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Constance Belle Mare Plage or the art of perfection

 

While finding any type of accommodation on the Internet these days is just a matter of a few clicks – finding one that will satisfy all your needs and embody the well-earned holiday you have been dreaming of is another thing

There are very few resorts that can pride themselves in being able to make your dream come true.

Whether it’s a lazy spa indulgence, a romantic intimate getaway, a great quality golf adventure, lots of action or plenty of incredible memories with your children that you have been wanting – The Constance Belle Mare Plage is the destination that will fulfill all of these wishes!

Like a delicious recipe depends on the quality ingredients to result in a mouth-watering dish this resort has been carefully cooked and prepared with love, care and attention to detail to be just that – an exceptional place to be!

The location itself represents everyone’s idea of paradise with its white sanded beach, Turquoise Ocean and dense vegetation resulting in a combination of modern elegance and exotic charm.

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The Constance Belle Mare Plage is an exclusive resort featuring spacious and luxurious rooms, suites and villas which are all beautifully located along the coastline and equipped with the latest technologies to keep you connected from the privacy of your holiday nest. The experience is completed with a choice of twelve exciting restaurants, offering a large range of meals prepared by highly qualified chefs and paired with wines carefully chosen by experienced sommeliers.

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The resort owes its unique charming design to its four sea facing infinity swimming pools and the elegant spa where you can treat yourself to rejuvenating well deserved moments of relaxation.

Constance Belle Mare Plage is also a great golf destination with a choice of two courses set along the coastline of the highest international standard.  These two challenging 18-hole championship courses both feature exceptional panoramas and incredible design.

For lovers of all things water there is also a myriad of water sport activities to enjoy and try out such as snorkeling, water skiing and windsurfing. For an extra special experience board a glass bottom boat and enjoy the sea from a true sailor perspective.

Or indulge in the epitome of dolce far niente – idle laziness – and simply relax at the beach or pool sipping on a refreshing cocktail breathing in the fresh air and have the waves sing you a sweet lullaby.

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But what truly distinguishes this resort to all the others on the market? It is the people – the staff’s ability to offer a personalized service that is always striving to go the extra mile to satisfy every one of your needs and leaves no wish unfulfilled.

Your requests are welcomed and assisted with great care and love to attention and detail and are the perfect examples of the Mauritian multicultural spirit of world class hospitality and service levels leaving you with fond memories of an absolutely unforgettable holiday.

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Some interesting information about the region of Flacq, where Constance Belle Mare Plage is located:

Heading east into the beautiful island of Mauritius, you’ll find yourself in the Flacq region which you immediately will fall in love with! It is the largest – and probably the most exciting – region of the island.

There is so much to do in this area that no matter what your interests are you will without the shadow of a doubt have an amazing time here!

If you are in a lazy mood, just lie down on the heavenly beaches of Belle Mare, Palmar or Trou d’Eau Douce. Enjoy the white smooth sand and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while relaxing under the warmth of the sun. End your day discovering the paradise-like Ile aux Cerfs, with its huge palm trees and let yourself be enchanted – a little gem which is pretty to look at and good for the body, mind and soul.

For the keen sportsmen Flacq offers a lot of fun water activities. If you are into kite – or wind surfing, water skiing or scuba diving then head to the Blue Bay Marine Park.

If you really wish to explore the local sea world but have no experience in scuba diving you can still enjoy it by leisurely cruising the waters on board of a glass-bottom boat.

Those who would like to immerse themselves in the culture of Mauritius and mingle with the locals should walk through the streets of Centre de Flacq and get lost in its famous market, full of smells and colors. Don’t miss out on trying a fresh coconut juice and feel what it’s like to be a true Mauritian for a few hours! Then head out to the beautiful Hindu temple, and get to know yet another different culture. This visit poses an amazing cultural opportunity as well as a privilege – all at the same time.

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And let’s not forget to mention the myriad of gorgeous hotels lined up along the white sandy beaches of the Centre de Flacq just waiting for you to walk into one of them and simply relax and enjoy.

