Belle Mare Journals

some great walks in the vicinity of our resort

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A travel journal to Belle Mare by MichaelJM

a natural phenomena Photo, Belle Mare, Mauritius More Photos
Quote: There were some days when we just had to be active! Around the reef lagoon are some pleasant little walks. Not too taxing but enjoyable in the Mauritian sun

A beginners course in birdwatching

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close up bird watching Photo, Mauritius, Africa
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There were only half a dozen or so different varieties of birds around our hotel but it provided easy bird-watching and there antics proved to be fascinating. I took one step closer to fight my fear of birds. Over the last few years I've progressed from avoiding them at any cost and feeling my heart race if they got closer than a few metres.A couple of years ago I forced myself to hold out a gloved hand for a hooded kestrel to be placed on it, then got quite close to the birds on Galapogas. I could, before this holiday, happily watch their antics from a distance. Here on Mauritius, close to the hotel all the birds seemed fairly comfortable with people and if I was going to enjoy relaxing ...Read More

Walking the beach

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Our hotel was set in the middle of a large bay and in a hop skip and a jump from the hotel reception we could be on the fine silky sand of a Mauritian beach. Well don't let me deceive you too much, because, although the sand was as just described in places near the hotel, in other parts it was somewhat harsh underfoot as it was littered with coral to various degrees. We saw large pieces of dead coral that had been washed in from the reef as well as small shards of the stuff which was well on the way to forming the white sand that we preferred underfoot. It was, therefore, advisable to wear a pair of decent waterproof shoes so you could enter the sea without any concerns about standing on a rough piece...Read More

Attitude Spa Massage

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Attraction | "A bit of pampering"

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On our second day in the resort we were approached by a couple of masseuses who were offering a variety of different massages. I was impressed that they had rapidly found a tension in my right shoulder and was more than happy to sign up for a couple of treatments.Indeed all four of us were interested in a couple of sessions & we negotiated a 15% discount for 8 sessions. The problem was that the treatment had to be charged to one room. Not too big a problem because they opted to choose our friend's room as the one to charge to! What great friends to pick up the tab for our massage!On the afternoon of our massage one of the masseuses visited us with a health questionairre that we needed ...Read More

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Attitude Spa Massage

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A walk to Belle Mare

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The village of Belle Mare was only a short walk from our hotel. You can walk On the beach of by way of a tree clad avenue between the beach and the road. Having walked the beach on a few occasions we decided one late afternoon to wander through the trees and check out the village.It was a Saturday and groups of Mauritians were setting up camp under the shady boughs of the casuarina trees that run for five miles along this part of the eastern coast. Apparently it has become a bit of a habit for Mauritians to visit this region over a weekend. They set up tents, portable barbecues and basically enjoy each other's company over the weekend. It looked to us that small entertainment sections were...Read More

A strange and colourful phenomenon

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a natural phenomena Photo, Belle Mare, Mauritius
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One day I went down to the beach a little earlier to take a few photos of the Hindu temple (see separate review) and was amazed to be "greeted" with a strong and unpleasant smell. It was a bit like rotten fish, but not quite as pungent. My immediate thought was that the smell was emanating from the piles of seaweed that had been pulled out of the sea by the hotel staff to create a better swimming experience for the guests. I approached one of the piles with some trepidation to check it out but it was almost odour free.I returned to the task of photographing the temple and as I approached along the water's edge I noticed that there were sections of the sand that were red. I was quite obvio...Read More

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England