The Seychelles

Denis Island


Offfgrid with purpose

Denis is private tropical island with a strong conservation ethos, surrounded by protected Indian Ocean waters and immersed in nature. A 1.5 square kilometer speck in the Indian Ocean ringed by perfect white sand, it is yours to explore.

There are just 25 cottages and villas well spaced out and tucked back from the beach, along with the thatched main lodge building with its restaurant serving produce from the island's farm, a wine cellar and communal areas.

During your stay here you’ll get to see conservation in action, learning about challenges here and enjoying their successes as you kick back on pristine beaches, snorkel in a sea turtle sanctuary and spot some rarest birds on earth in the forests.

There’s no mobile phone signal here, no in-room internet and no cable television – so it’s the perfect place to completely escape distractions. Take the time to reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and nature. A stay here is all about laid-back luxury, fresh island cuisine and natural beauty.


At a glance

  • 25 free standing-cottages and villas

  • Restaurant and bar

  • PADI dive centre

  • Beachfront spa

Denis Island Seychelles Creole Night beach Setting


  • Denis Island Seychelles Boat Diving Fins

    Water activities

    Equipment is provided for snorkeling and kayaking so you can spend your days getting to knowing the lagoon, both on and beneath the surface. The waters here are protected, and no fishing has resulted in the reefs being full of vibrant creatures, from tropical fish to turtles. The PADI dive centre has a list of excellent dives sites for you to discover, as well as a beginners certification course.

  • Denis Island Seychelles Fairy Tern on Branch

    Wildlife conservation

    Wake up early and head down to the beach with the ranchers to spot the tracks of egg-laying turtles. You can also venture into the forests to look for endangered magpie robins and paradise flycatchers and learn about the breeding and tagging projects. The Green Islands Foundation rangers will be able to tell you about their adoption programmes.

  • Denis Island Seychelles Lady Claire Boat

    Sport fishing

    A boat charter will take you out to the drop-off where the depth plunges at the edge of the Seychelles plateau. It’s the perfect place for big game fishing. With strict conservation requirements to be followed, juveniles are returned to the waters, but eligible catches can be brought back to the chef who will prepare a special meal for you.


The Green Islands Foundation has a permanent outpost on the island and heads up a various programmes. One of the most important environmental achievements here has been the translocation of some the Seychelles’ rarest endemic birds. It’s now the only place in the world you can spot the Seychelles fody, paradise flycatcher, magpie robin and Seychelles warbler all in one area.

Hawksbill and green turtles are monitored and tagged, and research on the reef flats, where many fish and turtles feed, is ongoing. There are also projects underway to restore the native forest habitats, protect giant land tortoises and safeguard a fledgling seabird colony.


Beyond their conservation programmes, a strong emphasis is also placed on sustainability and reducing waste. This extends to all aspects of operations, including the farm and kitchen. Denis' farm provides the culinary team with milk, yogurt and cheese from cattle; eggs and chickens; fresh pork and a wonderful array of island-grown fruits and vegetables. The kitchen is clear in its purpose: to highlight the island’s fresh produce, while keeping staples that can’t grow on the island to a minimum.

A self-sustaining lumber mill and carpentry workshop provides all the hotel’s flooring and most of the furniture in the cottages, lobby and restaurant. In general, the aim is to use local materials and methods as far as possible before looking to import, and this mindset has helped them to drastically reduce their carbon footprint.

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