I am sorry about the delay in posting this review. We stayed at the Sofitel So Mauritius in February as a family group of 6 adults, 2 children and an 8 month old baby. Prior to arrival I had advised our travel company 'The Holiday Place' that our booking was complicated as some family members were flying in from Singapore and that two families were leaving early. We requested rooms in the same area of the hotel.
On arrival (not all on the same flight) we were shown our villas by our personal butlers! Wow what a start. Nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were amazing and almost beyond description. There was total privacy without being hemmed in. I would advise readers to look at the photo's posted by other reviewers. We each had a private garden area with outdoor double bath as well as an enclosed outdoor garden shower to the rear. Indoors, as well as the bedroom area there was a dressing area, and separate shower and toilet all provided with lovely products and masses of good quality towels etc. The baby had been provided with a wonderful selection of Johnson's baby products as well as toys. The family with 2 children even had a private plunge pool. All the rooms were as requested in close proximity to each other and within very easy walking distance of the beach.
Food - what can I say? It was excellent and varied with super service from all the staff, with particular attention paid to the children and the baby. We were on a half board package which included local drinks with meals and also from 12 noon to 6 pm. Again, once the staff realised we were on the package (no wrist bands at this hotel thank goodness), they were very attentive often bringing drinks to the beach or pool as well as platters of fresh fruit to nibble on. With regard to the baby, whenever needed, they were more than happy to provide pureed food, all freshly prepared and beautiflly presented regardless of where we were within the hotel at no extra cost.
Beach - plenty of beach loungers and towels. Our recommendation would be to take rubber swimming shoes as there is coral and it would be easy to hurt yourself without these. Snorkels and fins are available from the hotel, although we prefer to use our own. The snorkelling inside the reef is fabulous and safe. There is guidance available as to where to swim and boats are not allowed in the swimming areas. One tip, don't bother with the 'free' water skiing. It's run by another hotel and is poorly organised. The beach is very long and you can walk for miles.
Pool - lovely, again with ample loungers and towels etc. My husband has a back problem and the staff brought him a straight back chair without a problem. The pool is well designed and suitable for all abilities of swimmer. If you swim in the early evening watch out for the fruit bats flying around!
Children's club - our grandchildren used this on a couple of occasions and were made very welcome and came away with more gifts!
Spa - not particularly cheap, but a lovely experience as a holiday treat.
Grounds - just fabulous, beautifully tended by an army of gardeners.
Location of the hotel - very quiet, if you want to go elsewhere, you need to arrange a trip or hire a car. Don't go to the Sofitel So Mauritius if you are looking for a busy night life.
Weather - we had quite a lot of rain, but the hotel provides large umbrellas as well as a buggy transport service if required. On the one day when the rain was torrential, various indoor activites were available including pancake making which the children loved!
Overall, a wonderfull holiday and thank you to ALL the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SO Sofitel Mauritius is located on the southern tip of the island, in Bel Ombre, in the most naturally beautiful place. The resort has 92 rooms, suites and villas, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a So Spa, a So Fit and a SO Kids Club The resort also has a tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, 520 mts of beach, natural lagoon and corals, boat house with water activities and 24 hr personal butler service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre Hotel Bel Ombre