Countdown to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius

With just over a week to go until the start of this year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, chefs and foodies alike are starting to gather at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Preparing six star dinner at 2012 festival

During the food festival, six top European Michelin-star chef’s come to work alongside six of our best island chefs. The festival culminates in a cook-off competition for the best Euro-island inspired menu.

During the festival the world renowned chefs and judges will be offering special menus and cooking demonstrations to guests at both Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

A rare treat for gastronomes, this is a chance to sample some of the world’s best food in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.

Bid to dine at Michelin-star restaurants in Europe

And this year, we’re holding an online charity auction to celebrate the festival and give you the chance to bid for an exclusive meal at a Michelin-star restaurant.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

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Read about the star chefs and judges attending the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

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Highlights from Art de Vignes week in Seychelles

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Faure, brings you highlights from the beginning of a fabulous week of wine appreciation as the Art de Vignes wine growers’ collective visits the Seychelles.

Wines from Art de Vignes collective, Constance Hotels & Resorts

Wines from Art de Vignes collective

Constance Ephelia

Sunday 3 March

Our sommeliers at Constance Ephelia enjoyed training with Anne and Olivier Decelle, owners of St Emilion Grand Cru Chateau Jean Faure. We tried the 2009 and 2010. It is a special blend with 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 10% malbec. The property is close to St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Cheval Blanc.

The 2010 is for me a really wonderful wine – one of the top from St Emilion.

Anne and Olivier Decelle also own Domaine Mas Amiel, located in Roussillon nearPyrenees. They are making Maury (Fortified Wine) Maury Sec (new appellation in 2011 – only Red ) and some Cotes du Roussillon Villages (White, Red and Rosé).

On Sunday evening we enjoyed a wine tasting with all the wine makers and our guests at Constance Ephelia.

Preparation for Art de Vignes wine dinner, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Preparation for Art de Vignes wine dinner

Wines we tried:

  • Cotes du Roussillon Villages Plaisir Rose – Mas Amiel 2012
  • Saumur Insolite Domaine des Roches Neuves – Thierry Germain 2011
  • Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier Georges Vernay 2011
  • Montagny 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot 2010
  • Cotes de Castillon Domaine de l’A – 2005
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Chateau de Beaucastel 2009

The menu

The menu was proposed with Domaine Mas Amiel and Chateau Jean Faure.

Starter:

Cotes du Roussillon Villages Altair 2010 Mas Amiel with Red Snapper Wheel’s Carpaccio with Green Bean Salad and local Passion Fruit Dressing

Maury – Mas Amiel 1969 with marinated Red Tuna Rose, Grilled Zucchini with Light Curry Apple Compote and Tomato with Xeres Vinegar.

Main Course:

St Emilion Grand Cru Chateau Jean Faure 2010 with Lamb Fillet with CrispyParmaHam, Local Eggplant Chutney, Parmesan Tuile and Pan Forte Sauce.

Dessert:

Maury Charles Dupuy, Mas Amiel 2008 with Surprise Dark Chocolate Sphere with Berries Compote.

Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape

Monday 4 March:

We held staff training about Rhone Valley Wine with Christine Vernay (Domaine George Vernay) who is owner and wine maker for prestigious appellation from North of Rhone Valley (Cote Rotie – Condrieu) and Thomas Perrin, one of the owners of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Wines we tried:

  • Vin de Pays Pied de Samson Viognier – Vernay 2011
  • Cotes du Rhone StAgathe – Vernay  2010
  • St Joseph Vernay 2010
  • Cote Rotie Blonde du Seigneur  Vernay 2010
  • Luberon Vieille Ferme 2011
  • Cotes du Rhone – Coudoulet White 2011
  • Cotes du Rhone – Coudoulet Red 2010
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel White 2011
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Beaucastel  White 2011
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel Red  2010
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel Hommage a J. Perrin 2009
Dessert at Art de Vignes dinner, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Dessert at Art de Vignes dinner

Evening at our new Chinese Restaurant at Ephelia :

Chef Ling and his team with the collaboration of our sommelier team created a menu with Thomas Perrin wines from the Chateau de Beaucastel in theRhoneValley

