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“Great House and Nice Location”
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 this is the beach that our house is on Tropical storm brewing - hot and wet- magical! ( from the daybed )
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front bedroom balcony side view
this is the beach that our house is on
Tropical storm brewing - hot and wet- magical! ( from the daybed )
closest house to the beach(far left)
you will mostly have the pool to yourselves
huge four poster in bedroom 2
Priceless beachfront view from side dining area ( now covered)
bedroom  1 great bed and sea view
step onto this beach from your front door
seating for 8 in the main room
front line view of the Indian Ocean about 15 footsteps from the door
(good strong showers up and downstairs)
Bedroom 4 (steep stairs but amazing views)
Breakfast bar in a well equipped kitchen-  being refurbished until March 2014
Bedroom 2- biggest room and biggest bed
View of house from pool and beach
very safe warm sea footsteps from the door
the view from here is uninterupted beach
taken from the front doors
you can walk, ride, sail or run for miles in any direction
beat that for a sandcastle !
Huge daybed for people watching
seating for 8 people, indoors and also outdoors
beautiful horses brought to your door for sunrise rides
breakfast on the beach ( almost ! )
Throwing pebbles in the sea from the daybed can be exhausting! ( from daybed )
This canopied additional dining area seats 8/10
bedroom balcony
overlooked by nobody
your walk to the beach bars or shops
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Belle Mare

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MadMac196...
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great House and Nice Location”
Reviewed December 23, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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The house is comfortable and spacious and right on the beach. One has to be very careful about food and crumbs because of ants, but I guess that's a generic issue on a tropical beach. The good news is there were almost no mosquitoes.
The location is right on the beach and the beach is often empty. There are a few hotels nearby and beach activities are accessible. However, it isn't easy to find a restaurant in the vicinity. Most hotels did not accept to serve us as we were not hotel residents.
Ravi, the taxi driver recommended by the owner is extremely helpful. We did not rent a car and he drove us everywhere. The cost was no less than a car rental but we had the comfort of being driven and not hassle with locating different attractions.

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Liked best: Access to the beach
Liked least: Pool area, difficulty to find restaurants nearby
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
26 Jan 2015
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback.
I wanted to address the problem that you found of eating at the hotel beach bars and restaurants. Because you were there over Christmas and New Year, the very exclusive hotels are 100% full. We are usually there as a family at this time and we find that as long as you book in and don't just arrive, they are still very accommodating. Also if you look through he house notes for guests, there are many good of non hotel restaurants in the villages either side of the beach house. With very Best wishes Louise
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RedPenMan
Cheshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Wonderful home from home”
Reviewed August 29, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

This is a lovely family home set on the same beach as all thetop 5 star luxury hotels. It’s part of a complex of 15 houses sharing a large unheated pool with direct beach access. Louise’s home is in prime position and has the benefit of a private garden overlooking miles of gorgeous sand.
The house itself has all you need for a family holiday. 4 large bedrooms (although the top one is up a loft style ladder) and two good bathrooms. The kitchen is compact but has everything you’d need to cook there should you wish. It is a bugbear of mine in rented villas to find one dish and one pan but this was not the case, everything was there down to a smoothie maker and a garlic press.
Booking was very straightforward and Louise who lives in Britain organises it all for you. Her staff is excellent. Ravi, who oversees the house, works as a driver at the local 5star Lux hotel and also as a local councillor for his area. He is full of local knowledge and happy to advise you on days out and organise them for you. We found him to be very honest and his prices to be very reasonable. Ouma the maid, comes daily and attends to all your needs. She’ll wash up your evening or breakfast dishes and do your washing for a small supplement. Contact numbers are also left for other services. Ravi’s wife Reshma made us a couple of lovely dinners. My daughter and I had Devika over for a pamper session, again very very reasonable, and we had a brilliant morning waterskiing and tubing with Fabrice.
I would thoroughly recommend this house and am happy to answer any further questions you may have if you pm me.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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Elbullito
Fleet, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Didnt want to come home!”
Reviewed August 25, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We had a fantastic time staying at this property. From start to finish (and we never wanted it to end) this really was a holiday to remember and hopefully not of a lifetime because we would love to go back.
The location of the house really is second to none. Right on the beach which was literraly few small steps away. The sand was lovely and soft altho in parts nearer the sea it had some coral in it but it was great to walk along it which we did every day. Whether it would be to visit one of the hotels on either side with 5 to choose from within 10minute walking distance or to visit the rock pools and hunt for crabs and feed the fish.
Even at night time we enjoyed walking on it, the moon rise was truly amazing and lit up the beach like the scene from a movie.
And it was very safe, there is security in the complex but you never felf like you needed any and it seemed it was only there to control any cars or bikes coming in to pick us up or deliver fresh fruit and fish.

