While we hate to spoil a good surprise, we’ll let you in on a few of our secrets. If you’re planning a honeymoon or romantic hideaway, these are five of our favourite experiences that turn island dreams into reality. Each unique in itself, yet all underpinned by private locations, unparalleled set ups, personalised service and champagne, plenty of champagne.
1. Honeymoon Beach Picnic
Four beaches and only 11 villas guarantees privacy whichever you choose. Better still, book Honeymoon Beach for the day. Often named the world’s most exclusive beach, it offers complete seclusion thanks to a curve in the rock formation at the end of West Beach. Azure seas and white-sand shores make an idyllic setting for the crème de la crème of beach picnics; arrive to find a blanket laid in waiting under a sole umbrella on the beach, complete with a gourmet picnic basket and ice-cold refreshments. You’ll never want to leave, or need to, thanks to the beach’s convenient shower, bathroom and shaded lookout deck. Elevated on granite boulders, it provides a panoramic view of Silhouette Island, but the real beauty is you never have to share it with anyone but yourselves.
2. Fire at the Cross
Watch the sun set from one of the most hidden locations on the island. You won’t find this one on the map – it’s a best-kept secret guarded by our team. Your Guest Experience Host will guide the way with lanterns, taking you off the beaten path to the eastern-most point of the island. Here, you’ll discover a surprise sundowners spot set for two on a dramatic granite outcrop at the water’s edge. This vantage point not only boasts magnificent views across the bay all the way to Grand Paloss, but also holds historical value on North Island. “The Cross” originally served as the island’s first lighthouse where a bonfire illuminated the cross, guiding the way for ships at night. We continue the tradition today, lighting a bonfire just for you, creating a romantic atmosphere where you’re bound to get lost in time.
3. Breakfast on Spa Hill
When the stars are still a faint glimmer in the sky, meet one of our resident conservationists at dawn for a private sunrise hike up Spa Hill. It’s just 30 minutes to the top and a light breakfast basket will be a worthy reward, including coffee, fresh juices and champagne if you please. Not to mention the 360-degree ocean views. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the island’s endemic fauna and flora and the conservation work that has gone into rehabilitating North Island into a pristine natural gem. When you reach the top of Spa Hill, it’s yours alone to enjoy as you watch the sun emerge from behind the horizon, revealing the splendour of the Seychelles spanning 115 islands across the Indian Ocean.
4. Beach Movie
Choose a classic movie and watch it on a sail-screen strung up between two palms on West Beach. Uber-comfortable cushions set the scene for your very own open-air movie experience, which would be incomplete without sweet and savoury snacks. With your feet in the sand and a drink in hand, what could be more romantic than watching a golden oldie under the stars.
Speaking of stars…as a remote private island in the Seychelles, you’ll be spoiled by starry night skies on North Island. There’s so little light pollution that a full moon casts shadows beneath the palm trees. On the other hand, a new moon presents the perfect opportunity for excellent stargazing. Arrive back from dinner to find a thoughtful surprise from your Villa Attendant: a telescope set up in your villa’s private garden. Or for a truly unique experience, conspire with your Villa Attendant to surprise your partner with an entire evening of stargazing on the Helipad or on one of North Island’s private beaches after dark. In fact, just about anywhere you can dream of. The island is yours to enjoy.