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
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.