On March 27, Club Med, a pioneer and world leader in all-inclusive vacations for families and active couples, officially opened the doors of its brand new eco-chic Club Med Exclusive Collection Resort, located in one of the most extraordinary destinations in the Indian Ocean: the Seychelles.
Turquoise waters as far as the eye can see, the scents of the surrounding tropical forests and an intimate unspoiled location for the kind of adventure dreams are made of... This is what awaits explorers of all ages on Sainte-Anne Island.
Located in the heart of the Seychelles archipelago, in a protected reserve, this 220-hectare slice of paradise is home to a single hotel, the eco-chic Club Med Resort, giving its clients the pleasant feeling of being alone in the world.
A 15-minute boat ride from Mahé Island and its international airport, adventurers will have the chance to discover a true haven of peace and well-being in harmony with the Indian Ocean.
Club Med has chosen to open its second African Exclusive Collection Resort in the Seychelles archipelago, where nearly 60% of the land is a protected area. Club Med has taken over an existing hotel owned by the New Mauritius Hotels group, which invested €70 million in the renovation and restructuring of the Resort.
The Resort’s opening has created nearly 400 direct jobs, almost half of which have been filled by locals with the support of the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme and the Seychelles Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs. This is in addition to around 100 indirect jobs.
Since its creation in 1950, Club Med has been built around the idea of living together in harmony and recharging your batteries in an unspoilt natural environment. This new Club Med Exclusive Collection Resort has therefore been designed so that it integrates with its environment as much as possible.
Eco-certification of the construction of the Resort is underway with BREEAM*. This international and independent eco-construction certification is among the most demanding and well-regarded in the world. Club Med is also seeking Green Globe certification** for the Resort’s day-to-day management.
This demanding certification is reviewed every year, and nearly 90% of Club Med Resorts are already Green Globe-certified.
Club Med’s commitment is also reflected in its Happy to Care program, which includes measures in place to support sustainable development. The Seychelles Resort is equipped with a smart system to fine-tune energy consumption, as well as nurseries so that plants can be grown on site. Wastewater is treated and recycled to water the gardens. Club Med has also removed all single-use disposable plastic from Club Med Seychelles bars, restaurants, and rooms. Under the "Bye Bye Plastics" program, it aims to remove all such plastic from all its Resorts worldwide by 2022. The glass bottles of water, provided for guests in the Resort’s rooms and some common areas, are also bottled on-site to limit waste production and transport.
A project run in collaboration with the Seychelles Agricultural Agency (SAA) is underway to support local production and boost the supply of fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables to the Resort.
* Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
** International sustainable tourism certification
Guillaume Gauthier, the project’s architect, designed each space using "Robinson chic" elements that come together in a modern and elegant yet relaxing atmosphere. Intimate and unspoiled, the Resort brings the lush nature of the landscapes inside, whetting guests’ curiosity and wanderlust.
The Seychelles Resort offers Superior rooms, Deluxe rooms with an outdoor veranda, and Suites, some with sea views and a private pool, with decor inspired by exotic adventures. Their design encapsulates the beauty of Seychelles with its untreated wood, local crafts, and tropical motifs.
Surrounded by polished rocks in varying shades of granite and lush hills, the Resort is a slice of paradise suitable for all. Families can enjoy dedicated family-friendly accommodation and an upscale experience specially designed for them. Groups of friends and couples can relax in the adults-only Zen area with its calm pool to recharge their batteries in an intimate unspoiled setting.
As the only Resort in Seychelles to offer childcare for children from age two, Club Med Seychelles is also a paradise for little ones. The Petit Club Med, Mini Club Med, and Club Med Passworld welcome young explorers with open arms. As part of Club Med’s Amazing Family program, the Resort offers fun and educational activities for families such as yoga, ecosystem discovery sessions, and much more. The pool with water games offers fun for the whole family, making it the perfect way to continue a family-friendly break.
As for the atmosphere, the G.O & G.E team will keep transporting guests with live music by #ClubMedTalents and Seychellois artists, visual art events, G.O shows, and "Do It Yourself" workshops to reconnect people of all ages. The music devised by popular French group Bon Entendeur will make the borders of the Zen space the place to be each week.
With its two restaurants, Club Med Seychelles invites guests to discover new culinary experiences in an all-day dining format from 7 am to midnight. The main restaurant, Turtle Cove, offers three different atmospheres, reflecting the three environments on the island that are popular with turtles: the jungle, the beach, and the sea. Opening onto the pool, with the ocean in the background, the restaurant offers cuisine with a Creole touch, as well as classic international fare. The space features different corners that celebrate the island’s culinary heritage, with a focus on Asia and India.
In the heart of the Zen zone, between the pool and the white sand beach, the Reef Beach Lounge offers a menu of Creole specialties. Guests can also quench their thirst all day long in one of the Resort’s three bars: Monkey Tales, the main bar, near the pool and theater stage, where the lounge seating including hanging chairs provide a cozier and more intimate atmosphere; the beach bar, for a drink with your feet in the sand; and finally, the Reef Beach Lounge Bar, with a relaxed Zen atmosphere.
With its Zen pool, hammam, yoga studio, and library, the new Club Med Seychelles offers its guests a unique wellness break.
The Yoga School byHeberson offers hikes punctuated with Vibhava yoga sessions, where you will feel virtually alone. On either side of the trail is a lush jungle, bracing scents of flowers, and a host of exotic birds. A view of the sea emerges, providing an opportunity to breathe, meditate, and fully awaken your senses.
Adults can also enjoy bespoke treatments at the Spa Club Med by Cinq Mondes with its exclusive pool. The new Resort also offers a fitness school with a beachfront gym, cycling/spinning classes, and an outdoor palapa offering muscle toning, stretching, Body Pump™, and Pilates classes.