Thursday, March 3, 2011
WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MAURITIUS, part 6, Le Prince Maurice
TREASURED MAURITIAN CHIC...
On a peninsula jutting into a big lagoon, the resort is surrounded by white sand beaches lined with palms. Its heart is an attractive lobby with view over serene pool and pale turquoise lagoon, surrounded by the quaint and shaggy roofs of restaurants and bars. Quality, style and romance are the keywords at Le Prince Maurice, with carefully chosen furnishings, antiques and objet d’art.
This intimate resort is remarkably peaceful. No buzz, no loud music. No sense of crowds. Except for the starlings and sparrows that chatter so much at breakfast time.
The beaches sweep in curves and round points. Very well attended with sunbeds, fresh towels and water – and romantically lined with palms. The lagoon is shallow but further out there is a floating platform from which swimming is easier. In the balmy air of evening it was a very quiet and romantic place.
The resort is actually quite small – only 89 suites of which most are spacious junior suites (70 sqm) each graced with patio featuring a sofa, table and chairs. Some of the junior suites have a fantastic position, facing the fish reserve or on poles in the lagoon – and four of them are on a private beach. We had the good fortune to have one of those. Our suite opened onto the grass that lead down to a sand, lagoon and our own sunbeds.
Nine senior suites or villas (130 sqm) have prime beachfront positions luxuriating in private pools and another three are over water (without pools). We saw the Princely suite, comprising senior suite, and junior suite. This is definitely a place you might place your Royalty. Not that it is so grand – it is just stylish and comfortable. And it has a lobby like a miniature Mauritian resort opening in typical way out to the (private) infinity pool. The beach is fairly private, with bushes to divide it somewhat from the continuing hotel beach. But it is lovely white sand with pale turquoise lagoon, just as it should be in Mauritius.
We visited Le Prince Maurice twice on our last tour. Once on the Air Mauritius fam for a hotel inspection, and again for two nights in February.
Dining was splendid. First night we dined at the main restaurant with front row seats viewing beach and lagoon, very content with magical life. The next dinner was even more special.
Walking out of the main building onto a path, past suites on stilts over the lagoon, we came to a board walk lit here and there with lanterns. The board walk crosses an island, continues over mangroves and water, turns the corner through the dark and …. Suddenly there you are at the floating restaurant. A small number of pontoons float there, magically lit…
Here you dine well, with a sense of being far away on an adventure.
Lunch was at Constance Belle Mare Plage on the brilliant white beach and deep turquoise lagoon – only 15-20 minutes by hourly shuttle via the golf course.
On the bus we met a Frenchman who has been to Mauritius 6 times. He is delighted with Prince Maurice. He stays there and takes a shuttle to Belle Mare Plage to play on one of its two golf courses. You can also dine at one of the 7 restaurants at Belle Mare Plage using the shuttle option.
Both resorts have spas of course. And watersports…naturally.
HOW TO GET TO LE PRINCE MAURICE
1 hour by car from Mauritius International Airport or 15 minutes by helicopter