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The deep blue of Anse Aux Poules Bleues Bay in a resort: LXR Mango House Seychelles

JT+Partners

Hospitality  /  Completed
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This idyllic paradise retreat optimizes views across the Indian Ocean. The property originally belonged to world-famous Italian fashion photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri. The design of Mango House Seychelles offers guests an authentic showcase of the history and traditions of the destination. The origins of the property come from the ancient Mango Tree – one of the oldest on the island of Mahé at around 150 years old. Gian Paolo Barbieri originally named his home ‘Mango House’ due to the White Mango Tree that bore fruit in his kitchen’s garden. The historic tree has been preserved and remains a prominent feature in the centre of the main house, which opens out onto the deep blue of Anse Aux Poules Bleues Bay. The spacious manor house has been transformed into the hotel’s main public building. Photographs of the existing historical structure have been woven into the new interiors as a tribute to its history. The boutique resort includes a total of 41 keys from which 9 suites and 32 Standard rooms. The development comprises of an Arrival Pavilion, a Main House (including the lobby, public amenities with three F&B outlets and a main pool), a Pool Bar, 5 Bay House Villas, the Ocean House, the Beach House and the Cliff House with a common infinity pool in addition to the main Back of House building and parking. Entering the property guests are welcomed at the Arrival Pavilion, a free-standing open-air timber structure that accommodates guest check-in. A meandering leafy driveway leads up to the main house building, with a central double volume entrance hall containing the reception and concierge desk, and a small waiting area. The lobby lounge leads off the reception and has sweeping views across the pool deck to the cove beyond. The hotel’s Brasserie on the ground floor is the main all-day dining facility, with a deck overlooking the private beach below. Other F&B facilities include Kokoye, the Creole Bar on the first floor and Moutya, the slow fires grill on the lower ground floor, which offers a pop-up barbeque grill station. The specialty restaurant, Azido, is located on the lower ground level on a secluded deck with uninterrupted views of the ocean and offers a small fusion sushi show counter. The gym facilities are located on the main house ground floor, with a small spa “Anpe” on the upper level offering bespoke treatments including a double outdoor treatment facility on the deck overlooking the ocean. From its perch on the rocks where the tropical breeze meets the private beach, Mango House immerses in the dramatic location and optimises unspoilt views across the Indian Ocean. The seascape inspired a light touch throughout, with the structure of the resort constructed to mirror the curvature of the coast, whereby the distribution of rooms, suites and villas along the bay’s edge offer each residence an expansive view of the ocean. Upon arrival in the Arrival Pavilion, guests will look up to find Bwason natural wood sticks that recreate the ceilings of the original house, alongside local granite cladding. Preserved handmade furniture with sleek wooden finishing is coupled with muted beige tones, creating a contemporary but comfortable feel that is deeply connected to the local culture and colours of Seychelles. The materials used throughout the property have primarily been sourced in Seychelles, from the local granite cladding to the Balau wood used for structural elements, to the off-white stucco wall texture finish on the façade and grano wash used for pathways. These architectural and design elements highlight the local textures and have created a multi-sensory environment in which guests can experience Seychelles from within the resort. Prized furniture pieces dating from the original resort, which are visible in some of the archive photographs of the original interior, have been interspersed within the new public area spaces of the House, such as the Main Lobby and Muse restaurant. The artwork throughout the property also tells the story of Mango House, a natural showcase of Barbieri’s creative spirit and the scenic surroundings. The interiors have been designed to provide guests a sense of home using tactile, natural, and earthy materials. Fixtures have been custom-designed using natural handmade materials to weave the natural surroundings throughout the guest experience. Mango House features five culinary venues that have been designed to reflect the diverse flavors of the island cuisine: Muse – All Day Dining, Moutya – Grill Pop-up, Kokoye – Sunset Bar, Azido – Specialty restaurant, Soley - Pool Bar. The layout and interiors of the spaces follow suit, drawing inspiration from local spices, aromas, colours and the landscape. In Kokoye, the bar lounge inspired by South Indian Creole culture, walls are adorned with tropical prints and the colours of local flowers whilst rugs in saturated hues catch the eye in the intimate space. At the all-day dining restaurant, Muse, interiors are inspired by its cuisine reflecting the French Brassiere style with patterned tile walls, swinging wicker fans and a blend of whites, muted blues and browns create a perfect frame for the incredible views. Lead architect Joe Tabet of J+T Partners commented: "When Mango House approached our team, this was a dream project. It was a unique opportunity to work around the location, surroundings and integrating design elements while preserving the nature and beauty of the original site morphology. The standout point about Mango House is its eclectic vernacular contemporary style that brings together local, colonial and international design." Mango House Seychelles is home to artisanal flair and creative ingenuity, where hand-crafted hospitality is woven into each experience. Staying true to the LXR Hotels & Resorts brand, every element of Mango House is connected to its surroundings and rooted in sustainability and heritage.

Credits

 Mahe
 seychelles
 Foundation Property Management
 07/2021
 8500 mq
 JT+Partners
 JT+Partners
 Green Island Construction Company (GICC)
 JT+Partners, DSGN, Cracknell, WNC
 Al Hachem, Ingemar, Al Hashem, Elenco, STUDIO 971, Sofia, OBEGI Faggerhult, Allegion, Gitech, Forbes & Lomax, Basalte Sentido, LeGrand & Scolmore, Silestone, Gutmann, Schindler, Salto. Photo credits: JT+Partners, White Cube Studios
 JT+Partners

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