Top 5 Seychelles Gourmet Hotels

Gourmet Experiences

Echoing the grand assortment of people who populate Seychelles, Creole cuisine features the subtleties and nuances of French cooking, the exoticism of Indian dishes and the piquant flavours of the Orient. Here are the top 5 Seychelles Luxury hotels offering the best gourmet experiences: 

Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie in La Digue

Enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of La Digue Le Domaine de l’Orangerie offers all day dining.

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Le Combava Restaurant
Le Combava, which means kaffir lime, is an exquisitely designed roof terrace lounge serving à la carte food only. This epicurean delight serves up the finest meals using the freshest ingredients only, for an upbeat and sophisticated culinary experience.

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Santosha Restaurant
Serves popular international fare and local Creole specialties in eclectic mix live cooking style and buffet with the “Catch of the day”. The outside deck graciously overlooks the Indian Ocean and the crystal clear waters for alfresco dining. The breathtaking view of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean will whet your appetite, marking an exquisite and memorable dinner.

Raffles in Praslin

Combining the best of the local culture and cuisine with dishes from around the world.

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Losean Restaurant
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Meaning ‘ocean’ in Creole, Losean is open for breakfast and dinner. It features regular themed buffets including colourful Mediterranean, Creole, seafood, and barbecue evenings with live entertainment. There is outdoor and indoor seating, and a garden view. Specialties include roast lamb on the spit, wood-burning pizza oven, whole fish, paella, and cookery classes for resident guests.

Curieuse Seafood Restaurant
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Named after the nearby island, Curieuse this seafood restaurant offers a breezy, island-chic atmosphere in a relaxed and casual venue. It has outdoor and covered seating areas to keep you close to the beautiful environment and private pavilions available for romantic dinners. Indian Ocean seafood and grill, with meat specialties also available, and an international wine list; vegetarian diets and special requests always accommodated.

Denis Island

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Whether it is breakfast in bed or romantic candle-lit dinner on the beach – the night sky your only roof, an intimate table for two on the deck of your own villa, or dinner in the terrace dining room, the refined cuisine of Denis Private Island is nothing short of tantalizing.
The chef prepares daily the most succulent dishes, creative and extensive buffets with live cooking stations fresh from the island’s estate and fished from the surrounding seas for breakfast and lunch. And in the evenings, Creole speciality night, barbecues on the beach, sushi and sashimi prepared from the day’s catch. Another highlight is the elegantly- presented five-course table d’hôte dinners in the dining room or around the pool deck. Before and after dinner, staying open well into the night, the well-stocked bar provides the meeting point for a tête-à-tête or to get to know your fellow guests.

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Constance Ephelia

Constance Ephelia Resort of Seychelles has five restaurants and bars. Each outlet has its own individual concept, design and décor, thereby maximizing  the possibilities in terms of culinary and bar experiences. Our little gourmets are also well catered for with different menus to appeal to different ages – including gourmet baby food.

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Corossol “Live”
Corossol “Live” is the main half board buffet restaurant on South Beach. The main focus is the live cuisine creating interaction between the chefs and the guests. The buffet offers different sections – an Asian station with wok and Tandoori station, as well as Asian noodles, central station featuring a beautiful pizza oven, pasta station, grill and plancha, to name just a few.

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Helios “Mediterranean” Buffet restaurant 

A casual chic restaurant on the South beach with its main feature being a large wood-burning oven. Open for lunch and based on a buffet service with influences from the South of France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon, etc… Tapas, mezze, antipasti, are followed by thin and crispy pizzas, whole fishes and dishes baked in the oven in cast iron dishes. A wide range of creative pasta is also on offer. For desserts, “Helios” boasts a selection of creative ice creams and sundaes. Tea/pancake and ice-cream service from 15h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner for special evenings only.

