Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, said that he was delighted to see internationally the recognition of properties in the Seychelles. In a discussion with Tim Ecott, the respected British journalist on the recognition of North Island by The Telegraph, Minister St.Ange said that seeing the island today on the 50 greatest hotels list of the world shows that the “Seychelles Brand of Tourism” has reached new heights.
A guide to the world’s best hotels, featuring the most amazing places to stay in destinations including Europe, Asia, Indian Ocean, Africa, Americas, the Middle East, and Caribbean, for honeymoons, luxury escapes, and city breaks, as chosen and reviewed by The Telegraph Travel’s team of editors and destination experts has been published, and the impressive and “out of this world” North Island in the Seychelles makes that list.
The review in The Telegraph states:
It’s no coincidence that Hollywood chose North as the real incarnation of Thunderbirds’ Tracy Island for the film. Guests, a mixture of potentates, oligarchs, celebrities and royals, arrive by helicopter from Mahé to stay in just 11 totally private villas. They’re so spacious that 10 are labelled Presidential and the biggest simply called Villa North Island. North redefines beach chic, with sumptuous natural fabrics and acres of polished driftwood furniture and doors. Guests set their own dress code, and order whatever they like from the chef. This isn’t simply a smart hotel and spa beside a beach covered in fine sand the colour of spun sugar. It has some of Seychelles’ best diving and fishing, kite-surfing and hiking. Nesting turtles regularly come ashore, and on the long west beach there are flying foxes, fairy terns, whimbrels and crab plovers: evidence of the owners’ pledge to make it a Noah’s Ark.
“As a tourism destination we are visible as never before. This visibility ensures that we remain relevant as a holiday destination. We need to congratulate our North Island for their recognition. They make us proud, but at the same time we must say to all our tourism trade partners that we are operating in a dream destination that is so sought after by discerning travelers. Let us continue to work together for the protection of our Seychelles and remain good custodians of the pristine environment we have been blessed with,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.