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LUX Belle Mare
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Coastal Road, Belle Mare, Mauritius   |  
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“Superb hotel, perfect weather”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2006

Stayed at Beau Rivage 26 April until 4 May.

Weather hot (around 32 deg C), onshore breeze most of the time and an evening shower on two occasions. Factor 30 suncream a must on your first couple of days.

The rooms are in blocks of 9 (3 on each of three floors).

Our room was on highest floor and offered every facility together with perfect views of swimming pool and sea. The bedroom was very spacious with large well equipped bathroom and separate dressing room. Note: a mixture of UK power sockets for TV/hairdryer and European type sockets for general power - don't forget your adaptor.

As stated by others, we could not see any point paying extra for superior ground floor rooms (which appear to be same size/layout as standard rooms on the higher floors).

Cleanliness was to a high standard throughout and staff very friendly, polite and attentive.

No problems with obtaining a sunbed each day (no towels appeared on sunbeds until well after 9 o'clock).

Small pizzas were brought to sunbathers at 12 o'clock, followed at 3 o'clock by chilled face towels and a spray of cold Evian water.

Around 6 families with small children (we visited just outside UK Easter holiday season).

Standard of food is very good. During our 7 night stay we dined at all restaurants (the Rive Gauche - main restaurant - offering 3 different themed buffets with dancers entertaining), whilst the Indouchine (fusion food) and Langoustine (seafood) attracted pretty hefty supplements for a decent meal (around 30 Euros per head plus wine at a minimum of 40 euros per bottle). There were limited choices at Indouchine/Langoustine restaurants where meals good be obtained 'supplement free'. Note: everything at hotel charged in Euros (apart from gift shop which charged in rupees - odd !!). Waiting staff were in abundant supply and would ensure your wine glass was topped up and that your plate was removed as soon as you had finished your last mouthfull !!

The local village is a hot 15 minute walk away and has a couple of small supermarkets and clothing shops. A taxi followed us out of the hotel and offered us a rate of 100 rupees return (£2) !! The local people are poor and village properties are a depressing sight.

The beach is clean and virtually free of beach vendors. Seawater was nearly body temperature and protected by the reef about half mile offshore.

Free water sports, glass bottom boat, water skiing and pedalos/kayaks etc.

Gratuities could be posted into the 'tipping pool' post box at Reception at the end of your stay.

The whole complex (outdoors) was fumigated each day (at 5:30pm) to keep mosquitos at bay. The only time we saw any was at 5am when we departed for the airport.

Apart from the trip to the local village we didn't set foot outside the hotel - it was a perfect relaxing haven... Our only criticism is the price of the drinks (you could always buy from the village and keep cool in your fridge....)

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2006

We have just spent one week at this hotel with our three young children. The rooms are of a very high standard, the grounds are beautiful and the beach breathetaking. The food is excellent and service very good. For us the outstanding feature of this hotel was its relaxed atmosphere, we where never pressurised into doing anything or to eat into the resaturants with a supplement. We did eat a lot at the beach resaturant both at lunch and in the evenings when the main restaurant did not have the themed buffets. If staying with very young children the babysitting service is excellent though there are no real facilities and it is missing a small separate baby pool. Whilst we found the prices in general to be in line with similar hotels the 17Euros charged each night for the babysitters taxi was abusive as well as the 82 Euros charged to see the doctor. The staff at the kids club where not very motivated so they only went twice. The boathouse and diveschool are excellent though waterskiing is restricted to high tide. Due to the hotels location on the east coast it can get quite windy.

Outside the hotel we visited the market at nearby Flacq on Sunday which is great for clothes. The underwater seawalk is excellent and was a highlight for the older children. Give the waterpark a miss, my six year old came out with a rash due to the poor quality of the water and apparantly this happens regularly.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2006

