The definition of luxury varies – for some it’s drinking champagne on a yacht, for others it’s spending time with the family while some might say luxury is the freedom to get away from it all. At North Island all of the above apply!
This tiny island, just over 2,km² is part of the Seychelles archipelago, but it‘s one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. The proof is in the guest book: Prince William brought Kate Middleton here for their honeymoon in 2011 and since then the little island in the Indian Ocean has led the list of the most romantic holiday destinations in the world.
One reason is the absolute privacy, aided by a no-paparazzi guarantee and of course the large private space the 11 Villas on the west coast of the island offer their guests. They have all been created from local materials and the balance between luxury and simplicity is the signature style of the resort: “barefoot luxury”. South African star designers Lesley Carstens and Silvio Rech mostly used natural elements including stones and tree trunks to give a touch of that wild “Out of Africa” feeling, that is typical for the Wilderness Group, who now manage more than 40 safari camps and lodges on the continent. Each of the villas comes with an outdoor living area, a pool and private access from the wide lush garden to the beach. The little kitchenette on the veranda with a fridge full of snacks and beverages from champagne to fresh coconut juice, gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked meal; you’re free to cook yourself but we rather recommend you ask your private butler to prepare one of the delicious chef’s daily offerings while you take a nap in the cosy pool pavillon… You see, there is little reason to leave your new beach home. But since it comes with your very own golf car you might as well explore the beauty of this raw green diamond in the middle of the ocean.
The island recently received a National Geographic World Legacy Award for preserving and restoring natural habitat, and once you take your buggy for a ride through the wild forest you’ll understand why: a wealth of birdlife, bright green geckos, giant fruit bats, and tortoises on the land, and colourful fish, manta rays and sometimes even dolphins in the water make North Island one of the most exciting places for animal lovers and adventurers in the Indian Ocean. But even if you don’t belong to the group of active explorers, you’ll be more than happy to find some of the whitest, softest beaches in the world fronting pristine turquoise water that is perfect for snorkeling, stand up paddling and many other water sports. All it takes is a phone call with your own Villa mobile and whatever plans you have will be organized in no time. The service is exceptional. You feel more like a friend being hosted by a very caring family, who just wants to see you happy. Whatever you want to eat – whether it’s at the main open air restaurant or a BBQ at the West Beach Bar – be assured it will be taken care of. The menu spans international and Creole specialties with dishes such as squid ink linguini with lobster, freshly caught red snapper, langoustines and local octopus. It‘s hard to get off the island without putting on a pound or two but the gym does look as inviting as a gym can be: overlooking the shimmering blue ocean and a white stretch of sand it almost feels possible to run a few miles on the trade mill, especially when you know that every booking comes with a free treatment in the adjoining spa. Once you lie down in one of the two open air treatment rooms while listening to the sound of the waves with the exotic scents of ylang ylang and coconut in the air you’ll really start to feel like a prince or indeed, a princess.