NORTH IS­LAND Sey­chelles

Ex­treme Re­lax­ation

World Travel Magazine - - Where To Stay Exclusive Islands -

A Robin­son-cru­soe-meets-paradise-is­land vibe greets you on a stroll around the tran­quil shores of this long un­in­hab­ited jewel. Ar­chi­tects Sil­vio Rech and Lesley Carstens along with ar­ti­sans from Africa, Zanz­ibar, Bali and the Sey­chelles mar­ried cul­tures and ar­chi­tec­tures to pro­vide an over­the-top, in­ti­mate fan­tas­ti­cal paradise. From the eleven guest vil­las com­plete with deca­dent pri­vate pools and li­braries, to the West Beach Bar perched on an out­crop of the granitic is­land’s west­side––the view be­comes less of an ex­pe­ri­ence and more a call to the soul. Lav­ish ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude 450 square-me­tre vil­las with lux­u­ri­ous bed­rooms, a writ­ing and chang­ing room area, gen­er­ous mar­ble baths and out­door show­ers. You de­cide wether to let the gen­tle breeze of punkah-punkah fans cool you down while open­ing fully re­tract­ing win­dows to ad­mire the 270-de­gree view, or sim­ply in­dulge in air-con­di­tion­ing. When its time to pam­per no one does re­lax­ation bet­ter than North Is­land. Swim­ming and sun­bathing on four pri­vate beaches, just steps away snorkelling and scuba div­ing with 4-me­tre vis­i­bil­ity over oth­er­worldly reefs, yoga on the beach for your most mem­o­rable sun salu­ta­tion, and pri­vate mas­sages. Vis­its to the world-class Spa on North Is­land find a blend of the rare and ex­otic right down to or­ganic nat­u­ral herbs, ma­rine cos­met­ics and com­pli­men­tary bare­foot rit­u­als, a foot massage that chases away the stress of travel and wel­comes re­lax­ation. Their holis­tic and Thalgo treat­ments feel more like jour­neys. Get your ad­ven­ture on with Ho­bie sailing, yacht char­ters and deep sea fishing. En­joy is­land hop­ping on a pri­vate he­li­copter to play golf at 18-hole La­muria Re­sort on Praslin Is­land. Trekkers will en­joy na­ture walks hosted by the is­land’s ecol­o­gist or bird watch­ing with a nat­u­ral­ist. north-is­land.com

This page, from top, North Is­land Al­fresco din­ing; no one does re­lax­ation bet­ter at Villa North Is­land bed­room Op­po­site, in­ti­mate fan­tas­ti­cal paradise at North Is­land

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