Denis Private Island
An enchanted Seychelles coral isle, set like a rare jewel in a sapphire sea. The perfect tropical cocoon where to enjoy the barefoot luxury of authentic, island living. Seduced by the understated elegance of private, beachfront cottages and an exquisite cuisine designed to tempt the gourmet’s palate.
The concept of hospitality is that of a private island estate which invites you to immerse yourself in a lifestyle that is quite exceptional.
Welcomed off the plane on to the grass airstrip by the Island Manager, before being whisked off to Reception. Here, eased by cold citronella-scented towels, refreshing drinks and canapés as you drink in the incredible colours of the lagoon, tensions dissolve.
Complemented by the welcoming, natural Creole charm of your attentive hosts, Denis Private Island is the ultimate home-coming.
Denis Island is a private coral island situated on the northern edge of the Seychelles bank, where ocean depths plunge 2000 metres into the deep abyss of the Indian Ocean.
Denis Private Island is committed to ensuring that her numerous treasures remain for our future generations to enjoy.
On land, large tracts of forest and habitat rehabilitated with native broad-leaved trees, rodents eradicated. Endemic bird species introduced as part of ongoing national efforts to increase breeding populations will lead to their improved status on the IUCN Globally Threatened Birds list. Nowhere else in the world will a morning’s walk bring you across the Seychelles fody, magpie robin, paradise flycatcher and the Seychelles warbler.
Working to ensure the reef flats – essential nursery and feeding grounds for fish and green turtles – and its inhabitants, from damsels to seagrass beds; remain to play a crucial role in the ecosystem dynamics. Hawksbill and green turtles laying their eggs on Denis’ protected shoreline are monitored and tagged, providing valuable information assisting the protection of the species.
This small island property is a resort with 25 cottages a stone’s throw from the beach, Whether in Caprice or Pecheur, Tortue or Galate, reclusive relaxation and privacy are yours. No keys, televisions or mobile phones here.
Stretched along the beach on northwestern tip of the island, each nestling in its lush surrounds and separated from each other by gardens and hedges, the 25 Cottages are well appointed with generously proportioned, open living spaces, offering unpretentious comfort with the talcum-soft beaches just steps away.
The luxury of open-air bathrooms and al-fresco showers of private garden courtyards. All conspiring towards your delight.
Beach villa (number: 1; size 325m²)
This luxury villa has a private beachfront and is 325m² in size; it has an extensive outdoor living and relaxation area with a private courtyard featuring twin alfresco showers.
The Villa features a sala and daybed, plunge pool, and an outdoor dining and barbeque area.
Interior: King-size bed, lounge area, IPOD docking station, writing desk, IDD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge, wine chiller, iron/ ironing board, air conditioning, ceiling fan in bedroom and on veranda. Bathroom opening onto private courtyard, double vanity, bath, shower, WC, bidet, comprehensive amenity kit, and hair dryer.
Family cottage (number: 1; size 169m²)
This individual cottage is 169m² in size and is a one bed room cottage with a wide beachfront area perfect for families. The lounge is seperate from the bedroom making it ideal as a second bedroom for children. The Family Cottage has a large sea-facing private deck with a sitting and dining area. The private garden courtyard features a separate entrance to the open-air bathroom featuring an alfresco shower, double vanity, shower, bath, WC, bidet, comprehensive amenity kit and hair dryer.
Interior: Master bedroom with king size bed, furnished lounge with two permanent twin beds, dressing table, IDD telephone, IPOD docking station, tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge, wine chiller, iron/ ironing board, safe, air conditioning and ceiling fan in bedroom and lounge.
Beach Front Cottage & Spa (number: 10; size 150m²)
These exquisite cottages lie directly on the beachfront; with lounge chairs in the verandah; sun loungers on the beachfront; and your own personal sala and daybed.
Interior: King-size bed, lounge area, IPOD docking station, writing desk, IDD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge, wine chiller, iron/ ironing board, air conditioning, ceiling fan. Open air bathroom leading into private courtyard, and massage and wellness zone.
Deluxe Beach Cottages (number: 10; size 110m²)
Sea facing and with open terrace leading into a private garden and onto the beach; With sun loungers and personal sala and daybed.
Interior: King-size bed, small living room, IPOD docking station, writing desk, IDD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge, wine chiller, iron/ ironing board, air conditioning, ceiling fan. Open air bathroom opening onto private courtyard.
Beach Cottages (number 3; size 90m²) These cottages lie directly on the beachfront; with chairs to lounge on in the verandah or on the sun loungers on the beachfront. Interior: King-size bed, small living room, IPOD docking station, writing desk, IDD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge, wine chiller, iron/ ironing board, air conditioning, ceiling fan. Open air bathroom opening onto private courtyard.
