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Choosing Accommodation in Seychelles

Choosing Accommodation in Seychelles
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Choosing accommodation in Seychelles can hard because every hotel seems to advertise its proximity to white powdery beaches, services like welcome drinks and water sports, and facilities like open air showers and scenic spas. How is one to make a choice? πŸ™‚

Something to keep in mind is that the island destination doesn’t exactly cater to backpackers, so accommodation starts at around Β£100/night. However this price often includes water sports at the hotel, evening cocktails, sunset cruises, kayak rentals, breakfast, and other such. Make sure you confirm inclusions and exclusions before you book a hotel as prices of activities can quickly add up in Seychelles.

 

Seychelles pool villa at Hilton Northolme

Seychelles has some amazing accommodation

 

We sampled a variety of accommodation on our trip to Seychelles, so here’s a quick overview of accommodation that you could book, irrespective of your preferences and budgets. The list is followed by detailed reviews and photographs of 3 of our favourite hotels in Seychelles. We hope this article makes your choice easier:

 

Mahe

Mahe has a large variety of accommodation to suit most budgets – you will find everything from guesthouses and B&Bs to luxury hotels and plush resorts here. Here are a few hotels you could consider:

Luxury – Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa and Four Seasons Mahe

Mid-range – Double Tree by Hilton

Budget – Coral Strand. You can also check AirBnB for apartments on a budget.

 

Praslin

Praslin is extremely popular with tourists. Unsurprisingly it is easy to find accommodation to suit most budgets here. Here are a few hotels you could consider in Praslin:

Luxury – Raffles Praslin andΒ Constance Lemuria

Mid-range – Le Duc de Praslin

Budget – Acajou Hotel

 

La Digue

La Digue is a tiny island with bucolic pathways. There aren’t too many hotels on this island, so we suggest visiting it on a day trip from Praslin. However if you do decide to stay in La Digue, here are two recommended options:

Mid-range – Le Domaine de L’OrangeraieΒ 

Budget – Chateau St.Cloud

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Private Island Resorts

Seychelles is extremely popular as a honeymoon destination and with good reason. It is ideal for a luxurious romantic getaway where you can spend the hours indulging in the finer things in life without a care in the world. If you are in Seychelles to celebrate something special, then look up one of the private island resorts in the country.

Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa, located on Silhouette island, is a popular option and has won several awards for being the best hotel in this part of the world. As a result, rooms at Hilton Labriz get sold out months in advance. Make sure you book in advance.

If you want something even more private and uber-luxurious, then you can check out North Island Luxury LodgeΒ or Six Senses Zil Payson.

 

Our favourites?

 

I) Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa, Mahe

It was photos of a stunning infinity pool first drew us to Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa. But on getting there, we fell in love with this property. It is one of the most intimate Hilton Hotels that we’ve ever stayed at and the attention to detail is incredible.

The hotel is located on a historical site and is surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters on all sides. The intimate property boasts of villas perched on hillocks – this ensures great views from every room. There are a variety of rooms on offer but we suggest opting for a pool villa for a truly memorable holiday. Each pool villa comes equipped with a double bed, walk in wardrobe, a lounging area, and a spacious bathroom with a bathtub overlooking the glistening waters of the Indian Ocean. The piece de resistence? You own private infinity pool! We spent several hours relishing sunrises, sunsets, and warm Seychellois days by our pool.

While the stunning private plunge pool will make it very hard for you to tear yourself away from the room, you must leave it to sample the plethora of dining options available at Hilton Northolme. The hotel is home to a few incredibly scenic restaurants – buffet breakfasts (with champagne of course!) and dinners are served at the picturesque Hilltop Restaurant that offers panoramic views from every angle. The Oceanview Bar is perfect for light lunch or evening cocktails – grab a seat by the railing and watch your partner snorkel or swim in azure waters right below the restaurant. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, then book yourself a table at Les Cocotiers – the fine dining restaurant offers a well-curated wine list and menu, laden with scrumptious salads and creole specialities. Make sure you opt for a table under the stars for an experience you won’t forget for a long time.

PS – Since so many of you have asking us for the exact room number, we stayed in pool villa #301

 

Pool villa infinity pool at Hilton Northolme Seychelles

Our own private infinity pool at Hilton Northolme

 

Hilton Northolme Seychelles Sundowners at Sunset

Sundowners at Hilton Northolme – complete with a stunning view πŸ˜€

 

Spa at hilton northolme seychelles overlooking the ocean

Even the spa overlooks the ocean πŸ™‚

 

Sunset from pool villa at Hilton Northolme Seychelles

Sunsets from our ‘room’ at Hilton Northolme

 

II) Le Duc de Praslin, Praslin

This is Seychelles and proximity to an idyllic beach is amazing, nay, essential. Le Duc de Praslin is a small local hotel that is located next to one of the most gorgeous beaches in Seychelles – Cote d’or. But that’s not all – the hotel is a minute’s walk from one of the most famous restaurants (Les des arts) and most scenic bars (—) in Praslin.

