North island, Seychelles. It would be a shame to come here only because the royal british family, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and numerous IT-billionaires did so. Nor for the Robinson Crusoe-with-an-unlimited-budget design style, with villas so spacious that you need your butler or a compass to find the toilet.
It would nor even be fair to come uniquely for the dinners in the soft sand by the beach – or the turquoise ocean waters around North’s four shiny white beaches, all with the arresting Seychelles granite boulders. No, I really do hope that all those guests -seeking the private and barefoot luxurious ambience of North – scratch even deeper. They will then discover the beautiful biological projects and conservation efforts done on the island. You do feel the influence from the founder of the resort, Wilderness Safaris, sustainability icons in Africa. http://www.wilderness-safaris.com
It wasn’t until attending a lecture by North’s marine biologist that I got to know the difference between the patterns in the sand of a nesting green sea turtle and a hawksbill turtle. Nor how the position of the egg down in the sand makes the difference of a male or female, or why.
It’s really heart warming to hear about all the environmental and conservation efforts done at North. Not only is the original flora restored, after years of coconut farming and neglect.
The wildlife today consists of 100 giant turtles wandering around freely, the Seychelles White-eye birds and Seychelles Blue Pigeon. Just to mention a few species. And in the sea turtle project, all nests are marked – using a coconut with dates and which kind of turtle – as a reference.
Now I must finally compliment the design on the island; this cast away-feeling with elements of wood, shells, hatched roofs and granite stones. Colours are always in the aquas, along with the sea. Service is, of course, flawless. If good for Royals, it can’t be wrong, right? So go North, and you’ll find a piece of paradise. http://www.north-island.com