Constance The Prince Maurice
To be welcomed like a prince
After landing at Mauritius Island’s Sir Seewoosagur Ramggoolam International Airport, it takes less than an hour to reach the Prince Maurice, a hotel hidden in a 60 hectare property of lush tropical vegetation. Located along the sea, with no neighboring hotels around it, the Prince Maurice imposes its majestic presence surrounded by nature and reinforced by its spectacular architecture. It’s impossible to be indifferent in front of the entrance composed of wood, marble and water, as a veritable cathedral seems to emerge from the coconut palms. The peaceful zen like atmosphere desired by the architect is further enhanced by feng shui concepts. There are no partitions for example. Everything is open, enabling guests to circulate throughout the entire hotel. When luxury rhymes with space, there is a feeling of freedom, something that is not always easy to find in large hotels. Water is a key element at the Prince.
There is water running from the fountain in the lobby to the swimming pool which blends into the turquoise waters of the ocean…and the view is sensational. Even the peaceful sound of the water transports you to a remote faraway land. As soon as you arrive at the Prince, time stands still. A highly competent and talented staff takes you in hand ever so gently. The personnel are typical of the Mauritian people, known for their pleasant smiles and bursts of laughter. It takes almost no effort to fall in love with the island and with the Prince Maurice! Once you’ve settled into your sober and efficient colonial style room with its magnificent bathroom, it’s time to explore the hotel. The restaurants pay tribute to Mauritian cuisine as well as offering the possibility of rediscovering Asian specialties like “sushi tapas” in a simple and unpretentious atmosphere. The main attraction however, is the Barachois. Located in the middle of the mangrove, this floating restaurant is unique in Mauritius. The dreamlike atmosphere is enhanced as the sun sets on a horizon of mountains reflecting rich red colors, accompanied by the sound of fish jumping out of the water! This blend of water, mangrove and black volcanic rock makes this truly and totally atypical hotel both surprising and enchanting. And so the question is not whether or not to stay at the Prince, but when to stay, for how long, and finally, does one really have to leave?