Seychelles (officially the Republic of Seychelles) is a 115-island country spanning an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 km east of mainland Southeast Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agaléga and Réunion to the south, and Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest.

Numbering an estimated 86,500 inhabitants, Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state. It has the highest Human Development Index in Africa and the highest income inequality in the world, as measured by the Gini index. Seychelles is also a member of the African Union.

200,000 tourists per year

The most beautiful of beaches, white sand and rich aquatic life combined with a varied tropical environment with almost 100 endemic plants attract some 200,000 tourists and honeymooners a year. Most likely many of us would wish to be right there now when we close our eyes.

Besides all the natural attractions, Seychelles offers extraordinary overnight accommodations, one of which is about to celebrate its opening: the luxury 5-star Savoy Resort & Spa Seychelles, situated in Beau Vallon, one of the most celebrated bays north of Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles archipelago. The hotel boasts 163 luxurious suites and rooms.

To make this holiday dream come true, Sika Mauritius supplied a variety of products ranging from green roof membranes, façade water repellent, and tank, pool and roof waterproofing to epoxy flooring. These mainly large-area applications were very diverse, making the project a highly interesting challenge.

International team on site

As it is often the case with major projects in Seychelles, the team was a very international one, with the promoter from Russia, the project manager from Tunisia, the architect from Indonesia, the main contractor from Seychelles, the engineer from Russia, the quantity surveyor from India, and suppliers from all over the world. And with most of the laborers on construction sites in Seychelles coming from India, Hindi and English are the main languages spoken on site. Both the scope of the project and the technical specifications were unique.

High standards of product quality

Savoy Resort & Spa was an upmarket project requiring high standards of product quality and technical support from all the suppliers involved. Most of the project specifications were for waterproofing and roofing. An eco-friendly roofing solution was stipulated, with green roofs on more than 5,000m2 of residential area as well as on some of the exposed roofs covering the technical rooms. The pool bar design included a flat exposed roof and a dome roof, with PVC membrane specified.

Applications such as these are technically quite intricate, especially the green roofs requiring several underlayers such as a filter, and drainage layers placed under the final root-resistant PVC membrane.

The demand for green roofs is very low in the region owing to the high costs entailed and the complexity of the complete system.

Recommendations and specification done by Sika

The client benefited from Sika’s know-how, a case in point being the recommendation to shift from an acrylic-based liquid compound to a double-layer bituminous roofing membrane so as to guarantee a long-lasting system. Specifications for the waterproofing of the bathrooms were also revised by Sika Mauritius to allow the contractor to employ a fast-application ready-for-use product not requiring a power supply.

The client and his team greatly appreciated Sika’s honesty and professionalism in suggesting the most suitable solutions for the client’s particular needs. As there are only a few skilled and specialized experts in Seychelles, Sika committed to providing training in the application of all the Sika products supplied, as well as to supervising progress on a regular basis.

Now everything’s ready and everyone, not just honeymooners, can go there and enjoy this wonderful hotel complex. You will discover that Seychelles is just as beautiful beneath the water as above it.

Seychelles is, by the way, the oldest and only mid-ocean granitic island destination in the world that offers both granite-based reefs as well as the more common carbonate tropical reefs, both flourishing with diverse marine life. Enjoy!