So first of all, apologies it’s taken me so long to pull this post together. To say I’m a bit behind in life is the understatement of the century, but here it is!!
The husband and I visited the STUNNING Lux Belle Mare in Mauritius on the recommendation of my in-laws who visited a couple of years ago and said it was one of the best resorts they’ve ever stayed at. Coming from them, this is quite a big deal. They are what is commonly referred to as SKI-ers (Spending the Kids Inheritance) and spend probably half the year travelling the world. Living the dream right?! As a result it’s been on my list for quite a while and so for our wedding anniversary this year we decided to go for it, and boy am I glad we did! Here are the 5 reasons this hotel needs to make your list…
I feel like I could write reams and reams about how incredible the food was at Lux Belle Mare but in the interest of keeping you all reading till the bitter end I’ll keep it brief (ish). The resort has 10 different food and drink outlets, including a homemade ice cream shack where they serve waffle cones (yep I ate a few of those!), a stunning coffee bar with organic home roasted coffee beans served up by some of the most passionate barista’s I’ve ever met, a tea house (which we didn’t get round to visiting) and a fab craft beer and Asian inspired restaurant. There is also huge international buffet restaurant where breakfast and dinner are served if this is your scene, with plenty of choice and live cooking stations.
I’m going to talk to you about our favourite three. First up is the home-style Chinese restaurant, Duck Laundry, where their speciality “Dan Dan Noodles” are a must! (My husband’s name is Dan and his childhood nickname was Dan Dan so our slightly tiddly selves found this highly entertaining!) Next is Beach Rouge, the gorgeous Ibiza-style Mediterranean restaurant set on the beach with the most stunning views of the turquoise waters. We ate here most lunchtimes and I can highly vouch for their pizzas, the gorgeous burrata and the fresh grilled fish. Last but by no means least and where we chose to spend our anniversary evening was Amari by Chef Vineet. This was actually my first time visiting one of his restaurants and we absolutely loved it. We opted for the 5 course tasting menu, which changes almost daily depending on the fresh produce available. Everything was unique, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. This isn’t included in the all-inclusive but they offer a special rate which (I think) was 30% off, and worked out to be about $50 a head for the food. The best bit however was that the wine was still included which made it an absolute bargain! (BTW the all-inclusive wine is all exclusively made for Lux Belle Mare in South Africa so is fantastic.) In addition to all of the above there is also a rum bar which offers tasting sessions but this sadly isn’t included in the all-inclusive package, along with a Latin American burger-type van which charges a reduced rate, which I just thought was a bit odd considering you can go next door to Beach Rouge and get a steak for free… any who…
The Most Instaworthy Infinity Pool:
I’d seen pictures of the pool on the hotels website and Instagram before arriving but have to say it was even more impressive in real life. It is absolutely massive and total goals!! Surrounded by beautiful palm trees and the gorgeous architecture of the hotel, it’s the perfect place to while away a day with a book in one hand and a Piña Colada in the other.
The whole resort is beautifully designed; open and airy, with plenty of greenery and palm trees galore. It has a bit of a colonial feel to it and despite being almost 20 years old is in immaculate condition having gone through a full refurb 2 years back. The rooms were all designed by British designer Kelly Hoppen and are simple yet gorgeous, with stunning views of either the gardens or the beach. I can highly recommend ordering room service to your balcony with a bottle of fizz for that extra special fancy-pants feeling one morning. You’ll also find quirky little features dotted all around the resort like a picture-perfect hammock in the garden overlooking the koi pond, a wishing tree, or a Rolls Royce just hanging around ready for a photo shoot so be sure to have a good explore.
Let’s face it, we’ve all seen pictures of Mauritian beaches and wondered how photo-shopped they are, however I can confirm right now it’s all real. The sand really is that white. The water really is that turquoise. In a nutshell, they are dreamy! The water is the perfect temperature and it really is paradise!
Free Water sports, say whaaaat!
OK if you like water sports this will make you very happy – if you stay all-inclusive water sports are free! I’ve never heard of that before and this made the husband’s holiday since he’s a bit of a fiend when it comes to wake boarding. He went out almost every day, except when it was too choppy and was like a kid in a candy shop. I joined him a couple of times but TBH my wake boarding skills leave a lot to be desired. When you consider how much places in Dubai (or anywhere I guess) charge you for 20 mins out on the water this is a real plus point and even if you have never done it before the team that work at the water sports centre were so good in their instruction that I’d really recommend giving it a go!
Lux Belle Mare is one hell of a resort and is up there with some of my fave hotels in the world. It’s the perfect spot for a complete chill out and if you are a foodie you will be in total heaven. Trust me.
For more information visit: https://www.luxresorts.com/en/hotel-mauritius/luxbellemare