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Wow, and we thought our luxury travel auctions were the best-kept secret in luxury travel, but it appears there’s another contender. How do you fancy booking into to a $7,000/night Private Island Villa without spending any cash at all and by booking in on your Marriott Bonvoy points!

North Island, one of the world’s top private island resorts in the Seychelles, announced it was joining Marriott’s The Luxury Collection. There are only 11 rooms (starting at 5000 square feet) and rates can hover above $7000 a night.

Even though not all Marriott hotels participate in Bonvoy “like Ritz-Carlton Reserve and BVLGARI”, according to View from the Wing, North Island will be joining the program. This news came straight from the mouth of a Marriott spokesperson.

View from the Wing says that travel blogger Lucky suggests 10 of the hotel’s 11 properties are standard rooms and that these rooms will all be bookable on points, theoretically for a category 8 points price.

What we do know is that the hotel is expected to participate but it won’t be entering the program until the end of the year (and that could get pushed). We do not know if Marriott will introduce a new higher redemption tier or whether there will be more than a single room available, but it might be worth holding off spending your points until we know

Of note: inclusions for all paid guests have to be honoured on award nights and this hotel offers,

Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks plus cocktails (with the exception of high-end premium wines and champagnes on the reserve list)
All scuba diving courses, scuba diving activities and snorkelling in and around the North Island & Silhouette dive sites
All activities including sea kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, bicycles, sunset cruises, guided walks and fully equipped gymnasium
A complimentary welcome treatment at the Spa
Daily complimentary group yoga classes every morning
Shore-based fishing on North Island and half day fishing trips
The use of one “North Island Buggy” per villa for the duration of your stay
In-villa wireless Internet connection
Laundry
So even if just one room here gets offered, or there’s a new redemption category to cover the property, it’s something to get excited about Marriott Bonvoy over, goodness knows there haven’t been enough of those lately.

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