London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
A 93% nature reserve, this gem of an island spoilt us – so many things to do in Silhouette island Seychelles! 20 km northwest of Mahé, Silhouette is the third largest granitic island in the Seychelles, with an area of roughly 20 km² and a population of 200. The main settlement is La Passe, where Hilton Labriz is located. And here are our 10 favourite activities in Silhouette, so hard to choose between even in one whole week!
1. Exploring and enjoying beautiful white pristine beaches: by Hilton Labriz one could enjoy from very shallow to iconic granite boulders in front of the spa, to wild and untamed by Anse Patates et Anse Lascars treks. Anse Mondon is 1.5 hour trek away.
2. Diving and snorkelling – the Padi dive centre is a 10min bike ride from Hilton Labriz reception.
3. Trekking the inside island. The treks are out of this world and we have attempted with the 7 years old Anse Patates and Anse Lascars – the height of the mountains and very limited development equates to unique flora and fauna, regarded by conservationists as one of the most important hotspots in the Indian Ocean.
4. Cycling around the island felt super precious: from villa to restaurants, to diving centre, spa and into the wild.
5. Dining and chilling by the beach. 4th Degree beach bar is a gem and Flavio a great bartender. My favourite late lunch in here was octopus coconut curry washed with a Seybrew draft, whilst my kids munched the plantain chips happily for hours. Christmas day we had the most delightful gathering in here, joyous and festive, in 2020 was a truly unexpected treat. All kids were given rides in a Christmas open mini bus, Mr and Mrs Noel arrived by sleigh and thereafter handed everyone gifts. All parties involved wore masks, there was Christmas music by the beach, all parents spread nicely around indulged in beers and bubbles.
6. Eforea spa has a charming jungle location and warm personnel – it’s easy to come here every day for affordable feet massages, Elemis facials and so much more !
7. Wining and dining. Portobello was our favourite restaurant – sophisticated Italian cuisine with seafood lasagna, seabass carpaccio and out of this world fish. Teppanyaki comes at par with its lakeside location and Japanese freshly grilled seafood by the most charming chef and personnel.
8. Kids heaven. From the kidsclub, to pools, to long pristine beaches, bikes all sizes stabilisers included, this is one kids friendly resort.
9. Enjoy Hilton’s sanctuary beach or jungle villas scattered through the resort. We tested the sanctuary jungle villa with private pool and had a blissful stay – the bathroom is superb and hillside there are tones of privacy.
10. Embrace the conservation culture – from turtles laying eggs by Silhouette island beaches, to Hilton Labriz organic garden, to the national marine park and unspolit jungle, there is so much to love and protect in here.
Hilton Labriz runs daily boat rides from Mahe or one could catch a helicopter ride – fellow travellers have even spotted whales from the helicopter!
The Seychelles form an archipelago of 115 islands scattered across the equatorial Indian Ocean. First colonized by the French in 1770, the islands still feel undiscovered and only about 20 are inhabited. Seychelles island hopping is truly the way to get to know this diverse archipelago and trust us, 5 islands in 14-21 days is not too much and Silhouette is a must !
For Mahe we warmly recommend Four Seasons or next door the more affordable Kempinski – one will be also spoilt wining and dining on the main island! And in case one has questions about Maldives versus Seychelles, head here, Seychelles is truly our favourite place worldwide. Dreaming already about heading back, there’s so much more we’d love to explore and report back !
Travelling during the pandemic. December 2021 onwards and being fully vaccinated made travelling to Seychelles from UK easier, just a couple of extra forms and tests. The travelling guidance has been fluid though, always best to check the latest UK Foreign travel advice.
Disclosure: Many thanks to Hilton Labriz for the upgrade and hospitality. All pics and overexcited kids – ours.