Kuoni is strengthening its position as the Indian Ocean travel experts by adding 13 new resorts to its collection throughout the region.

With six new resorts in the Maldives, four in Mauritius, two in the Seychelles and one in Sri Lanka, the company has created a broader programme designed to position Kuoni as the number one operator for premium Indian Ocean holidays.

The Maldives, followed by Mauritius, Sri Lanka and the Seychelles already top Kuoni’s list of bestselling destinations for 2022 based on forward sales, making up more than half of the company’s advance bookings.    

The Indian Ocean remains the favourite honeymoon choice for couples, many of whom have re-booked following postposed plans resulting from pandemic.   

Demand for child-free resorts, special interest trips, such as diving, and ultra-luxury is on the rise, with the average spend for 2022 Indian Ocean holidays up by 15%.

The flagship collection has been designed with special occasion travel in mind.  Claire Ross, product director said: “From honeymoons to anniversaries, people trust us with their most important life events and it’s up to us to use our expertise to make that experience extra special.  People come to us for more than just a flight and a hotel booking, they’re coming to us for advice, inspiration and recommendations to make lasting memories and we’ve made this central to our product strategy.   Every new resort we’ve added brings something different, so we can offer personalised itineraries backed up with flexibility and service from beginning to end.”

Sheena Paton, senior programme manager, Kuoni, said: “Whilst international travel has been on hold, we’ve been looking to the year ahead and getting ourselves ready to excite customers about this stunning part of the world.”

“This has been a huge project behind the scenes, to get ourselves ready and at the top of our game for a strong return for travel in 2022 and 2023.    We’ve worked with our partners in these destinations to find the very best of what’s new on the market as well looking at customer trends to add more of what we know customers are asking for.”  

“Our focus has been on using our expertise and knowledge of the region to select the best in class so we can match our clients with the best possible holiday options.   People’s ideas of luxury is hugely varied, some prefer a laid-back, rustic style and others enjoy chic, stylish simplicity and we’ve expanded our range with this in mind.   From adults-only resorts to top diving locations and premium all-inclusives to health and wellness retreats, we’ve worked to find the best of the best.”

Sample holiday prices for seven nights based on travel in May or June 2022:

Maldives

Hurawalhi - NEW

Ocean Villa / B&B

£2,285

Lily Beach Resort - NEW

Beach Villa / Premium all-inclusive

£4,453

LUX South Ari - NEW

Beach Pavilion / B&B

£1,749

LUX North Male - NEW

Water Villa / B&B

£3,884

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa - NEW

Water Bungalow / all-inclusive

£2,361

Vilamendhoo - NEW

Garden Room / full board

£1,477

Mauritius

Attitude Sunrise - New

Couple / all-inclusive

£1,696

Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge - New

LAKAZ Standard / half board

£1,568

20 Degrees Sud - New

Charm Room / half board

£1,848

Heritage Villas - New

2 Bedroom Pool Villa / B&B

£2,443

Seychelles

Mango House - NEW

King Premium Deluxe Room / B&B

£3,290

Carana Beach Hotel - NEW

Oceanview Chalet / B&B

£1,982

 

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About Kuoni

Kuoni Travel UK is part of DER Touristik, one of Europe’s leading travel groups. Kuoni has continued to set the pace in luxury worldwide travel in the UK market for the past 55 years and is regularly voted one of the best holiday companies in the country by readers of national newspapers and travel industry titles. The company excels in creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to more than 90 destinations around the world. Since 2008 Kuoni has grown its retail network across the UK and can be found on premium high streets and in selected John Lewis department stores. Each store is unique in design and showcases Kuoni’s Personal Travel Experts and personalised customer service.