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Mother’s Day of Vanessa de Gersigny : Another family celebration!

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Vanessa de Gersigny, 36 years old and Marketing Coordination Manager at Beachcomber Group loves surprises. Every year, she is blessed with a new one on Mother’s Day. The Gersigny’s have a special lifestyle where the wellness of the body, soul and planet is key. All the elements are united to celebrate critical thinking and imagination in all their splendor. On Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 26, we invite you to meet an exceptional woman, a wife and a mother.

Artisan at Beachcomber for the past twelve years, married and mother of three children aged 11, 6 and 1 respectively, Vanessa de Gersigny juggles with statistics on a daily basis. She determines the pricing strategy and boosts the rates through special offers. She scrutinizes past records and plans for the future. She also directs the marketing trend of the group by coordinating with different partners based on the demands of the markets and operational challenges. There is more to her skills! She liaises with internal departments namely, the IT, the content and the sales departments.

Vanessa de Gersigny was born in Mauritius. When she was only one year old, her parents left the island. She spends her childhood and teenage years in Reunion Island, in the south of France, in Gabon, before returning to Mauritius at the age of 15. Following her high school, she enrolled for a five-year study program in business studies in Toulouse, France. She spent six months in Syndey, Australia as part of her end of year internship. She then decided to return to Mauritius with her husband and start a family.

 

Photo credit: Melina Le Court

 

A woman with important professional duties, a mother and a wife, she managed to strike the right balance between her two lives thanks to a topnotch organization. “Everything is about being well organized. When I am at work, I am 200 percent into my work and when I am at home, I am a mom at 200 percent. Your professional life and your family life should be kept separate. This distinction is vital for a good balance and for the wellbeing of the entire family. I will never be able to make it without one or the other. Work is important for personal growth: stay active, meet people, taking on challenges and continue to grow,” she affirms. Being a mum, she adds, allows her, “to let go, to go back to her childhood days and be carefree”. One of her favorite sayings is, “Do things seriously but don’t take yourself seriously.”

 

« Laughing is primordial. »

Vanessa de Gersigny knows how to balance professional and family responsibilities and her family endorses her lifestyle. “It comes naturally from the moment everyone accepts to cut off,” she states. She carries out her role as a mother with love, humor and patience. “Time is priceless nowadays. Allowing time for those we love is primordial,” she adds.

She also chose to “give free space to her children,” to “teach them to fend for themselves.” She has learnt to “be there for them, to help them grow and be happy.” Her secret formula is to allow them to get bored, develop their own imagination and make their own mistakes. She guides them but lets them fall so that they can stand on their own feet. “The world they will live in will not be easy and I want to provide them with all the tools to help them make their way, be happy and develop their critical thinking. This is done on a daily basis in all simplicity, with lots of smiles and laughs. Laughter holds a special place in our family life.”

To her, values have to be put into practice on a daily basis, and among them, there is self-help. “I don’t think that a mother has to be at the service of her children. She has to be there for them but they also have a very important role within the family. We are here for each other. They learn from me as much as I learn from them.” If being a mother is to be a guide, Vanessa de Gersigny does not see this role any other way than in “a relationship that privileges exchanges and sharing.” Without reciprocity, life is meaningless even if we give ourselves 200 percent.

 

Photo credit: Melina Le Court

« Time is priceless nowadays. It is vital to dedicate time to those we love. »

 

The world has evolved in such a way that consumerism has expanded significantly. The evolution of technology and communications has transformed the planet into a global village. Instant news, Internet and the virtual world dominate. Vanessa de Gersigny knows that we have to protect our children from the pitfalls of progress and growth. This is where our choice of lifestyle becomes crucial. “To protect them, certainly, but how? Our children do not have a tablet, a mobile phone or video games. We only have one smartphone and one tablet for the whole family. Even us, as parents, we use them unless we really need to.”

However, at the Gersigny’s, they spend heartily on books, board games and everything that promotes the development of the critical thinking and imagination of the children. “We let them get bored voluntarily and they always find a way to entertain themselves whether it is through outdoor games, reading or building games.”

 

Togetherness

This method teaches them wellbeing: eat and drink healthy, live healthily, close to nature and do sports. It connects them with authenticity. It builds strong human relationships based on respect and effort.

« Actually we try to educate our children on values that are good for them, whether they are physical. Intellectual or for the planet through hours and hours outdoors doing sports, playing outdoor games or trekking. We are also talking about hours of voluntary reading and manual activities.”

A lifestyle is environment-friendly and based on values. “Absolutely. We try on a daily basis to respect the earth. We manufacture some of our household items and try not to buy too many wrapped goods. We recycle some of the packaging that we don’t need and we try to make little use of our car. For instance, on weekends, we do our groceries on bicycle.”

Every morning, on open days, each member of the family splits whether to go to school or work and the house becomes an empty shell. When we see each other again in the afternoon, the family is a priority. Depending on the days, the weather, we go for a trip on our bikes or for a walk, we play board or construction games on the floor so that our one-year old can have fun too. We always eat together. It is an opportunity for us to talk about anything. There is no taboo. After dinner, we do some reading.”

 

Photo credit: Julie Fleurié

 

“Weekends are all about the family and sports. We make sure that we do not have to do much grocery shopping or shopping in general. We dedicate our time to family sports activities – competition or not - , nature walks, picnics, and plenitude. Each member of the family chooses an activity, DIY or gardening with the family, arts and craft activities. We are cool parents but we also encourage our children to take part in house chores and all, depending on their abilities of course.”

Another key component of this choice of lifestyle: “We are never in front of the TV and we watch it only twice per week and always on evenings together.” Afternoons, evenings, on open days and weekends, are “sacred and indispensable spaces” in a week.

The Gersigny’s will celebrate all these values on Sunday, May 26, on Mother’s Day. “For me, it is an opportunity to celebrate the family and the special moments we spend together.” Vanessa de Gersigny ignores what the day will be like. “I love surprises and each year is different. We’ll see.” This is for sure, each family member will contribute to the joy of this special day.