The Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange said he is impressed with the standard of the tourism establishments on the Praslin island, commending the ones promoting the Creole culture.
He made this statement after concluding his door to door visit to all licensed tourism establishments on Praslin last week.
Minister St.Ange said it was important for him to visit all the properties in the tourism industry on Praslin that is licensed, to meet the staff of these establishments and to have an overview of the services being offered, before the new grading system or hotel classification programme comes into place.
The minister who was accompanied by the principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune, chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Naiken visited nine establishments on the island, including one large hotel, two small hotels, a luxury villa and self-catering apartments.
Their first stop was at Chateau de Feuilles situated at the top of Pointe Cabris where they met the general manager Cedric Morel. The nine-room establishment has been described as an asset for Praslin by Minister St.Ange as the hotel boasts an impressive décor.
Local wood has been used to dress up the interior of these rooms. To add a unique touch to the decor, the many of the accessories sown by tailors at Chateau de Feuilles blend well with the wooden furniture and the greenery of the gardens.
Nestled on the top of the hill on this property, the jacuzzi is well placed as its location provides the ideal relaxing atmosphere, when one can enjoy pure tranquility while admiring the beauty of neighbouring islands such as Petite Soeur, Grande Soeur, Felicite and Ile Cocos.
The Minister and his team then visited three establishments at Anse La Blague on the other side of the island.
The first was a four bedroom establishment called ‘The House’ belonging to John Purvis and his wife Veronique. It is made up of a three-bedroom apartment and another with one bedroom.
Minister St.Ange was briefed on the services offered there as he was given a tour of The House.
His next stop from there was at Elize’s Villa, a self-catering establishment overlooking the sea. The villa is made up of three self-catering apartments managed by Pamela Lesperance.
Showing the ministerial delegation around, she said the establishment gets a lot of honeymooners and most of the clients are from Europe especially Germany.
Jacques Lesperance, the owner of Tranquility Villa was at Wyn’s Villa to welcome the delegation at his brother’s establishment.
Wyn’s Villa is a self-catering establishment of three bedrooms belonging to Wynfield Lesperance.
Minister St.Ange also visited Villa Paille en Que at Au Cap, on the way down from Anse La Blague. There, the owners have blended the decor well with the surrounding natural environment and has added the Creole touch to the interior design.
Villa Face Mer at Anse Possession is located by the roadside overlooking the clear turquoise sea.
Minister St.Ange toured the establishment before heading to Chauve Souris to meet its management team and staff and see the services being offered there.
Gabriel de Simone who heads the Chauve Souris establishment and the Cote D’Or Lodge belonging to the same company, met Minister St.Ange on theisland to brief him on the latest developments happening at the two hotels.
He is the only foreigner in the top supervisory and management level overseeing the day to day operations of the hotels whilst all others are Seychellois.
Minister St Ange’s last stop for the day was at Round island (Praslin) luxury villa managed by Arnaud Lacage.
The last hotel visited to round up his visit to Praslin the following day was at New Emerald Cove situated at Anse Lafarine.
Speaking to the management team there, Minister St.Ange learned that the hotel is on the right track in promoting the Creole culture. A Creole night is organised on Wednesdays. The hotel also provides a true Seychelles’ experience as clients have to get there only by boat.
Minister St.Ange was also shown the area where weddings take place on the island.
The minister said the visit has enable him to see what Praslin has to offer, adding that the Praslin brand stands only when everybody is moving forward at a level.
Minister St.Ange is expected to start his visit on Mahe this week before moving to La Digue.