The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island will today open its doors to the first guests to the island since the previous resort closed over two years ago.
Featuring a total of 71 accommodations, the brand new Four Seasons resort offers a choice of beach bungalows, villas and suites and multi-bedroom residences, all with private pool and direct beach access.
For dining, panoramic sunset views are offered at the new Lighthouse restaurant, while Mediterranean fare is served at the all-day dining Claudine restaurant and a poolside bar and Deli provide further options for culinary refreshment.
The organic Circle of Connection Spa with five treatment suites and a beauty salon is the place for island goers to unwind, as the perfect complement to the many resort activities available.
Opportunities for island adventures include world-class diving and fishing, cycling along 15 kilometres of forested pathways, guided nature walks with the Island Conservation Society and learning more about the unique Seychelles flora, fauna and sea life at the new, interactive Discovery Centre.
General manager Edward Linsley commented: “I’m so immensely proud of our entire team and what we have achieved. Desroches is an incredibly special island and I cannot wait to welcome our first guests to discover this destination and to experience first-hand the passion, dedication and warmth of our team who have worked so hard together to make this dream a reality.”
Through recruitment drives and advertising, both locally and internationally, the resort has employed over 200 staff from 39 nationalities, including a significant proportion of Seychellois at all levels. Three local team members from the existing Four Seasons Resort on Mahé have furthered their career in the Housekeeping and Front Office departments by transferring to Desroches, while Seychellois chef, Joel Laporte, who previously transferred to Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi has returned to his home country to join the pre-opening team as a Demi Chef de Partie.
Marc Bonnelame, human resources manager commented: “We have put together a great team full of talented individuals and it is exciting for all of us to be part of such a historic opening. For me as Seychellois, I am proud to be working with such a renowned international brand and to be able to extend the same opportunity to other Seychellois.”
Further information on Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, plus detailed rates and availability can be found by contacting the reservations team at email@example.com, calling +248 4393000 or by visiting the website www.fourseasons.com/seychellesdesroches.
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IDC has welcomed a second Beechcraft plane to its fleet.
“There was a need for this additional plane because we now have more tourist flights to the islands, especially with the reopening of Desroches hotel, which now have two flights a day rather than one a day previously. We are also now, twice a week operating flights for the Guest House on Astove, once a week for the Guest House on Farquhar, plus 2 to 3 times a week for Alphonse Hotel and of course all the other flights that are required by the IDC Management, and private charters. We now basically have additional capacity.” explains Glenny Savy, IDC Chief Executive Officer.
If all goes well, IDC might even consider purchasing a third Beechcraft later this year and selling its two smaller aeroplanes, being the Caravan and the Dornier.
“Having a fleet of Beechcrafts only will rationalize our operational cost as there will be only one type of operation rather than three different types of aircrafts” adds Mr. Savy.
The Beechcraft has been purchased in South Africa at a cost of $2.151million. It has been inspected by the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority and is already registered on the SCAA registry.
As a continuation of his tour to outer Islands, President Danny Faure visited Desroches Island from 2nd to 4th February 2018.
During his visit, the President viewed the new Four Seasons Resort due to open March 2018. The new luxury resort, will feature some 71 lodgings including beach bungalows, villas, suites and private residence villas.
The familiarisation tour, also provided the President with the opportunity to see first hand the IDC operations on the island as well the environment protection efforts by Island Conservation Seychelles (ICS) located on Desroches featuring ongoing programmes such as vegetation rehabilitation, turtle, bird and coral reef monitoring, tortoise conservation and beach profile surveys.
President Faure was accompanied on his visit by the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and the Chief Executive Officer of IDC, Mr. Glenny Savy.
In December, President Faure visited Astove, Assumption and Aldabra.