Our second holiday in the Seychelles in as many years and, in fact a 'second honeymoon'
(we married in November 2012 and honeymooned on Denis island which we reviewed last year).
We love the Seychelles island experience, a combination of no shoes/no news (there is internet) and luxury accommodation, then add in great food & wine, and some of the best diving in the world & you have our recipe for a perfect holiday.
We inevitably compared the two islands and they are different in several ways (I will summarize at the end).
Desroches is a larger island and with the new villas/retreats has more capacity, it also has a central Spa & a gym.
We had a beach retreat which was beautiful with it's 'al fresco' bathroom & plunge pool, these retreats are beyond the airstrip in a quiet location and a healthy cycle ride to the main complex for breakfast (a golf buggy collects you in the evening).
One thing to be aware of is that children of any age are welcome here unlike Denis island where the minimum age is 14.
The food was excellent and in general so was the service, although this did suffer a little with the arrival of the 'owners' (Seasons in Africa) in their private jet!!
In summary, if you are looking for designer chic accommodation and don't mind children then Desroches will deliver a wonderful holiday, if you prefer a quieter more 'Creole' feel then Denis island is for you.
P.S. The diving is spectacular anywhere in the Seychelles but we highly recommend a boat trip to St Josephs island, manta rays everywhere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PARADISE PERFECTION ON A HIDDEN SEYCHELLES ISLAND The advent of civilisation can often disturb the allure and simplicity of paradise. To delight in ultimate luxury there usually has to be sacrifice. But what if we want it all . . . To experience an untouched natural sanctuary on an island in the far reaches of the Indian Ocean, without leaving behind the sophistication that modern life has to offer . . . Desroches Island is a luxurious Seychelles Resort in the Amirante Archipelago, considered to be of the most pristine and untouched islands still around today. The naturally inspired and tastefully modern Beach Retreats and Exclusive Villas provide the epitome in luxury and opulent indulgence. Blessed with one of the world's healthiest climates, and miles of unblemished beaches, Desroches Island is a refuge for romance, adventure and pampered relaxation. ... more less
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