Honeymooning at Hilton Seychelles Labriz | UK WEDDING BLOG

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I’ve always wanted to visit the Seychelles. An exclusive hidden gem in middle of the Indian Ocean, a place where boulders rise from the white sand beaches. Somewhere that seems more genuine than the Maldives or Mauritius perhaps. The real, tropical island, deal. So last week we were so crazy excited that we got to experience it first hand with the Hilton group, first up our stay honeymooning at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. 

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I read a piece in The Sunday Times Travel recently which rung true “The Seychelles were our first Indian Ocean crush. We fell for the boulder-strewn beaches and azure waters when we saw them in TV ads for Bacardi rum and Bounty bars. Some of us bought the booze; all of us bought into this vision of paradise. Then the Maldives muscled in. Same tropical utopia, but with underwater restaurants and revolving beds. We defected en masse. The Seychelles refused to stoop to such stunts and waited for the tourist tide to turn. Finally, it has. Authenticity is king right now — and that is precisely what the island chain has in spades, with holidaymakers able to mix with the locals and immerse themselves in the creole culture. UK visitor numbers were up by a third in 2015.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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You arrive via boat {after a very snazzy check in dock on the mainland I might add} which always makes a trip feel exciting. After a smooth forty minute ride from Mahe we arrived at Silhouette island. You could see it on the approach, covered in what looked like dense jungly hills and fringed with white sandy beaches. It felt like we exploring the island out of Lost. Silhouette is a national park reserve and 93% of it is protected, it’s one of the richest biodiversity hot-spots in the Indian Ocean. Luckily for us the Hilton resort is the only resort on the island which makes it feel even more exclusive. Especially as you can see North island {one of the world’s most expensive resorts where Wills and Kate honeymooned don’t you know} from here, a stones through across the water. 

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As we got off the boat, blinded by the sparkling turquoise sea and greeted by the smiliest waving staff we knew we were onto a winner. And wow what an amazing few days it was. 

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Let me start with the beaches as they stole the show by far. I’ll let the photos do most of the talking but I was completed wowed by them. It’s a cliche of course but I honestly had to keep pinching myself. I’ve never been somewhere more spectacular beach wise. The boulders, the palm trees, the colour of the water, the hammocks and the jungly covered hills behind. It felt like we were in pure paradise, a Robinson Crusoe idyll. The main beach, lined with palms was two kilometres long and then there were hidden coves to explore. Our favourite being the presidential beach, home to many a Vogue photo shoot. When the term National Park is mentioned I’m always a bit freaked out by creepy crawlies so was relieved to find here that nothing can hurt you and the only things you’ll be joined on the beach by are fruit bats flying above, impressive crabs and tropical birds. 

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One of the things I loved most was feeling like we’d escaped to some Robinson Crusoe private island whilst still having all the luxuries you’d want for a honeymoon. Every room is in fact a private villa, some directly on the beach, some deluxe with pools and some set slightly behind in the tropical gardens. You’ll be pampered by the staff from the minute you arrive, the service and kind no trouble attitude was second to none for all guests. We were in a beach front villa without a pool but were just a couple of minutes walk from the main pool. Also look at that outside shower!

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Honeymooners get cute romantic extras like candle lit petal filled baths left for you when you return from dinner.

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There are golf buggies to whisk you around the resort if you don’t want to walk but we found it nice to have enough space to cycle and walk around the lush jungle on one side and then the long stretch of beach the other. It felt like we were in a film set or a theme park or something with the setting but no it was all real.

If you’re the kind of person that gets bored on the beach, you can go on the snorkel trip, scuba diving, go on a Creole cooking class or stop by the activity centre to arrange a nature hike or trip to a nearby island. On Silhouette itself you can play tennis, use the gym or cycle around with the island bikes.

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We were on a full board package but actually didn’t really need lunch each day with the huge selection available at breakfast, complete with a fruit chef, omelette chef and fizz! 

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The food was very very good with a number of restaurants to choose between so you could stay for a couple of weeks and not get bored. An impressive teppanyaki Asian floating on the lagoon, Sakura for grilled seafood and sushi, a traditional local Creole restaurant, Portobello for fine Italian Italian, a pizza oven at the all day pool bar and varied themed buffets at Cafe Dauban. Don’t let the image of a buffet put you off, we had amazing seafood and sat right on the beach under the stars for dinner one night plus the desserts were amazing. The drinks, being an island, are expensive so bear this in mind but there are a selection of bars from swanky to relaxed poolside and moonlit beach bars to enjoy them at. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell you that a lot of guests buy duty free on arrival and bring it with them. But that’s the nature of the Indian Ocean, it’s exclusive and it’s very rare to find an all inclusive resort out here.  

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I’d actually never stayed at a Hilton resort or hotel before and was very pleasantly surprised by all the little extra touches here that at times made it feel like a boutique resort rather than run by the biggest hotel chain in the world. I guess the image I had of the Hilton group was that it would feel cold and corporate. But from the scented oils being burned in the open air restaurant bathrooms to being brought a cold towel before dinner and the pool towels being stacked with hibiscus flowers, I was impressed with it all. 

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The pool sat just behind the beach with comfy cabanas and padded loungers surrounding it.

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The spa also exceeded my expectations, the setting was unreal and not to be missed. It’s built into the rocks and surrounded by the jungle. We were the only ones there when we dropped by for a massage and stayed on to use the steam, sauna and plunge pools. Such a magical place to truly unwind and relax.  

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I’d want to make a note to you that this is not a child free resort if that’s something which is important to you. The restaurants do seat families away from couples in the evenings at dinner and we were never bothered by them ourselves. On the other hand if you have children then it would make for a fab family moon. Despite being a family friendly resort it felt incredibly romantic and it’s plenty big enough to find a private spot on one of the beaches.

We’ve honeymooned at some really amazing resorts around the world and I can honestly say that this is up there with the best of them in so many ways. Just such a dream. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. And as always if you have any questions then feel free to get in touch with us. 

There’s a video below, a little vlog of our stay there.

Next up, our stay at Hilton Northholme! 

{Best time of year to visit: With an average temperature of 27°C, and a range that rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C it is rarely too hot and almost always perfect beach weather. Of course, like anywhere in the tropics it does rain, but showers tend to be brief, lasting just a couple of hours, and are often localised to one island or even just one area of an island. During the year the driest months are between May and September, with the wettest weather in November, December and January – but even during these months there will be plenty of sunshine before and after the showers.}

You can find out more on the website here – Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa:

Turquoise Holidays (www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk 01494678400) offer 7 nights at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort &Spa, in a King Garden Villa, with breakfast, including boat and road transfers in Seychelles and return flights from London, from £1,395 per person. Based on 2 people sharing. Prices are for 2017.

R <3 x

{I was a guest of Hilton Seychelles Labriz but as always would never ever promote anything I didn’t truly love and all opinions are 100% my own}.