Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
The diamond in the crown of Hilton’s offering in the Seychelles, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is nestled on the achingly beautiful white sand beaches of Silhouette island, a 40-minute ferry trip from Mahé. Silhouette’s steamy tropical beauty seems to be taken from the pages of a pulp romance novel, complete with pirates, buccaneers, and buried treasure. Labriz is the only hotel located on Silhouette and the Seychelles government’s strict tourism development laws preventing overcrowding mean that there’s a unique feeling of privacy. North Island, the ultra-exclusive honeymoon and vacation destination for royals and celebrities alike, is a stone’s throw away from its pristine shores.
Eat your heart out
Labriz’s lively executive chef Josu Sedano is a master of Creole cuisine. Sedano hosted us for a cooking course on the wide, airy veranda of Grann Kaz, the
original Dauban family plantation house. Using fresh, colourful ingredients sourced only from Silhouette (the island has its own vegetable patch), Sedano whipped up a fragrant seafood curry in no time at all. Grann Kaz functions as a restaurant focusing on traditional Creole cuisine for guests, and the Hilton management group has retained much of the old house’s charm and original
features. Legend has it that the upper level is haunted by the ghosts of the island’s first European inhabitants, Catherine Dauban and her daughter Eva, whose remains are entombed in the nearby family mausoleum. Even the
locals don’t venture to the upper levels at night.
Pop by the Island Conservation Society, housed right next door to Grann Kaz, to learn about the local flora and fauna and the conservation efforts that are so
important in the effort to preserve the fragile biodiversity of Silhouette. Work off some of the extra calories from lunch by going on some of the guided hikes of various lengths that criss-cross the island, an activity that is highly recommended if you want to get a true sense of the real beauty of Silhouette.