The Beerjeeraz family dreamed of a luxury hotel on the cliffs of Pointe-aux-Caves, in Albion. Its construction had even started. The dream has gone short but the ruins have remained. The dream of this hotel being grandiose and called “castle” by the inhabitants, never came to fruition. Its visible traces disappear gradually from the memories but also from the heights of the cliff where the establishment had begun to take shape. All that remains is a vast field of ruins, leaving a large building once to be seen. «Inn gagn enn ou dé zan enn katapilar inn vinn kraz dernié bout ki ti resté» says an inhabitant of the village of Albion.
It is the sad end of this ambitious project, which has made him speak in the locality. «Li ti enn bel zafer sa. Près de 200 chambres dans un bâtiment aux dimension et au design de château», remembers another inhabitant. He said he witnessed the birth and collapse of this project of Prem Beerjeeraz. The place had been well chosen: the avenue des Rosiers, next to the lighthouse of Albion, high perched on the cliffs of Pointe-aux-Caves. It is the highest point of the region and it enjoys one of the most beautiful views of the lagoon.
“It was around 1975-76 that the building was built. Although it did not yet function as a hotel, great festivals were held there. With everything you could imagine to have fun, a discotheque and even a horse club “, continues the latter. He still remembers the huge number of people who came there to ride on the vast expanse of land overlooking the sea. The premises even served as a place for filming films. “It was a spectacle that the inhabitants did not lack, many pressed there to see how a filming takes place and to see the actors,” he continues The catch is that although having the stature and the name of the hotel, Prem Beerjeeraz’s establishment never obtained the necessary permits to operate as such.
To add to the misfortune of its owner, just a few years after its construction, the imposing structure showed signs of weakness. So much and more than even the owners have deserted the place. “They stayed here only three or four years,” says a neighbor. It was at the same time that Prem Beerjeeraz built another imposing residence in Candos, which is still visible from the Victoria Hospital. Abandoned, the remains of the Hotel d’Albion were at the heart of repeated requests from the residents to be razed. “An eyesore”, “a haunt of bandits” or “a danger to the passers-by” are all arguments they have put forward for at least two decades to win the case.
It was in 2012 that the government finally acceded to their petitions and had the building demolished. Today, only the ruins and memories of some neighbors still bear witness to this singular dream which if it had succeeded could have transformed the village of Albion.