Denis Private Island
Denis Private Island, Seychelles
based on 7 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
based on 2 people sharing a Beach Cottage on a full board basis, including domestic flights.
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
Denis Island is the perfect place to escape for total relaxation and tranquillity. With no wifi in any of the cottages, you really do feel as though you away from the 'real world'. For those guests who still need to access the internet there is a very comfortable sitting room in the main area of the hotel where you can check emails and surf the net.
Walk around the island or jump on a bike and explore the island's farm where you can collect eggs, see the pigs, cattle and goats or even see where the furniture is made.
Staff are incredibly friendly and the service is very personal. The food is outstanding with an excellent choice of Creole food. A considerable amount of fresh produce is from the island's garden and farm.
There is no longer a main pool at Denis but you are surrounded by stunning clear waters to swim in, kayak or just lie on the beach and enjoy the Seychellois sunshine!
Gemma Dobson (Staff)
Denis Private Island in some ways reminds me of an African Lodge, upon arrival you are greeted from the grass landing strip and taken by golf buggy to the main house, a beautiful open-sided lodge which houses the bar, restaurant, reception desk and gift shop. It is beautifully furnished using lots of drift wood, coral and shells and is the place where everyone comes together on the island. Mealtimes will be the only time you'll probably see other guests as most tend to relax on the beach by their own cottages or go out on one of the island's amazing deep sea fishing trips or dives!
I really love the laid back relaxed feel of this island, it's a real feet in the sand place, the cottages are simple yet elegant and within a couple of hours here you will really find yourself relaxing and switching off to the outside world on this island paradise!
Sarah Tichacek (Staff)
A perfect Robinson Crusoe island - it is very rustic but offers high standards of furnishing. Only a 25 minute flight from Mah, it is the perfect getaway. There is only one restaurant, but you can also dine in your cottage. If you are celebrating a special occasion you can dine in their most amazing wine cellar! The resort has 25 rooms, some on the beach and others in the garden, all having open bathrooms. The room numbers don't run in order, they are numbered as they were built around the island, so this can at first be a little confusing finding your room. Although the resort doesn't have a spa, treatments can be offered in your room, which is certainly worth it. Denis will give you a great island experience in a brilliant location. The snorkeling is amazing, there is a house reef and the water is so clear.
Anna Northeast (Staff)
Now this is the real Robinson Crusoe experience! Denis Island is just a 30 minute flight north of the main island of Mah but a world away. If you're not a fan of small planes it wont be the best 30 minutes of your life but the flight is generally smooth and scenic and over before you know it. The excitement builds as you catch your first glimpse of this lovely island. It's not large, you could walk around it in a couple of hours, but it is lush and green with white sand beaches and turquoise sea.
Once landed you're only a short buggy ride from the lodge. The main part of the lodge is large and open plan with gentle breezes whispering through. This is where the only restaurant is, the bar and lounge. There's a small pool outside but nobody uses it, why would you when you're surrounded by ocean?
The cottages are rustic in style, there are no TVs here, but they are lovely and spacious with comfy beds, huge verandahs with a day bed pavilion, inside/outside bathrooms with a little garden and most importantly, they are just steps from the ocean. This is direct beach access at its best, you can roll out of bed and straight on to the white sand. For those on a lower budget, there are cottages which are set in the gardens which are more basic but still not far from the beach.
Families are well looked after and there's a great family cottage. There are no kids clubs here, simply a whole island to discover together.
There is so much to discover here, from great snorkeling just off the shore, to the island's own farm which supplies the fresh food for the hotel. There's a dive center, deep sea fishing and even a tennis court (although it's seen better days). You can even get married in the tiny island chapel. Watch out for the giant tortoises, they have a huge pen in the middle of the hotel where you can feed them, many others roam wild.
At Denis you can be as sociable or private as you like. Dinners are themed (the sushi night is a particular favorite) and food, although not gourmet, is plentiful and tasty.
The staff love it here and will do anything to make guest stays special, be it a family vacation or a honeymoon, Denis really fits the bill.
Ocean Sports at Denis Island
Head out onto or into the water around Denis Island to discover a wealth of activities and experiences in these tropical seas.
Organic Farm Tour on Denis Island
Discover the diversity and abundance of what Denis Private Island has to offer, with a visit to its organic farm.
Witness the Turtle Hatching Season at Denis Island
Watching baby turtles hatching is one of nature's real marvels and guests at Denis Private Island in October and November might be lucky enough to witness this.
Twin Center Banyan Tree and Denis Island
Mahe & Denis Island
from $6100 pp 10 nights
- Combine a stay on the main island of Mahé with a Robinson Crusoe experience on Denis Private Island
- All the villas at Banyan Tree offer a private pool whilst Denis Island has open-air bathrooms and beach access
- Ideal for a Honeymoon or romantic getaway
Twin Center Seychelles - Denis Island and Praslin
Denis Island & Praslin
from $5700 pp 10 nights
- Experience the diversity of the Seychelles by island hopping
- Fascinating contrasts of barefoot luxury on Denis Island and the stylish luxury of Praslin
- Relaxing idyllic beaches, this itinerary is great for couples or families alike
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.