From the superb Manor House to the Villas and La Rhumerie, Sugar Beach Resort's unique colonial architecture and style, with its Creole or rattan furniture, recreate the splendour of the islands finest sugar domains. The ornamental ponds, small bird lake and immaculately neat gardens are an open invitation to serenity. The bright white of the kilometre-long beach sets off the Indian Oceans rich palette of azure to lapis-lazuli blues. Just as the echo of the breakers on the barrier reef in the distance and the ruffle of the breeze through the coconut palms highlight the prevalent peace of the place.
Standard Rooms. The colonial-style Manor House comprises 80 spacious Standard Rooms of 40 m2 each, opening on the garden or the Indian Ocean. The 90 other Standard Rooms of the same size are housed in the Villas, in the village north or south of the Manor House. With their king-size bed, white-lead and rattan furniture, tropical bouquets, and All the rooms have a private balcony or terrace with rattan furniture. All the Standard Rooms have individually controlled air-conditioning, one king-size or two queen-size beds, a bathroom with bath and toilet, bathrobes, a hair-dryer, and a socket (110/220V) for electric shavers; a dressing-table; a mini-bar; facilities for making tea and coffee; an electronic safe; satellite television with international programmes in English, French and Italian; a cartoon TV channel; a teletext information system; and telephone with IDD.
The Villas Along The Beach There are 7 colonial-style, pastel-painted Villas fronting the kilometre-long beach and the Indian Ocean. Each is evocatively named after a sugar estate - Solitude, Beau-Champ, Belle Vue, etc.
The service is impeccable and stylish, mild-mannered and attentive to guests' needs. All the rooms in the Villas along the beach have individually controlled air-conditioning, one king-size or two queen-size beds, a bathroom with bath and toilet, bathrobes, a hair-dryer, and a socket (110/220V) for electric shavers; a dressing-table; a mini-bar; facilities for making tea and coffee; an electronic safe; satellite television with international programmes in English, French and Italian; a cartoon TV channel; a teletext information system; and telephone with IDD.
Deluxe Suite .The two Deluxe Suites are located close to the sea, with only a few coconut trees between them and the beach. On the ground-floor and occupying 80 m2 each, they open directly on the magnificent garden. Elegantly furnished in the white-lead or wrought-iron style and decorated in shades of yellow, blue and green, they offer a degree of comfort that is both refined and spacious. Each comprises a large bedroom with a king-size bed and a dressing-table, a lounge for entertaining guests, a convivial dining-area for enjoying meals in all privacy, and a separate toilet for visitors. Features include television and a DVD player. Fine pictures, fragrant bouquets and soft cushions add to the refinement. A furnished terrace offers the enjoyment of a unique upfront view of the Indian Ocean in all privacy. The bathroom of the Deluxe Suite is vast and pleasant, with separate bath, shower and toilet, and elegant decorative touches. Hair-dryer and electrical socket (110/220 volts) for electric shaver. Bathrobes. Mini-bar and facilities for making tea and coffee. Electronic safe, satellite television with international programmes in English, French and Italian; cartoon TV channel; teletext information system; and telephone with IDD.
Sugar Beach Resort Amenities
Sugar Beach Resort's Fun Kids Club has its own swimming-pool, super-slide and covered open-air mini-restaurant. Open twelve hours a day, it provides facilities and numerous fun activities specifically designed to cater for the needs of children on holiday. The kids are organised in age groups, with activities to match. Those aged 2 to 4, for instance, learn conjuring tricks, play sports, experience a typical aspect of Mauritian life, and play pirates.
For the 5- to 7-year-olds, it's snorkelling, swimming-pool, mini-Olympics and the like.
And for the 8-to-11 age group, it's water-polo, tennis lessons, kayak, water-skiing, windsurfing, etc. Educational excursions are organised for all groups, as are special games and mini-events, such as crab-catching on the beach, underwater-life discovery, treasure hunts, hair-tinting, decorative painting, etc. Special menus, buffets and barbecues are prepared for them (subject to extra charge).
The privileged meeting-place for 12- to 20-year-olds, the Teens Club proposes fun activities specially organised for its guests: golf, soccer, beach volleyball, introduction to scuba-diving (these are free of charge), and climbing, horseback outings, catamaran excursions to see the dolphins, and parasailing (subject to extra charge). Sight-seeing tours of Mauritius are also organised. The young ones will appreciate their autonomy and the fact of being able to enjoy their holiday away from their parents, but always in the professional care of friendly coordinators.
Lunch is casual, but dinner remains true to the best tradition of colonial hospitality, with the Planter's Round Table hosting several guests.
