Global luxury hotel giant Kempinski has today launched the latest addition to their collection, when the Kempinski Seychelles Resort was officially opened for business.
While already for some weeks in a soft opening phase the tape was only cut today and a grand opening party was held by management for guests, including a sizeable contingent of the global media who came to the island to cover the second edition of the Carnival International de Victoria, which is jointly hosted by La Reunion and the Seychelles. In fact the Seychellois Who is Who were present at the event, which was strictly by invitation only and befitting the occasion did it snow food and rain drinks, from the very finest the acclaimed chefs of the luxury hotel group could produce, caviar and champagne included.
The 150 suites and elegant rooms are needless to say meeting guests expectations, raised high by the mere mention of the name Kempinski, as does the location on Baie Lazare, where the resort is embedded in a secluded corner of the bay, overlooked by massive granite rock formations. Set on an astonishing 63 hectares of land the new resort will undoubtedly live up to its billing and the opening party tonight set the tone and raised the threshold of what tourists can now take for granted in terms of luxuries, facilities and amenities, and then some more.
Fireworks proved to be one of the highlights of the night, illuminating the ocean, the beach, the lush tropical forest and the mountains behind the resort as the assembled guests broke into spontaneous applause, only to rise to a crescendo when several groups of dancers came on stage performing a preview of what the forthcoming carnival festival will hold in store for visitors.
Kempinskis CEO Reto Wittwer was of course present at the launch as was the President Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean Ulrich Ekhardt and Regional Public Relations Director Lashley Pulsipher found herself swamped by the media representatives with never ending questions. With this latest addition Kempinski now got 72 5star hotels, residences and resorts in their stable.
General Manager Pierre Stacher said to the guests: Tonight is a celebration of Kempinskis debut in the Indian Ocean region and Baie Lazare in the Seychelles is the perfect setting for this stunning property. This resort combines the rich natural beauty of the Seychelles with Kempinskis signature European luxury. In the spirit of Carnival, a melting pot of cultures, we are delighted to have hosted so many people from around the world to help us commemorate this special occasion.
Also present for the launch was the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Mr. Taleb Rifai, the Chairman of the Seychelles Tourism Board Barry Faure, the CEOs of the Seychelles Tourism Board Alain St. Ange and his La Reunion counterpart Pascal Viroleau and the CEO of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association Raymond St. Ange plus nearly 80 international media representatives from around the world including eTN publisher Thomas Steinmetz, who is also Chairman of the International Council of Tourism Partners.
Seychelles, Truly Another World.