Cousine Island really is in a league of its own as a destination. Offering natural splendor, an eco-friendly philosophy, exclusivity, privacy and remoteness, and warm, personalized service. This destination simply cannot disappoint those in search of an outstanding private retreat.
Cousine is 6km West of Praslin, and 35km's from the capital Victoria, on the island of Mahe. Other neighboring countries include Zanzibar and Madagascar. Cousine Island can only be reached by helicopter, or via Cousine's very own luxury boat, The Sunseeker Superhawk 43. Helicopter transfers can be organized to and from any heli stop, and boat transfers to and from any other island.
Consult with Atoll Paradise to arrange your ideal transfer style and itinerary.
Cousine Island in the Seychelles is the best of private island exclusivity, within a natural wonderland of world acclaim. A fascinating history has seen a happy ending in the island's establishment as a truly environmentally focused resort, where as much effort is taken to preserve and protect resident natural ecosystems as it is to create a luxurious experience for guests. The Island is a conservation success story, a true wonderland for nature lovers - providing a home to 12 of the Seychelles endemic birds as well as to a variety of other endemic fauna and spectacular marine life. Hawksbill Turtles come ashore to nest and Green Turtles, rare to the Seychelles, nest occasionally throughout the year.By staying on Cousine Island you contribute to the funding needed to secure its future.
With 4 individual Old French Colonial style villas, exclusivity is the order of the day as a maximum of only 12 guests are accommodated at any one time. Experience the sense of ownership, sharing the island only with your travel companions and the resort's staff. Service is unobtrusive; you will feel at home from the instant your helicopter touches down on Cousine.
In many senses, Cousine Island offers more than most luxury resorts - it is a piece of wilderness few will ever see, complemented by gracious hospitality and impeccable five star service. Time spent at Cousine Island is truly priceless.
Dining on Cousine Island
The resident Seychellois Chef and Sous-Chef take great pride in creating cuisine to satisfy guests' individual tastes. Meals are prepared to order, and all ingredients are sourced locally, thus supporting a sustainable community, and of course bringing to you the freshest flavors from this unique culinary region. Creole cuisine is known to be refined and exotic, a mix of African and French influence. Fresh seafood and exotic spices feature prominently - the variety, color and artful blend of flavors will delight any palate.
Meals can be enjoyed in the dining area or the bar whilst listening to the waves lapping on the shore and birds chattering in the sky. Night time brings magical starry skies with bon fire barbeques on the beach and bare foot dining.
The Dining Pavillion
The open-air Dining Pavillion overlooks the fresh water swimming pool, the Indian Ocean and the islands of Praslin, Cousin and Aride.
The Gecko bar leads off from the Pavillion giving you a breathtaking view of the Blue Ocean and lush green neighboring islands.
Activities & Recreation
Cousine Island's conservation team will take you on a magnificent journey through the island giving you a rare experience that will leave behind memories that you will treasure forever. Learn about the past, present and future of Cousine Island.
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling
Turtles and other marine life offer a magnificent experience of a different world. While snorkeling or diving, their images will leave everlasting impressions.
Guided snorkelling is available, equipment is complimentary from the office and guests can also explore on their own.
For those adventurous at heart, the resort team can arrange a variety of fishing experiences. Whether it is traditional bottom fishing or deep sea fishing, you are sure to bring a trophy home which the island chef will turn into the most scrumptious feast!
Excursions to the surrounding islands can be arranged. The most intriguing aspect about the Seychelles islands is that every single one is different and unique in its own way, each with their own history, mystery and story to tell.
The Sunseeker Superhawk 43 is Cousine's very own James Bondesque vessel. Put it to good use with a half day or full day cruise around Praslin, La Digue and her many satellite islands.
Cousine Island has a variety of Seychelles endemic birds, including the Seychelles Magpie Robin currently considered a critically endangered species.
Various paths around the island and into the forest and hill areas are outlaid on the island map which is provided in each villa. Guided walks with the Island Ecologists are available but walks can also be enjoyed alone.
The Fitness Center is located in the Beach House and fitness equipment includes a multi-gym, rowing machine, sit-up bench, stair master, treadmill, individual weights, yoga mats and gym balls. Use of all equipment is complimentary.
• Scuba Diving
• Water Skiing
• Sea Kayak
• Yacht Cruises
• Guided Nature Walks
• Bird Watching
• Helicopter Sightseeing Tours
• Cooking Classes
• Swimming Pool
• Fitness Center
Cousine Island Spa
To add a little extra touch of the divine to your time at Cousine, make use of The Beach House Wellness retreat, a charming thatch roofed building with never-ending ocean views. Inside and outside treatment rooms offer guests a range of treatments, using delicious Ligne St Barth products.
You will be taken on a sensory journey that will leave you tingling with delight from head to toe. Enjoy the spa's home-made ginger and peppermint tea on the veranda overlooking the ocean.
Try the St Barth Chill-Out, where the therapist will pamper you with a gentle, flowing full body massage that is using warm shells for the extra special touch. Or get baby-soft skin with St Barth Softness, a nourishing Body Peeling Massage that utilizes coconut oil, fresh papaya and extra-fine sea sand.
Cousine Island is a sublime setting for an intimate wedding. Many have already been hosted on the island, and staff will go out of their way to make it an outstanding occasion for all. Liaise with Blu Maldives to arrange a wedding at Cousine.
A Natural Wonderland
Cousine island is 25 hectares (62 acres) in size and is 100% dedicated to the preservation of the Seychelles environment. The vegetation consists of 95% endemic plants and is home to more than 5 species of endemic land birds and 7 species of endemic seabirds - the remaining 5% of vegetation is made up of indigenous fruit trees and vegetable plants. Migratory birds consider the island home during 6 months of the year.
Cousine Island's beach stretches from the most Northern point of the island to the most Southern tip of the island. Another beach forms during the North West Monsoon winds and is referred to as â€˜Honeymoon Beach' due to its seclusion.
Guests are encouraged to take part in the various conservation programs and activities that are running on the island e.g.: Tree planting, Turtle monitoring, Ringing and feeding of Magpie Robins
Awards & Recognition
Cousine Island is recognized dually for its outstanding performance as a resort, and for its ecological philosophy. It continually attracts industry awards and acclaim, most recently, it was awarded the World's Leading Green Destination at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2011.
Rooms & Suites
Exclusive Island Rental
Contact us if you wish to get more information on an exclusive rental of the entire Cousine Island, to enjoy extravagant solitude, or a special occasion celebrating with family and friends. An exclusive island rental includes all 4 Villas, and can accommodate up to 12 persons. Experience the ultimate luxury of having your own island playground,
Tucked away in the lush greenery, only meters from the beach, these luxurious, 174 sqm large villas give the feeling of being completely alone, amongst nature. The French colonial style, commemorating the Seychelles heritage, is integrated with local elements to charming effect, and a minimum impact approach has also been taken in their careful