After three days in the southwestern part of the island we wanted to explore the northern part of the island a bit more and had therefore picked out a resort on the north-east coast for the next three nights. Our choice has been the dreamy 5-star resort Constance Belle Mare Plage.
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The 5* Resort Constance Belle Mare Plage
Constance Belle Mare Plage is part of the Constance Hotels & Resortshotel chain, which operates a total of 8 different luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean: Mauritius, Seychelles, maldives, Madagascar and Sansibar.
Constance Belle Mare Plage is located on the east coast of Mauritius, about 45 kilometres from the capital Port Louis. From the airport “Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport” you can reach the hotel by car in about 60 minutes, depending on the traffic situation. The sister hotel Constance Prince Maurice is located about 3 km north of Belle Mare Plage. The hotel complex is located on a 2 km long sandy beach and offers ideal conditions for both recreation seekers and active sports enthusiasts.
The hotel complex
When we arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon, we were warmly welcomed by the staff. The reception area alone has amazed us – here you can already see that the resort is furnished and decorated with great attention to detail and very tastefully. During the registration formalities we could already enjoy a very tasty welcome drink and get a first look at the facility. We felt really comfortable here from the first moment and couldn’t wait to explore the facility.
The hotel grounds are very spacious and extend over 15 hectares. The resort is super beautifully landscaped and the gardens are lovingly maintained. In total there are 4 different pools, one of which is right behind the lobby and between the restaurant and bar. At first glance, the pool looks more like a decoration pool: with hammocks, palm trees and colorful flowers. But you can really go for a swim here. And the hammocks are also there for use 😉
Everywhere on the premises there are beautiful seating and sunbathing areas, which invite you to linger. We found the Instagram spots distributed in the resort particularly cool. For example, there is a ‘kind of wall’ between two buildings where local artists can immortalize themselves. Every few weeks the artist changes and the Art Wall looks different. Let’s find a great idea!
Our Junior Suite
The resort has a total of 278 residential units,including 104 Prestige rooms (45 m2), 149 Junior Suites (68 m2), 6 Deluxe Suites (96 m2), 18 villas with private pool (from 375 m2) and 1 Presidential Villa (852 m2).
We were accommodated in a junior suite located in a three-storey building. There are no elevators in the building, so we were very happy that our suitcases had already been brought to the room. The suites are very spacious and decorated in maritime colours. In the entrance area there is a cloakroom or dressing room, a bathroom with shower and bathtub and a separate toilet. The bathroom also has a connecting window to the sleeping/living area. The main room consists of a combined sleeping and living area with private sofa and armchair and a desk. From here you can get out to the furnished balcony, from which you can look out at the sea but also the pool. Otherwise, there are also all the amenities, such as hair dryer, TV, free WiFi, minibar, an Apple entertainment system and tea and coffee making facilities.
Even though we were almost only to sleep in the room, because we did so much outside, we felt very comfortable in the room. It was also very quiet and we didn’t miss anything 🙂
The different restaurants
We had a half-board meal packagefor the 3 nights at Constance Belle Mare Plage. This means that breakfast was included as well as dinner. Normally there are no drinks at the half board at dinner, but at the Constance Belle Mare Plage at least the water was free of charge. On the grounds of the Constance Belle Mare Plage there are a total of 7 different restaurants:
The main restaurant La Citronnelle
La Citronnelle is the resort’s main restaurant, located close to the lobby. Breakfast is served here and in the evening there is a buffet dinner. Since the resort was not fully booked at our time, we always found a nice place outside on the terrace. The variety of buffets here is really madness – both in the morning and in the evening. Every time we found it really hard to make a selection, because everything looked so delicious and great presented. You would have liked to have tried everything 😉
We particularly liked the cooking stations, because we got the food really fresh on the plate. In the evening the buffet varies, i.e. sometimes there is a Creole buffet, sometimes French, International, Mediterranean or Asian. The desserts were also madness – from a large selection of ice creams, to a chocolate fountain, to real dessert artworks decorated with the hotel’s name. The Citronnelle is a true gourmet paradise for connoisseurs!
The Indigo is located directly on the beach and offers snacks at lunchtime and a sandwich menu in the afternoon.
