Need To Know
89, including 76 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Guests can access the shower-equipped Orchid Lounge or pay an extra night’s stay for a guaranteed early check-in including breakfast and lunch. 6pm check-out (including a snack) is available for half a night’s stay.
Double rooms from $600.49 (€435), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates usually include a buffet breakfast of pastries and breads, vanilla or citrus honey, French toast, waffles, pancakes, and cooked egg, smoked marlin and cheeses.
In a secluded garden spot, the luxurious Sisley spa has six treatment rooms and two couples’ rooms, built around a small heated thermal swimming pool. Guests have free use of the steam room, Jacuzzi and chilled bath, and there’s an extensive menu featuring luxurious Sisley facials, warm-oil Shirobhyanga massages or the signature Rum Spirit, a two-hour ritual using fragrant vanilla and cinnamon.
At the hotel
Swimming pools, spa, private beach with watersports facilities, kids club, access to Belle Mare Plage Hotel’s golf course, gym, playground, beach volleyball, mini golf, tennis courts, library, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD and CD player, iPod dock, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
Spacious and luxurious, the suites and villas are decorated in earthy spice tones, with colourful Mauritian textiles and large comfortable beds decked in soft linens. All bathrooms have a bath tub and separate shower, some of which are outdoors, in a private enclosure. Junior Suite on Stilts are built over the lake, with a deck overlooking the water and incredible sunset views. Family Beach Villas have their own heated private pool and a romantic outdoor bath; some are set right on the beach, with a stretch of white sand that will feel like your very own. If you’re really celebrating, then go for the 350sq m Princely Suite, which comes with two pools, three terraces, a private garden and, best of all, your very own villa master to attend to your every need.
The main pool stretches between the thatch-roofed central pavilion and the edge of the beach, weaving between the dining areas and terraces and flanked by four-poster sunloungers dotted around its edges. Nestled further in the grounds, the second more secluded pool is slate-lined and surrounded by decking. Cushioned teak loungers and matching parasols are lined up around the edges; languid guests can set up camp on the surrounding grass in the welcome shade of palm-trees.
Don't forget your bargaining skills: Port Louis’ bazaar is the place to stock up on spices and sarongs. Bring plenty of insect repellent if you’re planning on exploring inland Mauritius.
In-room manicures and pedicures are available – get beach-ready feet with treatments for healthy nails, anti-ageing rituals and chip-proof polish.
Under-4s stay in cots or extra beds for free; extra beds for under-12s (€80 a night) can be added to rooms. Babysitting is available, from €12 an hour.