The hotel itself is different from a traditional luxury hotel as it aims to offer an insight into the Seychelles’ way of life. It offers spacious rooms equipped with all facilities that you might need for a comfortable stay including an outdoor shower, a rain shower, coffee machine, large bed, and even a hammock. Β The entire complex is bedecked with artefacts from around Seychelles and everything from the furniture to the breakfast spread is Seychellois at heart. The best part is that it is easy to spend 2-3 days just relaxing in the complex – spend your mornings at the beach, hop over to the neighbouring cafe for a quick lunch. Head to the hotel for a quick nap, freshen up for the evening and hop over to the Tapas Bar for sundowners as you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean. If you don’t enjoy classic luxury, try a stay at Le Duc de Praslin for something unique and laden with character.

 

beautiful suite at Le Duc de Praslin

Our beautiful suite at Le Duc de Praslin

 

beach outside Le Duc De Praslin in Seychelles

Le Duc de Praslin is right on Cote D’or beach – one of the best in Seychelles πŸ™‚

 

lunch on the beach at Le Duc de Praslin Seychelles

Views at lunch at Le Duc de Praslin

 

III) Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa, Silhouette Island

Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa has won several awards for its unique location and incredible hospitality. It is one of the most popular luxury hotels in Seychelles, and with good reason! The hotel is located on a tiny island called Silhouette Island and it is only possible to get there by boat or helicopter. The hotel itself offers a luxurious experiential holiday. That’s because an entire island is at your disposal when you stay at Hilton Labriz. We spent our days exploring every nook and cranny of the island on our bright blue bikes, having leisurely breakfasts by the beach, hopping on a short cruise at sunset and snorkelling in crystal clear waters. There’s a PADI Diving Centre here too, incase you want to book yourself a dive or two.

Rooms live up to the Hilton standard of excellence and they are well equipped with everything you might need for a romantic getaway. Bathrooms are extremely spacious and all of them have bathtubs. If you’ve already chosen a pool villa in Mahe, then try to choose a beach front villa at Hilton Labriz. These villas open right onto a beach and give you the rare opportunity to have your morning coffee as white sand tickles your toes.

As this is a private island, dining options are limited to the ones offered by the hotel. A la carte dining can get expensive, so we suggest booking rooms on a Half Board or All Inclusive basis. We chose the latter and it gave us access to most of the hotel’s restaurants. We loved sampling Japanese food to the sound of waves at Sakura Restaurant and lazy lunches by the pool at Cafe Dauban (they do the best fruit juices there!). But we also had one of our favourite meals from our entire trip to Seychelles at Hilton Labriz – this was a creole fusion meal at Grann Kaz, a lovely restaurant situated in a refurbished plantation house. Do not leave the hotel with trying the curries or salads (especially the palm heart salad) at Grann Kaz. You will thank us for it πŸ™‚

 

spacious beach villas at Hilton Labriz

Our spacious beach villa at Hilton Labriz – 2 steps and we’d be on a white sandy beach πŸ™‚

 

flower bath at Hilton Labriz Seychelles for honeymoon

Lush baths πŸ˜€

 

Our villa as seen from the ocean πŸ™‚

 

spa at Hilton Labriz

The decadent spa at the hotel πŸ˜€

 

breakfast on the beach at Hilton Labriz Seychelles

Breakfast with a view – right outside our villa on Silhouette Island πŸ™‚

 

That’s it – a little guide to choosing accommodation in Seychelles, depending on your budget and preferences.

We also shot a few videos in Seychelles (including room tours of the above mentioned hotels). See it here:

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46 Comments

  1. Wow it looks so dreamy! it’s good to know there are a range of options to stay at.

    • Yes tons of different options really enjoyed ourselves πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve always wanted visit there… One day we’ll have enough to afford it.

