VICTORIA, 3 March 2021 – Construction work has resumed on Seychelles’ first six-star tourism project – the development of the $100 million Waldorf Astoria Platte Island resort.
The Hilton group has signed the management agreement for the new resort being built on the outer island of Platte and scheduled to open in 2023.
Waldorf-Astoria describes itself as the flagship brand within Hilton’s portfolio, offering the highest standards of facilities and services.
Platte Island is under the management of Seychelles’ Islands Development Company (IDC) which holds a 20 percent stake in the resort.
“We relaunched the project last year and we are finishing buildings for the back of the house,” the chief executive officer of IDC, Glenny Savy, explained in an interview on the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation.
The first phase is due to be completed by end April 2021 and will deliver staff quarters, staff facilities, water, electricity and sewerage services.
The resort will offer 42 seafront villas all equipped with private pools.
The project will host six restaurants and bars, a spa, kids’ club, outdoor observatory, tennis courts and a marine conservation discovery centre, the Seychelles News Agency reported Wednesday.
The Seychellois economy is severely dependent on tourism which accounts for approximately 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).