Thailand’s rapidly-expanding Minor Hotel Group has unveiled its first resort in the Seychelles.
The company has taken over the management of the former Le Meridien Barbarons Beach Hotel, and will relaunch it as an Avani hotel in the fourth quarter of 2014, following an US$8 million, eight-month refurbishment.
Once reopened, the Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa will offer 124 rooms and suites, all with balconies or terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean. Guests will have access to a 600-metre stretch of beach, while resort facilities will include a beach-level restaurant and bar, a rooftop terrace, large freshwater swimming pool, kids’ club, gym and a spa with four treatment rooms, a plunge pool and steam room.
The resort will also offer conference facilities including a 180-pax ballroom, two boardrooms, a large break-out area and a business centre.
“We are excited to add to our Avani portfolio with a resort in the Seychelles later this year, a new country of operation for Minor Hotel Group,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of the Minor Hotel Group.
“With our six existing properties in the Maldives and two in Sri Lanka across three of our brands, we are already a key player in the Indian Ocean and aim to further strengthen this position with additional Anantara and Avani resorts under development in the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.”
The Avani Hotels & Resorts brand was launched by Minor in late 2011 and has since grown to a portfolio of five properties – two in Sri Lanka, two in Vietnam and one in Malaysia. In addition to the Avani Seychelles Barbarons, two further Avani hotels are due be added later this year – one in Bangkok and one in Pemba, Mozambique.