The Brief

We were approached by a couple of amateur naturalists who wanted to visit ultra-private and completely upmarket resorts that are still committed to the highest possible standards of conservation and sustainability. We suggested a visit to the top private-island properties in the Seychelles, whose verdant and wildly beautiful landscapes house thriving populations of giant tortoises and bountiful species of birds including angelic white fairy terns.

The Journey

  • North Island

    One of the world’s most celebrated private-island resorts, 11-villa North Island is ringed by plush and pristine white-sand beaches and features beautifully rustic ocean-facing villas. Our couple loved the simplicity of switching off completely while here, and alongside lazing in their sprawling villa with its palm-shaded gardens they had anytime access to a beach that had been reserved for them exclusively. Their days were spent enjoying sunset picnics, learning about ecology, joining deep-water fishing excursions and taking helicopter tours throughout the country to discover more of its spectacular hideaway coves and spectacular nature trails.

  • Fregate Island

    A centre for conservation that helped save the Seychelles Magpie Robin from extinction, 16-villa Fregate Island is another of the world’s most exclusive resorts. Our clients were skillfully assisted by experienced staff who were readily at their service whenever needed, but otherwise respected their desire for peace and privacy. Days here again were spent enjoying phenomenally picturesque beaches, indulging in endless spa treatments, or simply taking in the view from their infinity pool as thousands of migrating birds glided past in mercurial technicolour clouds at dusk each day. As an extra special treat, we also arranged for the chef from the couple’s favourite London restaurant to stay on the island simultaneously so he could cook their favourite dishes each day.