Stayed for 11 nights, superior room spacious & comfortable.
Staff helpful, courteous & very attentive, bar staff forgot our order one day & we were waiting over 20 minutes so decided to leave, they came rushing down the beach with our drinks & after that couldn't do enough for us, always remembering our usual drinks. The staff work incredibly hard here, they never stop. La Plage on the beach does the best food, the Dolce Vita is ok, sometimes the service is a bit hit & miss, we waited over 20 minutes for a menu once, then another 15 minutes for drinks, then our main course came when we were half way through our starter. Fillet steak was served fresh from the grill in the main restaurant , it was delicious. You can order food from the bar menu & have it brought to your sun lounger, drinks are served to your lounger on the beach. Vinod keeps refilling your glass in the sports bar, nice relaxed friendly ambience in there, whereas the entertainment in the main bar area was a bit more for families/kids, with lots of talking & Zumba/sequence style dancing, which kids may love but adults not so much
Would recommend booking the Islands & Blue Bay trip with Chris on the beach, highlight of the holiday, Blue Bay is amazing for snorkelling, & trip was just like Miami Vice, doing 360's on the speedboat, wow.
There is a large reef that protects the whole island, it looks (& sounds) like a tsunami in the distance, the beach can get a little grubby with seaweed/coral especially when the tide is out & the coral is very sharp if you stand on it. The sea is warm & its just gorgeous. Some started reserving sunloungers on the beach when resort got busy which is a pain, & you'll never get away from sunloungers reserved by the pool, same folk going same lace everyday, they must be up at the crack of dawn!! Great for watersports except when tide out, you can't sail/windsurf then
as the sea is just too shallow, try the SUP's, great fun.
Get your cash at the airport, you can walk to Belle Mare but no ATM, you can change sterling though, exchange rate not great at the hotel & good to have some local currency straight away for tips etc. You can pay taxis & trips in sterling, remember to negotiate price, walk outside or down the beach for taxi, more reasonable than booking at reception desk. Nothing really in Belle Mare though, few local shops & Hugo Boss/Ralph Lauren, but no-one there/very quiet.
Don't bother pre-booking a room, we did ask for higher floor room on booking & sent an email a few weeks before departure also, request was completely ignored & we were given a ground floor room next to a walkway with no privacy whatsoever, they said we could move after 2 nights to a first floor room with no balcony but we needed to unpack so didn't bother, that was the only upset, they said the resort was full, however, the following week it was so full they had to put extra tables in the reception area for diners! So we don't believe it was "full" at all. We really didn't like dining next to the reception desk either.
Tea/coffee refills can be very slow in the morning, I took my own tea bags & asked for a pot of hot water so that I didn't have to wait ages for a refill.
Sorry for a little negative feedback Ambre, but overall , we loved it, would definitely recommend & go back, think it will be better when it is adult only also.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ambre Resort is an all-inclusive adult only resort located in Belle Mare, on the east coast of Mauritius. The resort is one hour away from the airport and from the capital city of Port-Louis. The resort boasts a 700-metre white natural sandy beach running along a sheltered bay. The adjacent tropical lagoon is a haven for fish and marine life, with many bathing and diving areas. Guests of Ambre benefit from free green fees and complimentary transfer at the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambre Hotel Belle Mare
- Hotel Ambre Mauritius
- Ambre Hotel Mauritius
- Ambre Resort & Spa Mauritius/Belle Mare