A day at the races – horse racing Mauritian style

Situated at Champ de Mars, Port Louis, on the west coast of Mauritius is the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere.

Race course in Port Louis, Mauritius
Horse racing in Port Louis, Mauritius

Set against a stunning backdrop with mountains on one side and sea on the other, the racecourse at Champ de Mars was established in 1812.

Today, it’s open from May to November each year. Crowds of up to 30,000 gather every Saturday, and the races start at approximately 12.30pm until 4.30pm.

The atmosphere is electrifying as the horses set off around the course. In between the races, loud music keeps the mood upbeat and spectators can mill about.

Entry is free or there’s a small charge to sit at the Lodge for a bird’s eye view of the finishing line. Alternatively, drive up to the Citadel that overlooks the racecourse. From here you can look down on the action, and take in the view across the mountains and out to sea.

To find out more, visit the Mauritius Turf Club website that includes the latest results and news from Champ de Mars.

The winner of our 5* holiday with flights to Mauritius is…

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The wait is finally over and we are ready to announce the winner of our  holiday for two to our 5* resort, Le Prince Maurice. We have had thousands of entries over these past few weeks and have selected our winner with a random draw.

Answers to the competition questions can be found here.

And the winner is….

Conny Jones from the UK. Congratulations Conny and thank you to everyone that took the time to enter. Please keep coming back as we will be running more competitions on our Blog, Facebook and Twitter. We have lots of great prizes to give away Deutz champagne, wine from Art de vignes and perfumes from Serge Lutens’.

Win a 5* Holiday Competition: the answers…

Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius - aerial view of villas

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Our Win a 5* Holiday competition is now closed.

If you entered and are anxiously waiting to see if you’ve won, you’ll first want to make sure that you made it through to the prize draw. To do that, you needed to answer our 3 questions correctly, so for those of you who entered,  here’s the correct answers:

Question 1

We asked: Which of these celebrities has not stayed at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius: *

  • Richard E Grant
  • Sebastian Faulks
  • Leonardo de Caprio
  • Tilda Swinton

A whopping 95% of you got the answer to this correct (Leonardo de Caprio) – you should have been able to find the answer in this celebrity blog article.

Question 2

We asked: Which of the below species of tree are native to Mauritius, where the Constance Le Prince Maurice is based?

  • Takamaka
  • Tripitaka
  • Ivory Beech
  • Golden Elm

Again, nearly 95% of you got this correct – it was of course the Takamaka tree.

Question 3

We asked: What is the name of the other Constance Hotel Resort in Mauritius, apart from Constance Le Prince Maurice?

  • Constance Halaveli Resort
  • Constance Ephelia Resort
  • Constance Moofushi Resort
  • Constance Belle Mare Plage

There’s no flies on you – 96% of you got this answer right with Constance Belle Mare Plage.

We’ve now taken all of the correct entries and have put them into a prize drawer – the winner will be picked at random later today…

Not long to wait now for one lucky winner to find out they’ve won the trip of a lifetime with Constance Hotels Experience.

Competition winner: the thing I can't go on holiday without is…

Screenshot of twitter entries to competition

Some Twitter entries to 'The Item I can't go on holiday without is....'

We had an amazing number entries to our weekly competition to win either a wonderful Serge Lutens fragrance, magnum of Deutz champagne or a delicious bottle of Arts De Vignes wine.

It’s been fantastic to see you all commenting on our social pages on blog, Twitter and Facebook.

But, as with all competitions, there can be only one winner.

We’ve enjoyed reading about all of your holiday essentials this past week. We put all of your wonderful comments into a prize drawer and drew one lucky winner at random.

And the winner is…

The winning entry: I can't go on holiday without my coconut shampoo

Congratulations to Emma Lympany and her winning entry

Emma wins a choice of either Serge Lutens fragrance, Deutz Champagne or Arts De Vignes wine. Congratulations!

Watch this space for our next weekly competition coming soon.

In the meantime, here’s some of the other entries to this competition – thanks again for your entries, everyone – we really enjoyed them.

Screenshot of some of the Facebook entries to the competition

Some of the wonderful entries on Facebook

Some great blog entries

Some of your great comments on our blog

Remember, today (22 June) is the last day for entries into our amazing holiday competition to win a 5* holiday to Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius with Constance Hotels Experience.

Latest tennis action from Wimbledon 2011

Tennis at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Tennis at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The 2011 Wimbledon Championships is underway. Will this be Andy Murray’s year, or will Rafael Nadal continue his winning streak? Check out these websites to keep up with all the latest action from SW19.

2011 Wimbledon Championships
Find out who’s in, who’s out and if defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will make it through to this year’s finals.

BBC iPlayer
Watch the matches live or catch up with them later in the day.

The Guardian Wimbledon blog
Top sports journalists give coverage on the latest scores, dramas and weather.

scores androm the first days at Wimbledon. Find out

Customer reviews: an excellent hotel… great golf!

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip. Below are some of the comments we’ve had recently about Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius:

An Excellent H0tel!

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Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Mauritius

“Five of us visited this hotel in Dec 2010 for just over a week on a half board basis. The food was excellent, the rooms were of high quality, and we made use of the facilities like sailing and scuba diving – The sole criticism is around the electronic door lock that caused some access problems over a 2 day period. I would unreservedly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday. .”

luxury golf holidays

Luxury golfing holidays

Great hotel and golf!

“We loved the hotel and both golf courses. The buffet dinner had a fantastic variety. It’s true that the drinks were expensive, but that’s what you expect at a top class hotel. We took the larger room, but I think the smaller one would have been fine as well.”

Read this review and others about Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor.