I've been to a few hotels in Mauritius now but as soon I turned into the hotel complex, I sensed that Long Beach was going to be something different; something new. Before I arrived at the main lobby area, I had already gathered a sense that this place was going to be unique.
Surrounded with a vast array of flora and fauna and peppered with contemporary sculpture, Long Beach offers more than an incredible 700 metre beach. In fact, it's more of a 'hub' for whatever you want!
'Fresh' - I think from it's design. The way Long Beach has been thought and mapped out. It just works! The heart of Long Beach is focussed on it's Piazza. Here's where you'll find all the bars/restaurants. I was amazed to learn that they're connected by a series of underground tunnels, giving easy access for the staff only. Facilities then spread from here out towards pool areas (main pool with its own bar), until eventually you reach the accommodation. Rooms are stretched away from the centre, therefore offering a quiet location wherever you are. I had a Superior Beachfront room (all located on ground level) with direct access to the beach. Rooms are equipped with UK, 3 pin-plug sockets - which was just as well as I had forgotten my adapter.
There's something for everyone here. For the younger ones - kids & teens are entertained from their individual clubs. For those who are more active - there's a complete activity centre, near the fully equiped gym (archery, cycling, football, jogging, tennis, yoga and evening a climbing wall and many more). There are cabanas around the pool areas - great for couples and honeymooners. A whole range of watersports are available directly from Long Beach's boathouse.
Nightlife is focussed in/around the Piazza area. At one end, there's Bombora nightclub while at the other is 'Shores' (cocktail and lounge bar). The hotel frequently hosts live entertainment, consisting of local bands, singers & dancers to acrobatics.
I found all the hotel staff so, so friendly. All of them were happy to help with any query or point me in the right direction.
So overall, would I go back? Absolutely!
Is there anything I could pick fault with? Not really - just that the hotel is so new some of the plants need to establish themselves.
I honestly came away as if I'd just discovered a new toothpaste!
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- Also Known As:
- Long Beach Mauritius Hotel Belle Mare
- Long Beach Mauritius Belle Mare