When Prince William and Kate Middleton wanted to sneak away for their private honeymoon–out of the prying flashbulbs of the paparazzi, they headed to an exclusive villa on one of the exotic islands that make up Seychelles.
Nicknamed "The Island of Love," Seychelles has also played honeymoon host to George and Amal Clooney plus Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade among other famous faces.
An Island Oasis in the Indian Ocean
Located 1,133 miles northeast of Madagascar, this island chain boasts some of the world's most beautiful beaches and exclusive hotels.
Arriving by private jet, after somehow keeping their destination a secret for weeks, the newlywed couple landed on the secluded North Island. Consisting of only 11 luxury villas, Prince William and Kate Middleton found themselves nestled among pearlescent sand, coconut palms, and lush green takamaka trees.
Each private villa faces Anse d'east Beach, showcasing the breathtaking ecological beauty of the coast and lightly chopping Indian Ocean current.
Private Beachfront Villas
Guests staying in these secluded dwellings tucked away just behind the tree line, enjoy a large master bedroom, second bedroom, and changing room with en-suite bath.
There are three ways to rinse off from a day at the beach. Indoor and outdoor showers provide convenience, while the handcrafted Balinese natural stone baths offer a chance to soak the stress away.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would not have had to see another soul unless they wanted to–even when going for a swim. A private plunge pool and lounge is a part of this premium villa experience.
A Unique Barefoot Luxury Experience
Staying on North Island is always all-inclusive, and there are several additional spa treatments available that can be personalized to the needs of each guest. Escaping to this beach allows nature to clear the mind while the body is properly pampered.
Vacationers who tire of lounging under graceful punka fans can take a picnic on the beach or observe the many species of birds that call this island home. Every villa also gets its own golf cart for easy island exploring. There is also a certified dive-center on site for anyone who elects to do some world-class scuba diving.
Premium Service in an Environmentally-Friendly Setting
It is impossible not to feel special staying at a place like this. The service and dining are unparalleled. One recent traveler to the island, who vacationed with his family in a villa, remarked, "our butler was great, always one call away, always ready to be of service in any way he could."
Guests that stay here seem to especially enjoy the little things that make North Island special. There are friendly sea turtles that greet newcomers outside the villas, and fresh water bottles are placed everywhere by unseen staff throughout the day.
It comes as no surprise that Prince William and Kate Middleton selected the "3rd Best Hotel in the World" according to Condé Nast Traveller Readers in their 2014 awards. This ultimate lover's paradise starts at $8,600 per night.
Photos Courtesy of Booking.com.