Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Local Spirit at Hilton Northolme 

Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa has once more teamed together with local partners to offer a new culinary experience. Members of the Tourism Industry, partners and Hotel Guests were invited to taste a selection of innovative, organic Cocktails created by Seybrew and Seychelles upcoming eco-friendly farmer Jean Paul Morin.

Hilton Northolme has started their culinary journey earlier this year and hosted a vegan guest chef from Sweden, organised exclusive wine tastings in partnership with Mama Mia Deli and introduced the “Les Cocotiers” Creole BBQ on Sundays since then. The latest addition to the culinary offerings is called ‘’Mix it up with local flavors’’ and took place on Thursday, 9th May in the hotel’s reception area. It was the first event of a series the hotel will be hosting in the future and follows Hilton’s global commitment to increase its “big five” impact: youth opportunity, water stewardship, anti-human trafficking, protecting wildlife and local sourcing. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare Sponsors “Hope for Kids” – a Children’s Respite Programme by Cancer Concern Association

On Saturday, 11 May, a team of delegates from the Cancer Concern Association (CCA) visited Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare to present the outcomes of their first-ever “Hope for Kids” children’s respite programme, which was sponsored by the hotel. 

The programme targets children below the age of 16 who have lost a parent or close family member to cancer, and was designed to offer the children mentorship, peer support, skill development and grief counselling. “Hope for Kids” was launched in April with 40 young Seychellois who benefited from the programme. 

Two of the programme’s graduates, together with a team of volunteers from CCA, visited the hotel to share the outcomes and success from their launch and to personally thank the hotel for their generous sponsorship, which made “Hope for Kids” possible. The hotel’s human resources manager, Cheryl Marie, welcomed the group and was on hand to receive a homemade card with handwritten messages of gratitude from each of the programme’s participants. 

“We are so pleased to have been a part of this success story,” said Marie. “It’s so important for these children to know that they are not alone – that they have the support of their peers and organisations like CCA, as well as their communities. Kempinski is proud to be a part of such a wonderful community initiative.”

Masami Egami, the hotel’s general manager, commented that since its inception, Kempinski has always been people-oriented and that this collaboration with the CCA and the important work that they are doing was a wonderful demonstration of this core brand value.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de La Réserve

Mr. Olivier Loreaux appointed Resident Manager of Le Domaine de La Réserve

Le Domaine de La Réserve on Praslin island in Seychelles has announced the appointment of Mr. Olivier Loreaux as Resident Manager.

A French native from Burgundy, Mr. Loreaux has over 20 years of experience in hotel and resort operations in Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Through hard and dedicated work, he made his way up from culinary to senior Hotel Management positions and has handled single and multi-site operations, openings & refurbishments as well as project management. Team building and training is also part of Mr. Loreaux’s numerous skills.

His track records includes Operational Management and Food and Beverage Management with world famous Marriott International. His previous experience before joining La Réserve was in Algeria, at the urban Sheraton Annaba, where Mr. Loreaux successfully developed and implemented strategic and operating plans.

With a very hands-on management style and a wealth of experience in hotels around the globe, Olivier will perform with a very supportive and caring team to ensure that Le Domaine de La Réserve further builds its reputation as one of the most beloved 4* resort of Seychelles, and will drive the implementation of a range of new services available to clients. This, to ensure our esteemed guests at Le Domaine de La Réserve always have a memorable experience.

Mason’s Travel would like to congratulate Mr. Olivier Loreaux  on his latest appointment and wish him all the best in his new role at Le Domaine de La Réserve.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Mason's Travel News

Labour Day Staff Party

On the 11th of May 2019, Mason’s Travel management welcomed their staff to a Labour Day celebration which all its’ staff were invited to.

The event took place at Chilli Bar in La Louise whereby the evening started off with a Chinese buffet and by popular demand the staff were eager to start singing and dancing with their colleagues.

Following dinner, our General Manager said a few words to thank the many faces that are behind the brand of Mason’s Travel. Their unparalleled dedication and efforts to their role is what continues to maintain the high standards we have set as our company goals. This evening was a thank you in appreciation of their hard work over the years. 

We then kicked off with a karaoke competition mixing between international hits, local tunes and some good old classics. The karaoke proved that we certainly have a lot of talented voices at Mason’s Travel. If karaoke were a sport, we’d definitely have some gold medalists among us! The Sega competition began shortly after the vibrant voices. The local Sega, our national dance is always a favourite, no one was going to miss out on this chance to dance and sway their hips to the island rhythms! 

Thanks to The Lifestyle Committee of Mason’s Travel, the Labour Day Party was a great success whereby staff could socialize amongst each other out of the usual work environment. 

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Notice: Le Jardin Des Palmes

Le Jardin Des Palmes Closure Extended

Please note that we have been advised that Le Jardin Des Palmes closure will be extended.

The hotel initially planned to close from the 18th of April to the 15th of May 2019 but due to unexpected work, the renovation will not be completed until the 25th  of May 2019.
The hotel is currently liaising with respective reservation agents to make alternative arrangements.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort’s Food & Beverage Team Exposes Local Talent

A passion for food and beverage has always been at the forefront of the Kempinski brand, but in the second week of May the food and beverage team at Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare took centre stage on more than one occasion to shine a light on the development of local talent and creativity: 

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Fregate Island Private

Luxury Travel Guide Award Fregate Island Private For Service Excellence

Masons Travel would like to congratulate Fregate Island Private on being awarded for your service excellence by the Luxury Travel Guide.  We commend you for your dedication to service. 

Please see below what the Luxury Travel Guide had to say about Fregate Island Private;

The judges were impressed with the consistency of the guest reviews. We could see that many guests were repeat visitors and were constantly referencing the attentiveness of the staff. Your team seems very keen to ensure each guest has a special experience and go over and above what is expected. 

As discussed, I am extremely pleased to announce you have been successful in winning the award for: 
The Luxury Travel Guide Awards champion the very best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement you should be proud of. We are delighted to pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category. 

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Mason's Travel News

Meetings & Massages with Banyan Tree

As our Contracting team is fully immersed in Contracting season for 2020, the team are also meeting with our numerous partners to discuss offers and rates. During the last week of April our Product and Contracting Manager, Lise Vidot, had a meeting with the Banyan Tree Director of Sales, Mr German Herrera.

The Banyan Tree Team arrived with a Spa therapist. The Mason’s Travel staff in the office were elated to find out that they would each be treated to a 5 minute shoulder massage.  We all know that, ‘time spent getting a massage is never time wasted’ and the team were certainly revitalized following this surprise treatment to then continue on with their contractual obligations. 

The Mason’s Travel team would like to extend a huge thank you to the Banyan Tree team! We are very appreciative of this generous gesture.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Notice: Jardin Du Roi

Jardin Du Roi closure from the 08th of May 2019 until the 11th of May 2019  

Please note that we have been advised that Jardin Du Roi will be closed from the 08th of May 2019 until the 11th of May 2019. 

During this time the the restaurant will be undergoing roof renovations. No visits or lunch will be available over this period.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de La Réserve

L’Occitane en Provence cosmetics at Le Domaine de La Réserve

Praslin, Seychelles, Le Domaine de La Réserve welcomes a new range of cosmetics from world famous L’Occitane en Provence, now available in guests’ accommodations. The range of products is from the Aromachologie collection and contains Mediterranean essential oils and features 100% natural scents which help to soothe or to revitalize body and mind using the ancient aromatherapy approach.