North Island, Seychelles, January 2017 – It is with great pleasure that North Island announces Jonathan Lithgow as the Island’s new General Manager. After almost ten years, Jonathan returns to North Island, bringing with him a wealth of experience, energy and enthusiasm.
Jonathan Lithgow first set eyes on North Island in 2007, when he joined the team as the Island’s Food and Beverage Manager. Managing Director, Bruce Simpson, who worked with him at the time says, “I am thrilled to welcome Jonathan back to the Island and confident that his leadership will be a great asset to our skilled and dedicated team. From everyone on the Island, we look forward to giving him exceptional support in his new role”. North Island has always remained in Jonathan’s heart and he is delighted to be relocating to Seychelles with his wife and two children in February 2017.
In the interim, Jonathan has developed in-depth knowledge and expertise operating high-touch luxury and experiential products. With over 20 years of hospitality management experience, he has a strong track record of having managed and developed a number of the world’s leading privately-owned boutique hotels located on private islands, in remote wilderness areas and semi-urban environments, including New Zealand, Seychelles and South Africa. Most recently, Jonathan spent six-and-a-half years as General Manager at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa – a five-star Relais and Châteaux property synonymous with wine, art, architecture, gastronomy and hospitality.
Jonathan looks forward to enhancing the guest experience on North Island and building a strong team culture among staff. Luxury has evolved beyond the benchmarks of beautiful surroundings, architectural design and interiors, luxury amenities and modern conveniences – this is now a minimum requirement. It is one of Jonathan’s greatest beliefs that “uncompromised, personal and sincere service defines the tipping point between excellent and superb experience. The cornerstones of hospitality are genuine passion, kindness and generosity. It is the soul and personality of a property that differentiates a hotel, and its community is greater than the sum of its parts”.
Jonathan believes “that the difference between success and failure in this instance is defined by leadership and a team’s ability to proactively anticipate and adapt to create the ultimate bespoke gift: a timeless memory”. North Island aims to go above and beyond guests’ expectations to spoil, surprise and personalise each stay, creating individually-crafted memories delivered by sincere, passionate individuals, that remain long after their holiday has ended.
North Island is a Wilderness Safaris Premier destination, where unashamed luxury, bespoke service and a generous all-inclusive offering combine to give guests the ultimate privacy and exclusivity. Over the last two years North Island has successfully completed a full refurbishment and with recent additions to the experienced executive team, the Island is set to continue pushing the boundaries of a world-class private-island experience.
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About North Island: WWW.NORTH-ISLAND.COM
North Island is Africa’s most exclusive private island, situated 30km from the main island of Mahé, Seychelles. Extremely secluded with only 11 spacious guest villas, North Island is renowned for its luminous white beaches, filigree reefs and azure Indian Ocean.
North Island offers an unrivalled experience where luxury, bespoke service and a generous all-inclusive offering combine to give guests the ultimate privacy and exclusivity. On land or in water, the choices on North Island are many and varied – from cool forest trails and mountain biking to snorkelling, diving, kayaking, fishing expeditions and romantic sunset boat cruises.
North Island is a sanctuary where natural habitats, long neglected, were rehabilitated so that endangered Seychelles fauna and flora could be reintroduced and given a place to grow and thrive.
About Wilderness Safaris: WWW.WILDERNESS-SAFARIS.COM
Wilderness Safaris is Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism operator, specialising in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. In this way it offers its guests private access to almost three million hectares of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting our planet’s precious natural and cultural resources.
Wilderness Safaris operates camps and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness reserves across eight countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Wilderness Safaris is deeply committed to its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation. It firmly believes that its single most important achievement to date is to have built a sustainable business model that does not compromise environmental principles and which provides jobs, training, skills, careers, adjusted horizons, hope and a realistic alternative to less sustainable development.
Recognising that conservation is as much about people as about the environment, the company has pursued important goals through its Children in the Wilderness programme, as well as through the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which have helped change the face of nature-based tourism in Africa.
Wilderness Safaris is part of Wilderness Holdings, a group of responsible ecotourism companies that together endeavour to use responsible tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.