Need to know
Ten Presidential villas and one North Island villa.
11am; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both times are flexible, subject to availability, but late-check out after 5.30pm will be charged for an additional night's stay.
Double rooms from $6669.61 (€5,923), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include local tax, a three per cent service charge, all meals and most drinks (bar some top-drawer wine, champagne and spirits), your island and activities (scuba diving, daily yoga, half-day fishing and one spa treatment each).
In-villa massages and beauty treatments can be arranged in the blink of an eye.
At the hotel
PADI dive centre (with lessons included); spa (with a 30-minute pampering session each for guests staying in a Presidential Villa and a 60-minute treatment each for guests in the Villa North Island); North Island boutique; gym; free daily group yoga; free watersports (sea kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding); free bicycles to borrow, sunset cruises, and guided walks; free laundry services. In rooms: free WiFi, desk, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, an island buggy to use for the duration of your stay.
Our favourite rooms
There are no duds in this billion-dollar bunch: any of the 11 villas will more than do (trust us).
Take a dip in the infinity pool near the spa – it comes with the requisite life-changing views, of course. Each villa also has its own small pool.
Even a frazzled, off-duty monarch-in-training would be wooed by North Island’s soothing, ocean-spying spa, which uses oceanic Thalgo marine spa products in its indulgent treatments. (If leaving your villa seems a tad too onerous, request an in-villa rub, scrub or facial.) Ease yourself into the day with morning yoga, or hit the gym and give the state-of-the-art Technogym equipment a workout.
Deliberately ‘forget’ your swimwear, sun towel and/or beach accessories: you’ll have no choice but to stock up on new ones from North Island’s enticing boutique.
Any guest under 19 must be accompanied by two paying adults, who'll need to stay in the same Presidential Villa. For 17–19 year olds, each extra bed is from €793 a night.
Lucky little Smiths: if they’re 16-and-under, they can stay for free. Children can only stay in the Presidential Villas, which sleep two adults and two little Smiths. Babysitting is free (trained childminders can also be arranged, for an extra cost).
Any of the 10 Presidential villas will wow you. Children can only stay in the Presidential Villas, which sleep two adults and two kids.
The hotel’s North Island Bush Buddy programme gives your little Smiths the chance to take part in an array of activities both on dry land and in the water. (All the activities are fully supervised, so frazzled parents can enjoy some alone time if they wish.) Options include fun lessons on the island’s ecology, pizza-making classes, pirate treasure hunts, snorkelling and diving, beach volleyball, tot-tailored spa treatments and more.
The West Beach Bar will woo junior eaters with its pizzas, salads and snacks.
Free babysitting can be arranged; if you want a trained babysitter, one can be arranged for an additional cost.
No need to pack
The hotel has travel cots, pint-sized bicycles and baby bath products. Toys and games for older ones are provided.
Borrow a baby monitor if you need one. There's a €793 nightly charge for teens aged 17 to 19.
Very: the hotel runs a conservation and island-rehabilitation programme called ‘Noah’s Ark’. North Island’s admirable philosophy is two-fold: to honour the environment above all else, and to endeavour to turn back the ecological clock.