Constance Le Prince Maurice
- Style Thatch and glitz
- Setting Chic-en-Flacq headland
On a palm-fringed lagoon facing the Indian Ocean, luxury resort hotel Constance Le Prince Maurice’s thatch-roofed suites are dotted around aromatic tropical gardens. With two inviting pools, a floating restaurant and a pampering Sisley spa, it’s the perfect spot to relax and indulge in Mauritian style.
Need to know
- Rooms 89, including 76 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $896.76 (€652), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
- More details Rates usually include a buffet breakfast of pastries and breads, vanilla or citrus honey, French toast, waffles, pancakes, and cooked egg, smoked marlin and cheeses.
- Facilities Swimming pools, spa, private beach with watersports facilities, kids club, access to Belle Mare Plage Hotel’s golf course, gym, playground, beach volleyball, mini golf, tennis courts, library, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD and CD player, iPod dock, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities.
- Poolside The main pool stretches between the thatch-roofed central pavilion and the edge of the beach, weaving between the dining areas and terraces and flanked by four-poster sunloungers dotted around its edges. Nestled further in the grounds, the second more secluded pool is slate-lined and surrounded by decking. Cushioned teak loungers and matching parasols are lined up around the edges; languid guests can set up camp on the surrounding grass in the welcome shade of palm-trees.
- Check–out 12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Guests can access the shower-equipped Orchid Lounge or pay an extra night’s stay for a guaranteed early check-in including breakfast and lunch. 6pm check-out (including a snack) is available for half a night’s stay.
Children Under-4s stay in cots or extra beds for free; extra beds for under-12s (€80 a night) can be added to rooms. Babysitting is available, from €12 an hour.
- Also In-room manicures and pedicures are available – get beach-ready feet with treatments for healthy nails, anti-ageing rituals and chip-proof polish.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Spacious and luxurious, the suites and villas are decorated in earthy spice tones, with colourful Mauritian textiles and large comfortable beds decked in soft linens. All bathrooms have a bath tub and separate shower, some of which are outdoors, in a private enclosure. Junior Suite on Stilts are built over the lake, with a deck overlooking the water and incredible sunset views. Family Beach Villas have their own heated private pool and a romantic outdoor bath; some are set right on the beach, with a stretch of white sand that will feel like your very own. If you’re really celebrating, then go for the 350sq m Princely Suite, which comes with two pools, three terraces, a private garden and, best of all, your very own villa master to attend to your every need.
- Packing tips Don't forget your bargaining skills: Port Louis’ bazaar is the place to stock up on spices and sarongs. Bring plenty of insect repellent if you’re planning on exploring inland Mauritius.
- Also In a secluded garden spot, the luxurious Sisley spa has six treatment rooms and two couples’ rooms, built around a small heated thermal swimming pool. Guests have free use of the steam room, Jacuzzi and chilled bath, and there’s an extensive menu featuring luxurious Sisley facials, warm-oil Shirobhyanga massages or the signature Rum Spirit, a two-hour ritual using fragrant vanilla and cinnamon.
Food and drink at Constance Le Prince Maurice
- Hotel restaurant Four. Archipel wraps around the main pool, an atmospheric terrace of carved wood, crisp linens and candlelight. In the mornings, the breakfast buffet is laid out by the busy open kitchen area; at night, poolside fire pits flicker in the evening breeze. Tall-toqued chefs add a light Mauritian touch to fusion dishes and fresh seafood. Feast on tapas-style sushi, sashimi and dim sum at Asian Corner. The Beach Deck is a casual lunch affair for sun-seekers and shallows-paddlers: snack on fish tartare or palm-heart salads from your seafront sunlounger. Down a lantern-lit walkway winding through mangroves, Barachois’ wooden platforms float on the lagoon; it’s the perfect sunset setting to sample Faye Faye crab or grilled lobster from the Indian Ocean; keep an eye out for Johnny, the three-metre-long shark who can sometimes be spotted circling beneath.
- Dress code Kaftan and sandals by day, silky and sultry by night.
- Top table In the golden glow of the setting sun, a corner table facing the lake at Barachois is perfect for dinner à deux; for even more island romance, ask for a table to be setup on the beach under a canopy of twinkling stars.
- Last orders Breakfast is served 7.30am–10.30am; lunch 12.30pm–3.30pm and dinner 7pm–10pm. Laguna Bar is open 9am–midnight, and Lotus Bar 6.30pm–11.30pm.
- Room service 24 hours. An all-day menu of salads, pizzas and sandwiches is available 11am–6.30pm. For dinner (6.30pm–10.30pm), feast on grilled lobster or the catch of the day. Overnight, a light menu of cold cuts, soup, pasta and pastries is available 10.30pm–7am.
- Hotel bar Lotus Bar has a colonial feel, with scattered chairs and sofas creating romantic nooks and secluded spaces. Laguna’s central bar is illuminated by sculptural pendant lights, with polished wooden floors and low mesh bucket seats to lounge in. Barachois’ romantic floating bar, with ocean views and a stunning backdrop of Mauritius’ mountains in the distance, is the perfect setting for a tropical sundowner of pineapple and pink pepper. Head sommelier Jerome Faure guides guests through the incredible and very cold wine cellar (they have pashminas to keep Mrs Smith warm).