Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove in the Seychelles has launched “Unlock the Sea,” a unique program to help the creative and curious-minded traveler experience and explore the island and ignite their inspiration with an incredible underwater encounter. Created in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, this interactive program helps guests discover a treasure trove of marine life around the island through a curated snorkeling experience, and learn and educate themselves on the importance of marine conservation. Guests can also witness an underwater art gallery or post a postcard to friends or family from underwater!
“Today’s travelers are looking for active adventure and new ways of experiencing a destination. Seychelles, with its pristine white sands lapped by topaz waters, coral sunsets, and enchanting underwater sites, provides all this and more,” said Romain Chanet, General Manager, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles. “Drawing inspiration from the brand’s commitment to help travelers unlock destinations through the Filters of Discovery – Coordinates, Culture and Cuisine, we hope this initiative will help us create an enriching guest experience.” It was Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture who had the honor to address the gathering at this great event and to declare open the new underwater experience for Seychelles. “Today we congratulate Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove Hotel for the initiative. The world knows that we have some of the best in the underwater world, but we need to be intelligent in our work to attract more and more of our visitors to take and discover this underwater paradise we have. The underwater post box is indeed a novel idea, and this we believe that our visitors will all want to mail a souvenir postcard through this underwater postbox,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.
Marine experts from the Marine Conservation Society will guide the guest journey through five underwater zones. This includes the Welcome zone which is the sea grass bed; the Coral Village which houses the dramatic and beautiful coral reefs; Blue, or the open waters; the Reef Town where the reef elevates from the sandy bottom towards the rocks; and the Fish Ville, the untouched and preserved area. Through these zones not only can guests see a variety of fish but also gain insights into the ecosystem and how we can preserve it.
What is more, while unravelling the mysteries of the underwater world, guests can get a glimpse of an underwater art gallery curated as part of the Arterial Network’s Giant Tortoise Art Project, inspired by a number of celebrated street art projects in major cities across the world. Painted by celebrated artists from Seychelles, the Giant Tortoise Art Project is a showcase of the local art scene on the island and underpins the fragility of the eco-system in the face of global warming and rising sea levels, and also reinstates the reputation of Seychelles as a champion of the natural environment.
Proceeds from the donations collected through the program will go to sustain the marine conservation projects led by the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. To find out more, click here.
With more than 100 hotels & resorts worldwide, and the strongest, most globally-diverse portfolios in its history, the Paris-born Le Méridien brand connects the curious and creative-minded traveler to unexpected and engaging experiences within their destination. With its brand promise of “Destination Unlocked,” Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch-points through global partnerships with creative minds such as illy, the LEGO® Group, Johnny Iuzzini, Gray Malin, and Nouvelle Vague. Plans call for dynamic portfolio expansion within the next five years in some of the world’s most exciting destinations, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.