Denis Island and its collection of 25 private cottages exist as the only accommodations on the coral atoll. Verdant gardens and manicured hedges ensure that each luxurious retreat remains completely secluded from its neighbor. Cottages and villas are found in many forms and floorplans, either directly facing the azure sea or planted on the beach. Generous in size and impeccably-styled, floors of worked timber and high beamed ceilings create a space that is distinctly beach-inspired, yet refined. No televisions will be found here, but an iPod docking station lets guests choose their own playlist to complement their island retreat. Breezy open-air baths and outdoor showers deliver an air of island magic to even the simplest task of washing. Beach Front Spa Cottages are enhanced by a private outdoor sala and daybed, perfect for enjoying a rejuvenating treatment or simply allowing the sea breezes to provide the therapy. The resplendent Family Cottage and enormous Beach Villa are both designed to accommodate up to four guests, each featuring expanded outdoor living spaces that take full advantage of the amazing surrounds on Denis Island.

The island vibe is apparent from the moment guests step onto the grass airstrip: smiling faces offering a friendly welcome with refreshments and cool towels, insisting that every need is met and every ounce of inspiration from the natural landscape is absorbed. Observing the 360-degree view from the open-sided main building at Denis Island is often a guest’s first of many breathtaking moments. Anchored by a split-level lounge space and bar with sea views, the main building is the natural meeting place for guests. Cuisine here is prepared with love and respect for the bounty of the surrounding sea, punctuated by Creole specialty menus and beachfront barbecue feasts on select evenings.

Time spent on Denis Island is as active or as relaxed as desired. Embrace the motto “Do as you will, without disturbing others” with a wealth of activities possible. Take a day trip to neighboring islands or opt to snorkel and dive in the astounding blue waters, greeting the turtles, rays, reef sharks, and colorful fish that commute through the coral. On land guests can embark with a naturalist guide to uncover the invigorating conservation projects managed by the island staff, including reforestation and birdlife protection. Spa treatments in the open-air spa center further connect guests with the nature of the island, and activities designed especially for children imbue them with the spirit of natural conservation. A visit to Denis Island enriches the soul and body, offering an unforgettable holiday in paradise.