Alphonse Island Lodge
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- Tranquil guest rooms set in nature with stunning views and homely comforts
- Kayaks, paddleboards, and beach bikes ideal for independent island exploration
- Spa services, island excursions, ocean adventures, and activities just for kids
- Access to fantastic diving, snorkelling, and fly fishing at seldom-visited sites
- Sustainable operations and conservation programmes that welcome guest participation
Home to a handful of tranquil villas set metres from a pristine white sand beach, this remote private island resort defines barefoot luxury. Visitors on Alphonse Island will be captivated by the resort’s back to basics approach, where conservation is perfectly balanced with diligent attention to detail, making every stay feel like a five-star escape. Slip into deep relaxation with spa services and tranquil days lounging poolside, or indulge in adventures with hiking and trekking, watersports, naturalist-led tours, sustainable fly fishing, and of course, incredible opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling.
About Alphonse Island Lodge
Alphonse Island Lodge is a truly remote destination of incredible natural beauty, found 400-kilometres southwest of Mahe. The island spans 174-hectares of land, 540-hectares of lagoon, and 400-hectares of reef flats. Less than 30 villas dot the island’s coast, lending a feeling of exclusivity to this private eco-paradise. Enjoy a completely custom stay with your choice of environmentally-focused adventures, blended with deep relaxation and touches of luxury. Move around the island on foot or by bicycle, with opportunities for unguided exploration and self-discovery at every turn. And, rest assured that the Alphonse Island team will take care of any additional requests, including off-island adventures and overnight stays on a charter yacht.
Part of the prestigious family of Blue Safari resorts and lodges, Alphonse Island remains a secluded eco-retreat and an essential habitat for dozens of native species which inhabit its unspoilt landscapes. You’ll be free to explore at your own pace by bike, kayak, paddleboard, or on foot - with unlimited opportunities for adventure. Excursions like catch and release fly fishing and island hopping are available, visiting remote and far-flung destinations around the Alphonse and Amirantes archipelagos. The resort’s conservation programmes also offer custom experiences, with planned and spontaneous offerings throughout your stay and opportunities to take part in research and conservation efforts.
Explore the resort
The main hotel complex consists of a reception area, lounge, beach bar, restaurant, spa, swimming pool, tennis court and main office. Head to the island’s conservation centre to learn about current eco-efforts, pick up a few souvenirs to benefit the nature preserve, or plan a naturalist-guided adventure including turtle tracking, birdwatching, or exploring forest, mangroves, and reef flats.
Both of Alphonse Island Lodge’s dining options - the Bijoutier Restaurant and Le Lys Bar offer delicious all-inclusive meals, with sustainably sourced seafood and fresh produce from the island’s garden complimented by an extensive menu of imported beer, wine, and spirits. Intimate in-room and destination dining is also offered, with romantic settings around the island in addition to fun options like authentic Seychellois beach barbecues, sundowner cocktails, and pre-packed picnics for long days of island adventure.
Spend your days cruising the lagoon’s crystal clear water by kayak, paddleboard, or chartered yacht, or try your hand at catch and release fly fishing. Island hopping, spa services, and childcare can all be arranged with prior notice, and visitors are encouraged to leave a bit of free time for relaxing at the resort’s pool or wandering the white sand beach.
Diving from Alphonse Island Lodge
The scuba diving and snorkelling around Alphonse Island is spectacular, thanks to its heavenly location in the centre of a coral atoll and a protected marine sanctuary. Just a handful of visitors get the opportunity to explore these sites each year, with few boats venturing this far from the Seychelles’ main islands. Guests are invited to explore in small, naturalist-led dive groups, offering an intimate underwater experience packed with opportunities for education. A full range of PADI courses is also available, beginning with introductory dives for kids and adults held just a few metres from the shore.
Alphonse Island’s diving centre offers fantastic ocean experiences with spacious and modern dive boats and professional quality scuba equipment. The shop is outfitted with changing areas and showers, comfortable classrooms, a dedicated training pool, and private gear storage. All diving and snorkelling experiences are conducted by a team of highly trained professional instructors and divemasters, with experienced local skippers who know the island’s 30+ sites inside and out. In addition to day diving, the Alphonse Island Lodge team offers once in a lifetime opportunities to snorkel alongside reef manta rays or sailfish based on the season and exciting multi-day liveaboard adventures aboard a chartered yacht.
- Don’t miss out on sailfish snorkelling - a one-of-kind experience.
- Combine your stay on Alphonse Island with a Blue Safari chartered voyage for the ultimate Seychelles adventure!
- Explore the reef flats with a naturalist guide for a deeper understanding of the island’s fascinating ecosystem.
- Bring everything you’ll need from home - there’s no shopping on this remote island!
Alphonse Island Lodge’s mission is to create a sanctuary for guests and nature alike. To accomplish this goal, the resort has worked to reduce its plastic consumption, eliminating wasteful items like single-use straws and water bottles in favour of sustainable solutions. The island’s organic garden uses filtered greywater to reduce its impact and provides nearly all the fresh produce served in both restaurants.
The Island Conservation Centre ensures that the local ecosystem is protected, carefully monitoring the resort’s operations for threats to its natural beauty. The Island’s highly trained environmental staff also offer visitor-friendly activities including a turtle patrol, beach clean-ups, giant tortoise viewing and feeding, and bird-watching, as well as weekly presentations on the island’s eco-initiatives. Guests contribute essential funding to these programmes through the payment of a small conservation levy, as well as any books and souvenirs purchased.
Offered from May to September, the Explorer Season Conservation Experience allows guests to learn about the island’s ecology and geography, as well as local conservation issues and current conservation projects. From educational talks and presentations to native tree planting and one-on-one interactions with experts in marine biology, conservation and underwater wildlife photography - visitors will be free to participate as much or little as they like.
Diving in Alphonse, Desroches and the Amirante Islands
Manta RaysSeptember - May
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water