5 must see sights in Mauritius

With its stunning coastline, dramatic mountainous interior, vibrant culture and spectacular coral reefs, Mauritius offers visitors so much to see you may need to keep coming back.

Top 5 sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Must see sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Here are our pick of 5 must see sights in Mauritius.

1. Casela National Park

Whether you choose to hike through it, quad bike over it, take a Segway tour or fly through the air on one of the many ziplines which criss-cross the Casela National Park there is plenty to see and do here. Adventurers can try canyoning, rock climbing or just swimming in one of the many natural pools while nature enthusiasts can enjoy an African safari including a walk with lions.

2. The Coral Garden off Grand Bay

A stunning treat for keen scuba divers, large natural rock structures appear as giant underwater steps adorned by a variety of hard and soft corals including the spectacular gorgonian fan coral. This is a perfect site for spotting larger marine species including stingrays, eagle rays, titan triggerfish and even nurse sharks.

3. Port Louis Market

No trip to Mauritius would be complete without exploring the vibrant bustling life of Port Louis’ daily food market. Mix with local Mauritians as they buy fresh fish, meat, spices, fruit and vegetables and be sure to sample some of the delicious street food on sale like the famous gateaux piments (fried chilli cakes).

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

4. The view from Le Pouce (Mauritius’ tallest peak)

With 360º views around the island including a stunning view over the capital Port Louis, a hike up Le Pouce (part of the Moka mountain range) is a must for the more adventurous visitor. Despite its height of 811m, the walk is a relatively easy one, making it a perfect day trip for those looking for an alternative to lounging in the sun.

5. Rochester Falls

This stunning waterfall of clear, fresh water tumbling down dramatic lava cliffs is a perfect spot for swimming and picnicking. Those brave enough can prove themselves by diving from the falls into the deep pool below.

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5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

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Mark Davis battles windy conditions to win SSE Scottish Senior Open

Wind was Mark Davis’ major adversary at the SSE Scottish Senior Open but the gusts of over 25 miles an hour couldn’t stop him from finishing five under par to win the title.

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The win was the Englishman’s first victory on the European Senior Tour after only three starts and makes him the sixth youngest winner in Senior Tour history.

The SSE Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St Andrews brings the European Senior Tour a step closer to its finale, the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Despite the win, Colin Montgomerie remains at the head of the European Senior Tour order of merit.

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Guide to big game fishing in Mauritius

In Mauritius the glorious sunshine and warmth above water and the deep-sea nutrients under water combine to create perfect conditions for big game fishing.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

Every year people come to our shores from around the world to pit their wits against some of the most challenging giants of the ocean – the Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Whaoo, Dorado and even big sharks like the Mako are a regular catch.

The lure of big game fishing is the epic battle put up by these elegant giants with legendary fighting ability.

Landing the famous Blue Marlin can take as long as 3 hours.

What makes Mauritius so ideal for game fishing

The Island of Mauritius is surrounded by coral reef, which creates the gentle lapping lagoon which has always attracted holiday makers. But for the big game anglers it is what lies beyond the lagoon that proves the most tempting.

Past the reefs the ocean drops off rapidly to around 3,000 metres and here ocean currents push cold water full of nutrients to the surface attracting a rich variety of marine life, which in turn attracts the large predators.

Where to fish in Mauritius

The fishing is fantastic all around the island but probably the richest waters lie off the west coast around Black River. Here the famous Le Morne drop off, with depths of around 3,000 metres, lies just 5km off shore.

Fishing operators in this area say anglers should expect to encounter six of the major game fish (Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Bonito etc) on a one-day trip during the summer season.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

In the north of the island, Grand Baie is also a popular starting point for many deep sea fishing excursions with the waters to the north teeming with rich marine life.

Fishing trips to the less exploited eastern side of Mauritius guarantee empty oceans and splendid unspoilt views for those who prefer to try their luck off the beaten track.

When to fish in Mauritius

Thanks to its warm waters and tempting sunshine big game fishing is available in Mauritius all year with many species staying in our waters throughout the year.

