Cerf Island Resort, Seychelles
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. Youre at Cerf Island, a tiny emerald speck cast adrift in the Indian Ocean, two miles east of Mah.
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.
2 infinity-edged pools, snorkelling equipment, kayaks, beach, spa*, DVD library, table tennis
Restaurants & bars
Cerf Island Resort knows how to do beachside dining. Feast on fresh seafood and Creole flavours at the open-sidedZepis Restaurant, served with uninterrupted ocean views and a soundtrack of gently lapping waves. You can even book a beach dinner right on the sand perfect for a romantic meal for two.
Cocktails and light lunches are served up at the Pool Barfor lounger-side refreshments, or you can ask a waiter to bring your tipple down to the beach for you.