Only a pebble's throw from the Seychelles' largest island, Mahé, sits this jewel-like hideaway with just 10 secluded villas set among greenery and colossal granite boulders.

Each sumptuous Creole-style villa is furnished with antique pieces and has its own infinity pool, with steps leading down to a deserted, powdery white beach.

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A made-for-sharing bathtub sits on a deck overlooking the Indian Ocean; in fact, almost the whole bathroom is al fresco. No need for modesty, though, as you can't be overlooked - the island feels like yours alone. Ask your butler to drop meals at your door - they'll even send a chef to cook a barbecue-for-two under the stars.

If you're feeling sociable, enjoy a cocktail at the Castaway Bar, before visiting the Bounty Restaurant for contemporary Creole cuisine using just-caught fish, herbs from the garden and exotic fruit from the trees. Don some flippers to explore the colourful marine park, or take a languid sunset cruise. Then, as befits a tropical Eden, have a pampering Adam and Eve massage at the Serena Spa.

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WOW FACTOR: Go island-hopping by catamaran, stopping off at secluded coves for spectacular sunsets.

GO: Tropical Sky Holidays (www.tropicalsky.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,979 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT HOME: 13 hours via Dubai