Christmas in Grand Baie

The end-of-year celebrations will be hot” or not! Veranda Resorts is preparing an exotic programme, ideal for guests who dream of a real change of scenery coupled with a festive atmosphere to close the year.

The holiday season will be definitely “hot” at Veranda Resorts. Combining traditional Christmas festival with Mauritian folklore, our hotels will delight their guests with idyllic tropical decors and convivial celebrations. There will be magic in the air!

Christmas in Grand Baie

Grand Baie is the typical coastal village that seethes with excitement as Christmas time draws near. Right in the middle of the festive vibes is the Veranda Grand Baie Hotel – the perfect place to truly live end-of-year celebrations the Mauritian way!

On Christmas Eve, guests will be invited to sit back and have a drink under the stars, in front of the splendid bay view, while enjoying living Nativity scenes and Christmas Carols, before they head to Mon Plaisir Restaurant for a generous Christmas buffet. On the 25th, a brunch will be served alongside Christmas presents distribution and a special prize draw.

Finally, those who wish to celebrate the New Year till the break of dawn will be pleased: on the 31st, there will be a beach cocktail with background music from a jazz band and an exceptional buffet at Mon Plaisir Restaurant, followed by a multicultural show, fireworks and dancing.

To add up to the season’s tropical feel, local fruity cocktails will be served everyday at Veranda Grand Baie, allowing guests to discover the great variety of exotic flavours available on our island!

Celebrating with your other half

A real love nest, Veranda Paul & Virginie offers couples a more intimate and ideally romantic setting to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

Veranda Paul & Virginie - Ideally romantic setting to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

Veranda Paul & Virginie – Ideally romantic setting to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

A very special programme will be put together for the very special guests of the hotel on Christmas Eve: gala dinner, background music, casual chic ambience… The evening programme will continue with a dancing party for those who wish to dance the night away. The next day, couples will meet at the Saint Géran – located on the beachfront – and relish in the restaurant’s beach-themed dishes in front of the beautiful ocean scenery.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated on a very tropical note with a festive “La Faya” buffet, especially designed for the occasion, and a singing quartet. The dinner will be followed by fireworks and dancing.

Just like at Veranda Grand Baie Hotel, fruity, colourful and exotic cocktails will be served at Veranda Paul et Virginie for guests to discover typical flavours of the Mauritian culture.

Fiesta on the seaside

Ideally located on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, Veranda Palmar Beach provides a lush seaside backdrop to those who are looking to end the year on a paradise cove.

Veranda Palmar Beach - Fiesta on the seaside

Veranda Palmar Beach – Fiesta on the seaside

The Christmas Eve programme will bring together tradition and exoticism to the delight of the hotel’s guests. It will start with living Nativity scenes and Christmas Carols, and continue with a sea-inspired buffet, the Kid’s Club Christmas show, live music and gifts distribution by Father Christmas. On the 25th, a special buffet will be served at the Regatta restaurant, featuring a live band and a Christmas show as well.

New Year’s Eve programme will highlight Mauritian culture with a tropical buffet at the Regatta restaurant and a special “culture of the islands” entertainment. It will be followed by fireworks and dancing to celebrate the New Year in style.

During the whole holiday season, Veranda Palmar Beach will indulge its guests with tropical treats: lemongrass ice-tea, tamarind juice, fresh fruit skewers… A delicious introduction to Mauritian flavours!

Relax and celebrate!

Veranda Pointe aux Biches provides guests with the opportunity to spend the last days of the year in a laid-back atmosphere, feet in the sand, to the rhythm of the islands.

Relax and celebrate at Veranda Pointe aux Biches

Relax and celebrate at Veranda Pointe aux Biches

Summer inspiration for the Christmas celebrations with a culinary journey at the Senses restaurant and music from a talented jazz quartet. The 25th programme will highlight the most popular island fruit: coconut! A major ingredient in Mauritian culture, coconut will be served in a variety of preparations all day through. This totally exotic touch will be the hallmark of a one-of-a-kind Christmas!

The hotel will host an typically Mauritian fiesta on New Year’s Eve, including sega dancing on the beach, flavourful buffet and – of course – a bright and inviting atmosphere!

As an extra treat, the hotel reserves its guests the daily tasting of local fruit in all forms: slices, juice, fruity tea or flavoured rum. Veranda Pointe aux Biches’ guests will discover a different fruit each day!

Veranda Resorts’ four 3-star + hotels offer to celebrate Christmas and the New Year differently: guests will discover the tropical pleasures of Mauritian summer in a warm atmosphere: seasonal fruit, exotic cocktails, sunny weather, powder white beaches and turquoise sea!

