At the end of every year we usually treat ourselves to a holiday in Mauritius to spend Christmas and New Year with family. This is partly because I am Mauritian but also because I love the little luxury of staying at amazing resorts every time we go. We welcomed 2020 beautifully by spending a week at Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort and Spa over the New Year. I can say hand on heart that Trou Aux Biches is now one of my favourite five star resorts back home. We had such an amazing time that we decided to extend our stay despite the rainy and windy days caused by a passing cyclone (thankfully it stayed well away from landfall!).
I am really excited to share this resort with you as it’s really the perfect destination for a family holiday.
Located in the Northwest of the island, the hotel is based on it’s own beautiful beach of white sand and crystal blue waters. From the moment I stepped foot in the resort, I was taken by the stunning grounds with the beautiful ponds, the tropical gardens of sweet scented flowers and native trees and the gorgeous main pool overlooking the glistening sea.
It created the perfect setting for our daily walks along the hundreds of metres of beachfront after lunch and dinner. I know it sounds cliche but these moonlit walks by the sea felt so romantic and were a perfect way to end the evening. The sound of the waves gently crashing on the shore was soothing and it even kept our toddler really calm and happy.
The sea is exactly as I love it – a calm lagoon of inviting turquoise waters with powdery soft sand. We took every opportunity to dip in the velvety waters, whether it was to cool off from the heat or to simply enjoy a splash with the children. I also loved the freedom of being able to walk into the sea with a bit of style instead of hobbling in with a toddler, trying to avoid sea urchins or pointy corals.
Trou Aux Biches also won its way to our heart with its delicious and wide variety of food. With six restaurants offering different cuisines such as Italian, Thai, Indian and local flavours, there was always something that tickled our fancy. Unfortunately for our waist lines, there were always multiple things that appealed to us. The main buffet restaurant held themed night every evening with delicious dishes and entertainment to match. For example, on our first night it was an Indian theme where they served delectable Indian delicacies and curries to the sound of the traditional sitar. They also had ladies crafting beautiful complimentary henna tattoos, which the kids (and I!) loved getting.
Since we had the time and the inclination, we worked our way through all the restaurants and bars and we loved every single one of them. I do have to admit that I have a soft spot for the buffet as you get to sample the various fresh dishes on offer whilst also indulging in your sweet tooth with a selection of desserts.
We also spent quite a bit of time at the Deck Bar. We used it as our base to feed the little one after our morning swim, whilst the grown ups enjoyed signature cocktails, chilled wine and yummy snacks. The waiters were so lovely, always with a smile and eager to please. I managed to gorge out on my favourite local snacks which brought back so many memories. It’s also a great place for pre dinner drinks or a digestif whilst enjoying the live music on offer every day.
There are a number of rooms and villas available to suit every budget, starting with the 63m2 junior suite and going up to beach front villas with private pools. Each block of rooms also have smaller pools if you fancy lounging by a pool that’s quieter than the main one.
The rooms are cosy yet spacious and tastefully decorated to match the tropical gardens within which they are nestled. I specifically requested a ground floor suite, which the front desk happily accommodated, which made it easy to access with a pram. I didn’t have to worry about my little love falling down stairs, which made my stay so much more relaxing (she has suddenly taken an extreme liking to going up and down stairs repeatedly).
The resort, being child friendly, provided everything I needed to make sure that my stay with a toddler was as comfortable and as easy as possible. They provided a little bath tub for her, a baby toilet seat (although it’s a little too soon for her) as well as a large cot and a change mat.
We took it fairly easy whilst we were there as we just wanted to relax and rest as much as our 18 month old would let us. However there are plenty of activities to fend away any chance of boredom.
So if lying by the beach with a good book isn’t your thing, there is plenty to do depending on what tickles your fancy. If you are after some fun, you can get adventurous by trying one of the many water sports. Glass bottom boat and snorkelling are lovely ways to discover the colourful fish and coral reefs of the island.
Get your daily exercise at the state of the art gym, by playing tennis on one of 6 floodlit courts or by visiting the 18 hole, 72 par championship golf course.
For some relaxation and tranquility, simply head to the spa where you can let the expert hands of the therapists melt away any remaining stress with their wonderful treatments in the serene surroundings.
If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet or one to one time with your other half, there is a kids and teens club for children 3-11 and teens 12-17 with daily activities and some evening shows and games. The resort also offers baby sitting for children of all ages.
In the evenings, you can also enjoy a variety of entertainment such as the traditional sega dance, fire breathers etc – all displaying the talents of local artists.
As you can probably tell, we really had a lovely stay at Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort and Spa and that’s really saying something as we had a few days of rain, wind and thunderstorms from the cyclone. With a cyclone being classed a level 3, the hotel was short staffed as it meant that people could not get into work. Despite all this, the team did all they could to make everyone’s stay as comfortable as possible and the level of service was maintained.
I think we enjoyed our trip so much thanks to the idyllic setting, the tasty food and the attentive touches such as the complementary afternoon tea corner, free kids club at specific times for the young ones and the impeccable service of the staff who were always ready to help with a smile. They all put so much effort in making sure that your stay is enjoyable with the management team always on hand to ensure all was well. We felt really spoilt during our time there and cannot wait to return again in the near future.