The increase in temperatures from October to April, however, bring with them an influx of rich marine life which in turn attracts more of the larger predators to our waters making it an ideal time for sports fishing.

Where to stay

Enjoy 5* service, luxurious accommodation and world-class cuisine while you’re onshore at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage and we’ll organise all your deep sea fishing excursions for you.

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Top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius

Ever since the first golf course was built here by Royal Navy officers in 1844 people with a passion for golf have been drawn to Mauritius to play the game. And here’s why…

Golf in Mauritius

Golf in Mauritius

1. Championship courses

There are no less than six 18-hole championship courses for keen golfers to play in Mauritius including the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, home to the annual MCB Tour Championship, the conclusion to the PGA European Senior Tour.

2. First rate pros on hand to improve your game

Take advantage of the high quality golf pros in Mauritius on hand to improve all aspects of your game. Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage can take group or individual lessons at the on-site Marc Farry Golf Academy where the golf coaches specialise in improving grip, posture, alignment and ball position.

3. A choice of 5* hotels and resorts

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly resort with a variety of sporting and leisure facilities or a luxury boutique hotel with a world-class spa, Mauritius is the place to head. Enjoy the understated elegance of Constance Le Prince Maurice with sumptuous spa and excellent fine dining or the relaxed vibrancy of Constance Belle Mare Plage with its 7 restaurants, 5 bars, spa and a raft of fun activities. Both share access to our two spectacular 18-hole golf courses, the Links and Legend.

4. Plenty of après-golf to enjoy

Enjoy superb gastro experiences, scuba diving, water sports or just lounging on the beach with a cocktail. After a hard day on the fairways golfers can soothe tired muscles with a special ‘Sports Massage’ at our relaxing spa.

5. Warm Mauritius sunshine

Last but not least it is the sublime weather in Mauritius that attracts golfers to our shores all year round. The Mauritian summer (October to April) brings long hot days (26ºC to 32ºC) with the occasional rainfall coming in short, sharp bursts that clear to reveal beautiful blue skies. Winter (May to September) brings drier, cooler days with temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 26ºC, perfect for long leisurely days on the golf course.

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3 summer wines to try from New Zealand

Head sommelier at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Jerome Carlier, suggests three of his favourite New Zealand wines to be enjoyed in the summer sunshine.

Enjoy New Zealand's summer wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy New Zealand’s summer wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Escarpment Pinot Gris 2012, Escarpment Winery, New Zealand

Grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the Martinborough Terrace during a cool growing season for the district, a longer summer allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully.

The result was opulent fruit flavours combining beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Pinot Gris.

The flavours are reminiscent of ripe pears and white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish.

Its dry style has enhanced the fruit flavours Pinot Gris is renowned for. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has improved the texture allowing it to match most entrée dishes.

A great alternative to Chardonnay it has been inspired by the classical French approach to the variety. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.

Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2012, Felton Road, New Zealand

Violets and roses, with a potpourri of spice box elements. A very textural rich palate of vibrant fruit without a hint of heaviness or excess. Intense concentration is coupled with a purity that enables every subtlety to sing through.

This being a combination of the three estate vineyards, the subtleties are manifold, each contributing to the complexity rather than being lost in the blend. The structure is confidently firm but not aggressive.

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Summer Rosé 2011, Ata Rangi, New Zealand

This very pretty, beautifully balanced dry-style 2013 Summer Rosé is made largely from Merlot, with just a tickle of Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The fruit is crushed and left in the tank overnight before draining the juice from the skins and cool-fermenting in the tank.

A creamy strawberry/raspberry character and succulent watermelon notes run across the bright, crisp palate. In the background, faint hints of cranberry and a touch of aniseed add complexity and interest.

This versatile wine is a perfect drop for long summer afternoons on the veranda, or enjoying year-round with any lighter style, summery food.

Experience fine wine at Le Prince Maurice

Take a tour of our extensive wine cellar with capacity for 15,000 bottles followed by a wine tasting under the guidance of one of our highly trained sommeliers.

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