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Mauritian Luxe at Beachcomber Trou aux Biches

Beachcomber Trou aux Biches is one of the most luxurious beachfront resorts in Mauritius. Here is my review of the hotel.

My recent trip to Mauritius was all about breaking down stereotypes and expanding my knowledge of this part of the world (which was basically non-existent!).

Before I went, I always assumed Mauritius only had beaches and palm trees to offer. After a few days trying to immerse myself in local culture and touring the green volcanic interior, I quickly realised there’s so much more to this island nation than meets the eye.

Resorts on Mauritius, however, were pretty much exactly as I imagined – and I mean that in the best way possible!

I was lucky enough to stay at two beautiful waterfront resorts on the island, Beachcomber Trou aux Biches and a sister resort, Beachcomber Dinarobin. This review covers the former. I hope it gives you a little taste of what Mauritian resorts are like and maybe even inspires you to treat yourself to the finer things in life next time you’re in Mauritius. Because if there were ever a place to splash out, this is it!

Thank you to Trou aux Biches Beachcomber for hosting my stay in November 2019 as part of the Mauritius Tourism #MyMauritius Explorer Lab. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own.

The resort

It was already dark by the time I checked into Trou aux Biches, so I had to wait until the next morning to see the resort in the light of day. My suite was located in one of the crescents set back from the beach. Suites are arranged in U-shapes around a central pool and garden (there are six swimming pools in total), a layout that makes every room feel very private and quiet, as if it’s tucked away in its own overgrown garden.

The main entry to the hotel, by contrast, is very theatrical. The front of the lobby area is encased in a thatched V-shaped roof with a shallow pool in front. The glassy surface catches the reflection, casting the oversized hut in dramatic shapes.

Shallow pools all throughout the reception mirror the hotel’s unusual architecture and make the property feel expansive beyond its boundaries. As you venture outside the reception, the main swimming pool has a similar effect, reflecting the tall palm trees that separate the resort from the beach.

Beachcomber Trou aux Biches is one of the most beautiful luxury beach resorts in Mauritius. Here's my full review of the hotel.
The beach at Trou aux Biches.

One of the nicest features of Beachcomber Trou aux Biches is that it has direct access to a white sand beach. I visited a lot of resorts in Mauritius during my stay, and this is one of the few I saw that has such an advantageous position.

In 2011, World Travel Group named Trou Aux Biches the World’s Leading Beach Destination. It’s not hard to see why. Pathways link all the suites with the beach, so you never have to walk very far to reach the ocean. A single jetty with a thatched hut at the end protrudes into the ocean in front of the hotel.

Sun lounges and shelters are in plentiful supply along the shoreline, and there’s a sports shack where you can hire equipment such as kayaks and glass-bottom boats.

A long boardwalk spans the entire waterfront and stitches the crescents together with the main lobby area and the pool. Alternatively, you can follow garden paths around the back of the hotel, or take a golf buggy to and from your suite.


The suites

Beachfront suites have a direct line to the ocean, while tropical and garden suites are arranged into six crescents amongst the resort’s thick foliage. Having so many pools really helps to disperse the crowds – on the rare ocassion I had time for a swim, I always had the pool in my crescent area to myself.

In addition to couple’s suites, the property also features larger villas with two or three bedrooms – perfect for families or groups.

Beachcomber Trou aux Biches is one of the most beautiful luxury beach resorts in Mauritius. Here's my full review of the hotel.
My junior suite at Beachcomber Trou aux Biches.

I stayed in a Junior Suite on the ground floor. I really loved the spacious layout, especially the full-width glass doors that open directly onto a lawn and small outdoor terrace. The oversized bed was also much appreciated – especially since I was travelling solo!

Furnishings are beachy but modern, with just the right amount of tasteful decoration to soften the neutral walls and textured floors. A row of wooden shutters separates the bedroom/living room from a vast bathroom/dressing room. As usual, the bathroom was the highlight of the room for me – the open shower in particular. There’s also a full-size bath and an outdoor rain shower that opens out from the bathroom.


Dining at the resort

I’m not usually one to eat at my hotel. But since my accommodation package included full board, I was more than happy to have all my meals at Trou aux Biches. Sadly, I only got to try two of the five on-site restaurants! There are also two poolside cocktail bars.

Breakfast (included in the nightly rate) is served buffet-style at L’Oasis, the largest open-plan restaurant that overlooks the main pool. Alternatively, you can dine at the more intimate La Caravelle. The morning spread is outstanding, definitely one of the most generous buffets I’ve ever seen. It features, among other things, a huge array of fresh tropical fruits, French pastries, and a waffle station.

Come dinnertime, guests can either eat at the buffet, or dine at one of the three specialty restaurants: Le Deck (Mediterranean), Blue Ginger (Thai) or Mahiya (Indian cuisine). I personally enjoyed the buffet dinner, especially because it features a selection of traditional Mauritian curries, pickles and roti breads.


An introduction to Mauritian culture

Another thing I love about Beachcomber properties is their desire to introduce guests to local Mauritian culture. As well as the chance to try local cuisine, Trou aux Biches and Dinarobin both have a rotating cultural program that sees live dance and music performances take over the bar area after dinner.

Beachcomber Trou aux Biches is one of the most beautiful luxury beach resorts in Mauritius. Here's my full review of the hotel.
Watching a Sega performance at Trou aux Biches.

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While staying at Trou aux Biches, I was lucky enough to attend a traditional Sega show. Sega is a wonderfully vibrant display of percussion, dance and costume that celebrates Creole culture.


The verdict

I have to be honest – I’ve never really pictured myself staying at an all-inclusive resort before. But I absolutely loved every minute of my time at Beachcomber Trou aux Biches. There’s attention to detail in every aspect of the hotel, from the friendly service to the food. It’s everything I expected an island resort to be, but still with an authentic edge, largely thanks to the cultural program and the local design elements – and of course the beach-side setting, which is undeniably Mauritian.

It’s not unusual to see a cat prancing around the resort grounds or a wild bird nibbling on a basket of croissants at the breakfast buffet. I really like that about Beachcomber – it’s luxe, but in many ways, it still feels down to earth.


Tips for your stay at Beachcomber Trou aux Biches

  • Arrive at breakfast early (7.30am) to avoid the crowds.
  • Remember to make a reservation 24 hours in advance if you want to eat dinner at any of the three specialty restaurants.
  • Men are requested to wear long trousers in the evening when dining at the resort or visiting the bar. Remember to pack a pair!
  • Try to time your visit with a Sega performance. Ask what nights the show is on when making your reservation.
  • The resort faces west, so try to catch the sunset from the deck at La Caravelle or the main pool area (you might have to arrive early to snag a chair).
  • Remember the beach is public, so it does get busy in summer around mid-morning and in the afternoon. If you’re sitting on the beach, vendors selling souvenirs will likely approach you from time to time. It’s nothing to worry about, but it’s good to be aware that this is common in Mauritius.

The details

Beachcomber Trou aux Biche is located on Mauritius’ north-west coast, about 30 minutes from Port Louis or just over an hour’s drive from the airport.

Suites start from $380 per night for 2 people – rates & bookings here.


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Thank you to Trou aux Biches Beachcomber for hosting my stay in November 2019 as part of the Mauritius Tourism #MyMauritius Explorer Lab. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own.

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