Gallivanter’s Guide: Le Prince Maurice gets fantastic review

The latest edition of The Gallivanter’s Guide is now available, and this month it features a review of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Find out what reviewers Lyn Middlehurst and David Maslin think of our 6* deluxe hotel in Mauritius.

Sometimes, travel advisors and guests are guilty of learning by rote the names of a location’s ‘best’ hotels, and repeat the recommendations of these sacred cows ad infinitum, even when everything has changed beyond recognition.

This is decidedly true of Mauritius. The old favourites, such as Royal Palm, Le Touessrok and One & Only Le Saint Géran can no longer be classed as high-end, in my opinion. They all require serious investment and, perhaps, more importantly, a fresh perspective on what the high-end guest truly requires these days.

Equally, the new kids on the block are not necessarily better, for it takes rather more than a serious marketing budget and a sexy website to make a great hotel.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Villa #30, a true home from home

We first stayed at Le Prince Maurice in 1999 and were enthralled by this intimate and elegant Aman-like resort. Fourteen years later, the 89-suite property remains timelessly beautiful – its Feng-Shui architecture by Jean Marc Eynaud and interiors by Martin Branner and Dale Keller, enhancing its 148-acre footprint that, uniquely, encompasses lush interiors, a splendid beach and a fishing reserve, or barachois.

We stayed for the umpteenth time, half way through the resort’s major refurbishment, and were thrilled to discover new exceptionally comfortable beds, soft down and feather duvets and pillows and fine cotton bedding edged with coffee coloured thread.

The dark wood floors had been polished to perfection, whilst chic cinnamon and spice-hued soft furnishings and objects lifted the look, and flat screen TVs, Apple minis, Nespresso machines, iHome Ipod dockers and thoughtfully stocked minibars demonstrated that this resort had been listening hard to its guests.

Villa #30 – best in the resort?

Private pool and deck at Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Private pool and deck at Villa 30

We stayed in what is, for me, the nicest Pool Villa in the resort, for #30 sits on the gentle curve of the white sand beach, where the bay joins the barachois – a calm mangrove-set fishing lake that meanders lazily into the verdant distance.

Not only do you have your own generous plunge pool, lounging deck, outdoor dining table and thatch-shaded verandah, but you also have two palapa-covered loungers on the sand reserved just for you and stocked with bottled water.

Inside, there is a second full size dining table and a remarkably extensive room service menu, so that if you want to hole up here for the duration, you can.

There is a guest loo and shower off the sitting room, and a dressing area off the bedroom that leads into the twin vanity bathroom, which has an extra outdoor tub. The bathrooms are looking somewhat dated but in every other respect, they work well.

Bedroom at Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Bedroom at Villa 30

Villas # 29 and 31

Apart from Villa #30, I highly recommend the other two pool Villas at the barachois end of the resort; #29 and #31, as these are very secluded. For the best beach views, though, #30 and #31 win hands down. The remaining 6 pool suites are at the other end of the beach, beyond the main pool, so work better for those who prefer a more central location.

Princely Suite

There is one 2-bedroom Princely Suite at the far end of the beach, which although spacious requires a rethink design-wise in my view; but I hear this is happening, along with the refurbishment of the main lobby, so this, too, could be a great option for families or friends.

Junior Suites

Junior suites at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Beautifully designed junior suites

Entry-level suites are junior suite sized; either L-shaped or I-shaped; set in 2- storey blocks of four, with terraces or balconies. A lagoon-facing suite, such as #27, offers the best views, as some are set back in the gardens. However, I prefer the I-shaped suites, such as #28, which are very Aman in style and configuration.

What helps to make the resort so special?

An incredibly elegant resort, Le Prince Maurice attracts a well balanced mix of couples and families; a carefully located kid’s club, Les Petits Princes, set well away from grown-up areas. Senior staff has been here since the resort’s inception, so when you return, you are welcomed ‘home’ by the charming Guest Relations Managers, Meera and Manjoola.

Dining at Le Prince Maurice

The cuisine, under French Executive Chef, Michael Scioli and Food & Beverage Manager, Samuel Pellegrini, gets better and better, whether you opt for a light lunch on the beach deck, Blu, a snack in the chic Bar, or a Michelin-level dinner in L’Archipel, where Head Sommelier, Jérôme Carlier has some excellent  recommendations , including a raft of Rosés.

