Having arrived a day late following an unscheduled stop in Heathrow due to fog the extra £800 it cost us to rebook flights it was the worst start to any holiday I ever had. This all disappeared as soon as we got of the plane and found the White Sands tour desk in Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam airport. We were greeted with a huge smile and a warm welcome, put in private car and sent off to the Awali. After a cool drink and a hotel tour, some general information on restaurant bookings we were shown our room where we unpacked, changed into our beachwear and went to forage for breakfast.
Omelets, French toast, pancakes, cheese, fresh fruit and every kind of egg you can image. The breakfast at the Awali is second to none. After breakfast we went to the beach to find a spot and start our holiday properly. Infinity blue serves drinks from 10:00 am with a beach service from 11:00 on one side of the beach and Zanzibar offers the same on the other. All the drinks though not premium brand alcohol was still good quality and well made. This is where I must mention Sailesh our beach waiter, whist all the staff in the hotel looked after us he went that extra bit further. Such a personable gentleman he took the time to talk and get to know us and made sure we were well looked after, I cant speak highly enough of him.
Now to food, we ate most of our main meals in the buffet, every night there was a fresh wok dish, a curry, a vegetarian dish, a signature dish a pasta station and a selection of salads and deserts. If you did not eat anywhere else whilst in the Awali you would still not want for anything. We spread our lunches between the Zanzibar and infinity blue, both excellent. We ate in the Indian restaurant, Saffron, one night and if I am honest is was ok but not really worth the supplement. The food elsewhere in the hotel is of such a good quality you don’t need to pay the anything extra to enjoy a good meal.
We went with big ideas about seeing the island but once we got there any sense of exploration left us, we did manage to have a day trip to swim with dolphins. We booked with a beach vendor named Eddie, and ended up on the Mi Amore with Christophe and Ludovic a father and son team who looked after us well. The Mi Amore is not the best looking boat but they delivered what they said they would. Luke and I headed out in the morning with a lovely family of 4 to dolphin spot. It took us about 40 mins to get beyond the reef and find the lovely creatures. We managed to get in the water 4 times and see these beautiful things swim under us and around us, if you only do one thing when you are there I think the dolphin swim should be it. Be warned though, the full day boat trips take you to Coconut island to look at the crystal coral and a lobster lunch. The lunch is fantastic but while you are there the hawkers have you in a place where you cannot escape. Over priced shells and trinkets are the main sell, pearls and random Reggae CDs.
The rooms in the hotel are quite big, I am not sure how a family of 4 would manage but for the 2 of us our room was lovely, air conditioned with a nice balcony. There was a slight smell of damp in the bathroom and the bath could have been doing with being resealed but I am just being picky. This is a small hotel of 160 rooms so it never felt over crowed and you felt you were really attended to.
I’ll finish with the Spa. They are very smart in the Awali - the complimentary treatment you get in your first 2 days is so good its hard not to book more. I had an additional scrub and Luke and I had the Mauritian massage which was 75 minutes of pure bliss. It’s no pricier that a decent spa here, so make the most of it.
So…. it really felt like I spent 8 nights in paradise, despite the shaky start we loved this hotel and holiday so much that we have booked again for October. This time our children get to come with us; we really feel that the facilities, staff and other holiday makes make it a perfect place for both families and couples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the unspoiled wild south of the island, Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort is the ideal place to experience authentic Mauritius and relax in harmony with nature either for just the two of you, or with the whole family. This luxury hotel combines elegance with the magic of Africa and offers high-end accommodations and an exceptional range of facilities: 18 hole golf course overlooking the ocean, two of the most beautiful well being centres of the Indian Ocean area with the Seven Colours Spa and the Umuzi Fitness Centre, a unique concept in kids' clubs and privileged access to a colonial manor house and a nature reserve. A variety of unique delights to leave you with unforgettable holidays in Mauritius. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heritage Awali Golf Hotel Bel Ombre
- Heritage Awali Golf And Spa Resort
- Heritage Hotel Bel Ombre
- Heritage Resort Bel Ombre
- Heritage Mauritius
- Heritage Golf Spa Mauritius
- Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort Mauritius/Bel Ombre