The pretty thatched chalets of the 15,200-hectare Domaine de l’Étoile sugar estate, nestled in a valley below the Bambous Mountains, were originally built as a film-set for Paul & Virginie (1972). Today they’re home to one of the island’s best eco-outfits, who offer horseriding, buggy trips, including a nocturnal one with the chance to spot java deer, and quad biking to Le Fenêtre, a mountain-top viewpoint overlooking the southeast. The most recent addition at the time of writing was “the longest zipline circuit in the world”, a 3.5km-long course taking up to two hours to complete (daily 10am, 2pm and 3.30pm). A children’s village, archery facilities and five self-guided treks, including a botanical route through ebony and cinnamon trees, complete the activity line-up.

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