Having just returned from my first visit to the eight Beachcomber Hotels in Mauritius, I can assure you that you won't find a greater concentration of gastronomical delights and exquisite dining experiences anywhere else. Mauritian food is a tantalising blend of Creole, French, Indian and Chinese cuisine. Dine with the crashing waves as your background, tuck into a beach barbecue or admire the sunset whilst you awaken your taste buds, if you are a total foodie and like to enjoy impeccable service paired with spectacular cuisine take a look at my top recommendations for gastronomical delights in Mauritius...
Kick off your shoes and dig your feet in the sand to immerse yourself in the relaxed barefoot lunch experience on offer at Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa.
The diverse menu at La Plage ranges from seafood specialties and sandwiches to the popular and tasty Dina burger - so pardon the cliché but there really is something to appeal to every appetite. And as you feel the soft white sand between your toes and the gentle background noise of the sea lapping onto the beach, there really is no better place to relax and try some delicious cuisine.
Dine with a view
Perched high on the headland, Le Navigator at Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is open for lunch and dinner. Infusing authentic charm and colonial influences, choose between relaxing in the spacious interior reminiscent of ancient colonial mansions or step outside onto the two split-level terrace where 18th century canons accentuate the panoramic ocean views.
Le Navigator is a real gastronomical delight - the entrées will entice your taste buds, go try a smoked salmon and crab terrine and follow that up with a marinated red snapper accompanied by seasonal vegetables. And finally, to witness a true display of creativity and flavours from the talented chef and choose from one of the scrumptious desserts - masterpieces in their own right. Dessert is always my favourite part of dinner and this was no exception, I had the chocolate cake topped with a dark chocolate mousse and shaped like the planet Saturn with raspberry sorbet - such a stunning display I had to make sure I took several photos before I demolished it.
The restaurant is renowned for specialising in fresh fish and seafood and even holds lobster nights. After your meal perhaps you want to party the night away? the restaurant is turned into a disco tech during the evenings. And guests at Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa can enjoy dining at Le Navigator as well as the other restaurants at Canonnier but its worth bearing in mind that from time to time the restaurant will be reserved solely for Canonnier guests.
Right in the heart of Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa and overlooking the main pool, Ponte Vecchio has a lively atmosphere and sits close to the entertainment area where local artists perform every night. The menu, specialising in fine Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, dishes are crafted by an Italian chef and offer a great selection of salads, pastas, antipasti alongside fish and meat specialties - all forming part of the all-inclusive package.
During my recent visit I tucked into a selection of artisan Italian breads including crisp garlic bread and tangy cheese sticks followed by a delightful antipasti selection. For the main I'd recommend a succulent rib-eye steak with smoked BBQ sauce, if you are struggling to pick a dessert why not choose my favourite? The coconut chiboust (pastry cream) paired with chocolate sponge cake and caramel ice cream, my mouth is watering just at the memory of it!
White linen table cloths decorated with candles and spread along the white sandy beach, what could be more romantic than dining under the sparkling stars as you listen to the gentle sounds of the sparkling waters lapping the pristine beach at Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa.
Served across three areas of the beach, the barbecue is a real treat for the senses and a unique dining experience that you can't enjoy at home. With such a wide array of options it's hard to decide where to start, presented in a boat the starters include the local delicacy of palm heart and smoked marlin as well as chicken ballotine just to name a few. Move further up the beach and the chef will talk you through the grilled options for your main, carefully tended to will you choose a barbecued fish skewer, chicken with rosemary or a flank steak?
Afterwards, I was glad to have saved some room because the large composition of desserts was incredible from dark chocolate tarts to flavoursome white chocolate brownies and fruit pastries. And after you'd treated yourself with an indulgent meal, the spectacular fire show will take your breath away - it's the perfect finish to an unforgettable evening (please note this is subject to availability and weather conditions).
Dine by the ocean
Being a real steak lover, I have tried many exceptional cuts of beef over the years but one the best steaks I have had recently was the one I had on my last night at Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa. Located right next to the Indian Ocean prepare to bask in the timeless elegance of the Blue Marlin with the sounds of gentle piano music and waves filling the air.
And wine lovers are in for a real treat with the white Chateau Paradis wine acting as the ideal accompaniment to seafood and meat dishes. We were introduced to the chef who suggested dishes to complement our individual tastes and consider our allergies. So, to start try the yellow fin tuna steak entrée which blends the sweet taste of tomato sorbet with spicy wasabi and tuna carpaccio - a real treat for seafood lovers. For your main cut into the soft succulent steak for a truly mouth-watering experience and savour the lightly flavoured potato mash. Why not end your meal with an extravagant dessert? Reminiscent of a hot chocolate dip your spoon into vanilla ice cream, marshmallows and cherries, with a topping of warm dark chocolate sauce lightly drizzled over the top.
Other gastronomical delights to try....
As well as the experiences from my recent trip to Mauritius, there are a few more dining experiences that your taste buds won't want to miss out on.
Fan of sushi, seafood and Asian food? You'll love the Pan-Asian restaurant Umami nestled among palm trees at Dinarobin, dine from the a la carte menu and pick from a selection of sushi and hot dishes.
Achieving a well-deserved international reputation for delivering excellent cuisine, Le Bar Plage at Royal Palm Beachcomber is located in the shade of the badamier tree and overlooks the sparkling Indian Ocean. Tuck into the freshly caught catch of the day and indulge yourself with a delicious fruit tart.
The restaurants at all eight of the Beachcomber Hotels will take your senses on a sublime journey of gastronomical delight and our friendly reservation team can help you decide which hotel suits you best. Give them a call or request a quote to start planning your foodie adventure.