Unfortunately for us The Lux was closed whilst we were there so we didnt get to experience it (reopens on September 1st after a major refurb) but we did go to 3 of the others though and found for a family of 6 on a reasonable budget that the Palmar was perfect. Less than 200m away and they were very reasonable for food and drink - they charged us 4000 MR for 6 to eat their buffet which is about £60 and we all enjoyed.
The boys were also welcome in their pool when we were there during the day. The pool at the beach house is bigger and better tho and we loved having that to ourselves being able to play with frisbies, footballs etc without upsetting anyone else.

One of the things we loved most was just getting up in the morning and sitting outside eating breakfast. Bread was delivered every morning which was very nice but we save some for the tropical birds of all colours who didnt waste time swooping onto the patio and garden.
You also didnt have to get up early to get a sunbed with 6 available to use plus the large garden bed overlooking the sea.
It really was our own peace of paradise.

As well as the birds we did also have a few ants paying an unwelcome visit but we soon learnt to clear up after ourselves - rather the boys did :-). They were only small ants so it wasnt a big problem.

Oh and the house had wifi which was essential for the boys of course and worked fine.

Ravi was recommended by the owners as a local taxi driver/chaperone and he picked us up from the airport and also took us back for our return flight. He was great and ended up taking us on several trips around the island. He was an extremely safe driver and his prices were really reasonable.

Ouma came most mornings (not Sundays) to clean the house which always looked great as you would expect a hotel room to look like by the time she had left with the beds nicely made and every room fresh. Not a bad feat considering there were 6 of us staying.

The owners provided us with lots of information and tips which was very helpful, I would defintely adhere to what Louise says. Next time we'll pack less :-)

Extra info. We stayed in August, supposedly one of the worst if not the worst for weather as its their winter and it wasnt great every day. We had an anti-cyclone that lasted 4 days of wind and patchy rain/cloud and ended with 5 glorious days of clear skies.
The temperature ranged from about 18c at night to 28c in the day and was perfect for us with 3 boys aged 11 to 16 who dont want to sit in the heat and a 2 year old we couldnt keep inside. For us it was very easy to sit an enjoy the sun on one of the many sunbeds.
Preferably we'd have wanted 12 glorious sunny days but it wouldnt put us off coming back in August. There was plenty to see and do on the dodgy days and it always seemed to clear up at some point so the whole day was never a write off. These tropical storms soon pass over.

Overall we would rate this as 9/10. I have missed stuff off I'm sure as I cant say enough positive things about it but whilst we were there we forgot about everything, didnt want to come home and now we cant wait to go back one day - hopefully sooner rather than later.

If you are reading this and deliberating whether to book I would say do it now! You wont regret it.

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Liked best: Big Bedrooms, suitable for a large family and a fantastic location
Liked least: Hot water. Had to wait a short time for it to reheat. Not too long but there were 6 but could still all get showered within an hour (helped that 5 were male :-) )
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Reviewed June 2, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London, UK
Reviewed November 25, 2013 for a stay in November 2013
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: Location and value for money
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
27 Nov 2013
Wow what a lovely review. Thank you so much, it must have taken you ages to write and I know what it's like when you come back from holiday, always so hectic trying to catch up with day to day things.. Especially after a long journey with a little one.
im so glad that you were well looked after and found the special magic of this place and the people, like we have been doing for years..it has certainly spoilt us for other beach holidays and we have tried a few over the years.
Many thanks again Louise x
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Paris
Reviewed November 20, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Hildesheim, Germany
Reviewed November 6, 2013 for a stay in October 2013

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Liked best: the location and the day bed
Liked least: the rooms are a little bit too dark
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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