End of year celebrations at Heritage Resorts Mauritius

This year again, Heritage Resorts is preparing a rich and diverse program for its guests to finish the year on a high note and start 2015 in happiness and good mood. Let’s have a look at what’s coming up.

Especially designed by Heritage Resorts for the end-of-year celebrations, the “Delicious Christmas” concept puts forward the richness and originality of the Domaine de Bel Ombre’s culinary experiences. Those who choose the Mauritian summer to spend the holiday season will enjoy a great choice of festivals.

 

Cool and festive ambience at the C Beach Club

Cool and festive ambience at the C Beach Club

Cool and festive ambience at the C Beach Club

The C Beach Club will be at the heart of the festivities: its long white-sand beach and trendy setting are all you need to make your holidays in Mauritius memorable! It will host themed events such as a casual family Christmas lunch and buffet, coupled with several sport activities: petanque, beach-volley, water sports… So, get ready for a one-of-a-kind Christmas at the C Beach Club!

On the 24th of December, a delicious Christmas dinner prepared by our 3 chefs will be served at the C Beach Club and in our hotels’ main restaurants: the Annabella’s at Heritage Le Telfair and Le Balafon at Heritage Awali. This six-hand composed menu will leave a lasting impression in our odd-loving guests.

The C Beach Club is the place to be for those who like to party. To celebrate the New Year, the club will host an exciting “Tutti Frutti” themed dinner and party with a special DJ from Paris and a colourful “Fruitilicious” dress code. A traditional sega night around a campfire will take place on the beach, for those who like to dance under the moonlight, and the celebrations will last till the end of the holidays with the Splash Beach Party and its special guest DJ from Paris.

 

Tradition and elegance at the Château de Bel Ombre

Tradition and elegance at the Château de Bel Ombre

Tradition and elegance at the Château de Bel Ombre

For those who think holiday season and family tradition go hand in hand, the Château de Bel Ombre’s intimate setting and special program will allow them to share precious moments with their family or their partner. Heritage Resorts guests will be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve dinner in the sumptuous décor of a 19th-century mansion, away from the seaside revelry.

Those who wish to pursue on an elegant note may appreciate the New-Year’s Eve gala dinner at the Château de Bel Ombre – a unique occasion to taste distinctive dishes prepared by Chef Ravi and his team, while enjoying live music.

Dress code: formal and chic!

 

Celebrations everywhere!

Timomo Kids Club

Timomo Kids Club

All provisions are made at Heritage Resorts to ensure every guest a fantastic stay. At the Timomo Kids Club, our young guests will decorate a Christmas tree, and on the 25th of December they will meet Father Christmas in the morning – a magical moment that will be forever engraved in their child heart. Teenagers will also have their own glorious time: the Cool Teens Clubs will throw a special dance party with DJ for them at Heritage Le Telfair.

Could you imagine Christmas without a Christmas market? From the 20th to the 27th of December, the Place du Moulin will be home to the “Ti Bazar”, which features a large choice of wonderful local handicrafts and gift ideas, as well as a children corner. It is a must for families who wish to experience the true spirit of Christmas!

The Domaine will host various activities to bring about new ways to celebrate: laugh therapy with Father Christmas for all families, manicure and nail decoration workshops to be ready to party down to the finger nails, and Delicious Christmas coconut-based treatments at the Seven Colours Spa.

The end-of-year celebrations are also an ideal occasion to put forward the local flavours and ingredients of the Domaine, as well as the famous tropical products in Mauritius. This is the right season to enjoy tropical fruit in abundance and indulge in rich and exotic tasting!

Heritage Resorts includes two 5-star hotels and luxury villas located on the Domaine de Bel Ombre. In addition to exciting facilities such as the Frederica Nature Reserve, the Heritage Golf Club and the C Beach Club, the Domaine gathers a total of 12 restaurants offering a great choice of local, international and fusion cuisine.

Newly upgraded Heritage Awali

From the rooms to the restaurants and spa, the strategic points of Heritage Awali five-star resort have been revisited this summer to meet guests’ wishes.

Refurnished in a more modern and streamlined style, with soft lighting and new decorative features, Heritage Awali’s rooms set the perfect environment for a relaxing and pleasurable holiday break. Walls painted in lighter hues reflect the seaside natural light, and the bedding was completely renewed for extra comfort. All these slight changes were made with the guests’ optimal and immediate comfort in mind.

New Deluxe Room beach front

New Deluxe Room beach front

Because our guests’ well-being is a key focus, the refurbishment of the hotel’s Seven Colours Spa was one of the major renovations. In addition to the new equipment and fresh look, the spa now boasts a more spacious and stylish lobby. A dedicated treatment room for children and a bridal preparation suite were added to the spa facilities.

