North Island Resort now bookable for 358,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night!

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You may have heard of North Island Resort in the Seychelles.  If the name rings a bell, it is because it is where Prince William went on honeymoon, as did George and Amal Clooney.  It is situated 30km from Mahe Island, the capital of the Seychelles.

The resort website is here and it looks like this:

Book North Island with Marriott Bonvoy points

North Island Resort has a grand total of 11 rooms across its 500 acres.

‘Rooms’ is perhaps understating it, however.  The 11 villas are each 450 sq m, so about 6x the size of the average new-build UK house.

It is reassuringly expensive as you would expect, with rates – see here – at €6,500 per night before a 15% tax and 6% service charge.  That is £6,765 per night all-in.  If your children are 12+ there is an extra charge.

If you want to read a review, my friend and occasional HFP commentator Tom has been a couple of times.  He reviewed it on his blog – which is probably the worlds biggest source of private island resort reviews written by the same person – here and here.

Last February, as we covered at the time, ASMALLWORLD took over management of North Island.  Our 2019 article covers this in more detail, including its links to Harvey Weinstein and its ‘Facebook for rich kids’ history.

ASMALLWORLD decided to add North Island to “The Luxury Collection”, one of Marriott’s brands.  It has now become bookable on Marriott Bonvoy points!

Don’t rush to book though.  The cost is 358,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night:

North Island now bookable with Marriott Bonvoy points

The 2-bedroom villas will sleep four people, but even adjusting for that it is not exactly a bargain.  On the other hand, if you are one of those HFP readers who spends six-figures each month on credit cards (hello heavy Google and Facebook advertisers) then this could be for you.

Here’s the thing.  Given my valuation of 0.5p per Marriott Bonvoy point, this is actually a good deal.

Compared to paying £6,765 in cash, you are using £1,790-worth of Marriott Bonvoy points.  That is a pretty chunky saving.  In reality, the saving is less as Marriott appears to be selling the hotel for a little less than rack rate.

Redemption rooms only include breakfast so you are on the hook for your other meals.  You also need to pay for a helicopter transfer (€814 each way, per family group) and of course get to the Seychelles in the first place.

The North Island section of the Marriott website is here.

Book North Island using Marriott Bonvoy points

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. OT: My BA flight back to LGW on the 9th Feb was cancelled due to Storm Ciara. I managed to fly back booking my own ticket with another airline so all I got from BA was a refund of the ticket. I remember reading here that BA credits the avios and tier points in case of IRROPS, but BA customer services just rejected my request and say they only apply the avios credit when they put me on alternative flights. Can I do anything?

    • Lady London says:

      When you take a refund you release all claim on BA etc. So I would say you’re stuck with it now.

      • I requested the original route credit and got the response before actually agreeing to the refund. Don’t think it matters…

  2. Any Monese referral codes or promotions?
    Will it work with Hilton top-up as MCC 6012?

    By the way, Revolut still telling me they are trying to fix the Visa CC top up. Not that its in the bin. But considering the history of this company…worthless.

    • Feel free to pay your HFP subscription by using Rob’s: ROBE820

      • Done.

        Is it easy to send money to UK bank account and do the run around with Monese like it was with Revolut?

        • No.

        • It is very easy to use Monese to transfer to another bank or use FastPay to pay credit card or any bill (like Billhop only cheaper). Not sure if that is what you mean.

          • Does it need to be a UK card charging Curve? That seems unlikely? Or were you thinking of the cost to transfer it overseas?

            Just looking to top-up my £600, send some of it to my bank and not find its stuck in Monese!

  3. OT: Can you still the IHG card via Curve for cash withdraws?

    • You can still get cash withdrawals, I’m just waiting for my next statement to find out if there are now any fees incurred, though I think it was Revolut causing issues, not Curve.

  4. OT:

    Remember a while ago there was a special offer on Amex giving an extra 50% Hilton Honours Points when you transferred your Membership Reward Points to Hilton?

    Is that something that Hilton / Bonvoy / Radisson do frequently or was that a once-in-a-blue-moon type of offer?

    Also – anyone got any hotel tips for Croatia (planning a Dubrovnik – Zagreb trip for September.

    • Charlieface says:

      There wasn’t any Amex bonuses at all for a very long time, a few years, then in the last couple years there has been a Hilton and Marriott approx yearly, although it’s usually targetted.
      Sheraton Dubrov on points is supposed to be a good shout.

    • I have stayed at the Grand Villa Argentina in Dubrovnik a couple of times. Its fabulous with its own sea terrace and pool, accessed by lots of steps or by a lift that you access through a James Bond Villain-esqe tunnel. A couple of restaurants. Short walk down into the old town. No loyalty opportunities AFAIK as its part of a small private group

    • The Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is lovely – I stayed there twice while I had Diamond status – the exec lounge has a balcony with fantastic views of the sea and the old town walls, and I got a corner suite upgrade one night, which I was delighted with!
      If planning to stop at Plitvice lakes, stay overnight by the lakes, and see the lakes at the crack of dawn, before the tour buses arrives – it can get hellishly busy!
      Enjoy – I’m going back in October half term!

      • Hi Cat, any thoughts on whether it’d be any good with a toddler?

