Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

Making Waves: CaranaBeach Caps Eventful First Year

Taking a low-key approach to its first anniversary celebration today doesn’t necessarily reflect the kind of year it’s been for the CaranaBeach Hotel.

Kicking off Seychelles’ carnival last April with a throng of journalists and a degree of fanfare, the hotel’s grand opening set the stage for an impressive first year of operation. But a busy Easter holiday season and a full house left little room for reflection, says CaranaBeach General Manager Cyrille Carofano.

“We’re hosting a small management cocktail for our guests, along with a ceremony to recognise our staff who have been with us from the beginning,” Mr Carofano says, “but apart from that, the team is quite busy, so when things are quieter we’ll take the time to look back on the accomplishments of the past year.”

Healthy occupancy numbers are far from the only achievement during CaranaBeach’s first year. Aside from getting past the early teething that’s often associated with opening a hotel, landscaping the grounds was made a high priority, especially given the steep hillside on which the property overlooks.

“The gardens have really flourished and the contrast between the sea, the beach and the greenery provide our guests with that feeling of being surrounded by nature,” Mr Carofano says.

Accented even further by chic interior design, inspired by soft greys and natural wood tones, CaranaBeach was quickly recognised by the international tourism industry, winning the title of Best Contemporary Luxury Hotel in the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

CaranaBeach Director Alan Mason believes the award not only serves to bolster the hotel’s name and quality recognition abroad, but provides encouragement to the hotel’s staff that they are moving in the right direction. “We’re incredibly proud of our team for being able to achieve that kind of international distinction in just our first year,” he says.

Another accolade would soon follow, this time for the hotel’s outstanding cuisine, with its Lorizon Restaurant nominated for the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Coincidentally, voting opens today for Lorizon Restaurant. 

In fact, the inventive culinary scene at both Lorizon and the hotel’s poolside restaurant along the beach has endeared CaranaBeach not only to its visiting guests but to a loyal client base of Seychelles residents, who’ve taken to the concept of fresh Seychelles produce from Denis Island, served up in a variety of ways.  

In tandem with the cuisine, the hotel has been able to leave an imprint on the national events scene, with several special engagements with the participation of local residents in mind. Introducing the high tea concept for its feature events has become something of a signature affair for CaranaBeach, Mr Carofano says, and will regularly feature on the hotel’s calendar.

Despite the early success, however, the CaranaBeach management knows that in today’s tourism landscape, a hotel is only as good as its last review on TripAdvisor. That’s why the management focus over the next year will revolve around service.

“The first year has been about establishing the hotel and getting the operation in gear,” Mr Carofano says. “Now we’ve hired a training manager to really structure a programme around delivering the kind of natural, authentic Seychellois service we want to be known for.”

In fitting style for a low-key anniversary celebration, CaranaBeach is offering residents a half-price discount on all massages at its Sens Spa, making for one of the most economical spa experiences on the island. 

For more information, contact CaranaBeach on 4383333 or contact your Mason's travel Representative

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