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Denis Private Island Seychelles
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This island is not for everyone but if you like a beautiful beach, clear warm seas, excellent food [freshly caught fish, island smoked fish/meat [new smoker this year!]and a relaxed, quiet atmosphere this is for you [no mobile signal/slow internet]. In emergencies landline calls can be made/received from the office at a price. Get the number of the hotel before leaving home to give to relatives. We come here every year [over 9 years] and 60% of the guests are "repeaters". Many of the English and French come around February/March as we do. The Managers seem to come and go but Lorna is the constant and knows the island extremely well. The pace of life on Denis is slow and we enjoy pottering around the island both "inland", round the farm [much cleaner now] and along the shore, turtle/bird watching and generally chilling out. However, we are both avid readers [download your books before coming here] and don't want constant activity and noise. Our children, when teenagers, loved the island as they are both divers and also bookworms. The cottages [deluxe beachfront] are extremely comfortable and we like having a "private garden" with large daybed [fan above] and the beach and sea only a step away. The library has two computers for internet and one TV. Shop is better now but best to bring sunscreen etc. with you [they do have it but expensive]. Note for the ladies -wedgies/flats rather than high heels that get stuck in the sand or just barefoot. Iron/ironing board/torch/umbrellas all in your room and tea and coffee making.
Others have reviewed the island in detail but the fact we come back year after year speaks for itself. My profile picture is of the Denis beach outside our favourite cottage. We are already booked in for February 2014!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank luka99
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

The island is half an hour on a plane from Mahe so there is no service for mobile telephones (hurray) and the only place to access landline telephones, TV, and mind-bogglingly slow internet is from the central clubhouse. If you want any noise in your room, other than conversation, you need to bring your iPod and plug it into the docking station provided. Books are the other option and there is a decent library in the clubhouse. We read rather a lot. And thoroughly enjoyed it.
We spent 7 nights here in a deluxe beach cottage on the all-inclusive deal (with hindsight, not being fish hunters, 4 nights would have been optimum) because there is very little to do unless you take a boat out marlin fishing; the day we arrived one guest caught a 168kg marlin which all the guests had barbequed that evening – delicious! The food, prepared by chefs Darrin and Robert and their staff is magnificent. An absolute feast for every meal. Worth coming for the food alone especially as Darrin & Robert have just signed up for another two years. I asked them what happened to the vast quantities of food that guests (max 56) can’t eat and it turns out it goes to the (80) island staff. Almost tempting to apply for a job! Another unexpected bonus was the quality of the house wines. Very good indeed. Much better than expected. Three red and three white, one each from South Africa, France and Italy.
Whilst the main beach itself is superb, snorkelling off it is poor, virtually no fish or live coral within 50 yards, and very disappointing because it was a significant reason for our decision to go to Denis. If you are a strong confident swimmer you could swim out 200+ yards to the main part of the reef, which we are told is much better, but it was too far for us. You could also take a boat out to the reef and swim from the boat but that is not the same experience. If the manager, Francesco, had bothered to talk to us he might have sold us a trip but he didn’t…perhaps his English is poor.
Guests were mainly German or Italian couples along with half a dozen Russian marlin-chasers, a rare French couple and even rarer English. These language differences made social conviviality in the excellent clubhouse not very easy especially as the furniture, whilst very comfortable indeed, is not designed or placed to encourage inter-guest sociability.
The deluxe beach cottage was perfect. Very large and with everything you could possibly need (excepting TV and telephone of course). Ours – number 7 – had a narrow beach frontage and, looking back in the knowledge that the island cottages were only 60% occupied, I am quite surprised that we were not upgraded to one of the empty cottages with a wider beach frontage making us so pleased we would might spend more money on extras and tell all our friends. Perhaps the need to have an upgrade policy will occur to the manager in due course.
For whatever reason, the reception desk is always empty whilst the office and admin staff are out of sight in a back room. This means that a guest with a random question at a random time – what trip shall I buy, can someone clean our room later tomorrow, etc. – has nobody obvious to ask because the language skills of the bar and waiting staff are only up to simple requests. Perhaps the manager will recognise that guests will be better served if the reception and office were to be combined.
We walked across/around the island three times (about 2 hours plus occasional swims) exhausting the local scenery before returning to our bit of the beach to build up our strength for lunch. Whilst doing that, on our penultimate day, one of the environmental staff came up to us and took us to watch a turtle digging a hole under the bushes at the top of the beach prior to laying its eggs. He told us he took guests for (free) nature walks but the option is not well publicised and we hadn’t noticed.
In summary, the ambience of Denis Island is utterly delightful although there are one or two minor flaws, but if you are self-reliant with the ability not to get bored, you will enjoy it hugely.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
6  Thank GLx
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Denis Island is ideally suited for couples that want to get-away to luxury, space and privacy. The rooms are well-spaced from each other, providing utmost privacy. Rooms are stylish and on the beach. Swimmming areas are awesome - lots of corals and fish. Service is amazing - nothing too much trouble for the management & staff. Food is EXCELLENT, fine-dining at its best.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 701marlener
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in the weekend of the first of november and enjoyed every minute of it. The staff is very polite, helpful and friendly. The bungalows are great and the outdoor area is stunning. Direct access to the beach.
On Saturday evening they prepared a lovely Creol buffet on the beach. An experience never to be forgotten
Just a small remark on the eco - side some things might be subject for improvement.
But I can definitely recommend it. It`s worth every penny.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Dominique B
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Can not fault location and agree with the comments by others, but having said that, we left a day early. Why you may ask ??
In the time we were there, only seven couples and four people , including me went down with tummy bugs. We have travelled extensively in Africa and never had problems. What really drove us away was the evening entertainment Friday, Saturday ( and Sunday we were told ) . A gentleman seemed ti think he was "Bob Dylan " , as we were subjected to 3-4 hours of 60's style music, with no escape , other than your cabin. We were told the singer was the owner, Michael Mason, but subsequently Denis Island claims it was a well known local entertainer called France Hoareau ( could not find on internet ) and subsequent photo's supplied suggest they are one and the same.
Such a shame, as for us it spoilt our stay, as we really disliked the music and as i said, no escape.
Despite being all inclusive, room service is chargeable and despite having fridge and wine cooler, they charge for stocking them, which i did not expect from a resort like this.
The horse flies around pool can be a nuisance and would recommend you use mossie spray, even during the day , if you go into forest and definitely in evening, even by cabin ( we got a lot of bites )
The sea is beautifully warm, but quite lot of sea weed at moment ( told is a major problem in lot of Seychelles ) and currents can be quite strong.
Avoid using Laundry Service, very expensive ( we had no choice, as just come from Safari )

Room Tip: The rooms near the Restaurant, bar, pool give easy access, even when dark. We upgraded to Spa Cabin, but not sure really needed , as we only had Massage, again quite pricey
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank David G
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