Constance Prince Maurice – Mauritius
Hotel Type: A 5* luxury island resort.
Location: Surrounded by an abundance of nature within 60 acres of private land on a secluded peninsula on the Pointe de Flacq. It is sandwiched between a natural lagoon and the Indian Ocean in the north east of the island, just an hour from the airport.
Style: Tropical island luxe.
Rooms: 64 Junior Suites, 12 Family suites, 12 Villas and the lavish Princely Villa. All are over water or on the beach front.
Favourite Room: Vicky particularly likes the Junior Suites on stilts built over the lagoon. With a deck overlooking the water they spacious and intimate boasting incredible sunset views.
Ideal For: Settling into island life.
Swimming: There are two hotel pools, a pool at the Kids Club, as well as a heated pool at the spa and of course you can swim in the Indian Ocean from the private beach.
Dining: There are three delicious restaurants to choose from as well as three bars (one of which is a floating bar) and a Wine Cellar.
Children: Exceptionally family friendly with a complementary Kids’ Club.
Activities: The hotel offers a wide range of activities. There are 2 floodlit tennis court and hotel bikes to use at your leisure. Complementary water sports include: Waterskiing, Hobie Cats, Laser boats, Pedalos, Windsurfing, and Kayaking. You can also go on a boat excursion or Catamaran cruise, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, and scuba diving. There are two 18-hole Golf courses 5 minutes away which are easily accessible by the hotels free shuttle. You can also head to the hotels fitness centre or spa.
Spa: A luxurious spa set a tranquil corner of the gardens. Here there is a heated pool, 7 treatment rooms, Sauna, Steam room, Cold plunge pool, hairdresser, and a fitness centre.
Accessibility: Wheelchair access is available in the main part of the hotel with ramps available to the main restaurant.
Low Season Price From: €300 per night in a Junior Suite, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €565 per night in a Junior Suite, including breakfast.
Open From: All year round.
Remote and amongst rainforest and palms; fringed by dazzling white beaches and dark turquoise ocean, the Constant Prince Maurice is nothing less than a luxurious tropical haven. Here, you feel far away from everything, with just a gentle breeze and a team of utterly charming staff looking after your every need. Traditional Mauritian thatched suites and villas, infinity pools, and lush gardens are spread over 60 acres, with the guests’ wellbeing at the very heart of everything. It is sophisticated and discreet, and a place where both couples and families can kick off their shoes, relax and experience a real escape.
Distinctly Mauritian, with dark wood furniture and warm spicy colours under thatched roofs, all the suites and villas are luxuriously spacious. Some sit on stilts in the mangroves, whilst others have direct beach access. They all feature large bathrooms with separate baths and showers – some outside in a private garden. Set amongst the swaying palms, the Junior Suites with Garden View are airy and comfortable with either a terrace or balcony. You can’t beat the Junior Suites on Stilts for romance, with their large balconies and dreamy views. And if you’d like direct beach access, then the Junior Suites Beachfront are for you. All the Junior Suites can sleep two adults and a child, and many interconnect. The Family Suites accommodate two adults and two children in complete luxury, with two en suite bedrooms, a separate living area and terrace. The Villas on Stilts promise tropical island living at its best. Sleeping up to four, sleek and sophisticated, they are exceptionally roomy, and feature an outdoor bath. What can we say about the Beach Villas with a Private Pool, other than they have a truly fabulous location? Steps from the water, they have a large private garden and a separate courtyard with a bathtub. The aptly named Princely Suite is one of the most luxurious retreats on the entire island, complete with its own private beach. Two pools, a choice of terraces and verandahs, it sleeps six guests who have the service of a full time butler. Packing your bags already?
The open sided Archipel looks out over the beach and the infinity pool, serving distinctly Mauritian influenced cuisine. Le Barachois is quite possibly one of the most romantic restaurants we’ve seen – on five separate decks over the water and reached by a long pontoon through the mangroves. Delicious dim sum and sushi are the signature dishes at Asian, a huge open plan, high ceilinged restaurant looking out across the lagoon, and light snacks and fresh juices are served all day in the Laguna Bar. Wine lovers mustn’t miss a visit to the Wine Cellar, which can hold up to 25,000 bottles and where tastings are a regular event. For cocktails and sundowners, the choice between the Lotus Lounge Bar and the Floating Bar is a tricky one.
Every thought has been given to families in both the design and the facilities. Apple Mac minis, bunks and steps up to the sinks in the Family Suites get our thumbs up, and the kids club for children between 4-11 has a full programme of activities. There’s a children’s pool; a playground and the older ones can get to try out a number of water sports. Freshly made purées can be ordered for smaller children and there’s a kids menu at all the restaurants. Babysitting can be arranged with one of the qualified members of the kids club. And if you’ve forgotten anything, the resort has all the baby essentials you need.
There’s a real serene sense of calm at the Constance Prince Maurice. So spending your days on the beach or on a lounger would be completely understandable and forgiven. However, there’s a host of activities on tap that can equally fill your days, and a whole island to explore. A short swing away are two 18-hole championship golf courses – Links and Legends – which are amongst some of the best on the island. There are two tennis courts, a practice putting green and bikes for exploring. Naturally, the water sports offering is excellent, with sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking and waterskiing. The hotel can also arrange for kite surfing at the hotel through a third-party partner. Guests can venture further afield on a catamaran, or go deep sea fishing. The Constance Spa is tucked away in a quiet corner, with a heated pool, sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool, and a team of therapists can tailor treatments just for you. Further afield, there’s zip lining and island tours, all of which the concierge can organise for you. And when you come back, your sundowner will be waiting for you.
We love the approach and commitment shown at the Constance Prince Maurice for its Indian Ocean location. Focusing on the biodiversity of the island, as well as the cultural impact of tourism on the local population and the region, there are a number of measures and initiatives in place. All of which, both staff and guests are encouraged to participate in. Energy and water saving devices are used wherever possible, together with eco-friendly packaging. Preservation of the ocean and sea life is actively encouraged – it has its own fish reserve – with marine clean ups and ensuring that no waste enters the ocean. It also participates in a coral planting programme. All food is ethically sourced and sustainable and local producers are supported. Labour laws are taken very seriously, and there’s a strong commitment to community engagement.