Alphonse Island Lodge | Alphonse Island
The Alphonse group of islands is considered one of the most pristine, untouched Edens of the world, making it a nature lover’s paradise. The magnificent island threesome comprising of Alphonse, St Francois and Bijoutier lies in the very heart of the Indian Ocean as part of the Seychelles outer islands. Beautiful white beaches line the edges of the dense natural forest, interspersed with the remnants of old commercial coconut groves. Alphonse Island is an escape to the exquisite simplicity of a tropical island paradise, leaving behind the impositions of everyday life. The raw beauty of an untouched natural sanctuary in one of the prime marine environments in the far reaches of the Indian Ocean can be experienced here.
Alphonse Island features a single Lodge comprising of Beach Bungalows, Beach Suites and Beach Villas built alongside the water’s edge, each with scenic ocean views. The main lodge complex consists of a reception area, beach bar, restaurant, swimming pool, tennis court and main office. An Activity & Dive Centre and a Fishing Centre make up the resorts water sports facilities offering an array of land and marine based activities.
The 22 Beach Bungalows are set amongst lush tropical plantations just metres from the beach. Located on the eastern shoreline of the island, the Beach Bungalows are decorated in a unique style that emphasises the raw and natural beauty of the island. With a layout that keeps guests’ relaxation foremost in mind, the Beach Bungalows are ideally situated to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.
Each Beach Bungalow has its own verandah, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Perfect for watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee or watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
The five Beach Suites are nestled amongst tropical plants, mere steps away from the white sandy beach. The one-bedroomed Beach Suites are spaced for optimum privacy. Complete with a private plunge pool, sun deck, open plan living and bedroom, the Beach Suites are ideal for families, honeymooners and couples alike.
The Beach Suites are decorated in a tranquil natural style. A large patio, overlooking the ocean, provides the ideal spot to relax between island adventures.
Set amongst lush, green and tropical vegetation, 2 Four Bedroomed Beach Villas are mere steps away from the white sandy beach and offer spectacular ocean and garden views. These stunning new villas have 4 double rooms which all have en-suite bathrooms, boast expansive living and dining areas, an entertainment area with deck and private plunge pool, private kitchen and a dedicated club car. Options for a private chef will be available at an additional cost.
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant, Spa, TV Room
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Laundry Facilities, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Plunge Pool, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Travel Desk
A guided tour across Alphonse stopping at major landscapes and seascapes for guests to familiarize themselves with the forest trails and most secret spots on the island. During the tour, guests will be informed about the early settlers of Alphonse and the changes from indigenous forest to coconut plantation. Learn about birdlife, fish, and plants as you see every corner of the island with our knowledgeable guides.
A cocktail or a ice cold beer can be enjoyed while watching the picturesque sun set above the waters.
Every Friday guests join the Alphonse guides and team at the Barnacle Bar for a social de-tackling gathering. While the guides de-tackle, guests enjoy drinks with fellow fishing/diver partners celebrating the week’s achievements. Remember, every fish counts.
A special treat offered by Alphonse Island is the amazing Flats Lunch. A dining atmosphere like no other. Guests get to revel in the sheer beauty of the flats whilst feasting on a delicious buffet accompanied by an ice-cold beverage.
Established in 2007, the Island Conservation Society [ICS] Centre has ensured the key aspects of the ecosystem is well maintained and cared for. The ICS team offer activities on the island such as Turtle Patrol, Giant Tortoise viewing and feeding and bird-watching. This is something everyone on Alphonse holds very close to their hearts. Without their sound knowledge, the ecosystem on the atoll would not be how it is today.
Kayaks are a perfect and non-intrusive way to get up close to turtles and rays around the flats and allow guests to enjoy Alphonse from a new perspective. A guided tour by nature experts who will point out seabirds and spot fishermen’s delights such as bonefish, permit, and triggerfish.
For something more private and personal kayaks are readily available for guests' use. This way guests get to appreciate the untouched exquisiteness of Alphonse Island solely at their own pace. A picnic basket can be organised for guests to carry along, enabling them to choose a spot for a secluded meal.
