Private and smaller islands in the Seychelles - Alluring, special and stunning
The Seychelles’ smaller and private islands boast the castaway experience everyone dreams about. Surrounded by the azure Indian Ocean and usually home to just one luxurious resort each, residing to a smaller or private islet is the hallmark of an opulent getaway.
Our favourites North Island and Denis Island are secluded, naturally stunning and alluring.
Discover the Seychelles' hidden gems
The northernmost island in the Seychelles, Bird Island is aptly named thanks to its myriad of beautiful native birds. Framed by pristine white sands and shrouded in luscious greens, this private island is a secluded and intimate oasis, where a lack of TV or phones means the only sound you'll hear is joyous bird call and waves lapping against the shore. A private nature reserve and bird sanctuary, this gorgeous islet has barefoot luxury and decadent simplicity to a fine art.
Authentic island living is on the cards at Bird Island, taking each day slowly and spending your time dining on fresh seafood, snorkelling with tropical marine life, sunbathing on the beach, and bird watching. With only one hotel and no residencies, Bird Island provokes a true castaway feel, making you feel like the only people in the world as you look out onto the Indian Ocean.
Intimate, secluded, romantic - North Island is a gorgeous destination brimming with beauty. So beautiful, in fact, that Kate and William came to this remote island for their honeymoon. If you're hoping to truly escape the stresses of everyday life and feel like the only people in the world, North Island is a spectacular destination where unspoilt nature meets enviable luxury.
A helicopter ride to North Island only begins to describe just how luxurious and secluded this tropical hideaway is. Nestled within the glistening Indian Ocean only 30km away from Mahe, North Island is a jaw-dropping island covered in exotic flora and granite rocks, lined with four pristine white-sand beaches – one for each season – and home to only one hotel of the same name.
The privately owned Denis Island is a secluded paradise, offering an abundance of coconut palms and tropical trees, as well as pristine white-sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs. Relaxing in your own beachside villa, Denis Island evokes the ultimate feeling of barefoot luxury and isolation, where it's just you, the friendly staff and farmers and the resident giant tortoises enjoying the islands' peaceful tranquillity.
A tiny islet only a half an hour plane ride from Mahe, Denis Island is covered in luscious jungle-like greenery, lined with unspoilt white sand beaches and home to one gorgeous hotel. Denis Island truly embodies the barefoot luxury lifestyle – there is only one Wifi spot and one TV, and both are found in the hotel’s library, offering a beautiful place of solitude away from your everyday worries. The island is small – it only takes an hour and a half to cycle around its perimeter on your complimentary bicycle – so your stay here will feel intimate.