Named after the stags that once roamed in its forested interior, the 280-hectare Île aux Cerfs is fringed by white sand and translucent water. Come to stroll around the island, loll in the shallows on a sandbar, partake in every kind of watersport imaginable, play a round of golf among the ebony trees on the eighteen-hole Le Touessrok course designed by Bernhard Langer (402 7400, letouessrokresort.com) or swing through the treetops at Le Parcours Aventure (5448 4444, terrocean.mu). Le Touessrok also run the two island restaurants and rustic Sands Bar, where you can while away the afternoon with a planter’s punch. Go in the week (although day-trippers tend to visit 1–3pm); it gets packed at weekends.

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