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.
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.
- 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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- Cousine Island Hotel