Paradise for Families | Mauritius Family Resort review

Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa

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Where do I even start?? This trip was certainly one of our most memorable yet - it was the perfect location & setting for our family of 4. Let me get straight into it! (Find more pics at the end of the article & please leave me a comment or any questions!) 

Intro:

We stayed at Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa, a 4.5 star hotel based on the north west coast of the Mauritius island, between Grand Baie and Port Louis - facing the most incredible sunsets you will ever see, I can now understand why this resort is one of the most popular for families in Mauritius. The hotel has 1 very large pool, starting around 0.5m (so my 3 year old could stand on the one side) and not too deep in most areas which is great for the whole family. There is a shallow kids pool below the main pool (water runs over from big to small) and this is fabulous for the babies & toddlers to enjoy themselves in.

When booking, you have the option of Half board (breakfast & dinner) or Full Board (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & drinks all included) - see more about this under 'food' section below.

The flight from Paris was direct on Air Mauritius (or Air France) and around an 11 hour flight overnight. We booked everything through Expedia, as we like to do the flights & hotel all in one place (you can add car hire too) and this is usually where you get the best package prices. I prefer the north part of Mauritius (home to many other big name hotels) as it has the least amount of rain, the beaches are beautiful & water super clear - the drive from the airport was approx. 1 hour

The Hotel:

 Lobby area, two shops to right (clothing, swimming gear, basic necessities & gorgeous curious)

Lobby area, two shops to right (clothing, swimming gear, basic necessities & gorgeous curious)

Activities:

There are so many things to do, indoor & outdoor, on water & on land. To touch on the beach, the sand is smooth & gorgeous while the water in crystal clear - I do however recommend taking water-shoes as there is a lot of coral in the water & you can easily cut your feet when heading deeper in. So so beautiful for snorkeling, this location is just perfect 

 Crystal clear water (but mind those black sea-urchins !)

Crystal clear water (but mind those black sea-urchins !)

I'll name a few main activities that we took part in: 

Water / Beach sports (all included no extra charge. lifejackets provided)

  • Pool aerobics almost daily, around 11am - super fun staff, great music & a good workout!
  • Water Polo / Volleyball in the pool every day - people just join in & it's such fun
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Stand Up Paddle boarding in the ocean - this was my fav!! Such fun & good core workout
  • Paddle Boats for 2
  • Canoeing (single & double)
  • Water skiing or tubing (by request) 
  • Glass bottom boat rides (daily at certain times) 
  • Snorkeling (daily at certain times - taken by boat to a gorgeous spot, 3-4m deep & breathtaking) or simply enjoy snorkeling around the shore of the hotel!
 Gorgeous beach just below the main pool area - all water sporting equipment is available at a hut located just to the right in this picture

Gorgeous beach just below the main pool area - all water sporting equipment is available at a hut located just to the right in this picture

 Everything ready to explore - staff are around to assist, and lifejackets are provided & mandatory 

Everything ready to explore - staff are around to assist, and lifejackets are provided & mandatory 

 Stand up Paddle Boarding - such fun, our fav activity to do together

Stand up Paddle Boarding - such fun, our fav activity to do together

 The main pool which runs over into the toddler / baby pool below. Perfect for the whole family

The main pool which runs over into the toddler / baby pool below. Perfect for the whole family

Indoor activities (all included except for the Spa of course!)

  • Le Spa - beautiful setting, professional & knowledgable staff. Well priced
  • Table tennis 
  • Spinning Studio (set class times daily)
  • Gym (well equipment, good equipment)
  • Teens club (a large room with TVs, board games, foosball {table football} & beanbags - ages 13-17)
  • Pool tables around a relaxing chill area which is 'cooler' being downstairs & well shaded
 Downstairs area leading to spinning studio, gym, le Spa & other activities mentioned above

Downstairs area leading to spinning studio, gym, le Spa & other activities mentioned above

 Pool Table, Relaxation area & Spa (to the right)

Pool Table, Relaxation area & Spa (to the right)

 Teen Club

Teen Club

Kids Club

Oh boy - the best part of our trip!! Haha, which parent wouldn't love a kids club so they can enjoy some adult time to soak up the sun in peace. The Kids Club is from ages 3-12 (above 12 can join the teens club) My youngest was 3.5 at the time, eldest 4.5 & both had an absolute blast. The club is complimentary, you just pay for lunch 300MRU for each child if you are on half board. Dinner is free for all. Water is always available at the kids club & they also have lollipops & other fun snacks. You are also provided a waterproof plastic backpack type bag per child, they are fantastic for the whole stay for all those wet items! And you send your kid to the club with their swimming gear, towel, googles, teddy / pacifier etc.

