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  • July 30, 2019
Villa 88 Escapes To North Island In Seychelles That’s A Tropical Paradise

Situated amid the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, North Island is a private luxury resort that lies some 30 kilometers from Mahé in the Seychelles. Possessing breath-taking beaches surrounded by lush tropical forests, it is the ultimate gateway to a natural haven and paradise. 

Private dining at the Piazza

Take a short flight with Etihad Airways to Seychelles and you will find yourself immersed in the pristine beauty of the naturally secluded North Island, which is a remote paradise by design as well. With ecological conservation in mind, a host of endangered and neglected flora and fauna, native to the Seychelles, have now been restored and rehabilitated so they can thrive and grow. And all this serves not only to create a pristine and verdant sanctuary, but also one that offers the ultimate recluse.

Villa North Island

“North Island is celebrating 21 years of sustainable tourism and has been dedicated to island conservation,” says Bruce Simpson, Managing Director of the North Island resort. “The aim was not just to create the world’s leading private island hideaway, but also to turn back the clock and undo all the damage wrought by man, and create a safe haven for indigenous Seychellois fauna,” he adds.

Coconut and Takamaka trees flourish on the island, which features four dazzling and scenic beaches that guests can choose from.

The East Beach runs in front of the resort’s villas, and the West Beach is the ideal spot to enjoy the glory of a Seychelles sunset. The secluded Honeymoon Beach is perfect for couples and the sheltered Petite Anse makes up the quintessential quartet.

North Island is celebrating 21 years of sustainable tourism

Amidst this bounty of nature, there are only 11 guest villas on the island, each exquisitely built using local materials that were reaped during North Island’s reclamation process, such as locally hewn stone, wood and glass, all put together by a team of Seychellois and African craftsmen.

Of these 11 luxurious accommodations, Villa North Island is ideal for couples, and has been designed to offer privacy and luxury. The vast and spacious villas, spread across multiple tiers, are located at the far end of East Beach. With decadent interiors, a private beach and unparalleled sea views, Villa North Island is perfect for a romantic holiday or honeymoon.

Presidential Villa

For guests, there is an impressive roster of water sports on offer, including kayaking, snorkelling, diving and fishing expeditions. The more adventurous ones can relish mountain biking, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

A haven of rest and rejuvenation, the North Island Spa offers a holistic experience, in keeping with the resort’s unique combination of sumptuousness and simplicity. On offer is a wide range of aromatherapies, natural skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Ayurveda principles. For the fitness-minded, there is also a well-equipped gym, while those looking for a more holistic option can go for yoga classes.

West Beach picnic

Culinary experiences make up a big part of a holiday at North Island.

Blending oval and minimalist lines, the open and inviting Piazza forms the focal point and is ideal for a romantic al fresco candlelight dinner, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the beach, the ocean and the island’s interior. Meanwhile, the West Beach Bar is another delectable choice, known for dishing up everything from pizzas to salads to various tapas-style barbecue snacks. Amid all this, the resort’s “spoil, surprise, personalise” concept ensures that the chef takes personal preferences of guests into consideration when preparing food.

One of the resort’s picturesque desserts

Priding itself as a destination for the whole family, North Island also provides varied options to keep children entertained, from the Beach Buddy program to a full child-minding service. With all these and a host of other amenities at hand, North Island is purpose-built for families, couples and individuals looking for a peaceful getaway. A number of in-villa amenities, curated chef experiences, relaxing beach walks, and various other activities amid the calming waves and sparkling views make it a destination that will take you on a journey of relaxation, and appreciation for the wonders of nature. 

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