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Seychelles luxury mountainous hideaway once home to pirates

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Once home to pirates and plantations, and the reputed home of notorious pirate, Hodoul, whose hidden treasure may well still lie there. Silhoutte island in the idyllic Seychelles has been through many periods of ephemeral settlements, says Assif Majid.

Silhouette is Seychelles’ third largest island, lying 30km off Mahé’s western coast and in close proximity to North Island. Silhouette’s verdant, mountainous profile dominates the view from Mahé’s popular Beau Vallon beach.

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One of only two hotels on the island, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is a luxurious mountainous beach hideaway that is sandwiched between a dazzling 2.5 km long white beach with leaning palms over turquoise seas strewn with granite boulders and tropical forest. Silhouette is the only other island apart from Mahé to have a mist forest on its lofty 731m peak, Mont Dauban.

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The hotel provides an ideal backdrop for hikers and walkers wishing to penetrate the mysteries of an island once reputed to be the home of notorious and intrepid pirate Jean-François Hodoul.

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Only a 20 minute helicopter transfer from Seychelles International Airport, Mahe and a 45-minute boat trip via Bel Ombre Jetty, the resort is home to one of the largest nature reserves and National Marine Parks in the country.

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You can choose from three spacious and peaceful villa categories, from garden villas, to beachfront villas to deluxe hillside pool villas and deluxe beachfront pool villas. The jewel in the crown of these rooms is the magnificent presidential villa offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

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The majestic landscape of Silhouette Island, as observed from Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, is mentioned by author Ian Fleming in ‘For Your Eyes Only’, one of his most famous James Bond creations. This beautiful, untouched island houses a huge variety of wildlife and flora, as well as one of the most luxurious and historically rich resorts in the Seychelles.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, PO Box 69, Silhouette Island, Mahe, Seychelles, hiltonseychelleslabriz.com

Images courtesy of Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 18, 2014 | Africa Indian Ocean Seychelles Travel | View comments

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