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Bel Ombre

Bel Ombre, Mauritius

For most people, holidays to Mauritius are all about cloudless skies, sandy beaches and five-star resorts. In Bel Ombre, Mauritius reveals its most luxurious side. This small tourist village is populated with dreamy beachfront hotels, spacious mansions and heritage villas. On Bel Ombre holidays, you can enjoy the upmarket beach break of your dreams, while taking advantage of the opportunities for hiking through stunning scenery, exploring the wild southern coastline and trying out water sports.

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Beach-side luxury

Bel Ombre is located on Mauritius' Wild South Coast. It's an undeveloped stretch of coast, renowned for its footprint-free beaches, rugged coastline, quiet fishing villages and undulating green hills. Bel Ombre is a bubble of luxury right in the middle of this stunning scenery, and it hasn't been overdeveloped.

The superb beach, which runs for almost four miles along the length of Bel Ombre, is something to write home about. Picture soft sand fringed with coconut palms, and lagoon-like turquoise waters. Walk along the beach and you'll quickly find a quiet spot to place your towel.

Some of the most luxurious resorts in Bel Ombre look out onto the beach. These areas are superbly maintained, and they're populated with chic bars and poolside restaurants where you can stop for a cocktail.

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Out on the water

Bel Ombre holidays are all about kicking back and relaxing on the beach, but you can be active, too. There are all sorts of water sports available on Bel Ombre beach. Glide over the waters in a pedalo or take a snorkelling or kayaking tour to discover the coral reefs. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also available if you're feeling energetic.

One of the best ways to explore the south coast is via boat. If you sail west from Bel Ombre, you'll be able to see dolphins in their natural habitat, playing and feeding. Another popular trip is towards the Baie du Cap, an area renowned for its rugged coastlines.

Most hotels in Bel Ombre offer a full range of water sports. Some are part of an all-inclusive package while others incur extra charges. It's worth checking with your hotel to see what they offer.

Exploring on land

Bel Ombre is surrounded by beautiful countryside, which is easy to explore. You can take a biking trip along coastal roads and quiet trails and, for an amazing sightseeing experience, you can take an electric-bike tour, meaning you can cycle for miles without getting tired. This allows you to see some of the region's best sights, including the town's Seashell Museum.

The Heritage Nature Reserve is within walking distance of Bel Ombre. This area is comprised of craggy mountains, impressive waterfalls and plains inhabited by majestic stags. Walking trails run through the park, and guided trekking is available. You can also go on quad bike tours and 4x4 safaris of this stunning reserve.

Tea, coffee and rum

In the area around Bel Ombre, you'll find tea and coffee plantations. Take an excursion to the Bois Cheri Tea Factory and Plantation, the first large-scale plantation in Mauritius. Learn all about the history and production of tea, and taste it straight from the source. You can also visit coffee plantations, or just start your day with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee.

Hidden among the vast plantations, about a 30-minute drive from Bel Ombre, is the Rhumerie. This is a working rum distillery, which also houses a rum museum. It's next to Le Chamarel, an upmarket restaurant with spectacular coastal views.

Curious Chamarel

Take a trip to the fascinating village of Chamarel, a 30-minute drive from Bel Ombre. Here you'll discover the Seven Coloured Earths. This intriguing natural phenomenon is a site where the soil is comprised of seven shades, from purple to ochre. Just across the road is The Curious Corner of Chamarel, a house of puzzles and illusion. The upside-down room is particularly popular.

Chamarel itself is a peaceful, unspoilt village. Its inhabitants are from the Mauritian Creole community, and it is the birthplace of the Rastafarian movement in Mauritius. A musician from the village is even responsible for creating a new music style, Seggae, a fusion of reggae and Mauritius' signature sega music.

Bel Ombre, Mauritius' most upmarket south coast resort, is one of the best holiday spots you'll ever encounter. Its picture-perfect beaches, luxury hotels and upmarket restaurants will wow even the most well-travelled holidaymakers. Add to this the outstanding trekking opportunities, mind-blowing scenery and numerous quirky attractions, and you're guaranteed a memorable holiday.