Constance Prince Maurice
What We Love
- Rate includes daily buffet breakfast
- Splendid isolation, on a private peninsula void of beach vendors
- Lantern-lined floating restaurant, Barachois
What To Know
- The rooms are marketed as suites but are really just big rooms, so don’t expect separate spaces
- If you want to play golf, you’ll have to drive to sister resort Belle Mar Plage — but Le Prince Maurice guests receive free tee times
- Early checkins and late checkouts are hard to get
- There will be compulsory Christmas and New Year's Eve gala dinners on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 respectively
- Christmas dinner costs approximately: $176 per adult, $78 per child 7-12 (children 6 and under attend for free)
- NYE dinner costs approximately: $355 per adult, $124 per child 7-12 (children 6 and under attend for free)
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
One of Mauritius’s most come-hither hotels, the unabashedly romantic Constance Le Prince Maurice is a 60-acre resort of Feng Shui-inspired bungalows flanked by lush tropical gardens and Indian Ocean. Spice Island elegance abounds in the marble-floored lobby, with vaulted thatch roofs, four trickling fountains and a colonnade that sweeps your eye out to the slate-blue-tiled infinity pool and the sparkling azure Indian Ocean. It’s just shy of over-the-top, and right in that sweet spot of exotic appeal, thanks to the vision of Mauritian architect Jean-Marc Eynaud.
Bed and Bath
Equally ornate are the 76 guestrooms and 13 villas, where saffron-colored fabrics, colonial-style furniture and polished teak floors celebrate Mauritius’s heritage as a stop along the nautical spice route. Thatched-roof villas are intimate overwater bungalows equipped with living and dining areas. Spacious bathrooms are nearly as big as the bedrooms and feature separate showers and soaking Whirlpool tubs.
The food is superb, especially at the fine dining restaurant Archipel, which helped earn the resort its status as the country’s only member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel association. The second restaurant, Barachois, earns points for its design — it occupies five connected docks over a marine reserve — and its simple grilled seafood. Likewise, the spa is one of the island’s standouts, with treatments ranging from Frenchified Sisley facials to rigorously authentic ayurvedic massages, and more of that stunning architecture: The two couples treatment suites are some of the most romantic around.
How to Get There
We visited this hotel as part of our honeymoon. It's hard to explain how special every single member of staff made this week. Never have I left a 5 star hotel having built up such an affinity to both the place and the people. From the moment we checked in and were presented with a complimentary 'honeymoon gift' which included a champagne breakfast on our balcony and a significant discount on a couples spa treatment, through to the last Phoenix beer before our departure, we loved it all.
The food was spectacular and Kevin, Hurry and their team made sure we enjoyed every bite. Very professional but also incredibly funny and sincere. Around the pool the kindness of Mehess and Kiran was one of the reasons we chose to make this our camp each day rather than the beach, which is every bit as idyllic as the photos suggest.
The perfect honeymoon and some real friends made. We can't wait to come back. Thank you to all the team at the Prince Maurice.
Prince Maurice is a wonderful hotel in many respects but one of the best things about it is its absolutely world class wine selection (more than 25,000 bottles in the "cellar")
and the outstanding wine - related service. You can find many of the well - established top wines e.g. from Europe, the US, and South Africa as well as innovative new ideas in the extended wine list. Head Sommelier Jerome Carlier and his team provide a very knowledgeable and friendly service to wine drinkers and easily compare with the standards of excellence we know from Michelin - starred restaurants in Europe.
I spent three weeks in Mauritius in October and stayed for most of the holiday at Le Prince Maurice which is on the east side of the island. I know the island well - in fact I know most of the Indian Ocean pretty well - and there is absolutely no doubt that Le Prince Maurice is one of the very best hotels that I have stayed in. I can't say categorically that it is THE best because it simply depends on what your personal preferences are. If, for example, you want to do lots of sea swimming then this is not the hotel for you because, while the beach itself is lovely, the sea is mostly shallow and rather muddy underfoot (it is on the edge of a mangrove lagoon). And you don't get that wonderful turquoise and azure lagoon effect immediately off the beach, which you do at many of the Mauritian hotels. Don't get me wrong however .... it is still an extraordinarily pretty seascape but just not great for sea swimming. Now, you wouldn't necessarily find this out from the brochures or the websites (why would they tell you?) before you booked but, fortunately, I booked through Susie Freeman Travel and they evidently know more about Mauritius and the Indian Ocean generally than any other tour operator I have used in the past. And that makes such a difference because you know precisely what you are buying when you book the holiday; in fact, the investigation / discussion / booking process was a bit like test driving a car before you buy it. So, my first definitive advice is to book through Susie Freeman Travel - their prices also compared very favourably with the online booking options that I looked at.