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Adam & Eve…“Ethnic Grill” A la carte grill on South Beach
The à la carte restaurant on the South Beach. Its open kitchen offers a selection of creative salads, a large selection of skewers and quality meats and fish dishes grilled or cooked “à la plancha” in front of the guests. Another speciality of this restaurant is the “native” breads that are prepared and cooked on site and served with their local signature “chutney”. Beach Menu available between 12h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner for special themed evenings.

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Cyann

Cyann “Signature cuisine” is a speciality à la carte restaurant with on North Beach
Cyann is the “haute cuisine” restaurant of the resort, unique in its concept and design. Located at the bottom of the Hillside villas, this restaurant offers a beautiful view over Port Launay marine park. Casual chic for lunch, the restaurant turns into an elegant and refined venue in the evening. Cyann proposes a selection of signature dishes combining French culinary techniques with the lightness and flavours of local and Asian influences. A sushi bar, situated near the pool, offers the best quality fish for lunch and dinner. The Chef’s table experience, allows guests to enjoy the action of the kitchen, as well as a specially created menu. Open for lunch from 12h00 to 15h00. Beach Menu available between 12h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner from 19h30 to 22h30.

Seselwa “Cuisine des Iles”

Casual all day à la carte restaurant  on North Beach. Seselwa is a casual and popular outlet, with a lively ambiance and facing the gorgeous North Beach. Designed with white furniture and brightly coloured cushions, it evokes freshness and the festive spirit of Seychelles. Breakfast is served buffet style. At lunch and dinner, Creole specialities are proposed and the freshest seafood is grilled in front of the guests on the central grill. Flavours of the Islands and the very best ingredients are the words that best describe the Seselwa culinary style. Open for breakfast on a buffet style with à la carte options. Open for lunch from 12h00 to 15h00. Beach Menu available between 12h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner from 19h30 to 22h30.

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Four Seasons Seychelles on Mahe

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RESTAURANT ZEZ

Zez boasts spectacular ocean and sunset views from the top of the hillside.

The breakfast buffet takes you on a journey around the world. Our favourite was the three-egg omelette with crab meat, accompanied with potatoes and tomatoes. Waffles, whipped cream, maple syrup, green banana sauce and french toast, caramelised pineapple, cinnamon, maple syrup

Dinner is a contemporary interpretation of intercontinental cuisine, as well as delicate preparations of local fish.  Specialities to be found are Fines de Claires Oysters, Sautéed Foie Gras, Vanilla Glazed Lobster Tail and Premium beef.

APPETISERS

Fines de Claires Oysters – Half Dozen, Shallots Vinegar, Cocktail Sauce
Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare with Avocado, Mango Coulis
Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Red Wine Braised Cabbage, White Bean Cassoulet
Sautéed Foie Gras with Takamaka Rum and Banana Flambé, Cinnamon Croûtons
Prawns Al Ajillo with Tomato, Garlic, Potatoes Sautéed
Veal Sweetbread with Eggplant and Tomato Ragout, Crispy Potato
Beef Carpaccio – US Beef Tenderloin, Truffle-Lemon Dressing, Seasonal Greens
Rocket Salad with Fresh Figs, Prosciutto, Pomegranate Vinaigrette Lobster Carpaccio with Baby Greens, Champagne Dressing Caprese Salad – Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Balsamic Reduction
Mixed Vegetable Salad – Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Mango, Radicchio, Endive, Violet Mustard Vinaigrette

SOUP

Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho with Garlic Croûton, Zucchini Wrap
Creamy Seafood Chowder – Bacon, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Red Snapper
Mushroom Soup with Quail Ravioli, Truffle Foam

MAINS

FISH AND SEAFOOD
Red Snapper with Potatoes, Green Beans, Black Olive Tapenade
Job Fish – Pan-seared, Fava Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon Preserve Sauce
Mahi Mahi with Lentil Salad, Red Wine Tomato Dressing
Vanilla-Glazed Lobster Tail with Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Lobster Emulsion
Seafood Cioppino – Prawns, Octopus, Lobster, Grouper, Garlic Bread

