This private island retreat in the Seychelles was the honeymoon escape for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 – and tops many a bucket list the world over. With only 11 villas, North Island’s 200-odd hectares of jungly mountain and sugary beaches, set in the small constellation of verdant granite isles that makes up the Seychelles, contain a surfeit of something special – a potent alchemy of privacy, isolation, extravagance and adventure. Underpinning this is a serious mission: comprehensive wilderness and wildlife rehabilitation, so a stay here is as much about discovering animals – from whale sharks to giant tortoises – as relaxing in beautiful surroundings and forgetting the bustle of life.
How To Spend It is auctioning a seven-night stay here for two in aid of Save the Children in an online sale hosted by Christie’s – now live and ending on Thursday December 11. Bidding starts from £11,000 at www.christies.com/htsi. For more information, visit our How To Give It page.