On a palm-fringed lagoon facing the Indian Ocean, luxury resort hotel Constance 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. Like what you see? Stay here while on one of our South African adventures…
Luxe Sisley spa
A fruit basket, bottle of wine (champagne for GoldSmiths) and for GoldSmiths staying five nights or more, a 30-minute back or foot massage each
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In-room manicures and pedicures are available – get beach-ready feet with treatments for healthy nails, anti-ageing rituals and chip-proof polish.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.
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.
Kaftan and sandals by day; silky, sultry or besuited by night.
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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 Prince Maurice in Mauritius…
When breeze blows through the grounds of Constance 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.
Choisy Road, Poste de Flacq, Flacq District, 02300
Poste de Flacq
16.2 mi / 26.2 km from city centre
- Aerobics instruction
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Tennis court
- On-Site parking
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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