At the kids’ spa, our young guests are introduced to a world of relaxation and experience deluxe treatments tailored to their needs. The bridal spa offers the bride-to-be and her ladies an exclusive area where they can pamper themselves and enjoy make-up, hairstyling, manicure and pedicure sessions. It also features a mini-bar for an ultimate private toast before the bride walks down the aisle.

 

Heritage Awali restaurants’ upgrades

Heritage Awali’s renovation was an opportunity to revisit the concept of two of the major hotel’s restaurants: the Zafarani and the Infinity Blue.

Zafarani, the new Indian restaurant

Zafarani, the new Indian restaurant

With a new name meaning “saffron” in Swahili, the Zafarani is an Indian restaurant inspired by the Holi Festival – a colorful celebration in honor of Hindu deities, Krishna and Kâm. Open for dinner only, this 38-seating restaurant is reserved for adults. Guests will be overwhelmed by the festive atmosphere and typically Indian decor. The Indian-born Chef treats his guests to culinary specialties of North-India, and the decorative elements and copper-brown metal dinner service are reminiscent of traditional Indian handcraft. New ways to appreciate the delicious Indian food are featured: the most curious will relish the Indian-style tapas the Chef prepares in front of them, while couples will enjoy the more intimate setting of the three poolside tables for a romantic dinner over the waters.

Infinity Blue restaurant and bar

The Infinity Blue Cocktail Bar

Major changes were made to the Infinity Blue beach restaurant to enhance the seaside look: while the furniture was replaced, the bar was moved to expand the restaurant’s capacity and offer a fuller view on the infinite turquoise lagoon. Tables for two were set on the waterfront for couples looking for an intimate dining spot. The Infinity Blue Cocktail Bar was moved further down the beach and built on the wooden deck extension to give the impression of standing above water at high tide. With its discreet yet elegant design, the bar is an ideal spot for relaxing at any time of the day. The final touch – and surely one of the most innovative – is the “swing corner” where guests are invited to share a happy meal on swings!

Infinity Blue restaurant and bar

Infinity Blue restaurant and bar

The visitors’ culinary experience and well-being are at the heart of Heritage Awali’s renovation. The idea is to provide guests with a delightful experience that constantly arouses their senses.

Experience the Mauritian culture with Veranda Resorts

The hotels of Veranda Resorts take you on an authentic tour of Mauritius Island and offer a unique experience beyond the typical postcard setting.

The four Veranda hotels – Veranda Grand Baie, Veranda Pointe aux Biches, Veranda Paul & Virginie and Veranda Palmar Beach – invite their guests to go beyond the island’s famous splendid beaches and to immerse themselves into local culture while exploring Mauritius from inside.

The activities offered aim to introduce participants to various cultural features that contribute to the island’s beautiful diversity. A local guide will take the guests of Veranda Resorts to Goodlands, a village in the North where Indian culture prevails. During the tour, they will visit a colourful Tamil temple and stop by nearby shops to buy handmade local souvenirs. The guide makes the visit more interesting with historical hints and local tales.

The taste of Mauritius

Rum making and tasting

Guests will literally get a taste of the Mauritian culture through an introduction to creole cuisine. Under the chef’s guidance, they will become acquainted with the finest pleasures of local cuisine and taste food products they will buy themselves at the local food and spice market. They are also offered the opportunity to sail with a fisherman on-board a pirogue to learn particular fishing techniques and try to catch exotic fish like spangled emperors and blacktip groupers. The lucky ones will enjoy a barbecue on the beach where they will cook and eat their own catch.

Learning the Mauritian sega

Guests are invited to dance the traditional sega

Finally, guests will be invited to dance to the rhythm of the ravanne, djembe and kayamba, and initiated to the practice of these typically Mauritian instruments. With its vibrant rhythm and colourful words, the traditional sega is an ode to freedom. Those who are willing to capture the spirit of the Mauritian culture will be able to learn sega. Veranda Resorts gives you the opportunity to experience a real change of scenery and an unforgettable cultural voyage.

Mauritius and its rich cultural heritage

Mauritius is known for its ideal climate, beautiful beaches and flavourful cuisine, but has so much more to offer, that is why Veranda Resorts takes visitors to the heart of the island. It is on the hilltops, along the sugar canes or on the seaside that the Mauritian culture shows its true colours.

As they walk through lively villages or take part in cultural activities, guests who are curious about the country’s culture and history will undoubtedly fall for the captivating multicultural ambience.

Located on the North and East coast of the island, Veranda Resorts hotels are an ideal hideaway for families, groups and couples who are looking for an extraordinary experience in Mauritius.

