This is probably the most luxurious and aspirational points property that’s slated to open in 2023…
Waldorf Astoria Platte Island Seychelles basics
In early 2021, Waldorf Astoria announced plans to open a private island resort in the Seychelles in 2023. While the hotel isn’t yet accepting reservations, it’s my understanding that the property is on track to open in Q4 2023, which is exciting. If you’re looking for a fun adventure with your Hilton Honors points in 2024, definitely pencil this one in.
The Waldorf Astoria Seychelles will be located on Platte Island, a private island in the Indian Ocean, around 130 kilometers south of Mahe. The island has its own airstrip, so guests will be able to fly there directly from the country’s international airport.
The resort will feature 50 seafront villas with private pools. The Waldorf Astoria will have six restaurants and bars, a spa (with six treatment rooms plus a beauty salon and a hammam), a club for kids, an outdoor observatory, tennis courts, and a marine conservatory discovery center.
Platte Island is covered with palm forests and surrounding by a coral reef and lagoon, so it sounds incredible. It’s cool to read more about the island — it’s about a quarter of a square mile.
Elias Pertoft has been appointed general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Seychelles, and he has worked at a countless number of private island resorts, from Virgin’s Necker Island, to Soneva Maldives. Here’s how he describes the resort:
“In the two decades I have called remote tropical islands a home, I have never witnessed an island as pristine as Platte Island, nor one so teaming with wildlife, where it is possible to glimpse endangered Hawksbill turtles laying eggs, eagle rays and reef sharks ribboning along the lagoon.”
“This combined with the elegant Waldorf Astoria service and personalised guest experiences is a winning combination that will redefine luxury in the Seychelles. I look forward to welcoming guests to this landmark destination.”
Below you can find some pictures of the resort.
Since the hotel isn’t yet bookable, it remains to be seen what pricing will be like, in both points and cash. Given how few villas this resort will have, I expect only a very limited number of keys will be designated as standard accommodations, for the purposes of award redemptions (just like at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives).
As far as points pricing goes, currently Hilton Honors charges up to 150,000 points per night for standard rooms, and elite members get a fifth night free when redeeming points. I expect that’s how much this hotel will charge as well.
This isn’t the first private island resort of its kind in the Seychelles. Several years ago I stayed at the Four Seasons Desroches Island, which has a similar setup. It’s an all-villa property on a private island with its own airstrip.
Interestingly the rates at the Four Seasons never got as high as you might assume. Seasonally the hotel charges well under €700 per night, so it’s cheaper than comparable properties in the Maldives, for example.
Hilton’s impressive portfolio in the Seychelles
Hilton Honors’ portfolio in the Seychelles sure is impressive, as Hilton will soon have six properties in the Seychelles. As a point of comparison:
- Marriott has two properties in the Seychelles, including a Tribute Portfolio hotel, and North Island, which is out of budget for a vast majority of people
- IHG has one property in the Seychelles, which is a Six Senses
- Hyatt has no properties in the Seychelles, other than a partner hotel through Small Luxury Hotels of the World
As a point of comparison, Hilton has the following five properties in addition to the upcoming Waldorf Astoria:
- Mango House Seychelles is a Hilton LXR property, and is otherwise the most luxurious Hilton property
- Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a well regarded hotel, and is nicer than you’d typically expect from just a “standard” Hilton
- DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort and Spa is another option, and is generally the most affordable Hilton property in the Seychelles
- Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is a very cool property, as it’s the only resort on Silhouette Island, which is 93% a national park
- Canopy by Hilton Seychelles is also expected to open later this year, and will be located on Anse à la Mouche beach
The Waldorf Astoria Seychelles is on track to open in Q4 2023, though it isn’t yet accepting reservations. The hotel will be located on Platte Island, a private island that can be reached by plane from Mahe. This should be an incredible resort, as it’ll feature just 50 villas. I can’t wait for this hotel to become bookable, as it should be an amazing use of Hilton Honors points.
It’s interesting to me how well Hilton seems to be doing in the Seychelles with signing new hotels, as the company will have six properties. You’d think that hotel owners would be looking to diversify their brands a bit, but I guess Hilton is delivering.
What do you make of the Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island?
I don't see any point of visiting the Seychelles as long as this kind of thing goes on there: https://www.nation.sc/articles/17423/mass-dog-poisoning-sparks-outcry
Hey Mike .First get the info right...ivwould be more corner about not visiting places where humsns are not treated well.. USA and Autralia to name justv3...
Definitely check it out
Stayed at Mango House in May 2022. It wasn't great. Nice property and I actually liked the location and little beach it has, but the service was just weird. Lots of mistakes and very pushy on their tours and other services. To top it off, they didn't take Amex and so I didn't get my Aspire $250 credit. I won't be returning, but could be more of a Seychelles thing. Whereas we can't wait to...
Stayed at Mango House in May 2022. It wasn't great. Nice property and I actually liked the location and little beach it has, but the service was just weird. Lots of mistakes and very pushy on their tours and other services. To top it off, they didn't take Amex and so I didn't get my Aspire $250 credit. I won't be returning, but could be more of a Seychelles thing. Whereas we can't wait to get back to Conrad Maldives, but even that . This WA property on it's own island sounds intriguing though.
Have stayed at every Hilton property in the Seychelles plus the Six Senses one. Obviously the six senses blows them all away but the Hilton properties are very impressive indeed. Labriz is such a hidden gem in the Hilton portfolio and for the first time I could recall from my travels, mango house made me feel like I was staying at someone’s home…the hospitality was THAT good.
If he has never seen an island teaming with "so much wildlife", he has not seen many islands. Or even just Silhouette Island next door.