Mauritius, the ‘Chotta Bharat’ as they call it. The island of white sand beaches and pristine waters is the perfect destination for those looking to relax. But when it comes to look for the perfect hotel, the choice is rather difficult. Numerous luxury hotels along the coastal area form a perfect pearl necklace proposing many activities and entertainment. Lux Belle Mare is the one we choose for this holiday trip to Mauritius that we have been looking forward to for a long time!
Dressed in soothing whites and vibrant brights, each of the thatch-roofed suites and villas is blessed with sea views. Belle Mare is one of the best beaches in Mauritius with an unbroken sweep of powder-soft sands, crystalline waters in sparkling shades of beryl blue and coconut palms swaying gently in the breeze.
Beau Rivage in French means beautiful shores. As soon as you reach the resort, the ambiance of relaxation and fun is set. You are welcomed by smiling staff and offered to sit and enjoy a nice cocktail while they do the paper work for the room. For me, ten days of enjoyment have started and as soon as we discover our beautiful room overlooking the green park and further on the beach where the sun is setting – we forget about our tiredness and the long flight journey from India and decide to go on a tour. Located on a lovely beach called Belle Mare, with pure white, talcum powder sands and clear blue sea, the scenery is very romantic. Within a few minutes, wearing our swimsuits, we enter the beautiful sea with a golden surface where the setting sun is reflecting. Swimming in the sea was just fantastic as the water was warm and clean.
The Mauritians are very friendly people and not intrusive at all. After a nice dip in the Indian Ocean, we rest on the sun beds on the beach for a while. After some time, as we return to our room to get ready for the dinner, we try to agree on the restaurant we are going to choose. As our package was an all-inclusive one, we did not need to bother about how much we ate or drank. And it is indeed a nice feeling not to have a bill at the end of your meal! It is better to book all the restaurants in the morning as they can get booked up quite easily during the peak season.
The cuisine at Beau Rivage is also something to be enjoyed, with a very diverse offer for the foodies. With views of the glittering ocean and expansive swimming pool, MIXE dishes up a tempting all-day menu of island specialties, from a fresh sprawling breakfast buffet to round-the-world gastronomic dinners. It comes with a Josper-style grill, live cooking stations, an Asian Corner, a Spicy Curry Corner, a glass tandoor, a saj oven for oriental bread-making and a Japanese teppanyaki area. Sweet things also get a starring role, with a chocolate room where guests can watch and participate in cooking sessions, a glass oven for viennoiseries and a lavish display of pastries and desserts.
Occupying a prime spot right on the sands, Beach Rouge is open for lunch and dinner, with a hint of French Riviera in the airy white-and-red decor. In the lounge area, cocktails and tapas make for lazy days and cool evenings by the Indian Ocean: flop down on cushions on the beach to the upbeat sound of top DJs. Local, fresh-from-the-sea produce shines in the kitchen, where chefs whip up tantalising feasts of the island’s best seasonal fare.
For a dash of Asian spice, head to Amari by Vineet, the resort’s new Indian restaurant – a clean-lined but opulent space for the Michelin-star chef’s scintillating fare. A leading light in the reinvention of Indian cuisine, Chef Vineet Bhatia won his first Michelin star at Zakia in London in 2001, followed by another in 2006 for his personal venture ‘Rasoi’ at London as well as in 2009 for ‘Rasoi by Vineet’ in Geneva. His masterful technique makes the textures and flavours of India shine, in sumptuous, subtly spiced dishes with contemporary flair. Heading further east, Duck Laundry is the place for contemporary-style Chinese dishes, featuring duck in its many guises includingcrowd-pleasing Peking duck with steamed pancakes. Dim sum, on-the-spot noodle stations, a woodfired duck oven and a Chinese barbecue station complete the experience, crowned by a varied selection of Chinese teas and Asian spirits.
After a very cozy night on a very soft mattress, we wake up early to work out in the well-equipped gym. There a coach not only to assist us in using the machines but also to advise us on the best workout, based our physiognomy and health-related elements. After a good shower, we head towards the breakfast area where a plenty of delicious food – Indian and Continental – awaits us. Fresh juices and exotic fruits, the decor is perfect and the tongue is satisfied.
During the breakfast we plan our day as we discover the rich programme proposed by the hotel. Every day there is something special. At 11 am starts the aquagym in the swimming pool. In the afternoon, snorkeling and water sports activities and boat tours are organised every day. The glass bottom boat trip, which is an hour long, is particularly amazing and takes you out to the coral reefs. After a day full of discoveries and fun, we can relax our mind and body with Taï chi classes before enjoying the gala dinner and concert at the resort.
The Spa is also a very luxurious experience. The hammam and sauna are placed in a peaceful atmosphere and there is also a ice cold plunge pool to refresh, but the water is so cold!
The hotel proposes also few outings outside. The market at Flacq allows you to discover the day-to-day life of locals in Mauritius. You can also go to the feline parks, where you can caress a domesticated lion or a leopard! Or just trek in the green valleys of the island. To relax and to enjoy luxury, for a break from the day to day life, Lux is certainly one of the best luxury resorts of Mauritius, its staff and services will make your stay more than comfortable but above all unforgettable!