How to make delicious Indian puri bread with Chef Rajesh Payannandee from the Deer Hunter restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage.
Welshman Mark Mouland has some unfinished business to attend to in December when he makes a nostalgic return visit to Mauritius for the MCB Tour Championship from 9-11 December.
Mouland’s success so far
In this, his first season on the European Senior Tour, Mouland has made quite an impression, registering a maiden victory in Portugal and securing a top 20 order-of-merit ranking with winnings of over €100,000.
Mouland’s appearances in Europe were restricted by his visits to the US Champions Tour, where he gained a limited number of entries through the 2010 Qualifying School.
When he revisited the US Tour School earlier in November, Mouland claimed 9th place, after a play-off, to secure a conditional exemption in 2012.
Now his attention is focused on Mauritius, where he will be a man on a mission. His intention is to become the first man to win 3 professional tournaments on the island.
Earlier wins in the Mauritius Open
It was in 2003 that the Welshman became the first pro to register back-to-back triumphs in the Mauritius Open, the forerunner of the MCB Open. The following year he finished 5th behind Englishman Miles Tunnicliff, after which he was unable to return – until now.
Mouland rates his chances this year
‘I’m really looking forward to going back to Mauritius,’ he said. ‘I love the place, the ambience, the atmosphere, the golf course and the whole set-up.’
Mouland added: ‘It has been great to be back on tour. I was so looking forward to joining the Senior Tour that I couldn’t wait to turn 50. It’s been an absolute ball. It is far more relaxed than the main Tour, with an easygoing atmosphere and a lot of camaraderie.’
Mouland’s experience and success over the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend layout is certain to stand him in good stead for the tournament. He knows what it takes to be successful over the tricky Hugh Baiocchi-designed layout.
‘It would be wonderful if I managed to win the MCB Tour Championship, not only for the title but to complete a three-timer on Mauritius, something no-one else has done.
‘That would please me immensely. But there are some exceptional players in the field so we will just have to see what happens.’
Catch up on earlier articles about the MCB Tour Championship
And don’t miss the official MCB Tour Championship website where we’ll be posting daily articles during the event.
Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.
Spa de Constance at the 5* deluxe Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius is offering a wonderful new treatment this festive season.
Indulge in our decadent ritual ‘Esprit du rhum’ – Rum Spirit – to relax, renew and recharge during your holiday. This treatment will give you a wonderful sense of wellness and me-time.
Prepare yourself for a Mauritian sensorial escapade with fragrances such as vanilla, cinnamon and aged amber rum. This sweetest treat will envelop your skin until dusk.
The treatment starts with a refreshing foot soak and scrub with tamarind salts and lime. This is followed by a gentle exfoliation with rum, sugarcane and cinnamon to renew your skin and prepare it for exposure to the sun.
During our wonderful signature cinnamon massage, you’ll feel any tension in your body slip away.
Enter a comfort zone like never before and watch your skin glow.
There’ll be a crackle in the air across the Indian Ocean this Christmas as Constance lays on some fabulous celebrations at its 7 resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the special events we have in store if you’re trading a white Christmas for tropical warmth.
Each Constance hotel is offering a mix of international and locally influenced celebrations, and many run from mid-December to early-January.
Where: Constance Halaveli Resort
What’s there to do: photo safari, fruit carving, partner massage class, Indian cookery class, beach cinema night, live Boduberu dancers, Jetty marathon on the longest jetty in the Maldives, visit from Father Christmas.
Children’s activities: let’s get making – crowns, masks, kites, lanterns, binoculars, face puzzles, candles and more; water balloon fight, crab race and star gazing, pirate sunset walk, table tennis.
Culinary delights: Christmas Day international menu, Tandoori under the stars, Lobster and caviar menu, Paella on the beach, Middle Eastern buffet, Champagne picnic, Chocolate fountain brunch, New Year Gala Dinner, New Year’s Day brunch, Wines of the world, Champagne.
1. Where: Constance Lémuria Resort
What’s there to do: spa – complimentary classes, scenic photography walk, introductory scuba diving, paddle boat tournament, walks to Anse Georgette, golf contests, bike ride round Praslin, daily spa treatments including Ancient Greek Therapy, Balinese Boreh Wrap, Arabic Sultan Therapy, Old China Empress’ Treatment.
Children’s activities: hair braiding, fishermen’s game, Mowtya Dance, Creole games, volleyball, scavengers’ hunt.
