The Links golf course at the Belle Mare Plage resort, Mauritius
The Links golf club house, bathed in the warmth of the Mauritian sun
The beach at the Belle Mare Plage resort, Mauritius
Sun loungers under palm trees overlooking the beach
Pool-side at the Belle Mare Plage resort, Mauritius
Drinks service next to the Belle Mare Plage pool
- Golfing Groups: Two of the finest golf courses in Mauritius; several bars, varied dining and socialising options; plenty of post-golf relaxation activities.
- Romantic Breaks: Serenity, the essence of BMP, is the key to a romantic holiday here; plus memorable dining; serene accommodations and a spa to revive the inner woman. If she's a golfer she'll be in heaven. Otherwise total relaxation awaits.
BELLE MARE PLAGE TOPS THE LEADER BOARD FOR ROMANCE AND ALL THINGS SPORTY
Regular guests will tell you that Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius may be the world’s ultimate resort. Comparisons are odious on this subject but one thing is certain: if there were a leader board for such establishments this jewel in Mauritius would be up there with the best of them. The term leader board, indeed, has specific connotations here because golf is the central theme at BMP, as the regulars call the resort. The game is huge on this island but BMP started it all and still leads the way. It has two courses, the Legends and the Links, and they’re out of the top echelon, the venue each December for the Mauritius Open Championship which attracts some of Britain’s best known professionals.
Set in 15 hectares of tropical gardens, it is a family resort par excellence but it is also romantic in extremis. A pristine, mile long beach is only one of its facilities, and the stylish accommodations, quality of cuisine and choice of dining options are matchless. There’s a wellness centre and a spa, plus various retail shops near the main entrance. All this and golf aside, the major attraction may be the impeccable service provided by friendly staff to whom nothing is too much trouble. Add a climate that for much of the year is idyllic and becomes is clear why many guests return each year.
Mauritius is situated off the East coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, and BMP is part of the Constance Hotels group which kick-started tourism on the island 20 or so years ago, BMP has a sister resort, known as Le Prince Maurice, a couple of miles away. Both are located on the east coast, a 50 minute drive from the island’s airport and St Louis, the capital. There’s a small town nearby (the bustling market is worth a visit) but other than that the resort lies in splendid isolation, as peaceful as a church at sunrise. Click here to see a local map.
Pull into the hotel forecourt after your 11 hour journey from Europe and your shoulders will drop as your spirits rise at the smiling welcome. Take a leisurely lunch at the open-air, beachside Indigo bistro after checking in and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to Heaven.
For beach lovers and other non-golfers the Indigo, sandwiched between one of the free form swimming pools and the beach, is the favourite spot for lunch, a late breakfast or mid-morning coffee. Golfers will find similar facilities at the two clubs and for more intimate dining there’s a choice of five restaurants in romantic settings offering diverse menus but in comparable ambience. The exception is the Citronnelle, which is open from early morning to late evening and caters, carvery-style, for families and other groups. It has several kitchens offering ethnic cuisine from around the world, reflecting a cross-section of the island’s population.
The accommodations are mainly apartment-style, suites set in small blocks nestling among the acres of gardens or overlooking the beach. There are 235 Prestige rooms, Junior suites and Luxury suites and 20 villas, the latter with private pools and butlers. All are luxurious and with a terrace or balcony for al fresco relaxation. This is the key word for Belle Mare Plage: relaxation is the raison d’etre here.
There’s a range of sports associated with the ocean, from deep-sea fishing to catamaran cruising, water ski-ing and snorkelling. There’s also tennis, archery, a health spa, yoga, you name it. Just lie back and enjoy it!
Well worth a visit: Port Louis, the capital, with its daily, colourful open-air market; the Caudan Waterfront with restaurants and shops: the Blue Penny Museum; Pamplemousses Botanical Garden; the Sugar Museum in Beau Plan; Rodrigues Island, which you reach after a 45 minute flight.
And then there are the golf courses, the venue each December for the Mauritius Open. The oldest, named The Legend, measures some 6,600 yards to par 72, a muscular challenge from the back tees for those feeling their oats. The use of this course is complimentary to guests of the hotel but green fees are payable for the new Links course, designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss and a tad shorter to par 71, which opened in November 2002 to coincide with the re-launch of the hotel after a major renovation.
Belle Mare has been awarded the crown of “Best Golf Resort of the Year ” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. The criteria was the quality of golf and the degree of service and facilities and when you learn that 165 operators from 32 countries chose from a list of 2,000 golf resorts world wide you’ll gauge the significance of their decision.
WHEN TO GO
The island is in the southern hemisphere so the seasons are in reverse of those in Europe. Winter is May- Oct when the temperature varies between 20-26C during the day and between 16-20C after dusk. Summer is Nov-April when the relative temperatures are 26-32C and 20-23C. The water temperature of the Indian Ocean can go up to 28°C. Most rainfall comes in Jan-Feb but it is usually sparodic and short-lived. Click here for average weather conditions throughout the year.
TIPS FOR ENHANCING YOUR HOLIDAY
Mauritius has its own international Airport (called The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport but also known as Plaisance International Airport). Amongst others, the airport is served by British Airways, Air France and Air Mauritius.
The resort has contracted White Sands Travel to handle its airport transfers and its fleet of mini coaches is available upon request for a number of organised sight-seeing tours. For shorter, personal outings there are taxis available at the main gate. There are set fares to specific destinations and, if asked, the driver will wait while you shop. Check with the concierge.
Packing Tips & Dress Code
Smart casual for breakfast and lunch (no bikinis for ladies, and no sleeveless T-shirts for men); elegant chic after 6:30pm (no T-shirts, bermuda shorts, sandals or slippers).
The Mauritian Rupee. For current rates of exchange, click here.
English is widely spoken in Mauritius, and you should have no problems speaking English in the resort. However, Mauritian Creole (called Kreol Morisyen, and derived from the French language) is spoken by 90% of the local population. If you are interested in learning some Mauritian Creole phrases to earn you some brownie points with the locals, click here for details.
The country code for Mauritius is +230 (then add the local extension).
HOW TO BOOK YOUR VACATION
Request a Quotation or Use Our Recommended Golf Tour Operator
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