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I had the privelege of staying here from 1st-8th June and I have to tell you that it was fantastic from top to bottom, start to finish.
Where can I start
the rooms that were spacious and spotless
the staff that were SO friendly, that we were on first name terms by the end of day 1
the quaint thatched roofs on the buildings and umbrellas that allowed the hotel to blend into the surroundings of the gorgeous gardens
the quality food for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Although we were full board, we booked into the Indouchine restaurant for one night for a special occasion and had a wonderful meal with service that was second to none.
In addition, for the gala night in the buffet restaurant we were treated to a dinner that wouldn't be out of place in a £100 per head al a carte menu in a top restaurant.
My only complaint....I was only here for one week before heading to Dubai.
If you get the chance, go, go, go. You owe it to yourself.
Firstly, the best kept secret that none of the other reviews have touched on is the restaurant indochine!!
I agree with all the other reviews about how good the hotel and rooms are but like the other reviews I didn't enjoy the evening meals in the buffet restaurant. My wife and I went on honeymoon and we are not big fish eaters. On the fish buffet night we decided to splash out on the indochine restaurant which is through the Cigar lounge and in a private restaurant.
Its not cheap ( at first ) as the first meal in their that night probably cost about £100 including the credit you get for not eating in the main buffet restaurant. However I guarantee you that you have never tasted food like it in your life. As an appetiser they cook you fresh out of the oven Peshwari Naan bread which belive me is going to be the best bread you have ever had! All of the food we had was the best we have ever had.
It was probably obvious to the waiters and managers that we would not be able to afford to eat in their often so they made it special that first night. Problem for us though was that the meal was so good that we went back the following night. This time though the bill was only £60. We could order whatever we wanted, they even had the chef make us up so spiced lentils even though it wasn't going to be on the menu. Spiced lentil may sound boring nut don't knock it until you've tried them indouchine style.
Suffice to say that we didn't eat in the main restaurant again and as indouchine rarely got busy ( I think people were put off by price ) the last night of our stay the meal was free. Most of the time the supplment was only about £25 - £30 which was just stupid value for money.
Also on the last night we got given many glasses of a desert wine of which I have never been able to find or taste anything like it since. It came from South Africa and I would suggest you try it!!
You have to see this place to believe it
From the minute we walked in (were sat down and given refreshments, the check in was done for us) we realised we'd latched onto something special. My wife and I over the next 10 days were given service like nothing i have ever experienced before. We got there at 0900 but the room was ready by 10. The rooms are fantastic, we didnt even have the most expensive ones but they were massive. They're cleaned twice a day. Everything is aimed at pleasing the customer. Every nice little touch you can think of is given. From cold face towels and fruit on a cocktail stick, as well as having your sunglasses cleaned on the beach, to your first names being asked and remembered throughout your stay, this is the best place i've ever been to. The food if you're on half board is unbelievable and extremely variable. The breakfasts are fantastic. There are live groups each night with local dancers on some. There are 2 bars. Ask for a cigar and see how they present it to you! The drinks are pricey but if you've come to this place then you've already spent money to get here so don't expect things on the cheap. There is a local superstore, not too big about 10 mins walk. They sell drinks in there if you want to get your own stuff. A bottle of local rum for about £4. The beach is superb, the water warm and this was supposed to be winter. Loads of daily hotel activities, tennis tournament, snorkelling, volleball etc. I could go on for hours so the last thing I want to say is you will not be disappointed in the slightest with this place and the people.
I have just returned from a two week stay at the Beau Rivage with my wife and two children aged 4 and 22 months. I confirm all the earlier reviews that this is an excellent hotel.
We stayed in a ground floor room overlooking the wedding gazebo and beautiful pond which was teeming with huge fish keeping my son amused for hours. The rooms are very spacious with a seperate dressing room and a huge bathroom. The only thing whcih could have improved this was a cartoon/childrens channel in English (there was a French one). This will be of little concern to most visitors save those with kids however and probably two weeks without telly is a good thing. The gardens generally are superb and the hotel is still in good nick and is obviously well maintained. It trumpets itself as a 5 star hotel and indeed the decor/fittings support this boast.
The pool is one of its best features. I wandered round to the Residence which is adjacent and the pool there is minute compared to Beau Rivages. The pool is in two sections the lower being shallow and perfect for kids. It is also pretty pleasant for adults to wallow in as well. There is not a great deal of pool side for loungers and can confirm other comments that the habit of bagging these is flourishing. If you want to guarentee a poolside seat you will have to be up early.
The beach is also great. A big frontage with more than enough space for everyone to have some privacy. At low tide the exposed sand is a bit corally and those with kids might want to take a pair of aquashoes or plasters. The sand where the beds are is beautiful golden sand so most of the time this is not an issue.
