For that once-in-a-lifetime trip, it’s time to pull out all stops
1. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
You don’t usually associate the Hilton with lush getaways and yet, the Labriz Resort holds up well to ‘resort etiquette’ scrutiny. All the 111 villas have private gardens; some have pools, some easy and private access to the beach. The spa is located among the rocks, and if you’re up for it, there’s a very active water-sports centre ready to organise snorkelling, diving and deep-sea fishing. Creole, Italian and Japanese cuisine dominate the restaurants. The variety helps, because there isn’t anywhere else to eat on the island. Relax and feel at home at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa. The rooms are well equipped with all modern facilities, refrigerators and minibars. Book a stay in advance to be sure of the best room for your stay.
2. La Diguoise Guesthouse
Anse Reunion, La Digue Island
The La Diguoise Guesthouse offers the perfect vantage point to enjoy a different side of Seychelles – that of its beautiful greens. The beaches are, no doubt, the biggest draw, but Seychelles is also a tropical paradise awash in emerald green vegetation. The La Diguoise Guesthouse opens out to a beautiful garden where you can watch birds and sundry benign animals go about their business. The beach is a short bicycle ride away. You can eat at the guest house – you’ll have to book your meals (loads of Creole specialities) ahead of time. It’s a fixed deal that varies day by day. The Diguoise Guest House is an ideal place for any traveller who loves to live in the proximity of nature. Book beforehand to enjoy a peaceful and memorable stay here. The turtle pond and the fish pond are other attractions for the first time visitors.
3. North Island
When you see the price tag at North Island, you will probably think you’re renting the entire island. And when your chopper lands there, you’ll even feel like that’s entirely true. The whole island is the resort with just 11 villas. Book Villa 11 – with its cavernous bathroom, decks, pools and windows looking out to Mahé and Praslin— it’s been built purely for honeymooners. The resort balances ecology conservation as with sublime luxury superbly; so you can luxuriate guilt-free. Customised menus, private spas, and every conceivable island indulgence is at your disposal here. Don't expect to find good rooms in Mahe, Seychelles if you do not plan your trip in advance. Surf the Mahe Hotels list and pick the hotel that suits your preferences and plan your stay in advance.
4. Ocean Jewels Resort
Grande Anse, Amitie, Praslin Island
The self-catering rooms at Ocean Jewels are generous with space and, if you book the ones away from the street, sublimely quiet. The bigger, family-style rooms all face the ocean; the garden-facing rooms are single-bedroom villas. The owners will happily direct you to stores and markets to help stock up your kitchen, and if you’re feeling lazy will even prepare hot breakfasts and cold cocktails in the evening. If you’re keen to venture out, there are loads of cafes and restaurants around the hotel. The Ocean Jewels Resort Seychelles makes you feels very much at home. It has all modern facilities like AC rooms, free wifi, terraces, balconies and even attached kitchens to some of the rooms. Book in advance to get the best of the deal.
5. Bay View Villa
Living up to its name, the Bay View Villa opens out to the grand and rather majestic view of the Anse Soleil Bay, with easy access to the Grand Anse, La Mouche and Barbarons beaches. The rooms are simple but well laid out and you get to choose to open your curtains either to an ocean or lush green gardens. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi and the hotel is happy to arrange a host of outdoor activities for you as well as recommend dozens of restaurants around you. Bay View Villa’s location works best – it’s on Seychelles’ main island, so there’s plenty to do. The amazing views, the relaxed ambience and superior facilities for the modern traveller makes Bay View Villa a good choice during your stay in Seychelles.
If you have an unlimited credit card, swipe it for island transfers on the Zil Air Eurocopters, incredibly luxurious and so exclusive that they make sure you are the only passengers and never have to share with the plebs.
Best time to Visit:
Head to Seychelles depending on what you want to do – different times of the year gear up for different activities. Sailing and snorkelling are great all year, but go between March and May or September and November for diving. May – September is best for surfing, as well as hiking.