Located at Pointe Madame Guichard, is an impressive structure, housing the main guest areas and Reception. Open to the breezes it gives all round views of the swimming pool, the beach, ocean beyond and of the gardens.
Fashioned from natural materials and furnished in contemporary colours, the stylish split-level lounge and bar look on to the pool deck. In the evenings, the perfect backdrop for sipping “sundowners” and sharing the stories of your day with newfound friends.
Browse the collections, select a memento or a postcard to send home in the Boutique. Tucked away in the Library, a comfortable refuge lined with books in various languages, is the guests’ only television and board games. No mobile network to disturb your peace here on Denis but discreet internet access points if the outside world calls. Steps away is the Activity Centre from where to book tomorrow’s dive outing or fishing expedition.
The therapists are on hand to pamper you with a selection of therapies inspired by Seychellois, Indian and Swedish techniques, wonderfully complementing Denis’ naturally holistic lifestyle. Using island essential oils, fine sand from our pristine beaches and other natural products. In the privacy of your garden courtyard, there can be few more idyllic places to rejuvenate and reconnect with the transforming power of nature.
Children are welcome on Denis and parents can enjoy their holiday whilst experiencing the island’s adventurous magic and treasures with their children.
The island is yours – Do as you will, without disturbing others” is the owner’s motto.
Whether sunbathing on the beach, playing board games, playing on a pool table, bathing in the lagoon, enjoying the swimming pool or simply relaxing on your terrace, one pleasure folds into another.
Nature tours of the island offer guided information on the conservation projects and the sustainable programme on the island. Wander through the forest echoing with calls of land and sea birds and discover the island’s flora. Join our resident experts on a bird feeding or nature tour, or for a presentation on the island’s history, wildlife or conservation projects in the Library. Visit the Old Village craft workshops, farm and the giant tortoise colony. The pace is unhurried, going with the flow and savour the moment.
Equally, a jog around the island, a game of tennis, snooker or a chess challenge in the Library, canoeing around the island or sunset sortie into the lagoon is yours for the asking.
And should you wish to venture further afield, we can also organise for day excursions to another island.
The diversity of experiences is not limited to land. Non-motorised water sports like canoeing and ocean-based activities ensure that the younger ones can explore the wonders of the rich marine life around Denis.
The Denis Private Island lagoon is indeed a great fascination–triggerfish, clownfish, parrotfish, pirouetting rays, gliding turtles all in radiant livery compete in splendour in the dance of the coral reef – a morning spent snorkelling will unveil myriad life-forms and stunning backdrops.
Or, plunge into the heart of the ocean for incomparable diving. The professional dive centre with PADI accreditation offers diving courses for novice and advanced divers. Sightings of turtles, white tip and reef sharks, rays, sailfish, tuna are common; dolphins and whales also frequent. Whale sharks and manta rays often sighted from September to November. Snorkelling and dive equipment are available.
Just a few miles north of the island, the sea floor drops rapidly into the oceanic abyss spawning a frantic cascade of life from algae through to the big game fish. Daily charts are available with the experienced crews and fishing equipment. Opt for a taste of adventure on one of our fishing expeditions. Experience the scream of a reel and the sight of your catch burst clear of the water; the tug of a deep-water giant on a hand line; the challenge of fly-fishing on the flats.
However you choose to enjoy this primal universe, it is sure to become a passion.
Denis Private Island has its own farm to provide fresh ingredients like home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs along with poultry eggs and milk. Even the seafood is fresh cateched from the surrounding waters.
Whether it is breakfast in bed or romantic candle-lit dinner on the beach – the night sky your only roof, an intimate table for two on the deck of your own villa, or dinner in the terrace dining room, the refined cuisine of Denis Private Island is nothing short of tantalizing.
The Chef of Denis Private Island prepares daily the most succulent dishes, creative and extensive buffets with live cooking stations fresh from the island’s estate and fished from the surrounding seas for breakfast and lunch. And in the evenings, Creole speciality night, barbecues on the beach, sushi and sashimi prepared from the day’s catch. Or elegantly- presented five-course table d’hôte dinners in the dining room or around the pool deck.
Candle lit dinners on the beach or served on the deck of the villas may be organised upon request at a charge.
In the Wine Cellar, another journey begins. The inventory of fine New and Old World wines is carefully selected and yours to choose from. The perfect setting for a degustation with friends or for an intimate dinner for two. Before and after dinner, staying open well into the night, the well-stocked bar provides the meeting point for a tête-à-tête or to get to know your fellow guests.