Hilton Seychelles Labriz Silhouette & Spa launches ‘CampCation’ programme for families | 10 July 2020
During the schools’ August holidays Hilton Seychelles Labriz Silhouette & Spa will be offering families what is being termed the Labriz ‘Campcation’ programme to discover what the resort and its stunning surroundings have to offer through fun, friendship and laughter.
Over two weeks, the Labriz ‘Campcation’ programme will offer a choice of activities for kids aged six to 11 years old and their parents or guardians. Children under six years old accompanying their parents will enjoy an array of fun and educational activities at the Kids’ Club.
‘CampCation’ is a five-day programme that is also available on a nightly basis where kids can attend up to three classes that they can choose during each day and then enjoy an activity with their family in the evening.
The programme, spreading over the two weeks, will cater for 20 kids and their parents to stay at the hotel at a rate of R3,825 (for two kids and two adults) per villa per night on half board basis. The kids, who will be engaged in groups of five maximum, will choose from tennis, basic diving, swimming, dance, yoga, cooking, arts, fitness, nature and history and ……in mini hotel school classes.
A team of mentors has already been chosen to work with the children. It includes Seychelles’ Sportswoman of the Year 2019 Felicity Passon who will mentor the swimming lessons as part of the ‘CampCation classes.
The parents or guardians will have the option of a complimentary yoga class, spa discounts, and for the fine diners, they have the option to a complete complimentary Wine and Spirits Education Trust Certification Courses (WSET).
Fun activities for the whole family are also on offer, including outdoor cinema screenings, stargazing, sheath-tailed bat patrolling and the chance to soak up the unique atmosphere of a traditional Creole Moutya dance and bonfire.
The Labriz ‘Campcation’ was launched on Wednesday afternoon by the general manager of Hilton Seychelles Labriz Silhouette & Spa, Andre Borg in a short ceremony held at the Labriz Lounge at Bel Ombre. Present were Dr Odile de Comarmond, principal secretary for early childhood, primary and secondary education in the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD); Sherin Francis, chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB); other representatives from MEHRD; public and private schools’ representatives; representatives from the National Sports Council (NSC) and other partners.
PS de Comarmond is happy with the initiative which will help boost the number of holiday activities that the ministry will be organising in collaboration with other partners for school children.
“We’ve come here to listen to what Labriz has to offer and from there we will further discuss the matter before putting the idea to the schools which in turn will inform families who would want to take part. We need, at the same time, to take into account the current COVID-19 situation so as to ensure that all health and security precautions are being taken,” said PS de Comarmond.
She also highlighted the need to ensure that the adults acting as mentors are qualified to look after the children and have also been cleared from COVID-19.
“Suitability checks are very important for us, especially at this point in time. So we need to look into all these aspects and from then we will decide on how the education department will engage in the programme,” PS de Comarmond added.
For his part, the head of Independence School, Zotique Pragassen believes it is a good initiative, but feels that the ‘CampCation’ has nothing to do with the schools as only the parents and their children will be involved and not the teachers.
“So I do not know if I am right, but the promotion is targeting the parents as it is a paying activity which the schools have no part in unless if they want us to do some promotion for them,” said Mr Pragassen, noting that from the many schools in the country, only a few kids and their parents will benefit.
A spokesperson from the hotel acknowledged that the camp has nothing to do with schools and teachers but they only wanted the schools to spread the words to the children and parents.
For his part, Mr Borg said the hotel is engaged and is fully practicing the measures put in place by the Public Health Authority with regards to COVID-19.
“The children will be safe at the hotel,” he said.
The hotel is encouraging parents to take advantage of this amazing opportunity for family fun and the chance to discover Silhouette so as to have some wonderful memories through this special 15% discount when staying for five or more nights on Silhouette. Apart from the per night stay per villa, on a five-night basis for a family of four (two adults, two children below 12 years old) on half board the rate is R3,82.
A family wishing to join the programme for between one to four nights, including the classes for two kids on half board, will pay R4,500 per family per night. If booked before July 20, families can also enjoy an additional 10% Early Bird discount.