#SuiteStay: A Postcard-Perfect Seychelles Holiday

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Situated on Silhouette Island, the third-largest island in Seychelles, with two-and-a-half kilometers of postcard-perfect beach and surrounded by the lush greenery of one of the largest National Parks in Seychelles above the water and a sea teaming with beauty in the National Marine Park below, sits the secluded Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz has it all: activities and games to keep you entertained for days, unforgettable excursions, dining choices to suit every palate, a dreamy spa in the rainforest, beaches that look like they came straight off your vision board, and expansive villas giving you every single comfort you can imagine. In short, if you are looking for where to stay for your next trip to paradise, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa ticks all the boxes.

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First Impressions

To get to Silhouette Island, it’s a quick, 40-minute ferry ride from the Bel Ombre Jetty on Mahé (or a 15-minute helicopter ride, if you prefer), and once you arrive, you enter into a secluded and tropical haven where only a handful of local Seychellois live as the official caretakers of the island. Living side-by-side with the local community is the resort, nestled into the foothills of Silhouette’s looming mountain.

On the quick trip via golf cart from the jetty to the resort, you get to pass by the small town complete with school, community center, and clinic, as well as spy a few trails into the rainforest that are calling your name once you’re rested. The Gran Kaz Restaurant also stands as a lovely tribute to Seychellois history (renovated and restored from its days as the plantation home of the Dauban family to a traditional Créole restaurant), serving up delicious, homemade dishes with locally sourced ingredients direct from the island. It also houses a museum for visitors so you can have your food with a slice of culture and history when you visit (and you must visit).

Once you’ve arrived at the resort, you immediately notice how large the property is. There is an organic garden where they grow their own herbs and vegetables that supplement the restaurants, as well as fruit trees around the entire island that are perfectly ripe for picking off a mid-morning or afternoon snack (we were particularly fond of the passionfruit and rose-apple trees). In addition to the vegetation, we loved how many indigenous animals roamed the island freely, like the crabs on Crab Island, the large fruit bats, and colorful birds like the Great Blue Heron or the Green-backed Heron. There were sting rays, baby sharks, and octopuses swimming with the colorful fish in the little bay beneath the bridge, and behind the Kids Club were feisty tortoises that we were allowed to feed every morning.

At the center of the property is an extra-large family pool and an activities hub, but it’s the pristine beach that runs the length of the property that honestly takes your breath away. Inviting hammocks hang from the trees just on the shore, and we can honestly say the crystal water and white sand make up one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen.

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Suite Stay

We opted for a two-bedroom villa with a private pool, and what a spacious choice that was. Both ensuite bedrooms were massive and they were connected by a pleasant seating area between them. We particularly loved the outdoor showers, especially coming in after a dip in the sea for a nice rinse under the blue sky (or stars when it was nighttime), with the smell of jasmine enhancing our experience.

But it was the pool and deck that took our breath away. The pool was larger than our own pool at home, with sun loungers under the sun as well as under cabanas, seating areas for enjoying a cup of coffee, and pool toys for the littlest ones to enjoy. It was completely fenced in, which meant we sacrificed a view for privacy, but honestly, we really didn’t mind. We could easily walk to the beach from our villa and then back to the pool, and we never got tired of soaking up the sun with a good book in our hands.

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Food Matters

Labriz resort offers an abundance of unique dining experiences that cater to every taste and preference. Along with the Gran Kaz Restaurant (which isn’t technically on the resort property, but is close enough to walk to), one of the highlights is the modern Mediterranean and fine-dining Portobello Restaurant, which provides a memorable gastronomic experience. The Asian fusion restaurant, Sakura, invites diners to eat under the moonlight and witness the chefs freshly prepare their meals from the open kitchen and sushi bar. We particularly enjoyed watching the crabs come alive from under our pagoda, and the magical evening was made even better by the beautiful and tasty sushi boat prepared specially by the chef.

The exclusive lakeside Teppanyaki restaurant, on the other hand, offers traditional Japanese live cooking with a very limited number of guests per night, and for a more relaxed evening, guests can head to the Lo Brizan bar for a bit of live music by the pool, while enjoying the spectacular views over the Indian Ocean.

Breakfast is served at Cafe Dauban and has every international flavor you can think of, including local favorites as well as a live crepe station (you can imagine where we gravitated to) and of course, La Pizzeria – which, as the name suggests, is the place to get authentic pizzas and Italian bites freshly prepared using sustainable ingredients and boasting views of Mount Dauban.

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Sweet Surrender

Eforea Spa is, simply put, one of the most stunning spas we’ve ever seen. It’s built into the rocks and foliage at the foot of Mount Dauban, and as you make your way to your private treatment cabin, you feel as if you are trekking into the rainforest. Even the sea feels far away the further you climb into this green fortress of sweet surrender. The architecture is designed to create an organic, raw, and natural ambiance, with a treatment menu from Eforea to match.

In our spacious couples therapy suite, we were given unrivaled views of the jungle-clad slopes of Mount Dauban as well as the Indian Ocean. Every sound, smell, and touch was carefully designed to transport us into a state of complete relaxation, and we were very happy to be along for the ride. The well-trained therapists use a variety of locally sourced products such as Seychellois coconut oil and aloe vera, as well as ELEMIS products for those deep-tissue body massages and refreshing scrubs, wraps, and facial therapies.

After our treatment, we were escorted to another cabin for some tea in the trees as we took in the soothing views of the jungle and sea. It was a wonderfully drizzly day and we never wanted to leave our secret sanctuary, but we were eventually tempted by the outdoor thermal lounge at Degrees. Featuring a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, shower, and plunge pool, it was the perfect complement to our spa experience, designed to bring us closer to the elements of nature.

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Adventure Awaits

If you need more to do than sit on a beach or splash in a pool all day, then Hilton Seychelles Labriz is not short on activities. At the center of the island is a mini golf green, as well as a large (even bigger than what you are imagining right now) trampoline, as well as tennis courts and a brand new padel court. You can also rent bikes and discover the island on wheels at your own leisure. It is also possible to arrange any number of activities at the Silhouette Pavilion, like charter boats to private islands, and scuba and snorkeling excursions (where it’s not unheard of to spot whale sharks and turtles swimming below).

There are a number of hikes you can take into the lush jungle, including the infamous Grand Barbe hike, which is about three-and-a-half hours long (seven hours round trip) to the other side of the island, where you will spot turtles coming on land to lay their eggs before returning back to the sea. Along the way you will find gorgeous views, natural pools to cool off in, and if you’re lucky, you’ll run into one of the enormous Aldabra Tortoises that inhabit the island. We opted for a sunset cruise and were able to circumnavigate the entire island, and witness a sunset that will go down in our bank of memories of most beautiful moments.

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