Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2007

by Natalie Walsh

Cousine Island, Seychelles

The vibe: "Me Tarzan, you Jane!"

Picture this: Looking to get off the grid? Take your lovely to the privately owned Cousine Island, home to alabaster beaches and an exclusive little lodge retreat. A nature reserve dedicated to conservation, the island also integrates four villas aimed at putting you out of civilization's reach and back to a more skinny-dipping state of mind.

The crowd: Precious few. The couple two villas away is likely an international gallery owner and his Gucci-loving girl. There are the dewy-eyed honeymooners making out in a hammock made for two. Sir Paul McCartney is one starry convert.

The sundowner: Chilled Champagne (after all, you won't actually be giving up any creature comforts): You'll be dining alfresco on Asian-Creole delights in the island's guest-only (and, well, only) restaurant.

Come to bed: The villas are French Colonial and just off the beach. Take a dip in the freshwater swimming pool. You can also enjoy guided hikes and fishing and diving trips with the on-island ecologists if you desire. Or just get back to the elements while relaxing in the spa.

Cousine Island
Tel: 248 321107
Villas from $1,927, including all meals and drinks

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