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The pinnacle of unique dining, however, is to be found at the dinner only Le Barachois – one of the world’s most original restaurants. You reach it via a meandering stilted walkway that snakes across the barachois; the handrails punctuated by lanterns; the only sound being the occasional splash of fish and the lapping of water against the mangroves. After around 5 minutes, you reach the restaurant, which consists of 5 floating, tented pontoons linked by teak gangplanks. The dinner menu here is now quite simple, but the experience is exceptional, including a ‘floating sommelier’.

Spa de Constance

The Spa Constance was being remodelled when we stayed and I was encouraged to hear that Spa Manager, Sophie Demaret, was intent on introducing some chemical free options.

And the other things that make Le Prince Maurice stand out from the crowd…

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Sheltered beach at Le Prince Maurice

Other lures are the excellent boutiques and the golf practice course, although if you crave serious golf, then sister property Constance Belle Mare Plage, which is almost next door, offers two 18- hole championship courses.

General Manager, Christophe Plantier and Resident Manager Ashok Bhugoo run an extraordinary resort that, encouragingly, gets better each time we return. Do go.

Gallivanter’s Rating:

Extraordinary

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Looking for a luxury escape?

From bijou beach bungalows to palatial presidential villas, our luxury accommodation offers the perfect hideaway for the holiday of your dreams. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s on offer.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

The 6* deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice is a favourite among honeymooners, couples and families, and with good reason. It offers that rare mix of stunning architecture and open spaces, blended with a wonderfully intimate atmosphere.

  • Junior Suites – these suites offer massive beds, luxury bathroom and a delightful terrace with views across to the beach and beyond.
  • Villas – the villas are set directly on the beach, ideal for families looking to combine a villa holiday while enjoying all the amenities of a 6* luxury resort.
  • Princely Suite – consisting of 3 suites, this stunning abode offers the ultimate in luxury – total privacy. Set in its own garden, it comes complete with 2 pools and 3 private terraces.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Stretching along one of the most beautiful sheltered beaches in Mauritius, Constance Belle Mare Plage is a larger family friendly resort with a great choice of restaurants, bars, and sports facilities including 2 championship golf courses.

Junior Suites – popular with couples, these suites stretch the length of the resort and are situated around the swimming pools or with direct views out to the ocean.

Deluxe Suites include a living room and option to connect to a Prestige Room, offering extra space.

Villas – ideal for families, the villas feature a private pool, living area and 2 bedrooms.

Presidential Villa – contemporary design, floor to ceiling windows, space aplenty and 2 villa butlers to cater to your needs make this villa a luxury offering that’s hard to resist.

 

Maldives

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort

A place to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern living – Constance Halaveli is a 6* retreat known to style followers for its luxury accommodation, exquisite food and prestigious spa.

Water Villas – a romantic hideaway for couples, these beautiful wooden villas on stilts are elegantly designed with high-raftered ceilings and contemporary decor. Take a dip in your very own plunge pool before exploring the magical underwater world.

Family Beach Villas - our elegant villas make the perfect luxury family holiday getaway. Set in its own private garden with plunge pool, each villa sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children. In-villa dining is also available.

Double Storey Beach Villas – contemporary design, plenty of space and your own sun terrace and plunge pool. Just beyond is the idyllic beach – one of the best natural playgrounds in the world. Ideal for a larger family with 3 children, or 2 couples and 1 child.

Presidential Villa – for when you want an uber-luxe experience the presidential villa comes with its own pool, private gym, outdoor jacuzzi, spa treatment room and butler. Sleeps up to 6 adults and 3 children under 12 years.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort

The epitome of barefoot luxury, Constance Moofushi is set on its own island surrounded by calm, turquoise water and one of the best house reefs in the Maldives.

Beach Villas – these luxury villas are set on a pristine beach. Contemporary styling using wood, stone and bamboo creates a relaxing mood. Ideal for small families and couples.

Water Villas - beautifully proportioned stilted villas with huge beds, spacious bathrooms and private terrace with access to the ocean. Perfect for couples and small families with one child under 12.

Senior Water Villas - uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean combine with unparalled luxury. Modern design features include rough stone basins, sculpted wooden furniture and marine lanterns.  Sleeps 2 adults, and 2 children under 12 years.

Seychelles

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria Resort

A smaller 6* luxury resort set amdist the stunning natural beauty of Praslin. Three perfect beaches and 3 world-class restaurants are just some of the reasons people return time and again to Constance Lémuria.

Junior Suites - these palm-thatched suites are situated in lush gardens just 15 metres from the shoreline. Beautifully designed using natural materials that fit with the Seychellois landscape – wood, marble, limestone and pink granite.

