Departing January 24, 2018
Sailing the Indian Ocean involves more than white sand beaches and crystal clear seas (though, yes please!). During this 11-night expedition cruise with Silversea, transcend the traditional itinerary to an inspired corner of the world and discover uninhabited islands and villages. Shore excursions include stops in Hanifaru Bay, Uligamu Island, Parumal Par Reef, and Beypor, among others.
– Visit the tiny, uninhabited Olhugiri Islandan. Olhugiri is one of two islands in the entire Maldives with regular roosting frigate birds.
– Uligamu Island is a yacht hotbed for accessing the Arabian Sea, and the first in the Maldives to use a combination of renewable energies via wind turbines and solar panels in a micro grid.
– Perumal Par is home to some of the most beautiful and virgin reefs in the world.
– Witness a Kalaripayattu performance—traditional combat training. Rituals include the worship of Hindu Gods inside the Kalari arena. Afterward, lunch with celebrity chef Faiza Moosa.
– Navigate the “Venice of the East,” located south of Cochin between the Arabian Sea and Lake Vembanad.
The 128-guest Silver Discoverer is your sleek floating headquarters. Expect spacious, all ocean-view ultra-luxe suites (nearly all with private verandas), butler service, and a fleet of 12 zodiacs and a glass-bottomed boat. Exclusive JETSET perks include a $250 shipboard credit.
While at Vilanjam, visit the largest wooden palace in India. The16th century palace—which used to feed 2000 people daily—celebrates Keralan architecture, with antique interiors and sculpted décor.
Mark Twain once wrote “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.” And was he ever right!
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the African continent. It is known for its beaches, wildlife, and world-renowned cuisine. Beyond its stunning beaches, turquoise lagoons, and abundant reefs, Mauritius is home to lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls, and the Black River Gorges Park. Aside from the enticing vistas and diverse terrain, there is truly something for everyone on this unique island!
Families and couples alike can relax on the beach alongside crystal clear blue-green water or indulge in the faster-paced activities the island has to offer. Highlights on the water include kite surfing, boat excursions to surrounding islands, scuba diving, snorkeling along the reefs, paddle boarding, waterskiing and more. By land enjoy playing golf, hiking to the mountain peak or through the gorge, and horseback riding.
Mauritius is a mecca for world-class luxury hotels with exceptional service. On the southwestern side of the island on Le Morne Beach resides the St. Regis, which exceeds every expectation. From the spa to the five star restaurants serving locally caught fresh fish cooked in front of you, this property ensures an experience you won’t soon forget!
Located on a tiny coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean you’ll find the ultimate barefoot paradise, which also happens to be the 2015 World’s Best Resort (according to TripAdvisor): Gili Lankanfushi. With just 45 villas, all of which are overwater, this Maldivian hideaway is a magical place. The island is characterized by the most beautiful shades of blue, perfect sunset skies and palm lined canopy walkways. Everywhere you look, and every corner you turn, you will find the most idyllic scenery.
From the moment you arrive to Gili Lankanfushi, you’ll be wishing you were staying longer. The attention to detail that goes into creating such an incredible resort is deliberate, but somehow feels effortless. Gili is the ultimate example of an eco-conscious property that captures the natural beauty of a destination, from bottling their own water, to banning plastic on the entire island, to growing the majority of their herbs, spices and vegetables in their own expansive organic garden.
Leave your worries at home and take a trip into the unknown to find out just how much sweeter life can be. To learn more, contact Michelle Gordon.