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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 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.

Book North Island using Marriott Bonvoy points

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.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (May 2022)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 bonus points and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

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 and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

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

Comments (196)

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  • Also says:

    OT but Accor related
    With Accor’s Miles+Points deal with Flying Blue, when booking a flight with AF or KLM, do I need to use my Flying Blue number as me FF details or can I credit to something else (e.g. Virgin) and still earn the bonus Accor points?
    The Ts and Cs say you Flying Blue number must be “presented when booking”, but if I’ve logged in via my Flying Blue account in order to book then surely they would know it? And then I could credit elsewhere?

    • marcw says:

      I believe it’s a FlyingBlue-ALL Accor deal, so your Flying Blue account is “linked” to ALL Accor, and you only get extra ALL accor points when flying with Flying Blue. ALL Accor doesn’t know when you’re are flying with KLM.AF with other FFP.

      • Lady London says:

        You have to link the accounts as well it doesn’t happen automatically.

        • marcw says:

          Yes, but you link it with your FlyingBlue number. That’s why I think it won’t receive ALL Accor points if you fly AF/KLM but you credit to Vrigin Club.

  • SteveD says:

    OT Thistle

    Anyone know if Thistle will charge my card now for a Hotel & Parking stay in October? Or if not, will they be able to do so if I call the hotel and ask them to?

    Looking to take advantage of the Thistle deal on my Amex. T&Cs say credit card guarantee is required, but deal is cancellable until day of arrival…
    Thanks.

  • Hugh says:

    OT: I have never booked car hire through the BA site before. On the page which shows suitable cars, under executive benefits section it says minimum Avios 700 etc, but on the right hand side it quotes the Avios as just being the same as the booking price (way less). Which should I believe?

    • Hugh says:

      Ignore that! I hadn’t read the bit that said this is in addition to the Avios shown! sorry!!

  • Mike says:

    OT: Just recieved a randon 4000 Skywards miles in my Emirates account together with a ‘we haven’t seen you in a while, have some free miles’ email…

  • BJ says:

    OT: New safety concerns for 737 MAX
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51499777

    • maccymac says:

      There is a real issue with the culture at Boeing. They’ve had debris issues with their 787 as well. They need a root and stem overhaul of their management.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/20/business/boeing-dreamliner-production-problems.html

    • Lady London says:

      I hope someone kindly posts an alert on here as soon as Ryanair takes any delivery of any type of 737 max because occasionally I take a Ryanair flight if I’m desperate for options – but won’t take any flight at all with Ryanair in case of getting that aircraft once they have them.

      This whole 737 Max saga has got to make one question the effectiveness of US aviation regulators. Also something seriously wrong at Boeing looks to be the case if at least one airline has in their contract that they won’t accept aircraft from the Boeing Charlotte plant.

      • BJ says:

        I think we also have to be concerned about BA. The backlog on a320 family is huge so BA and IB might have little option except to use the 737 MAX planes they have on ‘order’.

  • lgflyer says:

    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.

      • lgflyer says:

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

  • Don says:

    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.

    • Rhys says:

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

      • Don says:

        Done.

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

        • mark2 says:

          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.

          • Don says:

            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!

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