Senior Suites - incorporating the same design features as the junior suites, here you have additional space across 4 rooms – bedroom, bathroom, shower room, and lounge including dining table.

Luxurious Villas - palm-thatched villas set next to the beach come with a relaxed vibe and offer beautiful views of the ocean. Special feature includes a sunken al-fresco dining area set in centre of the swimming pool.

Presidential Villa – three suites, 3 swimming pools, staff, chef and security – what more could you ask for? Perched next to its own beach, this huge villa has the feel of a private hotel within a hotel.

Constance Ephélia

Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia Resort

Set amidst a 300 acre nature reserve, Constance Ephélia is popular with families, spa connoisseurs and honeymooners. A larger resort, there’s plenty to choose from with restaurants and bars to suit all moods, and sports including a natural climbing wall.

Junior Suites - each suite enjoys views of the Indian Ocean, and comes furnished with large bed, luxury bathroom and spacious indoor seating area.

Senior Suites - offer more space making them ideal for families with 1 child under 12 years. Luxurious with the paddle-friendly shoreline of South Beach right on your doorstep.

Family Villas – our 2 and 3 bedroom villas are set in a private courtyard garden with swimming pool. Comfortable family living just a short walk from the restaurants and bars of the resort.

Beach Villas - set on the beautiful North Beach, these villas come with private pool and restful garden.

Hillside Villas – romantic and offering a feeling of total escape, these 1 and 2 bedroom villas are set into the northern hills overlooking spectacular North Beach and Port Launay Marine Park.

Spa Villas - indulge in top knotch spa treatments without leaving your villa. Private spa area features double treatment room, hot tub, steam shower and laconarium.

Presidential Villa –  a 3 bedroom villa with gym, spa, pool and outdoor dining terrace. This is the deluxe option when you’re looking for extra space and facilities.

 

Madagascar

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Situated on one of the islets of the Mitsio archipelago, Lodge Tsarabanjina is a barefoot idyll where you can embrace the Robinson Crusoe lifestyle without leaving behind all the luxuries.

Thatched bungalow – nestled in a private spot on a beautiful powder-soft sand beach. A private balcony, hammocks, deck chairs and uninterrupted views to the shoreline make this a fabulously romantic spot for couples to enjoy some time together.

Feeling tempted?

Visit our Constance Hotels Experience website to find out more about each resort, and check availability using the online booking system.

 

Last minute half term deal to Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Looking for some last minute ideas to keep the kids entertained this half term?

White sand beach at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Beach paradise at Constance Halaveli

Take advantage of this fabulous offer to Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, and you’ll be swapping bank holiday mayhem for powder soft white sands and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Constance Halaveli is one of the top family hotels in the Maldives, and Kuoni are offering 7 nights B&B with flights included, departing 2 June from £9,247 for a family of 4.

There’s a free kids’ club, tennis courts, scuba diving for all the family, fantastic restaurants and a top knotch spa offering Valmont and Ila treatments.

Visit the Kuoni website or phone 01306 747008 for more information.

Find out more about the delightful 6* luxury paradise of Constance Halaveli:

This offer appeared in the The Times newspaper on Saturday 19 May 2012.

 

 

 

7 reasons why kids love golf

Fresh air, wide open spaces and the chance to hit a ball. These are just some of the reasons why children love playing golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Girl playing golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Chlidren’s golf at Belle Mare Plage

More and more children are trying the game while on holiday with us. Here’s why kids and golf are a perfect match.

1. Much has been written on how playing sport is good for children – it develops confidence and self-awareness, as well as respect for others.

2. Playing golf gives children the chance to spend time in beautiful natural landscapes, soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.

3. Children love to be active, and playing golf is a great way to learn how to exercise while having fun.

4. Kids love hanging out with other kids, and playing golf together is a great way to make friends.

5. Sport helps kids learn how to manage their emotions. Everyone has good and bad days on the golf course. The game teaches children to stay calm and focused on one thing at a time.

6. Golf teaches a certain etiquette – there are no referees in golf, golfers negotiate among themselves and play to the rules.

7. Holidays spent together give families many treasured moments they cherish forever. Children love sharing experiences with adults, and playing golf together is a great way to do this.

Children's golf competition at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Children playing golf at Belle Mare Plage

Top tips for what to pack when travelling with children

We recently ran a competition asking what item you always take with you when travelling with children.

Kids Club at Constance Hotels Experience

Kids Club with Constance

You sent in some great ideas. We’ve selected some of the best, both serious and funny.

All are guaranteed to help any parent when travelling with children. And some might also act a reminder to pack our sense of humour when travelling with little ones!