Food. Most meals are taken in the Rive Gauche. This is a huge buffet style place. The breakfasts are amongst the best I have ever encountered and having grown up in the Far Esat I have been fortunate to stay at most 5 star resorts in Asia. I would agree with an earlier review and give the evening meals a cautious thumbs up. the themed buffets are great but the a la carte evenings are so-so. They do have an excellent childrens menu at a small supplement.
If you dont fancy this there is a beachfront resturant, La Mediteranne. This is great for the kids as they can run around the beach and not get in anyone's way. No kids menu here but they do simple pasta and pizza. They also do lobster sized grilled prawns which should not be missed. On Saturdays they have a beach BBQ which I recommend people try although it carries a very hefty supplement.
The poolside bar (trou lou I think) does great lunchtime snacks. As has been said before service is by UK standards very slow. If you have kids then add at least half hour for a sandwich to arrive. Dont wait until they are starving hungry and expect to get one in 10 minutes. This is not due to poor service but rather the relaxed attitude the staff take to life in general I think.
The 5 star "posh" restuarnt Indouchine we did not try. A tip is that shorts are not allowed at any evening meal (nor singlets) - quite right , but a couple of guests obviously were caught out by this and didnt bring too many pairs of long trousers. My wife would also want to say that the ladies clearly make an effort to dress for dinner - quite a few cocktail dresses.
I have read a lot in the Forums about the price of booze in Mauritius. If you stick to local beer and rum it is quite reasonable but even the premier imported drinks are only really London prices.
Staff and service. The service is very good and the staff delightful.
I would recommend this hotel very very strongly to anyone with kids. It is safe and they cater very well for them. My 4 year old would not join the kids club but they looked to be having a great time. This is a recommended hotel on many web sites/guides for families so expect to see quite a few there. If you dont have kids or are allergic to them go outside school holiday times.
There are a couple of shops within the hotel which do the very basics. If you want specfic things like your usual brands of nappies etc take them with you. You can buy them in the supermarket in Flacq but they are v v expensive. There is a local mini market which only sells booze and water.
Apologies to those who are not interested in the heavy kid slant to this review but finding suitable places for travelling with little ones is easier said than done.
Wonderful and romantic
We chose the Beau Rivage hotel for our honeymoon in December. Everything about this hotel was wonderful, from the huge room, to the beautiful beach, to the spotless decor of all public areas. Service was second to none: helful, friendly, genuine. I have travelled exensively because of my job and this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in. Will go back.
We chose the Beau Rivage for our honeymoon back in Sept 2003 and I'm so glad that after having read the other recent reviews that nothing has changed, it is simply SUPERB and we could not recommend it highly enough to anyone, especially honeymooners - pay that bit extra and book one of the honeymoon suites with jacuzzi - an amazing hotel, amazing people, I could go on......
We stayed at the Beau rivage in february 2005 - I agree withthe other reviews that have been posted on the site, it is a fantastic place to stay.
The rooms are ultra spacious, with a separate dressing room and a huge king size bed.
The finishing touches really make the difference, we arrived at about 11pm and when entering our room, found a beautifully presented meal waiting for us, complete with fruit juices, fresh bread, fresh fruit and camomile tea!
the pool and beach are wonderful - we also made the effort to hire bicycles for a day and cycled down the east coast and across some of the centre of the island - I am really glad that we chose to do this, as I feel that this showed us the real Mauritius. However, it was very hot!
We also hired a car for a day - very easily arranged at the hotel, and drove up to the North, the weather on the east Coast that day was overcast, yet in the North, it was beautifully sunny.
It is also worth going on a sailing excursion - this was fun and again, we saw lots more of the Island.
All of the people we met were very friendly, staff and locals.
It is easy to walk just up the road from the hotel to Belle Mare, where there is a small supermarket, to buy water etc, rather than the expensive mini bar option
Overall, a fantastic place to stay, definitely recommended! go on, spoli yourself!!
I have just spent Christmas here with my family of five (three grown-up children) and we all had a really good time. This is quite a new resort and the condition of the buildings and grounds is absolutely first-class. The rooms are very spacious indeed in every aspect and impeccably clean. There are lots of pleasing small touches by house-keeping such as leaving the hotel programme of activities turned to the next day with a small flower on top when they turn down your bed. And it was lovely to get a little stocking on Christmas Eve!
The grounds are beautifully tended and lead down to the hotel's own strip of beach which must be well over 100 metres long. As you will no doubt know, "Beau Rivage" means beautiful shore and it really is picture-postcard perfect with pure white sand and turquoise water. The reef about 1km out means that you are actually in a very calm lagoon. This means ideal conditions for the multitude of watersports on offer. We managed snorkelling, scuba (£35), parasailing (£20 for tandem), waterskiing, monoskiing and sailing. There are also plenty of other activities on the beach (eg. volleyball, football, handball) that we variously got involved in . And, of course, no shortage of sunbeds for the less energetically-minded. Having said that, the 'European' habit of bagging sunbeds at the crack of dawn does seem to have filtered down to the Southern Hemisphere to some degree so it's worth bearing this in mind.
