Travel Blogs from Belle Mare
... br> We got onto a “water taxi” which was just a boat, to take us to the waterfront, where we got a taxi to take us to Flic en Flac. It was about a 30 minute drive. Mauritius reminded me a lot of Dominica. Very untouched and lush.
We stopped in at the supermarket before hitting the beach, and I stocked up on peanutbutter (I had eaten the entire container I purchased in cape town), some frog gummies (because they’re especially yummy) and some ...
... as this is an Airbus A340-300—seats 34 but there are only 13 of
us. The economy cabin seats 264 and, it too, is only about one third
full. I had been told that it was a full flight.
The video monitors in the airport announced that the flight was BOARDING. At the
gate, however, they assured me that it was not, as yet, boarding. They
were, I was told, testing the video monitors.
And now for a QuikQuiz: The ...
... and also viewed a conference hall in a hotel just across the street from the beach. It should work out fine for the small group that will be attending here. Jocelyn tried again to reach the first manager with whom we had spoken, and this time he answered! He said had been out of the country and hadn’t made arrangements for his calls to be forwarded. He agreed to come to my hotel tonight at 7:00 pm, Jocelyn will come then too, after he gets off work, and ...
... out at the front of the boat! On the way we went past the most incredible looking hotel that owned the island we were going to, it has been voted the best hotel in the world many many times and we could see why! When we arrived at Ile Aux Cerfs it was incredible, even more crystal clear water than we'd seen before, wider longer white sandy beaches that surround the island, lots of flash boats kicking around and the sun was ...
... was via him. But, we are greeted by an Indian looking man. Who does not have our name on his reservation list. He spits out several names. Arning, we were supposed to arrive at 11. No. Ah: now he sees: Sachmuller: we are a day late. No. We show him the mail. The little, lively man, spends a lot of time saying nothing. Dr T has questions, of course. We learn nothing new. Hubby asks: do you recommend any of the beaches? The answer is: they are all ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Residence Belle Mare
We stayed half board 13 nights for 10 in August 2005 in a larger room overlooking the sea with our 20 month old daughter. Weather was great, although July/August can be and was pretty breezy in Mauritius.
Great place for honeymoon
Beautiful place and the service way way above average.
Be careful while booking through expedia. they have the listed the hotel in the name of Le Palmar Beach hotel which is couple of hotels down the road and is not in the same league as The Residence.
There is a butler and a waiter for your room.The staff is really nice,very helpful and courteous. The food is really good.
The rooms are very good and spacious. We found the ocean view and oceanfront rooms are more or less the same but have very different prices.
We are just back from our second visit to The Residence. As return guests we were treated even better than on our first trip! Most staff were the same and many remembered us - we certainly remembered them.
We spent our Honeymoon here and it was perfect...personal Butler, fantastic rooms, amazing food and first class service...this is really a luxurious place to stay.
We stayed on a half board basis which is the best value with a great selection in two restaurants. Lunch is inexpensive and imaginative and they also serve snacks by the pool if you don't fancy leaving your sun lounger..which you won't! Drinks are not too expensive and the cocktails are divine..all fresh fruit and large amounts of alcohol.
At the Residence you will be waited on hand and foot and won't want to leave.
Best hotel we've ever stayed in! We had our own butler who ran baths, put out robes & slippers. Can't fault the hotel. Great getaway and very tranquil location. Food was excellent too.
The restaurants and lobby are all open sided, which is lovely as the weather was superb. If you're getting married, look through the offers (small print) in the back of the brochure, as we found one brochure where the bride went free if we brought the marriage certificate!
Upgrade to ocean front if you can afford it, or do what we did and go for ocean view room and ask upon arrival if an upgrade is available. Also meals were included as June is off season for them. Great value...
Excellent hotel and service, one minor thing: sheets
I recently stayed at the residence and loved the service (the butlers are good from unpacking, packing, prepare a bath, attending to all wishes) the spa is fantastic from the pedicure, massages, body scrubs etc...and the food at plantation....just so good
food at the dining is not as good as plantation..but the chef can prepare stg personal for you if you get bored with the menu.
one minor thing: the sheets are not high threadcount...little deception
but all in all, excellent hotel
Service - Out of this world
This hotel has to be the best I have ever stayed in - Le Tousserok is much better known but I think that The Residence by far surpasses it as they have not yet cottoned on to the fact that they have a great reputation!Service, comfort and sheer determination to ensure you feel like royalty means that no stay here will feel like " just another holiday!"
It doesn't come cheap but this place is worth every penny. My wife and I visited for two weeks in August 2004 with our two year old boy and six month old daughter. The Senior Suite we had was huge and the service impeccable. They literally can't do enough for you and will bring you (free) purees for a baby whenever you want and even sterilise all your bottles any time of day or night. The Kids Club and it's staff are fantastic. The minimum age to leave them is 3 but they are happy for you to accompany your younger kids and join in any of the scheduled activities. Our little boy loved going for dinner and a play every night with the bigger kids before we had our meal.
A really excellent hotel. We travel a lot long-haul and in the Indian Ocean and this is a stand-out hotel. It's on the East coast (nicest, though can be windy) in a premium location on a white sand beach with a shallow lagoon. The style is colonial, with service that is outstanding even by Mauritian standards. Most of the staff knew us by name within a day or two. There are about 160 rooms and they are big; we were upgraded to a senior suite which was gigantic with a huge bathroom. The public areas look and feel great; a large three-story open atrium reception leads onto a huge open crescent-shaped bar/lounge area. Multiple tiered swimming pools lead onto the beach. Sun loungers are patrolled by beach waiters who provide free water + towels. Dining is very good French nouvelle or Mauritian; go for half-board as you will be dining here most of the time. No extra charge for room service which is nice. It's particularly good for families, but in a discreet luxury kind of way rather than in-your-face; there's a (low-key) kids club and endless baby sitters, but couples without children won't feel uncomfortable. And it's reasonable value for the luxury end of Mauritius.