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Veranda Pointe aux Biches will be closed between June 1st and August 23rd, 2015 for major renovation, by the end of which it will reopen as a 4-star hotel!

Veranda Pointe aux Biches will be renovated in order to best meet clients’ expectations and upgrade to a 4-star hotel. The Bedrooms, reception area, restaurants, Spa and Kids’ Club will be refurbished for guests to enjoy a brand new contemporary tropical décor.

The different hotel areas will take on a sleek look, with natural materials such as wood, wicker, bamboo and ceramic used in furniture, completed with a gamut of blue shades to reflect the spirit of seaside peaceful holidays.

Interior architect, Paule de Romeuf, who will conduct the renovation, acquired her professional experiences in various architectural offices in Paris, most notably alongside world renowned architect Jean Nouvel, taking part in the one of his most famous projects, The Arab World Institute in Paris. She then created her own agency in Mauritius and Asia, with a strong experience in the hospitality sector in the Indian Ocean.

Veranda Pointe aux Biches: barefoot bliss!

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The barefoot concept has made the hotel reputation… and brought pleasure to every guest! On their arrival, they are invited to take off their shoes to enter a world of total relaxation.

Veranda Pointe aux Biches’ setting is conducive to quiescence. Its Seven Colours Wellness Lounge is favourably located on the beach facing the sea – a unique treat in Mauritius – and the hotel has an exclusive adults-only wing including 30 rooms, one bar, a restaurant and a private pool.

Sand strips fringed with volcano rocks, the resort’s natural pool and amazing sunsets further contribute to the ideal scenery for laid-back seaside holidays.

Veranda Resorts’ distinctive offers complete this invitation to relaxation and pleasure. Water activities, cooking lessons, pop-up moments and the discovery of Mauritian culture and traditions add up to the authentic and convivial experience of the guests.

Veranda Pointe aux Biches’ renovation and new 4-star status is a step forward in the modernisation of Veranda Resorts’ brand identity, which was officially announced at ITB Berlin in February.

Bright-coloured pictures, vivid typography and a self-defining tag line: “Deep into Mauritius – Every holiday has a story. Live yours.” Welcome to the new world of Veranda Resorts!

After a preview at the London WTM in November 2014 with the introduction of the Pop Up Moments, Veranda Resorts’ brand lifting was officially announced to travel industry members at the ITB Berlin Convention in March 2015. The decision was made to lift up both the group’s image and its offers in order to better convey its core values.

Veranda Resorts’ new identity focuses on Mauritian art of living through authentic and colourful experiences: boat trip on the turquoise lagoon, cooking classes with a dedicated chef, local rum tasting on the beach and romantic sundowner for two. Guests are invited to go deep into local traditions to experience the true island lifestyle and Mauritians’ legendary hospitality.

Deep into Mauritius!

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“Stay still. Take the beauty all in. Cultivate silence. Float in the sea. Lie on the sand. Build sand castles. Run with waves. Laugh. Dance. Dream. Love. Discover. Take me there!”

The brand lifting advertising campaign presents the brand’s new signature: Deep into Mauritius. This main line is broken down into several variants: deep into the blue, deep into culture, deep into flavours… a fantastic agenda for exotic holidays across the world! Get away on a canoe, learn to play ravanne on the beach, try some water sports, taste fresh local food… All these delightful moments are captured in the campaign’s photo and video shoots and define the storyline of guests’ holidays at Veranda Resorts.

Furthermore, the campaign puts forward each of the four 3*+/4* resorts and their dazzling atmosphere: Veranda Pointe aux Biches and its relaxing environment; Veranda Paul & Virginie and its romantic setting and adults only concept; Veranda Palmar Beach and its seaside fun; and Veranda Grand Baie, an oasis amidst the vibrant coastal town of Grand Baie.

Veranda Resorts benefits from 30 years of expertise in Mauritian art of living. The brand lifting is an opportunity to refresh the group’s image in the traveller’s mind and to reaffirm its 100% Mauritian know-how.

Since last November, Veranda Resorts has introduced new activities to brighten up their guests’ stay: the Pop Up Moments. Coco’lidays is one of them. Hotel residents are invited to a delicious break where 100% Mauritian natural coconut water is served as refreshment.

