Five star, luxury resorts don’t have to be for adults only. At almost three years old, Athena is a girly, girl. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Regardless if we’re hiking a mountain or attending a luxury event, she wants to wear a tutu and have her hair in braids. Visiting a place like Constance Le Prince Maurice can be as much a treat for her as it is for any adult. While here, we feasted on exceptional cuisine, slept in a dreamlike suite, played at the Kid’s Club, splashed in the infinity pool, and pampered ourselves at the spa. Le Prince Maurice is fit for a Princess and it made us feel like we were at a celebration of life and wellness every day of the week. Gone are the days of leaving kids at home with grandparents. There is a whole world out there to explore and it is pretty fantastic when you can experience it with your children.
Warm and luxurious, our suite was elegantly decorated in spice tones with a pinch of Mauritian warmth. We walked in to a bed full of special gifts for both Athena and I including a fan, beach toys, a beach bag, chocolates, and a Constance Kids’ Club t-shirt. Inspired by Feng Shui principles to create the perfect sense of harmony, all beds at Le Prince Maurice stand high above floor level to help the circulation of Qi. Athena climbed up by using the bench at the foot of the bed. She was engulfed by the puffy pillows and soft linens as she opened her gifts and talked about how she was going to use them all. We were in a heaven of luxury.
After full days of touring the country, swimming, participating in water sports, and enjoying spa services, we finished each day with a bath. The massive soaking tub was a treat for Athena and then an equal treat for me when she went to sleep. She swam in the bubbles and played with her toys. Her blow-up Mauritian Dodo Bird was an ideal companion, while I enjoyed the solitude of a hot bath while she slept.
Luxurious doesn’t mean boring or stuffy. There are two pools at Le Prince Maurice. One pool is more of a quiet area but the main pool is the most stunning infinity pool fit for family fun. Steps provided a place for Athena to play and me to relax and the swim-up bar allowed us to stay hydrated without even getting out of the pool.
While the Kid’s Club is for children between the ages of 4-11, parents can attend the club with their younger children. The Constance Kids’ Club includes a swimming pool, an outdoor stage for talent shows, a trampoline, a playland with a slide, video games, film screenings, introduction to tennis, introduction to golf, water games, mini-bowling, beach-volleyball, and fishing. We started each day by jumping on the trampoline and having pretend cupcakes. And don’t assume it was just Athena; I’m a big kid too.
As much as I like to play and be a kid, Athena likes to be pampered like an adult. USpa is a wellness and beauty temple, a unique haven dedicated to relaxation. Its secluded location away from the bustling parts of the resort is ideal to enjoy exclusive treatments in complete serenity. A whole range of treatments are available for adults and children. While I had a Signature U-Experience Massage, Athena enjoyed a relaxing massage and had her nails painted. Side by side in the couples’ treatment room, we kept smiling at each other with pure joy.
The casual chic dress code at all Le Prince Maurice restaurants encourages guests to dress in their best clothes. For breakfast and lunch, swimwear, bikinis, beach sandals, sarongs, and T-shirts are not accepted, with the exception at the pool’s deck and on the beach. For dinner, T-shirts, shorts, blue jeans, sandals, and sports shoes are not allowed in their restaurants. We saw staying at the resorts like a celebration. Like any other major celebration like a wedding or anniversary party, you wouldn’t wear those things so they shouldn’t be worn at this celebration either. It’s not often enough that we get to truly toast our health, our family, and our life. By dressing up each evening, Athena and I celebrated. We took the time to select our clothes and style our hair and fully cherish these moment together. We are blessed.
One of the major draws to Le Prince Maurice is the pontoon restaurant, Le Barachois. Set among mangroves and natural reserves, the restaurant provides absolute serenity. We felt like royalty as we delighted in Chef Cuiliano’s expertly-prepared, inventive dishes. The mouthwatering desserts were also a highlight.
The gourmet restaurant, L’Archipel, is surrounded by beauty as well. With the ocean in the foreground and the pool alongside, L’Archipel is picturesque.
I was away from Athena for an entire month while I sailed to Antarctica. It was the most difficult and rewarding travel experience of my life. By juxtaposing exquisite luxury and family amenities at Constance Le Prince Maurice, I was able to connect with Athena and rejuvenate my mind and body.