12. North Island, Seychelles
Wanna-be Robinson Crusoes love this exclusive back-to-nature eco-resort, nestled between soaring granitic peaks on a remote island in the Seychelles. But with the bevy of attentive staff here, you’ll never feel stranded.
“Barefoot luxury” is the island’s slogan, and conservation is key. The owner’s mission is to restore the island back to its natural state, and guests are welcome to participate in the conservation programs and learn about the unique ecology of this far-flung isle. You can choose from two different picture-perfect beaches, where turtles nest on the shores.
Constructed of local materials harvested during the island’s ongoing restoration, the eleven private open-plan villas rim a beautiful stretch of beach that bristles with coconut palms. Sophisticated beachy chic best describes the decor, which incorporates plenty of textural elements and natural materials. Plunge pools in large decks, netted beds, and deep soaking tubs are typical features, and doors fold back to let the outdoors in.
The sumptuous Villa North Island at the far end of the beach is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway.
Cuisine captures fresh creole flavors using the island’s latest harvest, and butler service allows you to eat anywhere you like. A full range of water sports, guided walks, and excursions to other islands top the activity list, as well as yoga and holistic treatments like the “barefoot ritual” at the spa. Bicycles and electric golf carts provide transport.
Kids can keep busy with customized children’s programs offering activities like treasure hunts and pizza-making lessons.