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This remote island, roughly two miles long and half a mile wide, has just this one place to stay on it, Four Seasons at Desroches Island.
Accommodation consists of elegant villas designed in a low-key colonial architectural style, scattered amongst the coconut palms to ensure privacy. All villas have a private terrace with sea views.
Located on Île Desroches, this private island paradise is part of the Amirante group of atolls in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles and being a low lying coral islet, offers a totally different topographical experience from the granite boulders and steep cliffs of the central Seychelles.
The island is fringed by 10 miles of white sandy beaches lapped by clear turquoise waters. Activities on Desroches Island include watersports such as windsurfing, sea kayaking and pedal boats, while the island's encircling reef provides great snorkelling and more than a dozen dive sites which the onsite dive team will be delighted to get you out to. Big-game fishing and boat excursions to neighbouring atolls are also available.
On land, there is a floodlit tennis court, and you can explore the Desroches Island either by bicycle or on foot, discovering secluded beaches and local fauna and flora including giant tortoises. Alternatively, laze by the pool or in a hammock, enjoy a massage or sip cocktails at the bar.
Good food is served at the resort's two open-air restaurants, one of which offers 'feet in the sand' dining on the beach, with menus based on the catch of the day and locally grown fruit and vegetables.
Why we love it
If you want to get away from it all then Desroches Island may be the place for you; there are no televisions or telephones to distract you from the natural surroundings.