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Desroches Island Resort

Desroches Island, Seychelles

Described as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled islands in the world and the largest in the far southern Amirantes group, Desroches has over 14 kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches protected by a reef rich in coral and marine life.

At a Glance

  • Beautiful and spacious villas with direct beach access

  • Explore the island by bike or kayak

  • Amazing tropical flora and fauna including giant tortoises

  • Activity center offering excellent fishing and scuba diving trips

  • Take a picnic and find a secluded spot on the island for the day

Couples, Honeymoon, Beach, Diving

Insider's View

Find George the friendly giant tortoise, always happy to relieve you of unwanted fruit

Anna Bleasdale

Insider's View

Cycle to the lighthouse at the other end of the island, but stop off enroute to snorkel at the ‘Aquarium’.

Juliet Morris

Insider's View

There are over 600 turtles nesting year round on Desroches

Juliet Morris

Insider's View

Every room comes with your own kayak to explore the island.

Alice Moseley

Insider's View

There is so much to explore on the island, the Creole village, the cemetery and many hidden beaches.

Alice Moseley

Insider's View

Opt for a Luxury Beach Suite for a private plunge pool

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Desroches Island Resort

Description

Located in the Amirantes group of islands in the Seychelles, Desroches Island is six km long and 1.5km wide. Surrounded by stunning and secluded white beaches and protected by a coral reef, it is rich in colorful marine life and is amongst the top 15 fishing and diving destinations worldwide. Desroches Island is truly any outdoor enthusiast's and nature lover's dream, and guests are free to explore the island's untouched beauty, and fascinating flora and fauna.

Desroches Island has only one resort, with luxurious accommodation offering complete privacy and seclusion. Suites and villas are spacious and are designed with a cool tropical feel. They blend seamlessly into the exotic island vegetation and all have direct access to the beach.

The resort has two restaurants serving fresh seafood Creole style and produce from the island, but is known more for its low-key barbecues on the beach or 'feet in the sand' private dining which can be arranged at a special spot on the beach or alongside the pool.

Guests can explore the island on foot, by bike or by kayak – each accommodation comes with its own bikes and kayaks. The coconut grove, the northern lighthouse and the island village are waiting to be discovered, as are the many secret tracks that lead to secluded beaches. The resident conservation team offer guided informative nature walks around the island where guests can learn about the flora and fauna on the island. The resort's own PADI center can arrange trips to outstanding dive locations. Desroches offers excellent opportunities for diving, with 14 classified dive sites nearby, as well as deep sea fishing and some of the most challenging fly fishing in the Indian Ocean. Boat trips to outlying islands of St. Josephs and Poivre can also be arranged.

Or guests can simply enjoy a massage treatment at the spa center, on the beach under the palm trees or in the comfort of your own accommodation.

Desroches is a tiny dot of desert island gorgeousness but most certainly manages to fit in a whole lot of wow factor.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Desroches Island Resort offers unrivalled privacy in spacious luxury. There are 18 Beach Suites, twelve Luxury Beach Suites with private plunge pools, 24 Beach Villas and a five bedroomed Beach Residence, all with private kitchens, dining rooms ,living rooms, decks and swimming pools. The ultimate Madame Zabre villa comes complete with private spa, three master suites and three private swimming pools. All bedrooms are air conditioned and offer luxurious furnishings and direct access to the beach.

Beach Suite

These one bedroom suites are set amongst lush tropical gardens, palm trees and green lawns, just a few meters from the beach. All the suites have air-conditioning, a private deck, lounge area, flat screen TV, DVD player and mini-bar. The spacious bathrooms have double basins, a covered outdoor bath, an outdoor shower and a separate toilet and bidet.

Luxury Beach Suite

Each Luxury Beach Suite is equipped with a private plunge pool, deck and living area and are decorated in a unique style that embraces the natural surroundings and sets the tone for an unforgettable romantic escape. Nestled in the midst of the tropical island forest, just meters from the palm-fringed white sand beaches, the one-bedroom Beach Retreats are perfect for couples seeking solitude and privacy. These suites are reserved for adults only.

Beach Villa - Four Bedroom

A perfect family retreat, the four bedroom Beach Villa has its own private rim flow swimming pool, central living and entertainment area as well as a equipped modern kitchen. All four of the en-suite bedrooms are air-conditioned and have views over your own private lush island garden which stretches out to the palm fringed white sand beaches and crystal clear water’s edge. Three sea facing bedrooms are off the main entertainment area and swimming pool, each equipped with private outdoor showers and private deck. The fourth en-suite air-conditioned bedroom is slightly smaller in size and non sea-facing. The villas are luxurious and well-appointed and even come equipped with two kayaks and bicycles for the whole family.

