By Alix O’Neill
This story originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Elite Traveler.
The Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and the Seychelles – these Indian Ocean islands have become a byword for luxury. From a secluded bungalow overlooking one of the world’s finest tea plantations to a honeymooners’ retreat with its own private cove, our pick of 10 villas showcase the very best the region has to offer.
NORTH ISLAND, SEYCHELLES
It’s no surprise North Island is popular with a host of famous faces, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who spent their honeymoon here. Tucked away at the far end of East Beach and available only to couples, Villa 11 is the grandest choice and guarantees the utmost privacy and romance. There’s a multitude of secluded spaces, spread out across tiered levels, that tumble down to a private beach for two. In a nod to the resort’s sustainability ethos, locally-made furniture and recycled decorative glassware have been used throughout, introducing a note of rusticity among the sleek bathroom fittings designed by Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe. Elsewhere, luxurious touches, such as Ivano Redaelli linens and carpets handwoven in silk and Himalayan wool, abound.
Special amenities From homemade mango ice cream to sashimi made from your daily catch, an on-call butler will attend to your every whim. Cinema lounge, circular rim-flow pool, in-villa spa treatments.
Size 8,000 sq ft
Number of bedrooms One
Price From $10,317 per night