MEAT AND POULTRY
Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Potato Croquette, Caramelised Fennel, Mint-Rosemary Reduction
Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Potato Gratin, Haricot Verts, Braising Jus
Angus Beef Tenderloin – Grilled, with Truffle Mashed Potato, Sautéed Spinach, Thyme Jus
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Tomato, Creamy Mascarpone Polenta
Duck Confit Risotto with Morel Mushrooms, Crispy Parmesan Cheese

VEGETARIAN
Vegetable and Potato Mille-Feuille with Caramelised Onions, Sautéed Spinach, Tomato, White Bean Ragout
Saffron Risotto with Seasonal Mushroom Ragout

DESSERT
Roasted Pineapple with Coconut-Vanilla Ice Cream
Tiramisu
Strawberry Macaroon with Yogurt-Ginger Sorbet
Churros with a Duo of Toffee and Vanilla Sauce
Citrus Salad with Orange Short Bread and Calamansi Sorbet
Trio of Gelato – Berries, Pistachio, Orange, Hazelnut, Mocha, Lemon, Stracciatella

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Restaurant Kannel

Stylish yet informal, Kannel serves Creole and international fare, featuring a variety of fresh fish and seafood. Enjoy its beach-side location, stunning open-air setting and spectacular views of the water.

APPETISERS

Mediterranean Salad – Tomato, Bell Pepper, Avocado, Cucumber, Onion, Feta Cheese, Coriander, Crispy Bread, Olive Oil and White Vinegar Dressing

Grilled Asparagus with Mixed Bean Salad, Egg and White Balsamic Dressing

Scallop Fritters with Salsa Verde and Avocado Dip

Niçoise Salad with Soft Poached Egg

Caesar Salad – Romaine Lettuce, Crispy Bacon, Toast, Egg and Caesar Dressing

With Grilled Chicken

With Grilled Prawns

Grilled Octopus Skewer with Sweet Chili Glaze

Tuna Tartare with Spicy Okra Salad

Sliced Raw Fish Marinated in Coconut Dressing with Crab and Spring Onion Cakes

Thai-Style Beef Salad with Tomato, Spring Onion, Cucumber, Coriander, Fresh Chili and Garlic

SOUPS

Spicy Lentil Soup

Ginger Fish Soup with Coconut Milk

Wild Mushroom Soup

MAIN COURSES

Penne Pasta with Tomato Tuna Bolognese

Linguine Al Olio with Green Vegetables and Parmesan

Reef Fish Slow-Cooked Creole-Style with Palm Heart Pickle

Mixed Seafood Grill with Arugula and Baby Spinach Salad

Whole Grilled Catch of the Day with Green Papaya Salad and Creole Rice

Steamed Red Grouper in Light Soy Broth with Wok-Fried Bok Choy

Grilled Beef Sirloin with French Fries and Béarnaise Sauce

Lamb Cutlets with Biryani Rice, Masala Potatoes and Onion Raitta

Oven-Roast Pork Loin with Spicy Honey and Stir-Fried Noodles with Pineapple

Creole – Curry Served with Local Chutney and White Rice

With Prawns

With Chicken

With Fish

Creole Dishes

DESSERTS

Vanilla Pannacotta with Exotic Fruit and Mango Sorbet

Pineapple Crumble and Lime-Piña Colada Sorbet

Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée

Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Tapioca with Coconut Milk and Banana Marinated in Rum

Creamy Chocolate with Raspberries and Lychee Sorbet

Homemade Ice Creams and Sorbets

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Elegant Destinations Launches New Website to Showcase The Best Indian Ocean Villa Rentals

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This year Elegant Destinations are celebrating 20 years of Mauritius luxury villa rentals from the start of the internet when Netscape launched its ground-breaking browser in 1993 to today’s quickening pulse of social media activity. To celebrate this milestone Elegant Destinations has launched a brand new website www.elegantdestinations.com showcasing the best luxury villas and hotels in Mauritius, Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mozambique.For two decades the co-founders Hans and Julie Gauthier have hunted for and deliberated over the best villas and hotels across the Indian Ocean region. The seeds of the villa rental idea grew after the development of a family plot among the swaying palms in Trou Aux Biches. Some of their clients have been with them along the whole stretch of the journey and this niche business has grown through their clients’ loyalty and spontaneous recommendations to their friends. .The new website offers a superb selection of quality properties known for their locations, excellent service and culinary delights.

