A few weeks ago I enjoyed my first ever trip to the Seychelles.
Once we landed in Mahe, the country’s capital, we took a boat 20km across the sea to our first hotel, Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa. Little spoiled by man, Silhouette Island, where the hotel is situated, has remained somewhat a sanctuary for nature, making Hilton Labriz the destination of choice if you’re looking for a outdoorsy holiday, packed with nature-fuelled activities.
Once home to pirates and plantations, and now home to the Seychellois and their 125-year old giant tortoises, Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa is the only resort on this entire island. Surrounded by the coral barrier reef, the only way to get there is by boat, adding a super exclusive, private and secluded feel to your trip.
Made up of 117 stunning and spacious villas, take your pick of a garden view room, nestled away in the jurassic jungle-covered slopes, or a sea view room, where your bedroom door opens up onto a beach of powdery white sand and a translucent blue ocean. The inside of the rooms are stunning: spacious, huge double beds, and even an outdoor shower! But the one thing I will say is make sure you turn all the lights off before leaving your room at night, or you’ll come back to a swarm of flies and mosquitos, which have somehow found their way through all the nooks and crannies, ready to feast on your flesh all night – trust me, I’m speaking from experience….
The hotel comes ecquipt with seven different eateries, including Lo Brizan – the restaurant next to the pool, which is perfect for a lunchtime salad and a cocktail; Portabello – a fine dining Italian restaurant serving all your fave dishes with a side of vino rosso; and Sakura – an open kitchen and sushi bar, boasting a delicious menu of all thing Japanese.
Diving, hiking, fishing and snorkelling are just a few of the many activities the hotel has to offer. I absolutely loved the cooking class at Cafe Dauban, where the island chefs taught us how to make local dishes, like traditional Creole curry and banana pudding. We were also taken out on a nature excursion through the Silhouette Island, which was a great way to get your body moving and enjoy a more intimate experience with the island.
It’s certainly not hard to recalibrate the mind, body and soul amid the spa at Hilton Labriz, which is snuggled in the hillside, amid Seychelles’ natural beauty. I visited the spa twice on my trip here, and I can say with ease that there is nothing more relaxing that enjoying a full body massage whilst listening to the plinking and plonking of the jungle rain outside. After your treatment, you’ll be shown the relaxation room to sip on fresh ginger and honey tea, whilst basking in the tranquillity and feeling of wellbeing.
Through the spa, you can also book a private or group yoga class, where the teacher will adapt the session to suit your proficiency level.
Skirt: Forever 21
Thank you to Hilton Labriz and Seychelles Tourism Board for having us