Suncrest Hotel, Qawra

Vivendo puts finishing touches to refurbished Seashells Resort in record time

The Seashells Resort at Suncrest in Qawra has opened its doors again after undergoing a complete revamp that affected every guest room and public area inside the hotel.

Vivendo orchestrated this multi-million project, part of a five-year refurbishment programme undertook by AX Group, pouring hundreds of man-hours into planning every single detail of this ambitious overhaul and executing it to the highest standards in record time.

The collaboration between Vivendo and Seashells Resort originally focused on refurbishing the Coral Cove Restaurant, however Vivendo was subsequenetly given the opportunity to refurbish the entire hotel. Preparations for the upgrading of 452 rooms spread over seven floors began in earnest after the winning design for the new look was chosen by AX Group.

As envisioned by designer Penny Apap Brown, the new Seashells Resort radiates a fresh and bright look with stylish and modern white gloss and wood finish all over, designed to uplift guests' spirits through an enhanced sense of space that feels intimate and comfortable. A sample room based on the design was set up inside the hotel, and extensively tested by AX management and staff before green lighting the project.

Vivendo oversaw the initial gutting of all the hotel rooms and setting up of templates over the pre-planned winter closure period. This laborious manual process saw the staff meticulously go over every one of the bare, windowless rooms in the hotel. This was made significantly harder since the stripped-down building was completely exposed to the fierce storms and wind in December and lacked lift facilities to facilitate movement of equipment from one floor to the next.

Containers with the new furniture and doors arrived on site in early December. Each room has been fitted with bespoke Italian-made Aran Newform furniture that forms an integral part of the environment. 1,200 Polish-made Porta doors built to E130/E160 fire-retardant standard were shipped and fitted by three teams of professional door installers from Italy, who worked in tandem with Vivendo staff during the four-month refurbishment.

Vivendo was also involved in the creation of a custom-made mattress for the such projects called the 'Malta Mattress' which ensures a good night's sleep on every one of the 900-plus single beds in the hotel. Guests can also relax on the new sofas available in suites, maybe while helping themselves to a complementary chocolate treat they'll find on one of the 1,800 cushions adorning the new rooms. Soft furnishings by Istikbal were also sourced by the Vivendo team.

Not a stick of wood in the new Suncrest was not overseen and approved by Vivendo staff. The staff who worked on this project included Vivendo design consultant Marthese Aquilina, designer Penny Apap Brown, project manager Louis Soler, and all the members of the logistics, installers and delivery teams. AX Group gave glowing praise for the speedy turnover of this large-scale project by Vivendo, an essential factor in ensuring that spring and summer guests would benefit from a luxurious and warm welcome at the resort and make their stay in Malta ever more memorable.

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