In Mauritius there is a huge choice of hand-picked villas: resort villas from the stunning Four Seasons and Le Touessrok villas to the beach villas of le Paradis and Trou Aux Biches and the golf estates of Anahita and Heritage. Exclusive designer beach villas like Villa One 4-suite pool villa in Pointe Aux Canonniers and Cape Blue exclusive 5-bedroom beachfront villa in Cap Malheureux. In the luxury villa category Villa Athenee voted one of the top 10 best beach villas by Condé Nast Traveller and Island Villa L’Ilot a real private island offering a privileged and unique stay. There is also an array of beach bungalows which offer the more budget conscious an excellent base for that family beach holiday. All around the island there are also contemporary beach apartments from the desirable Cape Point in Cap Malheureux in the north to the recently opened Esplanade in Black River on the west coast. For the Mauritius hotels there is a hand-picked portfolio of the best luxury and boutique hotels whether for a golf trip with friends, a family holiday or a romantic escape.

The Seychelles portfolio includes the best luxury hotels in the archipelago from the gourmet delights of Four Seasons Seychelles to the barefoot luxury of Desroches. Some of the most popular pool villas have also been included like the 4-bedroom Li-Al-Do Maison on Mahe.

Zanzibar is a new destination with a choice of luxury villa resorts like Essque Zalu an all pool villa resort and the romantic spa resorts of The Residence and The Palms. All the private villas offer original experiences from the loft style beach chic of Upendo Retreat to the eco credentials of Milele Villas.

Mozambique, another new destination, offers a delightful Indian Ocean adventure. Hidden gems like Azura at Quilalea with Mozambican butler service and superb spa, Azura at Benguerra designer modern chic with a traditional twist and the exclusive Vamizi Island. From Santorini-in-Africa to Pambele these villas offer all inclusive fully staffed luxury accommodation with stunning beaches.

Hans Gauthier, Managing Director and Co-Founder is delighted with the launch and spends much of his time keeping an eye on the future of travel in the region and looking forward to sharing his excitement of these developments with their clients. The focus of Elegant Destinations has always been a family company with very personal service and all requests always tailor-made as if they were their own holidays.

Elegant Destinations has been an online travel specialist to Mauritius and Seychelles since 1993 and has established a reputation as one of the Indian Ocean luxury villa pioneers. Their hand-picked portfolio of villas and hotels reflects the varied culture and true excitement of this region offering you their expertise and inspiration as well innovative ideas and a high level of personalised service.

Merry Christmas

In the Indian Ocean, much like the rest of the world Christmas is time for family with mass at midnight and the day itself with the family celebrating. However, New Year’s Eve is definitely the highlight of the festive season with parties shared with family and friends dancing well into the early hours. The first week of the new year is spent relaxing on the beach all together.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy successful 2012!

Top 10 Seychelles Villas of 2011

Seychelles is such a beautiful destination; an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Luxury villas are rare and we have searched for many years for the perfect properties. Unlike Mauritius the properties in Seychelles tend to be built on the hillsides with magnificent views of the ocean and are just a short ride down to world class beaches. On Praslin we highlight two properties Villa Castello which is beachfront and Rocky Bay Villa which is oceanfront. The standard of some of the Mahe properties makes them a delightful alternative to the hotel stay. All villas are staffed and some villas come with a butler and full board options. Eden Island is our latest addition which offers the boating enthusiast a luxury apartment or maison with the quay only a few steps away. We hope you enjoy our selection.