 Awesome kids club bag provided for each child

Awesome kids club bag provided for each child

There are organized activities every day - you meet the staff at a table in the lobby between 09h00 - 10h00 each morning to see the activities & times for the day, and sign your kids up accordingly. It was never overcrowded, my kids could always join. The staff are incredibly friendly, loving, responsible & full of energy. A huge shout out to Rachel, Sophie, Ursula & Stephanie - my boys adored them all, they alternated shifts (there are always atleast 2 staff in the club)

 Kids club is located on the beach, below the pool area - covered & has misting-fans to keep the kids cool

Kids club is located on the beach, below the pool area - covered & has misting-fans to keep the kids cool

The main frame for activities are roughly as follows:

  • 10h30 - 12h30 - one activity during this time (Example quiet games in the club on the beach, shaded. Or sand castle making on the beach, feet in the waters edge)
  • 12h30 - 14h00 - Lunch at the buffet (The kids all sit together with the staff at large table)
  • 14h30 - 15h30 - Usually swimming (The kids play ball or something fun in the pool together. My youngest is not a confident swimmer so never joined this part)
  • 15h30 - 17h00 - one activity during this time (Example Pirate games, face painting, ball games on the grass area)
  • 17h00 - 18h00 - staff have a break - kids club closed
  • 18h00 - 19h00 - Dinner time (Kids eat together at large table in buffet area (meal choice ordered when you sign up in AM) before it opens to the rest of the resort. Quiet environment)
  • 19h00 - 21h00/22h00 - night activity (Examples: Fashion show, Movie night big-screen on beach, Beading/jewelry making, Olympic Games)

Babies are also catered for - A baby care room located off the reception area allows parents travelling with babies to access all the basic items to take care of their children during their holidays. A bottle warmer, sterilizer, changing table, refrigerator filled with yoghurts, fruits and biscuits and homemade "purees” ready in only a few minutes.

 Cinema night at the kids club

Cinema night at the kids club

Food:

As mentioned in the intro, when booking you can choose Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner) or Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Drinks all included) 

We decided to go with Half Board, and we just ordered sandwiches, pizza or fruit plates to the pool when needed during the day, or room service lunch in the room if the kids needed a nap. It worked out well for us & that way we also had the flexibility to eat out the hotel on an outing if we pleased.

There is one main restaurant Le Superbe - this is where the Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner buffets are served. It is large, well located & very beautiful in the evening around the pool. The breakfasts finish at 10h00 & they start clearing up fast, so be sure to get there timely & don't oversleep like we did a couple mornings!

 View of Le Superbe a night - seating around the pool is peaceful & romantic 

View of Le Superbe a night - seating around the pool is peaceful & romantic 

Two other restaurant which are part-included (A La Carte - some items on the menu are at extra charge) serve dinner from 19h00 - 21h30

  • The Italian restaurant La Casa - the most beautiful views of the ocean, and Port Louis - try get a reservation for sunset & you'll be totally blown away. Also open for lunch 12h30 - 15h00.
  • The Seafood restaurant L'Horizon - Seated on the beach or under a large thatched area. Dinner only
 Romantic dinner (without the kids!) at La Casa 

Romantic dinner (without the kids!) at La Casa 

 Breathtaking sunsets at La Casa resturant 

Breathtaking sunsets at La Casa resturant 

My tips & views on 'food' at the resort

  • The breakfast buffet had all the offerings, large variation, but of standard quality - good but not amazing if you're used to 5 star standards. 
  • Try a couple nights at the dinner buffet, they change the theme nightly so you get to experience different foods from around the world which was fabulous.
  • Choose a night where your kids can enjoy the evening kids club activities, so you can have a romantic meal at one of the A La Carte restaurants 
  • For room service we found the Spaghetti Bolognese (on the kids menu) was adult size portions & the tastiest most filling meal on the menu. The fruit plates on room service were amazing too
  • Don't order the chicken salad on the lunch / pool / a la carte menu - stick with Toasted sandwiches, fries, pizza & chicken nuggets - these were all a hit! Plus, you're on holiday - indulge a little & get your veg / salad in at the dinner buffet

Rooms:

Serviced well & timely, the rooms are very clean & spacious. Cribs or toddler beds are provided for families. Whether ground floor or upper level, standard room or suite - all rooms are sea facing. You can read all about the rates & room categories here, there are also adult-only options if you're not traveling with kids

 Our Executive suite view - large balcony, huge 120m room which was perfect for family of 4. The kids could sleep in a separate area

Our Executive suite view - large balcony, huge 120m room which was perfect for family of 4. The kids could sleep in a separate area

COnclusion:

We went for 6 nights, 7 full days - and never once left the resort as there was just so much to do. There are however many full day or half day outings to do nearby. Naming a few (all at extra cost)

  • Grand Baie
  • Port Louis
  • The Pamplemousses Garden
  • Photography Museum of Mauritius 
  • Sugarcane factory 
  • Dolphin viewing & swimming - in the ocean south of the island (can be organized through the hotel)

All in all I cannot recommend this hotel enough - It was an all round amazing experience for both us & our boys (aged 3.5 & 4.5 at time of travel) A good value for money resort. I'll leave you with some extra pics below, to share in our special moments.

A huge shout out to the staff - from the cleaning crew, to the serving staff, the reception & kids club - everyone was energetic, friendly & very welcoming - Thank You from us over at Our Mummy Life in Paris (Brocklehurst Family) we will be back!

-Claire 

 My older son enjoying the beautiful sand & crystal clear water

My older son enjoying the beautiful sand & crystal clear water

 Breathtaking sunsets around the pool (facing the beach just beyond the pool)

Breathtaking sunsets around the pool (facing the beach just beyond the pool)

 Sunsets on the beach

Sunsets on the beach

 Traditional Mauritian evening dance on the beach - every Friday evening 

Traditional Mauritian evening dance on the beach - every Friday evening 

 Our crazy fun family 

Our crazy fun family 

 Fun in the kids pool

Fun in the kids pool

 Pure joy, sunset in the ocean

Pure joy, sunset in the ocean

 Evening tea light candle ceremony - Blessings over our family 

Evening tea light candle ceremony - Blessings over our family 

Id love to hear from you, leave me a comment or any questions below.

Claire x