Place: North Island is a place of barefoot luxury for those seeking an unspoilt, spectacular tropical retreat, with a signature style that combines natural beauty with sheer luxury. The island is explored on bikes, golf carts and guided walks; snorkelling, fishing, boating, sea kayaking, and scuba diving through the world-class dive centre take in the surrounding waters.
Accommodation: Just 11 individually-handcrafted guest villas on the entire island lie directly on the eastern beach. The Presidential Villas (villas 1 to 10) have a study or second bedroom for children; Villa North Island (Villa 11) is a secluded space for a couple. The scenically-located health spa and gym and rim-flow pool are built into a granitic outcrop, while a sunset bar and restaurant are tucked away on the western beach.
Purpose: In one of the most ambitious island rehabilitation programmes ever undertaken, we took a degraded island ecosystem and restored it to its original natural abundance, thus transforming it into a haven for endemic species, and creating an award-winning sanctuary in harmony with nature.
Unique Selling Points
Combination of absolute luxury, exclusivity and natural beauty
The sumptuous generosity of the offering
A private island experience where guest identity is completely confidential
The 10 Presidential Villas are nestled discreetly in the lush tree-line along East Beach, each measure 450 square metres, giving guests enough room to spread out and enjoy a unique, private, island-style experience to the full. Each Villa has two en-suite bedrooms, a main bedroom and a second bedroom/lounge and study that can be converted into a private cinema. The fully retracting glass doors allow for uninterrupted views onto the sandy beach and turquoise sea in front of each Villa. The kitchenette and personalised private pantry leads off the lounge and dining area and a private plunge pool and outdoor sala are the finishing touches to this private sanctuary.
Villa North Island
Perched on a granite rock on a secluded stretch of powder-white beach on the northern side of Anse d’Est, Villa North Island spreads out across multiple tiered levels, measuring 750 square metres in total. With a private beach entry to the ocean and unobstructed ocean views, the Villa features several outdoor areas where guests can relax, including an outdoor ‘reverie’ lounge and a sunken sala with a stone fire-pit for spectacular sunset enjoyment. The main area includes a cinema lounge and study, while the bathroom features a 1.2 x 2 metre bath and outdoor shower, all with panoramic views. Villa North Island is the quintessence of luxury, romance and privacy.
Activities & features:
North Island - Scuba Diving
Seychelles forms part of the planet's longest coral reef system and has some of the world's best scuba diving sites. North Island offers a "guided" scuba experience where our divemasters are not only experts in scuba but also in the marine ecosphere. North Island’s Dive Centre offers full PADI tuition and certification as part of our generous all-inclusive offering.
North Island - Snorkelling
There are good snorkelling sites around North Island as well as further afield. Masks and fins are available if you wish to explore the vibrant underwater life off North Island’s shores, either on your own or in the company of a staff member from the Dive Centre (depending on your snorkelling skills and distance of reefs).
North Island - Gym
Situated next to the spa, our gym is air-conditioned and has some of the most spectacular views out to sea. It is well equipped with machines and weights to suit all our fitness enthusiasts.
North Island - Island bicycles
Each villa comes equipped with bicycles suitable for exploring the Island. Whilst providing the enjoyment of entertainment and exercise, the bikes have minimal impact on the environment and allow you to slow down and take in the fabulous fauna and flora all around you.
North Island - Island Buggies
Each Villa has its own dedicated Island Buggy. These specially-adapted electric carts give you the freedom to move around the Island with ease.
North Island - Sunset Bar
A walk along West Beach as the sun sets is an experience not to be missed – especially as the Sunset Bar lies at the end of the walk. This simple, rustic bar is located just above the high-water mark on the northern end of Grande Anse.
North Island - North Island library
An extensive natural history library and research centre, in a lovingly renovated original coral block building, houses all the documentation concerning the history of the Island as well as details of its rehabilitation and the building of the lodge.
North Island - Presentations
Slide shows and talks are offered, enabling interested guests to learn about the natural heritage of Seychelles and North Island, as well as about its renowned Noah’s Ark conservation project.
North Island - Turtle walks
Depending on the time of the year, guests may be lucky enough to witness hawksbill and green turtles laying their eggs on East, West and Honeymoon beaches of North Island. The island is a sanctuary for endangered species who have been given a place to thrive once more.
North Island - Walking
Explore the Island on foot, walking its length and breadth and along its extensive beaches, or climbing the granite outcrops and crossing the saddle linking the eastern and western plateaux. Hikes are guided by North Island’s resident environmentalists who can explain the indigenous fauna and flora as well as the island’s history and conservation efforts.
North Island - Spa
The spa is located in inspiring surroundings, overlooking turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs. North Island's spa provides a unique treatment menu designed to relax body, mind and soul. Each guest receives a complimentary welcome treatment and every treatment begins with a Barefoot Ritual, a symbolic introduction to the island way of barefoot luxury.
North Island - Birding
Since its rehabilitation, North Island has become home to many indigenous bird species including five endemics, namely Seychelles kestrel, Seychelles blue pigeon, Seychelles swiftlet, Seychelles sunbird as well at the famous Seychelles white-eye; the latter being reintroduced in 2007 and populations have since increased over five-fold.
North Island – Yoga
North Island offers all-inclusive yoga sessions every morning and private classes are available at anytime, anywhere on the island. From the privacy of your villa to the comfort of the air-conditioned gym, or from the shores of West Beach to the peaks of Spa Hill - the choice is yours.
North Island – Sunset Cruises
Cruise around North Island to explore the island from the sea and drop anchor as the sun dips below the horizon. A romantic experience for you and your partner or a special memory as a family.
North Island – Kids’ Activities
North Island’s bespoke “Beach Buddy” children’s programme offers activities tailor-made to the preferences of each child, from treasure hunting across the Island to GPS tortoise tracking with the environmentalists.
North Island – Kayaking
Kayaking is the perfect way to explore the calm waters around North Island and enjoy a gentle work-out at the same time, with phenomenal views down through the crystal-clear waters to the reefs below.