Mark Twain once wrote, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius”. Anyone who has discovered its sapphire blue waters and powdery white beaches would surely agree. The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues (172 km southwest) form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Reunion Islands, a French overseas department. The country covers an area of 2,040 km2, and the capital and largest city is Port Louis. Mauritius was a British colonial possession from 1810 to 1968, the year of its independence.
Mauritius as a place for economic and political freedom
The people of Mauritius are multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual. The island’s government is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system, and Mauritius is highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom.
Tourists will have versatile vacations
What is there for tourists to do on this pearl in the Indian Ocean? Lie on a beach all day? Or enjoy the wonderful range of activities on offer? Either way, you can’t really lose, and there’s not much you can’t do here on the water. Highlights include kitesurfing, boat excursions to the beautiful islands of the lagoon, and the full suite of paddling activities. The diving and snorkeling here are terrific, encircled as Mauritius is by shallow waters, a coral reef, sublime underwater topography and a dramatic ocean drop-off. On land, you’ll need to decide between fabulous hikes and horse riding.
World-class hotels and restaurants
But one thing that will stay forever in your memory is the luxury resorts and hotels all around the island. These are places of the utmost refinement, offering impeccable service and facilities range from pampering spas, designer rooms and extensive watersports options to dreamy swimming pools, expansive palm-strewn grounds and world-class restaurants.
Renovated Constance Belle Mare has an average occupancy rate of 90%
Part of the Mauritian hotel chain, it is one of the country’s most successful hotels, with an average occupancy rate of 90%. It offers comfortable accommodation in a lively and cozy atmosphere. You can choose from one of the 104 prestige rooms, 149 junior suites, 6 deluxe suites and 18 distinctive villas or the presidential villa for a top-notch holiday. Seven exclusive restaurants and 6 hip bars await guests. The resort is located along a 2km white beach in a sheltered bay on the East Coast of Mauritius.
Roof waterproofing on 7,000 m2
May 2016 saw the start of refurbishment work on the hotel. Time was quite limited as the reopening was scheduled for mid-July. The refurbishment project included roof waterproofing over a surface of 7,000 m2 while flat concrete roofs were being installed at the hotel. The existing roof waterproofing was held together by bituminous sheets put in more than 15 years ago. Since some of the sloped areas were thatched, it was highly risky to torch weld the membranes, especially because Belle Mare faces the trade winds of Mauritius. The specifications were to remove the existing membranes and install new double layers of bituminous membranes.
Liquid polyurethane membranes didn`t require removing the old ones
Sika Mauritius proposed using the cold applied liquid polyurethane membrane Sikalastic as this doesn’t require removing the existing bituminous sheets. The overall application time is then much shorter and the problem of disposing of the old membranes is solved.
A time-saving solution saving air-con energy
Given that the job had to be done in less than 3 months, time-saving solutions were most welcome. The client was also very interested in the energy-saving potential of the solar reflectivity values achieved with Sikalastic. In fact, the most common complaints that the hotel received from clients were about the high temperatures they encountered on returning to their rooms and the fact that it took hours to cool them down to an acceptable level.
Constance Hotels and Resorts` chief engineer installed machine monitoring software, chillers, energy consumption surveillance equipment and an in-house weather forecast station to provide very precise statistics on energy consumption and a better projection of needs.
With Sikalastic® 570 Topcoat as part of the overall solutions inside temperature reduced the hotel’s by 4 to 5°C
Sikalastic® 570 Topcoat is a very economical solution that meets high solar reflectance index (SRI) requirements. The results on site were very convincing, with the Sikalastic® 570 Topcoat remaining bright white even under the severe UV exposure experienced almost throughout the year in Mauritius. The temperature measurements made by the hotel engineer confirmed that the product reduced the hotel’s inside temperature by 4 to 5°C.
Mauritius is waiting for you…
The highly diverse coastline of Mauritius is a veritable wonderland, boasting sandy
bays and the mountainous backdrops of the Black River (Rivière Noire) and Tamarin, as well as the dramatic beauty of Le Morne Brabant, an awesomely photogenic crag capping the southern coast tip. Not far inland, Mauritius rises
steeply. This part of the island encompasses the fauna-filled Black River Gorges National Park and beguiling Chamarel, one of the loveliest towns anywhere on the island. So come and enjoy this island and be enchanted by its unique beauty. There is bound to be a room free at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel. And even without turning on the air conditioning, you will find the room temperature agreeable.
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