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Introducing Île aux Cerfs

Like Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra, Île aux Cerfs' killer looks have triggered its demise. Once sparsely populated by cerfs (stags; imported for hunting from Java), this picturesque island is now overrun with touts and tourists baking under the tropical sun or lazing in the perfect, gin-clear waters. The obtrusive crowds and general summer-camp vibe may be off-putting at first, but few people realise that the island boasts over 4km of sandy bliss. Hike a mere kilometre down the beach and you'll uncover an idyllic ocean vista all to yourself.

Much of the island's interior belongs to the stunningly manicured 18-hole golf course belonging to Le Touessrok – perhaps one of the most scenic spots to tee off in the world. Nonguests are welcome to play, although advance bookings are essential. Green fees are free for hotel guests, and €89 for everyone else for 18 holes. Island guests are politely asked to stay off the greens and fairways lest they be conked in the head by a soaring Titleist.