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North island


Found 27 km North west of Mahe, there is only one adjective that can be used to describe the beauty of this island, Absolute. Whether arriving by boat or by Helicopter, North island transports you into a world of pristine natural beauty: the emerald green of its hills perfectly matches the turquoise blue of the ocean and the immaculate white of its sands all blend together to compose an absolute masterpiece.

Alexander Maier of the British East India Company first visited the island in 1609. From 1826 until the 1970s, North was owned by the Beaufond family from Reunion, who during their time used the island as a coconut plantation. They also had fruits, vegetables, spices and raised poultry, pigs, goats and several cows.

When copra production ceased on the island in 1970, the plantation was closed and the island was left in a state of abandonment. Taken over by feral animals and alien species of weeds that had been introduced on the island much of the natural vegetation started to die out and the animal life that depended on them left the island.

In 1997, North Island was purchased by "Wilderness Holdings Limited", ecotourism company from South Africa, and through the "Noahs Ark" initiative, the islands Natural Flora and Fauna has been gradually returned to its original state.

A successful eradication campaign of invasive plants and animals between 2003 and 2005 gave the go ahead to start reintroducing endemic birds and plant life. Seychelles Magpie Robin from Fregate, the Seychelles brush warbler from Cousin, twentyfive Seychelles white-eye from Conception, and the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher from La Digue were all brought to the island in 2007 and 2008, and in the absence of the predators, the species have thrived.

Having given nature a helping hand, many other species of wildlife are also returning to the island of their own accord. Seabirds like the wedge-tailed shearwater and the common tern and others like the Hawksbill turtle that now come to nest on the island.

Giant tortoises of Aldabra are also doing well on the island, the oldest member Brutus is estimated to be over 100 years old and weighing in at 192 kg. North Island Seychelles has eleven elegant villas - each individually crafted from local stone and wood in a combination of Seychellois and African style are situated just yards from a powder soft white sand beach.

Each spacious villa in North Island has a luxuriously proportioned bedroom, bathroom, outside shower and dressing area, a second room as a lounge or additional accommodation with shower and dressing room, plus a spacious living area with sundeck, a private plunge pool and sala. Additional facilities in the rooms include DVD/CD, wireless internet connection throughout villa, minibar, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer, safe, outside deck, mini-kitchen, plunge pool and sala. All villas have dedicated butler service.

Each of the 10 Presidential Villas are 450 sq.m and the newly renovated Villa North Island is 750 sq.m for just 2 people - there is no second bedroom in Villa North Island.

Every possible need is already anticipated by the subtly attentive staff. The food is mostly grown organically on the island or caught in the surrounding waters and the home made ice cream is always stocked in your fridge. So personalized is the service, that the chef can plan your meals with you, to make sure you only eat your favourite food on what is undoubtedly the Worlds favourite island.

North Island is dedicated to conservation and with the help of resident ecologists are rehabilitating the island and establishing a Noah's Ark of indigenous flora and fauna. Guests can also take guided nature walks around North Island, Seychelles.

Additional services on the island include Central dining area or in-villa dining, Swimming pool, Gym, Health Spa, Nature Walks, Complimentary sports include sea kayaks, snorkelling, scuba diving (including courses), half-day deep sea fishing trips, mountain bikes and the use of one "North Island Buggy" per Villa per stay.


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