Seychelles – North Island

Seychelles - North Island

Managed by South Africa-based Wilderness Safaris, this environmentally conscious Robinson Crusoe retreat is a private island with just 11 gorgeous villas laid out along a two-kilometre beach, one of four on the island. There’s a lovely freeform swimming pool, a spa set on a granite hill and a dive centre. Chef David Godin’s ‘no menu’ philosophy means he consults each guest on their food preferences before producing his daily dishes; light meals can beserved in the villas from special ‘butler stations’.

X-factor The vast villas have two bedrooms (one doubles as a study), circular plunge pools and huge open-plan bathrooms. ‘They are sensational,’ says Gold List contributor Peter Browne. ‘Not only are they precision-designed, they provide a sense of space and privacy beyond most people’s wildest fantasies.’