Intro – An African Safari With A Little Seychelles Sprinkled In
Part 1: Getting To The Seychelles Via Dubai
Part 2: A Soggy Stopover In Dubai
Part 3: Stunning Seychelles – Praslin And La Digue
Part 4: Stunning Seychelles – Mahe Island
Part 5: Kilimanjaro Bound
Part 6: Tanzania – Beginning The Adventure At The Arusha Coffee Lodge
Part 7: Game Drives in Ngorongoro, Ndutu, Serengetti, Lake Manyara, And Tarangire
After another short 15 minute flight on Air Seychelles from Praslin, I arrived once again at Mahe Int’l airport. I had originally reserved a rental car, but decided to cancel after discovering the not so foreigner- friendly driving conditions and abundance of reliable public transport on this island.
I could have gotten to the not so centrally located Hilton Northolme using public transport, but with limited time, I decided to suck it up and pay for a taxi, which cost around $50 and took about 25 minutes. The journey was a bit hair raising with a lot of traffic on small, winding mountain roads without guard rails. I was happy to didn’t try to drive it myself.
The resort is located in Glacis, a mountainous area around 20 minutes from the capital, Victoria, with amazing views and spacious villas. Upon arrival, I was greeted with a cold towel and juice while check in was attended to, and then driven by golf buggy to my upper level villa, 216 with sweeping views of Beau Vallon bay.
Inside was spacious and beautiful, with separate sleeping and lounging areas, one of the biggest bathrooms I’d ever seen, and views from every room. There was also a very large private outside balcony/deck with lounge chairs and table.
I had originally planned on doing some extensive exploring on the island, but the property was so beautiful, I decided to spend a good portion of my time relaxing at the resort. There was an infinity pool, and also a small cove area to snorkel. The hotel even provided a complimentary on site ‘snorkel guide’ to take you out in the water.
Even though the resort is Hilton’s smallest, all the comforts of a larger property are available including an exercise room, spa, and several restaurants.
As a Hilton Diamond, I received complimentary breakfast each morning in the Hilltop restaurant, which wasn’t the most extensive spread, but was delicious. Eggs were cooked fresh to order, and there were the usual selections of fresh juices, pastries, and fruit. One morning, I requested chicken curry as my main entry, and the chef happily obliged!
Though there was no significant beach to speak of at the Hilton, one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches on Mahe was located a short 15 minute walk away, with many restaurants, activities and other resorts along the way.
I definitely wanted to spend a couple of hours inVictoria, the capital of Mahe Island. A bus stop is conveniently located just outside the entrance of the resort and the service is fairly regular and reliable.
The ride costs about $1 but its far from luxurious!
Victoria was bustling, but beyond the central market, a few tourist trinket shops and other tour agencies, there’s not much on offer for the tourist. I spent a couple of hours wandering around, and made my way back to the bus stop for the ride back to the Hilton.
One last amazing sunset and a morning stroll on Beau Vallon Beach later, it was time to check out. The Seychelles are truly magical with warm friendly locals. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time.