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“It is as if time had stopped whilst we were there.”
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Cousine Island
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cousine Island
Reviewed 18 November 2016

The trip
On landing, the island's staff will pick you and your luggage with small golf carts. The first thing that impresses as soon as the helicopter blades stop, is the silence, or rather the sound of nature takes over. It is first the waves crashing on the beach, then the birdsongs.
The infrastructure
Off to the pavilion for a small welcome drink and a foot massage, then we are led to the presidential villa. It is the largest of the five dwellings, and it can accommodate four people in a very comfortable space, separated by a large west-facing living room. This gives on a large terrace leading to a large infinity pool and, some tens of meters beyond, there is the sea.
The villa is less than six months old and already has received some distinguished guests such as actors, singers or other showbiz personalities who are all looking for the same thing: absolute discretion.
What is there to do?
The island is primarily a natural private reserve, which means that if you are in search of crowded beaches, gargantuan canteens or discos on the beach, this place is not for you. Here, you can walk for two kilometres of coastline and, except for giant tortoises, crabs and birds, you will come across no one.
Same with meals that you can take in the villa or at the lodge, you are alone and there is no menu ... Our Chef however has an endless supply and proves his great inventiveness, including making a gluten-free bread for one of us. As far as fish, shellfish and other exotic salad are concerned it is every time as delicious and original as can be.
Other than eating divinely and lazing by the pool or on the beach, what activities are offered on this island? There are several, but again, they are limited to the configuration of the place. To begin, a small walking tour with a wildlife expert will help you better know those who live on this island, including coming across a rare species called Magpie Robinson. Only 20 of them some twenty years ago in the world, they are now more than two hundred, thirty of which on this island alone. The island does not have any predator and all of them cohabit without much concern for humans. Better still, some giant tortoises of more than two hundred kilos and a hundred years old or more do not hesitate to come to you begging for caresses or a fruit. Ditto for birds or lizards for whom the attraction is you, and who clear off only when you are within a very few centimetres.
Regarding the sea, it is possible to go diving and enjoy tours in catamarans, but beware of the time of the year as this exercise is sporty in August (winter) because of the waves and currents.
In short, for a few days, there is plenty to keep busy and the Butler dedicated to the villa is always there to bring you a drink, a cocktail, or respond favourably to your needs.
I was literally charmed and seized by that stay. It is as if time had stopped whilst we were there. Everything is idyllic, with extremely helpful staff, although the table service is not always perfect. In this respect, the ability to order one’s recreational or favourite drinks in advance was quite helpful me in choosing wines for example. In summary, the real luxury of this experience is not, in my opinion, to be sought in the number of people available, its quality furniture, the thickness of the carpet, or whether the dishes are of the finest porcelain ever. No, the luxury of this island is that it belongs to you during your stay and that you are the master of time.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Cousine Island an Island Jewel like a diamond in The middle Of The Indian ocean. This Beautiful paradise is one Of The last three pristine Islands that are available to visit.

Arriving by helicopter She takes your breath away landing And feeling her from beneath your feet And The visual contrast Of colour And Wild life.

The staff are ever so welcoming.

The villas are Of The highest level Of luxury not to mention The service And excellence Of The cuisine.

I Highly recomend this Beautiful Island

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank Nerina K
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Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

What an amazing place!

We spent two weeks on this beautiful island in April & I believe that my family will want to return every year.

There has been no expense spared on anything!

The food is 5 star +++ Dining on the island was great as we had personal chefs prepare every meal to our liking.

There are plenty of activities for the whole family.

The solar catamaran is wonderful, we went cruising almost everyday exploring the surrounding islands, scuba diving, snorkeling & the kids even caught Red Snapper fish that the chef prepared for them for lunch, they where chuffed.

The beach is like no other & we have traveled the world to beautiful locations.

The presidential villa is out of this world we could not believe it. We where on the beach in PARADISE! The furniture has all been hand crafted & is just exceptional.

The staff are are wonderful, all of you. Thank you for making us feel so special & thank you for giving us our privacy when we asked for it. I rate you all very highly & I will write to the owner to inform him of your excellence.

Thank you Cousine Island, we will be back!

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank viptravel919
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

My sister won a trip to Cousine Island, Seychelles in July 2008. Since then, no holiday has been the same. I had to come back after all these years and review the island.

Firstly, the island is so exclusive - we were lucky enough to be the only people on the island along with the staff although the island does have a few villas which just happened to be unoccupied during our stay.

We were transported to the island by helicopter and were welcomed and introduced to all of the staff that stay on the island - a very nice touch which makes you feel that extra special after a long flight! We were given a cold towel and ice cold drinks on arrival.

The restaurant which is a dining area is of a 5* quality. I wouldn't really call it a restaurant because everyday the chef used to check in with us regarding what we would like to eat for lunch and dinner. Nothing was too much effort and starters, mains and dessert were always served on time to a magnificent standard! Whatever we wanted - the chef prepared and made. I cannot compliment the chef enough - he was so attentive to detail and ever so accommodating.

The masseuse also deserves a mention - she is amazing although not sure if the same lady still works there. They use high quality products and tailor the facials and massages to your exact need.

If I ever when the lottery - Cousine Island will most definitely be my first stop! I'd love to catch up with Albert (the island's massive resident tortoise).

With thanks to the staff who made our trip exceptional! An unforgettable trip...

Priya & Nira

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank FrequentTraveller243
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

First of all: Living in paradise is very expensive...

...and that's already all negative information / comments we may provide about this unique place. The villas are nice, with a separate pool each, all beach front with veranda and a lot of space. The restaurant is excellant, deserves 5* rating, and we mainly prefered all those fresh sea food dishes that we could chose in advance. Staff is very kind and supports you in all you want to do the day long (in case you want so). But all that was not why we came to Cousine island. Cousine island is more...

Cousines island is THE Robinson Crusoe island may could imagine. Only 4 bungalows, so only 10 guests are staying on the island. We were some time alone and some time sharing with another couple. Having a beach on our own - something you can hardly imagine. Walking along the island and seeing all those Turtoises (giant turtles) that you may easely approach, seeing all those birdst nesting just on the bottom, having an island really on our own. Doing a kayak trip all around the island, snorkling with turtles, eagle reys and all kind of fishes. That's why we came to Cousine Island and we have really never been disappointed.

Go to Beau Vallon in case you are looking for party. Go to Cousine island in case you want an island on your own. Believe me - you will never forget the days you spent on Cousine Island. Hopefully we have again one day enough funding to return...

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Address: Cousine Island 22445, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > Cousine Island
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet (WiFi) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cousine Island
Price Range: HK$17,738 - HK$23,493 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Cousine Island 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the Azure waters of the Indian Ocean there is an island like no other. Where nature thrives and man is just a silent observer. Just below the equator and 1000 miles east of Africa, Cousine Island is one of the most untouched granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago and it is also recognised internationally as one of the most ecologically important private islands on earth. To ensure the highest levels of privacy and that human impact is kept to a minimum, Cousine Island has four elegantly designed French colonial Luxury Villas and a Presidential Villa nestled in lush endemic vegetation within a few meters from the beach. All villas are in full view of the ocean and overlook Cousine Island's powder white beach offering a front and rear veranda and each with its own private swimming pool and outside showers. ... more   less 
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