Trou Aux Biches Review: Looking for a great Mauritius resort for your next family holiday? We stayed at this fantastic family resort in 2015 and would like to share our holiday experiences about our stay at the amazing Trou aux Biches Resort with you.
We spent eight days in early April with our teenagers at the five-star Trou Aux Biches resort also called TAB by the locals. Find our Trou Aux Biches review below. We trust you enjoy the hospitality at this lovely Mauritius hotel as much as we did.
The '5-Star-Superior' hotel Trou Aux Biches is located in the north of Mauritius island and sits on the probably most wonderful white and sandy beach you will experience on the western side of the island.
The Trou Aux Biches resort, belonging to the Beachcomber hotel chain, is the biggest and oldest resort on Mauritius, but was constantly updated and renovated over the years and received a major revamp in 2011.
The resort can accommodate more than 700 hotel guests at one time, however, we never felt like staying at a crowded resort.
The two-storey townhouse buildings were spaced out on the well-maintained grounds and always a handful of houses/chalets shared a common pool area - these pools were additional to the beautiful and huge main pool in the centre of the resort which you can see below.
Located in north-western Mauritius, close to Grand Baie, this popular resort is located along the tranquil and protected western coastline. The north-western parts of the Indian Ocean islands are renowned for its milder climate and are generally less windy and less cloudy than other parts of Mauritius.
The Trou Aux Biches has a kids club for children aged 3 - 12 years, which seemed to be popular with many families, especially those with younger children. There is also a club for older children or teenagers, however, there were not many families with teenagers staying during the Easter holidays and not many organised group events or activities. Our kids joined-in the late afternoon beach volleyball games, one day they were playing with other youngsters at a tennis tournament, however only very few guests took part.
We enjoyed a blissful holiday and our kids were kept busy and happy all day too. A wide range of water sports facilities, such as canoes, pedal boats, catamarans, stand-up paddle boards or windsurf boards, were all offered for free. There is a kids club and various activities are offer for children and teens.
We thoroughly enjoyed using the water sport facilities and going for longish sailing or paddle trips along the coast several times of the day, but there was never a time, the boards or boats were all booked out, so there was always some activity to enjoy. Our kids were most of the day in or on the water (even got several free waterski lessons at the hotel's own pier) and were happy to do their 'own thing', sometimes joining the friendly animateur at the fitness centre cum youth club for a table tennis game or fun table soccer match at the 'youth club'.
There were also various beach sellers walking on the beach, occasionally approaching guests for showing souvenir items such as stone jewellery or handmade bags, selling boat and dive trips or offering tube rides.
For one day, we rented a small car through the hotel's concierge, to explore the island a bit more. By the way, driving (on the left side of the road) in Mauritius is pretty easy, although the roads are quite small and often full of potholes, and there are many trucks and buses. Everywhere drivers hoot when approaching a crossing so it's relatively easy to 'watch out' for them. With the car we ventured into Grand Baie, had a stroll through the small town, discovered the many boutique shops at the new shopping mall precinct at La Croisette, visited the Chateau de Labourdonnais and enjoyed a lunch at homestead's park.
At the hotel, it's easy to keep the kids entertained as there were offered daily several glass bottom boat trips and snorkelling boat trips to the reef as complimentary service by the hotel as well. Our teens loved the freedom to roam the far spread grounds of the fantastic well guarded resort and we parents were spoilt by the wonderful staff every minute during our stay!
The hotel offers accommodation in junior suites, tropical junior suites, beach front or senior suites with pool, family suites (with a second bedroom for children) and villas with two or three bedrooms.
We had first requested a family suite, but were recommended to book two adjacent junior suites which we then booked on a bed and breakfast basis directly with the hotel. Upon arrival at the resort, we were surprised by the lady at reception that we received an upgrade to two tropical junior suites.
Each of the tropical junior suites had a spacious bedroom with a king sized bed in the parents' room - the kids had two single beds in their room -, a small sitting area with table and two chair as well as a desk and flatscreen TV, a patio with sun lounger and another small table with two chairs, a huge bathroom with massive bathtub, rain shower, two wash basins, a separate toilet room, a dressing area with open shelves, a minibar and an outdoor shower. We really loved our tropical suites! It is so wonderful to take an outdoor shower surrounded by small palms and ferns, listening to the birds singing in the lush green tropical gardens of this resort. In April, the outside temperature was 25°C/77 F and above even in the morning, so using the outdoors shower was such a relaxing experience!
The rooms are very clean and room service is wonderfully efficient and discreet. Housekeeping managed to come in always when we were out for breakfast and later again during dinner time. Towels for the bathrooms and the beach towels were always changed and the rooms were always looking well kept, which is really a special treat when travelling with kids or teenagers in their own rooms.
There are six restaurants catering for the guests at the Trou aux Biches. Due to an anniversary special we had booked, we were lucky that the hotel also included our dinners as well as a special free lunch buffet with a large variety of salads, small snacks and dishes such as pizza, pasta, meatballs and oh so yummy desserts! The buffet was always freshly prepared, mouthwateringly arranged and displayed and very delicious, and also catering for a huge range of tastes and preferences, including vegetarian options.
We enjoyed eating our breakfasts at either the buffet restaurant 'L'Oasis' or at the smaller 'Caravelle' bar and restaurant. We ate dinners in five of the six restaurants on the premises, and only missed out on the seafood specialty restaurant at the poolside.
Dinners have to be booked at least one day in advance, only the buffet restaurant does not need reservation. These are the dining options, we tried:
The staff at the luxury Trou aux Biches resort treat their guests like royals and there was not one moment when we did not receive outstanding service. Fatima and her team are simply amazing!
Conclusion of our Trou Aux Biches review: This was the best holiday resort we have ever been to, and trust us, we have seen quite a few amazing places all over the world.
If you ever want to visit Mauritius with kids, this is a fantastic resort for the whole family. We highly recommend it!
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This Trou Aux Biches review was written by us stating our own experiences and ratings. The post was not sponsored by any tourism organisation, travel agency or the hotel.
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