Prince Maurice and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve South Africa
Enjoy a fantastic safari in South Africa followed by relaxation at the beautiful 5* Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort in Mauritius.
3 nights Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, all-inclusive, including safari activities; 7 nights Constance Le Prince Maurice, including half board and excursions detailed. Includes flights and transfers
13 days from £4,465pp
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On the beach - 8 days
Constance Le Prince Maurice
Named after a pioneer of the spice trade and evoking the grandeur of its heyday, Constance Le Prince Maurice offers understated sophistication in a series of handsome spaces decorated in dark teaks, rich fabrics and subtle natural shades.
The hotel sits in expansive and lush tropical gardens which curl around a white-sand beach and sheltered cove. One of the few resorts on the island to offer stilted villas, you can soak up the incredible ocean views from your private deck, and enjoy dinner on a floating deck above the lagoon. There’s an extensive wine cellar, beautiful spa, extra large pool and a wide variety of water sports to choose from. You can also hop on a shuttle bus to championship golf courses nearby. With exquisite food and a languid charm, Constance Le Prince Maurice is a very difficult place to leave.
The wonderfully elegant rooms have polished hardwood floors, sleek contemporary furnishings, marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows affording stunning views of the bay.
After the beach - 4 days
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Set on the edge of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands is a private game reserve offering an exclusive safari experience. Wildlife moves freely between Kruger and the reserve and it is an ideal habitat for leopard. There are also frequent sightings of lion, rhino, elephant, hyena and buffalo. The animals here are very relaxed around vehicles allowing you to get close to many species as you explore in open vehicles with expert guides and on guided bush walks.
Arathusa Safari Lodge overlooks a waterhole and the main lodge includes an open-sided lounge, infinity pool and a deck for meals set right on the water. The 14 spacious rooms overlook the bush or the waterhole.
Constance Le Prince Maurice
89 rooms, 3 restaurants, 2 pools
With a beautiful, secluded location and a sheltered sweep of white sand beach, Constance Le Prince Maurice is a great choice for a relaxing beach stay.
Rustic, thatched roofs cover public spaces that are filled with marble floors and sculptural works. The effect is one of laid-back luxury and understated sophistication, and with only 89 suites and villas, the Prince Maurice is a relatively small property compared to most Mauritius resorts, retaining a relatively intimate feel.
The hotel is part of the Constance Hotels and Resorts group, who also operate excellent resorts in the Seychelles and Maldives and as you would expect from the group, service at the hotel is to a high standard with staff keen that you love your time there.
The complimentary children's club welcomes children of 4-11 years and offers a pool, open play areas, computer stations and arts and crafts activities as well as theme days. Indoor and outdoor activities are offered daily under supervision, and children's menus are also available on request, as well as babysitting facilities (at an additional cost).
Sitting on a private peninsula on the east coast of Mauritius, the Prince Maurice offers a feeling of seclusion. Although there are no private beaches in Mauritius, the hotel's location means that its long sweep of white sand beach is effectively private. The beach cove is north facing and sheltered from the prevailing winds and has a shallow gradient. Lush tropical gardens cover the grounds and a natural fish reserve on the western side of the property adds to the beauty. The hotel is a taxi ride from the village of Central Flacq where you will find shopping and restaurants.
The Constance Le Prince Maurice is a great luxury property with a wealth of facilities ensuring that you have plenty to keep you occupied whilst enjoying time by the beach. It is elegant and understated, private but welcoming. Despite the size the hotel still retains an intimate feel.
The 89 elegant villas and suites offer understated sophistication with hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, contemporary furnishings and large windows. All offer a balcony or terrace and have air conditioning, Apple Mac Mini, television and CD/DVD. The en suite bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower.
Garden View Junior Suite
Set among the gardens in two storey buildings, these open plan suites are about 70 sq m (753 sq ft) with a large bedroom, separate bathroom and an outdoor seating area.
Beachfront Junior Suite
Set on the beachfront with great beach access, these open plan suites are a spacious 70 sq m (753 sq ft).
Junior Suite on Stilts
These Junior Suites are set on stilts with great views over the resort's lagoon and offer plenty of space at 70 sq m (753 sq ft).
Sleeping a family of four in comfort, the Family Suite is a spacious 86 sq m (925 sq ft) in size. The stylish master bedroom has an en suite and there is a separate children's bedroom with bunk beds and a separate bathroom. The Family Suites are situated on the ground or first floor, with views across the sea or tropical gardens.
These villas are 130 sq m (1,399 sq ft) offering extra living space and privacy. The villas also have a private pool, outdoor shower and luxury bathroom with whirlpool bathtub.
Villa on Stilts
Perched on stilts overlooking the lagoon, these over water villas have lovely views. The villas are 130 sq m (1,399 sq ft) with plenty of living space and privacy. The rooms also have a luxury bathroom with whirlpool bathtub and an outdoor shower.
Family Beach Villa
Ideal for a family of up to four, these spacious villas are also just a few steps from the beach.
For a larger group the Princely Villa is ideal. Made up of several individual suites it can house up to nine adults and children in extreme comfort with 350 sq m (3,767 sq ft) of space. It is secluded and ideal for privacy, yet you are only a short stroll to the heated lap pool and beach.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
As you would expect from a five star resort, the facilities at Constance Le Prince Maurice are extensive.
There are plenty of watersports to enjoy and a great number are complimentary, including sailing boats, kayaks, snorkeling, pedalos, water skiing and wake boarding. Kitesurfing is also available for a charge.
