Seychelles : Exclusive Islands
Some of the smaller islands in the Seychelles are private and are beautiful isolated havens with just one small lodge. This is a great way to feel castaway with luxury! Each of the private islands is different and has its own charm and attractions. Some are good for diving and fishing, whilst others are unique bird sanctuaries. Island hopping is a great way to enjoy the Seychelles, and you can combine as many islands together as you wish within one holiday.
North Island is an unashamedly luxurious retreat with 11 stunning private villas on a remote and beautiful paradise island. A favourite with the world’s royals and celebs who enjoy luxury without the pomp, North Island is also an important conservation project which over the last few years has become a Noah’s Ark for the Seychelles’ critically endangered flora and fauna. The lodge has been created principally to help sustain this project. The villas are airy and elegant, and never more than a few steps from the white sand of the beach. They all have a second bedroom, so are ideal for families. The main lounge, dining room, health spa and gym, world-class dive centre and rim-flow swimming pool are all built into a granite outcrop, while the sunset bar and restaurant are tucked away on the western beach of the island. There are four beautiful beaches, separated by dramatic rocks and endless opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking and fly fishing. You can also mountain bike around the island, go on private guided walks to learn more about the flora and fauna, and take boat trips to neighbouring islands. At certain times of year, you may see turtles laying their eggs on the beaches. All activities are arranged exclusively for you. There is also a child-minding service.
The Alphonse Group of 3 islands lies 7° south of the Equator and extend 16 kms from North to South: Alphonse in the North, Bijoutier in the middle and St-François in the South. Alphonse Island is a small triangular shaped coral island strewn with coconut trees, boasting 3,6 kms of coastline protected by a reef and offering the most idyllic setting for a very exclusive holiday.
The hotel is located on the east of the island and has 25 chalets and 5 executive villas, all of which are a few steps from the beach or lagoon. Each room is air conditioned and has an outdoor shower, the executive villas are larger with jacuzzis, cascading showers, Turkish baths and Turbomassage. The cuisine is creative and delicious, a combination of international and creole flavours producing mouthwatering seafood dishes amongst others. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and overlooks the swimming pool and lagoon. Your stay here is on a full board basis and includes certain activities such as; canoeing (the best way to discover the Alphonse lagoon), Indoor Games, Pedalos, Dinghy Sailing, Snorkeling, Tennis, Windsurfing and Wind guilders. There is a supplement charge for Boat trips, Bottom-fishing, Deep-Sea Fishing, Fly fishing and Scubadiving.
Bird Island is only a 30-minute flight from Mahe and is the most northerly island in the Seychelles. The island is a small, flat and well known ecotourism destination, each year approximately 2 million migrant sooty terns nest and breed on the island between May and October, then hawksbill turtles lay their eggs on the beach from October through to February. Bird Island is also home to the world's oldest tortoise 'Esmeralda' thought to be 170 years old.
There are 24 cottages scattered amongst the palms between the bird colony and the airstrip, with the beach a few steps away. All the rooms are 65 metres square, with king size beds, en-suite showers and terrace overlooking the inviting Indian Ocean.
You can spend your days exploring the island, snorkelling, relaxing on the beach or deep sea fishing off the edge of the Seychelles Bank where the sea drops over 1000 fathoms, perfect for Big game fish.
Secret, remote and natural, this is the ultimate in island hideaways. The twenty-five-hectare island is fringed with white, sandy beaches and covered in a variety of tropical flora and fauna. Formerly a private home, the four French colonial-style villas accommodate only eight guests. The rest of the island, also a nature reserve, is shared with Magpie Robins and Hawksbill Turtles. The turtles come ashore to lay their eggs between September and January - a thrilling and memorable spectacle. Cousine offers a mystical and exclusive retreat for those seeking romance and relaxation in a truly secluded place.
Denis Island Lodge is a fantastic desert island retreat with a true Treasure Island history - a wonderful destination for romantics. Twenty-five private cottages are scattered along the coastline amid casuarinas and coconut palms, each with fantastic bathroom and al fresco shower. The island hosts an abundance of flora and fauna, both on land and off its shores. Dogtooth Tuna and Bonita are regularly caught in these waters. There is a variety of water-sports on offer for the energetic, as well as tennis, opportunities to go walking and even a practice golf course on the airstrip! Fabulous French-style and Creole cuisine is served in the island's restaurant. Denis Island is a wonderful place to escape, and will greatly appeal to those seeking barefoot romance.
Desroches Island is 230 kilometres from Mahe (50 minutes flight), a small island surrounded by reefs and idyllic shallow waters. Most of the reefs are submerged providing excellent diving opportunities and Desroches Island is a haven for enthusiastic fishermen, with superb opportunities for Bone and Big Game fishing.
Desroches is one of the most densely populated of the outer islands with approximately fifty inhabitants who supply copra, timber and charcoal to Mahé. The Island Lodge has 20 air-conditioned junior suites, all with king beds, lounge areas and patios facing the gardens and the sea. There are 2 Restaurants, the first a rustic open-air main restaurant and the other a feet-in-sand beach restaurant. The island has well equipped facilities for a small remote island, with a swimming pool, floodlit tennis court and bicycles for exploring the island. Other facilities available include a diving centre, indoor games, snorkelling, canoes, pedalos, windsurfing, laser mini-sails, Big game fishing, fly fishing and boat excursion to other islands.
Fregate Island Lodge is on its own private island, this lodge is one of the most exclusive hideaways in the Indian Ocean. Apart from the occasional presence of giant tortoises, the beaches are exclusively yours. Hugging the coastline, sixteen elegant villas are set among the tropical vegetation, all with breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views. Four poster beds, sitting rooms furnished with attractive rugs and sofas, in- and outdoor showers, Jacuzzi and your own private terrace make each room a luxurious haven.
The beauty of the seven white beaches, one of which has been voted one of the most beautiful in the world, is enhanced by their backdrop of coconut palms, banyan and fig trees. Only the gentle lapping of the waves and the jungle chorus break the evening calm, as you enjoy gourmet Creole and international cuisine served in one of the island's two restaurants. If you can be tempted from sun worshipping on the beach or by the freshwater pool, there are a wide variety of water-sports to enjoy, including scuba diving to 'Chimney Rock', one of the world's most cherished diving sites.
Silhouette Island is the third largest of the Seychelles with the second tallest peak, Mont Dauban (740 m in altitude). The island is covered in thick equatorial forest and there are no roads, hence a haven for walkers and those interested in exploring the many forest paths.
There is only one small lodge on the island with 12 wooden and thatch bungalows scattered around the old coconut plantation, all close to the beach with en-suite shower rooms, fans, nets and mini bars. Scattered along the beach, in front of the bungalows, showers have been provided for rinsing off sand and salt water without having to go the bungalows bathroom. There is a small diving and water sports centre only a few metres from the lodge with excellent facilities.