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Cousine Private Island Seychelles

In the azure waters of the Indian Ocean there is an island like no other on earth. An island where nature thrives and man is just a silent observer, curator of one of the most pristine islands on earth. This remote, privately owned nature reserve is home to rare birds and breeding turtles, offering a very private tropical island experience.

Lying off the west coast of Praslin, and accessible by helicopter from Mahé, Cousine Island, Seychelles, offers a sense of seclusion like no other, and is one of the most untouched private islands in the Seychelles archipelago. The island combines breath-taking nature with a high-level of luxury to create a unique and unforgettable destination which is perfect for those that really want to leave the world behind them.

Cousine is flat, densely vegetated, and completely surrounded by a coral reef. On its north-east side there is a beautiful fine beach where you can spend a few hours in total isolation. Across the island, small paths, lined with plants, lead through the vegetation.

Why we like Cousine Island

  • Pristine island location a thousand miles from the African mainland
  • Exclusive, with only five very private villas on the island
  • Excellent birding and turtle hatching thanks to a strong conservation ethos
  • Locally grown produce and fresh fish served daily
  • Unwind in the Ligne St Barth Spa

Where is Cousine Island located?

Cousine Island is perfectly positioned within the azure waters of the Indian Ocean - just below the equator, some 1000 miles off the Eastern Coast of Africa. Yet despite its remote location, the island - one of the most untouched granitic islands of the Seychelles - remains easily accessible. The airports of Praslin and Mahé are less than 30 minutes away. Transfers to and from other inner islands are also available and the travel times will vary.

Getting there

International travellers are advised to fly into either Mahé or Praslin Airport, from where you will either be whisked away to their final destination via either helicopter or boat – the perfect way to get to know your new surroundings.

What sort of accommodation is available at Cousine Island?

In order to guarantee the highest possible levels of privacy, Cousine Island is home to just four elegantly designed Luxury Villas and one stately Presidential Villa. Situated just 30 metres away from the island’s sugar-white beaches and surrounded by lush vegetation, each of the villas boasts breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.

With their French Colonial style, the Luxury Villas simply ooze romance - and with space just for two, they’re the perfect option for an exclusive couple’s break. Each villa has been uniquely furnished with individually hand-crafted furniture as well as the latest technology to ensure comfort of the highest level.

Boasting private infinity pools, spacious en-suite bathrooms with twin-showers, and even a Jacuzzi bathtub, they’re the perfect place to relax and indulge. The Presidential Villa boasts all that and more. With its capacity of four adults and two children, the 625 sq. m. decadent home is ideal for families.

Lavishly designed and furnished, it offers maximum privacy, including 2 master bedrooms with grandiose en-suite bathrooms, a private outside bar area, private gym, spa, study area as well as onsite accommodation for a private au pair, chamber lady and butler.

What activities are available at Cousine Island?

Cousine Island invites you to explore a world of water-sporting activities, taking in everything from wakeboarding to water skiing and on to kite surfing and kayaking. With a myriad of marine life on your doorstep, it also goes without saying that snorkelling and diving also come highly recommended.

Fishing excursions can also be arranged, as can island hopping trips – an ideal opportunity to discover more about the Seychelles’ incredible history and natural beauty.

Over on dry land, guests have the option of indulging in a choice of indulgent spa treatments. The Spa on Cousine Island is the ideal place to relax your body, soul, and mind.

For further relaxation, we recommend taking part on one of the island’s legendary nature walks. Accompanied by members of Cousine Islands conservation team, you will enjoy an unforgettable journey throughout the island, learning all about its flora, fauna, and various conservation programs.

Does Cousine Island cater for families with young children?

Families are warmly welcomed and from every age.  Each day is choreographed to suit everyone, and activities are planned accordingly.  The solar catamaran is wonderful, and some families like to go cruising almost every day exploring the surrounding islands, scuba diving and snorkelling – and the children can even catch their lunch, which the chef will prepare for them on their return which they adore.

When is the best time to visit Cousine Island?

The islands of the Seychelles are famed for their favourable climate. The country benefits from a warm and tropical climate, with temperatures which typically lie between 25° to 35° C all year round.

Whilst there’s never a bad time to travel to Cousine Island, water sports enthusiasts should make a note that windsurfing and sailing are best at the start and end of the trade winds, usually around May and October, whereas diving is best in March through May and September through November. The rainy season occurs between November and February.

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