Four Seasons Desroches Island
Just a short flight away from Mahé, this luxurious resort in the Amirante Archipelago is considered one of the most beautiful and untouched islands ever known. Just 6km long and 1.5km wide, this hidden gem is surrounded by 14km of stunning white beaches and is one of the world’s top fishing and diving destinations.
Spend your days relaxing by the pool enjoying the ocean vista, visit the spa or explore the tropical idyll by foot or bicycle. The villas are beautiful and have direct beach access, and there are 2 fantastic restaurants serving fresh seafood. On this unique island you’ll discover hidden delights in its untouched beauty whilst enjoying unrivalled privacy but with all the advantages of modern extravagance; a truly beguiling holiday experience.
Facilities & Activities
The Island has an incredibly laid back vibe enticing you to relax; there’s a great lounge in the central hotel area on the beach, where you can enjoy one of the many books on offer in the library, and if you want to stay connected with the outside world, there is a WiFi spot here too. The boutique has beautiful clothing and jewellery, or you can pick up some local trinkets and treasures.
The beachfront swimming pool is stunning and has plenty of loungers for you to recline on whilst taking in those ocean views. If you want to unwind even further, the ESCAPE Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments that can be taken in the spa itself or in the privacy of your own villa.
When you want a break from relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Water sports include snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and hydro-biking. You can take a fishing line and a picnic and spend the day exploring the waters; the amazing marine life and fish make Desroches a top spot for diving and fishing, and there are plenty of opportunities to take scuba trips, go fly fishing or even explore some of the other islands by boat. The island has its own PADI Scuba Dive Centre.
If you prefer to stay on dry land there are nature trails that include searching for giant tortoises, table tennis, beach volley and there is a floodlit tennis court. Bikes are included in your villa and are a great way to explore the island – you can cycle to one end of the island in about half an hour and ride through the jungle with crabs scuttling below to wild beaches – a fabulous experience.
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There are 2 great restaurants to choose from, both offering menus with an emphasis on Indian Ocean-inspired International cuisine, and make the most of the island’s organic garden produce, sea-fresh fish and top quality meats sourced from South Africa. The Terrace serves up a fine dining experience in the main hotel area, where you can socialise and enjoy a relaxed meal while overlooking the magnificent Indian Ocean. Or you can relax under the trees and enjoy a delicious lunch in The Beach Side Dining which is located at the water’s edge and specialises in light lunches and snacks. The L’Amirantes Bar is the perfect venue for a memorable sundowner, serving mouth-watering cocktails and offering an extensive international wine and beverage list.
Private dining is also available on request.
There are a range of luxurious holiday hideaways to choose form at Desroches Island Resort.
Just a short walk from the central hotel area and with their own tropical gardens, you will find the Beach Suites. Each is light and airy, with elegant furnishing and décor, and feature 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 Suites are nestled in amongst the tropical island forest, just metres from the white sand beaches, undoubtedly the most romantic option for couples or singles seeking solitude and privacy. The master en-suite is air-conditioned and sea facing and comes complete with a bath, and indoor/outdoor showers. They also boast a TV with DVD player, private deck, iPod docking station, WiFi connection and private plunge pool.
The Three Bedroom Beach Villas are located on the picturesque Madam Zabre Beach, surrounded by dense, green raw island foliage. They feature a modern Miele kitchen, separate dining area, entertainment room, chill-out spaces and a large infinity swimming pool. All the luxurious bedrooms are air-conditioned and open out onto a large wooden deck. The 2 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 plays host to 2 large adult bunk beds, indoor shower and has its own private entrance. A butler will tend to your every need and a personal chef can also be arranged.
The Madam Zabre Villa is the most exclusive accommodation available. Situated on Madam Zabre Beach it has 3 private swimming pools, a large central living and entertainment area, as well as a modern, equipped Miele kitchen. The design allows a choice of pure privacy or open living. All 3 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. With your private Butler, Chef and Spa Angel on request, it will be a hard task to leave.
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Children of all ages are made to feel very welcome at the Desroches Island Resort. There is a great children’s club called ‘Kids Haven’, for those aged 5 – 12 years of age from Tuesday to Sunday (10am until 6.30pm). Children can stay for the whole day or participate in select activities which include yoga, pizza making lessons, conservation walks, kayaking, snorkelling, kite flying and tortoise feeding.
There are even 2 treatments available exclusively for children at the resort Spa: Kids Discovery Massage and a Kids Swedish Massage.
Teens will also enjoy exploring the wide range of activities the island have to offer and the freedom it gifts to them.
While 1 child can share a Beach Suite in the main resort, adjacent rooms can be provided for larger families with older children (but not connecting). For those seeking extensive private space, the villas provide a good option although these are a fair walk or golf buggy away from the main amenities and bedrooms within only some of these connect.
Desroches Island is home to the second largest solar farm in the Seychelles with over 7,200 solar panels. The solar plant, which is capable of producing a minimum of 2,500 KW, allows the Resort to reduce its dependency on Caterpillar diesel generators by 85 percent and consumption by 1.3 million litres annually, saving them 3,200 tons of CO2 production per year, which is equivalent to the energy use of 385 homes for one year. To reduce the use of air conditioning, they use low energy inverter units and monitor all areas to ensure these run at the lowest levels or are turned off when not required. They use low-wattage LED bulbs throughout all accommodations. For water heating, they employ a combination of a heat recovery system (repurposing the hot water from the radiator of their generator to heat water for the Resort operations) and solar power, with electrical water heating only used when surplus demand cannot be met.
From 2022, a minimum of 70% of all fruit and vegetables will be sourced directly from the island’s agricultural farm.
Desroches Island is located 230km south west of Mahé. It is part of the Amirantes Group of islands and is approximately six km long and 1.5km wide.
The Desroches Island Resort is a 40 minute flight from Mahé International Airport; there are daily scheduled flights to the Airstrip.