the caldera of Mafate. From here look down on the villages, hiking trails and mountain slopes. On the return journey visit a geranium essence oil producer and, if you're visiting on a Friday, the market in Saint Paul to browse the stalls selling a variety of traditional Reunionese produce.
NB - The market in St Paul only operates on Fridays.
This experience is on a private basis with English-speaking driver/guide.
Half day, daily
Head out on the beautiful blue sea on a catamaran trip around the islands and islets which sit off the northern tip of the island. You'll have the chance to relax on board, enjoy a barbecue lunch and take a dip in the refreshing water at a number of snorkelling spots.
Departs Friday and Sunday
Polonnaruwa was an ancient city, and the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura. There are an array of temples ruins as well as the palace and the rest of the city. Whilst here, you can wander freely through the ruins or hop on one of the many tuk-tuks in the area. You can also buy a guide book or hire a guide at the museum. If you wish to enter you must have your shoulders, chest and upper legs covered and must remove your shoes in the temples. As the stone can get very hot at midday, it is best to go early or a little later, or take a pair of socks to slip on.
Included: Site entrance fee, water and snacks, taxes and service fees.
Departs daily as part of your tailor made car & driver itinerary
Board a catamaran in Trou d'eau Douce for a full-day sail along the beautiful east coast. You'll visit the popular Ile aux Cerfs with its turquoise waters and white sand beaches and follow the Grand Riiver to a pretty waterfall. A barbecue lunch will be served on board and you'll have the opportunity to snorkel in the crystal clear lagoons.
Departs daily; departure days depend on where your hotel is located so please call for details
Take a step back in time to the past of Mauritius. Your day will begin in the botanic gardens in Pamplemousses which first opened in 1770 and is the oldest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The next stops will be L’Aventure du Sucre, a museum that showcases the history of sugar production on the island, and the 16th-Century Citadel of Port Louis which is located in the capital city.
Delve into Sri Lanka's rich heritage with a visit to a tea factory set in a beautiful lush plantation veiled in mist. Learn about the cultivation of the tea leaves - one of Sri Lanka's most famous exports, pluck your own leaves and enjoy tastings to appreciate the difference in strength and flavour of the leaves. Take home a special selection of tea as an authentic souvenir of your journey.
Included: Tea factory and tea picking, tea and gift and English speaking driver guide.
Departs daily from hotels and as part of your car and driver itinerary
Combine an exploration of the volcano Piton de la Fournaise with a visit to the dramatic coastal scenery and lava flows of the south on a private 4x4 trip with English-speaking driver/guide. Enjoy majestic views from Nez de Boeuf, the other-worldly Plaine des Sables and Pas de Bellecombe which is situated at 2311 metres above sea level. Journey south taking a trip along a forest trail and learn about the island's plant species before enjoying a traditional creole lunch at a local guest house. Following lunch you will witness some of the most recent lava flows as they seemingly swallow up the land and travel down to the sea. Finally travel to the coastal village of Cap Mechant to view the wild seas and black cliffs.
Full day, daily
The southern half of Mauritius is naturally spectacular, both along its coast and inland. This full-day tour begins in Trou aux cerfs, a dormant volcano which has a sacred lake in its crater. Continue on to the jewel in the island's crown, Black River Gorges National Park with its forest-clad hills, post-card worthy views and waterfalls, before visiting the Rhumerie de Chamarel, where the island's renowned rum is created, and the vibrant Seven Coloured Earth.
Included: Lunch (excluding drinks) and entrance fees
Departs Tuesday and Saturday
Yala and Udawalawe National Parks in southeast Sri Lanka are hugely popular with nature-lovers due to their diverse wildlife. The parks are home to elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears and also boast some of the highest densities of leopard in the world. Set off on a jeep safari across one of the parks ever-changing landscapes in search of incredible wildlife and you may even be lucky enough to spot an elusive leopard!
Included: Park entrance fee, Jeep, trekker/driver fee, all taxes and service charges.
Departs daily (6am-9am or 3pm-6pm) from hotels or as part of your car and driver itinerary