North Island Celebrates 21 years of Luxury Sustainable Tourism

By May 2, 2018 Press Release

North Island Seychelles turns 21 this year. In celebration of 21 years of luxury sustainable tourism, North Island is inviting guests to experience more of this exclusive private island paradise, with their generous ‘Celebratory’ 5 for 4 offer. In addition, North Island will be making a conservation donation, with the planting of a tree for every ‘Celebratory’ stay booked.

North Island’s Managing Director, Bruce Simpson said, “Turning 21 is the ‘coming of age’ in many cultures – the reaching of adulthood or even the end of the learning phase in a child’s life. In North Island’s case, turning 21 is just the start! Over two decades in our lives speak more to the beginning of North Island’s lifespan and evolution, as it is only now starting to evolve into the adult we envisioned and what was really planned for it.”

A new chapter in the history of North Island began in 1997 when the Island was purchased by Wilderness Safaris, with a view to creating not just the world’s leading private island hideaway, but also of turning back the clock: undoing the damage wrought by man, and creating a safe haven for indigenous Seychellois fauna and flora. They had a bold vision and brought on board four private shareholders to turn the dream into reality. North Island embarked on an ambitious journey to rehabilitate, preserve and study the island’s ecosystems. Once an abandoned copra plantation left to run wild, now a “Noah’s Ark” sanctuary where endangered species can thrive once more. Sea turtles nest in complete privacy on North Island’s pristine beaches and giant tortoises roam the lush landscape free from harm.

Bruce Simpson, who has played an integral role in North Island’s history for over 15 years continued in saying, “My most proud and special moment has been when we successfully reintroduced the Seychelles White-eye, a species that was critically-endangered and near extinction before our part in its rescue was considered. Not the fact that we have been called the best private island in the world or number one destination by some of the leading luxury brands and associations in our industry. An amazing story of commitment to a single dream, one that continues 21 years later and is only starting to show the real results and potential for success of all the efforts. We are now looking at reintroducing one of the rarest birds in the world, the Seychelles Magpie Robin, within the next year.”

The absolute commitment, dedicated focus and energy required not to look back, makes it a remarkable achievement by an incredible team of people over the years, at both North Island and Wilderness Safaris. The team continues to drive two very clear goals and the year ahead sees many exciting developments aimed at enriching the guest experience and furthering its conservation efforts. North Island continues to set a new standard of luxury set against a backdrop of eco-friendly practices, and hopes to inspire sustainable tourism ventures around the world.

Click here to look back on North Island’s major conservation milestones and ahead to its new initiatives.

Celebratory’ Special Offer: Book a 5-night stay on North Island for travel in June 2018 and receive one free night with this new limited special offer. Guests can combine this Celebratory offer with any other one offer and generous child rates means guests under 17 sharing the second bedroom stay for free. This Celebratory special offer replaces the 7 for 6 special offer during this month and is applicable to new bookings only.

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.