Home | E-Newsletter Issue 73 | Hotels April 2013

Seychelles La Reserve Hotel of Praslin changes hands but remains Seychellois
by STB

Visit La Reserve with Mrs Jenny Pommeroy, Minister St. Ange & Mr Joseph Albert
The reputed Seychelles La Reserve Hotel of Praslin is going through a transitional management change. The property on the Seychelles inner island of Praslin which was owned for the past 35 years by Jenny Pommeroy and her family has been sold to a Seychellois investor, the Anse Petit Court Pty Ltd headed by Mr Joseph Albert.

La Reserve Hotel became operational in 1980 with four beach side bungalows. The property has been expanded and successfully rebuilt to become a benchmark as one of Seychelles most reputed tourism establishment.

With 42 bungalows, La Reserve Hotel under the management of its owner, Jenny Pommeroy, has propelled its services and product to become one of the Seychelles world class tourism resorts.

This week at a meeting on Praslin in the presence of Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, it was confirmed that after 35 years, Jenny Pommeroy, the owner of La Reserve of Praslin is now passing on her exclusive hotel to a dynamic team of Seychellois investors who are already known in the world of tourism.

Jenny Pommeroy said that the time is right to handover the ownership of La Reserve Hotel on to another Seychellois company capable of moving the establishment forward and to ensure that La Reserve Hotel remains a lead hotel of Seychelles in the same way as she has worked tirelessly to uphold.

“With my children we have taken the property to where it is today. Both my son and daughter now want to venture into their own businesses. I want to give them this opportunity to build their own creation. We’ve decided to sell the property and venture into a boutique family cafe & bakery. La Reserve has for many years earned the reputation for making the finest bread on the island. We are the main supplier of the bread being sold on the island. We will now have a purpose built and a bigger bakery & cafe at Grand Anse on Praslin and do what we do best’’ said Jenny Pommero.

Under the new management team La Reserve Hotel will now be called “ Le Domaine de La Reserve” and become the sister hotel of “Le Domaine de L’Orangerie” of La Digue. Joseph Albert, known to his friends in the tourism industry as Joe, is a share holder of Anse Petit Court Pty Ltd and also a share holder of Anse Severe Pty Ltd, the company owning “Le Domaine de L’Orangerie” said that the new management will “consolidate the achievements of La Reserve Hotel, and work to take La Reserve Hotel to new heights.”

“The hotel is a wonderful place with lovely architecture situated in the National Park. The site is spectacular and the basic are there. We now need to built our team, create the needed synergy as part of our group of exceptional hotels, and work to increase its popularity through a new promotional drive’’ said Joe Albert.

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture has thanked Jenny Pommeroy for her 35 years of devotion to the Seychelles tourism industry, as he congratulated Joe Albert and his Anse Petit Court Pty Ltd for becoming the next Seychellois owners to manage this much sought after establishment. Minister St.Ange said that its worth commending Jenny Pommeroy for holding out with her sale until she found a Seychellois buyer and ensure that La Reserve remains a Seychellois owned hotel.

“The Pommeroys, as owners of La Reserve wanted to move on. We need to recognise that Mrs Pommeroy has made a positive contribution to the Seychelles tourism industry. We also thank Mrs Pommeroy for selling the property to another Seychellois. La Reserve Hotel is a good example of a Seychelles hotel, and for Praslin it was important that this unique property remained in the hand of a Seychellois’’ said Minister St.Ange.

Jenny Pommeroy said that she will give her long time management team a trip to Mauritius as a special treat to thank them for their hard work and devotion.

The change in Management will take effect on the 1st of May with Jean Paul Barallon coming in as the new General Manager.