Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Hotel Updates: Acajou Beach Resort

Rave reviews for revamped Acajou Beach Resort


Six months after re-opening its doors to guests, the newly revamped Acajou Beach Resort of Seychelles has quickly re-established itself as one of the islands’ premier mid-size hotels. Formerly known as the Acajou Hotel, the resort was closed throughout 2014 as part of an overhaul that would see added rooms and new room categories. A series of new eco-friendly initiatives have also cemented the resort’s position among Seychelles properties with green credentials.


The vast majority of the renovation work was finalized by December 2014 for the resort’s soft opening, with the finishing touches drawing to a close in the first few months of 2015. The project now fully completed, the Acajou Beach Resort is operating with 52 rooms across six categories, and 50 percent of the hotel’s electricity consumption is now powered by the sun.

According to Acajou Beach Resort General Manager Joanise Doway, the early reviews from online booking engines like Booking.com and hotel review sites such as Tripadvisor.com, would seem to indicate the changes have been well received by its guests.

“It’s been great to see all the hard work we put into the renovation pay off with such positive feedback,” she said.

“Cote D’Or beach has always been a major strength for us, but now we feel the service side of the hotel, the facilities and the cuisine have improved greatly, and combined with our beautiful and convenient location this offers guests tremendous value for money.”

 

A Booking.com reviewer from Finland claims Acajou is “the best hotel for Seychelles island hopping,” while a Trip Advisor reviewer from Germany writes that, “…the rooms are spacious, the bathrooms new and clean and all the rooms have sea views…The location is perfect if you plan to do excursions to other islands for a day trip.” 

Another from Italy commends the “Good staff, tidy rooms, very nice balconies to relax after the beach...I would really suggest this place.”Aside from the additional rooms, the new elevated infinity pool has also received excellent feedback, as has the equally new Starfish Bar and Restaurant, which was built atop the deck adjacent to the pool.

 




“Guests have really enjoyed the pool in combination with the restaurant,” Ms Doway said. “We invite all tourists on Praslin, even if just strolling along Cote D’Or, to stop in for a coffee or a light bite. Our lunch menu also features our signature dish which is a fantastic octopus curry.”

Ms Doway said that it has been especially rewarding to note the feedback about the resort’s cuisine at both Starfish and Les Boucaniers, the main restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner.
 

“We’ve put together a great kitchen team that draws on both local Creole authenticity and international-style quality, so to see the results come back positively in our reviews has been wonderful.”

One Booking.com reviewer from Sweden states that Acajou is “one of the best hotels I have stayed in,” noting the “fast and free Wi-Fi” as well as the “excellent food in the restaurant.”
 



Another from Slovenia writes that the “Staff is cleaning and maintaining resort all the time, very polite and helpful. Food is excellent!”
 

Despite all the additions, the management wanted to make sure the property would retain the qualities that endeared Acajou to so many guests in the first place. So far, the feedback suggests that aim has been achieved. As a Trip Advisor reviewer from South Africa writes: “What a joy it was to return to Hotel Acajou…to find that this delightful, well-loved family run hotel has gone from strength to strength. Acajou has been treated to a total make over, yet in its beautiful transformed state has not lost any of its magical Creole charm.”






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