The Crown Lodge was launched in May 2002. It is a private steward suite converted to allow tourists from around the world to discover, in optimum conditions of comfort and safety, the electric atmosphere of horse racing in Mauritius.
A unique excursion which combines history, tradition, «glamor» & excitement !
The lodge is located on the VIP balcony, next to the Mauritius Turf Club president’s Lodge
A strategic position which allows an unobstructed view of the finish line and “the paddock”
The tour is children friendly
Races in Mauritius are organised and animated by professionals
The product Crown Lodge is also a set of premium services. You do not have to bother about anything, We take care of everything for you:
A complete service is offered in the lodge and is included in the package
Open bar and snacks from 12hr to 5hr pm
You are fully assisted by the Crown Lodge team
You can bet directly in the lodge up to the last minute
Promoters will take care of you all day long
You can meet local trainers, owners when visiting the Crown Lodge
You are covered by an insurance
A TV provides you on line key information such as horses’ handicaps and the betting odds
The dress code is : Casual Smart (trousers and shirts for men). Wearing suits and ties not required
You will be picked up from your hotel to reach the Champ de Mars at about 12.00 p.m and you are greeted at the main entrance.
A drink is offered on your arrival
Some explanations will be given concerning services offered during your day at Crown Lodge
After the 2nd race, a bet “Pick Six” is organised and all guests have the opportunity to win together the jackpot
You attend a total of 8 races. They are run every 35 minutes
Located on the VIP balcony, next door to the president of the Mauritius Turf Club : it’s a strategic location which allows a magnificient view on the finish line and the « paddock »
The crown Lodge is a relaxing spot which gradually comes to life until the atmosphere becomes electric !
After the surrender of the French troops in 1810 against England, Colonel Edward Alured Draper arrived on the mauritian scene.
For him, it was important and even necessary to win the esteem and the collaboration of the French population. In that spirit he introduced horse racing in Mauritius in 1812.
Indeed, he believed that corporation could arise if the eternal rivals were brought to meet in a relax atmosphere.
Sir Robert Farquhar, who was then the governor of the island supported this initiative and Mauritius Turf Club was founded in 1812. The Champ de Mars was inaugurated on 25th June of the same year and the first race in the Mauritian history was then run.
Horse Racing constitute one of the most popular sports in Mauritius. It attracts more than 20 000 persons at Champ de Mars every week.
Licensees of betting, commonly called « bookmakers »in the local language have obtained permission to operate at the racecourse. A high level of professionalism has been achieved gradually by the Mauritius Turf Club while preserving the special atmosphere of horse racing in Mauritius.
We really enjoyed this day at the races. We were treated so well, saw the jockeys being weighed, enjoyed the food and drink and the ambiance. Following the race in a car was exhilarating. A must do in Mauritius.
Met some wonderful people. The food was delicious and never ending and the drinks kept flowing. The staff were very hardworking and so lovely - it truly was a fantastic day at the races. 🏇🏇 🥂 🥂
Excellent service all day - the wine flowed and the hot food was amazing. We had a great day in lovely company and will definitely return. Thank you to everyone concerned.
Fantastic day out worth every penny, the team were amazing. I even ended up in a impromptu hat parade lol.....
We were very surprised... for us it was very amazing view and we enjoyed the racing, thanks to the Crown Lodge team.