Having visited Sugar beach in January, my wife and I wanted to try a different resort over the Easter holidays, with our two boys aged 5 and 1.
It's important to note that Long Beach and Sugar Beach are in the same category of resort and part if the same hotel group, however Sugar Beach is much older and in need of an upgrade and some TLC. We had a terrific holiday there and found ourselves weighing up the value between the two.
It's worth mentioning that Sugar Beach is more expensive and I suspect that this is because of two reasons. Firstly, it's more established and well known, not that this should matter. Secondly, it's on the west coast which is usually more sought after. Don't let the East Coast put you off Long Beach. It has a beautiful beach. Although it was a bit windy during our stay, the unpredictability of weather when you travel, is just that.
On arriving at Long Beach, we were upgraded to a superior room which I suspect is because we have a young child with a stroller and the regular family rooms are not all on the ground level so would be a problem with the stairs. Let me mention now, that this resort was not well thought out when considering strollers ( and I would presume wheelchairs). We found it difficult to walk around the resort without having to carry the stroller up and down some stairs, including the entrance to our room. Also, the paths to the pool are all sand and this not stroller friendly. Don't let this mitigating fact be the decider though if you have young ones.
The resort is exceptionally kid friendly. The kids club is well run and inviting and a small important thing to us, is that you are able to order puréed food at the pool side. The food prepared at the kids club is well thought out and all the baby sitters seem great. We arranged the same baby sitter for the 7 nights we were staying and were vary happy with the experience and confidence of the lady, Elodie, that looked after our boys. She was terrific
Being a modern resort, expect large spacious rooms. We rearranged the room to accommodate the cot at the back if the room with the bunk bed for our 5 year old at the foot of the large king size bed. The bathroom is more than you would expect, with a large separate shower scoring highly in my book of must haves. As mentioned above, we had been upgraded to a superior room which opens onto a private grass expanse. The room was extremely quiet and private. The rooms are quite spread out which certainly helps with privacy and seclusion, however just expect a little more walking after dinner which with the quality of the buffet isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The restaurant options included Japanese and Chinese options, which didn't appeal much to us. The morning buffet is outstanding and the evening buffet certainly more than adequate. I'm not a huge dinner buffet fan, but on the nights we are there, we were suitably impressed. We didn't find a lot of eating out options in the area but I would assume that if you had a car, you could explore further. We got a few recommendations from the hotel - one included a ridiculously expensive restaurant in the area that was terrific but not worth the cost. Be aware of checking the type of restaurant the hotel recommends before just accepting their advice
The pool is terrific with shallow playing areas for the newly trained swimmers and the restaurant / bar conveniently located. The large bed like loungers around the pool are terrific. The beach is quite shallow so we didn't venture much into the water there other to play with the young ones a bit.
The wifi at the resort is really not great. Arriving on the Easter weekend, it was essentially non-existent however it did improve a little when the resort quietened down on the Monday. If this is important to you, expect to be very frustrated. We managed to find one or two sweet spots at the resort to check emails and what's app messages, but even these were extremely intermittent. If you're expecting to mix some work in between play, don't!
Other than that, great modern resort with excellent facilities and service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Sun Resorts property, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort is located on the east coast, along one of the island's longest and widest natural beaches. Opened in 2011, it is an elegant and affable holiday resort featuring a unique blend of island chic architecture and tropical landscape. Its 255 rooms are harmoniously arranged in three semi-circles with wonderful views over the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, the coral reef and the Indian Ocean beyond. With a choice of 5 restaurants, and an extensive range of activities including free green fees at the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, your holiday at Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort are a long way from ordinary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Long Beach Mauritius Hotel Belle Mare
- Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort Mauritius/Belle Mare