Beach Villa - Three Bedroom

The Three Bedroom Beach Villas are located on the picturesque Madam Zabre Beach, surrounded by dense, green island foliage and are the epitome of indulgent island chic villa living in the Seychelles. All three luxurious bedrooms are air-conditioned and open out onto a large wooden deck. The two master sea-facing bedrooms are glass-fronted and are equipped with flat screen televisions, DVD players and iPod docking stations as well as Nespresso machines. Bathrooms are open-air and en-suite with bath plus indoor and outdoor showers. The non sea-facing bedroom has two large, adult bunk beds, indoor shower and has its own private entrance. The butler will tend to your every need. A personal chef can be arranged to complete the ultimate 5 star villa island retreat experience.

Beach Villa - Five Bedroom

The Five Bedroom Beach Villa is arguably one of the most exclusive residences in Seychelles, a combination of two Luxury Beach Suites and one three bedroom beach villa makes for a private piece of paradise.

Located on the picturesque Madam Zabre Beach surrounded by dense, green foliage, the five bedroom Beach Villa encompasses nature, earth and sea with its rustic feel, stylish colors and unique furniture. It has a modern kitchen, separate dining area, entertainment area and chill-out spaces as well as a large infinity swimming pool and two private plunge pools. All five bedrooms are air-conditioned and open out onto a large deck. The four master sea-facing bedrooms are glass-fronted and equipped with flat screen televisions, DVD players and iPod docking stations. Two master bedrooms each have a private plunge pool; open-air en-suite bathrooms with bath and both indoor and outdoor showers. The bunk bedroom has two large, adult size bunk beds, en-suite indoor shower and has a private entrance.

The butler will tend to your every need while a personal chef can be arranged to complete the ultimate exclusive island experience.

Madam Zabre Villa

The Madam Zabre Villa is a three bedroom deluxe villa with three private swimming pools, a large central living and entertainment area, as well as a modern, equipped kitchen. The design allows a choice of pure privacy or open living. It is an exclusive Spa Retreat is designed for pure relaxation and revitalisation of mind, body and soul. Situated on Madam Zabre Beach surrounded by dense, green foliage, the Madam Zabre Villa offers a tranquil experience for couples, families or friends looking for a private slice of heaven. All three glass-fronted, sea facing bedrooms are air-conditioned, with indoor and outdoor showers, as well as an outdoor bath. Each bedroom leads onto a large wooden deck with swimming pool and salsa. With your private Butler, Chef and Spa Angel on request, you may never want to leave.

Childcare

Children are welcome at the Desroches Island Resort and on 1st March 2013 they launched their Children's club 'Kids Haven'. Kids Haven caters for children of all ages and is six days a week (Tuesday through to Sunday) from 10am until 6pm. Children can stay for the whole day or participate in selected activities. The activities include Island activities, yoga, pizza making lessons, conservation walks, kayaking, snorkeling as well as kite flying and tortoise feeding. Kids Haven is complimentary for children aged 5-12 years old. Children under 5 years old will still be welcomed, but they will need to be accompanied by a parent or a babysitter.

Facilities

The facilities at Desroches Island Resort are simple yet luxurious. Guests can choose from two restaurants serving internationally and locally influenced cuisine, or enjoy a private dining experience on the beach or even the runway under the stars. The resort has a relaxed bar, lounge, swimming pool, boutique, PADI Scuba Dive center offering Nitrox, floodlit tennis court, Internet area, library, and a games area with pool and table tennis. Guests can enjoy a treatment in the Escape Spa, or in the privacy of their own villa.

Dining

The Terrace has wonderful ocean views and serves internationally inspired flavors of the Indian Ocean and traditional Creole delights.

The Beach Side Dining is located at the water's edge, specializing in light lunches and snacks - the perfect place to enjoy a Seybrew beer and take in the relaxing island atmosphere.

L’Amirantes Bar serves mouth-watering cocktails and has an extensive international wine list.

At an additional cost, you can arrange for a chef to prepare food exclusively for you in the villa or residence's private kitchen for a truly exclusive and intimate dining experience.

Should you wish to explore the islands isolated palm fringed shores and beaches, yet would like the extravagance of a champagne picnic, the resort can arrange for you to have this set up for you at remote hidden destinations.