Li-Al-Do Maison (Takamaka, Mahe)

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Li-al-do Maison is a beautiful 4-bedroom villa surrounded by a luxuriant tropical garden with its stunning swimming pool and gazebo overlooking the unspoilt bay of Takamaka, on the south-west coast of Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles islands. The architecture of the villa is very much in keeping with the unspoilt surroundings with its decorations and furniture handcrafted by local craftsmen.
It is a great villa for a family reunion or a group of friends with wonderful staff to help you enjoy your stay. The beach is within 10 minutes and many sea excursions are on offer.

Residence on the Rocks (Anse Intendance, Mahe)

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Perched in a luxuriant forest overlooking the palm-fringed coral beach and turquoise lagoon of Intendance Bay, South of Mahé, lies Residence On the Rocks. This retreat whose architectural design, as well as interior décor, evokes a sumptuous plantation house from Seychelles’ French and British colonial eras.
The villa consists of a two-bedroom Main House on more or less level ground with granite/rock formations on either side for privacy, a one-bedroom Guest House and a fourth suite has just been added. The large infinity pool (10 x 7 m) elevated just below the rock formations offers a vertiginous ocean view. Opposite the Guest House, a gazebo used for alfresco dining, massages and spa treatments sits on a granite rock. A large Jacuzzi nestles in a rock cave next to it.

Villa Petit Amour (Beau Vallon, Mahe)

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Situated at the northern end of Mahé in the Seychelles, this stunning four bedroom villa is impeccably appointed with a unique blend of contemporary European and traditional Creole styles. Set within a private tropical garden with palm, frangipani and fruit trees the villa also offers an infinity swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with stunning views of Beau Vallon Bay and the Indian Ocean. A staff apartment is also available. It is rented fully staffed with breakfast and the possibility of full board option.

Eden Island (near Mahe)

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Eden Island is the perfect location from which you can explore the true beauty and treasures that these magnificent islands have to offer. Situated just off the mainland of Mahe; The Eden Island Marina development is the Seychelles’ Ultimate 5 star self catering resort. Eden Island is a residential marina development featuring a range of beautifully designed luxury Apartments, spacious Maisons and private Villas offering 5-star self catering accommodation. A bridge connects Eden Island to the main island, where the international airport is a mere 10-minutes drive away.

Eden Apartments

The Eden Island Apartments are luxuriously designed to fit with the ideal of island living. Ranging from 88m2 to 215 m2, they are typical one to three bedroom apartments, featuring wide open spaces, big open doors and large windows with extended covered verandas, inviting the beautiful outside in.

Spaced all around the island in apartment blocks not higher than two stories, each apartment comes standard with Miele appliances – washing machine, dryer, oven and hob, a dish washer and of course a refrigerator.

Eden Maisons

Maisons are private and Luxurious duplex homes featuring plenty of space and consist of two to four bedrooms. They range in size from 210m2 to 305 m2.
As with the Apartments, the Maisons come standard with en-suite bathrooms.

Placed privately on plots ranging between 260m2 and 1000m2, no more than 3 Maisons are connected to each other, facing different directions to optimise privacy and bringing the extensive outdoors inside through large verandas and open windows.

Villa Castello (Anse Kerlan, Praslin)

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This distinguished Tuscan-style property is located on the north-western section of the island of Praslin with the most impressive sunsets on the island. The property is nestled on one of the most beautiful white powder-sand beaches of the Seychelles with excellent opportunities for swimming and bathing. It presents a fascinating view onto the islands of Cousin and Cousine as well as Mahé and Silhouette. From the Beach Pavillon you can look over both offshore beaches and a breathtaking outlook onto the sea.
It is Four double bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. It has a wonderful private swimming pool and a fantastic beach location. It is also within proximity of Castello Beach Hotel for dining and activities.