We have just returned from a 2 week holiday staying at the Beau Rivage hotel on a Full Board basis.
The full board option doesnt appear to be used by many of the guests as most go half board but we thought we got excellent value for money with our package. There was lots of choice on the lunchtime menus to cater for all tastes. Me, who is sometimes a little 'picky' with food was catered for aswell on the odd days I wanted something that was not on the set menu. I thought this was excellent.
We particularly enjoyed the A La Carte meals on the evenings they were provided, the only down side was that these were only twice a week and was a pity as the food was incredible. All other evening meals were buffet style with themes such as asain, mauritian, seafood and chinese. The buffets were good but not a patch on the A La Carte evenings which we found a little disappointing. We thought that due to the cost of this holiday, assumed we would have had A La Carte every or most nights.
The weather this time of year again was excellent. Temperatures averaged 36 degrees most days. Please be careful and take a high factor sun cream as you will certainly need it the first couple of days - especially those with children.
The hotel was spotlessly clean with rooms being cleaned twice a day. A beach bag is left in your room at the start of your holiday which you can use all the time you are there and if you want to, purchase at the end of our stay. Beach towels are also provided daily for you so you dont need to pack these!
The staff are incredibly helpful with nothing being too much trouble. Particular thanks to our waiters Hans, Vimal, Vikesh and Daren who were superb and made us most welcome.
There is a free sauna, relaxation room, (sauna with lavender oils), open air jacuzzi and very cold but refreshing pool at this hotel and we used these facilities every day. After the heat of the sun, it was great to relax in the spa. We would highly recommend this.
Euros is the currency most widely accepted in Mauritius. Local supermarkets and shops and your drinks bills in the hotel will be worked out this way. We took Mauritian Rupees and had to keep asking the staff to amend the bill to show this which was quite odd. However, after a couple of days, the staff converted our bills for us automatically so not a problem.
Alcohol is expensive with the cost of a pint and a half of lager being around £7.00. Wine is also very expensive so we chose to drink by the glass which was cheaper in the long run. We went to the local supermarket on our second day and bought a case of still water and a case of coca cola and put these in our room fridge. This saved us a small fortune on soft drinks throughout the days we were there.
The pool is fantastic! Is very spacious so even if the hotel is full, it doesnt look or feel overcrowded. The beaches are just like you see in the brochures, white sand and clear blue sea. If you get the chance, take a trip by speedboat to Ile Aux Cerfs as the beaches there are very private and out of this world!
All in all, a most memorable holiday and we will definately return in the future and stay at this hotel. Enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2006

One of the best hotels we have stayed in.

The 'superior' rooms appeared to be the most basic but were spacious and more than met any reasonable requirement. Incidentally they are much more private than the more expensive ground floor ones. The air-conditioning easily coped with the temperatures and humidity found at this time of the year. Cleanliness and service were both outstanding.

The menu options were fine for the eight day stay & we will certainly return for a longer visit. A minor quirk is that the hotel accounts in 'Euros' (as does the Duty-Free in the airport). I am normally concerned about the financial disadvantage of a double currency conversion but it superficially appeared OK.

The local village, Belle Mare, is a hot ten minute walk (or short taxi ride) away. Basics can be obtained from the supermarket there. Currency exchange facilities are there. However the nearest ATM requires a significant taxi ride to Flacq.

Overall, a really good, well-managed hotel.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2006

Just returned from a great holiday with children. This was our second time at Beau Rivage, it's a lovely hotel for families. We met the person who posted the previous review and agree with most of his points, except that by the second week it was more like 7.30 to get a lounger by the pool (although there were plenty on the beach). We combined the main restaurant and the alternatives and between them managed two weeks without getting too bored. We especially enjoyed the Mauritian and Indian buffets.

A few more:
-I'm guessing it becomes a lot more couple-oriented outside school holidays - if you're trying to avoid the kids I'd recommend checking both English and French dates. For us it was perfect as the kids' club really filled up and it was easy for the children to make friends.
- We also had a lovely babysitter provided by the hotel; all the babysitters I met and the staff in the kids' club were charming, energetic and really engaged the kids.
- Don't even consider sending children (or me) out with anything less than factor 30 suncream. Our first couple of days we saw so many burned people.
- There is an undersea walk sold on the beach by a lady called Belinda. Although not particularly exciting for adults, the children loved it. I think the minimum age is about 5, it's only 3 metres down and they get to feed fish, hold a sea urchin and sea cucumber and see a giant clam.
- Go to the water park if you're at all into that kind of thing. It's only about 10 minutes from the hotel and we had a great time there. The hotels don't seem to promote it at all but they'll tell you about it if you ask.
- There was an outing from the kids' club to go quad biking. One boy came back with fairly bad injuries having fallen off. I got the impression that this session wasn't brilliantly supervised by the quad-bike people and in retrospect wouldn't have let my child go.
- The weekly beach barbecue was fun with some excellent food and very energetic sega dancing.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2006

