Touchdown in Mauritius
Having slept pretty much all the way over from London (thanks to a smooth and comfy flight aboard Thomson’s 787 Dreamliner), I arrived relatively jetlag-free in Mauritius. Not wanting to miss a moment of my trip, I set about exploring my hotel as soon as I crossed the threshold. I had decided to hang my hat at the Ambre Resort & Spa. Set in Belle Mare on the east coast of the island, it’s part of Thomson’s Couples range.
This is what Thomson had to say about it…
Snorkelling, spa treatments and beachside dining are all in a day’s work for this adults-only hotel, set on Mauritius’ east coast.
The Ambre Resort & Spa shadows a 700-metre ribbon of sand on the east coast of Mauritius and is right next to a tropical lagoon.
A huge pool takes centre stage, and edging it you’ll find a trio of restaurants. Bedrooms are light and spacious, and come with contemporary furnishings, 32-inch flatscreen TVs and a balcony or terrace.
Ambre Resort & Spa
So, did the hotel live up to the holiday brochure hype? In a word, yes. In fact, 10/10 for accuracy, Thomson. The hotel does indeed skirt a conveyor belt of powder-white sand (which is combed daily to make sure it’s stone and coral-free so it’s lovely and soft when you pad barefoot along the shoreline). What’s more, the hotel does indeed look out across a lagoon. But the write-up doesn’t tell you just how stunning the lagoon is. It’s shot with almost luminous streaks of aquamarine that, in turn, gives way to the deep blue of the Indian Ocean.
Back at the hotel proper, I checked out the pool scene. It was pretty impressive – a palm-edged mass of turquoise complete with in-water sun-beds surrounded by elegant cream parasols and sun-loungers.
Get Me Some of That!
All in all, it was a tempting vision – and one that was too good to miss, so I dived right in… literally.
As for the bedrooms, they were nice enough – sleek, modern spaces daubed in cool whitewash and decked out with soft furnishings in citrus shades of orange and lime. Suffice to say, this would be prime siesta territory.