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Named after Denis de Trobriant, the French explorer who was the first European to discover it in 1773, Denis Island is located some 60 miles north of the main island of Mahé. A private island, Denis hosts just one resort, whose 25 cottages are dotted along the shoreline amid lush tropical gardens.
Each of the stylish, air-conditioned cottages has a sea-facing veranda and a private courtyard with an outdoor shower. From the cottages, it is a short stroll to the main resort building that houses the bar and restaurant, plus a billiards room. With no mobile phone signal, Denis Island makes the perfect place to get away from it all.
Relax on one of the island's fine white sand beaches or enjoy some of the many activities on offer. Aquatic activities include a variety of non-motorised watersports such as sailing, snorkelling over colourful coral reefs, windsurfing and kayaking. Denis Island's position on the edge of the Seychelles' bank, where shallow waters meet the deeper ocean, also makes for excellent fishing - including bonefishing off the island's flats - and the resort has two fishing boats available for charter. The island also has its own PADI-accredited dive centre offering courses for beginners and advanced divers alike.
The protected underwater world around Denis ranks as one of the finest areas for diving in the Seychelles and features a number of dive sites where you can see turtles, sharks, stingrays, sailfish, tuna and dolphins. Whale sharks and manta rays are also regularly sighted between September and November.
Back on land, there is a floodlit tennis court and scenic nature trails for exploring the 350-acre island's flora and fauna that includes native trees and rich birdlife including terns, white-tailed tropic birds and frigate birds. There is also a small farm and a vanilla plantation to visit.
Missing the driving range? Golfers are free to use the airstrip; but you'll need to keep the ball straight.
Tom, Original Traveller