The Luxury Collection has welcomed North Island, Seychelles to its portfolio of world-renowned hotels and resorts.
With just 11 villas, the private island is located 30 kilometres from the mainland and is accessible by a scenic helicopter flight or an hour boat ride, giving guests an immediate sense of escapism.
With a mission to demonstrate that luxury with a conscience can co-exist, sustainability lies at the heart of North Island’s philosophy and The Luxury Collection will remain dedicated to preserving this. The operational responsibility of the resort will remain with ASMALLWORLD, a leading travel and lifestyle community.
Eleven private guest and family villas line the island, with each villa created using local materials harvested during the island’s rehabilitation process, expertly balancing luxury and simplicity. An haute-couture Robinson Crusoe aesthetic has been applied through interiors celebrating the sheer indulgence of volume and space.
“North Island is one of the most rare and luxurious destinations in the world, making it a natural fit for The Luxury Collection and our global explorers who seek authentic experiences and connections to both pristine nature and elevated personalisation,” said global brand leader, The Luxury Collection, Anthony Ingham. “This is the first private island within The Luxury Collection portfolio, and we are delighted to be expanding our footprint of captivating destinations with storied pasts and protected futures.”
The island not only offers a calming refuge from the modern world, but also an invigorating, refreshing getaway connected to the island’s natural beauty. Aquatic explorers can take part in snorkeling, diving, fishing, sunset cruises, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. Bespoke guided excursions for those looking to explore the granite peaks or coral reefs are also available. Whilst on land, forest trails can be explored by foot, bicycle or private buggy, or guests can simply relax on one of the island’s four pristine beaches located at each end of the compass. The island is also the ultimate playground for families and children, with a Beach Buddy programme tailormade to interests and hobbies.
As part of a new culinary concept, Michelin-star chef, Akira Back, brings his fine dining concept to the Piazza at North Island. The various dining venues lend themselves to a range of outstanding epicurean experiences with menus changing daily according to the latest island harvest. The Piazza is situated on the ocean front and offers private dining, utilising the freshest ingredients from both land and sea. The more relaxed Sunset Beach Bar offers tapas and cocktails during sunset. In-villa dining centres on a comfort food menu featuring local Creole curries or classic dishes, complemented by a generously stocked villa pantry.
Finally, the North Island Spa is dwarfed by giant granite peaks, enjoys an open sea breeze and overlooks turquoise waters. Guests are invited to the spa on arrival where they are immediately immersed in ‘island life’ with each tailor-made treatment starting with a ‘barefoot ritual’.