Holidays to Bel Ombre are all about making the most of the natural setting and stripping everything back to basics. It’s got the countryside at its back door and a lagoon knocking at the front.
Quiet coastal village
The quiet village of Bel Ombre is tucked away in Mauritius’ south-west corner, sheltered by forest-cloaked mountains. It’s a fairly low-key spot, with just a handful of high-end hotels scattered along the coastline.
The lagoon is the big draw – it’s sheltered by a coral reef, so is ideal for swimming and snorkelling, plus trade winds make it a popular pick with kite-surfers. Sandy beaches skirt the coastline, edged by palms and casuarina trees. Hotels tend to come with their own stretch of sand, but there’s also a public beach where you can get a bit more of a local feel.
There are a couple of 18-hole golf courses to pick from here, both sandwiched between the lagoon and the Black River Gorges National Park. The Golf du Chateau has two 9-hole circuits winding past streams and palms, while the Heritage Golf Club’s course is more challenging, with hills and lakes.
Just behind the village is the Frédérica Nature Reserve, which covers 1,300 hectares of rolling countryside. The hills and plains make great territory for quad biking and 4x4 safaris. And just past here you’ve got the Black River Gorges National Park, where the landscape is even more dramatic.
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