The Residence, Mauritius is set on the beachfront of Belle Mare, on the East coast of Mauritius. It nestles amongst hundreds of palm trees within luscious tropical gardens. The hotel is characterised by a relaxed and colonial feel, conveying a bygone era, yet incorporating modern touches for ultimate luxury.
There are 163 rooms and suites, some just a few steps away from the kilometre-long beach of powdery white sand. These are elegantly decorated with neutral colour schemes and honey coloured woods. The colonial garden and ocean view rooms have stunning marble bathrooms and luxurious walk in closets. The junior and senior suites offer elegant dark wood living areas and can interconnect with colonial garden and ocean view rooms. The final touch to the idyllic and relaxed atmosphere of The Residence, Mauritius is the few drops of Ylang Ylang that are delicately placed on ceramic rings warmed by the bedside lamps, a personal touch that epitomises opulence.
The Residence, Mauritius has three restaurants, which includes the Plantation, in a spectacular oceanfront setting and serving imaginative Creole and international cuisine. The Dining Room is made entirely of wood and delicately positioned overlooking the pool. It is an open invitation to discover the thousand and one savours of a sophisticated cuisine, from both western and local specialities, with Mauritian spices producing a fusion of enticing flavours.
Activities at The Residence, Mauritius include a variety of water sports such as fishing and diving, plus a vast selection of land activities such as golf and horse riding, which can be arranged nearby. For those wishing to have a more relaxing time, the recently refurbished Sanctuary Spa offers a range of holistic treatments, taking its inspiration from "Zen" philosophy, tending to guests' individual needs. Children from three to 12 years have complimentary access to the Planters Children’s Club from 9am to 10pm and there is also babysitting available. As well as catering for the younger guests, there are activities tailored to suit teenagers and space for them to be independent, making this an ideal family environment.
The elegant and colonial style luxury accommodation comprises 135 rooms and 28 suites. Each has a private balcony or terrace and some interconnecting rooms are available, making them ideal for families. There are seven categories of room or suite, all beautifully decorated and with king or twin beds, air conditioning, a desk with living area, 32" flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet access and a private bar. A butler is assigned to each suite and room and will unpack and pack the luggage, run a bath, take care of the laundry and provide an ironing service.
|Colonial Garden View Room|
The Colonial Garden View Rooms have beautiful views over the luxurious tropical gardens with a king size or twin beds, air-conditioning, overhead fan, desk, living area, LCD TV Satellite, separate bathtub and shower cabin, a hairdryer, sound system and a walk-in wardrobe with an electronic safe.
|Colonial Ocean View Room|
The Colonial Ocean View Rooms allow a partial view of the sea over the exotic gardens with a king size or twin beds. Amenities include, air-conditioning, a large marble bathroom is equipped with a separate bathtub and shower cabin, a hairdryer, walk-in wardrobe with an electronic safe.
|Colonial Ocean Front Room|
Colonial Ocean Front Rooms are directly facing the ocean, offering a magnificent view over the turquoise lagoon with a king size or twin beds. Amenities; air-conditioning, overhead fan, desk, living area, LCD TV Satellite TV with 5 in-house movie channels and 5 music channels, DVD and CD player.
|Colonional Garden View Junior Suite|
The Colonial Garden View Junior Suites (86 m2) are a one bedroom suite, fully air-conditioned with overhead fan, king size bed or twin beds, a spacious bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower cabin, coiffeuse, hairdryer, electronic safe. The living area offers tea and coffee facilities, mini bar, LCD TV with 5 in-house movie channels, DVD and CD player and direct dial telephone with voice mail system. The terrace is equipped with wooden table and chairs. A computer with free internet access is available on request. These suites can interconnect with either Garden View or Ocean View Rooms.
|Colonial Garden View Senior Suite|
The Colonial Garden View Senior Suites (106 m2) are fully air-conditioned, with overhead fan, king size bed or twin beds, a spacious bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower cabin, coiffeuse, hairdryer, electronic safe. The living room offers tea and coffee facilities, mini bar, LCD TV with five in-house movie channels (one in the bedroom and one in the living room), DVD and CD player and direct dial telephone with voice mail system. A computer with free internet access is available on request. The terrace is equipped with elegant wooden chairs, table and sun beds.
|Colonial Ocean View Suite|
The Colonial Ocean View Suites (164 m2) are fully air-conditioned, with overhead fans, four poster bed, and spacious bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower cabin, coiffeuse, hairdryer, vast wardrobe and electronic safe. The vast living room has a computer with free internet access, tea and coffee facilities, mini bar, LCD TV with five in-house movie channels (one in the bedroom and one in the living room), DVD and CD player and direct dial telephone with voice mail system. The large ocean view terrace is furnished with elegant wooden chairs, table and sun beds. These suites interconnect with Ocean View Rooms.
|Colonial Ocean Front Suite|
The Colonial Ocean Front Suites (164 m2) are fully air-conditioned, with overhead fans, four poster bed, and spacious bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower cabin, coiffeuse, hairdryer, vast wardrobe and electronic safe. The vast living room has a computer with free internet access, tea and coffee facilities, mini bar, LCD TV with five in-house movie channels (one in the bedroom and one in the living room), DVD and CD player and direct dial telephone with voice mail system. Large ocean view terrace is furnished with elegant wooden chairs, table and sun beds. These suites interconnect with Ocean Front Rooms.
