Beachcomber introduces new health and safety measures

Mauritian hotelier Beachcomber will recommend guests were masks when social distancing measures cannot be maintained.

The hotel chain said it was looking at measures to make customers feel safe and confident in travelling once travelling recommences. 

Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, which is preparing to reopen its eight properties, said it was also reviewing the layout of tables and chairs in restaurants and will prioritise a la carte service over self-service buffets.

Guests will also be required to take a shower before a spa treatment.  

Beachcomber said it was working with international bioanalytical laboratory Liba in order to ensure guests felt safe and confident travelling once restrictions are lifted. It has established a ‘Safe Place’ label has been created in partnership with the lab, which already carries out regular unannounced food safety and room hygiene audits across all Beachcomber hotels. 

The audits will now include additional controls measures.

Beachcomber said the Safe Place accreditation aimed to better reassure guests that all health, hygiene, safety and environment requirements were being met, “especially against the backdrop of the Covid-19 health crisis”.

The brand said the label reflected strict safety, hygiene and cleanliness standards, as well as highlighting that health checks are available for all hotel staff, medical facilities are available on hotel grounds with medical staff on call, and the application of cleaning and disinfection in line with World Health Organisation recommendations.

Gilbert Espitalier-Noel, chief executive of Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, said: “Our responsibility as a hotelier is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our guests and staff; this is the case now more than ever with the pandemic. This labelling scheme, developed in conjunction with LIBA, will enable us to welcome our hotel guests and teams in the best of conditions and ensure their health and safety are adequately taken care of. It is clear that health and safety requisites will be of the greatest importance when choosing a hotel and holiday destination in the future. It is therefore important to take the necessary steps to make travellers feel safe and confident.”

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