Looking for an authentic desert island hideaway? It’s a 35-minute flight over a deep blue ocean to reach Desroches Island from Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles archipelago. A 14-kilometre (nine-mile) island of coral ringed by white sand beaches and topped by lush forest, Desroches is one of the Seychelles’ remote outer islands and Four Seasons Desroches is the only accommodation on the island, guaranteeing you not just solitude but exclusivity too.
You are allocated a bicycle on arrival at the resort, setting the tone for the vacation. There is plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind – hammocks slung between palm trees, a wellness spa, movie nights with popcorn – as well as more than enough for the active minded. This is a famous destination for scuba divers – there are 14 world-class dive sites around the island – and those who love to get their feet wet: snorkellers, stand-up paddle boarders and kayakers. Wildlife is also a big part of the appeal at Desroches: besides discovering the amazing marine life, you can go on nature walks with conservation guides and watch baby turtles hatch in season.
Accommodation ranges from made-for-two bungalows to grand villas that sleep up to 16 guests – ideal for groups of friends – and all come with a private pool and access to the beach. And although the intimate and romantic nature of Desroches make it a natural choice for honeymooners and couples on a special journey, Four Seasons Desroches Island Seychelles is also a great family choice. The resort has a dedicated club and activity programme for children under 12 as well as for teens. The beaches are idyllically child-friendly and the island’s wildlife sanctuary – complete with giant tortoises – is a family favourite.