The Landscape Gold Award goes to Constance Ephelia and Earthquest Management

The Landscape Gold Award goes to Constance Ephelia and Earthquest Management

Constance Ephelia Seychelles, together with EarthQuest Management Consultants, received the prestigious Gold award in recognition for superior Landscape Construction with design by Colin Okashimo & Associates (Singapore) at the recent South

African Landscape Industry awards ceremony.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles is part of the Constance Hotels and Resorts, a group that comprises of seven exceptional, luxurious five star hotels located on the most exquisite and exclusive islands in the Indian Ocean. Constance Ephelia is situated on a stretch of pristine beach and surrounded by 120 hectares of lush and rare tropical vegetation on the island of Mahé, Seychelles.

With this resort, as with all Constance Hotels Experience properties, preserving and protecting the environment is key, and this focus was maintained in the design and execution of the landscaping of the property.

The monumental project at Constance Ephelia Resort was designed by esteemed landscape design company,Colin Okashimo & Associates in Singapore – a company with an impressive portfolio that includes hotels, resorts and residential landscaping in Mauritius, Seychelles, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives.

But it was due to EarthQuest Management Consultants, spearheaded by Renzo Derksen and supported by Garrith Brokensha and Brian Brigilia between March 2009 and November 2010, that the spectacular design vision became reality.

This is EarthQuest’s biggest project to date – not only from a size perspective (the property measures 120 000 square metres), but also the logistics and planning, procurement of plant material, climatic conditions as well as the extraordinary and often unrealistic deadlines the team had to meet for completion of landscape areas.

Alex de Maroussem sourced and propagated all 195,000 plants used between January 2009 and July 2010. The final result of this mammoth undertaking is nothing short of spectacular.

It is thanks to the annual South African Landscape Industry (SALI) merit awards that the landscape industry has grown in stature, rivaling that of the international industry. A total of 112 high calibre projects were judged over a period of 35 days, where many considerations, including the use of water-wise landscaping, indigenous planting, environmentally responsive design and construction.

The increase in the number of Gold Awards made in 2011 isvery much a reflection of the growth of the landscaping standards in Southern Africa.