Enjoy Caribbean Cuisine in the 5-Star Savoy Resort & Spa

The Seychelles’ multitude of culinary influences is reflected in the menus at the new 5-star Hotel Savoy Resort & Spa, gourmet chef Gennaro Avagnale invites guests to enjoy the culinary delights of the two hotel restaurants and beach bar.

Mahé, Seychelles, 17th July 2014 Alongside endless sandy beaches and the azure-blue Indian Ocean, the Seychelles will also appeal to the adventurous gourmet. Local cuisine typically includes various types of curry and fish, but also chicken and beef are deliciously prepared on the plates of the Seychellois, as the indigenous people are called. The island’s cuisine is inspired by the Creoles of the Caribbean, and is especially characterized by spices, such as cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and mint. Also influences from Asia, India and Africa mix themselves into the native cooking pots, which gives visitors a chance to experience a unique and delicious taste sensation.

Savoy Logo

Savoy Logo

Seafood lovers should head to the Savoy’s signature restaurant, the Pescado. The kitchen, directed by the head chef, Gennaro Avagnale, has specialised in the symbiosis of fresh fish and white wine, skilfully uniting the many aromas of eastern and western cuisines with local influences. Avagnale, who has extensive experience in 5-star kitchens and restaurants awarded Michelin stars, creates unique and imaginative dishes, that always live up to his motto “Cooking is the art of life”.

Regional specialities are on offer in both of the Savoy’s hotel restaurants. Alongside the breakfast and dinner buffet, the Grand Savoy restaurant menu offers a colourful mixture of local and international dishes, all carefully prepared by top chefs. With a variety of dishes from Spain, Italy, Russia or China, every guest can find their favourite and look forward to something new every day.

Guests, who would like to sample a tropical cocktail or smoothie, can wander down to the Gecko Bar, just a few meters from the beach and the perfect way to finish dinner and start a lovely evening.

Savoy Resort & Spa
The five-star Savoy Resort & Spa is located on the famous Beau Vallon Beach on the Seychelles’ island, Mahé. Altogether, the guests have their choice of 163 modern and comfortable rooms and suites on five floors, as well as a modern conference centre. What makes the Savoy Resort & Spa special is the unique location directly on the white-sand beach with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Since May 2014 the Savoy Resort & Spa is part of the Preferred Hotel Group, making it officially an extraordinary, independent hotel in a fantastic destination. For more information: www.savoy.sc

Enjoy a water sports holiday in the Seychelles with the new Savoy Resort & Spa

Heavenly diversity on more than 100 islands

Mahé, Seychelles, 4th July 2014 – Anyone wishing for an active holiday filled with sun, beach and sea need look no further than the Seychelles. These idyllic islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean offer the most beautiful beaches, the most colourful coral reefs, lush vegetation and turquoise blue water that remains at an average 26 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Mahé’s Beau Vallon Bay is the perfect base for an active beach holiday. This section of the coast has a small harbour where snorkelling and sailing trips depart every day and from here, all nearby bays and islands, like Silhouette and Praslin, can easily be reached. The snow-white, flat, sloping beach is perfect for children and families and swimmers are free to move in the area which is strictly off-limits for motor-driven watercrafts.

A diverse range of water sports and equipment hire can be arranged by the Savoy Resort & Spa (www.savoy.sc) located directly on the Beau Vallon Bay. The 5-star hotel can cater for any aquatic pursuit and will arrange everything for you, working with local companies to provide everything from private charters to glass bottom tours and luxury fishing excursions. Sailing, kite boarding, kite surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and paragliding are just some of the water-based sports that visitors can indulge in.

If discovering the magical underwater world of the flat reefs around Mahé with a mask and snorkel is not enough, there are more than 24 diving schools, but the Savoy works with Big Blue Divers and Blue Sea Divers in particular, offering trips to the largely untouched coral reefs of the outer islands. Catering for beginners to professionals, the crystal clear water and coral reefs are accessible to everyone. For those confident to go deeper, giant groupers, reef sharks and humphead wrasses and also the impressive plankton-eating whale sharks can often be observed.

