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03/28/2008   Islands in a Dream

by Kate Siber, Outside's Go Magazine

North Island, The Seychelles - It's nearly impossible to consider private islands without the Seychelles coming to mind. The cluster of 115 islands off the southeast coast of Africa virtually defines the category-a white-sand, azure water archetype. In the last ten years, Wilderness Safaris, southern Africa's largest outfitter, transformed North Island from a prime piece of real estate into perhaps the planet's most astonishing getaway. The island's original habitat was restored by introducing indigenous plants displaced by plantation crops, as well as native fauna like Seychelles white-eyes. The architects lived on the island for a full two years before commencing plans for the ecolodge, ensuring that each of the 11 villas would complement the landscape. The result is a play of textures like mother-of-pearl chandeliers, teakand- rosewood floors, and ylang-ylang roofs. Amenities include a full-service spa and a library stocked with unusual games and historic maps. And the dive center provides trips to reefs swimming with sweetlips, spotted eagle rays, and whitetip reef sharks. From $2,486 per person, per night; north-island. com; book through Discover Africa; discoverafrica.net