Beachcomber have many properties in Mauritius and recently Sami was lucky enough to have to opportunity to check them all out for you!
Here are her notes and thoughts on the resorts and the island...
My First impression... WOW!!
Landed in the sunshine after a 12 hour Air Mauritius flight, which wasn't the best I have to say! Food and entertainment were not great but the staff were very friendly and if you managed to sleep then it was ok. I liked the 2-4-2 seat configuration.
On our journey from the airport in the south of the island, to the North West coast, I was surprised to see so much greenery! I'm not really sure what I expected, but I was amazed to look out at the forests and mountainous scenery as we drove.
With the transfer time from virtually one end of the island to the other only being 1.5 hours, I would say it is quite easy to get around and explore the island by car. Especially as they drive on the left as well and the main roads are better than some of ours!
One of the best features of the island for me, were definitely the beaches! With the bright white sand, turquoise water and palm tree lining, most of the time I felt like I was standing in a post card! As the west coast is sheltered by Madagascar, the sea is calmer and the sand felt a bit softer on this side of the island. There are quite a lot of different water sports and boat trips on offer around the island, however when I went snorkelling whilst at Shandrani in the blue bay area, I did feel a little disappointed as most of the coral looked like it was dead ☹ I don't know if this would be the same round the whole of the island though.
Another key point which I though was an endearing quality about Mauritius, were how friendly and helpful the local people were. The staff at the hotels could not do enough for you and it felt very sincere. You always got a smile and even in the local markets I did not feel bombarded of harassed, which was refreshing!
The adventure park we went to was amazing and something I would have thought you could do there! It's called Casela which is on the west side in between a place called flic en flac and Tamarin! Here you can zip wire and go quad biking!! Great fun and it's all in an amazing jungle setting!
About the hotels
Trou Aux Biche
Pure Luxury! As this resort was refurbished in 2010, it has a very modern and elegant feel but also very calming. All the rooms are split into separate building each containing around 4 suites. The nice extra features about their rooms are the outside showers for the ground floor, the open wet room bathrooms and the sheer size of the suites! Even the leading junior suites are huge and very stylishly decorated. The Junior suites have private plunge pools and can be beach walkout. 2 &3 bed villas are also available which can be quite cost effective for larger groups, plus they are stunning and about 5 times the size of my house!!
The Clarins spa is heavenly and there are 6 restaurants. A reasonably narrow beach compared to the others but still big enough.
Didn't get to inspect le Mauricia but the Grand Baie area is beautiful! A very picturesque bay with a bundle of shops, bars and restaurants which would be good to explore at night!
Briefly walked around le Canonnier which I felt was a bit more family orientated. Much more relaxed than Trou aux biche with colourful bean bags and music playing by the pool areas! The only room we saw was the leading room which although it was spacious, it lacked the same elegant décor as the Trou aux biche.
I think this hotel has the nicest location being on the le Morne peninsular in the south.
There is an 18 hole golf course on site (with a lot of the rooms you can literally walk out of your suite and onto the course!)
The beach is wider and there are more facilities for families and teenagers. There is even a little night club on site! This hotel is also linked by golf buggy to the Dinarobin so you can stay at one and play at the other! The suites are all a very high standard with lovely fresh décor and huge balconies!
This was my favourite! I fell in love with the terracotta Mediterranean style décor. For me it had the perfect atmosphere of feeling luxurious and romantic but more relaxed than Trou aux biche. It is more popular with couples and has the added bonus that you can still use the facilities at Le Paradis. It also has the best restaurant and spa of all the hotels in my opinion! There is a yoga room and the Clarins spa was the first in the world, plus the attention to detail in the styling and atmosphere is amazing! They had to basically drag me away! The beach is fantastic; unbelievably there are 4 poster beds and phone stations so you can place your orders!
The villas here were also my favourite with your own private beach and garden with a bbq! They are just stunning!
This is the most popular of the hotels with the English as it has the all inclusive plus package which includes champagne and a spa treatment! This will be changing in September however as they are going to be introducing a half board option, so the free spa treatment will only be available for honeymooners.
It has a good choice of restaurants and 3 beaches (wild beach was my favourite although have to be careful of the waves!) the main beach however was not that appealing as the sand felt quite compact and hard- almost man made ☹
Overall the staff were very friendly and the rooms were nice and spacious but it didn't seem to have the wow factor that the other properties did.
Didn't get a chance to go to the royal palm as it was being renovated, and only went to le Victoria for dinner- but it seemed nice!
Main points about Beachcomber properties
- The level of service from their staff is exceptional. There are genuinely friendly and very helpful.
- All the rooms are very spacious- even the bathrooms are massive!
- I would feel very comfortable selling even the leading rooms as they are at an extremely high standard.
- Each resort has some interconnecting rooms and the family suites can all sleep up to 3 children as an extra bed can be added.
- All the kids clubs are called Bob Marlin! (hehe!) and range from 3-17 years old (separate teenage area and facilities though) They are open until 11pm and babysitting is also available at a supplement.
- All the villas in each resort are incredible!!
- All the resorts feel safe
- The food is amazing and all the restaurants have a large variety with different themes.