Barefoot Luxury, Private Island Paradise

North Island, one of the inner granitic islands of the 142-island nation of Seychelles, is a special spot even within this magical archipelago. A twenty-year conservation effort has returned the island to its pristine state, re-introducing original flora and fauna, and giving visitors a glimpse of how it may have looked to the first human settlers, who arrived in 1609. Only eleven villas are available on the entire island. Our pick is Villa 11. Perched on the granite boulders of North Island’s East Beach, Villa 11 is over 8,000 square feet of decadent luxury spread out across multiple levels, cascading down through a coconut grove to a private beach entry into the ocean below.

Built from materials harvested on the island during its rehabilitation, the villa’s design strikes a balance between luxury and simplicity, a signature architectural style referred to as “barefoot luxury.”

Couples Only

Villa 11, unlike the other ten villas on North Island is for couples only. In 2011, the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned there.

The reviews

Currently Villa North has 42 excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and a 4.5 star rating.

Awards & Accolades

Recently North Island won National Geographic’s 2017 World Legacy Award and Prime Traveller’s 2017 award for Best Island Hotel. Previous accolades include:

  1. Elite Traveler Top 100 Hotels in the World 2017
  2. Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort 2014

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