Alphonse Island

Seychelles

Alphonse Island in the Seychelles is a private island bursting with natural beauty. Spend your days enjoying world-class fly-fishing, superb snorkeling and diving and time relaxing on the idyllic white sandy beaches.

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At a Glance

  • One of the most remote inhabited islands in the Seychelles

  • Experience some of the world's finest saltwater fly-fishing

  • Perfect destination for an authentic and unspoiled island experience

  • 22 privately spaced air conditioned Beach Bungalows and 5 One-Bedroom Beach Suites

  • Alphonse has one of the world's best climates with consistent summer weather seldom dropping below 22°C

  • Excellent local Seychellois Creole and French cuisine incorporating the indigenous flora and freshly caught fish

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Description

Alphonse Island is one of the spectacular Outer Islands archipelago of the Seychelles, offering an amazing combination of white sand beaches, fringed by palm trees and surrounded by clear turquoise waters. It is a relaxed island sanctuary featuring a single resort, perfect for a secluded stay. One of the real draws here is Alphonse's reputation as offering some of the world's finest saltwater fly-fishing. The accommodation on the island includes a small number of beach bungalows with private terraces and larger beach suites. All bungalows and suites are perfectly located moments away from the idyllic beaches of Alphonse with amazing views of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. The island offers a main complex with a beach bar, swimming pool, tennis court and restaurant serving an excellent mixture of Seychellois Creole and French cuisine incorporating the freshest seafood you can find from the surrounding waters. Due to its remote location, the waters surrounding Alphonse Island offer some of the best diving and fishing in the Seychelles with coral reefs teeming with marine life. Above water, the fly-fishing truly is hard to beat and people travel to Alphonse Island from around the world for this alone. Of course there's plenty more to enjoy on the island including cycling tours visiting the many secluded beaches and tropical forests and boat trips to the surrounding uninhabited islands of St Francois and Bijoutier.

Accommodation

Alphonse Island has only 22 Beach Bungalows and 5 Beach Suites which are nestled into the lush tropical fauna and just moments from the white sandy beach. Both feature outdoor showers to maximize enjoyment of the warm weather as well as ocean facing outdoor space in which to relax or enjoy a private dinner. Both Bungalows and Suites are air-conditioned and amenities include a Nespresso machine, dressing gowns and slippers and private bicycles to explore this island paradise.

Beach Bungalow

Located along the east coast of Alphonse Island, the 22 Beach Bungalows have 1 king bed and can accommodate an extra bed or cot for a child.   

Beach Suite

These one bedroom suites sleep 2 adults and 2 children and offer a large lounge area and additional guest bathroom.

Childcare

Families are welcome at Alphonse Island and the island provides a wonderful natural playground for guests of all ages. Whilst the island does not have a dedicated kids club, during school vacations Alphonse runs the 'Alphonse Tribe' program, with a variety of activities organized across the island to enable families and children to become immersed in the stunning flora and fauna and turquoise waters that surround this natural paradise. Tribe activities are fully supervised by the Kids Champion and most are complimentary. Activities include accompanying the Island Conservation Society to assist in monitoring turtle movements, identifying birds and planting trees and snorkeling trips, kayaking, cycling. fly fishing and PADI diving courses.

Accommodation at Alphonse can easily be adapted into Family Rooms and there is a child friendly buffet laid on at an earlier time for hungry guests. Babysitting services are available for US $30 per hour and can be booked in advance or on the island.

Facilities

Alphonse Island offers a central dining and bar area next to a main swimming pool and the restaurant serves traditional Creole creations and Asian inspired dishes, incorporating produce from the local surroundings, such as freshly grown fruit and vegetables from the island's own gardens and freshly caught fish. Next to the Vegetable & Fruit Garden there is also a Smoothie Cafe for a refreshing and healthy way to enjoy the fresh produce. The island makes the best possible use of the outdoor wonders of this slice of paradise and offers facilities to complement the many activities on offer, including a PADI dive center, a cycling track around the island and a floodlit tennis court. An indoor games room is also at guests' disposition with billiards and table tennis tables. The natural environment of Alphonse being as richly diverse as it is, the island also has its own Island Conservation Society Center to monitor the local eco-system and protect the fragile flora and fauna. The island's Azure Spa offers a luxurious refuge with a range of body wraps and scrubs, massages and beauty treatments.

Activities

Alphonse Island is the ultimate nature lover's paradise and presents an untouched sanctuary with a uniquely protected eco-system. The island is waiting to be discovered by it's guests at their leisure whether on foot or by bike and a range of complimentary excursions are also on offer from dining to nature tours.

Alphonse is a paradise for fishing offering world-class conditions with waters teeming with marine life and ten thousand acres of white sand flats for fly fishing. The atolls are home to large populations of fish including bonefish, triggerfish, barracuda, snapper, grouper, tuna, trevally and dorado.

The vibrant and untouched coral reefs found within the safety of the lagoon offer incredible opportunities for snorkeling and diving with crystal clear waters for great visibility and an abundance of colorful reef fish and inquisitive manta rays and turtles to behold. The variety of pristine dive sites around Alphonse provide suitable diving for all levels and the full range of PADI courses are available. An array of other water-based activities are also on offer such as sunset catamaran cruises, swimming with wild spinner dolphins, stand-up paddling, sailing and waterbiking to name but a few.

On land, there are hundreds of species of bird to discover as well as free-roaming Aldabra giant tortoises, nesting turtles and stunning plant life. Once you've taken in this stunning natural paradise, enjoy relaxing on the beach, at the spa or by the pool with a cocktail.

Location & Directions

Seychelles

The Alphonse atoll group is located 400km south west of Mahé and comprises Alphonse, St. Francois and Bijoutier islands. Alphonse is only 7° south of the equator and is a pristine, untouched island with dense natural forest and beautiful white beaches.

When to go

Situated just south of the equator, the Seychelles have a warm tropical climate. The consistently warm tropical weather makes the Seychelles a good year round destination.

There is little fluctuation in warmth, with temperatures ranging from 24C to 31C all year round. From May to October a southeast trade wind can bring marginally cooler weather and fresh breezes. From November to March the northwest monsoon wind blows, typically raising temperature and humidity. December and January are the wettest months, but the rain falls in short sharp bursts before the sun comes out again.

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