The Con­stance Belle Mare Plage Ho­tel in Mau­ri­tius

VIR­TUOZ­ITY HEADS TO STUN­NING MAU­RI­TIUS TO SAM­PLE A BIT OF IS­LAND LIFE AT THE CON­STANCE BELLE MARE PLAGE HO­TEL

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STEP­PING INTO THE LOBBY of the Con­stance Belle Mare Plage you could be for­given for thinking it never gets cold in Mau­ri­tius, as the ho­tel has no doors or any way of seal­ing up the en­trance to the ho­tel. Noth­ing says trop­i­cal par­adise like an open plan re­cep­tion to greet ar­riv­ing guests. The thing is, you’d not be far wrong. Tem­per­a­tures rarely dip be­low 20 de­grees and the is­land basks all year round in what can only be de­scribed as near per­fect weather. No won­der every­one be­tween the air­port and ho­tel lobby have big, happy grins on their faces.

With its white washed walls and dark wood floor­ing and beams, the ho­tel does a good job of mak­ing you im­me­di­ately feel at home be­fore you’ve even filled out the guest pa­per­work. Through the win­dows be­hind the check in you get a sneak peak of the sea just be­yond the bar, neatly framed by sway­ing palm trees.

The rooms are ar­ranged in blocks three storeys high, ei­ther fac­ing lush vege­ta­tion, one of the se­lec­tion of pools or the sea. Mau­ri­tius is clearly all about out­door life, as much of the ho­tel is open to the el­e­ments.

The ho­tel boasts 104 pres­tige rooms, 149 junior suites, six deluxe suites, 18 dis­tinc­tive vil­las and a pres­i­den­tial villa for those keen to re­ally push the boat out. The rooms are dec­o­rated in a fairly sim­ple, but bright style. Light fur­nish­ings and white walls, set against what­ever stun­ning view you have out­side your win­dow.

That view will al­most cer­tainly con­tain green­ery of some sort, as the ho­tel and the is­land as a whole is swathed in a carpet

“With its white washed walls and dark wood floor­ing and beams, the ho­tel does a good job of mak­ing you im­me­di­ately feel at home.”

of the deep­est green you’re ever likely to see. The Con­stance is no dif­fer­ent, es­pe­cially with its two ad­ja­cent top qual­ity golf cour­ses. The Leg­end course hosts the Euro­pean Se­nior Tour right at the end of the year, round­ing off the sea­son for the play­ers.

Guests have di­rect ac­cess via a 30-sec­ond walk to the first tee from their rooms, so if you like your golf and fancy rub­bing shoul­ders with some of the leg­ends of the game, then the Con­stance pro­vides that opportunity.

The ho­tel is also blessed with an ar­ray of restau­rants, so food­ies will also be more than happy. There’s a to­tal of nine places to eat around the en­tire re­sort, with The Bar be­ing the place to be for en­ter­tain­ment in the evenings.

La Spi­ag­gia is also worth a men­tion, es­pe­cially if you want a ro­man­tic din­ner for two. Set away from the main cen­tral re­sort area, it’s a se­cluded joy with a quiet at­mos­phere.

The top place to eat is the amaz­ing Blue Penny Cel­lar, an a la carte restau­rant with a huge wine cel­lar that boasts around 15,000 bot­tles from 1,300 dif­fer­ent winer­ies around the world.

If you like your wine, they’ll have some­thing to suit your tastes. The food it­self is in­cred­i­ble and is worth re­vis­it­ing if you have time dur­ing your trip.

There’s also a fully-equipped gym, kids club and all the fa­cil­i­ties you’d ex­pect from a top ho­tel.

If you had to be picky, the only down­side is that jour­ney times across the is­land (or in any di­rec­tion for that mat­ter) take for­ever, so ex­plor­ing from the Con­stance Belle Mare Plage needs a wellplanned day.

Mau­ri­tius does have a bit of high­way, but its only two lanes and none of it seems to head to the east. Ev­ery road, in­clud­ing the main ar­ter­ies, are sin­gle lane and pass through ev­ery vil­lage at walk­ing speed.

If the lady at num­ber 22 wants to back off her drive­way, the is­land comes to a halt, whilst she shuts her gate. But then that’s is­land life. Per­haps it’s ac­tu­ally a pos­i­tive. We all need to slow down, but in Mau­ri­tius you don’t have any choice. Just sit back, re­lax and en­joy the ride. You are on hol­i­day af­ter all.

As an is­land Mau­ri­tius should be on ev­ery hol­i­day-maker’s wish list. And for any­one seek­ing a beach front hide­away there’s prob­a­bly nowhere bet­ter than the Con­stance Belle Mare Plage.

So turn off the phone, slow down the heart rate and slide into Mau­ri­tian time in one of the is­land’s best ho­tels. And that long drive back the air­port? Why bother?

“The top place to eat is the amaz­ing Blue Penny Cel­lar, an a la carte restau­rant with a huge wine cel­lar that boasts around 15,000 bot­tles.”

The ho­tel also boasts the ex­cel­lent U Spa by Con­stance. The fa­cil­ity has a huge range of treat­ments and mas­sages to choose from and the rooms are set in a serene court­yard. There can’t be many more peace­ful places to en­joy some hol­i­day pam­per­ing. The stan­dard mas­sage is sub­lime and the sig­na­ture treat­ments are sim­ply out of this world.

The ex­ten­sive menu also in­cludes mas­sages, fa­cials, scrubs and wraps, with a range of each to choose from. Just to give you an idea of the va­ri­ety of choices, there are 10 dif­fer­ent mas­sages and five fa­cials, so you could work your way through them all dur­ing your stay.

They also have a yoga pro­gramme and even a kid spa menu. U Spa seems to have ev­ery base cov­ered.

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