Shangri-La forays into Mauritian hospitality sector with Sun Resort’s Le Touessrok
Shangri-La President and CEO Greg Dogan (right) and Sun Resorts CEO Philippe Cassis sign the contract for the global hospitality major to take over the management of Sun Resorts premier 5-star property, Le Touessrok in August 2014 (Image: Company)
Mauritius hospitality is set to get yet another jewel in its crown as global hospitality major Shangri-La Resorts has signed a management contract for the island economy’s premier 5-star property Le Touessrok, which is owned by Mauritius-based resort chain Sun Resorts.
The group is set to take over management of the resort in August 2014, which will be re-launched as Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius, in September 2015 following an extensive renovation. The resort will continue to operate as Le Touessrok until it is renovated and then reflagged.
The announcement follows the signing of a joint venture agreement between Shangri-La’s holding company, Shangri-La Asia Limited, and Sun Resorts, with Shangri-La Asia picking up 26% stake in the property.
“Mauritius is a jewel in the Indian Ocean with white sand beaches. We are excited about the opportunity to invest in and manage a property such as Le Touessrok Resort, which has a rich history and legendary reputation for superb service,” said Shangri-La President and CEO Greg Dogan.
“With the addition of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius to Shangri-La’s global portfolio, our guests will have another exotic destination to choose from in our growing collection of resorts in Asia and the Indian Ocean,” Dogan added.
Located on the east coast of Mauritius in one of the island’s most spectacular bays, Trou d’Eau Douce, the five-star resort is among the world’s most distinguished. It has three villas and 200 guestrooms and suites, all of which offer extensive sea views.
Along with extensive water and land-based activities, it offers guests access to two islands: Ilot Mangenie, a private, secluded isle with 3.5 kilometres of pristine beach, and Ile aux Cerfs, where the 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer is located.
“I am very excited with our new agreement with Shangri-La, which sets the basis of our new strategy to form strong partnerships with highly recognized branded international hotel groups, to manage one of our first class resorts,” said Sun Resorts CEO Philippe Cassis.
“I believe that the long lasting reputation of the Le Touessrok – coupled with its association with Shangri-La – will enable this unique resort to achieve its full potential and pave the way for a successful and mutually beneficial collaboration for many years to come,” added Cassis.
The resort will be Shangri-La’s third property located in the Indian Ocean, joining Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives and Shangri-La’s Hambamtota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka, which opens summer 2015.