A Stellar 2019 for Sun Resorts
December 23 2019
December 23 2019
With properties boasting exceptional locations along endless beaches, signature Timeless Memories offerings, top-notch facilities, phenomenal service and unparalleled culinary experiences - the Sun Resorts experience promises to be anything but ordinary.
The incredible Sun Limited Group, which has been in existence for over 35 years, has an extensive portfolio that comprises of four unbelievable luxury hotels in Mauritius - La Pirogue, Ambre, Sugar Beach and Long Beach - a flagship resort in the Maldives - Kanuhura. That’s not all, however, they also manage the fabled Ile aux Cerfs, a magical island that offers exceptional golfing experiences, leisure activities and even access to exclusive accommodation at their Bubble Lodges.
The entire Sun Limited group is passionate about creating remarkable guest experiences and does their utmost to go above and beyond for their guests at every touchpoint. They are also hugely involved in outreach programmes that support sustainability, environmental initiatives and community programmes. But it’s always an incredible honour when their hotels are recognised for their efforts. While the Sun Resorts group has been privileged to receive a number of awards over the years, 2019 has been particularly successful, a wonderful sng of encouragement that the hard work, and the constant desire to improve wherever possible, is paying off.
Interested to see what 2019 looked like for Sun Resorts (the brand and the individual properties)? We dissect it here:
The esteemed group had an incredible 2019, filled with accolades and achievements, from the brand as a whole to individual recognitions at the different hotels. Here are the highlights for the brand in 2019:
Sun Resorts was awarded the ‘Korn Ferry Employee Engagement Award 2019 for the EMEA Region’
Sun Resorts was given the honour of being bestowed with the ‘Korn Ferry Employee Engagement Award 2019 for the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) Region’. These awards, which were previously known as the Employee Engagement Awards, are created to recognise employers with high levels of performance in employee engagement and enablement. Surveys are sent to employees of the participating companies, which are designed to ascertain levels of overall wellbeing, loyalty and motivation, making this award an incredible accomplishment and privilege.
The brand won the 'Meilleure Chaine Hoteliere' (Best Hotel Chain) Award
In June 2019, Sun Resorts was named the 'Meilleure Chaine Hoteliere' or Best Hotel Chain at the Victoires du Tourisme award ceremony which took place in Paris. This is a peer-reviewed award, voted on by high-respected travel industry professionals. With that in mind, and the fact that Sun Resorts was one of 30 other brands to be nominated and came out on top, it was an incredible feat.
Sun Resorts held the first-ever SUN Excellence Awards
Every incredible achievement the Sun Resorts group is able to enjoy is due to the hard work of the staff, the amazing teamwork that takes place and the incredible values shared by all those who work for Sun Resorts. The first ever SUN Excellence Awards took place, to honour the staff, the hotels and all the hard work that goes into ensuring guests have the holidays of their lives at any of the Sun Resorts establishments.
The group joined the Global Hotel Alliance
In-line with the brand’s desire to create exceptional experiences for guests from all around the world, Sun Resorts joined the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) in 2019. The GHA’s exclusive Ultratravel Collection - made up of the best hotels in the world - now includes Long Beach and Kanuhura as well.
The gorgeous, five-star, plantation-style Sugar Beach hotel is irresistible, with its promise of old-world charm and luxury comforts. Here are two of the big accomplishments this hotel has enjoyed this year:
It was named ‘Mauritius' Leading Beach Resort 2019’
Sugar Beach had the incredible honour of being named ‘Mauritius' Leading Beach Resort 2019’ at the 26th annual World Travel Awards in June 2019. These awards are voted on by consumers and travel professionals, making the accomplishment all the more incredible. The award ceremony actually took place at Sugar Beach itself.
The resort’s General Manager was honoured at the Africa Leadership Awards
Another huge honour for Sugar Beach is that its General Manager, Nicolas Blandin de Chalain, was given the 'Mauritius Best General Managers - Hospitality' award at the Africa Leadership Awards that took place in 2019. A wonderful achievement for Nicolas, who is known for his commitment and his passion for his job as well as his unwavering support for his team.
