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.

 

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

Find out more

 

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.

Constance sommeliers trained by Jonathan Bauer Monneret

Jonathan Bauer Monneret, currently sommelier at Le Royal Monceau inParis, recently trained our sommeliers from Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Jonathan Bauer Monneret

Jonathan Bauer Monneret

Jonathan previously worked with the Constance Group, and was voted Best Young Sommelier of France in 2009 at the age of just 24 and won the Paul Haeberlin competition this year.

Our sommeliers were taken through their paces by Jonathan, focusing on improving their knowledge and skills in the following:

1. A red wine tasting, and presentation of the wine. Each candidate was asked to speak about the wine for 5 minutes, and then again for 2 minutes.
2. Give a presentation about 2 bottles of wine: Condrieu Les Terrasses de Vernay Estate Empire 2009 and Vin de Pays d’Oc Domaine de la Baume Sauvignon Blanc 2010.
3. How to decant wine.
4. Tasting Sushi and maki, and matching with 2 different wines.

Competition coming soon – win the holiday of a lifetime

Do you dream of enjoying a luxury holiday on a tropical paradise island?

Main restaurant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

L'Archipel at Le Prince Maurice

Well now’s your chance to make your dreams come true.

We will launch our latest competition at the beginning of July – giving you the chance to win a holiday to the beautifully refurbished 6* deluxe resort of Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Subscribe to our blog on this page, ‘like’ our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates and chance to win this fabulous prize.

 

 

Constance Hotels – where glamour meets pure escape

Stunning island locations, dotted across the Indian Ocean, make the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi

Add to this the Constance blend of first-rate service and high functioning luxury, and you have 7 exquisite resorts that you’ll want to visit time and time again.

From comments on Facebook and Twitter we know that for many of our guests, there’s often one resort that really captures their heart.

Here’s a glimpse into the world that makes Constance Hotels so special.

1. Location

Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Madagascar- these paradise islands conjure up images of romance, sun-filled days and warm tropical nights.

At Constance we’ve gone one step further – seeking out the best locations on each island to create our luxury resorts.

Anse Georgette at Constance Lemuria

Anse Georgette, Constance Lemuria Resort

Beautiful Anse Georgette

On the island of Praslin, Constance Lemuria is nestled next to the pristine beach of Anse Georgette. Regularly featured in lists of the top 10 beaches in the world, Anse Georgette offers super-soft white sand, warm clear sea and not a sun-lounger, bar or restaurant in sight. This is nature at its very best.

If you want to escape for the day to this paradise, we can arrange for a beach picnic to be brought to you for when you’re feeling peckish.

World-class diving at Constance Moofushi

Widely regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world, Constance Moofushi in the South Ari Atoll is a mecca for anyone wanting to experience the full technicolor beauty of the underwater world of the Maldives.

Moofushi is one of the few resorts in the Maldives to be surrounded by a spectacular house reef.

The main reef is just a few metres off the beach, rich with marine life and diverse coral habitats. Visibility is fantastic, usually between 20 and 25 metres, with a slow to moderate current creating perfect diving conditions.

Migratory ocean species such as mantas, whale sharks, dolphins and sea eagles all pass by along with a diverse array of fish including stingrays, sea cucumbers, lionfish, snappers and eels.

Find out more about diving at Constance Moofushi.

2. Delicious food and rare wines

Special beach dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Special beach dinner at Le Prince Maurice

At each of the restaurants and bars in our 7 resorts, you’ll find first-class chefs from around the world creating culinary delights that draw inspiration from local and international dishes.

Special meals in special locations at all our resorts

We also offer unique private dining experiences that allow you to enjoy a wonderful meal in a truly exotic location.

  • Dine under the stars on the beach at Constance Halaveli, surrounded by flowers and flaming torches. Your meal is prepared by your own chef and served by your personal butler.
  • Family in-villa dining – for those evenings when you or your kids just don’t want to eat in a restaurant, we can provide in-villa dining. Great choice is available from the menu, or you can ask our chefs for something different. This relaxed dining experience takes the frazzle out of family eating when everyone’s tired from a long day’s play in the sunshine.
  • At Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar we serve fish and seafood as fresh as you’ll find anywhere in the world. You can choose to dine with other guests at the convivial main restaurant or enjoy a fresh seafood platter on the beach as you watch the sun go down.

