Belle Mare Travel Guide
Mauritius sunrise © Smpadte
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, Belle Mare Plage is a white sandy beach, 1.2 miles (2km) long, on the island's eastern coast. The beach is fringed by several luxury hotels and resorts, including the One&Only Le St Geran and the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel. The offshore coral reef that protects the beach makes it ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. Belle Mare Plage is deservedly one of the most popular beaches and resorts in Mauritius and is well-suited to both family and romantic getaways. The east coast is great for sailing and Belle Mare is known for its stunning sunsets.
There are small local supermarkets nearby where visitors can buy basics like snacks and bottled water (which tends to be expensive at the hotels), and there are some hotel shops selling souvenirs and the like, but there is no real shopping scene at Belle Mare Plage. Everything travellers need should be available, but those wanting holiday shopping sprees may need to travel further afield to get them.
Visitors to Belle Mare Plage are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options. The Constance Belle Mare Plage hotel has seven restaurants, some of which offer elegant fine dining and others simple meals to be enjoyed on the beach. There are a variety of cuisines and budgets to choose from. All different dietary requirements are catered for. It is even possible to take cooking classes at the resort - and Mauritian food is worth learning about!
The nightlife at Belle Mare Plage is limited to the variety of restaurants and bars affiliated to hotels and the entertainment offered by them. It is not considered a party resort. However, for those in search of some nighttime fun, Trou d'Eau Douce, a short way up the coast, has some livelier bars.
There are two 18-hole championship golf courses near the beach, and several tennis courts, and other activities include parasailing, deep sea fishing, wind surfing, waterskiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, yoga, pilates and glass-bottomed boat safaris. There are amazing spa facilities at Constance Belle Mare Plage and the luxury hotel also offers an all-day kid's club to keep children happy and entertained. Those who want a break from the beach can enjoy mountain biking and hiking in the mountains along the east coast of the island.
The west coast of Mauritius generally gets better weather than the east, although the prevailing winds on the east coast are great for sailing.