My wife and I stayed at the Tamassa for three weeks in January / February 2012 on a fully inclusive basis in a standard room.
The hotel is about 45 minutes from the main airport and as with all the hotels has gated access with security guard on duty 24 hours a day.
The hotel reception area is impressive with a light, spacious and airy feeling which is due to the open nature of the design. There are large open windows looking out onto one of the pools and the ‘B bar’. There is an international phone kiosk by reception where you can make free calls to virtually any part of the world.
Rooms are located in blocks of 4, 6 or 12 set in the beautiful tropical gardens full of palm trees fragrant frangipane and a host of brightly coloured flowers. All the room blocks are well spaced apart in the gardens and there is a general feeling of spaciousness. The rooms are arranged around a pool and in total there are three pools.
There is a large beach area with a boathouse where you can book snorkelling, glass bottom boat rides, canoes and pedaloes all free. They can also arrange more adventurous trips such as deep sea fishing and speed boat rides. The apartments run down to the beach where there is also another bar called The Playa and an a la carte restaurant. We found the staff attentive and friendly. The lagoon in front of the bar has many fascinating colourful fish you can see just by paddling out a few metres but you get a better view snorkelling.
The design and layout of the hotel and grounds are just wonderful and you can’t fail to be impressed. Book a table for lunch or dinner at The Playa restaurant and you can have a drink at the bar over looking the sea and then dine on the veranda and watch the sun go down. Quite spectacular. I remember thinking – if this isn’t paradise then it’s damn close.
Staff are friendly and helpful throughout the hotel and always ask if everything is OK and are you enjoying yourself. There are plenty of staff on duty throughout the hotel and a whole army of cleaning and gardening staff busily keeping things in order.
The main dining room, the Show restaurant is large and again, open plan. Therein lies, what was for us the only downside to our experience at the hotel. Because of the wide open, windowless and open door design, there are quite a number of wild birds flying in and through the dining area. For us there are far too many sparrows, mynah birds and pigeons swooping and landing on tables. At breakfast and lunch they are at best a nuisance and at worst a health hazard. We did raise this with our tour representative but nothing really changed. It is a pity that for all its other attributes this hotel seems unable to deal with the problem.
Food in the main dining room is served on a buffet basis and at breakfast there is a wide range of fresh fruit on offer. Melon, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, papaya are all available. There are plenty of cereals, eggs done any way you like and a range of fresh bread. At lunch and dinner you can expect at least 6 choices and there is plenty of fish and meat. Marlin and Tuna were regularly on offer and chicken, lamb and beef dishes in various forms were available. The food tends to be fairly non spicy to cater for different palates but we asked the chef for a spicy curry and the next day he prepared one just for us to our specification. That is really good service. They have their own pizza oven producing some excellent pizzas.
Down a La Playa the food is not so good if you opt for the all inclusive menu and this is mainly because there is too much emphasis on fried food. A confit of duck turned out to be nothing of the sort, just a fried spring roll with fried vegetables and a trace of duck - somewhere! A soufflé turned out to be a blob of ice cream and a frozen ginger compote – absolutely nothing to do with soufflé at all. However, if you go for the a la carte menu which you have to pay for, the food is really good. We had lobster and fillet of beef that were absolutely superb. The real advantage in dining here is the beautiful location and the waitress service.
Drinks at the bars and restaurants are free if you are fully inclusive and I think this is the only tariff the hotel operates. Local beer is very good and there are lots of different cocktails. Wine is South African and best ordered by the bottle so that it comes in an ice bucket and served to you.
Entertainment is provided each night and is of varying quality. There was a very energetic and colourful South African dance group but equally there were some frankly awful bands.
Bedrooms are well appointed with large screen tv showing several English sports channels, sky news and English films. Air conditioning is very effective and necessary at night. There is a very large comfortable double bed and bathroom with shower, toilet and double wash hand basins plus wardrobe space and a room safe.
A fully equipped gymnasium with cross trainers, rowing, cycling etc, all in air conditioned coolness is very popular. There is also a tranquil and very professional massage spa centre where you can book a whole range of treatments.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new experience awaits guests at this beautiful all-inclusive beach hotel in Mauritius, located in Bel Ombre, on the island's south-west coast. Tamassa, a 4-star beach hotel, stands at the end of a long avenue of mature coconut palms towering skywards. A picture postcard landscape stretches across sugarcane fields to the mountains beyond. The south-west is a beautiful part of Mauritius, with spectacular walks and drives through lush, tropical hillsides and a range of open-air activities in beautiful countryside. In front of the beach hotel, beyond the sandy beach, lies a turquoise lagoon that almost blends into the skyline. The sea air is invigorating and the ripples of the waves gently calming. Beyond, lie thousands of miles of open sea. The traditional style architecture ideally suits the tropical setting, with beautifully landscaped gardens. The buildings seem at one with the environment. The decor is breathtakingly contemporary, with clean lines and bold use of colour. The atmosphere is one of eternal youth, friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic. Tamassa is a new Mauritian experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Naiade Hotel Tamassa
- Naiade Hotel Mauritius
- Tamassa Mauritius/Bel Ombre