Alphonse Island Resort boasts miles of untouched shorelines, lagoons and sea flats with white sands, as well as dense natural forest dotted with coconut groves. Wildlife enthusiasts will find an abundance of bright birdlife and slowly ambling tortoises.
This island sanctuary is home to only a small number of carefully spaced bungalows, suites and villas each with their own impressive ocean views and sense of privacy. The main lodge features a beach bar and lounge, swimming pool, tennis courts, restaurant and spa — you can also take advantage of a wide range of activities.
Facilities and activities
In addition to the swimming pool in the main lodge, the calm oceans are there to tempt you with complimentary activities like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling. You can also take advantage of tennis courts or go cycling. For an extra cost, you can try your hand at fishing or scuba diving, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise or indulge in a treatment at the spa.
One of the world’s most remote locations, Alphonse Island is 400 km southwest of the island of Mahé and can be reached via a scenic 60-minute light aircraft flight. One part of the Alphonse atoll, it’s one of the outer islands of the Seychelles archipelago and that far-flung locale has helped to preserve its unblemished natural beauty.
Food and Drink
The hotel offers casual dining inspired by international cuisine and Creole traditions at Bijoutier Restaurant and Le Lys Bar overlooking the sparkling pool and shoreline. You can also opt for in-villa dining, for that extra touch of romance. The chefs are masters of creativity, catering to your culinary desires to provide a diverse and personal dining experience throughout your stay. The menu includes organic ingredients from the island’s garden, daily fresh fish, and a carefully curated wine list.
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BEACH BUNGALOWS: The 22 Beach Bungalows are set amongst lush tropical plants, just metres from the beach. The bungalows are 58 sqm and can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child, each with a private deck. Borrowing hues from its natural surroundings, the overwhelming feeling is one of spacious tranquillity. The outdoor shower is a highlight!
BEACH SUITE: The 5 Beach Suites are spacious and well-appointed, with direct access to the beach. The suites are 126 sqm in size and can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Whilst standing on the terrace of any of the Beach Suites, one overlooks a spectacular beach with an inviting cerulean ocean lapping behind it. Turn around and enter the spacious one-bedroomed suite, comfortably laid out with a large living area flowing into the beautiful bedroom. The spacious bathroom contains both an indoor and outdoor showers.
BEACH VILLA: The most exclusive offering in the portfolio, the 2 Beach Villas are carefully positioned for privacy and comfort. The villa is 600 sqm in size and can accommodate 8 adults. Situated mere steps away from the white sandy beach with spectacular ocean views, the villas create the perfect setting for the distinguished traveller to connect with nature and loved ones. Every room in the 4-bedroom villas offers you something special and is brought together with spacious and carefully crafted living areas.
FISHING CENTRE: The fishing centre arranges both fly fishing and blue-water excursions around Alphonse, Bijoutier, and St. François Islands. Full day guided fly-fishing packages are available to St. François, whilst half or full day guided fly-fishing packages can be booked around Alphonse Island itself. Offshore blue-water fishing is also available on a guided full or half day basis. The Alphonse fishing centre boasts a team of some of the most experienced guides, captains, and deckhands in all of Seychelles, with team members drawn from across the world. Alphonse and St. François have one of the most prolific Bone fisheries in the world and other notable species that can be targeted on the fly includes Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Indo-Pacific Permit, three different species of triggerfish and Milkfish. As a matter of fact, the pattern for the fly to first land a Milkfish was designed by one of the guides on Alphonse Island! Bluewater anglers can look forward to targeting Indo-Pacific Sailfish, Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda, Wahoo, and Dorado.
DIVING CENTRE: The diving centre offers a range of PADI accredited dive courses as well as recreational dives and snorkelling excursions. At Alphonse Island, one can often be surprised at the sheer abundance and massive size of fish in comparison to the Inner Islands. This is due to the isolation and subsequent lower fishing pressure. The coral reefs have also shown a greater resilience to climate variations than in the granitic Inner Islands and therefore the coralline plateaus are densely covered in hard coral and thick forests of gorgonian sea fans. Stunning black coral and sea whips are commonplace on the walls.
ISLAND CONSERVATION SOCIETY CENTRE: Conservation is at the heart of everything they do at Alphonse Island and they are committed to protecting the unique fauna and flora of the area with ongoing research, rehabilitation and monitoring programs. There is a particular focus on nesting sea turtles, giant tortoises, sensitive marine habitats and forest rehabilitation.
AZURE SPA: The lodge also offers this refuge where your mind can relax and your body can unwind after long, hot days spent diving, exploring the island or just relaxing beside the pool. The qualified therapists work magic on tired bodies in need of special attention or those simply wanting to indulge.
