How does it look on North Island? On the tiny Seychelles Island the newly-wed British prince and princess have just spent their honeymoon
The most wonderful hotel for a honeymoon ... I cried when we had to leave," is a current entry about the island resort North Island on Tripadvisor, the world's largest so-war-my-travel website, written by a Londoner with the code name "Oscarlake". North Island? guests from London? interesting, one suddenly thinks. Should Kate Middleton, recently Duchess of Cambridge and wife of the British heir to the throne, for example, have reported on her recent trip on the Internet under a pseudonym? as is well known, it led to North Island, which is known to be a paradise (which one only leaves in tears), and as is well known, the royal children spent their honeymoon there, the office of Prince William has confirmed this in the meantime.
But as good as the internet entry would fit the duchess, it can't be from her, because it was already created on February 22nd. The royal wedding, however, did not take place until April 29th. What a pity, because this way the world will hardly know more about the honeymoon than what was officially announced: The couple had enjoyed their trip very much and is grateful to the government of the Seychelles for their help. This consisted of the fact that the coast guard had guaranteed not to let any paparazzi boat onto the remote island. This has apparently succeeded, photos about the young luck on North Island have not appeared so far, and since the island was completely rented to the royals, there were no curious fellow vacationers.
Nevertheless, we want to satisfy the journalistic duty of disclosure and take a look into the world that the royal family and coast guard had hermetically sealed off, in other words: We present North Island from our own perspective. To avoid giving the wrong impression - our editorial staff was not present on the island during the honeymoon. But the author was there some time ago and saw with his own eyes that it offers so much that can still leave even spoiled blue-blooded people speechless - from exquisite open-plan villas to four-poster beds under the open sky to giant turtles burying their eggs under palm trees in front of the bedroom window.
what sounds like paradise for guests and turtles was not always so, of course. the crew of the expedition boat of the british East India Company, who discovered the island in 1609, is said to have taken many giant turtles with them as provisions. the next generations (first french colonists, then the british, finally the independent seychellois) turned north island into a mixture of vegetable garden, coconut plantation and cattle ranch. many native species disappeared within a few years, from the giant turtle to the paradise flycatcher, a rare bird. instead, tomato bushes and lettuce heads, pigs and cattle, cats and rats populated the island. except for the coconut trees, it looked like holland. until the late 1990s, when Wilderness Safaris accessed, a south african eco-luxury tour operator, who developed the plan "noah's ark" - pigs and cattle disappeared in the cooking pot
At the same time North Island was opened for tourism. The result is eleven villas on East Beach, so perfectly hidden in the dense green that you can't see the neighboring property from your bungalow. And this, although each of the villas 1 to 10 measures exactly 450 square meters; villa 11 is even larger, where Kate and William are said to have stayed, on 750 square meters. They are divided into a bedroom (as large as a dance hall), a bathroom (with double bath), a lounge (with cuddle sofas and dining area), a kitchen (with Bosch appliances), a terrace for honeymooning (with two four-poster beds). In each villa a private butler keeps the rooms tidy and provides towels and ice cubes. It is not known whether recently there has been an increased demand for Earl Grey Tea or Gin & Tonic with cucumber.
and what did kate and william do on north island for ten days, if they left their four-poster bed? they probably left the moderately stocked library behind. rather, they went to the beach, with the luxury problem every day: which one do we go to today? petit anse? east beach? west beach? or rather the smallest beach on the island, which is aptly named honeymoon beach? if they didn't go jogging or strolling, they drove there in the electric buggy, which is part of the basic equipment of every villa. if you drive the vehicle through the dense jungle, you feel a bit like you're in "jurassic park". with the pleasant difference that the largest reptiles on north island are not dinosaurs, but lizards or turtles. maybe they went snorkeling, some of the best diving sites in the world are right on their doorstep, or they enjoyed themselves in the island's own spa, where dr.-hau
for dinner, however, the two should have been back again in the open-air restaurant. first of all, creole island cuisine is fresh and light and great, secondly, food and drinks are included in the price, because north island is an all-inclusive paradise, only top wines and champagne have to be paid extra. which brings us to the prices: staying on north island is not cheap. a day in one of the villas 1 to 10 officially costs 2115 euros per person, villa 11 is even more expensive. in total, the royals have transferred about 442 000 pounds for the whole island, is circulated in the british press. luckily, william has a grandmother who likes him. as befits a good grandmother, she is said to have slipped him a few bills for the trip.