LE MERIDIEN BARBARONS TO CLOSE IN EARLY 2014 FOR MAJOR OVERHAUL
(Posted 02nd November 2013)
Information obtained and confirmed while in the Seychelles speaks of Le Meridien, a Starwood brand for resort operations, will very likely lose the management of the Le Meridien Barbarons, when it reopens in mid to late 2014 after a planned shutdown to allow for major renovations, rebuilding and upgrade of the property.
The owners paid a visit to the Seychelles Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St. Ange’s office just prior to his departure for the World Travel Market, briefing him and his senior staff on their plans.
The Le Meridien Barbarons was also earlier this week the venue for an IMF review meeting of progress made on the Seychelles’ economic reform programme launched 5 years ago, which as attracted praise from international development partners for the accomplishments during this period of time.
Details sources from usually well informed stakeholders have already put a name to the ‘new’ Barbarons, which his likely to reopen as Barbarons Beach Avani / Seychelles, then being managed by a company associated with some of the owners. Minor Hotels are also 50 percent partners in the Elewana Collection which owns and operates boutique style safari camps and small but exclusive beach resorts in Tanzania, on Zanzibar, at Mombasa’s Diani Beach and in the Masai Mara.
No comment could be received, perhaps due to the short notice or else for senior staff leaving for WTM in London, from Le Meridien in the Seychelles, which will upon the changeover at the Barbarons only retain the Le Meridien Fishermen’s’ Cove in Bel Ombre at the far end of the Beau Vallon Bay beach.
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