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Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a private, paradise island escape set on the North coast of Mahé, and I was lucky enough to experience all of what this enchanting island has to offer. Nestled amongst Mahé’s oasis of tropical fauna and flora sits the hotel’s iconic villas, all of which are perched on stilts to offer uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean ahead, and enjoy private infinity pools; the ideal setting to enjoy my morning coffee whilst the sun rose, or to sip on an aperitif as the sun set. 

From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew that this would be a special experience. I was warmly greeted by the hotel team with a tantaslising cocktail, before being chauffeured to my villa via private buggy, taking in the array of beautiful plants and trees along the way. 

As soon as I stepped through the door to my villa, I was mesmorised at every turn. A large, welcoming bed with beautiful drapes hanging from the bed posts faced towards sparkling floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, meaning that I could admire the incredible ocean views upon waking. The spacious bathroom boasted a fantastic rainfall shower and free standing bath tub, also looking out towards the amazing sea views; an enviable setting in which to freshen up before the day or to wind down before bed. The large floor-to-ceiling windows in each room allowed for floods of natural light, which made a striking contrast against the beautiful dark wooden interiors of the villa. 

Not only does Hilton Seychelles Northolme offer a luxury retreat, but also the opportunity to explore further afield and enjoy all of what the island has to offer. Guided by the hotel’s expert team, we took off for the day in a mini-moke, a Jurassic Park-style open roof car, to travel down to the South of the island. Along the way, we stopped at bustling local food markets, where we browsed through numerous stalls selling exotic ingredients, including fruit and vegetables, fish and spices. Further South, we visited a local farm, where the local farmers taught us how specific crops and vegetables are grown, before being treated to slices of fresh melon; the ideal way to refuel for our journey back up the island!  

Back at the hotel, the iconic white sands of the Seychelles just moments away from the front door to my villa offered the perfect opportunity to wind down after a busy day exploring the island; as I enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the beach and a relaxing swim through the turquoise waters, I knew it would be very difficult to have to leave this haven of paradise.