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Sushi anyone? Fresh Sushi that is …


(Posted 14th April 2017)

For most hotels – even the ones on far-flung islands – acquiring the best sushi-grade tuna usually involves purchase orders and invoices. At Denis Private Island, it means getting in a boat.

Sitting on the northern edge of the Seychelles plateau’s “drop-off” – where ocean depths plunge more than 2,000 metres – Denis Island has some of the world’s most prodigious fishing grounds on its proverbial doorstep.

So although it should come as no surprise that the hotel’s weekly sushi nights offer some of the freshest and tastiest tuna one could possibly enjoy, even the most seasoned fishermen can be caught off-guard by just how bountiful the seas surrounding Denis can be, as the island’s boat skipper, John Benoiton, was reminded on a recent fishing jaunt in July.

A quick venture out to sea yielded an incredible haul of prized Yellowfin tuna, including a massive 62-kg specimen measuring several feet. Six other Yellowfins – ranging from 14-26 kg a piece – also formed part of the catch. From start to finish, the trip wrapped up in just an hour and a half, making quick work of replenishing the kitchen’s stock just 10 nautical miles away from the island.

The waters around Denis have been conveyed protected status by the Seychelles government, as the shallow lagoon and reefs around the coral islet form important spawning grounds for a variety of marine species, as well as a sanctuary for sea turtles. Thus, fishing from Denis will often include a 15-minute boat ride to the Seychelles archipelago’s famed drop-off, which allows fishermen an incredible “mixed bag” of opportunity to pursue red snapper and grouper as well as go trolling for tuna, wahoo, sailfish and marlin.

The islands’ southeast monsoon – a steady dry wind that runs from May until September – brings cooler waters and with it, July’s conditions are ideal for catching Yellowfin tuna.

For the chefs that make up Denis’ talented culinary team, this seasonal phenomenon provides an interesting opportunity to lavish guests liberally with an ingredient that often rivals the price of filet mignon in big city restaurants. And not just for sushi, either. The hotel’s always-evolving daily menus routinely take into consideration what’s available as part of the island’s ethos, says Denis Private Island Communications, PR & Branding Manager Nicole St Ange.

A big part of Denis Private Island’s sustainability commitment means that we maximize the use of what we can source locally‘ St Ange says. ‘Whether it’s our own farm that provides the hotel with all of its fresh eggs, poultry and dairy, or the resources we can harvest responsibly from the sea, we’re committed to reducing our footprint for the sake of the environment and food security. If our guests benefit along the way by being able to enjoy some of the freshest fish possible at no extra cost, it’s a win-win‘.

Aside from supplying the hotel with some featured menu items, fishing has become one of the island’s signature attractions due to its close proximity to the drop-off. Denis consistently ranks as one of the top sailfish destinations in the world, and boasts a plethora of other fish to target by way of both trolling and bottom-fishing. And with the fishing grounds so close, the island has become a popular means for fishermen to pursue their craft and still have plenty of time to spend with family on a holiday getaway.

Consistent with the island’s sustainability policies, a strict tag-and-release protocol is followed for all billfish catches, in accordance with International Game Fishing Association standards.

For more information about Denis, its cuisine or the types of fishing available from the island, please contact pr or visit our website on

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Flying this Easter, and in future? Read these Six Annoying Habits to Avoid

If you are planning to fly this Easter holiday, it goes without saying that you should expect at least some basic in flight comfort. Long gone are the days when flying was reserved for the top elite and their kinsmen, and members of this small circles knew what was expected of them in terms of decorum, discipline, and direction. Not anymore, as the world grew more liberal, and the global economy favored massive growth in air travel, with short haul tickets connecting every destination to the next, the rule book faded into oblivion and chaos replaced the otherwise “noble” way of travel. This Easter season, you can reclaim sanity on board by avoiding these six annoying habits when flying.

#1 Just let the tots be

I have read about mothers who feel they owe the world an explanation to why their little babe won’t feed, or their newborn keeps screaming instead of sleeping peacefully as intoned in self-help guides. The sad thing is that the dear mums are made to feel so guilty they even make it a duty to hand gift packs to their passenger neighbours as a show of appreciation for putting up with their “messy” babies. If you happen to sit next to a mum, unless we are talking of the extraordinary ones who find no big deal in stacking the potty on the aisle, then try to be nice and supportive. If not, then please just shut up, turn on your iPod and close your eyes till touch down.

#2 Dreaming off? Pack your pillow

Ladies and gentlemen alike, nothing is more annoying than when you have to keep reminding your seat mate to enjoy their snooze within their space! Please pack your pillows, just to ensure your dreams are confined in their territory when sleep knocks in. Nothing wrong with a good mid-air snooze, but drooling on your new mate’s arm rest is a no-no.

#3 Cut the religious talk

Cyrus Onyiego, from Jumia Travel – an online flight and hotel booking company notes that, “being a religious holiday, one may innocently try to break ice by going the ‘current news route only to find yourself facing resentment” According to him, unless you are certain of your target audiences’ interest in your ideals, avoid the urge to intrude into their privacy. It’s nothing anti-religion, but rather the need to respect each other’s beliefs or lack of it.

#4 Your in-flight staff certainly do know better

I know just how boring the automated public address can be, and especially for the frequent flyer. That said, look at it as the company objective and mission; to get you there safe and sound. While you do not have to listen seventy-seven times over to know that smoking is prohibited, and though you still wonder why a machine worth millions of dollars and a complex web of engineers cannot handle an easy-pissy gadget such as your iPhone, it’s still important and respectful for you to pay attention when the in-flight attendants and crew turn on the mic. This could turn out to be a life saver.

#5 One too many for the flight

Well, flying is not cheap, and so it’s understandable for you to make a claim on your dollar by hogging up the drink tray or bar in that matter. However, the virtue of temperance demands that we observe self-restraint, and especially where our not so sober persona may affect other people’s comfort.

#6 Your hygiene; your nails, shoes and socks

Sitting for eight hours, or running up and down airport alleys is no fun, and the need to loosen up once you buckle down into your seat is almost human and acceptable. For this small favor, make it your duty to the humankind to stay clean and fresh through your flight. If you must remove shoes, push them away from other people’s path, if you know this is likely to happen – ensure that your feet are free of any odors. On the same note, keep a simple pocket size deo stick close, just in case it gets too heated up there. Still on the hygiene issue (it’s quoted as next to godliness) prevail over the temptation to overcome boredom by clipping your nails.

Simply stated, these seven annoying habits may seem to the offender as nothing worth a fuss. Fact is, they are quite resentful no matter which destination you are heading to. Avoid them at all cost.

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