North Island - October 2015

Oct 7, 2015 North Island
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Making the right choices has never been easier
We like to say that North Island is what you want it to be, not what we tell you it is. For some, holidays are about complete indulgence and self-spoiling. An abundance of food, wine and complete relaxation is often the order of the day and this is something that North Island lends itself to completely with our generous ‘spoil’ concept spilling over into all aspects of our offering. From the much talked about in-villa pantry; through the spot-on wine and food pairings; to the extensive range of word class spa treatments administered from what is arguably the most beautifully located spa treatment room in the world; North Island is indeed the ultimate spoil!

With the growth in the trend of holistic wellness, and health and fitness becoming a more mainstream way of life, we have seen many of our guests take advantage of our flexible and completely personalised service to extend healthy habits into their holiday here on North. There are many different beliefs, lifestyles and diets out there and our chefs are experts at catering to any and all dietary requirements whether it be juicing, Paleo, or raw cuisine.

Equally, there are many options when it comes to maintaining a fitness routine on the island and although we have a fully equipped gym, we prefer using the great outdoors to keep in shape. Swimming, trail running, hiking, kayaking, cycling and stand-up paddle boarding are all available within 20 meters of each villa and private yoga lessons, meditation, Pilates and kick boxing can also be arranged.

Rich Waters
The Seychelles is world-renowned for the abundance of marine life in its rich Indian Ocean waters and as a result, features on many sport anglers’ bucket lists. North Island is equipped with state of the art tackle and boats so our experienced skippers can get you to the perfect spot for a catch you can be proud of. Like many destinations around the world, Seychelles is at risk of being overfished which could result in future generations being denied the full enjoyment of the oceans, whether from a sports and recreational perspective, and more importantly as a sustainable food source.

In keeping with our conservation and sustainability principles, we are fastidious about enforcing our fishing policies in order to protect North Island’s marine resources. Before every fishing excursion, guests are briefed about what species are considered as catch-and-release and how billfish are considered as species that we do not target. Although billfish are not considered as officially endangered, evidence suggests that their populations are declining and our position on conservation is to be proactive, rather than wait until it’s too late. Marlin and swordfish are known to fight spiritedly, but there is very specific method of bringing these fish in carefully so that they can be safely released. Our activities team has been trained in this method and we have an excellent success rate when it comes to safely releasing these beautiful creatures once they have been hooked.

The majority of the fish served at North Island are caught in the waters of North Island, either by Chef Jeremy from the rocks, our guests, or our staff who go on regular fishing excursions. We have also forged relationships with local fisherman so that we are able to buy fish from them around the island to support the local community, and to reduce our carbon footprint by minimising unnecessary fuel use. We mostly offer pelagic gamefish such as tuna, bonito and barracuda and although we do serve some reef fish, we only serve those species that move in schools (such as red snapper) and which can be caught without trawling on (thereby damaging) the reef.

We specifically avoid catching solitary fish such as giant grouper – these large territorial fish are much prized due to their size and as a result are becoming ever rarer.

Marine conversation on North Island is just as important to us as terrestrial conservation and our ‘Noah’s Ark Project’ aimed at turning back our ecological clock is all-encompassing. It’s about rehabilitating and preserving the entire Island ecosystem, with no discrimination between land and water.

The Beautiful Faces of North Island
Roy Bill is the North Island Maintenance manager, an enormous responsibility on an island that is completely off the grid with no immediate support available from the outside world. This is a man who knows all about to-do lists, as the sunlight and salt spray in the air create continuous maintenance challenges for Roy and his team of artisans.

Born in Seychelles, Roy joined the North Island team in 2006 as an electrician and quickly worked his way up to the senior position that he fills today. Roy oversees a large team of plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and mechanics amongst other skilled artisans and they ensure that this vibrant and dynamic Island is powered, and running optimally, sustainably and efficiently at all times for the comfort of our guests and with the good of the island front of mind at all times. Thanks to Roy, the lights only go out when you want them to!

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