Marriott has expanded its Luxury Collection
portfolio with the addition of North Island, Seychelles.
The exclusive private island, featuring just 11
villas, is located 30 kilometres
from the mainland and is accessible by a scenic helicopter flight
or an hour boat ride.
responsibility of the resort will remain with Asmallworld, a leading travel
and lifestyle community.
“North Island has
always skillfully combined a sustainable and environmentally
conscious management philosophy with the ambition to provide a
truly immersive, barefoot-luxury experience. Whilst maintaining
our identity and ethos, our work with The Luxury Collection will
allow us to maximise our awareness in our continued efforts in
pioneering sustainable luxury travel,” said Jan Luescher, CEO of
Eleven private guest and family villas line the
island. Each villa has been created using local materials
harvested during the island’s rehabilitation process, expertly
balancing luxury and simplicity. An haute-couture Robinson Crusoe
aesthetic has been applied through interiors celebrating the sheer
indulgence of volume and space.
“North Island is one of the
most rare and luxurious destinations in the world, making it a
natural fit for The Luxury Collection and our global explorers who
seek authentic experiences and connections to both pristine nature
and elevated personalization,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand
Leader, The Luxury Collection. "This is the first private island
within The Luxury Collection portfolio, and we’re delighted to be
expanding our footprint of captivating destinations with storied
pasts and protected futures.”
The island not only offers a
calming refuge from the modern world, but also an invigorating,
refreshing getaway connected to the island’s natural beauty.
Aquatic explorers can take part in snorkeling, diving, fishing,
sunset cruises, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. Bespoke
guided excursions for those looking to explore the granite peaks
or coral reefs are also available.
On land, forest trails
can be explored by foot, bicycle or private buggy, or guests can
simply relax on one of the island’s four pristine beaches located
at each end of the compass.
The island is also the ultimate
playground for families and children, with a Beach Buddy program
tailor-made to interests and hobbies. Parents are invited to take
part, or can find their own relaxation whilst children remain
As part of a new culinary concept, Michelin-Star
Chef Akira Back, brings his fine dining concept to the Piazza at
North Island. The various dining venues lend themselves to a range
of outstanding epicurean experiences with menus changing daily
according to the latest island harvest. The Piazza is situated on
the ocean front and offers candlelit, private dining utilizing the
freshest ingredients from both land and sea. The more relaxed
Sunset Beach Bar offers tapas and cocktails during sunset.
In-villa dining centers on a comfort food menu featuring local
Creole curries or classic dishes, complemented by a generously
stocked villa pantry.
The North Island Spa is dwarfed by giant
granite peaks, enjoys an open sea breeze and overlooks turquoise
waters. Guests are invited to the spa on arrival where they are
immediately immersed in ‘island life’ with each tailor-made
treatment starting with a ‘barefoot ritual’. A private
consultation to create a bespoke spa experience is then formulated
as part of a holistic journey of visual and textural contrasts,
arousing the senses and rejuvenating mind, body and soul.
Rates for 2020 start from US$6,000 per night.