Staying at The Residence Mauritius is like stepping back to a time when life was simpler. This gracious resort invites you to enjoy life’s ultimate pleasures: beautiful scenery, good Mauritian food, gracious service, and somewhere comfy to lay your head.
Built in the style of a grand, turn of the century plantation house, the hotel is a fitting tribute to Mauritian history. A colonial feel extends from the breezy verandah-style lobby to the classically elegant rooms and the meticulously maintained grounds, overseen by gardeners in traditional planter-style dress. The icing on the cake is the old-school hospitality, which always comes with a smile from staff who clasp hands and gently bow every time they greet you—everyone will know your name, whilst the butler service that comes with every room type, is designed to make everyone feel pampered.
Its raison d’être is the beautiful beach on which it sits, part of the gorgeous mile-long stretch of white sands at Belle Mare—easily one of the nicest, natural beaches on Mauritius. Gazing into the azure blue and turquoise hues of the lagoon and listening to the sound of waves breaking on the reef is instantly soothing. There’s a lovely gentle breeze here on the east coast too. And there’s a good range of complimentary activities including water sports and a daily programme including Tai Chi classes, cinema nights under the stars, parlour games with the staff and, when I was there, even an ice bucket challenge for a bit of fun.
Whilst The Residence isn’t the most up-to-date in terms of decor or technology, it exudes nostalgia. There is a soft upgrade of the guest rooms in the planning stages and I think a splash of colour will refresh the rooms whilst maintaining their personality.
If you want to walk into the kind of place that you can make yourself very at home, enjoy lazy days and low-key beachside living, whether with family or your other half, The Residence will make you feel very welcome.
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