An extraordinary wedding in Mauritius

“The time of our lives!” That is how couples remember their wedding at Heritage Resorts. The latest big event at the Domaine de Bel Ombre is a prime example: an unforgettable and grandiose three-day Indian wedding.

From the 13th to the 15th of June 2014, Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort was privatised to accommodate over 450 guests. Providing top service to such a large attendance required tremendous staff deployment: 40 foreign chefs, barmen from South-Africa, 60 students from the Mauritius hospitality school, 95 chefs and cooks, and about a hundred people from Heritage Resorts.

The celebrations were staged in the most beautiful spots of the estate. An events agency hired for the occasion put up a magical background of light effects, ad hoc structures and colourful ambiences, with a different set-up for each highlight of the three-day festivities.

Each ceremony had its own decor and theme: welcome brunch at the Gin’ja in a vintage style; cosy lounge atmosphere at the C Beach Club for a chic party under the stars; English Tea Party in the hotel gardens for the Mehendi session; baroque accents for the Sangeet, shifting to springtime scenery for the nuptial ceremony, both at La Place du Moulin; princely decor for the closing banquet at the Château de Bel Ombre.

It was a big challenge to host such a wedding, but also a great opportunity to prove the excellence of Heritage Resorts’ service and to showcase the wonderful venues of the Domaine de Bel Ombre.

Several venues and setups for a customised wedding

Le château de Bel Ombre in Mauritius

Le château de Bel Ombre in Mauritius

For those who want to take the plunge on our beautiful island, the Domaine de Bel Ombre offers two different settings for the wedding of your dreams: the timeless beauty of a 19th-century castle or the exotic charm of a pristine beach.

Romantic couples will surely fall in love with the Château de Bel Ombre, its beautiful gardens and breathtaking views on the hills and crystal lagoon. The starry sky and enchanting backdrop of this landmark house are key ingredients to a fabulous wedding.

With its coconut trees, swimming pool and Balinese-style furniture, the C Beach Club offers the ideal backdrop for an intimate wedding in a trendy and laid-back atmosphere. Two lovers, barefooted in the sand, gazing at the infinite blue sky – the perfect wedding picture!

From sumptuous banquet to intimate reception, Heritage Resorts offers each couple a customised experience. Get rid of all the organisation pressure: a wedding planner will take care of every detail. In the meantime, newly weds and their guests are invited to make the most of their holidays in one of the three five-star resorts – Heritage Le Telfair, Heritage Awali or Heritage The Villas.

With splendid reception areas and about 2500 hectares of wonderful landscapes, Heritage Resorts is definitely the dream place for an ultimate wedding and an invitation to celebrate love in all its beauty.

Heritage Resorts is the main sponsor of the Fourth Edition of the Dodo Trail, which will take place on July 13, 2014 in the southwest of the island. Our attractive packages will allow participants to prolong this nature experience beyond the race… Ready, get set, go!

Dodo Trail participants and their family can benefit from attractive packages at Heritage Resorts: Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort and Heritage The Villas. These packages include transfers to and from the airport and to and from the Dodo Trail’s starting and finishing lines, free and unlimited access to Heritage Golf Club, daycare for children, discounts on flights with Air Mauritius and more.

Winners from the Dodo Trail 2013

Winners from the Dodo Trail 2013

Heritage Resorts on the Domaine de Bel Ombre provides much more than accommodation. Spanning over 2,500 hectares, the Domaine de Bel Ombre is the perfect backdrop for the Dodo Trail. Various areas within the Domaine, such as the 1300 hectares Frederica Nature Reserve or the 5,000 sqm of spa, will allow participants to train for the race and rest, whilst their family enjoy the plethora of activities and services: : 12 restaurants, 8 bars, a beach club, a kite surf spot and – last but not least – an 18-hole championship Golf Course…

The Dodo Trail, an extraordinary human adventure

The Dodo Trail offers four unique and challenging trails for experienced runners as well as for beginners and families: Xtreme Dodo Trail, Ti Dodo Trail, Mini Dodo Trail and Dodo Fun Run.

The trail is a unique opportunity to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the southwest of Mauritius, such as the view on Benitiers island or the Black River Gorges’ National Park.

Not only is the Dodo Trail perfectly in line with the “nature” experience provided by Heritage Resorts, but the race also fits with Heritage Resorts’ commitment to protect and conserve our natural heritage. To achieve this commitment we have been collaborating with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation to protect the endemic and indigenous flora and fauna and reforest the Frederica Nature Reserve, the use of natural products at the Seven Colours Spa, implementation of new techniques for an environmentally responsible golf course, setting up a glass recycling plant and longterm commitment in lagoon preservation in association with REEF, a local NGO focused on marine preservation.

