Mahé, Seychelles, March 1, 2012: KempinskiSeychellesResort held a festive grand opening at its newly opened resort on island of Mahé. Guests of the event reveled in the celebration as fireworks lit up the sky over Baie Lazare, international performers regaled them with song and dance, and the fragrance of exotic flavours filled the air.
Guests included minsters and dignitaries from the Seychelles and neighboring countries, leaders in the travel industry, guests of the resort, and more than 90 top-tier journalists from around the world. The CEO of Kempinski Hotels, Mr. Reto Wittwer, and Kempinski President of Middle East, Africa & Indian Ocean, Mr. Ulrich Eckhardt were also in attendance for the grand opening event.
Kempinski’s first property to open in the Seychelles, the stunning five-star resort is located in an exclusive corner of Baie Lazare, on the island of Mahé. Nestled under dramatic granite hills, with views of the azure waters of the bay, the 150 well-appointed rooms and suites are just steps away from the pristine beach. A lush lagoon winds its way around 63 hectares of verdant gardens on the resort.
Guests of the event explored the property throughout the course of the evening, which showcased the resort’s dining, wellness, and leisure facilities. Two restaurants and two bars offer a variety of dining options for guests. The resort is home to one of the largest ballrooms in the Seychelles, which seats up to 200 and boasts natural daylight and serene views over the lagoon. A modern fitness centre is open 24 hours for fitness fanatics, and the water sports centre provides endless opportunities for aqua adventurers to explore the crystal waters and nearby coral reefs. Younger guests will appreciate the Kempinski Kids Club with its own shaded pool and on-going activities. The blissful Kempinski The Spa, lit with colorful lanterns for the celebration, sits at the base of the granite hills and is surrounded by fragrant grasses and blooming trees, providing a secluded sanctuary for guests to indulge in Kempinski’s signature spa services in private treatment rooms.
Commenting on the highly anticipated opening of the Kempinski Seychelles Resort, General Manager, Pierre Stacher said, “Tonight is a celebration of Kempinski’s debut in the Seychelles, and Baie Lazare is the perfect setting for this stunning property. This resort combines the rich natural beauty of the Seychelles with Kempinski’s signature European luxury. In the spirit of Carnival, a melting pot of cultures, we are delighted to have hosted so many people from around the world to help us commemorate this special occasion.”
Held in partnership with the Seychelles Tourism Board on the eve of the 2nd annual Carnival International de Victoria, the evening set the stage for the three-day celebration in the Seychelles, which commences on March 2nd.
“The Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary General of the UNWTO join representatives of Kempinski and owners of the Kempinski Seychelles Resort in kicking off the official opening ceremony. Guests of the event cheered as the gentlemen ignited a fireworks and light show that dazzled the crowd.”
Pictured from left to right:
• Ulrich Eckhardt, President – Middle East, Africa & Indian Ocean Kempinski Hotels
• Pierre Stacher - General Manager, Kempinski Seychelles Resort
• Laurent Moser - European Hotels & Resorts
• Jean-Paul Adam – Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Taleb Rifai - Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
• Reto Wittwer – CEO of Kempinski Hotels
About Kempinski Seychelles Resort: The Kempinski Seychelles Resort – Baie Lazare is the ideal location for those seeking an intimate getaway or an island adventure. Whether your idea of relaxing involves exploring hidden bays, snorkeling and island hopping or simply to soak in the sun and pamper yourself with indulgent spa treatments and exquisite dining, the resort offers a world of choices, all within reach.
About Kempinski Hotels:
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 72 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio includes historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.
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Issued by: Lashley Pulsipher • Regional Director of Public Relations
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