Hotel Review: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort is a luxury hotel on a private island. While I wasn’t sure what to think about the hotel before my arrival, I can safely say that it’s an amazing place for your holidays after leaving. You can read why in this extensive hotel review.
I’ve spent a fair share of time preparing for this review as I took more than 800 pictures during our six days at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Deluxe Hillside Pool Villa
- Month of Stay: July
You might think I’m crazy, but there were just tons of things worth taking pictures of, most of all the amazing beaches. But let’s start slowly and carefully.
Getting to the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
Getting to the Labriz Resort, one of two Hilton resorts on the Seychelles, isn’t exactly easy. There’s a private boat departing from a jetty, which is around 15 minutes from the hotel three times a day. In our case, things went quite wrong as our driver (it’s approximately 150 Euro per person per way if you are booking everything through the hotel) didn’t show up for more than half an hour, making us miss the boat to the resort, resulting in a three hour delay. You can spend this time at the hotel’s jetty, which is a small building with some indoor and outdoor seating and a small beach. Not the worst place to spend your time, but not ideal for several hours either.
The boat trip takes another hour and can be quite a challenge for your stomach if you are not a fan of taking boat trips. Yet, the views are amazing, so there’s something positive here, too. Additionally, it’s worth noting that most of the check-in is already done on the main island, so you are ready to get to your villa upon arrival at the resort. After the hick-up with our arrival, we were also offered to get the return transfer complimentary, which I found to be a nice gesture. Additionally, due to my Hilton Diamond Status, I was upgraded to a Deluxe Hillside Pool Villa (a double upgrade).
Deluxe Hillside Pool Villa at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
The Deluxe Hillside Pool Villas are in the middle of the resort and are facing the “mountains” and not the sea, which might not sound ideal.
However, those villas offer unparalleled privacy, which none of the other villa types does.
The Hillside Pool Villas are very spacious with more than 100 square meters. The indoor area consists of one large room with a King Bed on an elevated podium, a working desk near the entrance and a spacious couch further into the room.
Several welcome gifts, including a cake, some towel art and a bottle of sparkling wine were already waiting for us upon arrival. Next to the main room is a semi-separated wardrobe, with lots of storage space and a make-up desk. Additionally, you can find a table in the room, which comes with a Nespresso machine, a couple of bottles of waters and fruits, which are replenished on a daily basis.
The bathroom is a very special part of the room to speak about in a review of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort. This is because it might as well have been the most spacious bathroom I’ve ever seen.
There is a big shower with two rainshower heads, ideal for couples. Then there’s a compartment with the toilet and a bidet. The main area of the bathroom features double sinks and an amazing round bathtub.
The bathroom, as the room, comes with floor-to-ceiling windows. Thus, there’s lots of daylights in the bathroom and you can enjoy a very nice view of the garden. It’s also worth noting that one evening the housekeeping offered preparing a romantic bath for us – what a nice gesture!
Last but not least, I want to talk about the outdoor area of the Deluxe Poolside Villa, which is another highlight.
There’s a big terrace with several different seating options, including one of the most comfortable garden seating arrangements I’ve ever seen (that’s the best I can describe it).
Then there are two loungers right next to the plunge pool. The latter was a little too cold for my taste and is also not very big, but it’s still a very nice thing to have. What I loved about the outdoor area is that there was a real garden with a few meters to walk in each direction. To the very end of the garden, there’s a nice little pavilion, where you can have a private BBQ or something alike. Last but not least, there’s a hammock in the garden.
While not over-the-top luxurious, the Deluxe Hillside Pool Villas at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort are truly amazing and one of the nicest hotel rooms I’ve ever enjoyed.
Breakfast at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
Thanks to my Hilton Diamond Status, I enjoyed complimentary breakfast at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort. There were two options available, the “normal” breakfast served in the main restaurant and a more private breakfast at the Italian restaurant, which is only available for Hilton Diamond and Hilton Gold members. The breakfast in the main restaurant was okay, featuring the typical hot and cold options as well as an egg station. Yet, the restaurant somewhat lacked atmosphere and was crowded quite often.
At the same time, the so-called Executive Breakfast was not only amazing, it was just amazing, incredible or whatever adjective you are looking for. There was just a very small buffet, but we never even took anything from there.
Instead, you are free to order everything you want from a very nice menu of hot items. We had several different things throughout the six days and especially enjoyed the steak & egg.
Other highlights included different versions of Egg’s Benedict and pancakes. Not only was the quality and taste of all items amazing, but the service was incredibly good, too. We ended up being with a maximum of three other couples at the same time, enjoying beautiful views and an incredible breakfast every day.
I’ve been to dozens of great Hilton properties, including the Conrad London, the Conrad Bangkok, the Conrad Manila and many more, but none offered such an incredible breakfast as the Hilton Seychelles.
Lunch & Dinner at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
Before I’m talking more about the food itself, it’s worth noting that prices at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort are steep, very steep. Starters range between 15 and 30 Euro, mains between 30 and 70 Euro. A dinner with wine, water and three courses for two people will set you down at least 200 Euro. Ouch.
We had a couple of different options during our stay, but focused on the Asian restaurant, which offered very good Thai cuisine for a relatively affordable price (compared to everything else).
We also went to the Italian restaurant for one evening, but were rather disappointed.
Once, we went for a pizza in the poolside restaurant, which we found to be okay.
We also had room service once or twice, but it seems like I didn’t take any photos here. All in all, the food offerings are decent and a good quality. Yet, the value for the money in this regard is quite bad, but that’s something to be expected at a private island, sadly.
Pool & Beach at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
There are many good reasons to visit the Seychelles, but one of the most obvious ones are the beaches. I’ve already spoken about how the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort is on a private island. Yet, it’s worth noting that Silhouette Island is very big, despite being hardly populated (other than the resort). Thus, you can walk along the beach forever, even though the resort ends at one point. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves here as the beaches were just incredibly beautiful.
It’s worth noting though that the beaches are not ideal for swimming as there are lots of small stones and other sharp things, so be sure to bring beach shoes.
The pool at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz is nice, but nothing over the top. It’s located in the middle of the resort and big enough for swimming laps. Yet, I wouldn’t call it a great pool or anything.
Around the pool, there are a couple of loungers in different arrangements if you’d like to relax poolside.
Spa & Activities at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
When staying at the Hilton Seychelles, you may access the Spa for a charge (or complimentary if holding a Hilton Gold and Hilton Diamond Status), which is located at the far end of the resort. The Spa features a small private pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna and a couple of loungers. You may also book treatments for a charge if you are interested.
Other than this, there are a couple of other activities available. These include complimentary activities like yoga classes (some complimentary, others not), a library, a tennis court, table tennis and so on.
Then there are some activities, which come with a (hefty) charge like chartering a boat, doing trips to other islands, going on more extensive guided hikes etc.
Last but not least, there’s a decently equipped gym.
All in all, you definitely won’t get bored even if just relaxing isn’t your thing.
Overall impressions of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort
It’s not every day that I’m really raving about a hotel, but my stay at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort was just truly enjoyable. There were a few downsides, including the hick-up with the transfer or the incredibly steep prices for food and beverage, but everything else is just amazing.
The villas are in a good shape and have an incredible size as well as brilliant features. Then, there’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, an incredible range of activities (many even complimentary), an incredible breakfast for certain Hilton status members and last but not least great staff. All in all, I can just recommend this resort and would love to return as soon as possible!