Just returned from 14 days of paradise even with three kids (9,7 & 5). Basically agree with all the recent reviews i.e. there are a lot of kids in school holidays since the hotel markets itself as family friendly and it definitely is. The kids club is good and there are plenty of other activities for them particularly in the water sports bit. In our second week the hotel was full, but even then it was not too crowded. Food is good, although the buffets get a bit repetitive in the second week. Indochine is very good. Drinks are defintely "international" prices but not riduculous. Probably best to stock up on some duty free for the room fridge on your way out. There is a duty free shop in the arrivals part of the airport.

The hotel itself is magnificent. Very well designed and all the rooms are good. We had interconnecting ones close to the beach which were perfect. The real stand out feature of the hotel is the staff who are first class. They are incredibly helpful and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Worth doing a boat trip to Isle Aux Cerfs and also the hotel has its own 7 seater car which you can hire with a driver for the day. Quite a lot to see and do around the island.

This is definitely the best beach hotel we have been to with kids and certainly beats the Carribean. If your kids can manage the 11 hour flight it is a must. If you do not have kids then go outside school holidays, it will be just as good.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2006

Just returned today after having spent 10 days at Beau Rivage with my wife and 3 little girls (8,4 and 3). We thought it was absolutely great on all counts including the food, beach, pool and service.

A few points in no particular order:

1) Kids club is great - during our stay, there was a large influx of kids which meant our children made lots of friends. The staff there are incredibly helpful and we ended up using it a lot more than we planned - mainly because the children loved it and far preferred it to our company.

2)Restaurants - Rive Gauche is very good (we only had one bad meal) but can get a bit monotonous despite the buffets and changing menus. The mediterranean restaurant is a good alternative ( and not expensive) as is doing room service using the rive gauche menu as a starting point. The latter works particularly if you have bought a bottle or two of wine or champagne in duty free!

On the wine front,it is expensive (at 7 euros per glass) but most of the time that is the only expense of your meal. To put it in perspective, its not too different from the price you would pay in an upmarket london restaurant.

3) Pool loungers disppear early - this was the only annoying bit of the holiday for us as it meant that to ensure you got the front line loungers you had to be germanic and put your towels on prior to 8am.

4) Breakfast is absolutely excellent. You can be as healthy or unhealthy as you want and most of the time you will feel like skipping lunch.

5) We did the trip to the Naiade Resorts private island by speed boat. This was good but frankly the quality of the beach and the snorking/ glass bottom boat is not dramatically different from what you get in front of the hotel. Do it for the speed boat ride more than anything else.

6) Saw 2 mosquitoes in our room over the 10 days. Both pretty dopey and easy to kill. None of our family got bitten inside our outside. We used a mixture of Deet and repellent after sun. Our experience therefore was that mossies were not a problem but we avoided the inland tours just to be safe.

7) You can do horse riding on the beach. Well worth it.

8) Unlike caribbean, the hawkers are completely unintrusive. My wife bought some simple beachware and we did the horse riding but you wouldn't even be aware of it otherwise.

9) The boathouse is well worth using. Water skiing is fun and free. The glass bottom boat is also good fun particularly if you remember to bring some food for the fish. Other activities including snorkelling also looked good although we didn't end up doing them.

10) I don't know if everybody sticks to it but their official policy of the tipping pool makes life a lot easier. Basically you don't give tips to individuals directly but you simply provide a donation to a central tipping pool at the end of the holiday. Means you can literally live on the resort without using cash at all during your stay. Hopefully its not too naive to hope they really distribute the pool to the staff as a bonus.

11) Weather was great. When it rains ( in our case on 2 afternoons for a couple of hours) you can retire either to the bar or to your room. It helped that the rooms are spacious and have 3 channels of continuous sport! Most of the time the only concern with the weather was ensuring the sun cream was strong enough.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Coastal Road, Belle Mare, Mauritius
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Location: Mauritius > Flacq District > Belle Mare
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:5 star — LUX Belle Mare 5*
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