 

Register now to experience the unforgettable Dodo Trail as places are limited!

Kayaking, water-skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving… Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel is a treat for sea lovers and sport-addicts! Located on a long sandy beach, it offers a range of fun activities suitable for all ages. A real watersports bonanza…

Following the 2013 refurbishment of the hotel, the boathouse has recently been fully revamped – fantastic news for watersports fans: glass-bottom boat, stand-up paddle and pedal boat for families fond of unforgettable memories; introduction to scuba diving and windsurfing for sports-enthusiasts, underwater sea walking and deep-sea fishing for thrill-seekers… There is something to suit all tastes!

The major new feature will delight kite surf lovers: Veranda Palmar Beach joined forces with Kite Globing, our partner at Heritage Resorts and renowned kite surf centre offering excellent classes and equipment. Beginners and pros alike will enjoy one of the best kite surf spots of the island under the supervision of certified professionals.

Fun activities suitable for all ages !

Fun activities suitable for all ages !

Since the renovation of the hotel in August 2013, guests are welcome in the nautical inspired decor for the ultimate seaside holiday. Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel is ideal to enjoy seaside pleasures with a 1.5km white sandy beach, pristine sea and wide lagoon optimal for watersports.

Swimming with colourful fish, exploring an uninhabited island, sailing on a turquoise sea… For memorable marine excursions, Veranda Resorts recommends Croisières Australes, a catamaran cruise specialist in Mauritius.

In addition to its proximity to the Veranda Resorts hotels and its attractive prices, Croisières Australes guarantees on-board safety, professionalism and friendliness of the crew and fun. Its fleet of catamarans, sailing boats and speedboats provide absolute comfort for an unforgettable experience.

A variety of excursions are available on the north coast (Flat Island, Gabriel Island, Gunner’s point…) and the east coast (Ile aux Cerfs, Grande Rivière Sud Est waterfall). Croisières Australes also organises deep-sea fishing, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins!

An unforgettable trip

An unforgettable trip

What better way to complement a holiday in Mauritius than discovering the beautiful lagoons, coral reefs and surrounding islands as well as learning a few facts? For example, did you know that Gunner’s point is a natural habitat for the “paille-en-queue”, the iconic tropical bird of the Mascareignes archipelago?

Hop on board of Croisières Australes to discover the island!

Heritage Resorts launched its Wellness Weeks, a range of events lead by wellness specialists and focused on the practice of well-recognised relaxation disciplines.

Heritage Resorts' Wellness Weeks

Heritage Resorts’ Wellness Weeks

Qi Gong, Pilates, Yoga… What is the secret to feeling good? Heritage Resorts can help with its new Wellness Weeks, during which guests will be initiated to the art of relaxation, receive valuable advice from experts and enjoy well-deserved serenity.

Our wellness packages consist of discovery workshops, signature massages and treatments and revitalising walks in the Frederica Nature Reserve. These energising weeks will help ban stress from your daily life. The Domaine de Bel Ombre is a haven for nature-lovers, and our Seven Colours Spa is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a peaceful holiday!

Upcoming Wellness Weeks with Seven Colours Spa

 

– Pilates with Mikaël Pulcini, from May 23 to 28, 2014

The “Be Fit” Wellness Package includes an introduction to Pilates by Mickaël Pulcini, morning classes, two detox massages and a walk at the heart of the nature reserve. Pilates is a physical fitness system based on the movement of the centre of the body, which promotes a strong mind-muscle connection. Not only does Pilates help to shape a leaner silhouette, but it also provides deep muscular strengthening while improving breathing techniques. Mickaël Pulcini is a classical and modern dancer and teaches Pilates, at his studio in Paris and Nice.

– To come : Reiki with Jean-Jacques Robinet

The “Initiation” Wellness Package includes an introduction to Reiki by Jean-Jaques Robinet, morning yoga classes, and revitalising walks in the Frederica Nature Reserve. Participants will also benefit from spa treatments. Reiki is a Japanese practice that aims at reducing stress in your daily life and learning to relax. Using a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing, this spiritual discipline helps to relieve pain and reach general well-being. Jean-Jacques Robinet, a personal development trainer, REIKI USUI Master Teacher and REKI KARUNA Master, has specially designed this workshop to stimulate energy.

 

Recently rewarded at the 2014 World Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards, Seven Colours further asserts its intention to provide the best service with recurrent Wellness Weeks.

Revitalizing walk in Frederica Natural Reserve

Revitalising walk in Frederica Natural Reserve