Platte Island lies just over 130 km south of Mahé, the main island, and is renowned as a nature lover’s paradise, covered in a palm forest and surrounded by a reef coral and a lagoon.
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(Seychelles News Agency) – The Waldorf Astoria The resort on Platte Island in the Seychelles is expected to open by October 2023, two months ahead of schedule, a senior official has said.
Glenny Savy, managing director of the state-owned Islands Development Company (IDC) which manages Platte Island, provided an update on the hotel’s development.
The hotel was originally scheduled to open in December 2023, but Savy said that as they are ahead of schedule, it could bring the date forward to October next year.
Work restarted on the luxury hotel early last year and Savy said ‘over the past six months it has been difficult to get our orders on time due to shipping issues’.
He said that despite the delays, work is ahead of schedule and IDC expects to hand over the keys to the Hilton Group by the end of July next year.
The Waldorf Astoria Platte Island, a $100 million development to be managed by the Hilton Hotels & Resorts group, will be the first six-star resort in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.
When complete, the resort will offer 42 beachfront villas, all with private pools. Guests will have access to six restaurants and bars, a spa, kids’ club, outdoor observatory, tennis courts and a marine conservation discovery center.
The main promoter of this project is a group of investors from Abu Dhabi.
The island itself lies just over 130 km south of Mahé, the main island, and is renowned as a nature lover’s paradise, covered in a forest of palm trees and surrounded by a coral reef and a lagoon.
Platte Island has always been used for tourism and IDC ran a small guesthouse there. The island is accessible by air and has a rich ecosystem with breeding grounds for a variety of seabirds: brown noddy, white-tailed tropicbird, dwarf noddy, bridled tern and Madagascar fody. The island is also a popular nesting area for hawksbill turtles.
The Waldorf Astoria resort will be the fifth tourist establishment managed by the Hilton group in the Seychelles.
The group already includes Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles, Allamanda Resort and Spa and Mango House Seychelles.