OUTER ISLAND SNORKELLING: Situated in the remote Outer Islands of the Seychelles, the snorkelling spots offer an exceptional experience for the whole family to enjoy. View shoals of brightly coloured fish, graceful turtles, gliding Manta Rays and a host of other marine species while drifting through warm, azure waters. Snorkellers are always delighted at the sight of the resident Green and Hawksbill Turtles as they cruise along the reefs. There are also graceful Manta Rays, large shoals of species like Wrasse, Giant Sweetlips and Grouper as well as Nurse Sharks resting in the crevices of the reefs. The snorkelling sites have been carefully selected to ensure the best experiences for guests. Each site varies in depth and showcases a unique combination of species and awe-inspiring sights.
MANTA RAY SNORKELLING AND IDENTIFICATION: This unique and signature snorkelling experience allows guests to not only observe but have close encounters with these graceful creatures. During the excursion the Mantas that are spotted are recorded. Each Manta Ray’s black markings is unique, and by submitting these images to the international Manta Trust it helps with the identifying of individuals and tracking their movements. Should you be the first to spot and photograph a new Manta Ray, you will get to name it!
SAILFISH SNORKELING: One of the exceptional activities is the chance to snorkel with Sailfish, board one of the custom-built vessels and head out on an aquatic adventure. Found in deeper waters off the coast, finding Sailfish makes for part of the experience. These stream-lined predators rarely venture close to shore which means that encounters with the species will take place in the shimmering deep blue waters that surround the islands. Once out in the blue, the team will deploy teasers off the side of the vessel to lure the Sailfish up from the depths and with the first sight of the silvery-grey or blue bodies, it’s time to jump in for a wild experience. Sailfish are usually found in small groups which means that snorkelers are likely to be surrounded by a swirling group of these magnificent creatures. The team on the boat continue to entice the fish towards the boat which allows guests to view the Sailfish as they charge the teasers at speed. Averaging at 36 km/h, individual Sailfish have been recorded at 75 km/h – what a sight! The Outer Islands is one of the only places in the world that uses these techniques for snorkellers and is the best place that you can get up close and personal with this impressive species. Are you ready?
TURTLE TRACKING & MONITORING: The pristine islands of the Seychelles with their expansive beaches and shimmering waters serve as feeding grounds for 5 different species of marine turtles. Of these 5 species, the Green and Hawksbill Turtles choose the remote atolls and islands of the Outer Islands as their nesting grounds. During your stay, guests can join the Island Conservation Society (ICS) Team as they head on their daily surveys to track and monitor turtle tracks, mark new and hatched nests as well as occasionally keep a watchful eye whilst hatchlings make their way to the ocean.
BIRD WATCHING: The Outer Islands of Seychelles are renowned for their rich biodiversity and this includes a plethora of plumed species. Over 250 different species of birds have been recorded. The bird-based tourism work focuses on key areas along the flyways that are important for resident and migratory species alike. The expansive flats, coconut and mangrove forests, as well as protected lagoons are home and nesting grounds to this vast variety of birds.
REEF FLATS EXPEDITION: Head out with the very knowledgeable marine biologist on a reef flats excursion to learn all about these curious and fascinating aquatic structures teeming with life. As you make your way across the flats, keep an eye out for swooping Eagle Rays, juvenile turtles, eels and a variety of other marine creatures that call the reefs their home.
FLY FISHING: Experience exceptional saltwater fly fishing in some of the world’s best fishing destinations. The lodge has created bespoke fly fishing and blue water fly fishing experiences and their dedicated team of expert fishing guides and skippers along with specialist gear and equipment helps you land the perfect catch. Targeted species include feisty specimens like Milkfish, Bonefish, Barracuda, Indo-Pacific Permit, Indo-Pacific Sailfish, various species of triggerfish and the infamous Giant Trevally. The team consists of local and international guides, skippers and deckhands with years of experience garnered across the world in their relevant fields.
A BLUE SAFARI: Explore the open ocean for an unforgettable Blue Safari. Join the team for a trip to offshore waters in search of a variety of amazing wildlife. You never know quite what to expect on a Blue Safari and your guide will be prepared for anything! Armed with snorkelling gear, you will have the option to watch onboard the custom-built vessel or to jump in the water for an all-round sensory experience, and the guides will advise you on the best course of action for the ultimate interaction. A sheer favourite amongst guests and staff alike are the sweethearts of the ocean, the dolphin, and the island is a year-round home to a few pods of spinner dolphins. Other sites to behold include migrating whales, the graceful Manta Rays or throngs of hungry Milkfish feeding on the bountiful supply of food on the surface just offshore from the reefs, Yellowfin Tuna leaping from the water at sporadic bait balls whilst birds join the frenzy from the skies above, Green Turtles surfacing to mate and of course a plethora of birds, both endemic and vagrant or migratory