Racially harmonious and politically stable, Seychelles is one of the last true sanctuaries on the planet where people can still live healthily and in harmony with nature, benefiting from a carefree, island-style way of life and enjoying the space to breathe pure air and roam free.
The 43 inner islands that cluster around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the world’s only oceanic islands of granitic composition. North Island, and its close neighbour Silhouette Island contain the only evidence of volcanic ash found above sea level in Seychelles. They are both granitic islands but are thought to be considerably younger than Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Their syenite formation probably dates back to about 90 million years ago when Seychelles and India separated.
North Island in the Seychelles is a place of barefoot luxury for those seeking an unspoilt, spectacular tropical retreat. It is one of the ‘inner’ islands of the Seychelles – often referred to as amongst the most beautiful on Earth.
Accommodation at North Island consists of only 11 hand-crafted guest villas, each constructed with a touch of understated elegance on the eastern beach – never more than a few steps from the pristine, powder-soft sand. Each villa (except Villa 11) features a study that can be made into a second bedroom, making it ideal for families as well.
All the structures at North Island have been individually hand-crafted in the distinct flavour of the Seychelles and blended to the sensory experiences of this island escape. The North Island lounge, dining room and library, scenically located health spa and gym, world-class dive centre, and a rim-flow swimming pool are all built into a granitic outcrop. A sunset bar and restaurant are tucked away on the western beach of the island.
All this has allowed North Island to create a signature style that combines natural beauty with sheer luxury. It is no wonder that the 2006 Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards voted it the ‘No 1 in the World – Best of the Best’.
Activities at North Island include mountain biking, gym, guided walks, snorkelling, fishing, boating, sea kayaking, and scuba diving. Although a lazy afternoon simply spent soaking up the breathtaking surroundings is more than a reward in itself.
North Island is an example of an ecologically sensitive utilisation of a precious natural treasure. It is a Noah’s Ark: a sanctuary where natural habitats are being rehabilitated and where critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora are being reintroduced.
Activities: The activities on offer at North Island are designed to give guests the opportunity to enjoy the Island and its magic, either under guidance from one of the staff, or alone. This gives guests the freedom to move around the Island at their own pace, either on foot, on North Island mountain bikes or by Island Buggies. These activities will have a minimal impact on the environment whilst providing the enjoyment of entertainment and exercise.
The Republic of Seychelles comprising 115 islands is an archipelago of legendary beauty extending between 480 km and 1,600 km from the east coast of Africa.
The mostly granitic Inner Islands cluster around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, three islands which form the cultural and economic hub of Seychelles, as well as the centre of its tourism industry. Sainte Anne Island lies 4 km off the east coast of Mahé.
Sainte Anne is the largest island in the Sainte Anne Marine National Park and is in close proximity to its neighbours, Round Island and Moyenne Island. Discovered in 1742 by the famous explorer Lazare Picault, Sainte Anne was the first island to be settled by the early French settlers before they took up residence on Mahé. The island was later home to a commercial whaling station and a World War II gun battery. If you are dreaming of a luxury holiday in the Seychelles, choose the Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, a Beachcomber hotel set on an exclusive private island.
Sainte Anne Resort & Spa is undeniably one of the finest hotels in the Seychelles and an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners. An optional all-inclusive package offers you carefree holidays from the moment you arrive until the day of departure.
Accommodation is in 87 private villas, 29 of which have private pools. All are set on a 220-hectare private island, surrounded by one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean. Sainte Anne Resort & Spa blends seamlessly with nature. Lazy days can be spent discovering the island’s natural delights. On the pristine beaches, strewn with granite rocks, the only footsteps that you will see will be your own…
Colourful bougainvilleas, frangipani trees, hibiscuses and palm trees blend in with the original vegetation. Immerse yourself in an island of dreams and sensual pleasures.
Superb cuisine is served in the resort’s five restaurants*, which include three beach restaurants to add to the enjoyment of your holiday in the Seychelles. Soul of Africa Safaris Sainte Anne Resort & Spa has paid a great deal of attention to its leisure facilities. Nestled in an idyllic tropical setting, the Spa by Clarins is a spacious sanctuary for the body and mind. The resort also has a sports & leisure centre. In the crystal-clear waters of the marine park, a colourful kingdom of sea-life is ready to be explored. The underwater kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and slants of light swirls with innumerable fish species while spectacular corals, sea anemones and algae act as a fascinating stage set.
Departing from the sports centre, three different treks invite you to discover the many facets of Sainte Anne island under the guidance of the qualified staff. Another plus is Sainte Anne’s location, just 10 minutes away by boat from Mahé, making it a convenient stepping-stone for island hopping in the Seychelles.