|Quick Facts about Belle Mare Plage|
|– Located on the East Coast of Mauritius with the resort itself between a white sandy beach and a lush green golf course|
|– Transfer time is just over an hour from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport|
|– Two golf courses on the resort – Links and Legend with latter being home of the Mauritian Open which has been won by the likes of David Frost and Tom Lehman|
|– Staying on a Half Board basis with access to 4 varied restaurants|
|– Excellent Recent refurbishment has been done in keeping with this tropical five-star resort in the Indian Ocean|
|– Staff and service levels are excellent|
Golfers are famous across the globe for their ability to take their clubs with them whatever the holiday – whether it is business or pleasure there might be “a chance to get a few holes in”. But even the most seasoned golfer would struggle to come up with a feasible argument for taking your clubs on honeymoon, especially with your non-golfing new wife. As one never to shy away from a tricky situation, I thought it only fair I took on this challenge.
When considering where to go on honeymoon, rarely would the golf on offer be high on the list of priorities but if you are travelling to Mauritius, golf is abundant at many of the top resorts. Whether it is the famous Langer designed Le Touessrok located on Ile-aux-Cerfs island or the tropical layout at Tamarina, golf is not just guaranteed to be in the sunshine but also of the highest quality.
For those seeking both beach and golf, Belle Mare Plage ticks the boxes. Whilst the Legend Course is considered by many to be the toughest on the Island, thankfully the varied tee positions allow it to be playable for golfers of all abilities. The course record sits at an astonishing 62 and it is a real test for all to better their handicap. Protected with numerous water hazards, elevated greens and thick Mauritian forest, which is home to many off line golf balls, the Legend is a varied and interesting golfing examination. Finding fairways is key here as playing from the rough is a tricky proposition as the ball often sits down making it very difficult to get a clean strike in advancing any shot green-wards. After your round there is the excellent 19th Hole to enjoy which has a great veranda overlooking the 18th. Named The Deer Hunter, this restaurant and bar is also a popular dining option and well recommended for those staying on a half board package.
For a different golfing challenge – take a short shuttle from the hotel to the Links Course which was sculpted by our very own Voice of Golf – Peter Alliss. With wider fairways and generous greens this is an easier course than the Legend but with many undulations and blind shots it isn’t a course you can take for granted. Golfers playing here can enjoy (at the time of writing this at least) a free buggy when playing this course which is great respite from the glorious Mauritian sunshine.
It is however important to stress that it isn’t just the golf which is a reason to visit Belle Mare Plage, for those seeking relaxation this is up there with the very best. Those seeking spa can enjoy not just one but two relaxation spaces in the Spa de Constance and also Shiseido Spa which offer a great range of treatments. For those seeking something a little more active there are numerous activities including yoga and Pilates which change on a weekly basis to allow guests to ease away their aches and pains.
For those seeking water based activities, Belle Mare Plage has everything you could imagine. From complimentary glass bottle boat trips to snorkelling to deep sea fishing and scuba courses, the stunning beach side location at Belle Mare Plage make it an enviable position to go and explore the azures of the Indian Ocean.
One memory you are sure to take from Belle Mare Plage is the food on offer. Whether you are enjoying the vast array of choice found at La Citronnelle for breakfast or the intimate settings of the gastronomic Blue Penny Cafe, guests are sure to find something to suit their tastes. With all restaurants offering something slightly different, from the Deer Hunter which specialises in adding a Mauritian slant to their dishes to the lovely beachside setting of La Spiaggia with its Mediterranean cuisine which utilises the locally fresh fish caught daily.
Whichever room you choose for your stay, you are sure to be just metres from the sea. The spacious and airy accommodations range from Prestige Rooms, of which there are 92 in the resort, to the ever popular Junior Suites (approximately 68 square metres) which offer lovely views, complete with balcony or terrace to relax in at the end of the day with a cold beer or glass of wine. Those seeking that little bit extra luxury during their stay should sample the Deluxe Suite (approximately 96 square metres) which offers a separate room with seating and views, as most of the resort does, of the alluring Indian Ocean.
So, we will finish as we started, if you are looking to take your golf clubs on honeymoon, it is hard to find a better place to do so than Belle Mare Plage. The varied activities, stunning beach side location and exceptional golf on offer make it very clear why so many come here for their golf holidays in Mauritius. Whether it is your first visit to Mauritius or as a frequent traveller it is hard to look much past Belle Mare Plage for your next trip, honeymoon or not!
Have travelled far and wide to be able to contribute to the 19th hole blog. Often referred to as one of the most boring people in golf due to my facts and figures about different destinations!