On Condé Nast Travelers’ Gold List in 2020 [yes, one ‘I’ – the American one!], this 201 hectare private island offers complete villa living, in an exceptionally beautiful natural setting. White sand beaches slope into an azure sea surrounded by its own reef and the lush tropical interior has coconut palms, takamaka trees and attractive giant granite outcrops.
North Island takes spoiling to a new level, with just eleven large private beachfront villas built from local materials, offering ‘barefoot luxury’, complete with bikes for pottering around. Dining is on daily menus from the island harvest. The Piazza Bar and Lounge offers romantic candlelit dining by the sea, while the more relaxed Sunset Beach serves up fresh hot pizza, salads and tapas-style snacks with sundowners. Private dining can be anywhere on the island, with suggestions ranging from a family-style barbeque in your villa with a private chef to Créole dinner in the historic Library. Whatever you want, they will make it happen.
There’s a swimming pool, spa and gym, and complimentary activities from kayaking, scuba diving and stand up paddle to beach yoga, and island-hopping to Praslin and La Digue (at extra cost).
North Island is a place that unashamedly aims at providing the very best in privacy, location, accommodation, services, facilities and bespoke experiences, yet has restored its environment as a sanctuary for endangered fauna and flora –
It was listed among the Global Top 100 Sustainable Destinations of 2019.