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The Prince Maurice is one of Mauritius’s smaller 5* hotels, making it the sort of place where staff will often know you by name. The resort occupies a spit of land, with a white sandy beach on one side, and a secluded lagoon on the other.
What’s the Prince Maurice really like?
As the Prince Maurice has just 80 rooms, there’s certainly an intimate feel and an air of exclusivity here, and because the plot’s so large, we never felt that it was at all crowded. Even the simplest rooms at the Prince Maurice are junior suites complete with their own terrace or balcony, and for a small supplement you can choose one that’s built out on stilts over the lagoon, or with direct access onto the beach. Families travelling together can go for the family suite, or for an extra treat there are luxury villas, which are nearly double the size of the junior suite, and several of which have private plunge pools. Food is excellent- we loved the floating fish restaurant and breakfast was so good we ate it twice… There are three bars (plus the ever-popular wine cellar tastings) and three restaurants in total here, meaning that you’ll have plenty of choice, even for a longer stay. The Prince Maurice does have a pretty elegant, grown up feel in the evenings (the dress code discourages shorts, trainers, and flip-flops), so we’d recommend packing accordingly.
What can I do at the Prince Maurice?
Because there’s so much going on at the Prince Maurice, you’re really very unlikely to get bored. If you need to unknot after a long flight there’s a spa, or if you feel more active- a gym and tennis courts. We took a jog up to the main road through the sugar cane plantations, which was a lovely late afternoon run. Guests also have use of a large pool, bicycles, waterskiing, Laser dinghys, windsurfers and kayaks, a links as well as the golf facilities at sister hotel Bel Mar Plage (a five-minute shuttle away). For an extra fee there’s also para-sailing, scuba-diving and deep-sea fishing, so you’re unlikely to be bored!
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