    • Hope you make it to Seychelles Gareth – to be honest, it isn’t as expensive as it is made out to be πŸ™‚

  3. What a beautiful place and it really is very exotic. Great hotel guide, will bookmark for future ref.

    • Thanks Nayna – Seychelles truly has some of the prettiest hotels in the world πŸ™‚

  4. No wonder that the Hilton spa has won so many awards as the service looks amazing as does the views. I like that you included accommodation for all budget types x

    • Thanks Ana. Yep it was easy to see why Hilton Labriz has won so many awards once we got there πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, this looks utterly incredible. I think I need to start saving up for a trip!

    • Hey there – yes,yes,yes. You’ll love the Seychelles when you make it there. Would totally advise indulging a bit when it comes to accommodation in the islands because it can really make your stay super special πŸ™‚

  6. What an awesome list of places to stay on the Seychelles I could imagine choosing any of them myself to visit.

    • Hey Sarah – Thanks a ton. So glad you enjoyed going through it πŸ™‚

  7. Both the hilton options look awesome, that villa is beautiful πŸ™‚ x

    • I have to admit Hilton Northolme was my favourite hotel in a long long time. Really loved it πŸ™‚

  8. That infinity pool looks amazing! I really want a holiday now!

    • Hehe – looking at the photos of that infinity pool makes me want to rush to Seychelles too πŸ™‚

  9. The Seychelles looks gorgeous. I would love to stay in Le Duc de Praslin now that would be amazing!

    • It was a great experience staying at Le Duc de Praslin with that stunning beach at our doorstep – aah miss it already! πŸ™‚

  10. oh wow seychelles has always been on my bucket list and those infinity pools look amazing!

    • Hey Deborah – so happy we’ve tempted to tick Seychelles off your bucket list Deborah πŸ™‚

  11. Lovely ArticleπŸ™‚ why don’t you write article about experience with different airlines and airports in detail

    • Great idea- we might write about it as we’ve had some great and horrible experiences in the recent past!

  12. I’d much rather save up for some incredible accommodation . It definitely looks as though that can enhance the experience. Beautiful photos!

    • Hehe true that – accommodation always enhances the experience but that is especially true in Seychelles πŸ™‚

  13. Savi, your descriptions always make me feel like I’m right next to you in these gorgeous destinations 😍 You truly make every place sound wonderful- these hotels being no exception!

    • Yay – so happy to hear that Adele. I love playing with words πŸ™‚

  14. I love that you even include the hotel villa number! Those beach pictures and beautiful blue skies just look too incredible. The Seychelles are on my future travel list for sure!

    • Thanks Helen – wanted to include the exact number because we’ve been getting so many queries about the pool villa at Hilton Northolme πŸ™‚

  15. I have always wanted to go here for a holiday, hopefully we will visit one day, it looks amazing!

    • Hey Melissa,

      Hope you get to go to Seychelles real soon πŸ™‚

  16. Im literally sat here drooling over your photos, it’s absolutely beautiful! I especially like your beach villa at Hilton Labriz. Definitely on my travel wish list

    • Thanks a lot Tanya. We must admit, we had a great time at Hilton Labriz too πŸ˜€

  17. So many options to choose from! I’d be totally stuck for choice πŸ™‚

    • Hey Ashleigh,

      Lol! that is so true. We thought each of these places had so much to offer – loved it πŸ˜€

  18. I love Hilton hotels but these definitely take it to a whole new level. The infinity pool is just wow not sure I would be able to leave. I will definitely have to save up for this one

    • Hey Anosa,

      This Hilton was indeed one of the best we have stayed in. Let you into a little secret – even we didn’t leave the pool for the majority of the day πŸ˜‰

  19. Oh my goodness it looks like heaven, I would love to visit one day. Just perfect to relax in

    • Hey Jenni,

      Indeed! There are so many amazing accommodations in Seychelles that it is hard to choose πŸ™‚

  20. Any recommended air bnb stay suggestions please?

    • Hey Upasana,

      We did not stay in AirBnB on this trip – please have a look at the AirBnB site πŸ™‚

  21. We are also planning to visit seychelles. Its exciting to plan it on your own and we will go by your recommendations of accommodation. Lets see how it goes. Thanks for all the information.

    • That’s so good to hear Bhavya – have a great trip to Seychelles πŸ˜€

  22. i am not married yet ,but seeing your pics here ,feels i should plan honeymoon here as soon as i get married ..! cant wait to get here

    • Hehe so good to know that Aarzu πŸ™‚ Always love hearing from you

  23. Hey. I’m planning to go to Seychelles and South Africa for my honeymoon in September. What activities would you suggest in Seychelles? And could you share the pricing details of Hilton? πŸ™‚

    • Hey Sneha – the prices start at around Β£320 but prices keep changing. You can check out the link above for a price comparison on all websites across the interent

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