Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2016
- English, French, Creole
Rubbing the fresh cinnamon leaves between his fingers, George takes a deep breath and his face naturally softens into a smile. “For me, this is the aroma of Seychelles,” he comments as he walks around the lush foliage of Petite Anse hillside, his nature-filled workspace as a Bath Butler at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.
“I’m always on the lookout for different ingredients or new ways to make the bath experience more magical,” George explains, as he scours the landscape for inspiration. “I try to take as many ingredients as I can from the Resort itself, since we have 170 acres (69 hectares) of jungle hillside to explore and so many different plant varieties to choose from.” From cinnamon to lemongrass, Petite Anse holds enough ingredients to keep the chefs happy, but as a Bath Butler, George looks beyond just the taste to see the potential for wellness.
Having been born and raised in Seychelles, George knows better than anyone the power of nature. He grew up on Mahé Island, in neighbouring Baie Lazare, surrounded by fruit trees and spice plants, where his mother taught him the Creole secrets and recipes that he still draws on today. He reminisces about how his family, like many Seychellois, have their deep rooted traditions based around the healing powers of nature. “Working with the same ingredients takes me back to my childhood. After a long day, my mother would prepare a bath made with fresh cinnamon and lemon tree leaves to help soothe and revive me. To now prepare the same style of bath for our guests is very nostalgic.”
Through the years, George has never really stopped working with nature. You’d be forgiven for thinking that his knowledge comes as a result of years of dedicated training, however, George finds that Seychelles is actually the best classroom he could wish for and that it his desire to be among the island's nature that has influenced his career path so far. Starting out working in the kitchen at a nearby Resort, George soon knew that this was not the place for him. "I cannot stay indoors for too long at a time, so I found a different way to be outside!” This change in direction helped George to find his current role at the Resort’s hilltop Spa where he has been able to develop his knowledge and apply it to the world of wellness.