The Seychelles HomeGrown Bay View Small Hotel Group gathers momentum
Almasalla Arab Travel Portal News – After the visit to La Digue to open the Seychellois Owned new Cabanes des Anges Guest House last week,The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange, accompanied by his Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs. Anne Lafortune, visited this week the Bay View Villa and the Bay View Seychelles owned by Stefan and Helga Dumont.
Helga, nee Bresson and her husband Stefan started their operation with one small eleven all ensuite room hotel, the Bay View Seychelles at Petit Barbarons. Stefan, who is an experience Chef by profession, and Helga then moved to expand into a second establishment the six all ensuite rooms. These two charming guest houses located in the tranquil district of Petit Barbarons with a splendid panoramic view overlooking the Barbarons and Anse Boileau districts are working well with a high occupancy level Helga and her husband Stefan confirmed.
The rooms of both properties all have balconies where you could sit and enjoy the natural beauty of the island. The rooms of these villas are beautifully decorated with local décor made out of wood. The wooden furniture offers the visitors a taste of the Creole and island lifestyle. Each room is tastefully decorated to give a touch of a homey environment.
The two small hotels are ideally located away from the bustling and busy city life and placed in a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing location. Each villa has a scenic look over the turquoise blue ocean.
The restaurant also with a superb view over the bay serves local dishes.
The two hotels have been enjoying high occupancy levels and they have managed to capture the new Chinese Market as well. France remains the main source market for both these small hotels. "We have been encouraged by the approach to empower Seychellois play a bigger part in their tourism industry. The drive by the Ministry is an encouragement" said Helga and Stefan.
Their ongoing successes have now prompted Helga and Stefan Dumont to move to La Digue where they are expected to open their eleven room La Digue Villa Bamboo in the coming weeks. Their La Digue Restaurant will see a new innovation for La Digue because they are preparing to use the technic of food prepared over hot rocks as their speciality.
"This is not the end we are so encouraged by the booking level and the success we have been able to achieve that we are looking at another property on Mahe" said Helga and Stefan Dumont.
Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture said after his meeting with Helda and Stefan Dumont and after having visited their two properties at Petit Barbarons that he was encouraged by the determination of the owners of the three small hotels and Guesthouses. "They have shown tenacity as Seychellois hoteliers. They have displayed the style of adding fuel to the tourism fire to ensure that it continues with a bright flame and not running down the industry and putting a wet blanket on our tourism fire. They are today reaping the benefits from the industry and have been performing so well that they now want to expand. Our country’s tourism policy encourages Seychellois to be more involved because this is the only way we can claim back our industry. To Helda and Stefan we wish you continued success" Minister St.Ange said.