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11 Handcrafted Guest Villas

Accommodation at North Island consists of only 11 handcrafted guest villas, each constructed with a touch of understated elegance on the eastern beach - never more than a few steps from the pristine, powder-soft sand. Each villa also features second bedroom, making it ideal for children as well. All the structures at North Island Lodge have been individually handcrafted in the distinct flavour of the Seychelles and blended to the sensory experiences of this island escape. The North Island lounge, dining room and library, scenically located health spa and gym, world-class dive centre, and a rim-flow swimming pool are all built into a granitic outcrop. A sunset bar and restaurant are tucked away on the western beach of the island. All this has allowed North Island to create a signature style that combines natural beauty with sheer luxury.
North Island, Seychelles


The activities on offer at North Island are designed to give guests the opportunity to enjoy the Island and its magic, either under guidance from one of the staff, or alone. This gives guests the freedom to move around the Island at their own pace, either on foot, on North Island mountain bikes or by Island Buggies. These activities will have a minimal impact on the environment whilst providing the enjoyment of entertainment and exercise.

Scuba diving: Seychelles forms part of the world's longest coral reef system and has some of the world's best scuba diving sites. Numerous dive sites have been identified around North Island and its nearest neighbour Silhouette Island. North Island offers a "guided" scuba experience and the dive masters are not only experts in scuba practices but also in the underwater world. The North Island dive school and fishermen are experienced professionals who will inspire confidence with both uninitiated and seasoned guests alike.

Snorkelling: There are good snorkelling sites around North Island and Silhouette Island. Masks and fins are available at the dive centre if guests wish to explore these sites, either on their own or in the company of a staff member (depending on their snorkelling skills).
Sea kayaking: Those wishing to explore the Island from the water are able to do so using sea kayaks, with all necessary tuition and guidance provided.

The Gym is air-conditioned and is situated behind the dive centre.
Island bicycles are available for guest use. These mountain bikes are suitable for getting from one side of the Island to the other with ease.

Island Buggies: Each Villa has its own dedicated Island Buggy. These specially adapted electric carts look like miniature 4x4s that give guests the freedom to move around the Island.

North Island Sunset Bar: A walk along Grande Anse Beach as the sun sets is an experience not to be missed - especially as the Sunset Bar lies at the end of the walk. This simple, rustic bar is located just above the high water mark on the northern end of Grande Anse. Drinks and light snacks can be served for those wanting to enjoy this beach.

Fly-fishing is an option for any guest. North Island has fishing rods, tackle and flies in stock for guest use. However, it is recommended that serious fly-fishermen bring their own rods and tackle.
Boating and island hopping: Boating around North Island or other trips could include visits to Mahé and the outer islands, including the spectacular bird islands, Arid and Cousin, and can be arranged at an extra cost.

The North Island library: An extensive natural history library and research centre, lovingly renovated out of the old coral ruins, houses all the documentation concerning the history of the Island as well as details of its rehabilitation and plans of the building of the lodge.
Slide shows and talks are offered, enabling interested guests to learn about Seychelles and North Island, as well as a wide range of ecological and conservation topics.

Turtles: Depending on the time of the year guests may be lucky enough to witness the Hawksbill and Green turtles laying their eggs on the eastern and western beaches of North Island. Researchers will tag the turtles so that their breeding activities can be monitored.

Walking: Guests are able to explore the Island by walking around it and along its extensive beaches, or climbing the granite outcrops and crossing the saddle linking the eastern and western plateaux.
The spa is located in inspiring surroundings, overlooking turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs. North Island's spa provides a unique treatment menu specially derived from island ingredients.

Birding. The Island plays host to several bird species including 5 endemics, namely Seychelles Kestrel, Seychelles Blue Pigeon, Seychelles Swiflet, Seychelles Sunbird and Seychelles White-Eye.
Local Info

Located around 30km from the main island of Mahé, North Island (or Ile du Nord as it is known locally) comprises of 210 hectares of lush tropical vegetation, coconut palms and takamaka trees and lies cradled between three granitic outcrops.

The comprehensive rehabilitation and conservation plan undertaken by Wilderness Safaris and dubbed 'the Noah's Ark Project' has profoundly altered this previously neglected miracle of nature. North Island is quickly returning to the pristine island paradise it once was.

The warm, clear waters surrounding North Island are filled with an abundance of sea life. On the ocean floor, hard and soft corals brighten the depths: dead man's finger, green tree and staghorn corals, palmate sea fans and a variety of sponge life flourish. Nudibranches are often seen. Hugging the reefs are an endlessly colourful array of fish, such as spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, round ribbontail rays and white-tip reef sharks. Many members of the kingfish family, giant barracuda, wahoo, and sailfish move confidently through the depths. Seasonal whale sharks and giant sleepy sharks are an awe-inspiring experience.

More than 200 plant species have been identified in 16 different habitat zones and a number of endemic invertebrates and reptiles thrive on the island. The marshland of the central plateau plays host to giant tortoises and a variety of waterbirds, including a small breeding population of the rare Yellow Bittern. Prehistoric looking Pandanus trees with buttressed roots, cling to the sides of the outcrops and bright green, endemic day geckos with almost fluorescent orange markings clamber impossibly over vertical and horizontal surfaces.

Large Seychelles fruit bats, the so-called flying fox, are often seen, their impressive 1m wingspan allowing surprising aerial skills and daytime flying displays. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters nest colonially on one of the granite outcrops, while resident Seychelles Kestrel use another. White-tailed Tropicbirds are often seen offshore. Seychelles Blue Pigeons and Seychelles Sunbirds, rare or absent in 1997, are now relatively common and together with the Seychelles Kestrel, Seychelles Swiftlet and introduced Seychelles White-Eye comprise the five endemic bird species present.

Emerging from the ocean to nest on North Island's beaches in growing numbers are green and hawksbill turtles, respectively classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered and Endangered.
North Island in the Seychelles is an island paradise. It is a rare sanctuary for those seeking a gorgeous, unspoiled tropical haven that touches the lives of its guests and inspires them long after they leave. It is a Noah's Ark: a sanctuary where natural habitats are being rehabilitated and where critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora are being reintroduced.
North Island in the Seychelles is a place of barefoot luxury for those seeking an unspoilt, spectacular tropical retreat. It is one of the 'inner' islands of the Seychelles - often referred to as amongst the most beautiful on Earth. Accommodation at North Island consists of only 11 handcrafted guest villas, each constructed with a touch of understated elegance on the eastern beach - never more than a few steps from the pristine, powder-soft sand. Each villa also features second bedroom, making it ideal for children as well. All the structures at North Island Lodge have been individually handcrafted in the distinct flavour of the Seychelles and blended to the sensory experiences of this island escape. The North Island lounge, dining room and library, scenically located health spa and gym, world-class dive centre, and a rim-flow swimming pool are all built into a granitic outcrop. A sunset bar and restaurant are tucked away on the western beach of the island. All this has allowed North Island to create a signature style that combines natural beauty with sheer luxury. It is no wonder that the 2006 Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards voted it the 'No 1 in the World - Best of the Best'.Activities at North Island include mountain biking, gym, guided walks, snorkelling, fishing, boating, sea kayaking, and scuba diving. Although a lazy afternoon simply spent soaking up the breathtaking surroundings is more than a reward in itself. North Island is an example of an ecologically sensitive utilisation of a precious natural treasure. It is a Noah's Ark: a sanctuary where natural habitats are being rehabilitated and where critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora are being reintroduced.


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