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Barefoot luxury on an African isleNorth Island, Seychelles

It’s hard to believe that this jaw-dropping eco resort was once a rundown, ramshackle island. With the help of a massive conservation project, North Island has been transformed into a dreamlike destination. Granite peaks erupt from the earth, tropical trees blanket the landscape and pretty beaches fringe the shore. This refuge for wildlife and a haven for humans is, quite simply, out of this world.

Situated on a white, powdery beach, each of island's 11 deluxe villas is like a mini-estate – and even comes with your own butler. And forget mocktails upon arrival, guests here are treated to a complimentary massage or wellness treatment. Next comes snorkelling, diving, bathing in gin-clear waters and even lobster picnics in complete isolation. As to be expected, a night here is eye-wateringly expensive, but what's to stop you dreaming?

get there

All major airlines fly to Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles. From there you take a helicopter transfer with Zil Air or book a boat ride directly through North Island.
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  • Spa and swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Beach bar
  • Dive school
  • Satellite TV
  • Wi-fi

From US$6575 per villa per night. Price includes all meals, drinks and activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling, fishing trips and use of a buggy.

North Island
north-island.com

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