[copyright]Laze on the beach at Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers, Mauritius.[/copyright]
[copyright]Laze on the beach at Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers, Mauritius.[/copyright]

Summer Sun Family Holidays in the Indian Ocean

The main UK school holidays are not the best time of year for family holidays in Mauritius, but for a dose of early- or late-summer sun, perhaps with pre-school kids, this super-child-friendly island is ideal – think May, June, September and October. June to August is the best time for surfing in the region.

Bear in mind that the Indian Ocean as a whole may be too hot for younger kids at any time of year and especially in the region’s own summer (Nov–April), although if you're booking a hotel or resort with a kids’ club it will be air conditioned and provide respite from the hottest times of the day.

In the Maldives and the Seychelles, May to September sees the wet season/monsoon, with the highest rainfall in May and October, and a likelihood of rough seas and strong winds. However, given peak-season (Dec–Apr) prices and unpredictable weather over the last few years, you may be tempted to take your chances – if you’re staying in a luxury resort with childcare, as most families do, you’ll have crèches/kids’ clubs to fall back on should rain stop play. On the other hand, you could save your money and seek out some summer sun closer to home!

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Summer Sun places to stay in Indian Ocean

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LUX South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas

Maldives
A luxury resort in the Maldives, with white sands, water villas for families and top class kids clubs.

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

Mauritius
Luxury resort on Mauritius with easy access to both pool and beach, plus a great meal options for kids in the various restaurants.

Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa

Mauritius
A luxurious all-inclusive family holiday resort in Mauritius with 2-bedroom family apartments and suites, kids clubs and a luxury spa.

Anahita The Resort Hotel

Mauritius
A luxury family holiday resort with kids club from 8 months to 18 years on Mauritius where you can go half board but have a kitchen in your villa - handy with young kids.

Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa

Mauritius
A 4-star family hotel in north-west Mauritius with complimentary childcare, family apartments and villas and all-inclusive facilities.

Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Resort & Spa

Mauritius
Complimentary kids' and teen clubs, activities-a-plenty for the children, plus land- and water-sports for adults at this luxury hotel on Mauritius.

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Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

Mauritius
One of the best luxury family hotels in Mauritius, with a top class kids club, stunning beaches, beachside golf course, yoga and attentive staff.

Constance Lemuria Luxury Resort

Seychelles
A luxury family hotel in a tropical setting on the island of Seychelles with plenty of land- and water-based activities.

Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

Mauritius
Effortless style and a magnificent spa with fantastic family facilities. watersports galore and a private beach, all on the island of Mauritius.

Constance Ephelia Five Star Resort

Seychelles
Situated on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles overlooking a marine park, this luxury resort offers kids club and activities for 4-11 years.

Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa

Mauritius
Spacious family rooms, luxury surroundings and a kids club and babysitting service makes this Mauritius hotel a perfect choice for a luxury family holiday.

Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury

Mauritius
On a sun-drenched white sandy beach with complimentary kids' club, top class restaurants and one of Mauritius' most luxurious spas.

Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

Mauritius
An Idyllic setting on a historical peninsula of Mauritius, this all-inclusive hotel oozes luxury combined with top notch family facilities.

Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort, Bel Ombre

Mauritius
A stunning hotel on a pristine stretch of beach in Mauritius, with a spa, golf courses + kid's club.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Mauritius
A very popular hotel, fabulous for families, with superb sports complex, children's pool and kids' club

Kanuhura A Sun Resort, Maldives

Maldives
Spectacular views, white beaches, clear waters and top childcare makes it an unforgettable destination for luxury family holidays in the Maldives.

Shangri La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

Mauritius
A truly luxurious resort - romantic, exclusive and beautiful.

Kurumba Maldives

Maldives
Sophisticated accommodation with kids' club in the Maldives.

Sugar Beach

Mauritius
A contemporary hotel, wonderful for families and offering an active holiday in luxury surroundings

Constance Halaveli Resort Hotel

Maldives
A perfect location for a luxury family holiday in the Maldives - ideal for diving and with complimentary children's club and private plunge pools.