Castaway vibes at this escape-it-all retreat, scattered across a tiny jungly island in the Indian Ocean.
Imagine skimming across the water in a speedboat to a remote island, ringed by a turquoise lagoon. Rustic bungalows cling to forested hillsides, swimming pools glisten invitingly through the jungle. You’re at Cerf Island, a tiny emerald speck cast adrift in the Indian Ocean, two miles east of Mahé.
The drum beats to a slower pace here. Wake to leisurely breakfasts overlooking the lagoon, then snorkel among butterfly fish and starfish in the Sainte Anne Marine Park. After a traditional Creole lunch, explore the web of hiking trails that weaves among coconut groves, past giant tortoises and flying foxes, up to a viewpoint overlooking the ocean and the island-dotted horizon.
Cool off in the infinity pool and perhaps squeeze in a spa treatment before dinner, where you can feast on catch of the day overlooking the shimmering lagoon. Be sure to save enough time to have a beach day and simply sink your toes in the flour-soft swathes of dazzling white sand – with nothing more pressing to think about than which cocktail to have brought direct to your towel.
On Cerf Island, 2 miles east of Mahé
Good to know
Children over 7 years are welcome at Cerf Island Resort. Minimum stay: 3 nights 24 Dec-06 Jan. The resort is set on a hillside and not suitable for those with walking difficulties. Free Wi-Fi is only available in the reception/lounge area; payable WiFi is available in the rooms..
• Take a guided snorkelling trip among brightly coloured reef fish* • Hike past giant land tortoises to the island’s scenic viewpoint • Kayak around the island’s beautiful coastline, hopping off to explore secluded bays*.
2 restaurants (each restaurant serves the same menu and only one is in operation at one time), bar
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at main restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Full Board from £42 • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant.
*Denotes local charge