We have had a fantastic week's holiday in this idyllic setting on Silhouette Island.
Our flight from Dubai was delayed by several hours and instead of catching the 2.30 boat we were panicking about missing the final boat at 5.00pm. Thankfully we got through Mahe airport promptly and our transport was waiting and a journey of 30 mins ensued. This took us past 'little Ben' in Victoria. We arrived at the jetty and had a complimentary welcome drink in a comfortable lounge area. Thankfully they were holding the boat for us and four other new guests. Of course, this delayed other people who had arrived on time for a 5,00 departure. The late departure meant that after a short time we were in the dark and the crossing was very choppy as the sea was rough. The crew were very competent and guided the boat expertly. There are no visible lights anywhere on the approach to the island until you are turning into the small harbour. The boat sped through the waves and after 40 minutes we arrived at Silhouette Island. We were welcomed with a refreshing hot towel and quickly transferred to our buggy. We were taken to our villa with all the main areas of the resort pointed out to us as we travelled along.
We had a wonderful beach front villa, number 240. It was truly 5 star luxury. The villa was spotlessly clean and spacious and there was a complimentary bottle of wine and a plate of fruit waiting for us. A lovely touch which was much appreciated. The villa consisted of a large lounge/bedroom area. A huge bed and a range of lighting all very accessible from the prone position. The view from the bed was brilliant, you could see and hear the waves lapping on the beach, very soothing and relaxing. This led to a large veranda and decking area with a fan, outside lighting, (dimmed as a conservation measure for the turtles) two lounge chairs and two padded sun-loungers. This led to a small garden area and access to the beach. A further two sun loungers were available for the beach area. The front of the villa consisted of a dressing area, two wardrobes, long mirror and access to the bathroom. This was very luxurious and consisted of 'his n her' sinks, a large shower area and a large roll-top bath. Excellent toiletries complimented the surroundings and these were replenished on a regular basis. This led to another decking area with an outside shower, two further padded sun-loungers and a pool area. The pool is 4 feet deep and lovely for cooling off in the privacy of your own accommodation.
The complex consists of a pool area and was very well maintained. We only used the pool on a couple of occasions but there was no problem getting a sun-bed. There were plenty of shaded spots and a variety of other areas to sit and relax.
There are 5 restaurants to choose from. We ate at Cafe Dauban and enjoyed a buffet style meal. We tried to eat outside if we could or under a fan if we were inside. There was plenty of choice to suit all nationalities and I counted 18 different desserts, all beautifully created and presented The food does have a theme each evening: Creole, BBQ, Arabic, European and we were impressed by the quality. A new head chef is a large presence during evening meal and ensures everything is running smoothly. We were half board so made sure we had a large breakfast, open until 11.00am, almost brunch. Again, the choice was excellent, I particularly enjoyed the freshly made waffles, pancakes and crepes. The egg station also proved popular, I recommend the poached eggs!
We spent our time mainly on the beach outside our villa. It was literally seconds away. The sea is not very deep and the sand is cleaned naturally by the sea each day. It is soft and white and leads to the sparkling, clear waters of the warm Indian Ocean. We walked along the pristine beach along to the large boulders which are synonymous with the island. We spent time on our inflatables and went snorkelling, just off the reef ,and saw a large variety of multi-coloured fish. The sea has a brilliant turquoise blue to it and is very inviting. The beach shelves quite steeply at first but soon levels out and I would suggest you wear something on your feet if you are going to wade out to the reef.
Our holiday centred on the beach. However, we also went on a couple of treks to other parts of the island. These were short trails, easy to navigate and led to some gorgeous beaches and trecked through the natural vegetation. I rode a bike (no charge) to explore the island and ventured into the 'village' to see the school, the local population, the giant tortoise enclosure and the Island Conservation Society information centre and office. This is well worth a visit and has the famed coco-de- mer on display. We also played tennis and all equipment was provided - again free of charge.
All the staff were friendly, courteous and very hardworking. They were keen to please and couldn't do enough to ensure we had the best possible time. Housekeeping service was very efficient, calling in twice each day so everything was very clean. We did not see any ants or other insects inside the villa.
The staff were very professional and made sure we were well looked after wherever we went. Many thanks to Raj, Ragu, Nawal, Sandra in the restaurant and Igor in the bar. We made good use of the happy hour at Lo Brizan bar enjoying discounted cocktails. The warm evenings made it easy to venture to the bar where there is a variety of wonderful seating areas, we usually made ourselves at home in the gazebo.
We visited the amazing Spa which is built into the natural surroundings. There you can relax and use the sauna, steam room , jaccuzi and infinity pool or choose one of the many treatments.
All in all a fantastic holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Hilton Seychelles Labriz Hotel
- Hilton Seychelles Labriz Hotel Silhouette Island
- Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort And Spa
- Super 8 Mahe Island
- Labriz Silhouette Mahe Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is nestled on the famous white sand shore of Silhouette Island surrounded by lush jungle, magnificent mountains and a rich cultural heritage.Discover a wealth of choice in an idyllic setting. Savour Créole specialties and the freshest locally-caught seafood at our seven restaurants and bars. Tone up in the high-tech Fitness Centre or dive into a 5-star PADI training course. For ultimate bliss,experience the rejuvenating rituals of Silhouette Spa. We are delighted to welcome you to Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa and hope to make your stay effortless, happy and memorable. ... more less
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