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
All Inclusive from £139 • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant • Selected drinks including water, hot drinks, selection of soft drinks and juices, local beer, house wine by the glass and local spirits and cocktails (drinks served during bar opening times 11am-10.30pm; spirits served 6.30pm-10.30pm).
*Denotes local charge