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Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island, Seychelles

Denis Private Island is an informal island sanctuary on one of the Seychelles' most beautiful outer islands. Pampered from the minute you arrive, guests experience the ultimate in barefoot luxury and secluded island living.

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At a Glance

  • All villas offer direct beach access

  • Luxurious island hideaway perfect for families and couples

  • Wonderful diving and snorkeling

  • Privately-owned island by the Mason family

  • Eco-friendly island investing in sustainable tourism

  • Delicious food grown on the island and harvested from the ocean

Couples, Honeymoon, Beach, Diving

Insider's View

Denis has its own organic farm ensuring the freshest food for all the guests. They also produce fantastic coconut oil which is used in the hotel's spa treatments and is also shipped back to the mainland

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Insider's View

Denis Island has an amazing house reef

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Denis is an island experience not a hotel experience

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Dine somewhere different - in a wine cellar

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For guests wishing to be closest to the main hotel facilities, request Cottage 2 - just a minute's walk for dinner but yet still set back enough to remain private

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Enjoy a digital detox with no wifi in the cottages!

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A must-do on Denis Private Island is the sea turtle excursion. Set sail in a small motorized boat as you cruise over crystal clear waters in search of sea turtles.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Denis Private Island


Denis Island has 25 immaculate, individual and secluded cottages, dotted between casuarinas and coconut trees. Arranged in such a way that you feel you could be on the island all by yourself, each cottage has a sea facing veranda as well a private courtyard with outside shower, and are just steps away from the beach. The sea is teeming with marine life, and guests can snorkel off the beach, often seeing turtles. Denis Island has all the essential ingredients for languid island-style living but it also boasts some of the world’s best fishing and diving for those looking for adventure as well as barefoot luxury.

The chef’s traditional Seychellois cuisine can be enjoyed in the spacious and airy restaurant, privately on the deck of your own cottage or even on the beach under the stars. Delicious food is produced using fresh local seafood and the island's own gardens, and along with the amazing service, is a special feature of a stay here.

Denis Island is committed to ensuring that the numerous natural treasures found on the island remain for future generations to enjoy. On land, large tracts of forest and habitat have been rehabilitated with native broad-leaved trees. Endemic bird species have been introduced as part of an ongoing national efforts to increase breeding populations which 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 Seychelles warbler.

Denis Island is continually working to ensure that the reef flats - essential nursery and feeding grounds for fish and green turtles - 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.


Denis Island has 23 Beach Cottages, a Family Cottage and a Beach Villa with plunge pool. Rooms are air-conditioned and have private sea facing verandas, the garden villas are set back and have glimpses of the ocean. They are all stretched along the beach on the north western tip of the island, each nestling in its lush surrounds and separated from each other by gardens and hedges. All the rooms enjoy the luxury of open-air bathrooms and al-fresco showers in private garden courtyards.


Children are welcome on Denis Private Island and up to two children under the age of 12 may stay free of charge on full board basis (not including flights) if sharing their parents’ cottage. There is no Kids Club – Denis is a natural playground for the young. The hotel has developed a range of nature and other activities for children to discover the island and its attractions, and the Chef is especially attentive to the culinary tastes of younger guests. Babysitting is available; early meal times or in-cottage dining may be organized for younger children.


The fabulous facilities include a restaurant, bar, lounge, library, boutique, billiards, a small pool and a floodlit tennis court. Massages are available in the privacy of your room. The outside terrace restaurant offers a diverse and refined culinary experience. Most nights guests are offered a five course menu, or a themed evening with entertainment such as Creole dancers or Japanese night with a sushi cooking demonstration. Candle-lit dinners on the beach, dégustation dinners in the wine cellar or dinner served in the deck of the villas can be organized upon request at an extra charge.

There is no mobile phone signal on the island but the hotel can assist with international calls as all rooms have IDD telephones. The media room has internet facilities and a television and there is also a small library.


There are therapists on hand to pamper you with a selection of therapies inspired by Seychellois, Indian and Swedish techniques, wonderfully complementing Denis’ naturally holistic lifestyle and using island essential oils, fine sand from the pristine beaches and other natural products. Treatments can take place in the privacy of your garden courtyard.


The food on Denis Private Island is exquisite, with produce fresh from the island’s estate and fished from the surrounding seas for breakfast and lunch. In the evenings, guests enjoy Creole specialty night, with barbecues on the beach, or sushi and sashimi prepared from the day’s catch. Alternatively, there are elegantly presented five-course table d’hôte dinners in the dining room or around the pool deck. The private wine cellar is stocked with carefully selected wines from the New and Old World.


There are numerous activities available to guests staying at Denis Island including canoeing, snorkeling, nature walks, tennis, billiards and a jogging trail. Tours of the island around the farm and estate are organized regularly - guests can visit the old village craft workshops and the giant tortoise colony. Excursions to other islands can also be organized.

The PADI Associated Dive Center offers a range of courses and excursions. Dive sites are on a gradual sea slope from 18-25 m. All equipment is available on site – compressors, regulators, wet suits, masks, fins. Limited equipment is available for children. It is therefore recommend parents bring wet suits, masks and fins for children and wet suits for teenagers in order to avoid disappointment. Divers should bring their dive logbook and licence. Game fishing, bottom, fly fishing and trawling trips can also be arranged or a tour of the island by boat is available.

Water sports

Non-motorized water sports and ocean-based activities ensure that guests can explore the wonders of the rich marine life around Denis. Through the PADI affiliated dive center, you can participate in dive courses and excursions available for beginners and advanced divers alike. The lagoon is a tropical fish haven, with triggerfish, clownfish, parrotfish, rays and turtles often seen around the coral reef. Further off the reef, sightings of turtles, white tip and reef sharks, rays, sailfish, and tuna are common, whilst dolphins and whales are also frequent. Whale sharks and manta rays are often sighted from September to November. Snorkelling and dive equipment are available.

Other water sports include canoeing, swimming and fishing.

Nature tours of the island

Nature tours of the island offer guided information on the conservation projects and the sustainable program on the island; this includes a fascinating visit of the farm and estate and an easy walk around the island. Interesting presentations of the island’s history and environmental talks are conducted occasionally.

Location & Directions

Denis Private Island, Seychelles

Fifty-three miles (85km) north of the capital Victoria, lies Denis Private Island with a surface area of 131 hectares. The private island was once a thriving coconut plantation. Denis Island Seychelles, is only a 30-minute flight from Mahé.

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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