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We stayed at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Belle Mare (the East Coast) in October 2006 and used the Hotel taxis a few times, we found this to be as cheap as the car rental we had priced up and much more relaxing (if you can ignore the erratic driving style of most of the drivers!!) as it meant we didnt have to map read.
For a full days hire we paid 52 Euro (£35) to go to curepipe and 59 Euro (£39) to go to Port Louis and Pamplemousse Gardens, the drivers are all waiting in the hotel car park and they will wait for you while you shop/sightsee and stop off wherever you like en route.
The only downside is they do try and take you to designated shops in which goods are vastly overpriced and very much geared towards Designer goods, the staff are very annoying too,they refuse to let you browse and follow you around trying to show you the goods, we just walked in and straight back out again (with a few assistants on our tail!!)
Lived up to its high rating
Our family (including 8-year old son) have just returned from a wonderful trip to Beau Rivage. Last year we tried Antigua (St James Club) at the same time of year and were disappointed in a number of respects, not least value for money and quality. This year we decided to travel further afield in a search for better quality and better value and we very much found it in Beau Rivage.
Accommodation - we took a standard room and were very happy. It was exactly as it appeared on the website and everything was clean, fresh and new (unlike St James Club!). We agree with others that "upgrading" to a ground floor room is not advisable, with quite a loss of privacy.
Amenities - the on-site beach was fantastic. The reef offshore makes the beach very sheltered. Water is crystal clear, and sea calm. Plenty of sun loungers by the beach (fewer round the pool). Good range of water facilities, including water-skiing (free), scuba diving, pedalo and others that we didn't use (eg sail boats). Also good tennis facilities, table tennis and putting (mini golf).
Restaurants - the food at Beau Rivage is of a high standard. Themed nights (3-4 per week) are excellent and the hotel goes to a lot of effort. No shortage of evening entertainment (bands and dancers). A good and interesting choice of restaurants - boosted by the fact that the kids' menu was available in all of them.
Service - the very highest standards. I haven't seen standards as high since Thailand 10 years ago. Staff are very friendly and can't do enough for you.
Kids Club - the only disappointment for us. On the first day of arrival our son went to the kids club and of 5 kids he was the only English (speaking) one. Three days later the situation was worse as there was only a 3-month old baby in the club! This is an area the hotel can improve on. There are plenty of things organised but I think most kids turned up to look and finding no one (compatible) stayed away. In short, possibly depending on the time of year, the kids club may not work at taking your kid off your hands, and in our case we ended up reverting to DIY entertainment.
Weather - we went the last week in March. We arrived to find solid rain which lasted most of the first 2 days. Things improved thereafter though and we only had the odd shower after that. The sun is very strong and in the end we could not really complain about the overall weather. The hotel's Monsoon bar has plenty of games to choose from to while away any spells of rain.
- the hotel prices everything in Euro (for its predominantly French clientele, no doubt) so Mauritian Rupees are not essential.
- a few cases of dodgy tummy (we had one) so pack the Immodium just in case
- helicopter transfer option worth considering, with the service being provided by Air Mauritius and landing next door
- next time we would choose to stay 10 or 12 days rather than 7
- try the excellent local "Green Island" rum, particularly the spiced gold.
Had a great holiday here. Our two children aged 4 and 7 made friends on the first day. The 4 year old had two be dragged out of the kids club as she loved her "teachers" and friends. The 7 year old and his group of buddies spent the day trying to catch tropical fish, snorkelling, learning to water ski and playing football on the beach with the charming Espanoal football team who came to stay for 5 days. The staff were fantastic nothing was too much trouble. The buffets were fantastic,for fussy eaters on a la carte nights you only have to ask for something not on the menu and it will be provided willingly. Children's dinners are served either early with supervision from the kids club nannies or you can opt for a childrens menu in the main dining room. There is also the option of eating pizzas and pasta on the beautiful beachfront resteraunt if you fancy something less formal. Rooms and bathrooms are large 60ms and well laid out particularly for families. Breakfasts lovely and huge. Staff helpful and friendly and great with children. We have been to Mauritius lots of times. Have stayed at many different hotels including the St Geran which was fabulous but expensive and the Coco Beach which has the best beaches but is in need of a refit. The Beau Rivage offers the best all round holiday for families who want to spend time as a family crabbing, swimming and lazing around but with the option of having a little "us" time when you need it.Would thoroughly recommend it and we are returning with friends this year.
Lovely place to be !.!
We arrived in the middle of a cyclone, but we were lucky after one day the sun was out and great!. We stayed at Beau Rivage for seven days and we had a great time. Generally, the service of the hotel in very good, especially in the reception, guest relations and housekeeping !!. The grounds of the hotel are excellent, and the beach in front of the hotel was lovely. It does break your heard to leave it. The room itself was great and spacious. The only section of the service that is not up to 5 star service is in the exchange of the towels and the people around the piscine, where we had to move the sun-bed by ourselves. They would move the sun-bed only if you demand it to do it. If you are telling them: is it possible to move the chair there ? the answer was Yes, without volunteering to move them for the guests. Another complain was the dinner. We had half board, and the travel agent told us that dinner was buffet, but in the hotel we found out that buffet was served only four times a week. When they had buffet was excellent !!. The buffet was inspired from a region and the decoration, costumes of the waiters, and the food was from that particular area, etc China, India. The food was excellent. The days that they did not have buffet the service was great, but the food was inspired from the nouvelle French cuisine and we were starving, luckily they serve plenty of bread and butter.
