A guide to luxury weddings in Mauritius

Mauritius has been ranked top location in the world for destination weddings in a recent report from Kuoni.

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

On Mauritius, nature has created a perfect backdrop of white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush tropical foliage, and at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, we’ve added a special dash of Constance luxury.

Your own dedicated wedding planner

Relax in the knowledge that someone understands exactly what you want and is working hard to make it happen.

Our wedding planners will contact you before you set off to discuss exactly what you want for your special day, and ensure it’s ready for you when you arrive.

On arrival your wedding planner will show you around the hotel or resort so that you can select exactly where you would like your ceremony to take place.

Create the wedding of your dreams

Our luxury wedding package includes everything you’ll need for a perfect day but if you want to add some personal elements or details just let us know.

If you dream about sailing off together into an Indian Ocean sunset, dining at a private table for two in a secluded spot, having your own DJ spin your favourite tunes or enjoying a pre-wedding couple’s spa treatment, we’ll take care of all the details.

Relax at the bar

Relax at the bar

Luxury accommodation

Whether you choose a secluded private villa with its own pool or an elegant, spacious suite, the luxury accommodation will give you the perfect relaxed space to retreat to for some precious time alone.

In-villa dining and 24-hour room service gives you the opportunity to really enjoy the seclusion of your accommodation.

Fine dining

Enjoy candle-lit meals of sumptuous gourmet dishes lovingly prepared by our world-class chefs and pair them with some of the world’s best wines from our extensive cellars in our fine-dining restaurants.

Enjoy the very freshest local and international ingredients whether you are looking for 5* dining or sushi on the beach.

Things for newly-weds to do in Mauritius:

1. Take a helicopter ride around the island

See the dramatic landscape of this beautiful tropical island from the air with an exhilarating helicopter ride.

The Legend golf course

The Legend golf course

2. Play golf on a championship golf course

Both Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage have access to our two championship 18-hole courses. Whether you are a novice and need coaching by the pros at our Golf Academy or you’re an old-hand you’ll love the challenges set by our courses.

3. Ziplining through the mountainous countryside

Feel the rush of adrenalin as you cruise through the air on a course of ziplines over plantation land and lush tropical forests.

4. Explore the Indian Ocean

Whether you enjoy life above or below the waves there’s plenty do in Mauritius from water skiing and wind surfing to scuba diving and snorkelling.

5. Visit Port Louis

The island’s bustling capital is a fast-track into the Mauritian way of life. Barter for a bargain in the busy central market, rub shoulders with the Mauritians at the famous Champ de Mars race course or just buy a coffee and people watch along the Caudan Waterfront.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice or Constance Belle Mare Plage or to make a booking.

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The Culture Trip applauds Le Prince Maurice

Global art, culture and travel website, The Culture Trip, has picked out Constance Le Prince Maurice as one of the ‘10 best cultural hotels in Mauritius’.

Tables with a view

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Culture Trip, which highlights cultural attractions around the world, also features Le Prince Maurice’s Le Barachois restaurant in its ‘Mauritius’ 10 best cultural restaurants’ guide.

The Culture Trip says, ‘A luxurious hotel situated on a peaceful private peninsula, Le Prince Maurice is an oasis of beauty and quality in the midst of luxuriant vegetation and next to a natural marine reserve’.

In its search for ‘Creole haute cuisine in the Indian Ocean’, it praises Le Barachois. ‘Located on the shore and surrounded by mangrove trees, diners can expect to eat off wooden tables on floating decks, whilst their food is prepared in a thatched stone cottage. This combination of colonial atmosphere with tropical luxury is distinctively Mauritian.’

To read the full review or to find out more about the cultural attractions in Mauritius visit The Culture Trip

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Top 6 reasons to visit Mauritius with kids

With everything from jungle ziplines and quad biking to pirate cruises and crocodile parks, Mauritius is a kids’ paradise full of action and adventure.

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here are our top reasons to take your kids to Mauritius this year.

1. Experience the exotic wildlife first hand

Whether you choose to witness the feeding of the Nile Crocodiles at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes or walk with lions at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with exotic wildlife in Mauritius. Those looking for something a little less predatory can visit the Mauritius Aquarium to get close to over 200 species of fish.

2. The thrill of adrenalin-pumping activities

Mauritius has a wide range of activities from ziplines to quad biking that you can enjoy alongside your children, leaving the whole family feeling the thrill of new adventures. Glide through the air above tropical forests laced with stunning waterfalls on ziplines in Rivière des Galets. Kids aged 8 and over can get behind the wheel of their own quad bike in the beautiful surroundings of the Yemen Natural Reserve, other activities here include hiking, swimming in natural pools and ziplining. For more high-speed fun enjoy a day whizzing down the waterslides at the Le Waterpark, Belle Mare.

3. Scuba diving and submarines

Kids of 8 and above can take an introduction to scuba diving course at resorts like Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage. For younger children, or those not tempted by diving, there are other great ways to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean in Mauritius. Take an underwater walk on the seabed at Belle Mare Plage or stay dry while exploring beautiful reefs and wrecks in a submarine.

