Posted in News on Monday, October 3, 2022 by The Beachcomber Correspondent
1952 – 2022
Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels is turning 70 this year. The pioneer and leader of the Mauritian hotel industry is celebrating seven decades of exclusive hospitality, service excellence and unrelenting attention to detail. Looking to the future, the Group stands out for its pledge to create happy memories for its guests, based on a strong commitment to sustainable development and driven by artisans who share a unique passion and engagement to serve and delight them.
It all started in 1952 when Beachcomber opened its first 40-room property. The Park Hotel, located in Curepipe, was the first one in Mauritius and catered mainly for flight crews on stopovers. This opening marked the beginning of the Mauritian hotel industry and 70 years have passed since then. The Group has thrived over time, expanding from one hotel to a collection of eight iconic resorts. The brand has extended its footprint beyond the Mauritian borders to Morocco and the Seychelles. The annual number of guests has also grown from 1,800 to some 200,000 per year with a workforce that increased from a dozen to more than 4,000 artisans. In addition, the Group entered the airline catering business with Beachcomber Catering and runs a local destination management company, Mautourco as well as three overseas tour operators. It has also become a leading player in the hospitality industry in terms of sustainable development.
Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels is continuing this wonderful adventure by living the values of refined hospitality and the codes of excellence of the hotel industry. Its eight properties, Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury (a member of The Leading Hotels of the World), Dinarobin Beachcomber, Paradis Beachcomber, Trou aux Biches Beachcomber, Shandrani Beachcomber, Victoria Beachcomber, Canonnier Beachcomber and Mauricia Beachcomber, are set on the best beaches on the island. The beauty of each place combines with the good-heartedness and thoughtful service provided by the Artisans to create exceptional memories. With exceptional landscapes and the magic of nature, Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels makes a pledge in favour of environmental protection and sustainable development, and is at the forefront of environmental commitment in the Mauritian hotel industry. The Group’s Environmental and Social Charter, with 52 commitments, highlights eight areas of action as well as the objectives and progress achieved. Fondation Espoir Développement Beachcomber was launched in 1999 and reflects the values of solidarity and social inclusion that are a fundamental aspect of the Group’s DNA.
“The 70th anniversary celebration of Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels is an opportunity to shed more light on our raison d’être. We create happy experiences. For 70 years, service has been the very foundation of our hotels, with dedicated teams that bring the Beachcomber Experience alive every day. We are moving into a new chapter of our history with confidence and the guest experience remains our key concern with our people, whose commitment, enthusiasm and passion are essential to our success, as the cornerstone of our corporate culture,” says the Beachcomber's Group CEO, Gilbert Espitalier-Noël.
For its 70th anniversary, Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels will celebrate both its loyal and future guests, with plenty of surprises and exclusive gifts on social networks. As a tribute to fine dining, which is deeply rooted in Beachcomber traditions, this platinum jubilee will conclude with two gourmet dinners. The eight Executive Chefs of the Beachcomber collection of hotels will share their vision of fine cuisine through an adventurous gastronomic journey to mark the 70th anniversary of the leading hotel group in Mauritius.