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 duty free shopping in Heathrow I met up with the rest of my travelling companions and we headed off to the lounge for a glass of fizz (or 2) before boarding our Air Mauritius aircraft. We were on the direct service from Heathrow which was great and woke up 11 hours 55 minutes later feeling refreshed and excited for the next few days ahead. Having already been to Mauritius many times I knew what to expect from this beautiful Island and its people, so the unknown was what to expect from Constance’s newest little addition C Palmar.
The Swimming Pool at C Palmar
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 were shown to our room. The rooms were just fabulous, beautifully done with thought and attention clearly going into the design, using the local wood for the furnishings just added to that feel of small boutique hotel vibe. There is a feeling of space in the rooms with every amenity you would need, including the mini bar as part of the all-inclusive and as the property has only 50 rooms in total they are laid out in almost a horse shoe shape so you either have beautiful garden or sea views.
Aerial shot of the resort
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 complimentary to all guests. Wifi is included throughout the hotel so we were able to snap away at our water antics and post online immediately, showing off really I would have said
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 course before dinner we met up with Giovana the hotel manager for cocktails on the upper deck, this was to become a favourite spot for me over the next 2 days!
C Palmar from the outside
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 afternoon we were being served C Palmar’s version of afternoon tea which was delightful and well received by all and then along came this cocktail class that had been rumoured that morning.
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!
Jean’s View at C Palmar
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 know them. This is a first for me in a property and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to people’s plans for the day and what they had already been up too.
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 into C Asian for another great meal and this time we did the cooking ourselves at the tables with hot stones, an unusual but very likeable experience which I would certainly do again. For our final farewell before heading home the following morning we had a rum tasting experience in the main bar giving us a flavour of all the rums on offer at C Palmar which was enjoyed by ourselves and clients alike and led to good craic in the bar that evening for sure!
The C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar
Championship golf available
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!