The formula varies from table-d'hôte to themed dinners, and the cuisine celebrates the world's finest traditions, be they Asian or European, Cajun or Middle-estern, as well as the rich heritage of Mauritius itself. It is demonstrative too, with such delicacies as tuna Carpaccio, oxtail with Gibriche sauce, or the celebrated Miss Saigon, prepared live at the Show Time buffet. The Fisherman's buffet, for its part, proposes smoked marlin, grilled sea-bream with herbs, teppanyaki prawns and medallion of captain fish with prawn mousse, among others. Open for breakfast from 7.30 to 10.30am every day, and for dinner from 7.00 to 10pm.
Facing the sea, between Sugar Beach Resort and La Pirogue, guests can savour the delights of the Mediterranean's sunny cuisines and their delicate olive-oil preparations in the cordial warmth of Citronella's dining-room, with its fine wrought-iron tables, or in the shade of the cafe's teak terrace. The open, rounded kitchen is equipped with a wood-fired oven for baking bread and pizzas and adorned with jars of whole lemons or stuffed olives steeped in olive oil.
Between beef carpaccio, squid-ink risotto, rack of lamb in dried-tomato pastry, and traditional tiramisu, let your taste buds rejoice in the singsong accents of the Mediterranean.
The excellent wine list includes French and South African wines.
Open for lunch from 12.30 to 3pm every day except Monday, and for dinner from 7.30 to 11pm every day except Sunday.
Paul & Virginie Restaurant
Rustic, charming and located right by the beach at sister resort La Pirogue, the entirely redesigned a-la carte Paul et Virginie affords a sublime view on the Indian Ocean in the warm and cosy privacy of thatch-topped dining islets beside or overhanging La Pirogue's superb new infinity pool. At lunchtime, from 12.30 to 3pm everyday, it offers local cuisine and equally exotic preparations of Middle estern and Asian inspiration as well as wood-fire-baked pizzas, grills, smoked or steamed dishes, and salads.
In the evening, as from 7.30pm, its offering is more sophisticated, with a focus on seafood - delicacies include crayfish, giant prawns, oysters and scallops - and an emphasis on healthy stir-fries and grills as well as smoked and steamed dishes. Excellent wine list of South African and New World wines. Closed Monday evenings.
The Plantation Bar
Overhanging the very large swimming-pool, which surrounds it, the sea-facing Plantation Bar is the heart of the resort. Open on all sides, convivial and relaxed, with a huge bar-counter, it welcomes adults and children all day until pre-dinner aperitif time. In the evening the magnificent flood-lit pool becomes the focal point for the resort's floor shows.
Lunch is casual and consists in light snacks, copious salads, wood-fire-baked pizzas, or sandwiches. The resort's sublime sunsets call for special sundowners: a Planter's punch, or a Pina colada, or our Sugar Beach cocktail. The choice of spirits and fruit juices is large.
The Plantation Bar is also the place for traditional five-o'clock tea, with its cakes, pancakes and selection of the finest English teas.
Located in the Manor House, La Rhumerie is the focal point of aesthetes and epicureans in quest of the secret of colonial art de vivre.
With its small, comfortable and cosy lounge and its gramophone and soft music, it is a haven of peace and quiet, elegance and serenity.
It offers an excellent selection of old rums, cognacs, liqueurs and other digestifs, with a choice of cigars to match.
The Sugar Club Bar
For those in need of refreshment after an intense game of tennis or a gym session in the gardens, the Sugar Club Bar, located next to the Sugar Club sports complex, proposes fresh-fruit juices, milk-shakes, carbonated drinks, coffees, teas and cold beers.
Beach & Pool-Side Service
For those wishing to enjoy a casual spot of lunch on the beach, a golf-cart proposes refreshments from 10am to 5pm and a choice of pizzas (Sugar Beach, Country etc.) or excellent Parisian baguette sandwiches (with smoked marlin, tuna, salami or ham) served under guests' thatch-parasols. At the swimming-pool, an a-la-carte menu is available from 12.30 to 5.30pm including wood-fire-baked pizzas, various salads, pancakes, and cakes for traditional five-o'clock tea.
Water Sports With its comfortable temperature all year round, the vast, crystal-clear expanse of sea between the beach and the protective barrier reef in the distance is an open invitation to discover its colourful underwater life and to learn or master all manner of water sports.
Facilities include windsurfing, laser-sailing, water-skiing, snorkelling, fun-boating, kayaks, Pedalcraftes and glass-bottom-boat tours.
At the very large swimming-pool for its part, guests can partake in aquagym, water-polo, basket-polo and volley-polo. All these activities are free of charge.
Also worth discovering, subject to extra charge: scuba-diving and the magnificent ocean depths of Mauritius, big-game fishing, parasailing, Super Tube, and towed banana-boat rides.Giant-catamaran outings to Coconut Island, Ile aux Cerfs and the islands off the north coast, submarine dives, and dolphin-discovery excursions to mythical Tamarin Bay are also chargeable. Sugar Beach Hotel Mauritius
Big-Game Fishing A 20-minute drive from Sugar Beach Resort, the Black River Fishing Centre, one of the island's most famous big-game-fishing operators, holds out the prospect of exciting adventures on board its superb cruisers manned by professional skippers.