Veranda Resorts catches the magic of a fleeting moment in its Pop Up Moments. Officially announced at the WTM in London last November, the Pop Up Moments revolve around a temporary décor set on each hotel beach. Guests take advantage of this unique setting to unwind, enjoy a romantic sundowner or dance to the rhythm of local live music…

When it comes to relaxing, Mauritian people got it right: the best way to cope with the summer heat is to indulge in a well-deserved refreshful break! Everyday, Veranda Resorts’ hotels invite their guest to refresh themselves and live to the moment with Coco Up. It is the ideal break to recharge batteries between two activities and relax at the end of the day!

The benefits of coconut water

Our partner Coco Up just cannot stop praising the benefits of this 100% natural drink! Coconut water has become particularly popular these days, not only because of its delicious taste, but also thanks to its various nutritional qualities. Rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary elements, coconut water is the new trendy health drink!

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Indeed, coconut water has become the best friend of those who come on holidays for a detox cure. This low-sugar drink helps eliminate cellulite and adverse effects of alcohol and smoking. Thanks to its highly hydrating properties and high levels of potassium, it ensures optimal recovery after physical exercises.

Coco Up, a small local start-up, produces fresh coconut water, sorbet and chatini using natural methods. Veranda Resorts is proud to partner with this young industrious company, which contributes to spread the word about Mauritius as a land of talent and innovation.

Named after a legendary couple of Mauritius, Veranda Paul & Virginie – Veranda Resorts’ Adults Only hotel – promises its guests a romantic escape in a serene setting.

Embark on a canoe to explore the lagoon. Watch the sun set from a “love nest” on the beach. Enjoy an intimate al fresco dinner to the sound of romantic music… Just an idea of what awaits Veranda Paul & Virginie’s guests during their stay!

Children are not admitted in this Adults Only hotel, dedicated to couples that seek an intimate and quiet retreat. The serene atmosphere allows for relaxation and magical moments.

Romantic… yet vibrant!

Veranda Paul & Virginie offers a large choice of activities for all tastes: relaxing and indulging a massage for two in the cosy and private setting of the hotel’s Seven Colours Wellness Spa; enjoying culinary treats with a mouth-dropping view on the ocean; discovering Mauritian culture… or meeting on the beach for a sundowner in a fleeting lounge bar ambience!

The hotel is ideally located in the quaint fishing village of Grand Gaube on the North coast of the island and at a 15-minute drive from the vibrant city of Grand Baie and its numerous restaurants, bars, shops and excursions.

An attractive offer on the Mauritian market

Jennifer Wong, the hotel manager and a well-known figure of the Veranda Resorts brand, aims to make Veranda Paul & Virginie the reference destination for couples in Mauritius. As a matter of fact, the hotel became Adults Only on November 1st, 2014 to best meet the targeted clientele’s expectations.

Moreover, Veranda Resorts now provides wedding planning services and offers to organise all-inclusive weddings, renewal of vows and symbolic ceremonies. Is there a better place to celebrate love than one of the most romantic hotels on the island?

The Adults Only option is a pledge of tranquility for couples that wish to reconnect to one another during their stay. The exotic backdrop of Grand Gaube village and the romantic atmosphere of the hotel contribute to its undeniable charm and to the promise of a dream vacation.

Tropical wedding on the beach is all soon-to-weds could dream about. Veranda Resorts gives its guests the opportunity to stand in the sand on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches while they say “I do”, and offers to organise the event from A to Z through the expert services of a wedding planner.

Wedding, renewal of vows, symbolic wedding… Many couples wish to take their vows in an idyllic setting, and with simplified procedures, Mauritius stands as an ideal venue for their dream wedding! Veranda Resorts gives couples the opportunity to celebrate their love in one of its four 3*+ hotels, surrounded by white-powdered beaches and turquoise sea as far as the eye could see… and Véronique Laurent, our dedicated wedding planner, will make their dream come true!

This customer relations expert has acquired significant experience in 5* hotels in Seychelles, before she started focusing on wedding planning at Veranda Resorts. Since February 2014, she has been working on a unique concept for 3*+ hotels in Mauritius: future brides and grooms now receive complete assistance from a dedicated specialist for the organisation of their wedding in one of our four hotels.

Her role is to advise our guests prior to their arrival and help them choose the wedding package that best meets their expectations. They first choose between a classic and a “creole” theme, then decide on optional services available at Veranda Resorts: flowers, make-up, entertainment, food and beverages, photos… Everything is thought out to the smallest detail to fulfill the couple’s wishes and make it the best day of their life!

Patient and helpful, Véronique makes it a point to add substantial value to each wedding. Though she believes it is the couple that brings magic and beauty to this precious moment, newly-weds like to think that her outstanding organising skills and creativity does make a difference! From venue decoration to the bride’s hairdo, she sees to every detail and makes sure her guests have a hassle-free stay and a wonderful experience on the D-Day.