Aperitif

Cotes du Lubéron, La Vieille Ferme, 2011 with Chef Ling canapés selection

Main course:

Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, Vieilles Vignes, 2009 with Seafood siew mai with caviar

Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, Vieilles Vignes, 2009 with Crispy chicken in sweet and sour sauce

Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, 2005 with Wok fried black pepper New Zealand beef with bamboo shoots

Dessert

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Perrin, 2010 with Pancake stuffed with coconut mousse, exotic fruit minestrone, lychee sherbet

Find out more about Art de Vignes in Seychelles

 

The Sunday Times names Tsarabanjina and Moofushi in world’s best 20 all-inclusives

The Sunday Times this week highlighted Constance Moofushi and Tsarabanjina as offering truly all-inclusive packages.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Susan d’Arcy applauds the Cristal package at our resorts for genuinely ‘including everything’, lamenting how other resorts claim to be all inclusive but go on to charge guests for everything from bottled water to Mars bars.

The praise for Tsarabanjina and Moofushi came in an article outlining the 20 best all-inclusive packages around the world.

D’Arcy defined all inclusive as meaning, ‘You’ll get the drinks you want, endless fabulous food – often à la carte and, if not, of the highest quality and freshly prepared – and free wi-fi.’

Subscribers to The Sunday Times can read Susan d’Arcy’s article in full: ‘All inclusives – minus the hidden extras‘.

And in The Financial Times

The FT was also singing the praises of Tsarabanjina this week in ‘How to spend it‘ describing the resort’s new refurbishment as bringing a luxury element to Madagascan tourism.

Find out more about Moofushi and Tsarabanjina

 

Vote for Constance in 2013 Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards

Is there a Constance hotel you love, or a travel experience you want the world to know about?

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Now’s your chance to have your say in which hotels, spas, villas, destinations and travel experiences receive this year’s prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards.

The online questionnaire makes it quick and easy to vote. Complete the form and you’ll be entered into the prize draw for a luxury break for two, travelling by private jet, to Mallorca.

Cast your votes before the deadline of 1 May.

For more details and your chance to vote visit the Conde Nast Traveller website.

Constance Le Prince Maurice wins 2013 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

Constance Le Prince Maurice has won the 2013 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award in 3 categories.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach perfect

According to Trip Advisor, only 1% of all accommodation listed on Trip Advisor this year has been given the Travellers’ Choice Award.

Constance Le Prince Maurice has won in the following categories:

Constance Le Prince Maurice has been winning over regulars and new guests alike since its major refurbishment last year, securing its reputation as one of the most intimate and enticing luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean.

Trip Advisor review

The perfect honeymoon destination bar none

‘My wife took charge of my initial honeymoon planning attempts and vetoed my original blueprint of Sri Lanka book ending the Maldives…

Suite on Stilts at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Suite on Stilts at Le Prince Maurice

We stayed at Constance Le Prince Maurice for the second week and absolutely loved it. Amazing rooms, decor, ambience, attention to detail, food, discreet but friendly staff, surrounds. Only blemish was one day of adverse weather.

Was I upset we missed the Maldives? No. This is an ultimate Indian Ocean honeymoon destination that will blow your socks off.’ Read the whole review.

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Bid to dine at Michelin star restaurants in our online charity auction

In celebration of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, we are holding an online charity auction, offering exclusive dinners for two at a selection of Michelin-star restaurants across Europe.

Inside Chez Bruce, London

Inside Chez Bruce, London

All proceeds from the charity auction will go to a ground breaking school for disadvantaged teenagers in Mauritius – Etoile de Mer.

The online auction will start on 18 March and run for five days to mark the Culinary Festival.

Each lucky bidder will win an exclusive dinner for two at one of a selection of Michelin-star restaurants, including London’s Chez Bruce.

How to take part

Join us on Facebook, Twitter or here on the blog to find out more about how to take part in the auction when it launches on 18 March 2013.

The charity - Etoile de Mer

At Constance, we have supported the Mauritian school for teenagers, Etoile de Mer, for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.

The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.

The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.

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Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Constance news, competitions and offers, including the launch of this online charity auction.

Find out more about the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.