Bay View Villa (Anse Boileau, Mahe)

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This wonderful 6-bedroom villa of 650m² (sleeping up to 13 guests) with swimming pool facing the sea and located on Mahe (the capital island); is the perfect spot for holidays with the family and a group of friends. A wonderful option for groups and incentives…
Bay View Villa is on the most beautiful coast of South West Mahe between the Barbarons tip and the Anse Boileau Bay, ocean front and in an oasis of calm and greenery. It is 20 minutes from the capital city Victoria and 25 minutes from the international airport by car. There are a few shops and restaurants some 10 minutes from the villa on foot, and the only equestrian centre in Mahe is also nearby.
It is the ideal central point to visit the island. The capital city Victoria will surprise you with its full colour market, its shops, its religious buildings and its few colonial creole houses. Up north, the national Morne Seychellois park will captivate you with its beautiful flora and its majestic panoramas. On the east coast, the Jardin du Roi will immerse you in an old spice plantation with its master house and its amazing estate. Finally, the enchantress west coast will fascinate you with its succession of wild and idyllic beaches

Villa de Cerf (Cerf Island, near Mahe)

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Nestling against this unique backdrop and commanding sublime views of the coastline of east Mahé, Villa de Cerf provides luxury and privacy in an exquisite island retreat that boasts four spacious, elegantly-furnished rooms on two floors of an imposing, colonial-style villa not far from the water’s edge.
Among further villa facilities are a spacious lounge/dining room and swimming-pool with wide terrace and sun deck while the services of a live-in hostess and cook are available to ensure maximum guest comfort and the best possible introduction to mouth-watering Seychellois Creole cuisine.

Cerf Island, part of the beautiful Ste. Anne Marine Park, is close to the scenic east cost of Mahé, the principal island of the Seychelles archipelago, and offers one of the most tranquil and unique landscapes of all the Inner Islands. Having long been the traditional settlement of choice for the privileged few, Cerf Island gives its residents a refined ambience as well as all the benefits of fine island living: silver-sand beaches, hidden coves and a pristine interior just waiting to be discovered.

Rocky Bay Villa (Anse La Blague, Praslin)

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Rocky Bay is a luxurious villa perched ten meters above water and overlooking the picturesque sandy bay of Anse La Blague in Praslin. Its peaceful and unique location on a private rocky headland has breathtaking views and its close vicinity to the sea makes it a highly sought after holiday environment.
The villa offers four double bedrooms with double beds and with their own private balcony and sea views.
The villa comes with housekeeping and a chef. A rental car is recommended. This is a great villa for a family holiday and children under 12 stay free. The villa rental comes with housekeeping and chef.

Royal Bay Villa (Anse Royale, Mahe)

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The Royal Bay Villa is situated towards the southern part of Mahé Island. It overlooks the beautiful bay of Anse Royale and its magnificent beach (2 minutes walk).
With its Mediterranean ‘hacienda’ look Royal Bay Villa offers four well appointed bedrooms upstairs,
two of which with double beds are en suite whilst the other two (1 double & 1 twin) share a large bathroom. All rooms are air-conditioned and have their own external balcony and most bedrooms also offer views of the ocean. Great villa for a family holiday and children under 12 stay free. Villa rental comes with housekeeping and chef.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Resort

The villas are located on Silhouette Island (a marine national park, that is regarded as one of the most important biodiversity sanctuaries of the Indian Ocean), 30 kilometers from Mahe, the main island where the international airport is situated. A 40 minute boat ride or a short helicopter flight from the main island of Mahe, Silhouette island is known for its dramatic mountain peaks, rich cultural heritage and unique biodiversity.

Only steps from the idyllic palm fringed beach, all of the stunning Villas at The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Resort offer spectacular views, luxury amenities, wireless internet access and spacious living areas. Various villa types (some with plunge pools) offer great accommodation for couples and families of 2 adults and 2 children.
There are also plenty of activities with a fitness centre, PADI dive centre, spa and a total of 7 restaurants.

We hope you have enjoyed our Top 10 and look forward to your feedback!

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