My husband, my baby and I spent four nights at this magnificent Mauritius property in May 2012. And from the moment we drove up to the reception area, it took us both by surprise.
For starters, it doesn't look like any hotel I've seen - except possibly the architecturally astounding Alila Hotel in Ubud, Bali. It's super-modern and super-beautiful, with jaw-dropping triple and quadruple volume ceilings, bizarre light fittings, over-sized windows and more than a touch of irony. Yes, it's Mauritius, so there's thatch, but the entire hotel is so cleverly designed and decorated that it feels like the very best of local design, without the usual cheesiness.
The rooms are enormous, with stunning bathrooms, lovely views, comfy beds, dressing tables, little sofas, endless cupboards (also unusual in a hotel) and fabulous coffee machines. To be honest, I didn't want to leave. And my toddler had a blast racing around our room - although the bathroom floors, which are classy black slate, became very slippery when wet...
There are massive lounger/swings on the beach, ideal for reading, dozing, cuddling or tanning, if the sun's in the right place, and the hotel and staff are so geared for exceptional service and attention that you don't mind if the wind's blowing or it's drizzling a bit, because everything around you is so utterly beautiful and has such a great vibe. I love the crooked palm trees that stretch right over the pool as if desperate to get to the beach, and the carefully shaped pool islands...
We loved the food. From the cerise pink macaroons to the dim sum, the home-made pasta to the artisan-style pizza, the chocolate croissants to the kiddies' ravioli, the carpaccio to the tartare, the prawn tempura to the fresh fruit smoothies - we ate and ate and ate (and drank) and ate. We are always disappointed by hotel food (my husband is a serious foodie), and this food delighted us.
The all-inclusive package is a must, because without it you'll bankrupt yourself, but it's worth it. It also doesn't get boring - ever - because there are 5 restaurants arranged around a central piazza, and each is more exciting than the last. I loved the fact that there were little kids and big kids and couples and retirees and groups and teens and all sorts of people, tho' I'm not sure how keen I'd be, as a honeymooner, to have kids welcomed everywhere. But there you have it...
This is an unusual hotel. Ahead of its time. Exquisite. Serviced by caring and professional staff. And affordable (relatively speaking). I will definitely be going there again. Try and stop me.
- Also Known As:
- Long Beach Mauritius Hotel
- Long Beach Mauritius Hotel Belle Mare
- Long Beach Mauritius Belle Mare
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