The Ambre – Belle Mare, East Coast Mauritius
Relaxed 4 star resort edging a white sand beach
A tropical, casual style of resort with a good selection of bars and eateries.
Rooms & Suites
A bright refurbished 4 star resort reopened Oct 2012. The property has a total of 297 rooms set in a garden of exotic tropical plants. Walls and ceilings are painted bright white with orange room doors. The rooms have a ‘fresh’ feel to them with contrasting fabrics in bright colours. When I visited the hotel it had just re -opened I liked the rooms and bathrooms (which were surprisingly big and well equipped for a 4 star property) but the passage ways leading to the rooms needed further repair work and finishing off. However the ‘retro fridge’ look for mini bars at a sensible waist high level was a nice touch. I would suggest clients go for the superior rooms which normally face the sea to avoid rear facing rooms.
There are 3 categories of accommodation:
The Standard Rooms (30 sq m) can accommodate two adults.
The Superior Rooms (42 sq m) can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children up to 12 yrs.
The Family Units (72 & 80 sq m) looked very suitable for family groups with two bedrooms, bathroom with separate bathtub and shower. The unit can accommodate up to three adults or two adults plus up to three children up to 12yrs.
Ask for a more comprehensive description of rooms and facilities.
Restaurants & Bars
Indigo situated at the entrance to the resort close to the main pool in the central area offers Indian, Chinese, Creole as well as international cuisine.
Breakfast, Lunch and Buffet or Table d’hôte Dinner.
The Dolce Vita situated closer to the beach front, offers Trattoria style dining – homemade antipasti and pastas, pizzas and grill specialities. Lunch and Dinner.
La Plage situated on the sandy beach offers a casual experience with your feet in the sand. With its offering of Mediterranean and Mauritians specialities, grilled seafood snacks and sandwiches – it will suit everybody’s tastes. Open all day.
The Coral Bar – an attractive large bar beside the beach tastefully decorated in whites and blues with graceful cane furniture ordering an array of cocktails and drinks: Its dance floor comes alive in the evening with DJ’s and show.
Dance, party and socialise till late in the The Pub and Shakers Night Club which has soundproofing and is away from accommodation.
Days of operation of each restaurant may vary so please ask for further details.
In-Room Dining is available – catering for breakfasts, romantic dinners or special occasions in your room or selected locations.
Half Board, All Inclusive and Dining in Sun Resort Hotels in Mauritius.
Most of the Mauritian Sun Resorts offer a choice of half board and an all inclusive option. The all inclusive option normally includes most drinks and the opportunity of dining in all restaurants including the a la carte ones (with only some of the selections carrying a supplement) whereas the half board offer is more restrictive and you may only receive a credit to dine a la carte. Each property could be slightly different and of course all arrangements are reviewed from time to time so it is wise to look at the options in detail and see what exactly they include before booking. It is also wise to check (if all inclusive) if there is a time deadline in the evening when this facility ceases for alcoholic drinks. The Le Touessrok does not offer an all inclusive option.
Facilities and things to do.
When entering the resort one is struck immediately by the openness and simplicity of the property. You are hit with a wide panoramic view of the totally revamped large infinity pool stretching onto the beautiful beach and bay. Most areas are painted bright white creating a nautical fresh atmosphere. The public rooms and bedrooms have a minimalistic feel to them.
Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas and near the pool. Premium WI-Fi access is available in rooms for a fee.
Sun Kids Club open 12 hours a day, free for 4 to 11 yrs, babysitters at a charge available for younger children. The club is in a separate and safe corner of the resort run by professional trained staff. It offers children an imaginative daily fun programme and other activities include hiking, tennis and swimming clinics. Dinner time provides a special event every evening for kids with a selection of menus, buffets and barbecues. Lunch is arranged at nominal charge.
Sun Generation Club free for 12 to 17 yrs offering sport activities, outings, excursions and special evenings specifically for teenagers. Activities include evening beach barbeques around a camp fire and pizza nights at the Italian Restaurant. Facilities include a juice bar, with electronic games, table football, pool table and table tennis.
Free Water Sports include kayaking, laser-sailing, glass bottom boat rides, snorkeling, windsurfing, fun boat, aqua gym classes, water polo, volley polo, basket polo.
Chargeable Water Sports include scuba-diving, big game fishing, parasailing, catamaran sailing, canoeing, banana ride, waterskiing, kite surfing, undersea walk, surfboards and paddles.
Land Sports of floodlight tennis courts, aerobics, steps, stretching, yoga, badminton, Frisbee, jogging, volleyball, beach volley, and table tennis.
Golf – Ambre guest get preferential access to Le Touessrok Golf Club on Ile Aux Cerfs up the coast. A complimentary shuttle service operates to this Golf Club at set times – green fees apply.
Tucked in the corner on the south side of the resort beside the beach you will find The Spa with four treatment rooms, a hammam, a sauna and a Jacuzzi. One exterior Kiosk allows you to have a relaxing treatment overlooking the sea – netted curtains can be drawn to offer privacy at the landside. A beauty parlour is also available. Normally open 11 hours a day.
Entertainment – Day long entertainment is provided sometimes at the pool or the beach or at other public areas. Parties are organised on the beach or in the club.
Weddings, Honeymoons and ‘Renewal of Vows’.
Mauritius is the perfect all year round destination for Weddings, Honeymoons or ‘Renewal of Vows’ ceremonies. Hotel standards and service levels are very high and the people are extremely friendly. . The islands warm mild, tropical climate, clear warm waters and white beaches make it perfect choice for that all important day or honeymoon. Unlike many other destinations, resorts only allow one wedding per day to take place. Ask for further details.
The hotel caters for conference groups with a conference venue accommodating up to 350 persons.
Shop – quite a large shop offering a variety of local goods as well as beach articles and toiletries is available near reception.
Fitness centre open 13 hours a day with the usual array of equipment you would expect.
This compact property is right on the beach with many of the rooms facing the ocean. I would recommend that clients take the superior room option for this reason. Transfer time from Airport is around 45 minutes.
The Sun Resorts Hotel Group
The 5 Sun Resorts Group of hotels on Mauritius consist of the 4 star La Pirogue, 4 star Ambre, 5 star Sugar Beach, 5 star Long Beach and 5 star luxury Le Touessrok – see separate reports.
They also own and manage the 5 star Kanuhura in the Maldives, a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’.
Contact Simon at Designer Travel Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises
All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking
Photo: Pool Area of Resort (SG) 21