Why Go: When Cousine Island reopens for the season in April, the private Seychelles sanctuary will reveal a new Presidential Villa. The nearly 7,000-square-foot, two-bedroom home comes with its own gym, spa, pool, and staff quarters. A full-time butler and chef look after guests in the new villa and other accommodations on the island, located 1,000 miles off Africa’s east coast.
What to Expect: Visitors book the entire 62-acre island (from about $30,000, all-inclusive for up to 12 adults and six children), including four one-bedroom French Colonial-style bungalows. The place feels more like a homegrown family estate—which it has been since 1992—than a stylish resort. It focuses on conservation with programs like turtle monitoring and magpie robin recovery to engage guests. You may even find Aldabra giant tortoises roaming among the island’s indigenous species.
How to Get There: Land at Seychelles International Airport on Mahé and fly 15 minutes northeast to the island’s private landing strip. (cousineisland.com)