I was lucky enough this year to have an extended Christmas break following an extremely busy December at work. After the usual week in Oxford alongside the extended family for a quintessentially English Christmas, I plumped for a change in scenery for my last week off before work and headed to the fabulous island of Mauritius.
As part of my job as a travel specialist working we are constantly working to update our working knowledge on all of the regions and accommodation we sell to, so I jumped at the chance to revisit one of my favourite hotels Mauritius has to offer – the Constance Le Prince Maurice. As part of the highly regarded Relais & Chateaux group, you know you are in for something special before you even step foot in the sixty hectares of tropical paradise that surrounds the illustrious hotel.
The hotel is located on a remote peninsula at the north side of the island which is over 45km from the airport. Even the capital Port Louis is relatively far away considering the small size of the island overall. This just adds to the exclusivity of the resort though and genuinely does make it one of the best places to stay in the entire Indian Ocean.
In terms of activities to keep you occupied if you are not simply tempted to flop out and relax on the golden beaches, there is a whole host to keep you entertained. If you are a keen Golfer and you can comfortably play in the 30 degree heat, the course on offer at Belle Mare Plage – the “Legend Golf Course” is simply breath taking. Established since 1994, the course is of a level you will rarely experience anywhere else in the world.
Of course Golf is not everyone’s thing. The Spa which is brought to you in association with Guerlain delivers on every front. Whilst remaining traditional in its core, the treatments are innovative and beyond luxurious. An hour in the spa will have even the most stressed guests transformed and ready to enjoy the rest of their stay.
Finally in terms of actual accommodation, there are a few choices. Ranging from the beyond basic “Junior Suites” working up to the “Princely Suite”, guests will be delighted with the quality and appearance of their rooms. I opted for the middle of the range “Villa” after previously staying in a Junior Suite and the upgrade was worth the extra expense. Overlooking the fish reserve, my “room on stilts” was the epitome of elegant luxury. The main problem you face is the resort is so alluring that you rarely want to go back to your room!
Needless to say my trip to the Constance has relaxed me enough to get back to work and start telling other people why they need to go there as well at their earliest opportunity.
James Bell is the Sales & Marketing Director at The Turquoise Holiday Company. Please contact us for more information on both this hotel and a wide range of other fabulous travel destinations.