The seafloor descends more quickly on the stretches of the coast where there are no coral reefs and it’s here that kite and windsurfers can be found on the powerful breakers in these areas. For those not yet comfortable to surf alone on the big waves, there are local surf schools that can teach at every level. It is problem free to bring surfing equipment, just check baggage requirements with your airline, however equipment can also be rented on the island. Good surfing spots are found at Anse Lazio on Praslin from October until December.

After a day full of sports activities, the spacious wellness area of the Savoy Resort & Spa is the perfect place to relax – either in the Russian steam sauna or with a treatment in one of the six individual suites, three double suites for couples’ treatment and two Thai/shiatsu rooms. Guests are well looked after by the experienced team of qualified beauty and wellness therapists, offering a diverse programme focussed on beauty and relaxation. Choose from 13 different massages, ranging from classic to Asian and ayurvedic massage. The resort also has an enormous pool – at 700 m², the largest on the Seychelles – and the fitness center is open 24 hour each day.

The Savoy boasts 163 modern and roomy double rooms, including 18 junior and nine regular suites, as well as a penthouse. The rooms and suites range from 40 to 200 m², with the penthouse measuring 190 m². Room prices begin at 520 Euro per overnight stay for a double room.

Savoy Resort & Spa
The five-star Savoy Resort & Spa is located on the famous Beau Vallon Beach on the Seychelles’ island, Mahé. Altogether, the guests have their choice of 163 modern and comfortable rooms and suites on five floors, as well as a modern conference centre. What makes the Savoy Resort & Spa special is the unique location directly on the white-sand beach with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Since May 2014 the Savoy Resort & Spa is part of the Preferred Hotel Group and with this is officially a very extraordinary independent hotel in a very desirable destination. For further information, please visit www.savoy.sc


240 miles in 24 hours challenge raises £9,000 to help premature babies

Southampton 3 July 2014: A Senior Healthcare Partner with The Health Insurance Group, Paul Hopewell, has cycled from Southampton to Sheffield, 240 miles, in just 18 hours, a feat that has so far raised £9,000 and the total is still rising as the fund will be kept open for a further 24 days.

The recurring 24 is significant because this is the number of weeks at which a premature baby is considered viable, with the right support and equipment. The money raised from this epic ride will go to the King’s Mill Specialist Baby Unit in Mansfield, where Paul’s son was cared for 15 years ago.

Brian Steel and Paul Hopewell at The Health Insurance Group offices in Sheffield

Brian Steel and Paul Hopewell at The Health Insurance Group offices in Sheffield

Paul Hopewell said: “Everybody has been so generous with their support and sponsorship contributions. I am exhausted but very exhilarated to know that we have raised over £9,000 for the unit that saved my son Ryan’s life and helped raise the profile of all the specialist baby units around the country that do such fantastic work, looking after 54,000 premature babies every year.”

Olympic silver and bronze medal winning pursuit cyclist Bryan Steel has been helping Paul train for the event and accompanied him on the ride. “This was a huge challenge for both of us,” admits Bryan. “It shows what can be done with the right training and motivation. Paul and everyone involved should be very proud of what they have achieved for the special baby unit.”

You can still donate on line at Virgin Money Giving http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/240in24.


For further PR information please contact:
Helen Doherty or Julia Vockrodt at VP Communications on 0203 282 7144 or email: helen@vp-pr.com or Julia@vp-pr.com

Notes to Editors
The Health Insurance Group
The Health Insurance Group has a nationwide team of advisers who deliver affordable medical insurance to companies and individuals alike, with high quality advice and a commitment to personal service. It prides itself on bringing its customers a unique insight into healthcare.

Its philosophy is to help people stay healthy by giving them access to the best deals on private medical insurance. This is reflected in the company’s core values of wellness and wellbeing, which are prevalent in every element of The Health Insurance Group business; from its service, to its responsibility as an employer and the company’s charitably efforts in the wider community and health industry.

