June 2017 – North Island’s innovative Beach Buddy programme is tailor-made according to the needs of each individual family visiting the exclusive private island in Seychelles, ensuring that each island experience is one-of-a-kind and surpasses the entire family’s expectations.
“In today’s rushed world, we recognise the need for families to spend quality time together far away from the mundane and the everyday”, commented Bruce Simpson, North Island MD. “Equally, parents are often looking for some much-needed down time to enjoy the romance of the Island together. Our Beach Buddy programme offers a range of interactive island activities to keep our younger guests entertained, from searching for buried pirate treasure, learning to scuba dive, or joining the Environmental Team to look for the Island’s tortoises and turtles – the list is endless”.
Combined with the Island’s generous family rates, where children under the age of 17 stay for free, and the provision of a full childcare service, North Island’s Beach Buddy programme is sure to give parents a well-earned break. On arrival, each child receives a Beach Buddy backpack with a T-shirt, water bottle, sun hat, material frisbee, bucket and spade and beach balls– and that’s just the start of their island adventures.
Children can go on a Discovery Walk to meet the resident Aldabra giant tortoises, the oldest of whom could be up to 200 years old, join the Environmental Team on a beach turtle patrol, or enjoy a movie night with snacks in a cinema created just for them. They can also bake their own pizza, wearing a North Island chef’s jacket just like the chefs who’ll be keeping an eye on them, or learn how to dive on a fun Bubblemaker course in the pool (for children eight years and older), or on the Discover Scuba Diving course (10 years+), led by the island’s Divemaster. This is a PADI-sanctioned course (like all North Island dive courses) ending with supervised shallow sea dives in search of colourful reef fish and turtles. Any extra energy can be burnt off playing volleyball with the North Island staff, or competing against other families in a mini-beach Olympics.
“In line with our all-inclusive offering, we pride ourselves on tailor-making each family’s experience to ensure that it is unique and perfectly suited to their needs, beginning with age-appropriate toys or games already in their villa on arrival. We aim to offer an island experience that balances learning and fun, with a dedicated team on hand to teach our younger guests about the island’s history, its wildlife, and their own heritage. We are constantly devising new activities to keep the Beach Buddy programme unique and interesting” Simpson added.
The layout of the Presidential villas, each with a second bedroom, was designed with families in mind. With children particularly cherished in Seychellois culture, younger guests can be certain of an extremely warm welcome and plenty of attention from the North Island team.