Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hotel Updates: Acajou Hotel

Acajou 'Hotel' Renovation on Pace for November Re-Launch

Several phases of the renovation of the Acajou Hotel on the Seychelles island of Praslin are nearing completion, in the lead-up to the resort’s re-opening this November under the new name “Acajou Beach Resort.”

A brand new infinity pool overlooking the sea is among those projects already completed, with its adjacent deck, pool bar and an all-new restaurant expected to be finished before the end of August. 

Long associated as one of Seychelles’ ‘green’ hotels, with its signature log-cabin styled rooms, the Acajou’s renovation will further entrench the resort’s environmental credentials, General Manager Joanise Doway has said.

The first phase of a new photovoltaic solar energy system is being installed to power the vast majority of the resort’s lighting and air conditioning needs. Energy-efficient LEDs will also make up over 90 percent of the total lighting on the property by the time the resort is complete.

A new elevated walkway for the guest rooms and other features have been consciously designed to circumvent ecologically important vegetation and endemic trees. Since the start of the renovation, a nursery was set up to facilitate the extensive landscaping works to follow.

Each of the existing 32 rooms are being refreshed in line with the new rooms that have been built. The earthy, tropical log-cabin ambience remains in the Standard and Superior rooms, whereas the Deluxe rooms closer to the sea are designed with an ocean motif. All rooms feature elegant décor in the characteristically Creole style of the hotel, each with paintings by renowned Seychelles artists Michael Adams, Alyssa Adams and Gerard Devoud.

The new units include a block of 10 Deluxe rooms with over-sized verandas near the beachfront, as well as two new Family rooms and an additional two Superior rooms just metres away from the new pool.

The resort will now feature a total of 52 units: 14 Standard rooms, 16 Superior rooms, 14 Deluxe rooms, 2 open-plan Family rooms, and 6 new self-catering apartments (4 one-bedroom units and 2 two-bedroom units).

The subtle name change from “Acajou Hotel” to “Acajou Beach Resort” aims to reinforce the hotel’s prime location along Praslin’s magnificent white-sand beach known as Cote D’Or.

“Cote D’Or is one of the best beaches in all of Seychelles, not only for its beauty but also in terms of safety,” Ms Doway said. “The sea here is typically calm no matter the season, which makes it ideal for everyone, including families, at any time of year. We felt modifying the name would more accurately inform our potential clients and partners about what a great location this is, without actually changing what our property stands for: green, natural, romantic and authentically Creole.”

One thing that won’t change is how Acajou treats its own beachfront along Cote D’Or, where the natural vouloutier vegetation will remain in place to ensure the health of the beach profile, with only a small pathway cleared for guests to easily access the beach.

“The vouloutier along our beachfront is nature’s own design and we’ll never change that,” Ms Doway said. “It provides balance between the land, beach and the sea, and guards against sand erosion.” 

In addition to the new rooms and the pool bar and restaurant, the renovation will see the creation of a quiet garden area with water features and both exotic and endemic plants and flowers. The massage facility, adjacent to the resort’s private gym and boutique, will also be expanded. Much of the 90-strong workforce will be comprised of returning staff from before the closure.

Reservations are already coming in for November’s soft opening and beyond. Ms Doway said: “It’s been a long process but we have been pleased with the development schedule, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests in November.”

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