Staying in the Seychelles08/11/2019
Debby, our Direct Reservations Manager shares her experiences, from her recent stay at two of the luxurious properties in our Seychelles collection. Read on to discover what you can look forward to when staying in the Seychelles...
As you drive to the tip of Beau Vallon Bay and down a steep drive, you are surrounded by luxurious treehouse-style villas, but something is missing - yes, its children and it's so peaceful.
The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is for me - after having bought up my children and now having the delights of grandchildren, a wonderful place to enjoy a childfree zone (children under 14 are not allowed to stay at the resort).
This resort is so idyllic, and as you spot the stunning infinity pool with wonderful beds to lie on, you just want to be lying there with a book in hand just relaxing in the surroundings. But... alas work must be done! Walking around, it was soon apparent this truly luxurious 5-star retreat with crystal clear water, stunning views and individual villas simply won't disappoint.
As we make our way to the spa, (just to tease us once again) we pass a staff member laying down a mat for guests to tee off. Found that a little strange as there was not a golf course or even a putting green in sight. We were informed, however, that this was a way to feed the fish (obviously the golf balls were not real, they were eco-friendly). I couldn't resist and after a dummy practise shot, I was really proud as I hit the ball, and it went high and far into the sea. Job done. Maybe I should take up golf!
As for the spa, I can tell you that you will not be disappointed by one of the 3 treatment rooms overlooking the ocean. But alas we couldn't stay as it was now time for lunch in one of their ocean-view restaurants.
Sadly, it was now time to leave the Hilton Northolme behind and head for a night at Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa on Silhouette Island (but hopefully we will be back one day soon to sample more of their pampering).
After leaving Hilton Northolme, within 15 minutes we arrive at Belombre Jetty where our luggage is taken from us and with a welcome drink in our hand, we do our check-in for Hilton Labriz. As we sit waiting for the boat enjoying the sunshine, we are offered cookies and more drinks.
After my journey earlier that morning from Praslin to Mahe, I wait with a little trepidation as the seas are quite choppy, but with sea bands on and travel-sick pills along with the glass of wine at lunch - I am ready for anything! After all the journey only takes 40 minutes. Phew, no problem whatsoever - we arrive on a lovely airconditioned boat, to be greeted by a banner welcoming us and various members of staff waving (now I know how the royals feel, except they would have been arriving by helicopter I imagine).
We were quickly whisked away on buggies, and on route to our accommodation, we saw some locals who live on the island enjoying life on the beach. Before long we arrived at our stunning villas. Wow! As I arrive in my beautiful villa for the night, I am amazed by the size of the room - it's such a shame I haven't got someone to share it with!
I am lucky enough to have a pool and promise myself I will get up early in the morning to test the water (this didn't happen but next time perhaps). We did, however, manage a stroll on the beach after a wonderful breakfast and after a few attempts at trying to get in the hammocks elegantly, we eventually succeed with dignity still intact.
The resort is large and well spread out and we are thankful for the bikes parked outside our rooms, as well as the water bottles left in our rooms to refill at several water stations free of charge - what a wonderful touch.
Labriz is a beautiful resort with stunning beaches as well as what feels like a jungle with several different treks for those who are more adventurous, although please don't go without a guide. The last customer that did that had to be rescued and was missing for 24 hours... so you could end up staying far longer than you intended!!
For me, the spa sounded far more appealing. Set within the cliff and surrounded by the jungle, and as we climbed the steps up to the spa reception and further on to our treatment rooms, I was thankful for the lie-down and rest as I had the most wonderful massage.
Before we know it the time has come to leave and be whisked away back to the Mahe and I just feel sorry I didn't have longer to explore and experience this wonderful island.
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