Checking out was great for us, we paid our bill with the remaining local money that we had and the rest we charged them to our credit card.
We were so lucky that we had no problem with the staff…?
Generally Mauritius is a lovely place to be, people are friendly and Air Mauritius is a excellent company to use it.
My husband and I stayed at Beau Rivage 13/12- 27/12 and it was everyting we dreamed it would be and more. The rooms are beautiful, very clean and spacious, our room boy Ravi could not do enough for us, fresh flowers every day,little bookmark gifts at turn down, he even offered to unpack for us!They even supply you with a beach bag in your room and your beach towels are collected from there and changed every night.
The grounds are gorgeous and very well cared for as is the beach area.The beach staff move your beds for you and even clean your sun glasses, offer cold towels and snacks during the day. Vendors are on the beach as it is public but are not allowed onto the hotel grounds,it is not a problem though, as soon as you say "no thank you" they move on.
The food is fantastic in all of the hotels retaurants they also have theme nights which adds variety, although the wine was very expensive, several people including ourselve spoke to the manager regarding this and they promised to review this matter.
The staff at the hotel can not do enough for you particular mention for Dave in the retaurant,he is great fun. Sanjeev the consierge who went out of his way for us on several occasions and all the bar staff who are so attentive.
We had a carol service Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day Santa para sailed onto the beach bringing presents for the children, I was amazing to see!
Many of the guest we spoke to had stayed before and like us loved it so much they keep going back, we will do the same as this hotel is definetly a jewel in Mauritius crown.
My fiancé and I travelled to Mauritius for our friends’ wedding in October and stayed at the Beau Rivage for 7nights on a half-board package. We travelled there with 3 other couples and the experience was mixed.
Rooms were well appointed and clean. There were lots of water sports to pick from and some were free. Food was exceptional. Buffet breakfasts were served every morning at the main restaurant, Rive Gauche, and by the third day I would walk up to the egg station and they would know immediately what I want – an egg white omelette. Themed evenings were also held at Rive Gauche. Worth mentioning in particular would be their Indian nights if you love curry.
We ate at nearly all the restaurants and the highlight for us would be the fine dining restaurant, Indouchine, where we tried their 8-course degustation menu. It was superb. Though not a fan of fusion food (Indouchine markets itself as a gastronomic restaurant combining the flavours of our multi-cultural heritage: Indian and Chinese cuisines blend harmoniously with a touch of French 'savoir-faire'), the chef seemed to have got the balance right.
Not so good points
The hotel is located at the Belle Mare area and the coastline is dotted with resorts. As such the beach is not private, and we were hassled every day by vendors promoting diving trips, boat trips, excursions, etc. Curious onlookers walk by constantly. Both the sea and pool were too cold to swim in but I guess we travelled there at the wrong time of the year (Mauritius winter season).
Drinks were expensive but not if you go for the local beer and rum. Service at the concierge desk was horrific. 8 of us had to travel to another resort (about 15mins drive away) to attend a wedding and when we enquired about transport costs, two different rates were quoted to two different couples by the same concierge! When we enquired again the following day, another different rate was quoted by the same concierge! This guy was clearly making up the charges as he went along. On another occasion, we caught him staring lewdly at the behind of one of the guests until she was out of sight before turning his attention to serve us!
Checking out was a lot more difficult than it should be. Some of our friends were told that they had to settle in local currency and others were told in Euros. When we tried to find out why, the reception staff were rude and unhelpful and no answers were given. It wasn’t a big deal that some of us lost out in the exchange but the lack of consistency was just baffling?!?
Shame that a few bad eggs ruined an otherwise pleasant experience.
Great hotel ... too many kids!
We have just returned from a week at Beau Rivage. We had a great holiday.
As a couple one of the things that struck us is how many families there were. Lots of children, ranging from babies to c.9 year olds. When we spoke with hotel staff one evening they told us that in peak season there are often around 150 kids! If, like us, you are looking for a more adult holiday, definitely go out of school holidays.
In terms of the resort itself, it was of a high quality. The standard room we stayed in was large, with a huge bathroom and small dressing area. The staff are helpful and cannot do enough to ensure you are enjoying your stay.
The food is fantastic. Rive Gauche is the main restaurant. We stayed on a half board basis and ate in the 'free' restaurant several times. The type of menu ranged from a la carte, to special mini degustation menu, plus a few buffets. Note: On evening where there was a buffet the kids were out in force! The other restaurants are worth a visit and include Mediteranean (on the beach, informal), Indouchine (fusion, lovely food, traditional with a twist) and Langoustier (fish +, right near Rive Gauche, overlooking the pool).