The hotel itself is fabulous. I think it's the most beautiful of all the Mauritian great hotels - very serene, tranquil and stylish with lots of marble and tinkling water but very tastefully designed. We had a stilts villa with eye-catching views over the mangrove lagoon with the backdrop of the undulating sugar cane fields and the craggy volcanic mountains in the background - it was stunning, particularly in the evening with the sun setting behind - and it was very private. In fact, Le Prince Maurice is a fairly large property and not that many rooms, under 80 I think, so the whole hotel feels very secluded and rather privileged, almost as if you are staying in a rather grand private residence. I guess you would describe the rooms as colonial, plantation style with highly polished dark mahogany floors, wooden furnishings and open ceilings right up to the rafters, which I imagine would help to dissipate the heat when it gets really warm. The bed was extremely comfortable and the rooms are equipped with everything you would expect at this exalted level of luxury. Storage was good and well laid out and the bathroom was large, although I felt that the bathroom fittings were beginning to look marginally dated. The food generally was excellent - to my mind, the Asian restaurant was probably the best - but all the restaurants were very impressive.
One of the best things about this hotel is the golf because you have two 18 hole championship golf courses on tap and free, including a buggy, whenever you want to play. I played with friends quite a bit, usually on the Links course which is more forgiving than the Legends course which is where the Mauritian Open is played (its on the senior European Pro tour so this is proper golf!). The golf courses are truly fantastic; they are pretty, beautifully maintained and the people who run them are absolutely delightful - always friendly and welcoming and positive and nothing is too much trouble to make your round as enjoyable as it possibly can be. Frankly, if you want to play golf then try here in this hotel because the combination of the hotel and the golf is as good as it gets pretty much anywhere in the world .... although, ironically, I certainly wouldn't describe this as a golf hotel.
Overall, I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. Its beautiful, serene and elegant and it positively exudes class. The staff are absolutely brilliant and, if you haven't been to Mauritius before, you will be amazed at the quality of service and how delightfully friendly and welcoming the whole place is. And the final point I would make is that, in October at least, it was incredibly good value compared to other top end hot destinations elsewhere in the world.
I stayed at The Prince Marice in the beginning of October with the whole family. Knowing the island well and international luxury hotels around the world through work meant I had high standards, yet this has got to be right up there with the very best. I booked my holiday through Susie Freeman Travel who really knows the island, having been in the business for over 20 years. She knew what we were looking for after one lovely conversation. It's the small touches that make the difference. Wifi in the transfer to the hotel to check in with loved ones (wifi name: Susie Freeman Travel in the car was so cool)!! To your favourite bottle of Gin in a beach bag waiting in your room as a welcome gift. The Prince Maurice boast a wonderful Spa and I highly recommend more than one visit. Ultimately the service quality, attention to detail, superb wine cellar and list with the location and stunning beach (basically everything) meant it was a dream holiday. I will be back, and I will be booking my holiday through Susie Freeman Travel. You should too!!
We have stayed in a number of hotels in Mauritius. This is the best. The rooms, the setting and the feel of the place make it as close to perfect as you can get. The staff are so good, they know your inside leg measurement within a day. This is not something you can teach. These people care deeply about their role in your perfect holiday. We play a lot of golf and the two courses are fantastic, again, made easier by the superb guys who are ready with the buggies and water but also with the cold towels at the end. We could not have had such a great time without the killer breakfasts and opulent dinners. My mouth waters just thinking about the breakfasts. Being greeted by the lovely Annabelle and her excellent eggs! When my two year old son ran wild, there was always someone to think on their feet and ease the load so I could focus on the food. A special thanks to Jerome from the insanely beautiful and huge wine cellar. Not only is he the most entertaining sommelier we have met but he presides over the most outrageous wine cellar, which is the largest in the Indian Ocean. You literally can take your pick of Bordeaux and Burgundy in the best place I can think of. Thank you so much to everyone at Constance Prince Maurice.