Staying in a North Island beach hut allows you to take part in a remarkable story of conservation. This island in the Seychelles was once full of coconut trees, people and animals working to supply the industrial coconut industry. But that collapsed in the 1970s and the island was deserted by industry. The damage done to the original ecosystem was substantial with foreign species and plants outgrowing, out-foraging and straight-up eating their rivals. Over the last 30 years, a painstaking effort to preserve the unique ecosystem and reverse the damage has taken place and the North Island Hotel is part of that. Your villa is made from the wood of foreign tree species, your food is grown on the island or fished from the sea and transport around the island is by electric buggy. You can dive in clear waters and explore the solid snake of coral that coils around the island. It is also an opportunity to come close to endangered species of bird and tortoises the island is now home to.