Desroches Island Resort Hotel, Seychelles

The stunning Desroches Island Resort Hotel forms part of the Amirantes group of islands — a remote coral atoll approximately 230 km southwest of Mahé in the Seychelles.


With over 40 luxury villas and main buildings scattered around the island to create privacy for guests, the intelligent fire detection system was planned around a fibre optic backbone, linking various groups of buildings together via considerable lengths of hidden network cabling.

When the luxurious Desroches Island Resort Hotel underwent an upgrade to add 40 new beach suites and villas, as well as new main buildings, Apollo’s XP95 devices were chosen for their durability, reliability and aesthetics.

The project was undertaken by Green Island Construction Company Ltd. Manser Saxon from Mauritius carried out the installation of a Technoswitch fire detection solution.

Challenges on this project included the remoteness of the location, the tropical environment with its harsh exposure to the sun and sea air, the need to connect the fire protection system to the lodges and buildings nestled amongst the trees, and the need for a highly responsive and easy to monitor system to ensure a rapid response in the event of a fire.

The Solution

More than 1,100 Apollo XP95 devices were installed in over 40 lodges, as well as the hospitality and service areas of the resort. The smoke and heat detectors, manual call points and sounder beacons perfectly complemented the chosen Advanced two and four loop intelligent control panels and TouchControl Remote Terminals.

The Verdict

Chris Tarbuck, Exports Sales Manager at Technoswitch, comments:

“This was a complex and challenging project, with no margin for error. The system we supplied had to be perfectly fit-for-purpose and able to withstand high humidity, sea air, dust and temperature variations on the island. We were confident that the XP95 range of detectors would be compatible with the conditions and the exacting aesthetics of this luxury resort.”

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