The small Seychellois-owned and managed hotel, belonging to the Payet Family, is seen as a real success story and the opening of a swimming pool that is seen as new technology compatible to the green tourism approach was reason enough for industry friends and colleagues to be at Le Duc de Praslin Hotel for the opening ceremony.
Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, who addressed the invited guests before officially declaring the new swimming pool open, said that the new pool is based on the concept of green technology, which was slowly gaining pace in the Seychelles tourism industry.
“We launched a Tourism Sustainable Label last year, and today, Le Duc de Praslin hotel is leading the way in the concept of serious tourism, and this concept is today being more widely promoted by all industry players who believe in the mission that we all have to consolidate for the long term the Seychelles tourism industry,” Alain St.Ange said.
Robert Payet said, when he addressed his many tourism industry guests, that his Le Duc de Praslin hotel, located at Anse Volbert, has opted for an alternative ecological technology that cleans the pool better than normal chlorine using the concept of magna technology. “This is the first time Seychelles uses the technology using magnesium to produce a non-synthetic chlorine,” Robert Payet said.
Robert Payet went on to explain that through a special filtration system, the magna pool is designed to use crystals instead of sand that filters up to 5 micron compared to 40 micron by normal pool filtration systems. “This is today being portrayed as one of the best ecological technologies in the world, because the Magna Pool can save up to 65 percent of water consumption in the tourism establishments, while reducing energy consumption,” Robert Payet said.
“Furthermore, with magnesium and potassium combined in the pool water, the mineral base, which is environmentally friendly, detoxifies the skin and body from its impurities, resulting in a soft, radiant, and smooth texture. It also reduces stress, anxiety, aches, and pains. In venturing into this green technology, we at 'Le Duc de Praslin' had invested over two million Seychelles rupees to renovate our old swimming pool into a magna pool. This has taken four weeks to achieve. The existing pool has been enlarged and equipped with a special filter system. A new deck has been incorporated, as well as a new top-of-the-range Jacuzzi, the latter costing 225,000 Seychelles rupees. The renovation project has been contracted to Harikishna Builders and pool specialist, SW Pure Water Ltd,” Robert Payet concluded by saying.
Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, who spoke after the Parish Priest of Baie Ste. Anne at Praslin, had blessed the hotel’s new pool saying: “On behalf of the Tourism Board and on behalf of the government of Seychelles, I want to congratulate Robert Payet and the Payet Family for taking the Le Duc de Praslin hotel to new heights. The initiative to adopt a magna pool is welcomed. It is encouraging to see that at the moment when the Seychelles Tourism Board is initiating a Sustainable Tourism Label to encourage and guide tourism operators in adopting sustainable practices in their daily operation, one of the local hotels is already making headlines in investing in the first magna pool systems.''
The CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board said that the improvements undertaken by Robert Payet and his team at Le Duc de Praslin hotel, which we are all witnessing tonight is what was called for when the President of the Republic launched the Seychelles brand of tourism. “We want Seychellois to claim back their industry, and Robert Payet and the Payet family are showing how to make this happen. We must be upgrading our properties so that our overseas partners will continue to have confidence in our home grown properties and continue to send their clients to small hotels promoting the Seychelles Creole feel.
“It is indeed good news for the industry to be witnessing a small Seychellois-owned hotel lead the way in the latest technology that does not only provide their clients with a natural and therapeutic product free of synthetic chemicals with the added benefits of minerals, but also contributes to conserving the Seychelles environment,'' Alain St.Ange said.