Offering idyllic islands like Mauritius and the Seychelles, you'll also find the good value and easy to access Indian Ocean mainland coast of Tanzania and Kenya, as well as remote and exclusive destinations like the Bazuruto or Quirimbas Archipelegos in Mozambique or the quiet sands of Mnemba, Mafia and Pemba, all islands in Tanzania.
These destinations offer a variety of accommodation from feet-in-the-sand rustic beach lodges to five star resorts and beautiful barefoot retreats. Real Africa believes beach escapes in Africa are under-rated even though they compare favourably with the Maldives, Caribbean or South East Asian destinations like Bali and Thailand favoured by honeymooners.
The lack of time change makes Africa's beach retreats instantly appealing. Who wants to go away for a week and then need a fortnight to recover because of jetlag? Kenya and Tanzania have just a 3 hour time difference, the Seychelles and Mauritius a four hour difference. Compare this to the Maldives which is GMT+5, Thailand GMT+7, Bali GMT+8 and Antigua which is GMT-4.