|We spent a lovely weekend at the Beau Rivage hotel which stands in a glorious position overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We
arrived mid afternoon at Gulfport Mississippi after an enjoyable, and thankfully, turbulent free, Air Tran flight. We were met at
the foot of the escalator by an impeccably dressed chauffeur holding a Beau Rivage sign clearly displaying our names. Within
minutes we had located our suitcase and were being escorted by our cheerful and courteous driver to an immaculate limousine.
On arrival at the Beau Rivage the check-in was quick and the receptionist charming and polite. (I always consider this to be
important as nothing is more daunting than to be received by unhelpful and nonchalant staff). The check-in desks are located in
a spacious and magnificent atrium area and a step away from the most luxurious shops. Beau Rivage collections feature a fine
selection of the most desirable designers including Kay Unger, Tadashi, and David Miester. Bellini presents designer clothing
from Canali, Andrew Marc and DKNY, Tommy Bahama and apparel from the Fallen Oak Pro Golf Shop. As you leave the
Promenade undulating curbs softly frame an abundance of fresh and fragrant flowers and you are colorfully led into the main
vestibule of the hotel. Sumptuous valances drape from the ceilings and painted silvered mirrors adorn the walls. Incidentally
before you reach the elevators you pass an exquisite shop where creations by Cartier, David Yurman and Rolex languish under
the domed ceiling of the beautifully designed Jewelry Box.
Our wonderfully appointed non-smoking room was located on the 25th floor overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The furnishings are
imposing and plush and serene regal colors decorate a sublimely spacious room. I loved the 32 inch flat-screen LCD television
which I could watch in bed without the necessity of my glasses. High-speed Internet access is supplied so there isn't a problem
keeping a finger on the pulse of your business whilst staying at the Beau. At night the 'turn down' service was a really nice
touch along with the luxury chocolate. The bathrooms are superb: marble floors, a roomy tub, a non-claustrophobic seamless
shower stall and yet another telephone (there's two in the main bedroom with voice mail). Additionally the complimentary
custom bath and hair products are a certain plus but it was something simple which was great for me - a lighted magnifying
The Beau as guests prefer to call it is described as a Resort Hotel for very good reason. It is simply excellent. For golf
enthusiasts there's a newly finished golf course, Fallen Oak, designed by Tom Fazio. The course, which hosts several
prestigious charity events, flanks the edge of DeSoto National Forest and its magnificent scenery and challenging greens have
already placed it in the top ten of new clubs.
If you just need to kick back and relax then check out the pool. It is large, it sparkles and faces south, a big plus for sun
worshippers but there are several shady nooks in which to sip a refreshing drink. The hot tub can soothe away any traveling
aches but for serious de-stressing try the Health Spa where you can choose between the invigorating and the relaxing
massages, body scrubs and body wraps. Too much sun? Try the 'After Sun Therapy'; soothing white water lily, healing green
tea and chamomile. The Beau also boasts a Salon for all your hair, skin and nail beauty needs.
Children too love the Beau for it's great pool, Scoops ice cream shop and a fantastic Arcade amusement center sporting hot
new video games, including Capture, NBA Hoops, Super Bikes and Fast & Furious. Also a selection of games for ages 10
and under. My grandson loved it and as you play you earn points towards some super prizes.
Now let’s talk food. The chefs at the Beau are world class and the restaurant choices exceptional. From absolutely mouth
watering steaks at B.R.Prime to the eclectic and piquant Asian flavors of Jia to the relaxed Buffet and the Roasted Bean (where
incidentally they roast their own superior blend of coffee) the gourmet dishes, pastries and sandwiches are beyond delicious.
After dinner we made our way to the Beau Rivage Theater where we enjoyed a fast paced awe inspiring show. Top line
entertainment is actually the norm at the Beau and headliners this year include The Four Tops, Patti Labelle, the Smothers
Brothers and my particular favorite Sinbad.
We have not visited the night club but have heard that it is loud, brash and wonderful - maybe a little too much for this sedate
couple so we sauntered into the casino. The Beau's casino has everything from the new poker room to the traditional slots and
there is something for everyone, as long as they are over 21. I am not a casino aficionado but I have played in several and the
single most important factor is comfort. If you feel comfortable then you feel lucky and from the relaxed friendly staff to the
open aesthetically beautiful decor the Beau has definitely accomplished that perfect balance. I would wholly recommend joining
the M.G.M. Mirage Players Club as your point play accumulates and you can earn some remarkable rewards.
Several hours later we retired to our climate controlled room and slept really well. The following morning we decided to indulge
ourselves and ordered a, first class, room service breakfast while enjoying the natural pleasure of watching a pod of dolphins
frolicking and enjoying the warm Gulf waters.
The Gulf Coast was ravaged by Katrina and the recovery is slow. The magnificent stately homes which once impressively
embellished the beach line are sadly gone but the proud people of Mississippi and Louisiana are determined to rebuild and
restore their states. We can offer some measure of support by bolstering their economy and returning to their shores thus
rejuvenating tourism. In conclusion the Beau Rivage has a certain indefinable quality that cannot be qualified by its luxury, its
superb amenities or even its first class staff. The Beau is a true example of La Crème de La Crème and the whole is certainly so
much more than just the sum of its parts. We were very sad to leave but extremely happy to say that we have already booked
a return visit to 'our' Beau. Carol.. MGM Affiliate