Jean's Trip to Mauritius to see the New C Palmar
By Jean Collins
Having been in out in Mauritius only months before to see the newly refurbished Belle Mare Plage I was very excited to hear I was travelling out again, this time to stay in Constance’s newest boutique hotel C Palmar, which is just 10 minutes from Belle Mare Plage itself.
Saying goodbye to the husband and the dogs I took myself off happily to Belfast City airport to start the first leg of my journey. After a few happy hours of
Upon arrival into Mauritius we were picked up and transferred straight to C Palmar and had the warmest of Mauritian welcomes by the team at C Palmar which is something I have had the pleasure of receiving at both The Belle Mare Plage and Prince Maurice previously, so it was lovely to see how delighted my travelling companions were as this was their first Constance experience. After meeting the lovely staff we were brought into the bright and airy buffet restaurant for breakfast and immediately noticeable was how happy the staff all were and they seemed genuinely delighted to be chatting with clients all around us.
Having to be dragged away from the buffet, we were taken on a short tour of the hotel just to get our bearings and then each of us
Naturally an agreement was made between the group that after we unpacked we were to meet at one of the two infinity pools at the earliest opportunity (turned out to be 5 minutes later ) and get to grips with how the clients would be enjoying the beautiful view from the infinity pool right into the beautiful Indian ocean. The water was just right and quote some time was spent in the pool testing "the view”.
C Palmar is set right on a beautiful stretch of white sand which couldn’t be ignored so we headed down to the beach and parked ourselves on one of the comfortable sun loungers, however before we could get too comfortable we were encouraged to try out some of the water sports that can be taken from the beach at Palmar. Life vests are collected at the water sports hut on the beach and away we went, kayaking, pedalo and paddle boarding to name a few which are
This evenings dinner was taken in the C Asian restaurant which is the a la carte restaurant at Palmar and seats 26, so be sure to get yourself a seat as the food was amazing. Of
Started with another super breakfast in the buffet restaurant, I went with omelette this morning as I had heard rumours of cocktail making classes later on in the day so best to have a good breakfast.
Headed straight off after breakfast to see the golf courses at Belle Mare Plage on the complimentary shuttle provided by C Palmar for all guests and also a tour of the hotel, which again for my now new friends not just travelling companions (the cocktails on the deck the night before proved to be a good bonding experience) was a new experience as none of them had seen the course or the hotel before, so again I took great delight in seeing their reaction to another fabulous Constance property topped off with a fabulous lunch at Indigo restaurant in Belle Mare Plage.
Back at Palmar late
Everyone was strangely very eager to take part in this and a real bonus was whatever cocktail one of us chose to make we all got to have one, that somehow made the afternoon go in quite quickly and the next thing you know we are getting ready for yet another fabulous dinner this time in the buffet restaurant and joined by the lovely Fabrice Sales Manager for Constance. Having been served up the most beautiful lamb in the buffet they had taken the time to pair up a lovely red wine and take the time to discuss the wine itself with us which is another part of the all-inclusive, actually 100 wines from around the world are included I’m told, I’m just hoping nobody is going to ask me to sample them today!
Morning at leisure so off we headed back down to the beach as you simply just couldn’t resist that sand and crystal blue water, by this stage as the property is so small you are now beginning to see the same people and chat happily as if you have always
Lunchtime brought another great first for me, a cooking lesson at the C Asian restaurant where we made the most fabulous curry from scratch. I will not admit to how much help we had from the excellent chef, but our curry was good enough to be served up for lunch in the buffet restaurant for all to enjoy!
The afternoon again was spent leisurely between the beach and the upper deck where you are continuously looked after by a happy smiling staff member which is only too happy to whizz you up a drink of your choice while you enjoy the sunshine.
Our last evening was kicked off with canapes and Champagne for all guests out by the pool, the canapes having been made by the fabulous Dominique who himself took great delight in seeing how well received they were and chatted happily to every client in the most beautiful French accent We also had entertainment this evening with local singers who set the tone for the lovely evening ahead.
Off we went back
Up and out nice and early for the flights home, we said our goodbyes to the staff as if they were old friends. It is not hard to make friends in this boutique hotel both with staff and other guests and I can only look forward to my next visit, and maybe I will even see you there!