Escape to paradise in one of the 22 Beach Bungalows at Alphonse Island Lodge. Each is a cozy place to call home hidden within a wildly lush plantation. Start the day with a cup of coffee on your patio as the sun rises over the ocean. You won’t want to be inside much, but when you are, the slanted ceilings will cocoon you for a restful night in the comfortable bed. Soak in the deep tub when you aren’t splashing in the sea. Taking a private shower outdoors further connects you to nature.

The Beach Suite is an airy one-bedroom space just steps from the white sand beach. Elements of local Creole style add cultural interest in the lounge and a mostly white, sand, and grey color palette keeps the space fresh. Listen to the gentle waves from your private terrace outfitted with sun loungers.

Keep the relaxed mood going in the spa. The masseuse can help you unwind from head to toe with a tailor-made treatment. Meals are prepared with just as much bespoke care. International and Creole flavors are paired with wine and prepared with garden-grown produce and fresh fish.

Prolific underwater life thrives in the crystal clear blues surrounding Alphonse Island Lodge. These islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean are one of the world’s healthiest climates with preserved coral reefs. You might even encounter green and Hawksbill turtles and see hatchlings scrambling towards the waves. You can help with monitoring these magnificent creatures which have been protected in the Seychelles since 1994. Alongside local conservationists you will look for turtle tracks, mark new nests, tag nesting turtles, and sometimes guide newly hatched ones out to sea.

Pack your binoculars—there are 130 bird species that call this paradise home.

From Alphonse Island Lodge it is easy to hop from one picture-perfect island to the next. Hike along St. Francois, an uninhabited enclave. Snorkel in the crystal clear water of Bijoutier Island; its name means “jewel” in French and you will indeed feel like you have found your own treasure.