You may remember North Island from when it hit headlines back in 2011 as the chosen honeymoon spot of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Needless to say, it is one of the most exclusive resorts of its kind with guests arriving by helicopter to enjoy undisturbed white sand and crystalline waters.
North Island is one of the roughly 115 islands and islets which make up the Seychelles. Encircled by uninterrupted beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, its resort offers 11 private villas, each with their own infinity pool and personal butler. Its spa is one of the best in the Seychelles, offering a never-ending list of treatments, whilst the menu is personally tailored to the specific tastes of each guest.
It might seem like the only focus here is luxury but at its heart, North Island is an eco-resort. Its aim is to immerse guests in the nature of the island 24/7, starting with the villas themselves. Both bathroom and shower are situated outside with magical views of both the surrounding habitat and, at night, the stars above.
The island has a history of preservation. In 1981, it was gifted to Marius Maier who decided to return his island to its natural state, before the arrival of humans. He began the process of removing many non-indigenous animal and plant species, including pigs, rats, coconuts, cows, cats and intrusive weeds, replacing them with the Seychelles' natural wildlife such as giant tortoises and coco-de-mer palm trees. He even established a turtle nest monitoring centre on the island.
Though the island has since been sold, Maier's legacy lives on in the resort's eco-friendly approach to tourism. It is now home to the Noah's Ark conservation and island rehabilitation programme, which allows guests to spend time with a dedicated Environmental Team or simply explore the island for themselves to enjoy its biodiversity.
The island is still working hard to clear all invasive plant species from its soil and to keep non-indigenous animal species out. Their conservation work has meant ever-increasing populations of Aldabra Giant Tortoises and turtles, which guests can dive with as part of the resort's activity programme.
If you're wondering at what price such luxury and special treatment comes at, rest assured that it's not cheap. One of the island's Presidential villas goes for 3,050 euros per person per night, whilst the more exclusive Villa North Island costs 4,800 euros.
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Posted on 24/04/2016
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