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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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  • Ben says:

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

    • Anna says:

      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.

  • Ian says:

    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.

    • Allycat says:

      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

    • Cat says:

      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!

      • Crafty says:

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

        • Cat says:

          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!

  • Nick says:

    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

  • RTS says:

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

  • Zara says:

    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.

  • Shoestring says:

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

    • TonyG says:

      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 🙂

      • BJ says:

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

  • BJ says:

    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.

  • BJ says:

    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

      • BJ says:

        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.

          • BJ says:

            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

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