The five star Hilton Northolme Resort and spa is situated at the Glacis end of Beau Vallon Beach.
Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa: Our full report
Situated at the Glacis end of Beau Vallon Beach, the five-star Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa is perched on a hillside, with panoramic views of the sweeping bay beyond. One of the world's smallest Hiltons, the hotel has been designed to sit in harmony with its natural surroundings of coconut palms, hibiscus, mango trees and unusual cannonball tree, and the large granite boulders that are a well-known feature of the Seychelles.
One of the first hotels in the Seychelles, built after World War I, the Northolme has since been completely rebuilt. Its 56 villas fall into three categories: 14 Deluxe Oceanfront Villas, 26 Oceanview Hillside Villas and, new in 2015, 16 Pool Villas. Individually set among the trees, all have ocean views and are decorated in broadly the same style, though the Pool Villas also have a plunge pool on the deck. The key difference, however, is their location, with the more expensive villas being situated right by the sea.
The villas are all beautifully clad in polished hardwood and are very spacious, with an open-plan bedroom and lounge area and separate en-suite bathroom. Either side of the four-poster king-size bed you will find bedside tables, reading lamps and an international dial telephone. There are also big wardrobes, a desk with a large mirror, a coffee table and a small table with Nespresso machine and tea-making facilities. The furniture is made from polished wood and the bench-sofa is decorated with colourful cushions. Traditional artwork brightens up the walls and the windows are dressed with taupe linen blinds and curtains. All the villas have a hairdryer, mini-fridge, ceiling fan and air conditioning – a clever system which switches itself off when the balcony doors are opened.
The bathrooms are beautiful and also decked in polished hardwood with double sinks, a walk-in shower and large Jacuzzi bath. Dressing gowns and slippers are supplied as well as various toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and vanity kits.
The Hilton Northolme has three different restaurants, so you need never leave the resort if you plan just to relax. The open-air Hilltop Restaurant, with its panoramic ocean and mountain views, serves a wonderful buffet breakfast each morning. Get there early and bag a window seat – the views are superb! Themed buffets are also served here in the evenings. If you feel like treating yourselves, try Les Cocotiers: a fine-dining à la carte restaurant with an extensive winelist. Then there’s the Ocean View Bar, a casual alfresco spot offering an all-day snack and drinks menu, and a lovely place to take in the sunset at the end of the day, and enjoy a cocktail or two.
The Hilton Northolme offers a variety of facilities and activities, including a free-form infinity swimming pool overlooking the ocean, a sunlounger area with parasols, and a gym with panoramic ocean view. If it is raining you will find entertainment in the Crow's Nest:, a games room that has a library, pool table, table tennis, darts, card and chess tables and board games. It also has a huge flat-screen television, and films are sometimes screened here in the evenings. The gift shop features a selection of swimwear and sportswear, books, arts and crafts, snacks, magazines and cigarettes. WiFi is available in the bar.
Watersports at the Northolme include complimentary snorkelling, kayak and pedal-boat hire. It is quite fun to snorkel directly from the small private beach, where a few colourful fish dart around the rocks – though the beach itself disappears at high tide. Waterskiing, jet skiing, parasailing and diving facilities are located nearby, and these activities can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel can also arrange a number of guided excursions including sunset cruises, Mahé sightseeing and island hopping.
A further feature of the Hilton Northolme is a lovely spa, which offers a wide range of massage treatments and beauty therapies including body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures. It also has a steam room, relaxation lounge and yoga pavilion.
Our viewHilton Northolme is a smart hotel with excellent facilities. The villas are luxurious, without being over the top; the food and dining locations are varied, and on our visits, we've found the service excellent. We'd quite happily spend a week here. The beach is small, though, and disappears at high tide, so if you're looking for a hotel on a long stretch of beach, this probably isn't the right choice for you.
Ideal length of stay: 3 nights or more
Directions: The Hilton Northolme is a 25-30 minute drive from Mahé Airport and about 15 minutes' drive from Victoria.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: The Hilton Northolme offers a variety of dining options, including three restaurants. Picnics can be arranged on request if you are going out for the day.
An enormous buffet breakfast is served from 7.30am until 11.00am. The variety is overwhelming and the daily selection includes cereals, fruit, cold meats, cheeses, pastries, muffins, a full cooked breakfast, porridge, pancakes and yoghurts. Freshly squeezed juice, coffee and tea are also served.
For lunch, the Ocean View Bar serves a snack menu all day. This features dishes such as greek and Creole salads, club sandwiches, burgers, risottos, pasta, paninis and also a ‘Healthy Options’ menu.
A themed buffet dinner is served every night in the Hilltop Restaurant. If you feel like treating yourself, Les Cocotiers restaurant is à la carte and reputably very good.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Further dining info: Room service and a formal in-villa dining service are available.
Honeymoons: The Hilton Northolme on Mahé Island is an excellent choice to include as part of a Seychelles honeymoon. Enjoy this smart, sophisticated lodge, with excellent service and great facilities for your romantic celebration. The villas are bright and hi-tech, with views of the ocean.See more ideas for Honeymoons in Seychelles
Beach holidays: Beau Vallon is the best known and most popular of Mahé's beaches. To its north lies the Hilton Northolme: a smart beach hotel with its own small, beach. Stay for a relaxed, sophisticated beach holiday: good food, great service, pool lounging and real comfort.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Wellbeing: The Hilton Northolme features a lovely spa that offers a wide range of massage treatments and beauty therapies, including body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures. It also has a steam room, relaxation lounge and a yoga pavilion, and a fitness centre overlooking the ocean.See more ideas for Wellbeing in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: The Hilton Northolme welcomes children that are 13 years of age and older.
Special activities & services: None, although entertainment for teenagers can be found in the Crow's Nest, where there are games (such as pool, darts and chess) and a selection of DVDs.
Generally recommended for children: The Hilton Northolme tends to attract mainly couples, but is recommended for older children.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: UK -style 3-square-pin sockets are fitted throughout. International adaptors are normally available from reception, though it would be wise to bring your own, if required.
Communications: There is cellphone reception and an in-room telephone. Internet is available in the resort as well as WiFi if you have your own lap-top. Fax and printing services are available.
TV & radio: There are televisions in the villas which offer a variety of digital channels.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: The villas have a flushing toilet, shower and bathtub.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The nearest hospital is about 20 minutes' drive away and it is possible to call out doctors if required.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: 24 hour security guards.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the villas and fire hoses are located on the property.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge
Money: Foreign currency can be exchanged at reception. There are electronic safe deposit boxes in the villas.
Accepted payment on location: The hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard and Amex credit cards, as well as cash payments in Seychellois rupees, US dollars, euro and pounds sterling.