Top 8 reasons to go to Mauritius

Mauritius has long been a favourite with honeymooners and families, and as the doors reopen at the 6* Constance Le Prince Maurice, a new generation of luxury holiday aficionados are set to discover what the island has to offer.

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here are our top 8 reasons to go to Mauritius right now.

1. Natural beauty

Palm fringed white-sand beaches, turquoise seas and vibrant coral reefs make for a tropical island paradise. Add to this mountain peaks, lush green river gorges and waterfalls, and it’s not hard to see why Mauritius stands out as a top island destination.

2. Beautiful climate

The island’s tropical climate makes Mauritius an all-year round option if you’re looking for warmth and sunshine.

From December to April, it’s hotter and more humid, while from May to November it’s cooler and drier. The best time of year for diving is November to March.

3. Indian Ocean

What better playground for water sports enthusiasts than the Indian Ocean. Warm seas, colourful reefs, and an abundance of sea creatures make this a great place for diving and snorkelling. Children aged 8 and up can learn to dive with our expert team.

At Constance we also offer wind-surfing, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing and more.

4. Family holidays

From the sheltered shoreline and stunning natural beaches to our children’s menus, spacious accommodation, new family suites at Le Prince Maurice and a huge choice of activities, Constance hotels on Mauritius are popular with families.

We offer free kids’ clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice, as well as a bookable baby sitting service.

5. Luxury golf

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

Set in a stunning location with great weather, superb food and a training academy run by golf pros, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice attract experienced and novice golfers alike.

Our 2 championship golf courses, the Legend and Links, are the setting for many tournaments throughout the year including the MCB Championship.

6. Culture and heritage

The island enjoys a multi-cultural heritage, and it shines through in the eclectic mix of food, festivals, dance, celebrations and temples you’ll find here.

7. Horse racing

Mauritius is home to the oldest race course in the southern hemisphere – The Mauritius Turf Club. Situated at Champ de Mars, Port Louis, it was first established in 1812.

Popular today with locals and tourists, entry is free and attracts crowds of up to 30,000 every Saturday.

8. Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Barachois restaurant

With its reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Le Prince Maurice has just undergone a major refurbishment.

When it first opened in the late 90s, Le Prince set the pace for luxury resorts on the island, and this latest revamp sets it apart yet again as a high-functioning delight of a hotel.

Exuding a grown-up luxury that’s hard to beat, Le Prince Maurice will draw you in from the moment you enter the gates.

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Exclusive wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

A new state-of-the-art wine cellar, stocked with exclusive wines from around the world, is to open at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine tasting at Le Prince Maurice

Set to become one of the best stocked wine cellars in Mauritius, there’s capacity for more than 15,000 bottles.

Guests will be able to visit the wine cellar, situated next to L’Archipel restaurant. We’re holding regular wine tastings with our expert sommeliers, where you can explore the world of wine and sample delicious cheeses and deli treats.

Some of the fabulous wines stocked here include:

  • Champagne Salon 1966 from Mesnil sur ogier, France
  • Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Domaine de la Grange des Peres 2004/05/06/07/08/09, France
  • Swartland – Mullineux Schist Syrah 2010 – the first vintage of one exclusive wine, South Africa

The new wine cellar is air-conditioned and humidified at 85% to maintain perfect storage and maturation of the wine. Beautifully designed, the cellar has an arched ceiling with brick tiles, marble floor and solid wood used throughout.

Find out more about the super deluxe refurbishment at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Ready to book your holiday? Visit our website to check availability and book now.

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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Villas at Constance hotels

‘Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.’

Villa door at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The villa door

These are the words of Czech poet Miroslav Holub (1923-1998) inviting you to enter into a new world in his poem ‘The Door’.

Open the door to any of the private villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage and you’ll discover a world you can escape to complete with a tree, a garden, the friendly face of your villa master, and your own pool, space and oasis of privacy and tranquillity.

Just what you wish for when dreaming of your long-awaited escape to a tropical island paradise.

Find out more about the luxury accommodation on offer at each of our resorts.

Competition: describe Constance Le Prince Maurice in 3 words

Constance Le Prince is undergoing a super-deluxe refurbishment this summer.

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Lobby at Le Prince Maurice

Already favoured by celebrities, honeymooners and luxury holiday goers, Le Prince Maurice is set to secure its reputation as one of the most desirable resorts in the Indian Ocean.

To celebrate, we’re running a string of competitions over the next 2 months.

This week, we want to know what Constance Le Prince Maurice means to you? Tell us which 3 words best describe the hotel, and you could win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine.

To enter, simply post your entry on the blog below, on our Facebook page or tweet @constancehotels.

The competition closes at midnight on Thursday 28 June. We will announce the winner on the blog, Facebook and Twitter on Friday 29 June. Read our competition terms and conditions.

Good luck!

Read more about the transformation of Constance Le Prince Maurice and find out more about the resort in our Spotlight on Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Top tips for sourcing great saké

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Faure shares his top tips for finding top quality saké , and how to enjoy it at its best.

Lounge Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Lounge Bar at Le Prince Maurice

The quality of saké varies greatly. Once you’ve tasted really good saké there’s no looking back. Your taste buds will revel in a fine and very delicate drink.

Similar principles apply as for wine, although in the case of saké particular care needs to be taken. It’s often best kept chilled and should not be kept longer than 3 days once the bottle has been opened.

Top saké tips

  • Check the date it was bottled – it should be less than 1 year ago. Except for a few rare exceptions, saké should be drunk young.
  • Saké should be colourless
  • Buy a Ginjo, or even better a Daiginjo premium saké
  • Drink it chilled (7-9°C)
  • Drink it with fish and vegetable dishes, white meat, pasta or even cheese but not with red meat
  • Avoid pepper or chilli with it
  • Above all: Enjoy

Constance sommeliers can help you choose a great saké

Our sommeliers had the opportunity to listen to Keith Norum, Export Director of Sake Masumi in the Nagano prefecture of Japan. Keith came specially to Mauritius to provide training to the sommeliers from Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Our guests also had an opportunity to share some of Mr Norum’s knowledge during a special dinner at the Blue Penny Café.

Our sommeliers will be very happy to share their knowledge with you on your next Constance holiday.