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Hotel Highlights

  • Romantic dining
  • Luxe Sisley spa
  • Floating-bar sunsets

Overview

Lapped by the Indian Ocean’s beryl waters, luxury resort hotel Constance Le Prince Maurice has beachfront, lake-edge and palm-shaded luxurious suites made for romantic escapades. Its many facilities – a free-form pool, luxurious spa and spectacular floating restaurant – are dotted around the sprawling grounds, and the attentive service can’t fail to charm you. Just stretch yourself out on a sunlounger and sink into the hedonistic rhythm of Mauritian life.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Constance Le Prince Maurice with us:

A fruit basket and a bottle of wine (champagne for GoldSmiths). Guests staying between 28 April and 25 October will receive a complimentary meal-plan upgrade (to half-board when booking on a B&B basis; or to full-board if booking half-board)

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

89, including 76 suites.

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.

Rates

Double rooms from $577.31 (€435), 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.

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.

At the hotel

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.

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.

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.

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-room manicures and pedicures are available – get beach-ready feet with treatments for healthy nails, anti-ageing rituals and chip-proof polish.

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.

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Food & Drink

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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.

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).

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.

Smith Insider

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.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Facing the Indian Ocean on Mauritius’ east coast, Flacq is a district of pristine coast, quiet coves and translucent lagoons. Many a day can be spent lounging on the white-sand beaches and idling in the spa, but it pays to leave the comforts of the resort to explore the island, with its rich history, exuberant markets and tastebud-tickling cuisine. Take a boat trip to Ile aux Cerfs, a pretty island off the village of Trou d’Eau Douce to the south; venture up to the sleepy fishing village of Cap Malheureux and its picturesque red-roofed church; arm yourself with patience and a smile for a colourful ride on the local buses. Don’t miss Port Louis’ bazaar, a vast and bustling market where you can soak up the local atmosphere and stock up on saffron, juicy vanilla pods and, with a bit of haggling, beautiful sarongs to last you a lifetime.

 

Head inland, an hour’s drive away, for a unique view of Mauritius’ forests and rivers. Strap in at Chazal Ziplines to fly through the treetops, swim in natural riverbeds, and splash through waterfalls. Bring plenty of mosquito repellent if you’re going to explore the river and the banana and sugar cane plantations along the way; sessions include a wholesome Mauritian lunch at the table d’hôte. A 10-minute drive from Port Louis, Domaine Les Pailles offers a glimpse into Mauritius colonial past. Tour the grounds on horse and cart, and visit the 18th-century sugar mill and distillery, where you can indulge in a spot of rum tasting. In the south west of Mauritius, near the rolling variegated hills of Chamarel, the road to Rhumerie de Chamarel is lined with sugar cane and tropical fruit plantations. Rum tastings, guided tours and tasty meals are on offer; finish your visit with a Café Chamarel – a vivifying mix of gold rum, syrup, black coffee and cream.

 

Local restaurants

Off Trou d’Eau Douce’s pretty public beach, a 20-minute drive from the hotel, tranquil family-run Chez Tino (+230 419 2769) has an inviting terrace with views across the bay. Juicy rock lobster and enormous prawns are the stars of the menu, but the dainty samosas, crab-topped rice and refreshing salads are not to be missed either. Book in advance to eat lunch at Escale Créole, where mother Majo and daughter Christine dish up authentic Mauritian fare in a laid-back garden setting, a short drive from Port Louis. Generous servings of rougaille sausage stew, perfumed curries and flavourful pickles are set on rustic vichy-checked tables – just help yourselves to a second or third helping, but make sure to leave enough room for a slice of banana or coconut cake and a swig of the punch-packing spiced rum, made to a well-guarded family recipe. With vintage cars and an old plane scattered among the fruit and spice trees, eccentric Chez Tante Athalie (+230 243 9266) serves up delicious Creole fusion food, with a tempting set-menu and à la carte options of fresh seafood and grilled meats. Stop here en route to the bountiful Pamplemousses botanical gardens, a 10-minute drive away.

Local cafés

Cari poulet? Bol renversé (upside-down bowl)? Fish vindaye? If you’re looking for Mauritius’ national dish, look no further than dholl puri, paper-thin flatbreads stuffed with fragrant spicy lentils. Pull up a plastic chair at Dewa & Sons (+230 464 5646), a short drive from Port Louis – locals flock to this unassuming pitstop and are sure to point you in the right direction.

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Chic-en-Flacq headland

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Choisy Road, Poste de Flacq, Flacq District, 02300

On the tranquil eastern shore of Mauritius’ Flacq district, beachfront Constance Le Prince Maurice is nestled in sugar cane plantations, facing the Indian Ocean.

Planes

Fly into Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport, named after a former Prime Minister. Mauritius is well connected with daily flights to international hubs such as London, Singapore, Paris or Dubai. The hotel is an hour’s coastal drive from the airport, along the B28 road.

Automobiles

Taxis are available outside most hotels in Mauritius, but ask reception to help calculate your fare so you can negotiate with the driver. The hotel can also organise car rental for guests if you want to explore at your own pace. Buses in Mauritius are reliable, if slow, and can get you to just about any part of the island.

Other

Helicopter transfers from the airport take 15 minutes and should be arranged when booking.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this indulgent hotel in Mauritius and unpacked their sarongs and spices, a full account of their laid-back luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Constance Le Pr…
Read more

Constance Le Prince Maurice

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this indulgent hotel in Mauritius and unpacked their sarongs and spices, a full account of their laid-back luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius…

When breeze blows through the grounds of Constance Le Prince Maurice, which takes its name from the Dutch pioneer of the spice trade, the air carries the aroma of sun-warmed nutmeg. Balinese-style suites, made of dark teak and thatch, and shaded by coconut palms, are dotted throughout sizeable grounds, and these are never more than a leisurely stroll away from the spa, restaurants and bars – ideal, as temperatures on Mauritius regularly rise into the energy-sapping mid-seventies. Phew. It’s enough to make you want to flop down on sand as soft as whipped cream and lull yourself into a delicious, woozy half-sleep with the sound of waves rising and falling in time with your breathing. Just as well, really…

Set among the mangrove trees and accessed by a long, narrow bridge, Le Barachois, the hotel’s most romantic restaurant, offers both delicious fresh fish and wonderful views, and is popular with guests who want to dine à deux. If you feel as though you’re floating, you're not necessarily swooning with love for your partner (though this shouldn't be ruled out). The restaurant sits on pontoons over the lagoon and bobs like a lily on its tranquil waters.
 

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