My wife and I, both keen but average golfers, decided to spend sixteen nights at Long Beach primarily because of the free access to the famous Le Touessrok golf course. The hotel is situated approximately a forty minute costal taxi drive from the airport and after a twelve hour flight we were absolutely delighted by the welcome we received at Long Beach. As we got out of our taxi we were greeted by one of the charming Customer Relations team who arranged cool non-alcoholic cocktails for us and saw to our registration all while we sat comfortably in the ultra-modern reception area. We were then shown to our room in one of the many accommodation villas each containing four guest rooms. Ours was a standard room but it was large with a large balcony, comfortable bed, acres of storage and a modern bathroom, it felt airy, cool and met its five star rating.
The hotel accommodation encircles the main pools and restaurant area with the glorious, soft white sandy beach running the length of the estate. There is a good gym and very good attractions to keep younger children amused at the Kids and Teens Clubs. The main pools are what you would expect, elegant, surrounded by comfortable loungers and double beds and served by adjacent bars and restaurants.
The food is served at five restaurants. Le Marche is a buffet which, while slightly eccentric in some ways, serves delicious food. Sapori is a good Italian restaurant. Chopsticks serves excellent oriental food; the duck and pork we had here were the best we’ve had at any Chinese restaurant. Tides is an al fresco restaurant where we generally ate lunch and Hasu an a la carte Japanese restaurant which we didn’t try as we are not great sushi eaters and there was a ‘Supplement’ to pay for All Inclusive guests. A word about the AI option. It cost us an additional £90 a day to upgrade from full board to AI. This is very expensive, especially as your selection is still limited to cheaper brands but the price of all drinks at the bars and in the restaurants is expensive so if you don’t want to be constantly fussing over the price of a Coke or bottle of wine it might well be the way to go. We were pleased we decided upon the AI option even though I doubt we managed to get through £90 of drinks on any of the days we spent at the hotel. By the way I see that some reviewers have been critical of the wine but we found all the wines on the AI option were very drinkable and there was a reasonable choice.
And so to the golf. Le Touessrok is a wonderful course designed by Bernhard Langer and situated on an island just off the coast, a twenty minute taxi ride away from the hotel. Taxi transfer is free and the only thing you will pay for is the buggy and the tip for the buggy boys. Actually only may not be the correct word as this amounted to approximately £47 a day. The Clubhouse is lovely with a good bar and small restaurant and the course itself is a joy. Beautifully maintained with picture postcard holes it is the sort of course you feel you could tame but never quite manage to. It has five teeing areas; the women’s, the women’s championship/men’s yellow (a good challenge for the higher handicap men), the men’s championship (a good challenge for lower handicap players) and the Langer Black – pretty much only for professionals, and those with an inflated sense of their abilities. My wife and I just loved playing the course and indeed managed this fourteen times in our sixteen night stay.
Overall we would very much recommend Long Beach. It has only been open a year or so and feels fresh and new. The staff were unfailingly polite and helpful, I would particularly like to single out the lovely Karishma in Customer Relations who could not have been more helpful and charming. Not everything is always perfect but the management work very hard to correct any failings and if you like a hotel with clean lines and a modern feel Long Beach could be a great option. If you’ve never been to Mauritius you’ll love it. A charming mixture of its English and French colonial past, and its more recent Indian community, all apparently living happily together. It is not a large island and there is not a huge amount to see, which you cannot perhaps see bigger and better elsewhere, but the hills and coastal plains are verdant, the weather is wonderful all year round and the sea is as beautiful as anything you’ll see in a travel agent’s window. So, not cheap but, if you want to play golf in paradise, you could do a lot worse than the lovely Long Beach and Le Touessrok.