Fit for royalty: One of the world’s most exclusive private island resorts just joined Marriott

Marriott is already home to some pretty distinctive properties
as part of its Luxury Collection, such as
Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa
in Dubai and The
Royal Hawaiian
in Honolulu. But there are some independent
properties so exclusive, remote and, well, expensive they can make
even a St. Regis
seem ordinary by comparison.

Think: Richard Branson’s Necker Island Resort,
which can be booked with Virgin Atlantic miles provided you have
Flying Club status
. Of course, a massive 1.2 million miles are
required for a seven-night stay.

Just 924,000 Amex MR points can get you a week on Sir Richard BransonNecker
Island Resort. Photo courtesy of the resort.

Another exclusive, super high-end property is
North Island Resort
 in the Seychelles, a tiny archipelago of
115 tropical islands off the east coast of Africa. Earlier this
year, ASMALLWORLD AG
announced
it would be taking over the management of North
Island Resort Seychelles, and the property would join Marriott’s
Luxury Collection brand in December 2019.

Well, it looks like Christmas has come early, because on
Thursday, Nov. 7, One
Mile at a Time
reported that the property now appears on
Marriott’s website.

The property is hidden away on an exclusive private island
accessible by helicopter from Mahe, where the main airport of the
Seychelles (SEZ) is located, and rates start at a hefty $6,800 per
night — not including 21% in VAT and service charges. You can
even opt for more expensive package rates that include half or full
board, drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) and water
activities.

On top of the nightly rate, you’ll still have to fork out even
more money for the helicopter transfers, most spa treatments and
full-day fishing trips.

At that price point, as you might expect, this property isn’t
just any old beach resort. And you certainly won’t need to be at
the pool by 8 a.m. to score a chaise, as there are only 11
villas.

North Island Resort, Seychelles (Image courtesy of the resort)North
Island Resort, Seychelles. Photo courtesy of the resort.

The North Island Resort is most famous for having hosted some
very famous guests, including George and Amal Clooney, and Prince
William and Kate Middleton. Both couples chose North Island Resort
for their honeymoons, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have also
stayed at this stunning retreat.

North Island Resort, Seychelles (Image courtesy of the resort)North
Island Resort, Seychelles. Photo courtesy of the resort.

All of the 5,000-square-foot villas have direct beach access and
views, plus plenty of privacy thanks to careful landscaping. This
is part of what makes it such a desirable getaway for celebrities
and other ultra-wealthy travelers. You’re unlikely to see many
other guests unless you really want to.

North Island Resort, Seychelles (Image courtesy of the resort)North
Island Resort, Seychelles. Photo courtesy of the resort.

Though you can now book through Marriott with cash (and lots of
it), the hotel is not yet available to be booked with points.

Marriott Bonvoy’s redemption table
maxes out at 85,000 points
per night for Category 8 properties, which is where most Luxury
Collection properties sit. TPG contacted Marriott to find out more
details about how the property will fit into the Bonvoy program,
and received the following comment from a spokesperson:

“We are excited to welcome North
Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles into the Marriott
International portfolio. In the near future, Marriott Bonvoy
members will be able to earn and redeem points for award stays. We
will have more information to share with members soon.”

It’s unlikely this property will slide right into Category 8
on the award chart, given how expensive rack rates are at North
Island Resort. If it were to become a Category 8 property, it would
not only be possibly the best value hotel redemption in the world,
but might also be the most desirable and aspirational, leaving
properties in Tahiti
and the Maldives
in its wake.

Guests will be able to earn Marriott points on paid bookings in
the future, but we’ll just have to wait to see how such a unique
property will handle benefits for Marriott elite members. One
single night at North Island could potentially earn you enough
points for a Category 8 redemption — something to consider if you
want to justify the cost.

North Island Resort (Image courtesy of the resort)North
Island Resort. Photo courtesy of the resort.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying here on a cash rate, it
promises to be an amazing travel experience at one of the most
luxurious and private resorts on earth. We’ll be sure to update
this story when more announcements are made.

Additional reporting by Jennifer Yellin and Edward
Pizzarello. Featured photo courtesy of the resort.

Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
Fit for royalty: One of the world’s most exclusive private island resorts just joined Marriott