The honeymoon retreats in the Indian Ocean are now welcoming families, too. Julia Brookes, travel journalist at The Times selects the best luxury holiday resorts for families in the Indian Ocean.
Best for service: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
If it's top-notch service you're looking for, the Four Seasons wins hands down. Built in the style of a typical Maldivian village, it cossets children with a large kids' club, where they do everything from hunting hermit crabs to enjoying a spa hour. Then there's the Island Spa, where 6-16 year olds can blend their own massage oils, active "magic" lava shells and learn how to play Tibetan singing bowels.
Best for diving: Baros Maldives
Best for foodies: Anantara Kihavah Villas
Best all inclusive: Constance Moofushi
Best Robinson Crusoe experience: Soneva Fushi by Six Senses
Best for easy access: MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa
Best for wildlife: Desroches Island
Best for adventurous kids: Constance Ephelia Resort
Best for facilities: Constance Lemuria Resort
Best for nature: Denis Private Island
Best for exploring: Sainte Anne Resort and Spa
Best for teens: Trou aux Biches
Best kids' club: The Residence Mauritius
Best for activities: Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort & Villas