A speedboat trip from a private jetty in Blue Bay delivers you to LUX* Resorts’ private luxury island, the four-hectare Île des Deux Cocos, or Island of the Two Coconuts. You can book an exclusive stay in the island’s sumptuous two-bedroom Moroccan-style villa, with a rooftop terrace and a bath big enough for four, but their one-day island excursion package (daily 10.30am–3.30pm; t 698 9800, w iledesdeuxcocos.com) offers a more accessible taste of life as a twenty-first-century Robinson Crusoe. Guests are welcomed with a sparkling wine aperitif and chilled, perfumed towels at the jetty before a morning of snorkelling in Blue Bay Marine Park and sunbathing on the fringe of powder-white beaches surrounding the island’s forested interior. A gourmet buffet lunch, with drinks included, and home-made rum arrangés at the thatched bar round off the afternoon.

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