Mango House Seychelles: New Hilton LXR Hotel

Mango House Seychelles: New Hilton LXR Hotel

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Hilton’s luxury footprint is continuing to grow. A couple of months ago I wrote about another great luxury beach property joining Hilton’s portfolio. I wanted to provide an update on this, as the hotel now has an opening date, and is also accepting reservations (including with points).

Mango House Seychelles (Hilton LXR)

Hilton has announced that Mango House Seychelles will be the latest hotel to join LXR Hotels & Resorts, which is Hilton’s independent luxury brand. The new hotel, which is located on Mahé island, is accepting reservations for stays as of July 1, 2021.

The hotel is situated on the southern part of Mahé, along the edge of the Anse aux Poules Bleues, which is described as “a sparkling calm bay with shallow clear waters.” The property will feature just 41 guest rooms, including nine suites. It was originally built as a family dwelling by Italian photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri.

The property will feature a spa, fitness center, and five food and beverage venues, including:

  • Muse, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant
  • Azido, a Japanese restaurant featuring sushi and robatayaki grilled delicacies
  • Soley, a pool bar
  • A barbecue pop-up venue with fresh seafood and meats
  • An Indo-Seychellois bar that will serve cocktails

Here are some pictures of the property, which looks stunning, in my opinion:

Mango House Seychelles property


Mango House Seychelles property


Mango House Seychelles exterior


Mango House Seychelles lobby


Mango House Seychelles lobby

Mango House Seychelles guest room


Mango House Seychelles guest room


Mango House Seychelles guest room


Mango House Seychelles pool bar


Mango House Seychelles spa


Mango House Seychelles spa

Redeeming points at Mango House Seychelles

Now that the Mango House Seychelles is bookable, it’s worth noting that a standard room can be booked for 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Hilton Honors elite members get a fifth night free on award redemptions, meaning that you could pay 76,000 points per night for a standard room over five nights.

As a point of comparison, paid rates at this hotel start at well over 700 EUR per night, and that’s in the off season. Suffice to say that this is a phenomenal use of points.

How this fits into Hilton’s portfolio

Mango House will be Hilton’s fourth property in the Seychelles, and should also be the most luxurious one. Hilton’s other Seychelles properties include:

  • Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
  • Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles, Allamanda Resort and Spa

This will be Hilton’s sixth LXR property (and the first in Africa), as the group otherwise has the following properties:

  • Habtoor Palace (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
  • Oceana (Santa Monica, United States)
  • Susona (Bodrum, Turkey)
  • The Biltmore, Mayfair (London, United Kingdom)
  • Zemi Beach House (Anguilla)

Zemi Beach House, LXR property in Anguilla

Why luxury Hilton additions excite me

I’m always thrilled to see Hilton add more luxury properties, especially independent ones like this. Historically one of Hilton’s biggest challenges has been that its luxury footprint was limited, though this is an area in which the program has been improving greatly.

There are so many great implications for this with Hilton Honors:

In other words, I appreciate the valuable status that can be earned without actually being “loyal,” especially when I can use those benefits at luxury properties.

Hilton’s luxury footprint continues to grow, including properties like the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach, Zemi Beach House, Oceana Santa Monica, the Conrad Abu Dhabi, and more.

The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos

Bottom line

Mango Beach House Seychelles is now accepting reservations for stays as of July 1, 2021. This hotel, which will be the first LXR property in Africa, looks gorgeous and boutique, and like a great option for anyone redeeming points.

I will say that I visited the Seychelles a few years ago, and I didn’t really love it. Yes, it’s beautiful, but I didn’t think the food was amazing, and I found service to be not-great across the board

Anyone plan to visit Mango Beach House Seychelles, and excited to see more luxury “independent” Hilton properties?

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  1. ArnoldB

    Been to the Seychelles twice in the past three years and also saw the construction sight of the new Hilton. My expectations are tempered, mainly because of the location. On the side opposite of the hotel there is an inhabited area which imo already takes away some of the magic. To get to the hikes you have to drive quite a distance from where the Mango House will be. The actual sand beach seems tiny.

