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North Island

  • North Island is an idyllic private island hideaway with just 11 villas strung along one of the stunning white sand beaches.   Set amid breathtaking natural beauty, North Island provides a true feeling of seclusion and exclusivity; here luxurious accommodation, personal service and superb facilities are brought together with a firm emphasis on conservation to provide the ultimate barefoot luxury retreat.

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    • Magnificent island viewsNorth Island
      Magnificent island views
    • West Beach Bar North Island
      West Beach Bar
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      Presidential Villa bedroom
    • Presidential Villa terraceNorth Island
      Presidential Villa terrace
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    • Meet the localsNorth Island
      Meet the locals
    • The Villa's pool deckNorth Island
      The Villa's pool deck
    • Romantic sundownersNorth Island
      Romantic sundowners
    • The luxurious VillaNorth Island
      The luxurious Villa
    • The main poolNorth Island
      The main pool
    • Unwind in the spaNorth Island
      Unwind in the spa
    • Sea kayaking North Island
      Sea kayaking
    • The Piazza North Island
      The Piazza
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      The Villa's sunken bath
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      Sunset wedding
    • Presidential VillaNorth Island
      Presidential Villa

    What to love

    What to know

    • Award winning North Island Seychelles is one of the world’s most exclusive private island retreats.
    • Bespoke dining experiences can be enjoyed anywhere on the island and there are plenty of secluded spots for romantic dinners or unforgettable family experiences.
    • The luxurious and secluded villas all boast their own private pools and have direct access to the resort’s stunning main white sand beach.
    • Guests receive a complimentary massage on arrival to soothe away the stresses of travel and ease them into island life.
    • Families will love the Beach Buddy Programme. A personalised activity and entertainment programme to suit the needs of each child giving parents peace of mind to relax and enjoy their own holiday experiences or join in the fun!
    • North Island guests receive a Fast Track immigration service on arrival and departure
    • The all-inclusive rates include all meals, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks and cocktails (excluding premium wines and champagnes), scuba diving and watersports and half day fishing trips.
    •  The beaches on North Island migrate around the island in a ceaseless seasonal pattern dictated by the ocean currents which affects their width and length. However their location around the island means that whichever way the maritime breezes are blowing, you will easily find a sheltered, shady spot of your own to enjoy.
    • Each villa has an emission-free electric buggy, allowing you to cruise effortlessly and (almost) silently along the island’s sandy tracks.
    • North Island has developed its own Noah’s Ark Conservation programme, to turn the island’s environmental clock back 200 years and create a sanctuary for indigenous Seychelles wildlife.

    About this property

    • Located amongst the inner granitic islands of Seychelles, North Island is a fertile paradise which provides the perfect setting for the unique Noah’s Ark conservation programme. The aim is is to turn North Island’s environmental clock back two hundred years and return the natural habitat to its original state through rehabilitation, by eradicating alien species and by re-introducing indigenous plants and endangered Seychelles wildlife. Since the programme was launched at the end of the 1990s bird species such as Seychelles blue pigeons and breeding populations of wedge-tailed shearwaters have returned and Hawksbill and green turtles nest on the island’s beaches once more.

      In the same way, North Island seeks to to be a sanctuary for guests seeking a natural and unspoiled tropical island paradise to inspire and rejuvenate mind body and soul. This beautiful resort has a minimalist organic style that reflects the natural beauty of the Seychelles and evokes the marine environment. Local materials, many of which have were reclaimed during the rehabilitation process have been used in the construction of the resort including the upside-down casuarina trunks used to support the roof of the Piazza. Centred around an ancient Indian almond tree the Piazza is the focal point of the resort and is home to the stylish bar and dining areas. There is also a bar on West Beach which provides the perfect spot for sunset cocktails. North Island’s delicious cuisine is prepared by the resort’s chefs according to the latest island harvest and they will happily discuss the menu with you to create a personalised dining experience. Guests stay at North Island on a fully inclusive basis which includes all meals, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks and cocktails (with the exception of high-end premium wines and champagnes on the reserve list).