Travel the inside reef flats of Alphonse with a knowledgeable and insightful marine biologist. On this expedition, guests get to appreciate the untouched view of the white sand and crystal clear waters whilst spotting juvenile turtles, eagle rays, eels and see all types of nature come together. Partake in an optional volunteer biodiversity survey and gather baseline data about all the species found deep in the sea grass meadows, under rocks, and squeezed into crevices in the reef platform.
Non-divers may also experience the beautiful, enchanting marine life by partaking in guided snorkelling trips to three different locations: Alphonse lagoon, Alphonse outer reefs or St Francois Island. Snorkelling equipment complimentary and is available for all guests use. The abundant and colourful sea life sights are not to be missed.
Blue Safari invites you to join in scheduled yoga sessions where you can ease out the stresses of modern life and relax your body and mind. Take a moment to focus inwardly and reflect on the beauty of the tiny paradise that is your temporary home. Our yoga sessions are created to clear the mind and set your spirit free to enjoy your holiday to its fullest. Sessions in addition to the weekly schedule can be arranged subject to availability and surcharge.
Stroll the deserted beaches and swim in crystal clear calm water on Bijoutier Island. This is a hotspot for turtle nesting. Guides will explain the life cycle of the beautiful turtles from hatching to laying their own eggs. Guests may get lucky and peer into the depths of the forest to see the nests of the Wedge-tailed Shearwater, perhaps a mother or chick too!
Experience offshore fishing like never before... The unspoilt waters of Alphonse, Bijoutier, and St Francois atolls are home to a vast variety of blue water species. The structure and sheer drop-offs are idyllic for species such as sailfish, wahoo, dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, and dorado. On each given day there is an opportunity to fight the reel and target these species for either a full or half-day.
The Alphonse Group is one of the most famed saltwater fly fishing destinations in the Indian Ocean and one of the most prolific bonefish fisheries in the world. St Francois is approximately seven miles long and four miles wide, consisting of white sand bottoms interlaced with channels and cuts. Try your hand on a full or half-day of fly fishing with our experienced Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides wading over 10 000 acres of hard white sand flats in search of the various species the Alphonse Group has on offer.
Our latest addition to the 2019-20 season is free diving, the fastest-growing sport on the water. Train with our PADI instructors and obtain your own freediving licence. From there you can get even more enjoyment out of your snorkels as you can see what’s hidden beneath closer and more colourful than ever before.
Based directly on Alphonse Island, the Alphonse Guides are equipped to explore the outer shores right outside your doorstep. Guests get to experience unlimited site fishing like no other from the comfort of the Island. Experience either a full or half-day with one of the experienced Guides. On Alphonse, guests get to boast about their bonefish species amongst friends at dinner!
Come face to face with daily encounters of stingrays, turtles, moray eels, barracuda, sharks, tuna, grouper, snapper, trevally, and many more on the 30 dive sites suitable for any class of diver, from beginner to advanced.
• Registered PADI Dive Centre offering a variety of courses, including Specialty Scuba Courses.
• Obtain or upgrade your diving tickets, a full PADI [Open Water & Advanced] & Rescue Diver.
• PADI Discover Scuba Diving [DSD] [one-hour theory, a pool session, and a shallow dive to 12m].
• PADI Bubble Maker [suitable for children as young as eight years].
• PADI Dive master.
Relax in the quiet comfort of Azure Spa after a day of exhilarating experiences. Our qualified masseuses work magic on tired bodies in need of special attention or simply just wanting to indulge. From head and shoulders to full-body massages we are able to tailor treatments to the individual. Special packages such as the fishermen’s massage concentrate on key sensitive points to ensure that you leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated. Contact us for our Spa Menu.
A nature walk on the uninhabited island of St Francois will guide guests through the mangroves where birds roost high in the treetops and others wade across the vast white sand flats. The wildlife on this untouched island such as mangrove crabs and nursing baby sicklefin lemon sharks are amazing. Manta rays, pelagic fish, and cetaceans are often viewed on the 40-minute crossing from Alphonse.
Set sail into the Alphonse Lagoon on one of our luxury boats to salute the setting sun with a cocktail or beer from the bar. Share stories from your week and bask in the stillness of the departing day.
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Tea and Coffee Included
Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English, French, Russian
No. Rooms: 29
Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Watersports, Wildlife