In the second of our Seychelles features, we sample the stunning mix of wildlife and luxury available at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa.
For here is the location of Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, a 30-minute boat trip from the main island of Mahe.
Silhouette Island is the third largest in the Seychelles system and Hilton’s 111-villa escape is the only resort.
As you would expect, it caters for sanctuary-seeking honeymooners and guests craving high-end luxury, but this divine enclave also works well for families seeking a safe and varied getaway in which to unwind and re-connect.
That’s partly because Labriz utilises its location well – blending in with as well as framing a stunning environment blessed with endless white sands fringed by lush tropical gardens.
Shaded paths access jogging and walking opportunities and seven F&B choices.
These range from Mediterranean fine dining at Portobello and casual beach bar/diner 4thDegree to charismatic Asian outlet Sakura and the historic Grann Kaz, serving authentic Creole creations such as octopus curry and sausage rougay in a restored plantation house, once home to the island’s former owners.
Surely occupying one of the resort’s most dramatic settings, the tranquil eforea spa has treatment rooms and a hot tub nestled amid ancient tumbled volcanic rocks and rainforest.
Large fruit bats are a frequent sight, both flying overhead and pictured on the various water stations dotted around the resort, allowing guests gratis refills of those gifted metal bottles.
You might just need them when you venture to the far side of this mostly national park-designated island to meet the area’s oldest residents.
It possible to get there via a lengthy hike, but Labriz also runs a boat trip to reach the family of protected giant Aldabra tortoises, including one thought to be 140-plus years old.
You might find yourself trying to spot some of these indigenous stars from the resort’s ocean-facing pool, while exploring the resort by bicycle or maybe over tennis or a game of giant chess.
Certainly nature provides a re-assuring soundtrack while you relax in one of a wide range of villa choices – whether that be a spacious one bedroom or a palatial King Presidential option, or a beachfront or hillside villa with pool.
Our King Garden Villa boasted a trademark high wooden ceiling, modern fixtures, a terrace with loungers and a spacious bathroom with tub and rain showers – both inside and in a secluded rear garden.
It’s a place that allows guests to be as active or relaxed as desired, while respecting and embracing its precious surroundings.
There’s the opportunity to do snorkeling or diving, simply frequent the beach or check out the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden - part of its sustainability drive.
“It’s a great destination for a family because it’s very safe for kids,” says Andre. “We take sustainability very seriously so those kids are getting in line with this culture of saving on plastic and being sustainable in general.
Andre is keen to promote the Seychelles as a year-round destination with little seasonal variation.
And thanks to regular daily flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it’s also a growing short haul and long weekend destination, reachable in under five hours from the UAE.
“We see guests arriving stressed on the first day; after a week they’re transformed,” adds the GM, who previously worked with Hilton in RAK.
For sure, the greenery, the wildlife and the proximity isn’t lost on this Dubai resident – and it is something increasingly on the radar of other visitors from the UAE, viewed by the island’s tourism officials as one of the important growth markets for Seychelles.
“You can fly in the morning and by the afternoon be on the beach, and re-connect with family and nature,” adds Andre.
Now they are just waiting for your visit.
FOR details on prices, rooms and availability at Hilton Seychelles Tabriz Resort & Spa, click on https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/seychelles/hilton-seychelles-labriz-resort-and-spa-SEZLBHI/index.html?WT.mc_id=zELWAKN0EMEA1HI2DMH3LocalSearch4DGGenericx6SEZLBHI
DISCOVER more on Hilton’s three Seychelles resorts, including prices this Eid holiday, at www3.hilton.com
YOU can catch daily flights with Air Seychelles from Abu Dhabi International and Emirates, from DXB. Visit www.skyscanner.ae for price comparisons.