For the ultimate romantic and intimate experience in an exotic natural wonderland, choose a location to enjoy a private champagne dinner. Sink your toes into the soft sand at the water's edge as the sun sets.

Escape Spa

The newly built Escape is the perfect place to free your mind, body and soul. The spa has been developed with simplicity and natural elements in mind; effortlessly fusing the relaxing island atmosphere with the elegant sophistication that is Desroches Island. Escape is the first Spa in the Indian Ocean to offer the exclusive range of Elemental Herbology and Dr. Hauschka treatments. Natural oils and expertly selected ingredients have been blended together to create signature treatments unique to Desroches Island.

The therapists - Escape Angels - are honed from holistic regions of South East Asia specializing in providing authentic Asian Spa treatments. For a truly private Spa experience, you can arrange Spa treatments in any one of many locations including your own private villa, on the beach or amongst the exotic island jungle.

Activities

If you're looking for a change from relaxing on one of the secluded white sandy beaches, there is plenty to do on the island. Bikes and kayaks come with each accommodation and are there to explore to island with. Take a snorkel or a fishing line and a picnic and spend the day exploring the waters. Other water activities include windsurfing, paddle boarding or taking out a hydro bike. There are many nature trails round the island and guests can go in search of the giant tortoises or the old village.

The marine life and fish around Desroches make it a diving and fishing paradise and the resort can organize scuba trips and game and fly fishing. Guests can explore some of the outer islands by boat, or take a sunset cruise.

Guided nature walks

The resident conservation team offers guided informative nature walks around the island where guests can learn about current research projects and the endangered fauna and flora species on the island. The highlight of the nature walks is most definitely coming face to face with one of the giant ancient tortoises and spotting the nesting turtles.

Cycling round the island

A bicycle is by far the best form of transport to enjoy and discover the island and guests have the use of one for their entire stay. The tracks around the island are constantly maintained and lead to almost every corner and secret gem that the island has to offer. Why not let the resort pack you up a picnic basket for you to take away for the day to find a secret spot on the island?

Game fishing

Desroches Atoll has some of the greatest offshore angling that the Seychelles waters have to offer. What makes this area so rich in fish stock is the 1300 meter trench which separates Desroches from Poivre and St Joseph. Its offshore structure is ideal with a 38 km ring of sunken coral atoll, all surrounded by a sheer drop-off, teeming with both pelagic and reef fish. It is a prime fishing destination that continues to impress the well-traveled international game fisherman with its diversity and abundance of fish life. The area around the edges of the “Desroches drop-off” is famous for Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Green and Rosy Jobfish as well as a large variety of Snapper, Wrasse and Grouper, which can be caught by trawling, bait and switch, spinning, popping or jigging.

Fly fishing

There are some great spots, which depend on the time of year, wind direction, tidal movements and bait proximity. Species such as Snapper, Three Spot Pompano, Needle Scaled Queenfish, Grouper, Bluefin Trevally, Yellowspot Trevally, the occasional Giant Trevally and Bonefish can be caught. There is also the option of a three hour guided flats skiff fishing expedition that allows you to fish the outer edges of the reef while being poled along. To preserve the pristine ecozystem, a strict catch-and-release policy applies to all land-caught species of fish.

Scuba diving

Desroches Island is at the center of a coral atoll and natural marine sanctuary blessed with flourishing marine life and multi colored coral outcrops. Protected from commercial fishing practices and 230 km from Mahé-Seychelles, the isolated location of Desroches Island ensures that scuba divers can enjoy an aqua marine spectacle like no other. With over 18 classified dive sites to choose from and a vast amount of virgin reef still to be explored, Desroches Island is arguably the best place in the Seychelles for scuba diving. Forming part of the Amirantes outer islands (considered some of the most pristine and untouched islands in the world), Desroches Island offers a pure diving experience – from easier dives for beginners up to challenging sites for experienced and more advanced divers.

Additional Notes

Sale of Desroches Island Hotel

Desroches Island Lodge have completed negotiations for the sale of the hotel and business. They will continue to operate and manage the hotel for the remainder of 2015, but will hand over possession and control to the new owners on 11th January 2016. Please note that Desroches will close in January 2016 in order to re-brand, refurbish and enhance the facilities.

Location & Directions

Desroches Island, Seychelles

Desroches is located 230km south west of Mahé. Situated four degrees south of the Equator, Desroches Island is part of the Amirantes Group of islands and is approximately six km long and 1.5km wide, with 14km of immaculate white soft sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.

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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