Refurbishment work gets underway at Le Prince Maurice

The last guests checked out at the weekend, and work to refurbish Constance Le Prince Maurice is now underway.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Prince Maurice

Find out more about our plans for the super-deluxe refurbishment of this highly-rated hotel.

We’ll be posting articles over the coming 2 months so you can see the stunning new features as they take shape.

And to celebrate the revamp, we’re launching a fabulous competition offering you the chance to win a luxury 7-night holiday for 2,  including flights, at Le Prince Maurice when it reopens. Watch this space for competition details later this week.

 

Best and worst book awards

Stack of books

Book awards around the world

Guardian newspaper writer Claire Armistead offers up her longlist of the best and worst book awards in the UK and overseas.

The most pampering luxurious prize goes to the annual Le Prince Maurice prize for romantic literature, held at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Read what else Claire Armistead had to say about this prize, and many other literary awards – The world of book awards, a longlist.

Top 5 temples and ruins in Mauritius

There’s a fascinating multi-cultural heritage on the island of Mauritius, with a religious mix of Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists.

On the road in Mauritius

On the road in Mauritius

If you want a day away from the beach, there’s plenty of culture to discover on the island. Here’s a quick tour of the top temples and ruins to visit.

1. Balaclava Ruins

On the northwest coast of Mauritius, between Port Louis and Grand Baie are the Balaclava Ruins, just a few metres away from the Bay of Turtles.

The foundations of the fortress estate were laid down by the first French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais.

The ruins are set amidst tropical vegetation, and you can see the original sea walls of the fortress within the grounds of the Maritim Hotel.

2. The Triolet Shivala

The largest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, is found at Triolet Shivala in the North of Mauritius. Built in 1819, the temple honours the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Brahma, Ganesha and Muruga.

The Maha Shivarathri festival is celebrated here in February/March each year. There’s also a traditional early-morning Sunday market every week at the village.

3. Dutch Ruins

Set on high ground at Vieux Grand Port, you’ll find the oldest settlement in Mauritius, where the Dutch built their first fort. It’s regarded as a key part of Mauritian history and work is under way to further excavate the site.

Ganga Talao, Mauritius

Ganga Talao, Mauritius

4. Martello Towers

Five martello towers were built by the British in Mauritius, to defend their colony against the threat of attack by the French. In the early 1990s, the tower at La Preneuse in Black River was restored and protected as a national monument.

5. Ganga Talao at Grand Bassin

Ganga Talao is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites on Mauritius. Each year locals make their pilgrimage here during the Maha Shivaratri festival.