Why This Seychelles Bolthole Is Perfect For Your Honeymoon

The Location: The island of Silhouette - the Seychelles' third largest - is a 45-minute ferry rigde from Mahé airport for those with their sea legs, or 15 minutes by helicopter if you want to make an entrance worthy of a rock star Nestled between 2.5km of dreamy, deserted white sandy beach and the majestic, mist-covered mountains behind, the Hilton Sechelles Labriz Resort & Spa is in a spectacular sport.

The Look: Simply stylish with contemporary clean-lined Asian-influenced design, the 115 villas have been polished and preened to perfection since Hilton took over the resort in 2011. Rooms are all about the gigantic beds and bathrooms, but it's the deluxe beachfront villas with private pools, outdoor showers and circular baths big enough for two that ramps up the romance factor.


The Vibe: Romantic Robinson Crusoe. Even at full capacity there are miles and miles of empty beach to give you a castaway honeymoon experience - albeit a luxurious one! With no roads or cars, the pace of life here is slow and relaxed and - being a national park - there's also a real feeling of being surrounded by nature, with giant tortoises and rare protected trees and plants.

Come prepared to ditch the pre-wedding diet. Food plays a big part at Labriz, with a choice of seven bars and restaurants that serve everything from modern Italian and delicious sushi, through to traditional Seychellois creole cooking, such as octopus curry or grilled jobfish served in a banana leaf.


We Love: Learning to fish the Seychelles way - catch your dinner with a weighted hand-held line. Believe us: it's seriously fun. The bliss of an evening massage for two under the stars in the jungle setting of the heavenly Silhouette Spa. The legend of the hidden pirate treasure that's been lost for centuries - make it your mission to find it!

Must Do: Pack your walking boots and head off on a six-hour guided hike to Grande Barbe during turtle nesting time (November to March). Cruise to the other side of the island for a picnic at stunning bay Anse Mondon.

Etihad Holidays (etihadholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights in a Garden Villa from £1,899 per person, B&B. Includes return flights with Etihad Airways