        • That I’m not sure about – my sister is a massive advocate of getting an AirBnB apartment when we go anywhere with my nieces, so it’s rare that I’ve attempted a hotel with little ones. It is very central, so plonking baby in your choice of carrier and going to see the sights would be very easy.
          I’m probably the wrong person to ask about this, sorry!

  5. RE: BA Exec Club Avios for AirBNB bookings:

    LST wrote yesterday:
    “Hi. I usually send them the tracking ID number (you can’t see it on the app) and that shows that you have clicked through. That has always sorted the problem.”

    What is the tracking ID and how do I find it on the desktop version of the airbnb website?
    or is this from the BA exec club site?

    Issue is the landing page (https://airbnb.pvxt.net/c/1397057/567379/4273?sharedid=BAEC&u=https://www.airbnb.com/s/homes) does not require a prior log in

  6. OT – how do people get the cash out of Monese once they have topped up via “cash” paypoint ?

  7. On the subject of Accor, I purchased the Ibis business card today from an ibis (as my online account wouldn’t allow it). The lady who processed it said that you get refunded £20 of the £65 fee after two weeks. Still to see but if so, £45 for Accor gold would work our great for me as we will be staying in Pullman, fairmont, swissotel and Novotel over the next year. A room upgrade itself will more than make it up. Just an FYI for anyone who was interested in it.

  8. Shoestring says:

    PayPal find in my favour vs the scamster on the submersible pump, payment refunded to card

    • Harry, what do you use all your amazon gc for?

      • Shoestring says:

        mostly (but not all) buying stuff for personal use – sad but true we buy so much stuff with a voracious wife and even more voracious teenage daughter, & the prices can usually be unbeatable with the 10+% discount factored in

        I recently kitted myself out in adidas stuff as I am taking up running again (I used to run for Bucks when I was a kid), just waiting for the slightly drier weather 🙂

      • Well, we all know what he uses most of it for 🙂

  9. OT: Tesco pet insurance (for the benefit of other procrastinators like me). 14 month old house cat central Edinburgh postcode with £200 excess came in at £4.60 via double dip route.

  10. OT @Shoestring, not sure if your kids use South Western Rail to go to school but if so then there is an article on MSE about how to claim five days extra compensation for December disruption.

    • Shoestring says:

      GWR but unfortunately GWR season ticket compo has rules of its own, they average out disruption over the term of the season ticket (it seems) so even 3 or 5 days of disruption doesn’t mean you will get compo

      in a way, I get their thinking – my kids can take any train, any time – and most days of disruption, only a few trains suffer delays

      still a pain with all the hanging about for them & not least me

      • That’s a bummer, don’t see why they should be able to do that. It’s just an avoidance tactic, if passengers are inconvenienced for 5 days then they are inconvenienced regardless of how great things might be every other day. Also your kids cannot really travel any time, they are going to school so need to travel at certain times regardless of what tickets allow. Same with workers, ticket may let them travel any time but most need to do so before 9 and after 5. If train operators reap the benefit of peak fares they should also have to accept the responsibility for getting passengers where they need to be at certain times.

        • Shoestring says:

          my daughter went up to Exeter by train with her pals yesterday for a shopping trip – I suspect a few boys got invited as well! – and on the way back got stuck at Liskeard, all trains cancelled. There was a terrific thunderstorm and in the house we got power cut off twice; the GWR signal box also got hammered. And by the other inevitable laws, she lost all power to her iPhone at a crucial time so couldn’t communicate. We pretty much knew where she was, though it was getting on 10pm-ish, GWR communication was dire, where’s that train/ girl? My wife had told her to get a taxi, bloody hell I was thinking, no need for that, £60-75, but fortunately she turned up at the station, waiting.

          • Sounds like your troubles are just beginning Harry.

          • Shoestring says:

            cost something like £5 to swim so I told her to get the lengths in – fnaarh fnaarh – she used to swim for Cornwall so can do lengths

  11. OT: Amex platinum insurance. I had a flight from JFK-YVR, followed by YVR-HKG a couple of days later. Now Cathay has scrapped JFK-YVR route and rebooked me on YVR-HKG a day later (the original dates didn’t have the cabin I was originally booked for). Having expedia in picture doesn’t help, as they are useless beyond imagination and claim that I can only request a refund or travel YVR-HKG or get rebooked on JFK-HKG. I need to be in YVR and I’m wondering if getting there from JFK is something that Amex insurance would cover.

    • I’d be interested to know more about the ticket situation, as to whether Cathay do have the right to modify your trip in that way (whether it’s a single ticket where your contract is just JFK-HKG, or not, given the long stopover, how you created itinerary, etc). And whether you’ve requested a fix from Cathay, as you don’t specify.

      But as for Amex, I can’t think of anything whatsoever in the insurance terms that would pay out here, aside from their standard travel inconvenience for the delay (though no harm in asking them).

      Can’t say with 100% certainty though. Brighter minds, feel free to chime in.

      • It’s a stopover. The itinerary is JFK-YVR-HKG-HAN. According to flyertalk, CX rerouted people on AC from EWR, but since I have a completely useless travel agent in between, it’s incredibly difficult to do anything…

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