Past the seashore: 5 causes to go to Bel Ombre, Mauritius


el Ombre guests, pay attention up. For those who’re searching for a purpose to peel your self off your sunlounger — bored youngsters maybe, or must hit your every day step rely — let me current a information.

The area, discovered on the south west nook of Mauritius, is essentially undeveloped save for a number of luxurious motels, specifically Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort and Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort, each owned by the Rogers Hospitality Group.

This spring, native corporations led by Rogers united to relaunch Bel Ombre as a eco-tourist vacation spot, with the intention of highlighting its pure magnificence, inexperienced credentials and sustainable actions. Its slogan? “Lamer. Later. Lavi” – or “Sea. Land. Life”.

The area has epic surroundings and golden seashores by the seashore bucketload, however there’s maybe much more to supply by way of actions. Right here’s the lowdown:

Bel Ombre Nature Reserve

Time wanted: half a day

Bel Ombre Nature Reserve

Together with the Mauritian Wildlife Basis, this reserve is attempting to revive the realm’s pure crops and bushes, whereas additionally conserving indigenous, endangered varieties, like black ebony bushes. One of the simplest ways to see it’s by trekking into the leafy inside with a pleasant and educated ranger on a Bel Ombre Wilderness Tour. As you wind your means by way of paths bordered with thick greenery, you’ll hear how the island advanced by way of a long time of colonialism and agricultural practices.

Pack your swimmers for a fast dunk in Frederica waterfall and spherical issues off with a picnic stuffed with native fare, set in a glade by a babbling stream.

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Le Chamarel Panoramic Restaurant

Time wanted: two hours

Leisurely lunches on vacation are virtually legislation, together with loads of views to drink in between programs. Bel Ombre’s high lunch spot, La Chamarel Panoramic Restaurant, sits above the treetops with a backdrop that appears like a residing postcard. The horizon stretches 180 levels from Le Morne Brabant peninsula on the left to the hulk of Tamarin mountain on the best, with blue-green ocean sandwiched in between.

The menu is native Creole fashion, starring loads of palm hearts (a regional specialty). As soon as fed and watered, take the selfie of the journey on the viewpoint jutting out from the restaurant’s decking.

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Chamarel 7 Colored Earth Geopark

Time wanted: one to 2 hours

An astonishing pure phenomenon awaits at this 8.5-hectare park. The world’s distinctive geology and 600 years of historical past implies that the soil comes up in shocking hues with vibrant particles contrasting in opposition to blue skies and the vivid inexperienced forestry that stretches out in each route.

Take within the otherworldly scene – with a pit-stop to say howdy to the resident Aldabra tortoises – earlier than hitting the reward store for a memento packet of domestically produced Chamarel Espresso.

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World of Seashells

Time wanted: one hour

Much less of a world, extra of a giant hut, however there are extra seashells displayed right here than you possibly can stumble throughout in a lifetime. Actually, the ability is host to the biggest assortment of seashells in Africa: 8,000 of them.

From cartoonish conches to varieties so stunning you see why they have been as soon as used as forex, the museum is filled with exhibitions and interactive shows supplying you with a window right into a world you (in all probability) by no means knew existed.

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Eat and drink at Le Telfair and Awali

Time wanted: all night

Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort

The sunsets are one thing else from this south western level of Mauritius. Sip sundowners at Le Telfair’s Gin’Ja bar for the most effective views, however for dinner, stroll alongside the seashore to sister property Awali for its Le Boma BBQ expertise, feasting on grill-fresh bites beneath the celebrities.

Each properties supply 100 per cent carbonneutral stays and give attention to eco-friendly practices the place attainable. Push the boat out with dinner at Le Heritage Le Château de Bel Ombre, additionally a part of Rogers Group, the place fine-dining is the order of the day, every single day.

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The place to remain

Heritage Le Telfair

Stays on the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort begin from £182pn for a deluxe suite (room-only). Charges on the all-inclusive Heritage Awali Golf and Spa resort start from £265pn for a deluxe suite.

The way to get there

Air Mauritius operates three weekly 11.5 hour routes from London with returns from £567.

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