Golf blogger rates Legend and Links golf courses in Mauritius

Golf blogger and writer David Gilroy raves about the courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Luxury golf holidays at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Gilroy, who is writing a book about the correlation between improving your game and improving your business, found the championship Links and Legend courses an enticing challenge.

He was particularly impressed with the knowledge shown by his caddie:

‘My caddie was called Miguel (8 handicapper)… Within five holes he was handing me clubs without any discussion and with only one exception he was right every time. He knew when to chat, when to keep quiet and got me round in 5 over par.’

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Prestigious South African winemakers visit Constance Le Prince Maurice

At Constance Le Prince Maurice we are thrilled to be welcoming South African winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux to host a wine event on June 11.

Lounge Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Lounge Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

As well as meeting guests and inspiring a sumptuous menu around their excellent wines, Chris and Andrea will be offering training to our sommeliers.

Mullineux Family Wines from Swartland, South Africa, is part of the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa having produced no less than seven Platter’s 5-star wines.

Andrea Mullineux was a founding member of Swartland Independent and is also one of only 5 women to be inducted into the Cape Winemakers Guild.

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Top 10 food festivals in Europe

Take a culinary trip around Europe with a tour of some of the top 10 food festivals on the continent.

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

Here is our selection of the most delicious dates to put in your diary.

1. Taste of London, UK, 20-23 June

A chance to sample food from a cross-section of some of London’s finest restaurants, all in one place. Regent’s Park plays host to this sumptuous festival where visitors can taste dishes from 40 restaurants, enjoy demonstrations from some of England’s leading chefs, and meet a host of local food and wine producers.

2. Rock Oyster Festival, UK, 21-23 June

A celebration of Cornish food, this fun family festival in the grounds of Dinham House on the Camel Estuary has something for everyone. Stalls selling the very best local produce as well as eclectic live music and providing family entertainment.

3. Glynde Food and English Wine Festival, UK, 13-14 July

Set in the beautiful grounds of Glynde Place, East Sussex, this food and wine festival brings together the very best English chefs, produce and wine for a weekend of culinary treats. Guest chefs doing live demonstrations include John Torode and Lisa Faulkner as well as wine tasting tips from expert Stephen Skelton.

4. Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, UK, 5-15 September

Ten days of culinary celebration of local food, wine and restaurants include tastings, demonstrations and special offers at local bars and eateries. The largest festival of its kind in the South of England, this is a treat not to be missed.

5. Feria du Riz, Arles, France, 12-14 September

Celebrating the harvest of the region’s distinctive red Carmargue rice, this festival in the Roman city of Arles is an ancient tradition and a vibrant treat for the senses. There’s a decidedly Spanish feel to the fun with street stalls selling fresh seafood paella and other fresh produce, parades, music, Carmargue horses and even a bull-run through the streets and bull fights in the Roman arena.

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

6. Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival, UK, 14-15 September

Over 20,000 people travel to the beautiful Scottish loch to take part in this food festival with live cooking demonstrations, local produce, real ale and a Continental market.

7. I’Primi D’Italia, Foligno, Italy, 25-28 September

A tribute to classic Italian fare including soups, pasta, rice and gnocchi this fun, lively festival includes master classes, demonstrations, tastings and quirkier events like pasta sculpture. There’s plenty to entertain the kids including a chance to design their own pasta shapes.

8. Fiesta De Marisco, O Grove, Spain, 4-13 October

One of Europe’s biggest food festivals dedicated to seafood includes everything from crabs, shrimps, clams, barnacles and scallops. One of the highlights of the fortnight is the annual competition to come up with an imaginative new mussel dish.

9. Baltic Herring Fair, Helsinki, Finland, 6-12 October

A tradition dating back to the 18th Century the Baltic Herring Fair held in the city’s harbour has grown into an international event including food stalls selling herring and other sea food prepared in a variety of ways. Other local produce including bread and crafts are also on offer.

10. International White Truffle Fair, Alba, Italy, 7-14 October

Celebrating the beginning of the prized white truffle season this annual festival attracts some of the world’s best chefs who come to take part in the ‘invitation-only’ white truffle auction (prices go as high as £1,600 a kilo). Locals seize the opportunity to show off a range of Piedmont delicacies including roast pork, salami, polenta, almonds and Moscato d’Alba wine.

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Trip Advisor awards for Constance Hotels & Resorts

Trip Advisor has singled out our Maldives and Mauritius resorts – Halaveli, Moofushi, Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice – for its prestigious Travellers’ Choice 2013 award. The Travellers’ Choice puts the resorts onto Trip Advisor’s ‘World’s Top Properties’ list, marking them out as must-go destinations.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

We are also thrilled by the news that Trip Advisor has awarded its Certificate of Excellence to all seven Constance hotels and resorts.

Based solely on glowing feedback from our guests, the Certificate of Excellence is awarded only to companies that consistently receive top ratings from Trip Advisor travellers.

Once again we would like to thank our guests for taking the time to share their Constance experience on Trip Advisor which has led to us being recognised in this way.

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Constance Halaveli awarded by Trip Advisor

Constance Halaveli is extremely proud to have been awarded a Trip Advisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

It is a particular honour to receive this award because it is only given to hotels that consistently earn high ratings from Trip Advisor travellers, and so reflects excellent feedback from our guests.

By awarding the Certificate of Excellence, Trip Advisor has put Halaveli in its prestigious top-performing 10 per cent of all businesses worldwide.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our guests for taking the time to share their experience of Constance Halaveli, and for being part of our success.

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Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013

We’re so proud of the unique elegance and luxury we’ve created at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, that this year we’re entering the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we’ve woven luxury into the fabric of everything we do. Nature, admittedly, gave us a helping hand to create the perfect backdrop with a tranquil lagoon of turquoise waters lapping against crystal white sand beaches.

So we enhanced the beauty, with a jetty off which you’ll discover secluded water villas, a tranquil sequestered spa, and peaceful restaurants and bars in intimate settings.

Luxury accommodation

With a range of luxury accommodation including romantic water villas, large family beach villas and an expansive 5 star presidential villa, Halaveli has a deluxe offering for every kind of holiday.

Diving features high on many people’s wish list when they come to Halaveli, and the spa that offers prestigious Valmont and Ila treatments is a major draw.

Voting in World Luxury Hotels Awards 2013

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Voting for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 – described as ‘the pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels and spas worldwide’ – opens in June.

Watch this space, and we’ll let you know when you can cast your vote for the luxurious island idyll of Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

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The ultimate luxury holiday at Halaveli

Luxurious spa treatments at Constance Halaveli

Luxury family holiday at Constance Moofushi and Halaveli

Marine biologist reveals what’s underwater at Halaveli

A Luxury Travel Blog voted Halaveli in its top 3 luxury resorts in the Maldives