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The villas of North Island are the stuff of dreams. The private island is nothing less than paradise; barefoot luxury at its absolute best in an impossibly scenic location. The fantasy feel of a stay there draws well-heeled honeymooners aplenty – a list that includes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Clooneys. Cushiony sand beaches stretch into cerulean waters against a dreamlike background of verdant mountains and valleys – the entire island is a private playground begging to be explored.
Villas are a perfect blend of rustic and luxe; the emphasis is on natural materials with a smattering of beautiful contemporary furnishings and decor. The feel is eclectic – unexpected patterns and textures blend together harmoniously, while the open-plan architecture makes the spaces feel even more palatial than they already are. Villa North Island is the largest of the lot, decadent almost beyond comprehension, and the most heavenly honeymoon spot imaginable. Indeed, this villa is reserved only for couples, while the other ten have two bedrooms each.
No cars are permitted on the island, so you’ll get about by bicycle or electric buggy. An exhaustive list of perks come with a stay at North Island – think complimentary welcome spa treatments, every water sport imaginable, sunset cruises, guided walks… the list goes on and on. Meals and alcohol are included (except for those on the reserve list), meaning there’s one less thing you have to think about over the course of your stay.
The food at North Island is simply divine. Daily menus are personalized to each individual guest; the level of customization is such that you’re bound to enjoy every dish that is placed before you. Set right by the ocean, The Piazza Restaurant is a romantic, candlelit affair – watch for the sea turtles that tend to wander up onto the sand to nest. West Beach Bar is relaxed and fun, serving pizza and barbecue in addition to fabulously tropical cocktails. For special occasions (though an entire stay here feels like a special occasion), private dining options let you share a romantic meal in the historic library, snuggled beside a campfire on rugged rocks overlooking the water or beneath the constellations on – unforgettably – the island’s helipad.
You can venture off the island if you so choose, but you may well find yourself not wanting to leave – other than to scuba dive, of course.
How to get here
25 minutes by helicopter from Seychelles International Airport