Mauritius holds a number of world records of big-game catches.
Fishing expeditions last between half-a-day and a day. This is a chargeable activity.
An event worthy of note is the Marlin World Cup competition, which brings big-game-fishing amateurs and professionals from all over the world to the west coast of Mauritius each year. The event is jointly organised by La Pirogue, Sugar Beach Resort and the Black River Fishing Centre.
Scuba Diving Gorgeous and teeming with fish, the coral ocean depths off Sugar Beach Resort and around Mauritius contain a number of celebrated diving sites. Professional instructors from one of the island's best diving clubs are on hand at the sister resort La Pirogue to teach beginners and take them through their paces, starting from basics in the swimming-pool. Exciting discoveries await certified divers too: among them, a number of historic wrecks, the amazing Sharks' Cave and the impressive Cathedral. The night dive is an experience not to be missed. PADI-certification possible. Scuba-diving is a chargeable activity. Package rates available for 1 to 6 dives. Equipment supplied.
Land Sports With our enthusiastic and dynamic team of sports coordinators, there is a host of land activities to discover.
Between the 20-acre gardens and the beach, you will be spoilt for choice: discovery tours of the west coast on mountain-bikes or horseback, tennis, golf (all of these are chargeable, though tennis only partly so - see Tennis); and croquet, badminton, beach volleyball in front of the Manor House, aerobics, cricket, frisbee, jogging, mini-soccer, tennis-soccer, 9-hole putting-green, patanque, table-tennis, and volleyball (all of which are free of charge).
Tennis There are 7 tennis courts between Sugar Beach Resort and sister resort La Pirogue, for tennis fans to fully indulge their passion. One of the courts can also be used for basket-ball and hand-ball. Use of the courts is free of charge. There are also excellent professionals on hand to provide individual coaching to both children and adults and to give guests a game or serve as their playing partners. The pros' services are chargeable; package rates are available for lessons. There is equipment available (rackets free of charge, balls for a fee) for those who have not brought their own. Tennis equipment and clothing can also be purchased at the Gift Shop
Golf Sugar Beach Resort has a nine-hole putting-green for beginners and aspirant golfers. For keen golfers, Le Touessrok Golf Course, one of the very finest in the world, beckons on Ile aux Cerfs. Designed by world-famous golf star Bernhard Langer and - a world first - occupying its own idyllic island in the turquoise bay of Trou d'Eau Douce off Le Touessrok on the est coast, this exciting new 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course welcomes Sugar Beach Resort's guests at preferential rates. Access to the course is by boat (a five-minute crossing) from Le Touessrok.
Horse Riding Early-morning and late-afternoon horseback outings along the beaches are proposed every day - an opportunity which accomplished riders may wish to use for a tranquil tete-e-tete ride on their own or to take an ex-racehorse through its paces. For children, there are well supervised outings on docile ponies. This is a chargeable activity
Fitness Centre Access to the Sugar Club Fitness Centre, is free of charge. The Centre is fitted out with state-of-the-art Cybex gym equipment. Guests can train on their own or, subject to extra charge, under the supervision of competent trainers who are on hand to devise tailor-made programmes and monitor progress, on request. The Centre's offering also includes aerobics, group gym-initiation sessions, a jogging track, abdominal- and gluteal-muscle exercises, stepping and stretching, and yoga sessions in the resort's gardens.
Beauty The Sugar Club's beauty institute provides all well-being and beauty treatments - all subject to extra charge - for a truly rejuvenating experience. Treatments include therapeutic massage (spa-relaxation, aromatherapy, shiatsu, reflexology etc.), body care (manicure, pedicure, waxing, etc.), and facial care (nutri-vital and revitalising masks, etc.). Just relax and let our beauticians' gentle and expert hands do the rest. Then treat yourself to a sauna (free of charge). Our hair-dressing salon's specialists are on hand to take care of your hair, whatever your age or gender. Among the salon's services: shampoos, hair-care, hairstyling, and haircuts, tinting and henna.
Evening Entertainment Mauritians are excellent musicians and singers, and sega is the country's emblematic dance.
Frenetic in its rhythm, sensual in its movements and colourful in its expression, it is showcased in Sugar Beach Resort's Sega Evening, complete with traditional instruments (triangle and ravane) and blazing campfire, on the beach. At some point in the show, guests are invited to join in. It is an experience not to be missed.
Tuesday night is Jazz Night with the Sugar Jazz Band. On other evenings there are variety shows, such as Francofollies, Bollywood Indian, Latino Tropicana and Espionnage; without forgetting the resort's resident band for dancing till the small hours of the morning, every night.
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