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Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Bel Ombre (part 1)

Pictures from Bel Ombre on the south coast of Mauritius (first part): Heritage Le Telfair Resort, Heritage Awali Resort and C-beach Club.

Bel Ombre Le Telfair Resort
Entrance hall of the Heritage Le Telfair Resort at Bel Ombre on the south coast of Mauritius.

Since 2004, a new tourist zone has been created in Mauritius in Bel Ombre on the south coast, hitherto neglected by the major hotel resorts (excepted for Morne Brabant in the southwest of the island). The Heritage Le Telfair Spa & Golf Resort opened the way. It was followed by the Heritage Awali Resort and Mövenpick Resort (formerly, the Voile d'Or) and more recently by the Tamassa Beach Resort and Sofitel.

Both Le Telfair Resort and the Awali Resort are managed by the same Mauritian hotel group, Veranda Leisure & Hospitality (VLH). This group develops integrated tourism services at Bel Ombre over an area of 2500 hectares which includes also the Heritage Le Telfair golf course, the C-Beach Club Villas, the Heritage Villas (originally called Villas Valriche), the Château de Bel Ombre restaurant and the Frederica Nature Reserve.

The Tamassa Resort is managed by another Mauritian hotel group, the Lux Islands Resorts (formerly known as Naiade resorts). The Möwenpick and Sofitel are the well-known European hotel groups, Swiss and French respectively.

These investments have been made pursuant to a tourism development program that aimed at attracting wealthy foreign clients prepared to buy freehold luxurious villas in Mauritius. At Bel Ombre, the Heritage Villas and the Sofitel Villas were built within this legal framework.

Other new tourist zones like Tamarina in the Southwest of the island and Anahita in the East - both featuring hotel, golf course and villas - have been created within the same framework. Bel Ombre is still the most developed one.

These developments are welcome in areas, such as Bel Ombre, hit by the decline of the local sugar industry. The remains of the Bel Ombre sugar factory stand still near the entrance gate of the Heritage Le Telfair Resort. They are now part of the local industrial heritage. The Bel Ombre Sugar Estate is still the owner of the most lands of the region.

Bel Ombre Awali Resort
Entrance garden of the Heritage Awali Resort at Bel Ombre in the South of Mauritius.

The Heritage Awali Resort is situated next to the Heritage Le Telfair Resort. Both are managed by the Mauritian hotel group, Veranda Leisure & Hospitality (VLH). 

Bel Ombre seaside
C- Beach Club at Bel Ombre on the south coast of Mauritius.

The C-Beach Club is a unique holiday facility that provides tourists with most hotel services excepted for accommodation. The services include swimming pools, beach services, nautical club, bars, restaurants, seaside activities, relaxation spaces, and more.

The C-Beach Club is located next to the Heritage Le Telfair (at the other side of the latter, you find the Heritage Awali Resort). It is open to all tourists (including guests of the nearby hotels) and, primarily, to residents of the self-catering Heritage Villas (Valriche Villas) that are located on the gentle slopes overlooking the seaside.


See also

Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Bel Ombre (part 2)
Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Réserve des Mascareignes (pictures)

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