Cousine Island (and next door Cousin) lies just off Praslin. Access is by a ten-minute helicopter flight or an exciting fifteen-minute boat trip, depending on the tide.
Each of the four beautiful suites is privately located with its own access the beach. Rooms are fully air-conditioned, have bath, shower, dressing room, veranda, kitchen, sitting room, TV and phone and private garden. The lodge, which is colonial in style, also has a pool, bar and lovely open-air dining room with views across to Cousin and Praslin.The island is not for those looking for an action packed holiday since it does not offer wall-to-wall activities and evening entertainment. It is for those looking for a private holiday in a luxurious environment with birds, turtles and giant tortoises for company instead of humans!
The island has an ongoing turtle breeding project so guests may well witness the spectacle of turtle hatching. In addition, there are resident fairy and sooty terms and close on half a million wedge tailed shearwaters nesting on the cliffs behind the lodge – an awesome spectacle. Dinners are delicious with the emphasis being on a mix of Creole and international cuisine aimed to suit most tastes. On your way back from the dining room at night, you may well be accompanied by or run into one of the islands nineteen resident giant tortoises.
Diving and fishing are available by prior arrangement as they are outsourced at nearby Praslin. Snorkelling you can do a few metres from your door and the island is small enough to be explored by foot in an hour or so. Alternatively, you can relax and soak up this piece of paradise! At the end of February 2006 the island launches its brand new wellness spa, The Beach House Wellness Retreat.