August was another beautiful month in the Seychelles with mild temperatures and lower humidity. Although it is considered low season in the Seychelles, it is an absolutely magnificent time of year to be on North Island with very little rain and days that, while a little cooler, remain pleasantly warm until the deep into the evening and in fact throughout the night. The season is known for choppy seas and stronger winds, but the sea remains beautiful to look at and calm below the surface, making for wonderful diving experiences with incredible sightings being reported by our guests and activities team.
Like anywhere in the world, when it comes to seasonal weather patterns, there are very often exceptions to the rule and it was no different this past month. We had some lovely calm and still days with glasslike ocean conditions and thunderous downpours overnight, leaving the island looking green fresh. The truth of the matter is that Seychelles is a destination worth visiting year round.
The beautiful faces of North Island
Elliot Mokhobo is one of the original North Island staff members, having been here for 12 years. Elliot was a mason in the original construction team and remained as part of the environment team after the villas were opened to guests. Nobody knows the Island trails better than he does; he is intimate with every nook and cranny and can identify the medicinal properties of every tree and flower on North.
Elliot is a passionate guide and his charming style and wisdom makes him extremely popular with guests. When asked what makes North Island special, Elliot will tell you that the combination of fauna and flora results in a beauty found nowhere else in the world; that North Island is a place that truly captures the soul!
The combination of the tropical climate, humidity in certain seasons, and salt spray borne on the sea breezes means that the structures and fittings of North Island require constant love and attention to keep them looking fresh and cared for. A ‘silent refurbishment’ is continuously underway to maintain the look and feel of this luxurious, unique haven, many of whose structures are comprised of natural materials sourced from around the Island.
As well as the demanding nature of the work itself, the second challenge facing the artisans of the North Island maintenance team is to carry out their tasks without in any way impacting on the guest experience. They do this so well that our guests remain blissfully unaware of the activities of our carpenters, masons and other skilled craftsmen. Currently, we are replacing the Alang-Alang roofs with the help of a team of Balinese craftsmen who are experts at working with this soft Indonesian grass. It’s a material very much suited to the local climate as it is durable and can handle the humidity. It’s also a great heat insulator and can reduce the ambient temperatures inside villas by up to ten degrees. Most importantly, it is completely sustainable, which is a primary consideration in every decision made on North Island.