An almost non-existent spot on the map of the world, dropped in the vast Indian Ocean and comprising of a mere 5 acres of lush tropical land, Enchanted Island Resort by JA Resorts & Hotels epitomises the ‘out-of-this-world’ cliché in an endearing style.
Your new home
You’ll first catch glimpse of your idyllic island home as you approach the island by a 15-minute boat transfer from the main island of Mahé. This dazzling panorama encompasses bumpy flora and fauna, pearlescent sands, and crystalline waters, scattered with wooden docks jolting from the 8 islands that make up Sainte Anne Marine National Park. A 30-minute stroll will circumnavigate the island, and lying within it, 10 Creole-style villas are nestled into the leafy landscape. Comprising of four-poster king-size beds, private infinity pools, and an outdoor dining pavilion ideal for starry nights, your home will be nothing short of spectacular.
Get to know the area
Sainte Anne Marine National Park was christened in 1973 as the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean, and its rich history, from one of the first French settlements in 1770 to serving as a base for the Royal Marines in WWII, makes it even more enticing. Visitors often arrive by glass bottom boat, peering into the underwater world below before docking at one of the pristine beaches for sunset barbecues. Moyenne Island is a fascination for guests, privately owned by the late British-born Mr. Brendon Grimshaw, it is scattered with remains of early settler’s homes and even pirates’ graves.
Meet the neighbours
Clear, shallow waters mean Sainte Anne Marine National Park is ideal for snorkelling, and with over 150 different species of fish also calling this region ‘home’, we encourage you to grab a mask and get acquainted. Kaleidoscopic corals blanket the sandy beds, while it’s not uncommon to witness Hawksbill turtles cruising by, or spotted Eagle rays floating along. Don’t forget your underwater camera for snaps with starfish, cuttlefish and even reef sharks!
Invite the family round
If you're celebrating a special occasion or travelling with a large group, Enchanted Island Resort is available for private hire, just you and your party. Indulge in beach picnics, cocktails at the Castaway Bar, or pampering treatments at Serena Spa during your stay; the staff here will cater to your every whim. The only thing the locals ask? No water-skiing or fishing, this naturally beautiful area is deeply respected by islanders.