Chic, sophisticated and stylish, the gorgeous Long Beach hotel dazzles and delights along the east coast of Mauritius. This sublime five-star hotel offers guests incredible experiences and has fast become a firm favourite among couples and families who seek “active relaxation”. Long Beach won an incredible award in 2019:
Long Beach’s spa was named ‘2019 Indian Ocean Luxury Spa Retreat’
Long Beach’s sublime Cinq Mondes Spa and Wellness retreat is a heavenly oasis - the good news is the World Luxury Spa Awards agrees! This year the spa at Long Beach was given the title of ‘2019 Indian Ocean Luxury Spa Retreat’ at the World Luxury Spa Awards. These awards are, once again, peer-reviewed, based on the actual experiences and opinions of guests, which makes it an amazing privilege indeed.
The authentic Mauritian charm of La Pirogue is hard to resist. This gorgeous four-star hotel is where you can live out all your luxury island lifestyle dreams, with special local offerings that will be hard to find elsewhere. But that’s not all, they also have several awards and titles under their belt, and this year saw the hotel win yet another:
They were acknowledged as the ‘TUI Environmental Champion 2019’
For the hotel’s engagement in eco-friendly and sustainable practices, which range from reusing glass bottles and bottling their own water and recycling to the use of energy-saving light bulbs and more, they were awarded the ‘TUI Environmental Champion 2019’ for the second time in a row.
The incredible four-star, adults-only hotel along the east coast of Mauritius offers carefree holidays in the sun and has had a hugely successful year in terms of its accomplishments. 2019 saw Ambre enjoy the following:
Being named ‘Affordable Luxury Hotel of The Year Mauritius’
At this year’s Luxury Travel Guide (LTG) Africa & Middle East Awards, Ambre was recognised for the fact that they offer guests luxury island holidays at competitive prices, with the honour of being named ‘Affordable Luxury Hotel of the Year — Mauritius’ for the second time in a row.
An Award of Excellence from TrustYou
Described on their website as being the world’s largest guest feedback platform” TrustYou was created to “...empower[s] hotels with solutions to drive more bookings and improve their hotel product.” This year, Ambre was given an Award of Excellence, a huge honour as the awards are given based on the number of positive guest reviews.
An EarthCheck Silver Accreditation
Ambre recently received the EarthCheck Silver Accreditation, thanks to its incredible environmentally conscious and sustainable measures. They were first given this accreditation in 2017 and the fact that they have received it again now is a sure sign they are on the right track with their efforts.
There’s no surprise that the magical five-star Kanuhura hotel has won ample awards over the years, and 2019 was no different. This year they were:
Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award
Apart from winning themselves a ‘TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for 2019’, Kanuhura is also now in the Top 10 Hotels for the Maldives on the incredible review site, all of which are incredible achievements, especially given the tough competition in the luxury hotel sector in the Maldives.
Named ‘Luxury Family Beach Resort 2019’
Kanuhura does its utmost to ensure its little guests are as well looked after as its bigger ones which is why winning ‘Luxury Family Beach Resort 2019’ at the World Luxury Hotel Awards was such an incredible privilege, one the hotel is immensely proud of.
Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club
The sensational Ile aux Cerfs is fast becoming a must-play for many golfers, and with its list of accolades, it’s not difficult to see why. This is how the course was acknowledged in 2019:
With a 2019 Golfers' Choice Award for Best Golf Club in Mauritius
Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club was awarded a 2019 Golfers' Choice Award for being the ‘Best Golf Club in Mauritius’ by the esteemed Leadingcourses.com. This was a huge honour given the number of exceptional golf courses scattered throughout the island which is fast becoming a golfing paradise.
It was rated as one of the ‘Best Places to Play’
In January 2019 Golf World Magazine highlighted Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club as one of the ‘Best Places to Play’ a round of golf.
It was ranked one of the World's Top 100 Golf Courses 2019
golfscape rated Ile aux Cerfs as one of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses in 2019. The gorgeous Mauritian gem was ranked at number 51 - a hugely impressive achievement given the number of incredible courses across the world.
It won the IAGTO ‘Golf Experience Award’
At the 20th edition of the IAGTO Awards, Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club won the ‘Golf Experience of the Year’. 2019 marked the first time this award was given out, making Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club the first course ever to win such a prestigious title, one the property is delighted about.
It’s clear that Sun Resorts - and all the properties in its portfolio - their utmost to constantly grow, improve and innovate to ensure their guests have incredible (and earth-conscious) holidays and experiences that are sure to inspire lifelong memories. Interested in visiting one of the award-winning properties for yourself? Then book your incredible holiday at your favourite resort today.