April 2014 – Wilderness Collection’s North Island in Seychelles is undergoing an extensive refurbishment, one of several to have taken place during a successful 12-year period of groundbreaking innovation and award-winning style, due for completion at the end of June 2014.
“We are focusing on evolving our luxury ecotourism operation and guest experience offering to ensure that North Island remains the world’s most exclusive private island escape. The new look and feel will see a heightened textural variety to increase the contrast in “barefoot luxury” and enhance our infamous ‘North Island way’”, says Bruce Simpson of Wilderness Collection.
North Island’s signature ocean palette will be interspersed with sharper golds, stronger teals, corals, and patterns alluding to Creole culture and the trade routes of the Indian Ocean. In the villas, new Phillipe Starck for Hans Grohe ceramic fittings are being introduced, together with hand-blown glass light fittings and gilt ironmongery. The new softs and furniture, including deep relaxing loungers and curvaceous outdoor chairs, will reinforce the contemporary organic modernism of North Island, whilst the decorative elements will allude to marine life and aquatic forms in a celebration of place.
New billowing curtains in the villa rooms allow the relaxed holiday home feel to permeate the suites and add a softness and privacy to the rooms. Plush carpets in silk and hand-woven Himalayan wool will also add a greater level of refinement and elegance to the villas for the sophisticated guest. The much-loved outdoor salas have new mattresses and brighter bolts of colour in a more energetic palette and additional handcrafted detailing.
In Villa 11, the master bed itself will be extended through the introduction of a hand-beaten brass headboard and dressed in luxury Ivano Redaelli linen, whilst the rest of this expansive villa will receive new furniture, fittings and design elements alluding to the natural marine world.
In the main areas new lighting, new dining furniture, serving ware and decorative elements are being introduced. The wine cellar features strong burnt coral colours and cork accents whilst outside, floating between two ponds, the dining area has new olive green decorative elements. Breadboards made from antique French wine barrels talk to artisanal cheese and charcuterie evenings with perfect wine pairings. West Beach, with its driftwood Robinson Crusoe aesthetic has new accents of coral red and bone furniture, furnishings and décor.
In essence, the softs refurbishment and upgrading of North Island resets and raises the benchmark of “barefoot luxury” to a point where North Island remains the leading luxury private island retreat in the world. It also reasserts its place as an icon of sustainable paradisiacal escape and relaxation with purpose.