A fine romance

Fall in love with Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

 

In need of a glamorous, grown-up escape? Bond fans will be thrilled to discover this resort, which inspired the setting of the novella, For Your Eyes Only, following a visit by author Ian Fleming in 1958. The adult-friendly boutique hotel on Mahé island teams tropical charm with five-star hospitality for a stay that even the most stoic secret agent would appreciate. 

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Built before the First World War on an island largely uninhabited until the 18th century, the resort retains an air of mystery set amid the quiet coves of Mahé’s Beau Vallon Bay, with spacious private villas offering stunning views of the Indian Ocean. There’s a variety of villa styles and categories to choose from, but VIPs will be drawn towards the two-bedroom Northolme Villa, which features a private ocean-side pool (the largest in the north of Mahé), with panoramic views of Silhouette Island, the Indian Ocean and Beau Vallon Bay. Take a seat on the deck with a cocktail in hand and let your mind wander as the warm sea breeze washes over you. 

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Adventure seekers can dive deep into the ocean to discover the vibrant aquatic life, go night fishing for sharks and Barracuda, or take a helicopter tour of the Seychelles archipelago. Plus, you can deepen your understanding of traditional Seychellois culture and heritage with a trip to Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, which was built in 1840.

If you want to do your bit to save the planet, a trip to the coral nursery in nearby Beau Vallon Bay is a must. This Hilton-led project is designed to protect and preserve the marine and reef life along the island’s North-West coast by combatting the effects of coral bleaching, and strengthening the reef’s resilience against future eco-disasters. You can help make a difference by adopting some coral, before following the 650-metre-long snorkelling trail with a marine conservation specialist. 

Once your duty is done, Northolme isn’t short of sundowner spots. Order a drink, prepared just the way you like it, and indulge in one of the al fresco dining options, enjoying Creole-infused dishes under a starry night sky. 

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