Conquering a small piece of Praslin’s 'Garden of Eden'

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Conquering a small piece of Praslin’s 'Garden of Eden'

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:07 pm

Conquering a small piece of Praslin’s 'Garden of Eden'

06-September-2014
On the hilltop of Anse Boudin on Praslin, Marie Pierrani has built her own heaven on earth. Tucked away within the boulders of Anse Boudin with a superb panoramic view of the sea, the Jardin Marron self-catering is an enchanting addition to the island aptly called the 'Garden of Eden' because of the unique erotic-shaped double coco-de-mer nut that grows there.

On one acre of land, Marie Pierrani’s brother designed a serenity garden with many varieties of tropical plants such as Allamanda, and a variety of ‘Buisson’ flowers. A backyard seasonal vegetable garden on the property which boasts a two-bedroom self-catering establishment supplies fresh vegetables for the clients. Marie Pierrani said she has dedicated the garden to her brother, whose passion for plants has made miracle.

When she started her self-catering business five years ago, Marie Pierrani had no experience what so ever in the tourism industry. She took the challenge and learned to nurture her home-grown establishment, turning it into what is today a Trip Advisor 2014 award of excellence – number one self-catering apartment at Anse Boudin.

“I feel good and happy of this achievement. Running this business is a lot of work,” she said. Putting her customer first is Marie Pierrani’s motto. “In this business, you don’t have time for yourself. You have to be there for the people,” said Marie Pierrani whose secret for making her clients feel home away from home is to pamper them.

Seasonal vegetables grown in her garden are shared with her clients. She always ensures starter packs comprising tuna can, pasta and tomato paste are ready for her arriving clients, most of whom are repeated guests.

Marie Pierrani said her clients crave for these special treats. “Clients who stay for two weeks in the apartment get to appreciate a home-made barbecue. I invite them to my house for the barbecue and we share valuable time, and get to know each other more,” said Marie Pierrani laughing.
The “pleasant lady” as she is often referred to by her clients said she is touched when her clients who are on their return visits to the island say “I am home”.

Beside her splendid garden, Jardin Marron has a “one million dollar view of Anse Boudin”.

The view is even more spectacular as the establishment is only of walking distance to the Anse Lazio beach. As her business grew, Marie became more innovative, giving her property a touch that is today seen as 'value added with a difference'. A year ago she constructed a kiosk on a boulder with a breathtaking view of Anse Boudin. Marie Pierrani said newlyweds yearn for this kind of view.

When he visited the property along with Freddy Karkaria, chairman of Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange commended Marie Pierrani for doing “extremely well” in her business.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=242918

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Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta 2014 - Lemuria, Paradise Sun, L’Archipel clinch top prizes

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:18 pm

Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta 2014 - Lemuria, Paradise Sun, L’Archipel clinch top prizes

09-September-2014
Constance Lemuria Resort, Paradise Sun and L’Archipel hotels are the top winners of the three categories in the culinary contest organised for the professional chefs on the island of Praslin.

The competition was one of the main activities organised as part of the island’s first-ever festival dubbed the Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta.
There were three categories in the competitive division – fish, meat and dessert. Chefs from the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) were judging the dishes at Le Domaine de la Résèrve hotel.

Creativity, taste, texture, presentation, colour, edible garnishes and temperature of dishes were among the list of criteria used for judging.
In the fish category, Constance Lemuria Resort was the top winner followed by Ile des Palmes in second position while Le Duc de Praslin settled for third position.

Paradise Sun hotel was judged the best in the meat category, clinching the first prize while Le Domaine de la Résèrve won second prize and L’Archipel came out third.

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Praslinois enjoy themselves in their festival

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:20 pm

Praslinois enjoy themselves in their festival

09-September-2014
Praslinois and visitors had a full weekend of fun and enjoyment on the occasion of the first Praslin festival.

The opening of the Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta took place at Amitié, opposite the Praslin airport in the Grand Anse Praslin district last Friday night. It was opened by Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange shortly after the opening remarks by Natasha Esther, member of the National Assembly for the district of Baie St Anne.

The official ceremony saw amazing performances of drama by school children on the preservation of the coco-de-mer and music performances by some of the island’s well-known musicians like violinist Charles Lesperance known as ‘Ton Charles and Mike Cedras who sang ‘Zil Paradi’.

In the crowd were ministers Mitcy Larue and Peter Sinon, high tourism officials, consuls and tourists holidaying on Praslin.

At the end of the official part of the ceremony, Praslin artists, Selvan and Percy César, Paul Memée, Raymond Barra, Barbra Lepathy, Lindy Dubignon, Albert Adrienne and Colonel took to the stage which was decorated with balloon of different colours.

They were accompanied by ‘Liberation’ band from Praslin for the first half of the show. For the second half, the ‘L’Echo’ band from Mahe but comprising musicians originating from Praslin, namely Berno Cedras and Ruben Larue, enlightened the crowd along with guest singer Joenise Juliette.

On sale were Creole food, snacks and drinks. The night ended with a Bal Kreol by the Tanmi band at the Baie St Anne community centre.

The following day (Saturday), the crowd was at Côte d’Or for the different activities on the programme. In the morning at the Berjaya Praslin Beach hotel, there was the opening of an arts exhibition reserved for Praslin artists.

Constance Lemuria Resort, winner of fish dish (Photo: Vanessa Lucas)The Praslin culinary competition also took place at the Domaine de la Résèrve hotel at Anse Petite Cour. It was a competition for professional chefs and they represented eight hotels.

There were also a few organised sports activities such as mini Mahe boat race, fishing, domino and beach volleyball competitions, and Eco-Friendly long distance races.

Through SBC’s Paradise FM road show listeners were enlightened with some good music, live reporting and guests’ interviews.

The highlight of the day was the most talked about delicacies made with coco-de-mer ingredients by chefs from the Seychelles Tourism Academy.

The lucky ones had the chance to buy and enjoy the taste of bread, flan, parfait, mousse and ice-cream made of coco-de-mer.

At Côte d’Or that same night there was a ‘moutya’ organised by Seymas, followed by a beach party and later a Zilwa festival musical show by Jahkim, Sandra and Tania with Dj Dala at the Oxygen night club in Baie St Anne.

Ten non-professional cooks also had the chance to show their skills in a culinary competition on Sunday at the Berjaya Praslin Beach pizzerria
The Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta came to end at 4pm with the prize-giving ceremony for all the competitive events.

Grand Anse Praslin’s member of the National Assembly Marc Volcere officially closed the three-day fiesta, while Minister St Ange in closing speech gave a rendez-vous for next year for a second festival.

The following are some following taken by our photographer Patrick Joubert on Praslin.

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