Update: The included activities and meals for points stays have been updated below.
The North Island Resort in the Seychelles recently joined Marriott and is by far and away the most luxurious Marriott property. With just 11 villas on the island, it’s considered one of the top hotels in the world. Each villa has a butler, private pool, and direct beach access.
Included with the rate:
- Private butler 24/7
- Complimentary use of one island buggy per villa
- Island “a la carte” breakfast in the privacy of your villa or at our restaurant “LaidBack”
- Complimentary guided hikes, morning yoga sessions or snorkeling upon request
- Access to all our children facilities, kids club, and unique activities such as tortoise adoption, tree planting, treasure hunts and much more including our program for children aged five years and above with our child activities minder.
- Complimentary laundry service
- All non-motorized activities and equipment: stand up paddle, 24h gym, kayaks, bicycles
Paid rates are in the realm of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” 5 nights would set you back some 32,210.20 Euros after tax, or about $34,785!
That covers up to 4 adults or kids in the 2 bedroom villa:
Or, you can use 1,705,000 Marriott points. That’s a value of 2.04 cents per Marriott point.
My value for Marriott points has dropped from 0.8 cents to about 0.6 cents after recent devaluations, so that would be like spending $10,230 of points.
A bargain compared to the paid rates I suppose, but still an insane amount of points to spend on 5 nights in a hotel. The 5th night free award only discounts 85K points, which is probably because that’s the top category award on the Marriott award chart and they’re assessing an upgrade fee on top of that to book this property. The points upgrade fee isn’t subject to 5th night free.
But your stay still won’t be free. You’ll also need to shell out 1,628 Euros, about $1,758 for the short round-trip helicopter transfer from Seychelles airport to the island. That fee covers up to 4 passengers.
Flying Emirates Shower Class via Dubai to the North Island Resort on points might just be the pinnacle of this hobby. Stop off at the all inclusive Al Maha resort in Dubai, which is a real Marriott points bargain at 85K points for a $2K all-inclusive villa and you’ll have sealed the deal.
You can also fly Etihad via Abu Dhabi, Kenya via Nairobi, Qatar via Doha, Air France via Paris, British Airways via London, Ethiopian via Addis Ababa, Air Seychelles from Johannesburg, Mumbai, or Tel Aviv, Condor from Frankfurt, SriLanken via Colombo, Swiss/Edelweiss via Zurich, or Turkish via Istanbul with one stop from the US to the Seychelles.
Marriott cards include:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Consumer Card Read more about the limited time offer on this card here.
- Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express®Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card
- Here is a comparison of all Marriott cards.
Anyone want to guess see how long it will take for a reader to do this and share a trip report on the DansDeals Forums?
Will you spend that many Marriott points to stay at the North Island Resort?