Constance Kids' Club

Constance Kids’ Club

4. Watersports galore

There’s loads to do on the water with the kids in Mauritius with water sports including everything from water skiing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking to game fishing and catamaran sailing. For more adventures on the water take a family boat trip like the Pirate Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs on a replica pirate ship with themed shows and music on board.

5. Experience different cultures

It’s great to show kids that not everyone in the world live the way they do at home and a trip to a local fishing village or to the capital of Port Louis will introduce them to the laid back, friendly way of life in Mauritius. Visit the Port Louis food market and sample the Mauritian version of ‘fast food’ with stalls selling roti chaud and alouda, a type of Mauritian milkshake. Flacq market on Sundays is an easy-going local market with clothes, hand made wooden toys and fresh produce.

6. 5* luxury and a free kids club

Let the kids enjoy the space of a private villa with its own pool within Constance Belle Mare Plage resort, with all of its family-friendly facilities close at hand. At Constance Le Prince Maurice most family villas have their own pool. Kids in the Family Suites can have fun in their own room complete with bunk beds while parents enjoy the peace and quiet of their own seating area. All Constance hotels and resorts have a complementary Constance Kids Club where children can make friends, play games, swim, put on shows and get creative under the supervision of our friendly, fully-trained staff.

What the experts say

Turning luxury travel with kids into an artform Luxury Travel Mom, aka Kim-Marie Evans, recently visited Constance Le Prince Maurice with her 8 year old son Keaton. Watch her video of the trip Where Luxe Families Getaway and read her review about the hotel where she writes ‘children aren’t just welcomed [here], they’re completely adored’.

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5 wedding flowers of the Indian Ocean

An Indian Ocean wedding is brought alive by the scents and colours the vibrant tropical flowers used in the bridal bouquet.

Tropical wedding flowers: Frangipani

Tropical wedding flowers: Frangipani

Here is our guide to 5 of the most popular tropical wedding flowers.

1. Frangipani

Popular across the Indian Ocean, nothing sums up the warm sunlit days and balmy nights of a tropical location like the sweet scent and beautiful waxy bloom of a frangipani. Traditionally thought of in white or yellow they come in a range of vibrant tropical colours adding a splash to any bouquet.

2. Tropical orchids

The national flower of the Seychelles, the beauty and rarity of the orchid has made it a special choice in many tropical wedding bouquets. There are many different genus of orchids of different colours and sizes, the dendrobium and phalaenopsis are particularly popular in bouquets in Mauritius.

3. Crimson bougainvillea

This vibrantly coloured tropical flower is closely associated with the Maldives and is a traditional flower used to celebrate weddings and wedding bouquets.

4. Madagascar Jasmine

This beautiful, small white flower with its delicate fragrance has long been used as a wedding flower in Madagascar. Recently its popularity has spread to use in wedding bouquets around the world.

5. Pink rose

Don’t be afraid to go down the traditional route just because you’re in the tropics, the pink rose is the national flower of the Maldives and looks gorgeous combined with more tropical blooms such as orchids or frangipani.

At Constance we offer guests their own wedding planner who will work with you, to make sure your wedding day lives up to your dreams.

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5 unusual foods from Madagascar

Food in Madagascar is a gently spiced fusion of African, European and Asian culinary traditions creating a national cuisine unlike any other.

Foods from Madagascar: Royal romazava

Foods from Madagascar: Royal romazava

Here are 5 Malagasy dishes you’re unlikely to find beyond its beautiful shores.

Romazava

This is the national dish of Madagascar – a kind of stew made from zebu (beef), and sometimes pork. The meat is sautéed with ginger, garlic, tomato and onion and then left to simmer until ready to serve. It is usually served with a vary (rice) dish and sakay (a hot red pepper sauce). Check out our recipe for Royal Romazava, served at Constance Tsarabanjina.

Lasopy

This is a rich vegetable soup flavoured with veal bones. The bones are taken out before serving and the soup pureed and served in thick earthenware bowls.

Varenga

This delicious meat dish is made from slowly boiling beef with garlic and onion until it can be easily shredded and then roasted.

Vary amid ‘anana

A lightly spiced rice and vegetable dish in which the rice is cooked at the same time as a variety of vegetables, it may also sometimes include meat or fish. Again the Madagascans like to eat this with sakay pepper sauce.

Salady Voankazo

This is a popular dessert in Madagascar taking advantage of any fruit which happens to be in season including bananas, mangos, pineapples as well as strawberries and lychees. The fruit is cut up and served with a sweet syrup and vanilla extract.

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Elle South Africa includes Constance Ephélia on its travel bucket list

South African Elle magazine has created their bucket list of places to go and stay around the world including Mahé, Seychelles and Constance Ephélia.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Alongside destinations like Rajastan and the Chaweng Buri Resort in Koh Samui, Mahé is selected for its ‘little secluded beaches dotted along the entire coastline and lush, green forest as you move more inland.’

Assistant editor Lynette Botha recommends, ‘If you have the budget – Constance Ephélia is literally a slice of heaven, with its own private beach, 5-star service and the most magnificent setting.’

To read the full list of destinations and hotels recommended by the Elle team visit the South African Elle website.

Visit our website for more information on Constance Ephélia or to make a booking.

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