Cousine Island to Reopen in April 2016

Cousine Island, the eco-luxury private island in the Seychelles, will reopen in April next year. It will introduce a new Presidential Villa and a tailored Guest Ambassador programme to support the island's ecosystem platform.

The island is one of the first in the world to adopt a conservation based management structure, where all revenue generated by the Cousine Island accommodation will be reinvested for long term sustainability, conservation and biodiversity.

To ensure the highest levels of privacy and minimum human impact, Cousine Island offers four luxury villas designed in a French colonial style and one new, stately Presidential Villa nestled in lush endemic vegetation, just 30 metres from the beach. Each villa has been furnished with individually hand-crafted furniture, as well as the latest technology including high speed broadband and Wi-Fi.

he new Presidential Villa is 625 square meters in size and offers two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a study area, personal gym, spa, kitchen, dining room and outside bar and living space. Guests are also given private golf carts to use during their stay on the island and further in addition to a full time butler and chef as well as accommodation for an au pair or chamber lady.

A white tern (Gygis alba, 1786) feeding a young

The philosophy of Cousine Island and the new Guest Conservation Ambassador programme

onservation is at the heart of the Cousine Island philosophy. Sustainable ecotourism should involve direct and tangible benefits to the environment and Cousine Island's mission is to inspire and share its philosophy with the world and to promote and practice nature conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources and surroundings, by contributing directly to the region's biodiversity.

Guests are encouraged to participate in the conservation work on the island, from planting indigenous trees from the nursery, to assisting island ecologists monitor critically endangered marine turtles and birds. The Island's dedicated conservation team offer dedicated journeys of rare sustainable tourism experiences that will create lifelong and treasured memories.

The main conservation projects – all of which guests can be a part of –  on the island include: a turtle monitoring programme; the Magpie Robin recovery and monitoring programme; seabird count; and restoration and rehabilitation projects.

Cousine Island