There are plenty of gorgeous island nations in the waters off the coast of Africa, where jet-setters can hang out on white sand beaches or hide away in overwater bungalows dangling above picture-perfect archipelagos. For many however, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean is the continent’s crown jewel. More than 100 beautifully pristine islands, countless far-flung resorts and (more recently) a variety of private island escapes make the Seychelles a perennial favourite amongst the well-heeled, celebs and royals seeking to unwind in private, unadulterated luxury.
Located on the outer edge of the Seychelles and a 35-minute flight southwest of the largest island of Mahé, it’s safe to say that if you land on Desroches you are not stopping-off en route to somewhere else.
Sparsely populated 933-acre Desroches is a low-lying stretch of coral, awash with lush vegetation and enveloped by spectacular dive sites and exceptional fishing options. The island’s animal sanctuary cares for over a hundred Aldabra tortoises and a Creole village provides an insight into the Seychellois way of life.
Intimate Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island (formerly called Desroches Island) is the well-known American hospitality brand’s second property in the country, and has been designed to strike just the right balance between the energy of larger sister property Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on Mahé and a secluded private-island retreat, the latter of which are rapidly gaining popularity amongst discerning travellers.
Guests are accommodated in just forty breezy beach suites and bungalows, all of which boast private plunge pools, indoor-outdoor bathrooms, and a casual-cool island aesthetic.
Families or small groups can settle into one of eleven swishy private villas, liberally spaced along the island’s nine miles of sugary beaches – each of which feature three, four or five bedrooms, a full kitchen and a dedicated butler. Four Seasons does butlers very well indeed, and, perhaps just coincidentally, British Airways recommenced its service between London and the Seychellen capital of Victoria at the same time as the opening of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island back in March. Perhaps because it was the most exciting new resort to emerge in a destination already awash with lavish hotels?