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    Been to the Seychelles twice in the past three years and also saw the construction sight of the new Hilton. My expectations are tempered, mainly because of the location. On the side opposite of the hotel there is an inhabited area which imo already takes away some of the magic. To get to the hikes you have to drive quite a distance from where the Mango House will be. The actual sand beach seems tiny.

    I disagree with users saying that Mahe is not good. Quite the opposite, Mahe is amazing, you have to stay at the right areas. South Mahe has amazing beaches and in the Northwest there is amazing jungle (Copolia trail, Morne Blanc trail, ...). In some areas like Beau Vallon you have a perfect mix of infrastructure and beaches/vicinity to hikes.

    However the main reason why I believe the Mango House might disappoint is the existence of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz on Silhouette Island. I was there in 2020 and it was absolutely amazing, despite some flaws with the service and some of the food. You have amazing beaches directly at the resort as there are plenty of beach villas. You have amazing, even more untouched jungle directly at the resort entrance and surrounding the backside of the hotel. Amazing jungle hikes. The whole island is just the Hilton Resort and a tiny village with 50 inhabitants. 7 different Restaurants, so many activities, etc. I don't see how the Mango House could compete to be honest.

  2. AndrewM

    The last time I was there I stayed at Le Meridien Fisherman cove at Beau Vallon beach and I had a great time. The food was excellent too.
    Unfortunately the hotel is no longer Le Meridien or a Marriot property...

  3. Quo Vadis?

    So she sells sea shells on the Seychelles seashore?
    :-)

  4. GlobalTraveler

    Points rate, base room: 95,000, next room up 411,000 points per night, on up to 1,380,000 per night. Nice homework there pal. Either the Hilton website is broken or the worst points deal on the planet. Reach out to Hilton and find out what the hell is going on. Phone reps CANT EVEN FIND THE PROPERTY IN THEIR COMPUTER.

  5. Bob

    The main island sucks.
    Praslin is a lot better, especially the beaches.

  6. Greg

    Also looking forward to the new LXR property in Kyoto, Japan.

  7. langata

    seychelles is cool , connecting to mahe via Kenya airways a Skyteam partner is just but exellent

  8. Laszlo

    No picture of a suitable sandy beach - no wonder as this part is quote rocky, meaning no small children

  9. robbo

    I agree on Seychelles, beautiful geographically, service is shite, food is shite, over-rated in my opinion..... got for Maldives or even Sri Lanka before that place

  10. Azamaraal

    Very very attractive. Will put on the Bucket List if there is ever travel again and QR doesn't screw up more airlines in the process of devaluing Business reward travel.

    Visited in '93 and was not terribly impressed. At that time I much preferred Maldives or Barbados (Rockley Beach) as the beaches were better and the transportation was easier.

    But this property is inspirational and might be worth the trip just for the experience.

  11. mike

    Spent part of my honeymoon in 2018 at the new at the time FS desroches island in seychelles and we also spent a night in transit at le meridien on mahe and the FS was above and beyond our highest expectations. Le meridien was also impressive for the short amount of time we stayed and we found the seychelles to be much better in general than our trip to the maldives in 2019 where we...

    Spent part of my honeymoon in 2018 at the new at the time FS desroches island in seychelles and we also spent a night in transit at le meridien on mahe and the FS was above and beyond our highest expectations. Le meridien was also impressive for the short amount of time we stayed and we found the seychelles to be much better in general than our trip to the maldives in 2019 where we stayed at emerald resort. The seychelles are harder to get to than maldives as far as connectivity and distance but definitely worth it. Personally don't understand the allure of staying in overwater villas after trying once, not worth the hype and $$$.

  12. iv

    Le Meridien Seychelles Is leaving Marriott next week. This hotels looks amazing.

  13. Lukas

    The hotel looks great, but am I the only one that sort of, kind of doesn't "get it" when it comes to the Maldives, Seychelles, and so forth? If all you want is a luxury hotel on the beach, surely that's available on a lot of other places that's easier to get to, offer more to see (outside of the hotel), and are priced more competitively? With less mosquitos? ;)

  14. HoKo

    I Would love to see some type of top 50 Hilton luxury hotels list as a future blog post

  15. Morgan

    Surprised you haven’t written about QF Sydney harbour fly over and bridge cake turning 100

  16. GP_7677

    I stayed at both Hilton Northolme and Labriz in spring 2019. I don’t consider myself a connoisseur when it comes to luxury hotels but I thought both could have been branded Conrads and no one would bat an eye. Thought both were fantastic and the staff couldn’t have been nicer or more welcoming.