In terms of food & drink, I would give a cautious "thumbs-up" to the hotel. Breakfast is without doubt the best meal of the day here. A massive buffet with literally anything you could possibly want. If I had to pick a fault it would be that the tea and coffee are not great. Lunch for us was usually snacks on the beach eaten at our sunbeds. No real issues here, although you could sometimes wait over half an hour for a drink which was fairly irritating.
Supper/dinner was a mixed affair. There are nominally 4 restaurants: la Mediterranee on the beach, la Langoustine (seafood/French), IndouChine (fairly obvious) and Rive Gauche which is the main (and massive!) restaurant where the meal included on your half-board tariff is served and where you will eat almost all the time. The location is beautiful and the service is excellent, but the food is somewhat variable. We found it was the buffet (themed) evenings that worked the best, and there were several during our week there (pan-Asian, Yuletide, Indian). These coincided with small cabaret-style shows that were certainly fun, and there was live music almost every night (although no real disco/club for late-night boogying). In general the food was outstanding considering the sheer numbers catered for, but compared to the overall quality of the resort I couldn't help feeling ever so slightly underwhelmed by the cooking on occasion.
The final thing to say, and I would echo the feelings of others who have stayed here, is that the service is absolutely second to none. The staff:guest ratio certainly feels very high, and virtually every single member of staff will greet you with a big friendly smile and a "how are you?" and "how can I help you?", and remember your name to boot. You really get the impression that you are being properly looked after. And I think it was this that really 'made' the holiday for me. Although food and drinks were somewhat expensive, and bar staff were sometimes a tad slow, we were on holiday after all. And the service was so utterly excellent that it was a week of true escapism.
Very highly recommended.
A perfect little 'bubble' of paradise
We stayed at the Beau Rivage for 14 nights in mid Sept.. Having travelled quite a bit I am hard to impress - but I was impressed.
The hotel takes service to 'another level' - it was outstanding and that's from the General Manager down to the pool staff. The constant response to 'how are you?' was met with 'if you are happy, then we are' - their sole focus was to ensure that we had a wonderful, worry-free holiday.
The setting and the hotel itself on Belle Mare beach was outstanding and the Beau Rivage had much more extensive beach frontage than the Residence next door. The beach was disappointing in that the sand was sharp - due to the coral reef - but this would be the same situation wherever you are on the island. I suppose I had just expected that the sand would be soft and white.
I was delighted I had opted to spend the extra money on this hotel - I really feel we got what we paid for.
The food was excellent and the themed buffets and gala evenings were very memorable.
What stands out most is the lovely people we met on holidays - every couple/family we met at the hotel were so friendly/sociable and just nice! It was a lovely place to be.
We were disappointed by what little we saw of Mauritius itself - on the journey to and from the Airport. It was not what we expected but that may have been due to the rain. As a result we chose not to leave the hotel for the duration of our stay - hence our 'little bubble of paradise' - there was no need to leave it.
A very highly recommended hotel with excellent customer service, great food and a great location.
Outstanding! We had a 7 day stay in this luxurious hotel and had an exceptional holiday. Firstly the location is superb, right on top of a golden sand/crystal clear sea beach. The hotel itself is very clean, well presented with fine decor and beautiful check in area. The rooms are large, bathroom included, each with their own balcony overlooking the ocean and pool/lavish gardens. our room was in the centre of the hotel so we had gorgeous sweeping ocean views.
We have travelled all over the world but what I really wanted to comment on here was the unparalleled service we received at this hotel, outstripping all the other 4/5 star hotels we have enjoyed. From the moment we received our complimentary drink at a relaxed, very much in our own time sit down check-in, to the 3 people who helped us to our room (offering free ironing service as it was our first night!), it was all first class.
Complimentary champagne for breakfast; waiters who would never let you carry your own plate back to the table when filling up from the buffet; ice cold flannels while basking on the hot beach being handed out; complimentary nibbles both pool and beach side handed out twice daily; waiters who actually remembered your name and used it; managers who regularly table walked, interested and asking how your day was; free champagne cocktail reception where the drink and hors d'oeuvres didn't stop flowing; managers of restaurants giving us complimentary sweets and coffee and even double helpings (he asked how we were enjoying our sweet and we said it was fantastic - no sooner said, he clicked his fingers and ordered 2 more for us! Oh no - it would be rude to refuse!); the cleaners who asked to turn down my bed, where upon my polite refusal practically begged me to let him in to clean my bathroom for the 2nd time that day (not that it needed it, you understand! Just that they were so customer orientated, they wanted or even yearned to go out their way to do something extra)..... The list could go on and on.... the whole team, from the general manager down (whom we spoke to at the reception) had a sole mission to make every visitor a friend where nothing was too much trouble, while going out their way to make more work for them, but by making our holiday more smooth - we honestly wanted for nothing and got so much more.
Really couldn't fault it, as you can probably see. If you ever visit Mauritius, you must stay here!
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