Desroches Island – Seychelles
Written by Richard Anderson | Images courtesy of Four Seasons
The Seychelles is an archipelago of over 100 islands all situated in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa. The principal islands are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
From a night spent on the larger Seychelles island of Mahe, one flies south to the island of Desroches – paradise situated in a vast marine wilderness. It is the perfect destination for those looking to enjoy an idyllic beach break and works equally well either as a romantic getaway for two, or somewhere to take the whole family.
We loved being able to explore the various hidden beaches set around the island. Daily explorations to these beaches, grottos and flats were by bicycle – with child seats on the bikes making the expeditions a family affair! The children in our group were particularly enthralled by the Aldabra giant tortoises so trips to the beach inevitably detoured past the “tortoise garden” although we bumped into many large tortoises around the island also. Add in some fishing, kayaking, SUP’ing and lolling around in the beautifully warm water and you have a pretty perfect family getaway destination!
The island features some 14km of white sandy beaches which circle the entire island. The clear reef waters are so easily accessible and provide for spectacular diving and fishing opportunities, whilst the swaying palm trees and the remote tropical location all contribute to the overall perfect paradise feel of Desroches. The Four Seasons Resort here is quite literally the only one on the island, and offers barefoot luxury at its finest…