This was our second trip to Labriz and as long-termers to the Seychelles we know most of the islands well. We have to say that the service was absolutely excellent this time, nothing was too much trouble for the new team, now under Hilton's control. This started with our pre-arrival requests via email where Gibson helped with advanced menu information and he very kindly met all our room requirements and even pre-booked a couple of the restaurants for us, so all was exactly right for us on arrival. The good service continued on resort with the management teams attention to detail.
We were lucky enough to have a pool villa and the extra private space they allow (private pool, gazebo, huge decking area and garden + a very large stylish room) is worth the extra if you like to be tucked away in your own space as we do.
A long, relaxed evening meal is important to us, and we also enjoy trying different places, so the new dine around option is a big plus, if you pre-book your half board option you can now dine at Cafe Duaban (buffet) plus three other restaurants - Portobello (Italian) - Gran Kaz (Seychelles style) - Sankura (Oriental), with most (not all) items on the menu included in the price. The food has also improved since our last visit and we had some great meals during our 11 night stay, although the consistency and flavour of some dishes was variable.
Now Sainte Anne’s has become an ultra expensive all-inclusive we think this is the pick of the inner islands, combine with one of the outer islands (Denis, Bird or Desroche) and a day trip to Praslin/Mahe for a full Seychelles experience.
Here is a quick guide (+ and -) summary for the resort.
+ Ideal for a quiet relaxing holiday on an individual smaller island with no cars and a variety of different private beaches, including some away from all the Villas
- Not best for those who want lots of group activities or entertainment.
+ Easy transfer from the airport to the stylish jetty, it is a classy relaxing place to wait after your long flight.
+ Regular boats so waiting time is relatively short and the boat ride is very enjoyable if the sea isn't too rough
- It can get rough sometimes.
TIP: Take a travel tablet in advance if you suffer from sea-sickness (the other half does and she was fine).
+ Quick direct buggy transfers to your rooms (+ free buggy transfer service during your stay).
- Too many buggies flying around on the path behind the rooms, which means you have to continually watch your back as they are silent!!
+ All the rooms are very nice (spacious and classy with large bathrooms and outside space), but the beach front ones are worth the extra, pool villas are the best if you can afford them - they are superb.
- Some of the garden villas furthest from the beach are near a generator that hums (check with reception).
TIP: People tend to take walks along the beach, some rooms are screened from the beach for extra privacy, others have open sea views, those nearest to the Spa tend to be the quietest, so pre-request what suits you. Also shop around for pricing, there are good deals to be had as it a big resort with lots of rooms to fill.
+ There is a big, good quality pool area (plus bar/Pizza) if this appeals.
+ The snorkelling is great if you can get over the reef where it is simply teeming with fish, I also saw a number of Turtles during our stay. - It is hard to do this from the shore (high tide is best to avoid waves breaking over the reef, but the sea can be rather rough).
- There should be free daily organised snorkelling trips.
TIP – Take your own equipment as hire is expensive and ask the activity team for the weeks tide times, which are printed with daily weather and dining options. Also ensure good footwear if you intend to walk to the reef edge at low tide as there are sea urchins etc.
+ The new dine around scheme is very good with 4 restaurants to choose from, although not exceptional the food is now good. TIP: Pre-book half board and the menu signature dishes appear to be the tastiest.
+ Drinks prices aren’t cheap, but to be fair they are better than most other upmarket resorts in the Seychelles, beer is reasonable at £3.50 a bottle, wine is around £7 a glass.
In summary – Labriz offers a nice middle ground between the outer “whole” island escapism and the convenience of a larger resort with a choice of restaurants. Although this is big resort you can find your own private space to relax and it offers great value if you select one of the many Hilton offers.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Seychelles Labriz Hotel Silhouette Island
- Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort And Spa
- Super 8 Mahe Island
- Labriz Silhouette Mahe Island