Christopher Barber lifts the lid as culinary festival begins

This week the much anticipated 2012 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau takes place at Constance Belle Mare Plage. We’ll bring you all the latest action, news, fun and drama from the event.

European chefs at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012

European chefs at the start of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Christopher Barber is one of the judges on this year’s panel. Christopher has over 30 years of experience in the food and restaurant industry, and has carried out nearly every role you can imagine.

Here, he reveals the thrills of the first day of the festival, as the fun begins and everyone gets to know each other.

What a way to launch a festival – Creole street market food followed by music and dancing.

It was really special. Relaxed, fun… a great ice breaker. And talking of ice, star of the day was a singing traditional Mauritian ice lolly maker – simply unique and wonderful.

No sign of the chefs competitive instincts yet, but that’s all to come.

Can we read anything into how they participate in this first event?

Enrico Barnardo and organisers of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012

Enrico Barnardo and organisers of the festival

Will the first chefs on the dance floor be the ones who embrace the spirit of friendship and form the strongest bond with their Island partner?

So many questions, so much anticipation… all will be revealed in the coming days. The festival has begun, may the best team win.

Keep up with the latest from the festival

Every day this week, our judges, chefs, island cooks and Constance team will be posting news, insight, photos and more.

And don’t forget to visit our Constance Facebook page for more photos from the festival.

 

Two days until the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Excitement is building in Mauritius as the stage is set for our fabulous culinary celebration – the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012.

Island chefs in kitchen at Bernard Loiseau festival 2011

Island chefs in kitchen at Bernard Loiseau festival 2011

This week-long festival starts on Sunday 25 March. We’ll be posting every day to bring you the latest action, insight and photos as our 6 island chefs train with their European Michelin* chefs in preparation for the final cook-off competition on Thursday 29th and prize-giving on Saturday 31 March. We’ll also be a running a fun competition and lots more.

As the Michelin* chefs and judges fly into the island, it reads like a who’s who of the most accomplished stars in the world of food and wine.

The judges are:

  • Christopher Barber – former personal chef to the Prince of Wales
  • Enrico Bernardo – world class sommelier
  • Patrick Bertron – protege of Bernard Loiseau and world class chef
  • Serge Vieira – world class chef
  • Dominique Loiseau – wife of Bernard Loiseau and founder of the festival
  • Claus Meyer – co-owner of Noma

The  Michelin* chefs are:

  • Fabrine Biasolo
  • Patrick Bittner
  • Jacques Decoret
  • Dominique Gauthier
  • Angela Hartnett
  • David Johansen

 The island chefs are:

  • Ankur Daru – Ephelia, Seychelles
  • Kamlesh Doorjean – Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius
  • Nuwan Hiettiarachchi – Halaveli, Maldives
  • Ravish Mukri – Moofushi, Maldives
  • Jayram Seenanum – Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius
  • Hildy Sinon – Lemuria, Seychelles

Find out more

 

Golfer Bill Longmuir coaching at Belle Mare Plage 24 March-6 April

There’s a treat in store this coming week for golf enthusiasts at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice as Scottish professional golfer, Bill Longmuir, will be offering personal coaching courses to guests from 24 March to 6 April 2012.

Bill Longmuir

Bill Longmuir

Book your lesson with Bill Longmuir

If you would like to book a lesson with Bill, visit the Club House at the Links or Legend Golf courses during your stay, or pre-book by using our the contact us form on our website.

Winning titles

After joining the European Senior Tour in 2003, Bill finished runner up in the Order of Merit that same year winning 2 titles.

He has won the following European Seniors’ Tour titles:

  • 2003   De Vere PGA Seniors Championship, Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open
  • 2004   Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open, Mobile Cup  
  • 2005   Scandinavian Senior Open          
  • 2007   Midas English Seniors Open       
  • 2008   DGM Barbados Open         
  • 2010   Handa Senior Masters       

Other wins:

  • 1976 – Nigerian Open, Southland Classic (Nouvelle-Zélande)
  • 1980 -Nigeria Open
  • 1983 -Ivory Coast Open
  • 1985 -Nigeria Open
  • 1996 – British PGA Club Professional Championship

Find out more about golf holidays with Constance

Constance Le Prince Maurice gears up for super-deluxe refurbishment

The deluxe 6* Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius is about to undergo some fabulous enhancements.

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice

During July and August this year, we’ll be working hard to make this high-functioning paradise even more desirable for luxury holiday aficionados.

Key features of the Prince Maurice upgrade include:

  • Spa – adding additional rooms to the ever-popular Spa de Constance.
  • Swimming pool – building a new heated lap pool bringing the number of pools to two.
  • Suites and villas – refurbishing all suites and luxury bathrooms.
  • Main restaurant – L’Archipel enjoys a beautiful location overlooking the infinity pool and beach. We’ll be upgrading the restaurant.
  • New wine cellar adjoining to the restaurant – stocked with exclusive old and new world wines.
  • Le Barachois – our delightful floating restaurant will serve a new menu of fish and seafood specialities. We’re also adding a floating bar near the Barachois.  This hip new spot will give guests a space to enjoy long evenings listening to live music and DJ sets while sampling some wonderful cocktails and wines.
Suite on stilts
Suite on stilts

At Constance Hotels, we’re very excited about the changes that are about to take place at one of our favourite hotels.

Watch this space, and we’ll post regular updates and photos on progress. The resort will be closed from 1 July – 31 August 2012 so we can complete the final stage of this refurbishment.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to the beautiful Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Luxury golf holidays in Mauritius and Seychelles

Golf enthusiasts can combine playing their favourite sport while holidaying at a beachside paradise. And for those of you who have never played before, where better to learn than on 2 idyllic islands in the Indian Ocean?

Legend Golf Course

Legend Golf Course

At Constance Hotels Experience, we offer 3 championship golf courses – 2 in Mauritius, and 1 on the island of Praslin, Seychelles.

Golf in Mauritius

Guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice have access to 2 stunning golf courses:

  • Legend Golf Course – par 72, with superb fairways and greens using Tif Dwarf grasses to ensure a perfect surface
  • Links Golf Course – par 71, with practice fairway, the course was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis

Throughout 2012, guests can enjoy free green fees and free club cars on the Links.

In December each year, both courses play host to the internationally renowned MCB Tour Championship.

Read about journalist Charlotte Cripps’ golf holiday at Belle Mare Plage online on The Independent website.

Take lessons at the Marc Farry Golf Academy

Our golf pros offer individual and group lessons on grip, posture, alignment and ball position.

Golf in the Seychelles

Lemuria Golf Course

Lemuria Golf Course

On the breathtaking island of Praslin, you’ll find the only golf course in the Seychelles. In 2011, Lemuria Golf Course won the World Travel Awards title for Leading Golf Course in the Indian Ocean for the 4th year running.

This beautiful course borders the beaches along the Small Kerlan Cove and Grand Kerlan Cove, and incorporates a series of waterways and woodland.

Find out more in our article: Spotlight – Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles  

 

Vote for your favourite Constance Hotels Experience resort

Hillside villa at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Hillside villa at Constance Ephelia

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards celebrate the world’s top hotels, destinations and travel companies as chosen by those who know them best – you.

As discerning travellers, this is your chance to nominate your favourite hotels, spas, travel websites, tour operators and more. All you have to do is visit the Condé Nast Traveller website and complete a short questionnaire before 13 April 2012.

Many of you are valued guests of Constance Hotels Experience, and we hope you will take a few moments to vote for your favourite Constance hotel.

The awards will be announced in September on the Condé Nast Traveller website and in the October issue of their magazine.