North Island, Seychelles
A Luxury Collection Resort
What it is
A hush-hush retreat of 11 villas that puts privacy paramount, with highly personalized service, an oceanfront spa, Michelin chef-planned meals and bountiful included activities that range from scuba diving to sunset cruises.
What it isn't
Adults-only. They roll out the waterproof carpet for kids, too, with an on-site jungle gym, crafts space, trampoline, giant dominoes set, pirate treasure hunt...and more.
What we think
North Island rises from the surf like a Billionaire’s fever dream of a private island all their own: a lush emerald floating in a turquoise sea so impossibly pretty, it appears to have an Instagram filter on it at all times. The villas here are, no surprise, absolutely exquisite: worthy of a spread in Architectural Digest, hewn of local materials and so stunning you’ll want to fling open the doors to the sea view and never, ever leave. There are 10 5,000-square-foot villas tucked along the sea under soaring palm trees; and one, the larger 8,000 square foot Villa North Island, at the secluded far edge of East Beach. While you’re here, be sure to take advantage of the all-inclusive activities, each one a bucket list contender, whether you want to fish for tuna or snorkel untouched reefs.
You're here because
The ecologically-minded retreat is striving for both total luxury and total sustainability (or, as close as they can get); they’ve even helped indigenous species like Seychelles blue pigeons and hawksbill turtles return and flourish.
Michelin-starred chef Akira Back has helped devise the menu offerings here, an edible thrill you didn’t see coming. One sip of your BOB Mojito and you can see Michelin stars circling above here, too: it’s made with passion fruit, mint and bitter orange, all grown right on this island.
Restaurants & Bars
The Piazza - offers international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including romantic candlelit, private dining
Sunset Beach Bar - serves up BAR-B-Q, hot pizza, salads and tapas-style barbecue snacks
Within the 115-island Seychelles archipelago, and accessed by private 15 to 20 minute helicopter via resort transfers from Mahe International Airport.