Luxury holidays in Havelock Island
Part of India’s remote Andaman archipelago, Havelock Island is a jungle-swathed refuge ringed by a white-gold halo of sugary sand. Like all great mystics, this far-flung beauty has the power to convert: by the time your sea plane is skimming over her sculptural reefs and cyan waters, we’ll wager you’ll have been struck by a near-celestial sense of belonging. Although the island comes under Indian jurisdiction, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle often encountered on the mainland. Its isolation has allowed the marine life to flourish, promising some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Indian Ocean. On land, things remain refreshingly undeveloped too – there are only only a handful of cash machines, walking is the most popular mode of transport and there's not a fast-food chain in sight.
When to go
The best time to visit is late November to April. Heavy monsoons arrive from May to September, bringing choppier seas that can put the beaches out of action.
PlanesThere are no direct flights from Europe to the Andaman Islands, so you’ll need to go via Mumbai or Chennai (both can be reached direct from London), where you can catch a connecting flight to Port Blair. Once there, hop on a seaplane or ferry to Havelock.
BoatsGovernment ferries and private catamaran services run between Port Blair and Havelock Island. The slower ferries take around four hours to make the trip, the catamarans usually do it in about two and a half.