Mitagessen in Lakaze
Lakaze is a casual beach restaurant with a beautiful view of the sea. At lunchtime there is a small buffet with a salad and dessert bar. The main course can be chosen from various grilled dishes, which are then freshly prepared. In the afternoon in “The Bar” there is still delicious ice cream and pancakes 🙂
The gourmet restaurant La Spiaggia
La Spiaggia is a gourmet restaurant located in the villa area of the hotel complex. There is a large veranda with a beautiful view of the sea. For guests with half board, La Spiaggia has a credit of 1,090 rupees per person per day. If you end up ordering more, you pay the rest at your own expense.
Dinner at Deer Hunter
Deer Hunter is housed in the clubhouse of the hotel’s “Legend” golf course. From the terrace of the restaurant you have a wonderful view of the greenery and with a bit of luck you can also observe the Java deer (hence the name of the restaurant). It offers a continental breakfast as well as lunch, light afternoon snacks and various a la carte dishes in the evening. We had reserved a table here one evening. For guests with half board, there is a credit of 1,090 rupees per person per day for the Deer Hunter. If you end up ordering more, you simply pay for the rest yourself. The restaurant’s menu isn’t insanely large. The focus here is on local dishes, but also on game dishes and grilled specialities. We opted for a fried pork breast and jumbo prawns and were more than satisfied with our selection. It was really delicious!
Le Swing Restaurant
Le Swing is a restaurant located in the clubhouse of the golf course “Links” from which you have a magnificent view over the golf course. The restaurant is open for lunch and in the afternoon for light snacks, salads and sandwiches.
Dinner & Winetasting at Blue Penny Cellar
On the first evening we were at the Blue Penny Cellar for a wine tasting “Constance Wine Flight”, which is not included in the half-board package and costs 1,300 rupees per person. When we arrived at the restaurant at 6.30 p.m., there was no guest, so a staff member could show us the restaurant and the wine cellars in peace. And what we saw was really crazy. It’s hard to believe that there’s a restaurant on an indian ocean island that has more than 30,000 bottles of wine from around the world. The sommelier took a lot of time during the wine tasting to explain everything in peace, there were also great little snacks and the a la carte dinner including dessert in the aftermath was also great and highly recommended. We are not real wine connoisseurs, but a dinner in a wine cellar including wine tasting is a really great experience.
As in the Deer Hunter, blue penny cellar offers half-board guests a credit of 1,090 rupees per person per day. If you end up ordering more, you pay the rest on top.
On the premises there are of course also some bars, which invite you to linger. You can see that the cuisine is definitely not neglected in the Constance Belle Mare Plage. You can indulge in culinary delights here and just have to be careful that one or two pounds more does not land on your hip 😉
Constance Belle Mare Plage is located on a two-kilometre-long white sandy beach in a sheltered bay. The beach is rather narrow, but there are enough loungers for the hotel guests. The sand is powdered sugar white, but there are a few places on the beach where access to the sea is somewhat difficult, as there are outstanding, dark coral blocks here. Other areas of the beach are barrier-free and you can enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean here undisturbed.
Golf, Water Sports, Tennis & Activities
Mauritius is a true paradise for sports enthusiasts. There is a wide variety of sports activities here – both on land, in and under water.
Constance Belle Mare Plage has 4 tennis courts, a mini golf course and the possibility of playing table tennis and bocce. The boathouse also offers a variety of free water sports activities, such as water skiing and wake boarding, windsurfing, kayaks and pedal boats, catamarans, glass-bottom boat trips and snorkelling excursions. In addition to the boathouse, there is also a diving school, which offers scuba diving, diving courses and taster diving.
We also took part in a snorkeling trip one morning. We were able to rent the equipment free of charge in the boathouse. At 10 o’clock we started with 4 other hotel guests from the jetty. It took us about 10 minutes to get to the snorkeling spot. On site we had about 40 to 45 minutes to snorkel and look at the underwater world. Unfortunately there wasn’t so much to see here, so we tried some pictures with the Half Dome. We just find these half-half photos totally cool 🙂
In addition, there are also two 18-hole championship golf courses called ‘Legend’ and ‘Links’ including Club House, Driving Range, rental service, restaurants and bars on the hotel grounds.
Relax at the U Spa
Located a little away from the bars and restaurants, U Spa at Constance Belle Mare Plage has its own garden. We had a relaxing full-body massage here on an afternoon and simply enjoyed the peace and relaxation. The heart of the spa is a small, shallow pool over which a wooden bridge leads and which is surrounded by many relaxation loungers. All around are the treatment rooms. In the outdoor area of the sauna area there are further relaxation facilities as well as three whirlpools.