The Residence, Belle Mare, Mauritius

Inspired by the colonial mansions and plantation houses of a bygone age, The Residence blends timeless elegance with modern luxury to create a sophisticated retreat. Set on a one kilometre long, sublime white sand beach, it ranks as one of the finest hotels in the Indian Ocean.

Each one of its spacious 163 rooms and suites opens onto a balcony or terrace. Views are either of the ocean and beach or of the 25 acres of tropical gardens surrounding the resort. Interiors are a study in sophistication, with silks and linens in cool hues of ivory and cream, marbled bathrooms and vast dressing rooms. This sense of a former era is enhanced by impeccable service, each room having its own personal butler.

Such attention to detail extends to the restaurants, where tables are decorated each evening to match the theme of the meal. The Dining Room, built from tropical hardwoods and poised by the pool, serves gourmet cuisine inspired by Mauritian spices and flavours. More casual fare comes with the poolside Verandah while delicious seafood is served in a stunning oceanfront setting at The Plantation.

Tennis, volleyball and watersports are complimentary plus deep-sea fishing, catamaran cruises, undersea 'walks' and scuba diving can be organised locally.

Unique to The Residence is The Sanctuary. This 'Temple to Relaxation' features 9 beautifully furnished 'cabins', their restful decor, in soft natural tones, inspired by Zen philosophy. The spa uses the prestigious Swiss brand of products, La Prairie, in a range of treatments for both men and women. Yoga, meditation and aerobic classes are available plus a well-equipped gym.

  • It was a great experience and now I have dipped my toes in the Ultimate waters I shall be back for more.

    JE, October 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7