Welcome to one of the world’s most expensive barefoot retreats—a magnet for the rich and famous and the reported honeymoon destination of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
White sand, crystal clear turquoise water and the backdrop of the granite rocks make the island’s four private, pristine beaches a perfect setting for an idealised ‘Robinson Crusoe’ existence. Everything on the island is designed around this experience—and the unique vision of utmost exclusivity.
The island of your own
There are no signs, no mealtimes or even menus. The food is discussed with an executive chef on arrival, and choosing a wine means wandering into a well-stocked cellar and picking one out, at your own pace. Every activity, like diving or fishing expedition, is tailored and the beautifully set outdoor spa is open whenever the guests wish for a massage. Bikes and buggies are at the guests’ disposal and a hundred discreet members of staff are ready to assist in any way they can. Guests love this place because they feel it belongs only to them.
There are only 11 exclusive villas on the entire island, each designed by Silvio Rech and his wife Lesley Carstens, the award-winning architects from South Africa. Individually handcrafted from local stone, wood and glass, these retreats are in synch with the most basic of nature’s elements and the distinct flavour of the Seychelles.
Luxurious yet not ostentatious, the interiors are framed by Banwas wood, the island own granite coves and a traditional style ylang-ylang roofing. The neutral colour tones blend flawlessly with the island’s granite rocks, woods and ocean sands.
An artful illusion of total casualness infuses everything, from the four-postered bedrooms with pillars made out of driftwood to the showers constructed from pieces of bamboo to create the impression of improvised rainwater bathing.
This sort of exclusivity and relaxed approach are main reasons why the well-to-do are prepared to spend close to €2000 per night for the opportunity of staying on the island. But then there is one more reason.
Seychellean Noah’s Ark
In the world so conscious of matters pertaining to the vulnerability of natural habitats people want to feel their travels do as little damage as possible—so much the better if they contribute to doing good.
Staying at North Island Seychelles does exactly that. The resort is an eco-friendly wonder: created as a means of funding a fascinating conservation project aimed at protecting and rebuild the original flora and fauna of the island. It’s an example of sensitive utilisation of a precious natural treasure, an ecological experiment aimed at saving several endangered species from extinction.
The only rules on the island are along the lines of ‘Don’t sit on the turtles’—and to prevent hatching turtles heading in the wrong direction, all lights are banned near beaches.