Denis Island Lodge has 25 cottages, spread along the island's northwestern coast...
Denis Island Lodge: Our full report
One of the most northerly of the Inner Islands of the Seychelles, Denis Island is a small private coral island about 60 miles from Mahé.
Along the northwestern coast is Denis Island Lodge. Here 25 island-style cottages are set amid the rich vegetation: the standard rooms in 'Deluxe' cottages; a family suite; and, for those seeking extra space and pampering, the 'Executive' suite. All are spacious, tastefully furnished and decorated in cool, calm colours, yet with an eye for Creole style and a spacious outdoor en-suite bathroom.
All the cottages at Denis Island Lodge have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, an outdoor en-suite bathroom (with double vanity, twin jet shower, alfresco shower, bath, WC and bidet), a hair drier, an ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini-bar and a private outdoor courtyard.
All, too, lie within about 30m of their own stretch of beach, with its dedicated, shaded loungers. These cottages are well spaced, dotted amongst the trees, giving the feeling of private-island villas.
The imposing, palm-thatched main building at Denis Island Lodge houses the restaurant, an elliptical sunken bar for evening cocktails, and a contemporary lounge of exposed rock walls, cream fabrics and funky, nature-inspired objets d'art. There is also a games area with a billiards table and library, complete with internet points. Meals can be eaten inside, on the beach or on poolside, with a combination of buffet lunches, table d'hôte dinners and themed evenings on offer. Much of the food is seasonal, often produced on the island, and the menus are varied and invariably tasty.
Guests have free run of Denis Island. Wandering around the forested interior and beaches will lead you past some beautiful scenery, as well as the giant tortoise enclosure, the 1881 lighthouse and the ecumenical chapel, dating to its plantation heyday. With Denis Island's focus turning to tourism and conservation, resident environmentalists are available for guided tours of the island, either on foot or by electric buggy.
Birdlife on Denis Island includes noddies, terns, plovers, whimbrels, tropicbirds and frigatebirds, and turtles nest on the beaches. For sub-aqua enthusiasts, escorted snorkelling and diving (including PADI courses) can be arranged from the watersports centre, which also offers big-game fishing trips and supplies kayaks and small sailing boats. A floodlit tennis court, jogging trails, a new swimming pool and even in-room massages complete the package.
For families, Denis is relaxed and comfortable, with easy access and plenty of activities; for couples seeking a romantic get-away, there are long, secluded stretches of beach with a real feeling of a faraway island idyll.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: The restaurant offers guests a breakfast buffet with local fruits, freshly squeezed juices, eggs, croissants and danish pastries.
For lunch, the lodge offers three buffets:
- a salad buffet,
- a variety of hot dishes with grilled fish or meat and
- a table of desserts.
Dinner usually features a set menu for five days every week. In addition, a Creole buffet is generally served outside on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Beach holidays: Located directly at one of Denis Island's stunning beaches, Denis Island Lodge is the perfect choice for those seeking beach holidays. The island-style cottages come with their own stretch of white sandy beach, guaranteeing total privacy. And for more adventurous visitors, Denis Island's watersports centre can arrange snorkelling, diving or fishing trips.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: Denis Island does welcome children – and even has a specific 'Family Suite'. With miles of lovely beaches and a very relaxed vibe, children will be fine here.
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: As with any new environment, children should always be closely supervised by their parents.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: Local or international calls can be made from the reception.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge