Seychelles Islands, Indian Ocean
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NORTH ISLAND RESORT - SEYCHELLES
North Island is one of the forty
granitic islands of the Seychelles, which are located around the two
main islands of Mahé and Praslin. Because North Island has long
been uninhabited, is extremely fertile, and has an abundance of fresh
the new owners came up with a concept which they have called, "Noah's
Ark". The plan is to turn back the island's environmental
clock two hundred years through rehabilitation and by re-introducing
many of the critically endangered Seychelles species slowly over time,
so that visitors are able to enjoy viewing some of this endangered wildlife.
In this same way, North Island is a sanctuary for its guests - those
who seek an unspoiled tropical haven of peace and tranquility. With
its four beaches, located at each end of the compass, and the small number
of guests accommodated at any time, the island ensures a private and
wonderful tropical beach and island experience. North Island is
outside of the cyclone belt of the Indian Ocean, making it a safe and
enjoyable year-round destination.
The "barefoot luxury Robinson Crusoe" development on North
Island is unashamedly aimed at providing the very best in privacy, location,
accommodation, services and facilities to the most discerning and privileged
world travelers. The island is larger than Monte Carlo, yet only has
12 guest villas! Be assured that the staff on North
Island will go to every length to pamper you, to enrich you and to rejuvenate
your soul. But the essence of North Island remains one of sustainable,
ecologically sensitive utilization os a precious, natural treasure.
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architect's, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and a team
of craftsmen from Africa, Zanzibar, Bali and the Seychelles,
have created a fusion of cultures and architectural styles
to produce a "Robinson Crusoe luxury paradise" unlike
any other. The extensive facilities include 11 incredible
air-conditioned guest villas,
each with its own private pool, a central dining room, lounge,
kitchenette and library. There is also a beautiful
health spa and gym, a breathtakingly
swimming pool hewn into a granitic outcrop
and a "Tropical
Heat" Sunset Bar tucked away on Grande Anse on
the western side of the island.
The 11 guest villas have been lovingly handcrafted on the island
from wood, local stone and glass, with thatched "alang
alang" roofs. With a footprint of over 450 square
metres, each villa is completely self-contained and comprises
proportioned bedroom, a writing and change-room area with a
huge en-suite bathroom, a large marble bath and an outside
shower for those who can't get enough of the fresh island air.
Air-conditioning, overhead "punkah punkah" fans
and fully retracting sliding windows (for 270-degree views)
provide a pampering environment for the enjoyment of the balmy
An additional study or bedroom is equipped with a DVD/CD system,
internet access, and can also be arranged to serve as accommodation
for children. The kitchen leads off the expansive sun-deck
and covered lounge area. Guests can elect to enjoy their meals
in their villa or in the Island's main dining area. A private
plunge pool and sala completes the exclusive sanctuary within
a sanctuary. A full butler service catering for your
every need includes in-villa meals or delicious picnics on
A 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. Activities include mountain biking, gym, guided walks, snorkelling, fishing, boating, sea kayaking, and scuba diving.
Spa and Activities
Some of the possible activities
possible on North Island include swimming and sunbathing on 4 private
beaches, excellent snorkelling right off the beaches, and fantastic reef
and wall scuba diving with visibility up to 40 metres! Enjoy
massage and health therapy in the Spa or in the comfort of your private
villa. Visit the gymnasium, take nature walks with the resident ecologist,
or go birding with the resident naturalist. Other activities include
deep sea fishing, windsurfing, guided sea kayaking, hobie sailing, yacht
charters, boating trips to explore neighboring islands, mountain biking,
and golf at the 18-hole Lamuria Resort on Praslin Island (a private helicopter
charter will be arranged at extra cost).
Dining and Cuisine
Besides its exceptional beauty,
North Island has long been renowned for its fertility and also for
the richness of the fishing grounds wherein it nestles. It is not
surprising therefore, that North Island’s lodge should draw
upon these exceptional natural resources. The cuisine is based on
the very finest natural products lovingly prepared in a sumptuous
array of exotic dishes.
The cuisine of North Island is
based on the diversity and cultural influences which, in part, make
up the Seychellois Creole flavour. Culinary aspects of Seychelles,
France and southern Indian spices are combined with the organic resources
of North Island and the abundance on offer from the Indian Ocean.
Balanced together with simplicity, expect a feast that will awaken
all of your senses.
There is a “no menu” concept
of dining on North Island and the chef, David Godin, speaks to each
guest, explains the North Island cuisine concept, finds out personal
food preferences and then develops the menus daily around this information.
During your stay on North Island,
you can be sure of a memorable culinary experience, complimented
by an impressive cellar with some of the world’s great wines
and champagnes. Please
let us know well in advance of any special dietary requirements.
The "Noah's Ark" Program
"We bought North Island in recognition of its potential as a Noah's Ark; a sanctuary where natural habitats could be rehabilitated and where critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora could be reintroduced and given a place to regenerate?. On this beautiful island we built an exclusive luxury lodge and have, where possible, utilised materials reaped from the rehabilitation process. In doing so, we have paid particular attention to capturing the true essence of North Island, a rare experience in harmony with the environment."
Wilderness Safaris initially became involved in the purchase of North Island specifically because of the potential for the island to become a Noah's Ark sanctuary where natural habitats and functioning ecosystems could be restored and where endangered Seychelles fauna and flora could be re-established.
The concept and establishment of an eco-sensitive lodge on the island was preceded by years of research and coordination with government conservation bodies, with all parties committed to ensuring the protection of the natural environment and biodiversity. Ten years down the line, the conscientious pursuit of such policies is now reaping its just rewards.
Read more: North Island Rehabilitation Project
After nearly ten years of intensive rehabilitation of North Island all the hard work paid off when 25 Seychelles White-Eyes, a critically endangered bird species, were released on North Island over a two-week period in July 2007.
Read more: Seychelles White-Eye Project
North Island runs a Children in the Wilderness programme on a yearly basis, with participants from Mahé.
Read more: Children in the Wilderness - Seychelles
Flora and Fauna
Some 30km from the main island of Mahé, Ile du Nord, or North Island, comprises 210-hectares and is cradled between three granite outcrops with a tropical interior of coconut palms and takamaka trees. After a comprehensive rehabilitation and conservation plan for the island, dubbed 'the Noah's Ark project', North Island is finally beginning to reclaim itself.
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters nest colonially on one of the granite outcrops, while resident Seychelles Kestrel use another, White-tailed Tropicbirds are often seen offshore and the marshland of the central plateau once again 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. 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. 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.
The warm, clear waters surrounding the 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. Nudibranches are often seen and hugging the reefs is 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. Whale sharks and giant sleepy sharks are seasonal and awe-inspiring visitors to the area.
NORTH ISLAND NOTES:
• Check-in time is 14h00 – if the villa is available on arrival then an early check-in will be allowed at no additional cost. Check-out time is 11h00 – if the villa is still available on departure then a late check-out will be allowed at no extra cost. However if an early check-in or a late check-out needs to be guaranteed prior to travel, then the full nightly rate for the night before or after must be paid for in order to secure this facility.
• Master bedroom of Villas is for occupancy of maximum 2 people.
• Second bedroom of Villas is for occupancy of maximum 2 people under the
age of 19 years.
• Only children over 5 years are accommodated in Villa 11 (this Villa has 3 different levels which creates a potential safety hazard for younger children). Please note that the second bedroom in Villa 11 is being replaced with an in-villa spa and gym during the above mentioned upliftment period and thereafter the Villa will accommodate 2 guests only.
|HELICOPTER TRANSFER NOTES:
• Prices for helicopter
transfers are subject to change without notice.
• Each helicopter can transfer up to 4 or 6 guests. The maximum weight on the
helicopter is restricted and thus, using standard fuel allowances, the luggage
limits are as follows:
||• 2 adults have up to
200 kg’s for their combined baggage (including hand luggage
and camera equipment) and space is not normally limited.
• 2 adults with 2 children under 8 years have up to 100 kg’s for
their combined baggage (including hand luggage and camera equipment) and space
starts to become limited so soft bags are required.
• 4 adult passengers have up to 40 kg’s for their combined baggage
(including hand luggage and camera equipment) and space is limited so only
soft bags are allowed.
|• Transfer prices quoted
are per helicopter.
All rates are in Euros
23-Dec 2010 to
23-Dec 2011 to
1 - 10
person, per night in main bedroom.
supplement for main bedroom is 100% of
the per person sharing rate.
North Island (#11)
person, per night in main bedroom.
supplement for main bedroom is 100% of
the per person sharing rate.
The second bedroom in Villa 11 was replaced with an in-villa spa and gym
and this Villa now accommodates 2 guests only.
person, per night in second bedroom.
child, per night in second bedroom.
children over 5 years can be accommodated
in Villa 11 due to safety factors.
One way per helicopter.
Rates valid until 31-Oct 2010.
All Helicopter transfers are operated by external companies; therefore, rates are subject to change without notice and are not controlled by North Island.
Per helicopter transfer with a maximum of 4 guests per transfer.
Daytime transfers only - Operated by Zil Air Helicopters.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• Local Government tax of 7%. In
the event of a change in local tax or the introduction of additional
taxes, the rates above will be adjusted accordingly.
• Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and all alcoholic
and non-alcoholic drinks, except cocktails and drinks on
the reserve list.
• All Scuba diving courses, scuba diving
activities and snorkeling in and around North Island and Silhouette
Island dive sites.
• Sea kayaking around North Island.
• Use of the gymnasium.
• Shore fishing on North Island and half-day
boat fishing charters.
• The use of one "North
Island Buggy" per
villa for the duration of your stay.
• The use of mountain bicycles.
• Internet connection.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
• Helicopter transfers between Mahe and North Island.
• Drinks on the Reserve list
• All spa treatments, including in-villa massage and health therapy treatments.
• Full-day deep-sea fishing charters.
• Yacht charters.
• Guided day trips to Silhouette Island (subject to availability and weather
• Telephone calls.
• Purchases from the North Island shop.
• All spa treatments.
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