 

The Best of Mauritius

 

Food

Mauritian food is one of the prime examples of Creole cuisine blending three great world cuisines namely Chinese, French and Indian in one beautiful marriage of dishes filled to the brim with intense flavours and fragrant aromas!

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Think Chinese Chow mein with Mauritian style seafood and fresh fish full of taste and texture or a crisp snack of Samosa with split peas and spices. And what is more decadent than a French beef bourguignon for a celebratory dinner? Often you will find all three fares presented not just under one roof but at one table.

But some of the local specialties that amazingly blend these cuisines in only locally available dishes with fresh island ingredients are the true heroes you should discover on your trip through the bustling markets of Port Louis or the little eateries found in the villages.

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And if you want to treat yourself to something truly special than pay a visit to the Amari by Vineet –the resort’s new Indian restaurant where Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia cooks up a storm of subtly Asian spiced dishes with the boldness of Indian favourites presented and plated with a wow factor that will leave a smile on your face and a taste explosion in your mouth.

Beach

Trou-aux-Biches beach is located in the Northern Coast of the island Mauritius in the district of Pamplemousses and undoubtedly one of the most heavenly spots on the island. Discover a magical world of coral reefs in perfect water conditions and admire nature’s perfection.

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Walk off the delicious food indulgence that perfects any holiday with beach walks followed by a well deserved sleep under the trees while the breeze sings a sweet song to you.

Trou-aux-Biches is undoubtedly the perfect beach for any type of traveller and has won a very well deserved price as one of the World’s Leading Beach Destination at the 2011 World Travel Awards.

Spa

Mauritius is well known for being the mother of all things pampering with some of the world’s most exclusive spas being located on the island. The hotel spas offer the most advanced treatments, products and offerings that not even the rich and famous can resist!

The mother pearl is undeniably the award-winning Nira Spa at Shanti Maurice.  It comprises of 24 cabins set amidst lush green tropical gardens and white sandy beaches finished off by the sound of water fountains that immediately soothe your soul and set the mood for a truly rejuvenating spa stay.

The Holistic Bio Experience, The Indian Experience, The Oriental Experience and The Fitness & Wellness Experience are the four represented deluxe spa stations which are like the pillars of relaxation, serenity and wellness.

Let us give you an amuse bouche by explaining their Indian Signature Experience: It all starts with a warming soothing massage followed by a stream of lukewarm herbal oil poured onto you in accordance to the chakras of your body. This cleansing ritual will let your body’s energy start flowing and make you feel strong, vital and completely stress-free.

Now did this not leave your body and mind craving for more?

Golf

Golf is a popular attraction in Mauritius and the island is the host to many amazing golf courses. In particular the award-winning Heritage Golf Club course.

This championship golf course, is embedded within majestic mountains on the one hand and the blue shimmering waters of the lagoon on the other and has earned itself the reputation of being one of the most scenic golf courses not just in Mauritius but in the world.

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It was designed by Peter Matkovich award winning South African architect famed for designing courses such as Pinnacle Point and Simbithi. The course comprises a par 72 championship course, a 9 hole par 3, as well as training and practice facilities.

It also boasts all the state of the art facilities you would expect from a top class golf course including a restaurant and bar popular amongst golfers and outside guests alike, an academy for adults and children, a pro shop, mobile catering on the course and luxury accommodation to perfect your stay.

Kids Club

 Mauritius isn’t just for the hopeless romantics but a great destination for families too!

The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita sets the stage for that special time with your family.
For the very petite ones they offer qualified babysitting services so mommy and daddy can have a well-deserved break.

And for children ages 4 to 12 the Hobbit Village offers a fun filled, colourful adventure land ready to be explored. It comes with authentic furniture designed for the height of your own little hobbit as well as swimming and paddling pool, amphitheatre, plenty of toys and games and even a bakery. There is also a quiet as well as a play room depending on your little one’s mood and of course a sandpit in case the beach is not big enough!

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But they have made sure that also teenagers are entertained and spoiled with choice – Karokan offers anything from table tennis to a home cinema complete with DJ booth and computer games that will make them never want to leave again.

Cocktail

What better way to end the day than to watch the sunset sipping on a delicious cocktail!

At Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa the cocktails are as colourful as the local tropical birds. Like the Angel Kiss inspired by the bird of paradise: peach and orange juice to represent the warm hues of the sunset, blue Curacao honouring the turquoise crystal clear waters finished off by grenadine – a pinkish red as fiery as the Mauritian spirit.

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And finally a dash of local rum which is what makes any Mauritian cocktail complete! It gives is a heady aroma perfectly balanced by the tropical flavours and velvety smoothness of the juice. Cheers to that!

Experience

In the South Western part of Mauritius, in the heart of a fertile valley, lies a pirate’s dream come true -the Rhumerie de Chamarel.

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Submerge in the fascinating world of rum distilling and find out what makes the precious liquid so popular! An educational tour through the beautifully laid out distillery will be finished off by a tasting of the precious rum made out of the highest quality sugar cane growing nearby. Purchase a bottle of their delicious rum varieties (think delicious notes of coconut or pineapple) in the local boutique or stop for a bite to eat in the tastefully decorated L’Alchimiste Restaurant.

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Nightlife in Mauritius

If you are looking to escape your resort for a bit and want to mix with the locals head over to the Banana Beach Club which has been a Mauritian institution for 21 years.

The bar surrounds a towering flamboyant tree that sure could tell some stories if it could speak.

There is certainly no better place to try a freshly prepared fruit cocktail or a local Phoenix or Blue Marlin beer while enjoying their live music! It offers something for everyone – and it certainly offers the perfect venue for a great night out.

 

Treasures and Rum in Paradise

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We all know that moment when we turn on the radio and come across the new cover version of an old song. Often we enjoy these cover versions of an old favourite – it brings back the memories we connect to the song and the feelings we associated with it – here at Travel by XO we feel the same way about Mauritius.

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A favourite destination between locals and foreigners alike we have decided to revisit and reintroduce this little piece of heaven and add it to our new and improved portfolio.

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And just like a refreshing new cover version we have added some new beats and artists or like in our case – a selection of specials and fantastic new properties!

Mauritius is not just about five star resorts, spas and golf courses – it is about an experience.

Geographically it is the epitome of a paradisiacal destination with white unspoiled beaches and turquoise waters but what makes it so truly unique is the melting pot of cultures that inhabits it.

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Descendants of Indian and Chinese workers, together with French-Mauritians and African creoles have resulted in one of the most hospitable and friendly island populations you will ever encounter. And their Creole culture comprising also of a very unique Mauritian Creole cuisine and traditional music is rich and vibrant and just waiting to be discovered by you.

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Another one of our favourite aspects of Mauritius are the folk stories that surround it because who has not enjoyed the tales of mermaids, treasures, pirates, sailors and that great big love when growing up? Well – Mauritius offers plenty of fairy tale material in the form of legends and stories.

Legends claim that many a sailor has lost his life due to a mermaid’s beauty distracting him and consequently countless ships sunk in front of the Mauritian shores. Other anecdotes claim that these ships often carried very precious cargo attracting treasure hunters to visit the island in search of wealth and that once in a lifetime find. And the occasional hopeful can still be encountered excavating the depths of the island today.

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Mauritius is further famed for its natural beauty being endemic to a myriad of plants and animals. It offers a rich flora and fauna to be discovered together with breathtaking waterfalls, natural wonders and the ever so famous sugar cane plantations – resulting of course in some delicious rum offerings that would tempt any pirate to come ashore!

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The volcanic origin of the island allowed a unique biodiversity to develop and until the first colonies arrived no mammals were present on the island allowing many flightless birds and reptiles to develop – among them the renowned dodo bird that only called Mauritius its natural habitat but due to alienated new animal species and the arrival of humans became extinct in 1681 and now embellishes the official emblem.

So whether you are looking to treasure hunt with your family – or just enjoy this pristine family friendly paradise, want to write your own big love story, unwind with a game of golf, explore a new culture or are a lover of all things Spa – Mauritius truly offers something for everyone.

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And if our words did not convince you just yet than follow the description of a much wiser scholar and we hence leave you with the words of Mark Twain:

‘You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven;

and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.’