Avani Hotels & Resorts, the vibrant upscale brand launched by Thailand-based Minor Hotel Group in 2011, has opened Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, the group’s first property in the Indian Ocean destination. ‘Avani’ stems from the Sanskrit word for ‘earth’ – a meaning which is expressed through a grounded personality and simple sense of style.

Just a 25 minute drive from Seychelles International Airport, the resort is located on tranquil Barbarons Beach along Mahé’s west coast and opens following an extensive $14 million refurbishment. Dillip Rajakarier, chief executive Minor Hotel Group, commented: “We are very happy to add the Seychelles to the growing list of countries our Avani brand is present in, which is now ten with a total of thirteen properties. “The resort is a great addition to the brand’s portfolio and we are confident Avani will set the standard for upscale hotels in the Seychelles market.”

Avani Seychelles Barbarons blends all the right ingredients for relaxation with a dash of colourful culture and exotic island life. A contemporary vibe uplifts the resort’s European heritage style, with accommodation, leisure activities and dining options all designed with every age and travel style in mind. The 124 guest rooms and suites each feature a balcony or terrace with garden, pool or ocean views, and essential comforts inside. Five room types include options with easy access to the spa and sandy beach, with adjacent and connecting rooms making holidays with family and friends very convenient. Guests who appreciate space and deluxe amenities can opt for the Avani Ocean View Suite, with double the room size, a lounge, and stunning coastal vistas from the large balcony.

As part of Minor Hotel Group’s global expansion of diverse quality brands, AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in late 2011 as a sister brand to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, to consolidate the group’s presence in city and resort locations across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and Africa.