North Island, Seychelles
“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise” – Emilia Wickstead
If there was ever a place that boasted ‘barefoot luxury’ The Seychelles’ North Island fits that bill. And after a hedonistic December, you’ll probably be doing some soul-searching – and there’s no better place to do that than in the depths of the Indian Ocean. You’re in the thick of nature on North Island with four milky white beaches heaped with the softest of sands, grassy plateaus, undulating granite peaks and tropical forests. The 11 villas of the island are thoughtfully placed with enough privacy and communal space between each other to transport you to an otherworldly existence and a touch of Robinson Crusoe. All the typical trimmings are on offer here: diving, surfing, paddle-boarding and copious amounts of swim time – best done on the cliff-top infinity pool. Up the ante on your beach holiday and book a sunset cruise or a fishing trip to really immerse yourself in The Seychelles’ vast offerings of nature.