Wines from around the world

You may not expect to find rare wines at a resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean but our sommeliers travel the world to keep our wine cellars stocked with the finest old and new world wines. There’s a huge selection, from a crisp white to enjoy by the beach while the sun goes down to rare vintage heady reds, perfect for a celebration dinner.

At Constance Halaveli, our renowned wine collection features nearly 20,000 bottles of old and new world wine from 800 different varieties.

Find out more about the culinary spirit at Constance Hotels.

3. Top knotch spas

Spa villa at Constance Ephelia

Spa villa at Constance Ephelia

If you’re in need of a system re-boot, head to one of our spas where we’ll help to restore your sense of well-being.

Leading spa brands

We’ve created our own fabulous range of Spa de Constance holistic products, and partnered with some of the best beauty and spa brands in the world.

  • Valmont Spa, Ila Spa and Spa de Constance – Halaveli
  • Shiseido and Spa de Constance – Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia, Lemuria
  • Guerlain and Spa de Constance – Le Prince Maurice
  • Spa de Constance – Moofushi and Lodge Tsarabanjina

Spa village and villas at Constance Ephelia

If you’re looking to combine a holiday in paradise with a spa-escape, Constance Ephelia in the Seychelles offers the perfect solution. Our spa villas offer the luxury of having your own private spa set in the heart of your villa.

Roll out of bed in the morning and take a few steps to your spa where one of our therapists will give you a treatment of your choice. Each spa villa comes with a double treatment room, hot tub, steam shower and laconarium (sauna/hammam). The spa opens onto a private garden and swimming pool. Bliss.

4. Personal service

Chef serving family at Constance Hotels

Service with a smile at Constance

At Constance Hotels, our guests are known by their name not their room number.

Many of our guests return year after year because they’ve fallen in love with one of our resorts, and because they know that a holiday at Constance gives a feeling of having chanced upon somewhere really very special – it’s the essence of the Constance Hotels Experience.

Fantastic staff

Reviews on Trip Advisor speak for themselves – time and again people praise our staff’s ability to attend to detail while only being there when guests want them to be there, and not when they don’t.

‘The genuine warmth and kindness from all the staff made us feel very special and the candlelit dinner on the evening of our anniversary was totally amazing.’ Constance Le Prince Maurice on Trip Advisor

‘This hotel offered everything we could have hoped for and more. The service was excellent and the staff always went over and above what was expected. Everyone was really friendly from the reception to the dining room to the maintenance.’ Constance Moofushi on Trip Advisor

5. Dream destination weddings and honeymoons

Wedding couple on a boat at Constance Moofushi

Wedding at Moofushi

Destination weddings are a big trend again this year, and at Constance Hotels we go out of our way to make sure your big day is as perfect as you dreamed it would be. Our wedding planners work with you to organise the detail, from pre-wedding spa treatments, flowers, champagne, dinner, and a petal-strewn bath, to a wonderful morning-after breakfast.

Find out more about dream weddings at Constance Hotels.

Perfect honeymoons

Many couples choose Constance Hotels as the destination for one of the most important holidays of their lives. There’s much to appeal to honeymooners from the beauty of the landscape and the allure of a water villa on stilts, to fabulous food and cocktails, and the intimacy of our suites complete with huge beds and baths big enough for two.

Read more about honeymoons at Constance Hotels.

Romance at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Actors Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott travelled to Constance Le Prince Maurice earlier this year. In Harper’s Bazaar, Forlani revealed the resort was the scene of ‘one of the most romantic nights ever’ with her husband.

6. Golf

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

If you’re looking to combine your enthusiasm for a few rounds on the green with a luxury holiday, you won’t have to compromise on the quality of either at Constance.

MCB Tour Championship – Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

At our resorts in Mauritius, you’ll find 2 championship 18-hole golf courses: the Legend and the Links. Every year in December, these courses set the stage for the MCB Tour Championship, the season-ending big finale in the European Senior Tour Championship.

The only golf course in the Seychelles – Constance Lemuria

At Constance Lemuria, you’ll find the only golf course in the Seychelles archipelago. This 18-hole course, par 70, covers an area of 5580 metres with magnificent scenery and views of 3 spectacular beaches. There’s no charge to play for guests of Constance Lemuria.

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