On land there is a gym, sauna, two floodlit tennis courts, two swimming pools and bicycles can be arranged.
Finally, golfers can take advantage of the complimentary transfer to the nearby Belle Mare Plage Legend and Links courses, both PGA. Green fees can be organised through your specialist or payable locally at the hotel.
There is no dive facility on site, however, guests at the Prince Maurice can use the Blues Diving Centre located at the sister hotel, the Constance Belle Mare Plage, just ten minutes away by free shuttle bus.
There are over 20 dive sites that can be explored, ranging from sites for the novice to the experienced diver and the dive centre can also arrange night dives, introduction to scuba and refresher lessons.
Food & drink
There are three restaurants and three bars at Le Prince Maurice.
The main restaurant, L' Archipel overlooks the swimming pool and the beach offering elegant à la carte dining with Mauritian influences or more casual dining in the Beach Deck area.
Le Barachois, open for dinner, has a spectacular setting and entrance which is navigated via a lantern-lit wooden walkway through the mangrove trees. Five floating decks sit over the waters of the lagoon and diners enjoy candlelit dinners of fresh seafood as well as tasty grills and Mauritian dishes.
The Asian Restaurant, in the Laguna Bar area, is open for lunch and dinner with a selection of sushi, sashimi and other Japanese dishes.
Prince Maurice guests can also dine at Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, a sister property only 10 minutes' drive away on a free shuttle.
Evenings are low key but sophisticated and the three bars all have different characters. The Lounge Bar is ideal for an aperitif before dinner while the Laguna Bar offers a livelier, yet still laidback atmosphere. Set by the pool side it offers smoothies, drinks and light snacks during the day as well as live jazz in the evenings. The Barachois bar shares the same stunning setting as the Barachois restaurant with ocean views and a beautiful mountain backdrop. This floating bar is a great spot for sunset.
Set in a quiet corner of the hotel's gardens the luxurious spa is a great place to relax. It uses Sisley products and features such treatments as the Ultimate Moments package, which has a choice of phyto-aromatic facials, or the Gentlemen's Escape, which includes foot reflexology and a Sisley facial.
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Location: The Sabi Sands Wildtuin
The Sabi Sands has been an area of conservation and protection of big game since the inception of the original Sabie Game Reserve in 1898. An association of private landowners, the modern Sabi Sand Wildtuin (reserve) shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, and is fortunate to have two perennial rivers in a relatively small area. The resulting riverine bushveld is an absolute haven for leopard: you would be unlucky not to see at least one a day. The reserve also plays host to the four other members of the ‘Big Five’: lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo, as well as cheetah and the occasional wild dog pack. As there has been no hunting in the area for generations, the animals are very comfortable in the presence of humans, and this makes for superb game sightings. Put simply, there is no better place in the world for viewing the ‘Big Five’ in their natural habitat.
Arathusa Safari Lodge
Accommodation: Arathusa Safari Lodge
Situated in the popular Sabi Sands area of the Greater Kruger, Arathusa offers an intimate safari experience, with just 14 rooms. There are ten spacious thatched chalets which use a combination of natural materials to blend-in with the surrounding environment and have large en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor shower, air-conditioning, and a verandah overlooking the lodge's large waterhole. The four newer luxury rooms are set away from the waterhole (views are into the bush, rather than over the water), and are enormous, with comfy chairs, high thatch roofs, a bath in the corner of the room, and an ensuite open-plan bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower and separate toilet. There is also a lovely deck area with sunloungers and a plunge pool. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms, allowing guests to really 'get away from it all' and soak up the bush atmosphere. Arathusa offers excellent value for money and a lovely Big Five safari experience.
Day by day
Fly overnight from London to Johannesburg.
In Johannesburg you will be met by our representative who will assist you onto your flight to Nelspruit for the Kruger National Park. On arrival in Kruger you will be met by your private driver and vehicle. You will then be driven to the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve where you'll be spending the next three nights at Arathusa Safari Lodge.
Days 3 - 4
Morning and afternoon safari activities are included in your stay.
Today you will have the morning at leisure before being collected by your private driver who will take you back to Nelspruit Airport. Here you will check in for your flight to Johannesburg. Here you will check in for your flight to Mauritius.
Upon arrival in Mauritius go through immigration &
make your way through to the arrivals hall where you will meet your driver at the Summertimes desk. You will be transferred by private vehicle to the luxurious Constance Le Prince Maurice. This is a superb hotel situated on a long stretch of white sand on the east coast of the island.
Today your private guide will collect you for a full day exploring the island and its Indian heritage. Start on the west coast visiting Appravasi Ghat and Kailasson Temple before heading to a local Hindu family's home where they will prepare traditional curries for you.
Time relaxing at the Prince Maurice. The hotel has a beautiful spa and you might like to take advantages of some of the treatments or indeed a spa package. The costs are very competitive and the treatments the ultimate in relaxation and pampering.
Today you may like to spend the day exploring the waters around the island on a boat trip.
If feeling very active you may like to spend the morning climbing Le Morne Mountain situated in the South west of the island. The hike up takes about 3-4 hours and the views from the top are spectacular.
Day at leisure at the hotel or you may like to organise a Catamaran cruise and explore the island.
Day at leisure at the hotel. There are a number of activities which we can offer should you choose to be a little more active. Examples of these are a day at the races as a VIP.
You have most of the day at leisure before you are collected for your overnight flight directly home.
You arrive back in London this morning.
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