Belle Mare is one of Mauritius' famous beach resorts, famed for the deep lagoon between its shore and reef that gives its calm waters a blue beloved by glossy travel magazines. On the east coast of the island, it mostly consists of resorts, stretching from Pointe de la Riviere Seche in the south to Belle Mare Plage and the Only&Only Le Saint Geran resort in the north. Belle Mare event venues might possibly be in the best destination on the island – on an island where competition is very strong, indeed.
Named for the first prime minister of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) has no direct flights from North America but has several direct ones from Europe: The airport, which is approximately 30 miles north of Belle Mare along a curving, spectacular coastline, is talking about building a second runway.
There are no purpose-built convention venues in Belle Mare, but this is a relatively small island, so resort guests are no more than 26 miles west of the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Center in Port Louis, which has a 35,000-square-foot convention hall and a 20,000-square-foot lobby for all events, among other spaces.
The resort venues in Belle Mare are amazing, starting with the 163-room One&Only Le Saint Geran, which has a Michelin-starred restaurant, a nine-hole golf course and meeting space for 80 persons. Other fine resort accommodations options are the 256-room Constance Belle Mare, which has a 6,500-square-foot presidential suite, a conference room, a spa, a pavilion and two 18-hole golf courses; the 135-room Residence Mauritius (which has a select group of siblings in Tunis, The Maldives and Zanzibar), offering a spa and two meeting rooms; the 63-room La Palmeraie, which has Moorish architecture, a spa and event space in Moroccan-style courtyards and terrace restaurants; and, to the south of the area, the 200-room Le Touessrok Resort, which is on its own island and has a Givenchy spa, a helipad, an 18-hole golf course on its own island reached by private boat and numerous, idyllic alcoves for events and feeling very, very special.
The resorts here take care of pretty much everything, so there are few off-site venues. The only two "outside" options are Le Waterpark, adjacent to Belle Mare's public beach, which can offer group packages and event space, and Expedition Tour, which can arrange catamaran and speedboat adventures to the beautiful island of Ile aux Cerfs ("Deer Island"), where sits Le Touessrok Resort if you are not so lucky as to be staying there. One other venue option, a little farther away, is the Casela Nature & Leisure Park, which has numerous animals and birds (some indigenous, many not) in a safari-like setting with a restaurant, a zipline, team building activities such as Segway tours and opportunities to host seminars, banquets and themed evenings.
Restaurants here, too, are mostly in the walls of those fabulous resorts and must start with the wonderful Rasoi by Vineet, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia, at the One&Only Le Saint Geran. Other hotel choices include the 136-villa and –residence Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, which has two stunning restaurants, the Italian Acquapazza and fusion restaurant Beau Champ, the latter having three private pavilions sitting over the water, and The Plantation at the Residence Mauritius, which is in a separate former planter's house by the water's edge. One of the few non-resort choices of worth is the Auberg'inn at the boutique, 10-room La Maison d'Ete.