We only made breakfast on two occasions, but it was the traditional buffet - everything you could imagine .... pancakes and waffles were a favourite.
Prices are in Euros. Drinks aren't cheap. If you like a bottle of decent wine with dinner expect to pay upwards of £35. We drink quite alot - this cranked up the bill somewhat. This is however fairly usual in Mauritius.
The beach is wonderful. Public, but quiet. Lots of beds (although it wasn't peak season), warm and calm sea.... did get stung by a jellyfish which was the most strenuous part of our week. But very exciting, obviously not fatal and theneedle like stinging subsides after twenty minutes. Weather 100%, top marks. Be warned - the sun is very strong (stronger than Caribbean).
Finally, and this depends on what you like / expect .... for us the staff were overly attenive. We like a more invisible service. The staff are a bit OTT at times, and you are regularly approached during dinner with questions regarding your level of satisfaction! In the bar the second you have finished your drink you are approached!
All in all, we had a wonderful holiday. A few learns for us including avoiding school hols (including private schools who break up early).
Honeymooon in Paradise
"Beau Rivage - Belle Mare"
My husband and I went to The Beau Rivage Hotel in Mauritius for our Honeymoon on the 18th October and had the most wonderful time! We got upgraded to a deluxe room which was upstairs and had a balcony instead of a terrace, which another member of the forum said they didnt like, but we were more than happy as the room was stunning, a huge bathroom with double sink, large bath which easily fits the honeymoon couple (!) a walk in wardrobe with code operated safe, bathrobes and slippers (those who watch little britain will recognise them as the ones Bubbles wears!), an enormous queen sized bed and a sofa which faces the large wide screen TV. We were provided with a complimentary bottle of bubbly on ice and a fruit bowl too. The hotel is absolutely beautiful, the service is second to none, the staff are all smiley and so helpful, the food was definitely the best we have ever eaten, we expected it to be good as it is a five star resort but we we amazed at the standard, the presentation is superb and all the meals were delicious.
We had a honeymoon dinner under our own gazebo (beautifully decorated) on the beach with our own personal waiter which was a lovely romantic evening.
I used to live in Mauritius as a child and a lot has changed - some for the better and some for the worse (just as everywhere I suppose) It was lovely to return after 20 years and visit my old haunts on the island.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
"Ile aux Cerfs"
You can visit this island by boat from Trou d'eau douce on the east coast for around £4 each return, it takes about 10 mins to get there and its gorgeous, dont be tempted to book the beach barbeque as there is a lovely restaurant set into the trees just by the jetty where you can get a lovely chicken curry and rice plus wine for around £20 a couple (views are beautiful, and service is brilliant and the little wooden thatched covered tables are cool even in the midday heat
"View from the beach restaurant at our hotel"
Sat here a couple of days having some lunch (relatively expensive at around 40 quid for two seafood pastas and a couple of beers each) taking in the scenery - bliss
Beau Rivage Hotel
We are honeymooning in the Beau Rivage in October this year and are slightly concerned that everyone who had reviewed it has complained that the drink prices are extortionate - are there any local drinks that are cheaper or is it all expensive? We are hiring a car so will get some drinks from the supermarket anyway but just wondered?
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I assume you are talking about alcholic drinks. Imported wines etc are very expensive. I don't really like beer but found their Phoenix beer quite drinkable and cheap. Local rum is also cheap. We learned from the Mauritians how to make a punch like drink with rum that was very refreshing. Bottled water is very expensive at the hotels but at the supermarkets or small shops it costs next to nothing.
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Hi, never been to that hotel but its close to ile aux cerfs if I remember correct and thats means...expensive, but on ile aux cerf is a small take away thats a bit cheaper for times that you cant get to a supermarket..On my site is a taxi driver, maybe arrange a trip early in your holiday, hotel taxi is gonna be very expensive, hotel tours also more expensive than he can arrange...
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Thanks - we are hiring a car so will just get some from supermarket I think
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Thanks for that - I think will prob drink rum then - how much is it for a glass with coke or something? Oh and when did you go ?
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I have been to mauritius many times so all different times of the year..mostly between April and September. I bought a bottle of rum and it was 90 rupees from Super U in Grand Bay, coke if you buy the one made in Mauritius is quite cheap, you can also buy it from Super U, I loved to just walk through the supermarket, its got a big variety of foods imported from all over the world... even the meat is marked...( fillet from South africa..or fillet from Australia)
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If you hire a car.just be very careful...drivers there take no notice of traffic rules, busses go over white lines etc, driving there can be a hectic experience!! and the island has many dogs, but they do seem to keep off the roads... but the area where you are the roads are not all that hectic as in Port Louis..I do think with a car you can see more of the island....
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thanks for that, we will be careful, I used to live in Mauritius when I was a child and my parents had a very bad car accident there so I am aware of the pitfalls!! Are there still deep stormdrains at the sides of the roads?