Culinary delights: Martini and Jazz evening, Lobster Feast, Champagne on the beach, Indian Food evening, White evening – dress in white and dance under the stars with resident DJ.
2. Where: Constance Ephélia Resort
What’s there to do: yoga, bike ride, nature walk and talk, Christmas tree decorations, tennis social, volleyball, cocktail making, kayak tour to Port Launay Marine Park, Christmas morning mass, New Year – disco, black and white evening, cocktails with hotel management.
Children’s activities: pizza making, rugby on the beach, bocce ball, treasure hunt, mangrove walking, badminton, table tennis.
Culinary delights: Creole bouillabaisse, Fisherman’s night, Lobster menu, Little Italy evening, Creole grill and BBQ, Couscous night, Oyster bar.
1. Where: Constance Le Prince Maurice
What’s there to do: scuba diving, bike rides, watersports, tennis social, special spa treatments, yoga, fitness, Christmas carols on Christmas Eve, free shuttle to Christmas Day mass, live music, fireworks on New Year’s Eve and DJ music til dawn.
Children’s activities: scuba diving, pool treasure hunt, kite flying, craft making, family soccer, karate, frog hunt, mother and daughter make up demo, foam pool party, fishing, henna tattoos, visit to tortoise park, evening beach BBQ.
Culinary delights: cocktails by pool on Christmas Eve, gala dinner, New Year’s Eve gala buffet and cocktails.
2. Where: Constance Belle Mare Plage
What’s there to do: cookery lessons, beach party with cocktails, golf and fun, musical entertainment every night, tropical night, disco.
Children’s activities: special cinema party and popcorn, cookery lessons, beach disco, BBQ night, pyjama party, craft making, lunch with Father Christmas.
Teen activities: snokelling, mini golf tournament, kung fu, table tennis tournament, boccia ball, water ski initiation, beach football, bike tours, yoga, salsa, glass bottom boat trips.
Culinary delights: Pearl and seashells evening with jazz, Iberique with Latino band, Steak House evening with New Orleans menu, From Provence to Italy wine dinner, Mauritian Street Food evening, Lobster menu, Christmas Day buffet, Seafood grill on the beach, New Year’s Eve buffet or Wine dinner at Blue Penny.
Christmas gifts for Constance holidays
Are you or loved ones travelling to a Constance hotel for Christmas or New Year? Our spa, golf and dining vouchers make perfect Christmas gifts, and you can buy them online now. Find out more from the Constance Hotels Experience website. Select the hotel of your choice, then go to ‘online concierge’.
And if you want to know more about what it’s like to stay at Constance Hotels, don’t miss our article about The essence of the Constance Hotels Experience.
Learn how to make the perfect chip and run with our golf pro, Vishnoo Seeneevassen, from the Marc Farry Golf Academy at the Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.
The warm waters surrounding the island of Mauritius make it an ideal year-round diving destination.
Here’s a look at some of the top dive sites on the East and North West coasts of the island.
Belle Mare Plage
The dive school at Constance Belle Mare Plage caters for beginners right through to qualified divers.
Small numbers go out on the boat to the reef that’s a short distance off Belle Mare Plage, or the lagoon off Constance Le Prince Maurice.
Here, you can expect to see beautiful corals and large shoals of colourful fish. You may get a chance to see the rare stone fish, dolphins, guitar shark and turtles, as well as whales further out to sea during the winter months.
In addition to the incredible underwater creatures you’ll see, the service you get both diving and on board the boat is everything you’d expect from a 5* luxury hotel.
Ile Aux Cerfs
The tiny island of Ile Aux Cerfs is renowned for its sandy beaches and calm waters. The coral reef is beautiful and brimming with marine life.
You can arrange diving trips to the island either from your hotel, or once you arrive at Ile Aux Cerfs.
Grand Baie and Trou aux Biches
If you’ve already explored the East coast, and want to see more of the underwater world of Mauritius, head to the North West coast, where you’ll find some great dive sites including Whale Roc, Lost City, The Tube and Waterlilly.
Expect to see huge numbers of fish, corals, rays and sharks. There’s a wreck of a Japanese fishing boat at Stella Maru, just in front of the reef. Here, an abundance of sea life have made this their home over the last 15 years.
Share your dive experience
And if you’ve got photos from a diving experience in Mauritius, you can post them to our Constance Facebook page. We’d love to see them!