One of Seychelles oldest resorts, the Northolme overlooks a perfect piece of bay straight out of a James Bond movie (no surprise that Ian Fleming, for which a villa is named, used to stay here). Renovated by Hilton, each of the 40 all-wooden villas is exquisitely appointed and situated to maximize privacy and views. The gleaming wooden interiors are beautiful if a bit on the dark side for some tastes, and decorated in deep and vibrant colors, achieving an elegant while
lush and tropical effect. Private balconies with oversize daybeds make yet another great place to relax. The grounds are lovely and relatively compact (no need to summon a golf cart to fetch you every time you want to go somewhere), and include some unique botanical features like one of the world's few cannonball trees. Snorkeling from the beach is some of the best in the area, and the bolder-strewn beaches are wonderfully private.