These luxury island resorts have been selected based on the criteria of luxury, desirability, price and breathtaking beauty. We also sought to offer a representative selection from across the world. Matthew King, Editor

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North Island, Seychelles

North Island is a conservation oriented resort offering extreme luxury, tempered by a rustic, natural mindset. Hauntingly beautiful, it offers guests the rare experience of an unspoilt tropical island, located deep within the Indian Ocean.

Each of the 11 guest villas, set facing a pristine beach, is designed to celebrate nature and offer an authentic home away from home ambience. Exceptional service, fine dining and a vintage cellar rounds off the charms of this delightful island.

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North Island is also increasingly gaining a reputation as a very special destination. Prince William and Kate Middleton spent their honeymoon at North Island and the couple had told staff that they had had the time of their lives.

Cost wise, for high season you are looking at just under $4,600 per adult, per night, for the exclusive villa 11. While Villas 1 to 10 cost approximatly $2912 per adult, less for teens and children.

The Seychelles comprise 115 islands, located about 1500km east of mainland Africa and there are regular flights to the capital Mahe via Singapore, Dubai and Doha.