Choose your best suited wedding package

Everything is thought out to the smallest detail to fulfill the couple’s wishes and make it the best day of their life!

Veranda Grand Baie, Veranda Pointe aux Biches and Veranda Paul & Virginie (‘adults only’ hotel since the 1st November) are located on the most beautiful beaches of the North coast, while Veranda Palmar Beach faces the splendid Eastern lagoon. Each of the four Veranda Resorts hotels offers a unique backdrop for fabulous wedding celebrations.

Contact Details:
Véronique Laurent
E: veronique.laurent@vlh.mu

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.

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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!

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

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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.

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In early June, we were pleased to welcome a new associate: Vikash Dawoo has taken up as Veranda Grand Baie’s Manager, after Jennifer Wong’s appointment at Veranda Paul & Virginie, where she had previously worked for 10 years. Meet two managers and diligent ambassadors of VLH’s values.

Vikash has been working in the hospitality sector for 25 years. He was Food & Beverages Manager at the Mauritian hotel, Le Méridien (Starwood Hotels), then Executive Assistant Manager at the Grand Sukhumvit Hotel (Accor Hotels) in Bangkok. During his three-year term in this prestigious Thai hotel, he assumed the role of Acting General Manager for 5 months.

Vikash joined VLH group as Veranda Grand Baie’s Manager on the 2nd of June. He brings in the rich experience and knowledge he acquired in the two above-mentioned world-class hotel groups. As a seasoned manager, he has an accurate vision of his goals. His priority: 100% client satisfaction.

Jennifer Wong is back at Veranda Paul & Virginie

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Veranda Paul & Virginie Hotel – Mauritius

Vikash Dawoo is replacing Jennifer Wong, a familiar figure at VLH. She is back at Veranda Paul & Virginie, where she previously spent 10 years.

“It’s a life-learning experience”, says Jennifer about working for VLH. “We have all the necessary ingredients at hand to provide our customers with the best possible service.” She actually makes it a point to meet people where they are.

Jennifer is one of the few women in Mauritius to act as Hotel Manager. Her objectives are to align with the targeted clients’ changing and more sophisticated expectations. Being close to the hotel guests, she intends to make Veranda Paul & Virginie the reference hotel for romantic getaways.

There is a good chance she will succeed as she can count on a solid and motivated team and on the VLH expertise. A very creative and detail-oriented person, she undoubtedly has the necessary skills to achieve her goals.

Recent staff changes in the Veranda Hotels are in line with VLH’s prevailing trend of anticipating clients’ new needs in respect to the latest drastic shift in the hospitality industry.

Every year, top hotels and luxury spas throughout the world are rewarded for their excellence at the World Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards. This year, our 100% Mauritian spa brand Seven Colours, received the 2014 “Best Luxury Spa Group” award.

The World Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards are recognised as being the ultimate achievement for the luxury hotel industry rewarding the exceptional quality of service and infrastructures. This reward for excellence sets an international benchmark for hotels and spas as well as offering a well-deserved recognition to the teams providing exceptional service.

Seven Colours deserves this prize: its highly-personalised wellness experiences tailored to an individual’s mood and energy, the perfect integration of its spas in each hotel and the unique approach to spa treatments make it a sanctuary dedicated to well-being.

A Seven Colours spa is available in each of our 3* + Veranda Resorts hotels and blends with the unique identity of each hotel: the romantic and intimate atmosphere at Veranda Paul et Virginie, the creole touch at Veranda Grand-Baie, seaside pleasures at Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel and barefoot simplicity at Veranda Pointe aux Biches. This haven of tranquility is also available at Heritage Resorts on the the Domaine de Bel Ombre, where you can discover the exclusive Millesime collection.

Well-being 100% Made in Mauritius

Seven Colours is not your usual well-being brand: it is an original concept 100% Made in Mauritius including luxury spas and unique cosmetic products.

A personalized experience in an intimate setting

A personalized experience in an intimate setting

Seven Colours was developed by Hélène Cassan in 2004 and the concept was inspired by the local lush vegetation as well as Mauritius cultural and historic heritage. Seven Colours philosophy provides an holistic experience of mental, physical and emotional well-being by focusing on the seven energy centres: the chakras.

 

This award is a great recognition for our gifted and dedicated teams of therapists who celebrate the art of well-being daily in our Veranda Resorts and Heritage Resorts hotels.

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.