Very nice hotel with great service and lots of water sport activities.
Drawback: The beach, prices are high.
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There are three large pools at the hotel, and all three are built very nicely. They are of the "no-border" type, meaning the water flows over the edge, giving you unlimited view beyond the surface of the pool. This effect looks stunning, as you can see from the various pictures available. The pool area is also done beautifully with sunbeds and palm trees around the pools.
The reception area is especially nice, offering great sights of the hotel through large open windows. The surroundings are also kept clean and are well looked after, with many different plants and trees.
People at this hotel do not go to the beach to lie on their sunbeds - because there are no sunbeds at the beach! This came as a big surprise to me when I read this before booking, but it is very clear when you look at the pictures: The beach is quite small, and the focus of the hotel is not on the beach but on their pools.
The beach can be disappointing if you are a beach-lover, because the sea is full of sea-urchins. Going into the water without shoes is like playing russian roulette - you will eventually stand on a seach urchin and that means pain and trouble for the rest of your stay. So do wear shoes, and best bring them from home!
The other disappointing thing about the beach is the strong current. Merely 10 meters from the shore, at a water depth of around 1 meter, the current is so strong you will have to constantly swim against it just to stay where you are! This strong current affects all water sports activities (and there are many that are included for free, even water skiing!). Due to the urchins and the current, not many people go swimming in the sea at all. And that is a "must" on my holiday list that was made quite difficult at this hotel.
There are two restaurants to chose from, the "show" which is a large buffet restaurant, and the "playa" which is an a la carte restaurant. For the playa, you need to make dinner reservations ahead - so I suggest making these the day you arrive, otherwise you might not get a table for the day you want (especially weekends).
The food is good, but varietiy could be better.
The employees of Tamassa really do their job web - service is just great! Very attentive, friendly and usually well done, you will be happy in this hotel if friendly service is high on your priority list.
The rooms are nice and spacious, but for the price paid I would have expected more extras and a little more space. Also, there were some traces of mildew in our and other peoples room - not much, but visible. And at one point, there was no water running, and the internet in our room was broken and did not get fixed despite our complaint.
The rooms are situated in medium sized buildings that look like large houses. Expect to share the building with 4 to 10 other parties.
If internet connection is important to you, you will be happy to hear it is available through WiFi. However, the wifi signal is not receptable from all places in your room or at the pool (which is acceptable), but what's more worrying is the quality of the line, which is poor and - just before dinner time when everyone uses the internet - it can be very very slow.
To the airport it is around 45min.
I highly recommend to rent a car, which can be done for as low as 25 Euro per day, including everything except gasoline. Traffic density is low, so driving is bearable, keeping in mind you are driving on the correct side of the road. It takes a moment to get used to the narrow spaces on the roud - roads are narrow and there is usually no shoulder and no sidewalk, meaning people will walk on the road too.
Cars can be rented through hotel reception, though you'll save a little when doing this online. I can recommend MONET car rental who delivered and picked up the car from the hotel. Their prices, by the way, are negotiable.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new experience awaits guests at this beautiful all-inclusive beach hotel in Mauritius, located in Bel Ombre, on the island's south-west coast. Tamassa, a 4-star beach hotel, stands at the end of a long avenue of mature coconut palms towering skywards. A picture postcard landscape stretches across sugarcane fields to the mountains beyond. The south-west is a beautiful part of Mauritius, with spectacular walks and drives through lush, tropical hillsides and a range of open-air activities in beautiful countryside. In front of the beach hotel, beyond the sandy beach, lies a turquoise lagoon that almost blends into the skyline. The sea air is invigorating and the ripples of the waves gently calming. Beyond, lie thousands of miles of open sea. The traditional style architecture ideally suits the tropical setting, with beautifully landscaped gardens. The buildings seem at one with the environment. The decor is breathtakingly contemporary, with clean lines and bold use of colour. The atmosphere is one of eternal youth, friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic. Tamassa is a new Mauritian experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Naiade Hotel Tamassa
- Naiade Hotel Mauritius
- Tamassa Resort Mauritius/Bel Ombre