Families of all ages are very welcome and well catered for at The Residence Mauritius. The Planters Kids Club is located within the tropical gardens under the palm trees, with abundant space for running around. Open from 9am to 10pm, and aimed at three to 12 year olds, it's inspired by a sugar-cane plantation house and is staffed by a young professionally trained team of supervisors. The daily programme includes treasure hunts, face painting, hikes and picnics, glass-bottom boat tours, snorkelling classes, theme days, pony rides, sports competitions and evening entertainment such as plays or films.
The club also offers various activities tailored towards teenagers, so there is plenty to keep everyone busy. At night, The Planters Kids Club also offers evening entertainment, fashion shows, plays and films.
Delicious buffet lunches and dinners can be enjoyed outdoors under a tropical canopy in the gardens or indoor. The meals have been designed to satisfy even the pickiest eaters, offering a wide assortment of fun dishes and food activities, such as making and cooking their own pizza in small baking ovens.
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
The facilities are superb at The Residence Mauritius, with three main restaurants and a relaxing bar, creating a luxurious dining experience. The heavenly Sanctuary Spa offers a wide variety of beauty treatments and products. It contains nine cabins, one of which is located in the middle of a tropical garden overlooking the lagoon, where beauty treatments and massages are performed in the softness of the sea breeze. For more active guests, The Residence Mauritius offers three floodlit tennis courts, aerobics and fitness equipment, one freshwater swimming pool, a children's pool and jacuzzi.
The Dining Room - The restaurant is made entirely of wood and delicately positioned overlooking the pool. A sumptuous breakfast offers both Western and local specialities, as well as a selection of freshly squeezed fruit juices. Dinner is from an à la carte menu in the evening, where the heady spices of Mauritius are combined with international recipes, producing a fusion of enticing flavours. Open from 7.30am to 10.30 am for breakfast and from 7.30pm to 10.30 pm for dinner.
The Verandah - a great place for lunch, the menu features a choice of exciting light dishes served around the pool overlooking the sea. An impressive selection of toasted sandwiches, oven cooked pizzas, generous salads and homemade ice creams are offered.
The Plantation - With its spectacular oceanfront setting, this restaurant combines the freshest seafood and Creole cuisine, making it one of the favourites of the island. At night, live Sega dancing performances and original local entertainment are provided several times a week.
Open from 12pm to 3pm and from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
The Gourmet Kiosque - Located close to the swimming pool, the Gourmet Kiosque serves delicious sweet snacks such as waffles, pancakes and an assortment of ice creams. Ideal for an afternoon snack, it's open from 3pm to 6pm.
The Bar - is a spacious lounge decorated with wide sofas, comfortable armchairs and discreet lighting. The ideal place to enjoy a late breakfast, traditional tea in the afternoon or an evening cocktail. Live musical entertainment is provided until midnight. Open from 10.30am to midnight.
The Sanctuary is an indulgent temple of relaxation dedicated to the well being of the body and the mind offering a wide choice of massages, custom-made programmes and treatments. It offers a unique concept in Mauritius with its unique environment taking its inspiration from "zen" philosophy and concentrating on your individual needs. The beauty and hair care has been designed by the prestigious French brand CARITA. Treatments and therapies are extensive and are tailor made for individuals or couples.
The Residence Mauritius offers numerous activities in and on the water as well as plenty of action on dry land. There are 3 floodlit tennis courts, with golf and horse riding nearby to complement the fitness centre and the wonderfully relaxing Spa. The water sports include scuba diving, deep sea fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, Hobie Cats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, snorkelling, glass bottom boat trips, a catamaran cruise and even an undersea walk.
Babysitting services are available on request and a personal butler is assigned to each room and suite.
When to travel
Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.
The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain.
Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. The highlands are also the wettest part of the island – it can rain here at any time of year, and even when it’s not raining the area can be cloaked in low-lying cloud. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can be blustery on the east coast, though the breeze brings welcome relief in summer.
Apart from the Christmas-New Year peak, Mauritius doesn’t really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).
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Location and directions
East Coast, Mauritius
The Residence Mauritius is on the east coast of Mauritius and is 48km from the airport. The east coast is dotted with several lagoons and tiny cove-beaches, ensuring shelter from the cool southeast trade winds, as well as the stunning long stretch of beach named Belle Mare. The island of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and is situated off the southeast coast of the African continent, 900km east of Madagascar.
How to get there
Mauritius can be accessed by a 12-hour international flight from London. It is also a 4-hour flight from Johannesburg, or a 6-hour flight from Dubai. The airport is located in the south of Mauritius, and the main method of transport is by taxi or private car when on the island.