Although the north coast of Mauritius has the greatest concentration of the island’s beach resorts and hotel infrastructures which attract an enormous number of tourists annually, the southern coast has a totally different appearance. It is picturesque and wild. The southern region has conserved its original character thanks to its customs, traditions and natural landscapes. Harvesting sugar cane and tea for example, are still carried out by hand and by women wearing saris. There are a great many traditional Creole houses with their colorful facades in villages with equally colorful names like Bois Chéri - Dearest Wood, Rose Belle - Beautiful Rose, or Riche en Eau - Rich in Water. Intact and for the time being, preserved from mass tourism, the landscapes of southern Mauritius possess a varied palette of colors and textures including ocher earth, vast stretches of woods and domains rich in flowers, creating a aroma filled atmosphere. Very few hotel infrastructures are present in this wild and natural expanse. A notable exception to this rule is the Bel Ombre domain, located near the small village of Baie du Cap, in the most remote part of the region. Out of this former sugar plantation, the Mauritian authorities decided to create a luxury tourist complex. Five upscale establishments, a gastronomic restaurant and an 18-hole golf course have already been built over 250 hectares of natural reserve.
Staying at this resort with African overtones is like delving into the origins of Mauritian culture that of the first slaves transported from Madagascar and continental Africa by Dutch navigators. At the southern tip of the island, near the edge of the vast Bel Ombre domain, Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort places the accent on the island’s Creole culture without neglecting its colonial past. The décor contains tropical and African nuances including sculpted wood, ocher and beige tones and ethnic objects, giving the place the feeling of an African farm as described by Danish writer Karen Blixen in her novel, “Out of Africa”.
The 162 elegant and warm rooms open onto the immensity of the property and the banks of the lagoon. A 19th century chateau, 9 restaurants including the highly sophisticated La Compagnie des Comptoirs opened by the Pourcel brothers with three stars in the prestigious Michelin Guide, an 18-hole golf course designed by architect Peter Matkovitch and a 3,000-square meter spa called the Seven Colors, are all invitations to participate in the various activities offered by the resort or take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and simply relax and enjoy doing nothing at all!
The pastry chefs of the Heritage Awali created a wedding cake that was cited in the Guinness Book of Records for its enormous size. As Gilles Refloch, the head pastry chef of the Heritage explains: “This year we wanted to honor the island of Mauritius and all the couples who come here either to get married or for their honeymoon.” Le Matinal
Five stars / Resort / Domaine de Bel Ombre / Tropical-African style / Six restaurants / Lounge Bar / Beach Bar / Seven Colours Spa / Outdoor pools / Private beach / Land and water sports / Golf / Kids club / Teens club
Open all year
154 deluxe room, 5 suites and one villa
Double occupancy from 285 euros
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (MRU) - Port Louis
HERITAGE AWALI GOLF & SPA RESORT
Domaine de Bel Ombre
Approximately 11 hours
+ 4 hours From November to March
+ 2 hours from the end of March to the end of October
Tropical climate in the Southern hemisphere regions, with two inverted seasons in comparison to the Northern hemisphere
Southern region (November to April): hot and humid (22°C at night and 30°C during the day)
Winter (May to October): less hot (17°C at night, and 24°C during the day)
Passport whose validity is superior to at least six months from the date of scheduled departure
A return ticket
Proof of a hotel reservation with the name and address of hotel, and proof of financial subsistence ($100 per day)
Yellow fever vaccination required for visitors over one year of age who have visited a country or an infected zone
The Mauritian rupee (MUR)
English, French, Creole, Bhojpuri
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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).