The Residence Mauritius
Travel Blogs from Belle Mare
. Hot Air ballooning
. Quad biking Namibian sand dunes
. Walking Malawi village at night
. Horse riding in Lake Malawi
My favourite countries were:
1. Malawi for all the smiling and waving locals, friendly locals and beauty of the lake and its surrounds.
2. Rwanda for the magnificent mountain landscape
3. Namibia for the desert landscapes
4. South Africa – scenery
... house here if only I had millions of dollars to fly there all the time haha. We got into this tiny pick-up truck, which was meant yet again for four people but had five of us in it; I think I have a picture of Melissa on Spencer’s lap in the back. There are no paved roads in Mauritius either so we were bouncing the whole way there, which could not have felt good for them, but it was pretty cramped. We then watched a little video ...
... we were greeted by a friendly crew that had prepared us a full breakfast with fresh local juices. Shortly after, we set sail. For the majority of the day, I literally sat my chubby ass on the edge of the catamaran, took in the blazing sun, and enjoyed several delicious beverages. Yes, the catamaran had an open bar filled with all you can drink Phoenix beer, red and white wine, and rum. The Rum and Coke on this catamaran was delicious, especially because both were local ...
Steve as ever had been a legend and organised us a catamaran trip, on the best cat for a Mauritian price - yes! He also organised a taxi/van thing to pick us all up and take us to the place down south, Tamarin, so that we could all drink! That was good fun, but an early start, 6.45! Good banter happened as ever in the van and the music was pretty good too, with the what seems to be the standard Mauritain CD with some good dance ...
... are half my size. They spread their wings and tentacles and look impressive. Dr T finds a moray, who gets a beauty treatment by a couple of cleaning shrimps. I notice my diving computer warns me: I need 5 minutes to surface, safety stop included. Jean Marc, our diving master, looks at my computer. By that time it shows 7 minutes. The weird thing is: Dr T has the same diving computer and it does not give decompression dive yet. By the time we reach our safety stop, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Residence Mauritius 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.