Just returned from a 13 night holiday at Long Beach with my husband. We booked with Virgin Holidays and flew Air Mauritius. We did upgrade to business class with Air Mauritius and this was well worth it as the flight was amazing and it really didn't feel like we were on the plane for 12 hours, as a matter of fact we slept for half of that on the way out. We stayed on an all inclusive basis and I would recommend this.
The hotel is breathtakingly beautiful and we think the architect deserves some sort of award for the wonderful job he/she has done. From the minute you enter the grounds you can see the quality of the hotel. The reception is very minimalistic and chic and I love the fact that you don't queue at the desk to check in but instead relax on the seating and have a drink while the receptionist brings you the check in paperwork.
We were lucky enough to stay in a beachfront room - 131 and have absolutely no complaints about this whatsoever. The room is very tastefully decorated and spacious with loads of wardrobe space (the most I have ever had in a hotel, including Dubai).
We spent our time sunbathing either at the beach or on the upper level of the horizon pool. The service we received from staff was second to none. On the second day Vishal at the pool/beach knew our name, room number and preferred drinks. The food both during the day and the evening was excellent. I particularly think the lunchtime menu at tides is exceptional (I actually wished some of the dishes and deserts were on the evening menu there). Sometimes we didn't want a full lunch and just wanted a snack and the pool bar excelled at this. I loved the beach/pool service where you didn't even have to get off your sunbed - lunch would be brought to you on a tray and always with beautiful crisp white linen tray cloths and napkins. In the evenings we ate at Tides, Chopsticks and le Marche. We didn't try Hasu but I wish I had now. We also had the Friday night seafood buffet at Tides which we thoroughly enjoyed. Fantastic lobster!!
Whether I was at the beach or the pool, I would have a cocktail delivered to my sunbed at about 11 o'clock every morning, compliments of Satish at the pool bar. I would like to mention the staff now. I feel that all of the staff without exception are trained to an extremely high standard and are among the most pleasant and helpful staff I have ever encountered. Unfortunately I cannot remember all of their names but the ones I do remember are Vishal and Joanna who did the beach/pool service. Satish, Danni and all the guys at the pool bar and ?Vaz and the pretty girl at Shores bar. Everyone of these knew our preferred drinks and we enjoyed chatting to them all. In chopsticks the older waiter whose name has escaped me gave first class service and went over and above to provide us with a lovely table one evening when we ate with friends we had met - Julie and Ian. Also the young girl in chopsticks who has an 8 month baby was so personable and lovely. I do not want to leave out any member of staff as they were all lovely and we did not encounter any that were miserable or discourteous. All the food we ate was of a very high standard and some of the deserts were to die for. The wine on the all inclusive was also very good, especially the sparkling wine and don't even get me started on the cocktails.
For once the Brits wre in the minority at this hotel but we met some fab friends, Julie & Ian and Mary and Alan and the lovely couples with children we met in our first week. The majority of the French guests do not like to chat like us British do! There were also some South African guests at the hotel who were really nice but I did encounter a very rude South African woman at the pool bar who spoke to staff as if they were dirt! I really did not like this.
Mention also has to be given to the fantastic band that played in Shores bar. They were absolutely brilliant. The male and female singers were outstanding and really should get to the UK to get on The Voice!! We had many a good night in the bar listening and dancing the band.
Negatives - I don't really have any apart from the fact that it was dissappointing that Sapori (the Italian restaurant) wasn't open as an a la carte in the evening. We weren't really given an explanation as to why it was a la carte for the lunchtime service but buffet in the evening.
Well I think that's it. We will definitely be back to the beautiful Long Beach Hotel on the very beautiful island of Mauritius.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Sun Resorts property, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort is located on the east coast, along one of the island's longest and widest natural beaches. Opened in 2011, it is an elegant and affable holiday resort featuring a unique blend of island chic architecture and tropical landscape. Its 255 rooms are harmoniously arranged in three semi-circles with wonderful views over the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, the coral reef and the Indian Ocean beyond. With a choice of 5 restaurants, and an extensive range of activities including free green fees at the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, your holiday at Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort are a long way from ordinary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Long Beach Mauritius Hotel Belle Mare
- Long Beach Mauritius Belle Mare