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Having an African Island all to Yourself

Nature rules on this conservation-focused island in the Seychelles, a veritable Garden of Eden that’s home to more than 3,000 Aldabra tortoises, over 100 species of seabirds, and numerous rare and endemic creatures. On the faraway islands off Mozambique, it’s entirely possible to go off-the-grid, especially at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, a colossal private island paradise boasting a palm-laced coastline, jewel-toned waters, towering interior sand dunes, untouched coral reefs, and underwater deserts. The sparkling white sands and impossibly turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean envelop the 10 rustic chic villas of this petite island resort off the northern coast of Zanzibar. Thanks to a distinctive open-air design with limited wall space and glassless “windows,” the sights and sounds of the beach are always present. Thanks to private island resorts like the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, the Indian Ocean has become a popular tack-on after a safari in Africa’s wildlife-rich plains.