Another weekend escape at Tamassa Resort – Bel Ombre, Mauritius

Another weekend escape at Tamassa Resort – Bel Ombre, Mauritius

Swing by the dreamy beach, unlimited cocktails throughout the day, a burger van, hammocks, a secluded garden, a private nightclub and not one but four swimming pools are more than you need for a relaxing weekend away from home. The best way to enjoy a hotel stay is by booking on an all-inclusive basis as it gives you a complete package of unlimited food, drinks and entertainment. We had to go back! After a pleasant stay in 2014, this year we spent another weekend at the four-star all-inclusive oasis, Tamassa Resort, located in the charming village of Bel Ombre. Mauritius was on a cyclonic alert on that day but since the weather was meant to clear up, we didn’t postpone our stay.

ROOMS (9/10)

Our room was on the ground floor and we had a beautiful view of the pool and the beach. You are entitled to lunch on the arrival day when you book the superior room. However, they stop serving lunch at 3pm, check-in on time so that you don’t miss it. The bathroom was spacious with two washbasins and a tub. We had a minibar in our room, a full-length mirror, a comfy bed and our own balcony.

FOOD (9/10)

New at Tamassa Resort is the Chef’s truck which is open during lunch hours serving the scrummiest burgers, paninis and fresh salad with yummy fries. One is not enough, you’ll come back for more and more burgers. Manze Lacaz is an option for those looking for authentic Mauritian food (you might need to book in advance). Otherwise spoil your taste buds at Playa restaurant which offers a Mediterranean food menu, a bar and the best thing is it overlooks the picturesque ocean. The drink menu restricts to only local spirits and wines which is one minus point. The dinner buffet at the main restaurant, Show, offers an expansive variety of dishes and cuisines. Every dish that I tried at Tamassa was exceptional.

ENTERTAINMENT (10/10)

The kids’ club (Play) makes sure those aged, three to twelve years, are kept busy with a number of activities while studio 17 is the best place for teens to chill and indulge in some cool activities. It is no secret that Mauritius island offers some of the best golf courses in the Indian Ocean. Tamassa Resort gives you the opportunity to test your golf skills at Peter Matkovich-designed Heritage golf championship course.

The hotel has a fitness centre and a spa. You can enjoy the jacuzzi, sauna and spa pool at no additional charge and the spa treatments at a supplement. We were lucky to have the spa just for ourselves on Sunday. The garden of love situated beside the spa provides a zen area with some cosy seating spaces and a huge wish tree filled with white and red ribbons (ask the staffs for the free ribbons on which you can write your wish and tie to the tree).

The hotel offers an array of complimentary sea activities such as glass bottom trips, snorkeling, windsurfing, pedalo as well as other paid activities such as deep-sea fishing and swimming with dolphins. For those who don’t like to venture out in the sea, make the most of the four swimming pools, the land activities such as volley ball, giant chess, bocce ball, ping pong, tennis or cycle your way around the scenic south coast of the island. Alternatively lounge your day away on the quiet beach contemplating the sparkling blue water.

Dance the night away and unleash at the hotel’s private nightclub or you can check for open-air movie screenings. You can also join the local performers for a traditional Sega dance.

HOSPITALITY (10/10)

Tamassa is one of the few hotels with staffs coming up to check on you regularly if you need a drink or anything. They are incredibly friendly and helpful. We were also allowed to keep one of the rooms until 5pm and benefit from late checkout.

The hotel won TripAdvisor travelers’ choice award and TripAdvisor’s prestigious certificate of excellence in 2016. To be honest, I would love to go back to Tamassa in a heartbeat! Incredible food, perfectly clean hotel, awesome staffs and bountiful of activities, you don’t need anything else for a weekend escape.

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