Belle Mare Plage
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Mauritius brings to you the first "Lion Encounter" on the island. This
exclusive activity is available all over the year at the Casela Nature
& Leisure Park, Mauritius.
This is a unique opportunity available only to the people who are
fortunate enough to decide to visit the …
... Ramgoolan Botanic gardens (known fortunately at the SSR Gardens!) . Our driver spoke excellent English and during the hour's drive to Casela he told us about his children and brothers and sisters and the new house he was having built.
The island is beautiful, we passed a lot of little villages all a lot neater and tidier than our last few ports of call. There are mountains a few miles from the coastal plain ...
... happening back at home in the sports world.
I’ll try to upload some pictures from India and Mauritius in South Africa so be patient.
Also, thanks for all your e-mails and kind words. I’m glad to see that so many people have taken an interest in reading these things. Keep the questions and comments coming and I’ll respond as quickly as the limited technology on this ship will allow.
Until South Africa,
... wanted - Dr Bholah who happens to be a freind of Steve's so if we have any problems or need to miss a day or two we're hopefully sorted! We met up with him and had a quick chat as he knows Norwich, always a good start! He then took us for a stroll round the medical wards so that we could meet the ward managers and have a general idea about what was going on. He knows what he's ...
As usual, we change our plans about the Chinese or lobster from last night (I had a yucky fish in cream plate: lumpy, tick, cheesy and tasteless) AND change our plans to rent a car today. We will take the bus to Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. NOT without feeding 'our' cats. The bus ride takes 50 minutes, it is said it leaves every 20 minutes and costs less than a Euro for us two. We wave at our diving friends while the bus ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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Beautiful Belle Mare Plage
We had THE best time in this beautiful resort. It's completely true - ignore the negative early reviews that have been posted. I found the service in this hotel to be very attentive and efficient. Every room service order, enquiry, booking etc was dealt with on time. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa which was amazing with own pool and dining pavillion. Fantastic. Great kids club too and very child friendly. Food served in a buffet style each evening which could wear on you if you were there for 2 weeks, but all the same the hotel delivers. Couldn't fault it really...
The hotel was the best we have ever visited, in all respects, having previously visited similarly rated hotels in the Caribbean. The management of the hotel was first class and any enquiries or minor requests were dealt with immediately.
I have never written a review before, but after reading a couple of negative reviews on here I felt the need to give my opinion of our time in this wonderful hotel.
We had a great time there in May last year. The room is very nice. Staffs most helpful and food is also great. Drinks are expensive but didn't spoil my stay at all. People are all very friendly. My husband is normally very fussy but he is very happy with his time there. Beach not very busy as most guests went to the golf course. So this hotel is also great even if you don't play golf!
Have just returned from the Belle Mare Plage and despite disappointing weather, we loved it. I can only think that the two reviews here which slate it must be written by people who've either mistaken which hotel they were at or are the kind of people who are difficult to please... My only criticism would be the cost of drinks and possibly that half board is compulsory because I'm not a massive fan of buffets and would rather have had the option to spend my money at the a la carte restaurants. That said, the buffet was much better than any other I've had and you do get a credit towards eating at the a la carte restaurants if you prefer. We did a combination of buffet and a la carte and enjoyed both options. For the most part the service was very good, but there were some staff who were less competent, but I did not find any to be rude or unhelpful and most were very accommodating and all spoke English. The resort itself is gorgeous, it's kept to a high standard and the beach was lovely. Yes, the beach outside the Saint Gerain is slightly nicer, but you're not paying the prices of the Saint Gerain..... We had upgraded to a suite and this was the nicest room we've had (and we have stayed at numerous superiour class hotels across the world) with a stunning verandah looking directly on to the beach
We stayed here in May 2003 and loved every minute of our stay. The staff were all very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. We were there for a week and found that towards the end of our stay the buffet dinner novelty had worn off but that said there was always a huge selection of different cuisines from across the world and no night was the same in terms of what they were serving. The facilities themselves were gorgeous. The buildings and rooms are all well-maintained and absolutely lovely. The beach was well-maintained and unlike an earlier review we did not find that the pool was in rough shape in the afternoon. Additionally, the beach was perfectly beautiful. My husband enjoyed the complimentary golf and was out on either of the courses everyday. We would definitely go back given our experience there.
Service was inefficient: required extra towel and was told they had none; only one umbrella per room, asked for another, which never came. Food was average. Lack of convenient beach showers. Only two boats a day to the snorkeling location. On the positive side, the golf courses were very beautiful.
Don't go to the Belle Mare Plage
Have just come back from a very disappointing 2-week honeymoon at the Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.
Beautiful architecture, but the service is absolutely useless. Obviously no training or management provided to the hundreds of staff who float around the place.
The swimming pool is dirty from about lunchtime.
The beach is really bad (you're better off walking 10 minutes to the left, direction of Saint Géran).
To summarize: stay well clear of the Belle Mare Plage, unless you have money to waste!
We stayed here in July 2004 and it was absolute paradise. The photos in the brochure don't do it justice. The best thing about this resort is the staff. You couldn't meet lovelier people from the guest co-coordinators to the cleaners. Everybody was lovely. This is one thing all the guests commented and agreed on. Some people may think this is because they want tips but the resort is cashless so this is definitely not the case, Mauritians are genuinely nice people.
The Belle Mare Plage is situated on the eastern coast of Mauritius. It is a very beautiful hotel and you'll feel great just walking around the premises. Belle Mare is a 5 star hotel and the half board buffet is absolutely stunning. My husband and I love sushi and we were happy to find this every other day. There's a bunch of other restaurants at the hotel as well, but I would still opt for the main buffet restaurant. Breakfast was a bit on the cheaper side. Bread was scarce and being Scandinavians we didn't find cookies/pastries to be very good substitutes. On the other hand we always walked away from breakfast content and ready to take on the beach.