Cape Town – Island life – unhurried, sun-kissed and for the most part languid and decadent. And that’s really how it should be. Days spent sunning yourself while reading a good book and sipping on the perfect cocktail of your choice.
Whether you’re enjoying your annual family vacation as the kids frolic at the shoreline or are being entertained by your resorts’ all-inclusive facilities – or you’re the honeymooner walking on cloud-nine, as South Africans there are a number of options to choose from.
Far-flung yet affordable comes in the form or Indonesia’s Bali or Thailand and of course for repeat visitors to the likes of Mauritius there’s the trend of living a like a local. Perhaps you wanting something that’s anything but an Indian Ocean hotspot – this is Rodrigues’ appeal – and of course combining the best of beach and bush is easily done in Mozambique or while jetting off to Tanzania’s Zanzibar.
These are the trends resonating through local holidaymakers’ top choices to help you plan your 2018 dream island escape
Trend Alert: Improved accessibility and close to home
Cruising is gaining popularity across the board as travellers look for summer holiday fun that won’t break the bank. In a recent MSC Cruises survey, the world’s largest, privately-owned cruise line says that what South Africans want most in their travels and holiday experiences is “more sun, sea, and sand”. In March this year, MSC announced that as part of its annual cruises to Africa’s warm east coast, the luxury cruise liner would be including Pomene Bay in Mozambique. Just 605km north of Maputo, Pomene Bay is praised as one of Mozambique’s hidden jewels.
Also with the festive season fast approaching, Pan-Africa’s low-cost airline, fastjet has announced its new schedule for domestic flights to SA’s exotic neighbour will also be starting in November.
Trend Alert: Ease of access and living like a local
Repeat visitors to Mauritius, one of the most popular island breaks for South Africans, will realised the value of this trend. While the resorts are amazing and the best splurge for honeymooners or families wanting to make full-use of the amenities, living like a local is catching on.
Many have embraced the whole “gypsetting” concept and started renting apartments when going to the island, renting a car and doing some shopping at the colourful markets and learning how to cook local food.
Trend Alert: Lesser-Known adventure: Indian Ocean escapes: Beach-busting holidays for South Africans
Rodrigues Island is definitely one of the lesser-explored islands to spend a quiet, yet memorable holiday. Those who enjoy nature’s beauty will appreciate its scenic beauty. It is a peaceful island, holding a special allure for water-sport enthusiasts. If you want to tap into the Indian Ocean charm and relaxation then head here.
Trend: All-inclusive and you can explore the mainland