The winning entry came from Roleen McNeilage:

  • Balloons and pens to draw faces on them to keep them amused.

And here are some of the other great entries we received through the Constance Facebook page and our Twitter account @constancehotels. Enjoy!

  • Favourite cuddly toy and blanket, with an address around the toy’s neck in case it gets lost!
  • Calpol – you never know when you might need it
  • Their favourite toys
  • A lot of patience
  • Duck Tape – works everytime
  • A portable DVD player
  • A Harry Potter CD
  • Baby wipes
  • Their own pillow
  • Sun cream
  • Crayons and drawing pad, or mini whiteboard and pen
  • Lots of activities and nibbles or alternatively… the grandparents!
  • Plasticine
  • Food - my son can’t go for more than 5 mins without eating something
  • The ultimate kid toy (for boys) for a nice vacation in a Constance beach resort is a small Hot Wheels pick-up truck on large wheels. Perfect to play in the sand. Create a crazy race track in the sand with your son, use shells, stones to decorate the roads, build bridges, tunnels… and you’re all set to enjoy a good book for a few hours.
  • Babysitter or nanny
  • Nightlight – turns a scary new bedroom into a pleasurable experience!
  • New books we know they’ll like
  • Nintendo ds and electronic games

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Beautiful family villas at Constance Halaveli Resort

Family villa

Spacious family villa

If you’re planning a family trip to the Indian Ocean, Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives has just upped the stakes as the ultimate family holiday get-away.

Launch of family villas

From January 2012, Halaveli is launching 8 beautifully designed family villas, sleeping 2 adults and 2 children under 18 years. A further 4 villas will be available from mid-2012.

These spacious villas offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury, and feature their own private plunge pool and terrace or balcony.

 

Inside the villas

Measuring 358 m², all family villas are air conditioned, and comfortably furnished with wood and marble.

They come complete with LCD TV 42’ /satellite channels, DVD, WIFI Internet access free of charge through Imac system, Ipod connection, telephone with voice mail, mini-bar, mini wine cooler with a selection of wine, tea and coffee facilities, sitting area and 24 hour room service.

 

We think of everything so you can travel light

Child on beach at Constance Halaveli Resort

Family fun at Halaveli

We understand how many things families need to pack when travelling with children. So we’ve thought of just about everything you could need on your holiday, which means you can travel light.

In your villa, you’ll find small bathrobes, a pushchair, bottle sterilising unit, baby cot linen, sponges, nail clippers, baby toothbrush, baby toilet seat… the list goes on

And if there’s something we haven’t thought of, you just need to ask.

 

 

Family friendly in-villa dining

Delicious breakfast at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Delicious meals for the family

There’s a massive choice of dishes available for families, and all can be enjoyed in the privacy of your villa.

Our chef can also meet with you to plan a customised menu for a special evening on the beach.

Tasty kids’ treats include:

  • cheesy soldiers
  • banana, mango and pineapple sushi
  • fish, chips and dip
  • thai fishballs
  • lamb korma
  • banana berry split
  • oreo cookie cheesecake

Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy a huge range of appetisers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, noodles and curries, as well as meat and fish dishes from the grill.

Kuda club for children

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives, Kuda club for children

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives, Kuda club for children

When your children tire of the private plunge pool and paddle friendly shoreline, you can relax knowing Constance Halaveli Resort offers a host of kids’ activities at its Kuda Club, fun spa treatments, delicious children’s menus and a range of toys for loan. Children love the walk out to sea on the 854m long jetty, the longest in the Maldives.

 

 

 

Kids spa

Younger visitors to our spa are given cookies, and rose and vanilla ice tea before enjoying one of our delightful children’s spa treatments that include:

Children on the beach at Constance Halaveli Resort

Exploring on the beach

  • foot bath with lavender oil and flower petals
  • scalp massage with nourishing olive oil
  • hair braiding
  • henna tattoo painting
  • nail art

 

 

What else is on offer at the resort

At Constance Halaveli Resort, the emphasis is on offering families everything they need for an altogether more relaxed family holiday.

Beach BBQ at Constance Halaveli Resort

Beach BBQ

Our 5* resort has 3 restaurants:

  • Jahaz – the main buffet
  • Jing – South East Asian dining in a beautiful location over the water
  • Meeru – relaxed al fresco dining on the beach

Every Friday night we host a Beach BBQ with live music and the freshest seafood imaginable.

Read about Halaveli in our article Spotlight: Constance Halaveli Resort Resort, Maldives

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