Bryan Steel
As a boy, Bryan Steel was much like many boys, uninterested in school, and not very athletic. Then he discovered a talent, cycling. This gave him an outlet and a passion. He made the British cycling team, which at the time was not a team recognised for excellence. Bryan participated in a revolutionary change management programme that catapulted the team to the world stage and Bryan with it, going on to win, win and win on the world and Olympic stage.
From scrawny, negative schoolboy to World Class athlete, Bryan now shares the secrets of his success through his own development programme ‘Winning Mindset’. With the formula for success being as applicable to the board room and business environment as it is to the playing field.

PERCENTIL.com secures €1M led by Active Venture Partners

Funding will accelerate European consolidation and expansion to new verticals

Madrid, July 1st 2014 – PERCENTIL.com, the online kids’ clothing consignment shop, has today announced a €1M Series A investment led by Active Venture Partners, joining fellow investors Cabiedes & Partners and international Business Angels.

Percentil Founders

Percentil Founders

PERCENTIL’s mission is to help families save money while buying and selling kids “pre-loved” clothing. It has built a convenient consignment shop that buys nearly-new kids clothing from families, applies strict quality controls and markets the high-quality garments on-line. Founded in Spain, with operations in Spain, Germany and France, PERCENTIL will use the investment to consolidate European expansion and extend its offer to incorporate womens’ clothing.

On average, parents spend almost €500 per child each year, globally representing a market of €110B. Until now, parents lacked easy alternatives to acquire or sell pre-loved clothing. PERCENTIL helps families to save money on the cost of buying high-quality kids’ clothes and provides an opportunity for them to earn money through the sale of barely worn clothes. Most importantly, parents can benefit from this ‘fuss-free’ service because PERCENTIL takes cares of all operations from pick-up to delivery including strict quality controls.

PERCENTIL plans to become the largest consignment fashion retailer in Europe. Currently the company has a team of 34 professionals and markets 60,000 garments in its on-line store, which have received more than 40,000 orders from 15,000 customers. Shopping at PERCENTIL, families have not only saved €10M to date buying clothing but also earned €500,000 selling nearly-new clothes.

Ricard Söderberg, founding partner of Active Venture Partners, said: “PERCENTIL’s management team has mastered a complex business model, built high barriers to entry and is delivering superior customer service. The experience of doing this and achieving these milestones puts PERCENTIL in a strong position to scale the business for international expansion.”

Luis Ongil, co-founder and CEO of PERCENTIL, said: “This investment will allow us to further revolutionize the way we buy clothes in Europe. Not only will it help us to strengthen our industry-leading position in Spain, and help us to grow in Germany and France where we have recently entered the market, but it also provides us with the opportunity to take our new line, PERCENTIL Woman, to the next level.”

PERCENTIL (http://percentil.com) was founded in 2012 by Luis Ongil, Lourdes Ferrer and Daniel Bezares, a founding team with background in logistics, marketing and fashion. PERCENTIL vision is to become the largest consignment fashion retailer in Europe; currently, the company operates in Spain, France and Germany. PERCENTIL has a team of 34 professionals and markets 60K garments in its on-line store, which received more than 40K orders from 15K customers. Shopping at PERCENTIL, families not only saved to date €10M buying clothing but also earned €500K selling like-new clothes. The company has the backing of Active Ventures Partners, Cabiedes & Partners and international Business Angels.

About Active Venture Partners
ACTIVE is a European venture capital company focused on positively disrupting its traditional sector. Spearheaded by a diverse, passionate and multinational team, it is building a reputation for providing support that goes beyond capital for high growth businesses. With a presence in Barcelona, Hamburg and Stockholm, ACTIVE targets entrepreneurial teams driving digital start-ups and seeking holistic partnerships based on shared values and pro-active support. Start-up founders connect to the unique ACTIVE community to engage with sector specialists, growth experts and senior advisors. Since 2004 ACTIVE has invested in 20 companies in two funds totalling €74m. In 2007, ACTIVE created the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation, which promotes relationships between successful serial entrepreneurs investing in early stage companies. www.active-vp.com

For more information contact:

PR Contact for PERCENTIL:
Daniel Bezares
Founding Partner at PERCENTIL
Tel: + 34 627 56 22 35

PR Contact for Active Ventures:
Maggie Zaboura
Zaboura Consultancy
Tel: +44 (0)203 588 0804
E-mail: maggie@zaboura.com