      The library and dive centre are housed in original coral block buildings that date back to North Island’s days as a copra plantation whilst the health spa and gym are set amongst the luxuriant vegetation on a promontory with inspiring views overlooking the ocean. There is also a beautiful 42 metre infinity pool, a PADI scuba diving centre which offers scuba diving courses, snorkelling, sea kayaking, paddle boarding and kite-surfing and guests can also enjoy cycling, sunset cruises, guided walks, fishing, yacht charters and excursions to nearby islands.

      There are 10 incredible Presidential Villas, each with a private pool, kitchen and lounge and a second bedroom or study and they all boast direct access to the resort’s East beach. The 11th Villa is a beautiful honeymoon suite perched on a rock, the bathroom of which has panoramic views of East Beach to Mahé, Praslin & La Digue and a huge sunken bath. All guests also benefit from the use of their own North Island Buggy (one per villa) to travel around the island and the services of a personal villa attendant.

    • North Island features just 11 private guest villas, offering each guest an unparalleled sense of seclusion, privacy and an escape from the stresses of modern life. Created from local materials harvested during the island rehabilitation process, the villas have been designed for guests to enjoy the interior and exterior in equal measure. Spacious and luxurious the villas feature colours that evoke the marine environment and a fusion of rough and smooth textures with simple and sophisticated forms that create a sumptuous sanctuary.

      All 11 Villas are equipped with a master bedroom with double bed, en suite bathroom with sunken bath, indoor and outdoor shower, a second bedroom with twin bed, en suite washroom with wc and adjoining open-air shower cubicle on the sun deck. All villas have satellite television, a DVD/CD system and internet access.

      Presidential Villa: With direct access to the resort’s main East Beach the bedroom has fully retracting sliding doors that overlook the gardens to the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. The luxurious and large master bedroom leads onto a very spacious bathroom with a marble bath and an indoor and outdoor shower. There is a separate kitchen and dining area and each villas has its own private plunge pool. A private butler is on hand to attend to your every need, and guests have use of their own buggy for exploring the island

      Villa North Island: Also known as Villa 11, this sumptuous villa is perched on the granite boulders and tucked into the Takamaka forest at the far end of East Beach and is the quintessence of privacy and seclusion. The sheer volume and scale of the villa is truly decadent as it is spreads across multi-tiered levels that provide breathtaking panoramic views across to Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The magnificent palm lined entrance leads directly from the beach and a wooden bridge takes you to the bedroom suite with its large four poster bed. The bathroom features a large sunken bath and leads out to a sunken deck with an outside shower set in a granite boulder. There is also an outside spa complete with massage beds over looking the ocean. Villa North Island is only available to be booked by couples.

    • North Island is the perfect playground for children and families. The natural beauty, pirate history, and sense of space and freedom will liberate your child’s imagination and sense of fun as they explore the Island.

      North Island Beach Buddy Programme: Each family’s North Island experience is tailor-made and the Beach Buddy programme is personalised to suit each child – from the most inquisitive to the most adventure-seeking. Parents are invited to join in, but all activities are fully supervised to provide peace of mind and allow you time to enjoy the romance of the Island together. Activities include sandcastle building, treasure hunts, bead making, traditional basket weaving, board games and movies set up in the library on the “big screen” or in the second bedroom of the villa. Activities focusing on the environment are also organised, including talks and walks. Children’s bikes, snorkel equipment, body boards and inflatable pool toys are available and the PADI dive centre offers  “bubble maker” courses for 8 to 10 year olds and scuba diving courses for 10 year olds and upwards.

      Children’s Meals: A special kids menu can be adapted by discussing any dietary requirements with  the chef.

      Babysitting: Babysitters are provided if parents wish to dine alone.

    • Restaurants: Centred around an ancient Indian almond tree, the Piazza is the focal point of North Island. The bar and dining area were created in a minimalist organic style, using upside-down casuarina trunks reclaimed during the rehabilitation of the island to support the roof. Here guests can enjoy candlelit private dining with views to the ocean. The Piazza also includes the wine cellar, which houses a comprehensive selection of fine wines. Daily menus are designed according to the latest Island harvest with special consideration being given to clients’ personal preferences and any dietary requirements. West Beach Bar serves up fresh hot pizza, salads and tapas-style barbecue snacks, all perfect for sharing as you watch the sunset whilst sipping a cocktail.