    Also don’t miss the island of La Digue if you go.

  17. Ryan

    I really wish they'd have put it on one of the other islands. Mahe is nothing special, the beauty in Seychelles is the outlying islands.

  18. Jojo

    The problem is, Seychelles is not designed for points and miles. It's more exclusive than that - until recently there were few options to fly there on miles, and the best hotels in Seychelles aren't generally bookable like this. The truth is, the sort of vacation looked at on this blog doesn't suit Seychelles. To get good food in Seychelles you're better off sticking to local food, such as fish, which is some of the...

    The problem is, Seychelles is not designed for points and miles. It's more exclusive than that - until recently there were few options to fly there on miles, and the best hotels in Seychelles aren't generally bookable like this. The truth is, the sort of vacation looked at on this blog doesn't suit Seychelles. To get good food in Seychelles you're better off sticking to local food, such as fish, which is some of the best in the world, instead of aiming for Michelin style fare in a remote tropical island - it just never will match up to the style served in cities or in other, better connected locations. Seychelles is more laid back, less showy, quiet luxury; perhaps why tourists there are mostly European rather than American.

  19. Jeff

    Who goes to the Seychelles for the food and service? Did you make it the the beaches on La Digue, the national park on Praislin, the botanical garden in Mahe, etc.?

  20. Lukas

    @Reaper - agreed. I've been to Seychelles (no hotel points stay) and found everything to be so amazing for Seychelles to land as my #1 country in the world.

  21. Worldtraveler303S

    You missed out by not staying at the LXR property in Bodrum. Much nicer than the edition... better water, not as much of a scene, better amenities and great service

  22. Reaper

    "I will say that I visited the Seychelles a few years ago, and I didn’t really love it. Yes, it’s beautiful, but I didn’t think the food was amazing, and I found service to be not-great across the board"

    Seems like too broad of a generalization. You stayed at a couple Seychelles hotels and didn't like *their* food & service.

    So you've extended that to the entire country?

  23. MDA

    I don't know much about the Seychelles - is it in a good location

  24. lacey b

    can't wait! we spent 2 weeks at the hilton labriz in 2018 & loved it - for a non-luxury property the location & service were top notch...food was decent. tbh we liked it more than conrad maldives, where food was average at best!

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ArnoldB

Been to the Seychelles twice in the past three years and also saw the construction sight of the new Hilton. My expectations are tempered, mainly because of the location. On the side opposite of the hotel there is an inhabited area which imo already takes away some of the magic. To get to the hikes you have to drive quite a distance from where the Mango House will be. The actual sand beach seems tiny. I disagree with users saying that Mahe is not good. Quite the opposite, Mahe is amazing, you have to stay at the right areas. South Mahe has amazing beaches and in the Northwest there is amazing jungle (Copolia trail, Morne Blanc trail, ...). In some areas like Beau Vallon you have a perfect mix of infrastructure and beaches/vicinity to hikes. However the main reason why I believe the Mango House might disappoint is the existence of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz on Silhouette Island. I was there in 2020 and it was absolutely amazing, despite some flaws with the service and some of the food. You have amazing beaches directly at the resort as there are plenty of beach villas. You have amazing, even more untouched jungle directly at the resort entrance and surrounding the backside of the hotel. Amazing jungle hikes. The whole island is just the Hilton Resort and a tiny village with 50 inhabitants. 7 different Restaurants, so many activities, etc. I don't see how the Mango House could compete to be honest.

AndrewM

The last time I was there I stayed at Le Meridien Fisherman cove at Beau Vallon beach and I had a great time. The food was excellent too. Unfortunately the hotel is no longer Le Meridien or a Marriot property...

Quo Vadis?

So she sells sea shells on the Seychelles seashore? :-)

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