We just got back from a lovely two week holiday at this fantastic resort and so I thought I'd write my review while everything is still fresh in my head. We flew on the Dreamliner. Wow!! What an improvement from the old Thomson planes. I usually have 'swollen ankle syndrome' on long haul flights, this was not the case with this flight. We found it comfortable and were very satisfied with the overall experience.
The money exchange desk was open and we changed our money at the airport with no trouble. We were able to get small notes and the service was very good.
When arriving at the hotel (at stupid o'clock in the morning) we, as others have said, were impressed! We were shown to our room immediately on arrival, the room was perfectly adequate on the first floor facing the garden. However, having seen the sea view rooms when wandering around, we immediately went to see the Thomson rep who arranged an upgrade at a very good price. The new room was amazing with a stunning view. Sitting on the terrace in the morning and evening listening to the waves crashing on the reef was an experience I just cannot describe adequately. It was heaven.
The food was very nice, very well laid out and labelled clearly. It was very nice with lots of different options. Unlike most All Inclusives I have stayed at, it is worth saying at this point that there are a vast amount of tasty vegetarian choices. I am not vegetarian but I did enjoy the meat free dishes and didn't eat a huge amount of meat while there as a result. We didn't enjoy the A la Carte restaurants so much, but others seemed to so it is obviously just a matter of different tastes and therefore not something I shall comment further on.
The staff were wonderful Polite and friendly, nothing is too much trouble - they are truly an asset and in my opinion make a huge contribution into making this place what it is.
There are a few dogs and cats running around but they are friendly and we didn't mind. We were just amazed that there was no sign of any 'smelly accidents' anywhere. One did follow me into the room one day lol. I had a disposable plastic cup so I just filled it with water and put it on the terrace for her, she had a little drink and then trotted off to the next terrace to say hello. There were a couple of people we noticed who didn't look too happy with them around but everyone is different and we didn't think they were a nuisance really (the animals I mean). It kind of added to the ambiance.
We bought a few things from the guys selling stuff on the beach. I would like to say that we did not find them pushy at all and they were happy to stop for a chat even if you didn't want to buy anything. If you didn't want a chat a simple no thank you and a smile and they went on their way. We found chatting to them quite informative with regards to things to see and do on the island.
We needed to nip to a supermarket while we were there. Reception had a taxi ready in less than 5 minutes which was 800 rupees return. The driver will wait for you for up to two hours for this price. I think some people arranged their own transport for a cheaper price but we found it was easier to do it through reception.
Overall, this place is wonderful. We heard one complaint while we were waiting at reception but it was all done in a friendly manner by both the guest and reception staff and resolved immediately which I think speaks volumes.
I am a wine drinker and have never been to an all inclusive before that provided wine I liked (we usually go to DR). I am no expert on wine but I found it perfectly drinkable. The only thing I will say, is we like to have a drink on the balcony/terrace. The room service wine is very expensive (I would estimate £40 a bottle). It was a shame that you couldn't take a bottle to your room from the bar or at the very least be able to order a reasonably priced bottle from room service. The wine is reasonably priced at the supermarket though if traipsing back and forwards from to room to bar with glasses is not your thing. That is my one and only complaint and is probably not really worthy of a mention in the grand scheme of things. (Still would have been nice lol)
We will most certainly return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ambre Resort is located at palmar, on the east coast of mauritius. The resort is one hour away from theairport; one hour from port Louis, the capital city and 20 mins fromile aux Cerfs. The resort boasts a 700-metres long white natural sandy beachrunning along a sheltered bay. The adjacent tropical lagoon is a haven for fish and marine life, with many bathing and diving areas. Ambre is a four-star resort set in a tropical, easy-going environment, where island living can be experienced at its best. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambre Hotel Belle Mare
- Hotel Ambre Mauritius
- Ambre Hotel Mauritius
- Ambre Resort - All Inclusive Mauritius/Belle Mare