      Swimming Pools: There is a 42m outdoor pool at the Piazza.

      Private Beaches: The island is surrounded by four private beaches. Each villa has direct access to East Beach – the island’s main beach which runs almost the entire length of the island. The West Beach is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down whilst the Honeymoon Beach is a romantic and secluded hideaway perfect for picnics.

      Spa: Situated on a promontory with beautiful ocean views the spa offers an indulgent list of treatments derived from island ingredients and Thalgo marine spa cosmetics. The spa therapists can design individual treatments tailored to guests’ specific needs and treatments can also be carried out in your own villa, allowing you to truly relax in your private space. On arrival guests are eased into island life with a 20-minute complimentary massage to soothe away the stresses of travel.

      Activities: There is a wide range of activities on offer at North Island including sea kayaking, paddle boarding, shore-based fishing and half day or full day fishing charters, sunset cruises, paddle boarding and kite-surfing. The PADI dive centre offers scuba diving courses with qualified PADI instructors, dive trips and snorkelling in and around North Island and Silhouette dive sites (included) as well as wreck dives and diving to sites further afield (local charge applies). Guests can also choose to charter a yacht to visit the nearby islands (local charge applies). Guests can enjoy complimentary cycling, hiking trails and guided walks and there is a fully equipped gym and guests are invited to join in the morning yoga sessions or arrange a private yoga session.

      Internet Access: In-villa wireless internet connection and business centre internet connection in the library is available.

    • Cycling Around North Island: Each villa has two quality bikes, so you can explore the island’s gentle gradients and forest paths at your own pace, in search of tortoises or to enjoy a cocktail at the West Beach Bar. Look out for  colourful birds as they go about their daily routines, unfazed by the sound of whirring wheels. The resort can prepare snacks and drinks for you to take with you or meet you at a secluded spot with a picnic or drinks.

      A Visit to Mahé: Mahé is home to Seychelles’ colourful capital, Victoria. Stock up on fiery chili sauce at bustling Sir Selwyn-Clarke market, see Seychelles’ history brought to life at the National Museum and keep a lookout for the replica of London’s famous Big Ben clock tower. The Tea Factory is a Mahé institution, or drop in at the Takamaka Bay rum distillery, home of Seychelles’ national spirit. Sailing time from North Island to Mahé is around one hour in each direction.

      La Digue: The fourth-largest island in Seychelles, largely traffic-free La Digue has a very laid-back vibe – most people still get around its narrow lanes and tracks by bicycle. First occupied in 1798 by early French settlers, you could be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed in the centuries since then. The iconic granite boulders that frame Anse Source d’Argent make this one of the most photographed beaches in the world, and an afternoon of leisurely island-hopping can also include a dip in the warm turquoise waters of Anse Cocos before your sunset cruise back to North Island.

      Big Game Fishing: Fishing the drop-off is an exciting and authentic way to ensure that your on-board lunch begins memorably, with the freshest sashimi you’ll ever taste. In keeping with the Noah’s Ark philosophy of island conservation, North Island also recognises the importance of preserving reef habitats and therefore they do not consume reef species or any other endangered marine life.

    • When to travel

      Situated just south of the equator, the Seychelles has a warm tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 24C to 31C all year round. From May to October a southeast trade wind can bring marginally cooler weather and fresh breezes. From November to March the northwest monsoon wind blows, typically raising temperature and humidity. December and January are the wettest months, but the rain falls in short sharp bursts before the sun comes out again.

      Location and Directions

      North Island is one of the forty granitic inner islands of the Seychelles, which are located around the two main islands of Mahé and Praslin. North Island is situated about 32 kilometres or 20 miles north west of Mahé and five kilometres north of Silhouette.

      How to get there:

      British Airways will operate twice weekly direct flights from London Heathrow to Mahé International Airport from March 2018. Flight time is approx. 10 hours. Alternatively Emirates operate flights via Dubai and Etihad has flights to Seychelles via Abu Dhabi. Flight time approx. 12-13 hours (excluding stop over).

      From Mahé it is a 20-minute helicopter ride to North Island.

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