Mark Twain once said: “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” Wow, as he right! A little piece of heaven, a short 4-hour flight away from Johannesburg, waits…
Mauritius, once a home for pirates, but now a tropical paradise, is known for its balmy blue waters, sandy white beaches, shady palm trees, golden sun… The iconic collaboration between sun, sea and sand sets the scene for the most blissful island holiday – it’s a wonderful place to unplug and recharge. It’s no wonder that Mauritius is considered one of the top holiday destinations in the world.
And where better to unwind than at Constance Prince Maurice, a 5-star luxury hideaway surrounded by an abundance of nature and spectacular piercing-blue beaches. After a not-so-long flight and a short drive, I arrived at Constance Prince Maurice and immediately made my way to the elegant U Spa by Constance for a full body massage, leaving me wonderfully rejuvenated and refreshed and ready to dive into the culinary delights on offer at this beautiful resort.
About Constance Prince Maurice
The hotel, 35km away from the capital Port Louis, is situated on 60 hectares of private land which ensures maximum privacy for guests. The lush tropical gardens consist of rare vegetation, a beautiful green contrast to the turquoise blue lagoon. On the western side of the hotel is a natural fish reserve that adds to the natural beauty of the hotel and Le Barachois, the unique floating seafood restaurant situated in the reserve which overlooks the lagoon with an unspoiled view of the mountain range, providing us with the most breath-taking sunset.
For foodies, the dining opportunities are endless. There are three restaurants on the property, each serving Mauritian-influenced, gourmet fare. With the rich fishing ground surrounding the island, fresh seafood is found on every menu.
Holiday-goers do not have to worry too much about their waste lines as Constance Hotels and Resorts partnered up with nutritional therapist, Rosanna Davison, to ensure there are many nutritional and healthier options, which looks and tastes great too, on the menu. Michael Scioli, Executive Chef of Constance Prince Maurice, said: “guests are looking for healthier food and this partnership will meet the expectations of our guests.” Rosanna’s approach to cooking with and enjoying vegetables, colourful and fresh food has been great in reducing the number of processed foods available for guests on a wellness stay.
The largest wine cellar in the Indian Ocean
Constance Prince Maurice also boasts the largest wine cellar in the Indian Ocean with over 25 000 bottles of wine from 17 different countries! A lovely selection of South African wines form part of this spectacular display of top wines from around the world. Guests can also book a special wine tasting with head-sommelier, Jérome Carlier, in the cellar, who enjoys sharing his knowledge of, and passion for wines, and the wine industry, with his guests.
Fun things to do at Constance Prince Maurice
It’s easy to stay in shape when you are on holiday. The U Spa at Constance Prince Maurice provides guests with a fully-equipped gym with an extensive choice of Life Fitness Cardio equipment. Or, simply enjoy one of the leisure activities available for guests. Enjoy a cycle around the resort, step on court for a game of tennis, or practice your swing on the practice putting green (guests can enjoy the “Legend” and “Links” 18 holes championship golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage’s, located approximately 5 minutes’ drive from Constance Prince Maurice). The range of plentiful water activities includes diving, snorkelling, waterskiing, laser boats, pedalos, a glass-bottom boat, windsurfing, and kayaks – there is something to do for everyone. Or, simply takes some much-deserved time out and relax the day away on a lounger by the pool or next to the beach (take your favourite book, a bottle of sunscreen and simply lounge the day away). Make sure you are on the beach during sunset, where you can see the stunning orange sky melt into the turquoise water.
The most difficult decision you have to make on this wellness holiday is thinking about what fun activity you will be doing next. With a sea breeze in the air and salt in your hair, you cannot help but take a deep breath and simply relax.
The Constance group are committed to living sustainably and being as close to nature as possible. The Dodo, now extinct, but endemic to Mauritius is used by Constance Prince Maurice as the symbol for sustainability. A lovely blow-up Dodo is placed on your bed with instructions and recommendations on how to be water-wise during your stay.
After a stay at Constance Prince Maurice, I finally understand what Psyche Roxas-Mendoza meant when she said: “[E]very time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.”