Destinations

North Island

About North Island, Seychelles

North Island is located within the inner islands that make up the Seychelles and has been largely uninhabited. Taken over by new owners it has employed a ‘Noah’s Ark’ concept, helping critically endangered animals and wildlife by reintroducing and rehabilitating them. But it is a sanctuary not just for the wildlife; guests here are spoiled with extraordinary natural beauty, bright white beaches, warm azure waters and a tropical forest of coconut palms and takamaka trees.

The lodge itself is enormous, sprawling over different levels and working with its environment to create unique shapes and structures. Guests are secluded in complete privacy in self-contained villas spread out and handcrafted from local woods, glass and stone. Villas each have a private plunge pool and the views are spectacular over the islands beaches and mountains. 

This truly is a tropical paradise and with just the one lodge on the island guests can feel like they are the only people in the world…

Lodge Details

Style

A large and luxurious lodge sprawled throughout secluded North Island in the Seychelles.

Setting

North Island, or Ile du Nord, is 30km from the main island of Mahé within the inner island group of the Seychelles.

Accommodation & Facilities

10 of the handcrafted villas are placed discretely within the tree line and look out onto Anse d’est Beach. These are self-contained with a kitchen, expansive sun deck, plunge pool, sala and covered lounge area. There are 2 rooms, the smaller one being ideal for children or it can be converted into a study with a TV, DVD player and internet access. The master bedroom is en-suite with a massive marble bath and both an indoor and outdoor shower and the villa makes use of fully retractable sliding doors. These villas are 4,890 square foot, providing ample space and being a metre off the ground means they are great for catching the sea breeze.

The 11th villa is also known as the Villa North Island and is further tucked away in the takamaka forest and commands spectacular views of the beach and across to Mahé. This villa is larger than the rest, with a unique structure. The en-suite bathroom has a bath measuring 1.2 x 2 metres, ideal for couples with its little ledge for placing your champagne bucket. There is an outdoor shower hanging off a large granite boulder and a private spa area with massage bed!

The dive and activity centre and the library are around an Indiana tree. The library is an old structure, there before the rest of the lodge and made from coral blocks with an extensive range of books. 20 metres away from here you will find the lounge, bar, dining area and private dining sala. The main pool is a little further up the mountain and is a full 45 metres long with views over the deck to the ocean.

Dining

Cuisine is exquisite, using local produce, the islands own fertile land and the fruits of the Indian Ocean. There is a ‘No Menu’ policy here. The chef will come and discuss the individual requirements and preferences of the guests before creating something specifically for them – usually with French and south Indian twists alongside Seychelles cuisine. There is a great selection of wines in the wine cellar to finish off your meal and a walk along the beach to the rustic sunset bar is the perfect way to round off your evening.

Activities

Guests are free to explore the island, either on foot, by bike or on an island buggy. There are numerous dive sites around North Island, as well as on the close by Silhouette Island. The dive centre can provide all your gear and run PADI courses, great for progressing and learning. Snorkel masks and fins are available and guests can either go out snorkelling alone or with a guide, depending on their skill level and experience. Sea kayaking is also available, as well as fly fishing. Boat trips and island hopping can be organised and there is also a gym and wellness centre at the lodge for the use of guests.

Nature-lovers will be well catered for here. You’ll be able to join the island’s environmentalists for a guided hike, learning about marine life, the island’s history and the Noah’s Ark rehabilitation program along the way. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the island’s nursey and plant an indigenous tree, or take part in beach patrols and reef monitoring alongside the Conservation Manager. Perhaps the most memorable event will be when a critically endangered hawksbill turtle comes ashore to lay her eggs during the day, but make sure to keep an eye out for the Aldabra giant tortoise and rare Seychelles white-eye during your time here too.

Child Policy

Children are welcome at North Island, however due to safety reasons they are not allowed to stay in villa 11.

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