A view from the lovely infinity pool at the Hilton Northolme.
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 first hotels in the Seychelles (it was built after WWI), it has been completely rebuilt since and at only 56 rooms, it is one of the the world's smallest Hiltons! The hotel has been specifically designed to sit in harmony with its natural surroundings with its coconut palms, hibiscus, mango trees and unusual cannonball tree, and the large granite boulders that are a well-known feature of The Seychelles.
The villas are divided into three categories; with 14 Deluxe Oceanfront Villas, 26 Oceanview Hillside Villas and, new in 2015, 16 Pool Villas. All have ocean views and are decorated in broadly the same style. Though a key difference is their positioning, with the more expensive being situated right by the sea; the newer Pool Villas also have a plunge pool on the deck.
The villas are all beautifully decked 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 large wardrobes, a desk with large mirror, coffee table and small table with nespresso machine and tea-making facilities. The furniture is all 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 rooms have a hairdryer, mini-fridge, ceiling fan and are air-conditioned - 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 if you are just there to relax. The open air Hilltop Restaurant offers panoramic ocean and mountain views and a wonderful buffet breakfast is served here each morning. Themed buffets are also served here in the evenings. Les Cocotiers is a fine dining a la carte restaurant with an extensive wine list if you feel like treating yourselves, and The Ocean View Bar a casual al fresco spot, offering an all day snack and drinks menu. It is also a lovely spot 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 an infinity free-form swimming pool overlooking the ocean, sun-lounger area with parasols, and gym with panoramic ocean-view. If it is raining you will find entertainment in the games' room (the 'Crow's Nest') which 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.
The hotel's watersports facilities include complimentary snorkelling, kayak and pedal boat hire. It is quite possible to snorkel directly from the small beach as there are quite a few colourful fish around the rocks. 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.
The hotel also features a lovely spa which offers a wide range of massage treatments and beauty therapies including body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures. It also offers a steam room, relaxation lounge and a yoga pavilion.
Our viewHilton Northolme is smart a smart hotel and has excellent facilities. The rooms 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 long stretch of beach, it 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
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: The Hilton Northolme offers a variety of dining options including 3 restaurants, room service and a formal in-villa dining service. Picnics can also be arranged on request if you are going out for the day.
The enormous buffet breakfast is served from 7.30 until 11am. 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. Get there early and bag a window seat - the views are superb!
The Ocean View Bar serves a snack menu all day, which features dishes such as greek and Creole salads, club sandwiches, burgers, risottos, pasta dishes, paninis and also a “Healthy Options" menu.
A nightly themed buffet is served in the Hilltop Restaurant. If you feel like treating yourself, Les Cocotiers Restaurant is a 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 is available.
Honeymoons: The Hilton Northolme on Mahe 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 Mahe's beaches. To its north lies the Hilton Northolme: a smart beach hotel with its own small, private 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 which offers a wide range of massage treatments and beauty therapies including body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures. It also offers a steam room, relaxation lounge and a yoga pavilion. There is also a fitness centre which overlooks 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'. It has games (such as pool, darts and chess) and a selection of DVDs.
Generally recommended for children: The Hilton Northolme is recommended for older children although the hotel tends to mainly attract couples.
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 mobile reception and an in-room telephone. Internet is available in the lodge 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 hoses throughout 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.