Bel Ombre in Mauritius is known as a place where people and nature thrive. It is a preserved natural area between the mountains and the sea that provides a peaceful sanctuary and a land of possibility. Today it is the home to the Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali resorts and a visit here allows for exploration at its best.
History of Bel Ombre
Bel Ombre has a rich history, shaped by the same events that determined what life on the island looks like, such as battle conquests and the perils of slavery. It is this diverse history that today is reflected in the melting pot of cultures and cuisines seen at Bel Ombre and on the entire island of Mauritius.
For over 200 years the Domaine de Bel Ombre was used for sugar cultivation and the remains of the sugar factory can still be seen right outside the hotel today. The local Agrïa honours the authentic flavours of the territory with crunchy palms, coffee, wood, deer meat, vegetables and fruit all cultivated on the property and sold online and in the local store.
The entire area covers 2,500 hectares, 1,300 of which are a proclaimed nature reserve that offers exciting activities for all ages and a wealth of beautiful landscapes just waiting to be discovered.
Eco-tourism in Bel Ombre
This is an area focused on eco-tourism. A place that brings an extra dose of extraordinary to all those who visit while still carefully integrating into the landscape and coexisting with nature. As of October 2021, guests of Heritage Resorts in Bel Ombre can rest assured that their stays are carbon neutral.
100% of the fruits, vegetables, seafood, poultry and meat you consume here is sourced from Mauritian growers, farmers and suppliers or even right there on the property. There is also a huge focus on waste management and recycling initiatives with zero single use plastics across all the hotels. Heritage Resorts in Bel Ombre are also committed to reaching up to 80% renewable energy by 2025.
Experiences to discover Bel Ombre
Guests of Heritage Resorts can discover Bel Ombre in a variety of ways. Enjoy a fine dining evening in the 19th-century Le Château de Bel Ombre, browse thousands of seashells at the World of Seashells, play a round of golf at the Heritage Golf Club or try your hand at learning to kitesurf on the lagoon.
You can explore the 1,300 hectare Bel Ombre Nature Reserve on a guided hike, with a picnic by a waterfall, overland on a 4×4 safari or even via an exhilarating quad bike excursion. You can also explore the reserve on a bicycle or with a fun segway tour.
Stay in Bel Ombre
The architecture and style of Heritage Awali reflects the African roots of Mauritius while Heritage Le Telfair is more reminiscent of Mauritius’ colonial era.
If you’re travelling with kids in tow, the all-inclusive Heritage Awali will ensure that you want for nothing with a baby and kids club, boma, tennis courts, and numerous pools and restaurants. On the other hand, for those looking for a relaxed luxury escape the pristine Heritage Le Telfair with its heated pool, beachfront rooms, and trendy beach club is the ideal honeymoon destination.
Whichever one you choose you are bound to experience the island’s authentic character and enjoy an island holiday like no other.