Constance Hotels Experience Sommeliers at VinExpo 2011, France

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Vinexpo, 2011

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Vinexpo, 2011

At Constance Hotels, wine is a key feature of our special culinary spirit. We have some of the best sommeliers working with us, and our wine menu includes wines from small vineyards that you can’t find anywhere else.

Last month, some of our sommeliers attended the 10th VinExpo in Bordeaux, France. They were:

Take a look at our culinary section for more information about recipes and wine from Constance Hotels.

Constance Hotels Experience sponsors Team Indian Ocean 3100

3100 rowing team

James Kayall, Ollie and Ed Wells, Tom Kelly row across Indian Ocean

A four-man crew set out on the Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2011 from Geraldton, Western Australia on 22 April, aiming to cross the Indian Ocean to Mauritius in record time.

At Constance, we’ve been eagerly awaiting their arrival on 6 or 7 July.

The rowers should complete their record attempt at Grand Bay Yacht Club, situated in a beautiful bay in the north of Mauritius and which has a long tradition of welcoming foreign sailors visiting the island.

The crew consists of James Kayll, Ollie and Ed Wells, and Tom Kelly, and is aiming to raise £100,000 from the public for four charities:

  • Mark Evison Foundation
  • Light Dragoons Charitable Trust (The Colonel’s Fund)
  • Compassion UK
  • Access Sport.

The scale of the challenge is enormous – only 11 boats have ever successfully
completed the crossing. They are also rowing without the usual aid of a support vessel.

The race is organised by Woodvale Challenge Ltd from the UK.

We’ll update you with the story of their crossing once they’ve arrived in Mauritius.

Latest tennis action from Wimbledon 2011

Tennis at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Tennis at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The 2011 Wimbledon Championships is underway. Will this be Andy Murray’s year, or will Rafael Nadal continue his winning streak? Check out these websites to keep up with all the latest action from SW19.

2011 Wimbledon Championships
Find out who’s in, who’s out and if defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will make it through to this year’s finals.

BBC iPlayer
Watch the matches live or catch up with them later in the day.

The Guardian Wimbledon blog
Top sports journalists give coverage on the latest scores, dramas and weather.

scores androm the first days at Wimbledon. Find out

Weekly roundup: competitions, holiday inspiration and culinary delights

This new weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything. Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

13 – 19 June

Exclusive offers and competitions

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Could you win a trip with flights to Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius?

Only 2 days to go to win the holiday of a lifetime!
The deadline for entry to our Win a 5 Star Holiday to Mauritius competition is looming – if you haven’t entered yet, do so before midnight GMT on Wednesday 22 June!

New competition: the item I can’t go on holiday without is…
This week we launched a new week long competition on our blog, twitter and Facebook page. Winners can choose from a magnum of champagne, a Serge Lutens fragrance or a bottle of wine.

Competition winners announced: Most Romantic Holiday Pictures
We announced the winner’s of last week’s Twitter competition to win a bottle of Deutz Champagne – all they had to do was enter their most romantic holiday snaps to us.

Culinary

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny table decorations

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny

Recipe: chicken and prawn fricassee, stewed Chinese bredes with boucane
Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Why not try this chicken and prawn fricassee out at your next dinner party?

Constance Star Martini
Talking of dinner parties, why not kick things off with this unique cocktail created by our very own head bartender, Guillaume Grafeuille?

Inspiration

Frog, Madagascar

Frog, Madagascar

Holiday inspiration: Madagascar – walks on the wild side
Planning the trip of a lifetime and need some inspiration? Our regular ‘holiday inspiration’ features will give you the information you need. Last week, we gave you the low down on the unique island of Madagascar, where the Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge is located.

Spa & Sports

Fish underwater in the Maldives

Snorkeling in the Maldives

Snorkeling paradise: The Maldives
Love snorkeling? Then you’ll love the Maldives. Check out our guide to what makes snorkeling in the Maldives a unique experience.

US Open Golf 2011 gets underway, 16–19 June
The US Open got underway last week and as Constance Hotels Experience has some championship golf courses of our very own, we thought we’d tell you the places you can find out all you need to know about the Open.

News and Events

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature
The winner of the 2011 Le Prince Maurice Prize was announced last week at a wonderful awards ceremony in Mauritius. Find out who won and see photos from the evening here.

BBC Good Food Show Summer 2011
A round up the BBC’s Good Food Show from Summer 2011 in the UK.

BBC Good Food Show Summer 2011

Strawberry

Summer strawberry

The BBC Good Food Show Summer 2011 is underway at the NEC in Birmingham, and runs until Sunday 19 June.

A summer-must for all foodies out there, the show is chock full of presentations, things to try, demos and freebies.

Highlights include:

  • Top chefs – including James Martin and Rachel Allen – demonstrating delectable summer recipes for you to try at home
  • Masterchef Live – an unmissable opportunity for all Masterchef fans
  • Producers Village– your chance to chat to small speciality producers and sample local, seasonal produce
  • Grow your own – top tips on how to get the tastiest fruit and veg out of even the smallest of plots.

Tickets are available online from the BBC Good Food Show Summer website.

Also check out A Food Lover’s Diary – sharing recipes and adventures in food.

Each week we publish favourite recipes from the Constance kitchens.

Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature

The winners of the 9th Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature are Sophie Fontanel for her novel ‘Grandir’ (Robert Lafont) and Kéthévan Davrichewy for her novel ‘La mer noire’ (Sabine Wespieser).

Winning authors of the 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Winning authors of the 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

The award ceremony took place on 11 June 2011. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of three authors, which also included Kettly Mars novel ‘Saisons Sauvages’.

The event was chaired by Daniel Picouly. The panel of judges included famous authors Paule Constant, Marc Lambron and Alain Mabanckou, and Mauritian writers Kumari Issur, Carl de Souza and Alain Gordon-Gentil.

The annual event marks an important cultural exchange between Mauritius, France and the UK. It celebrates the best in literary love stories, and alternates each year between French and British novelists.

This year, a new student prize was also introduced – offering a one-year grant to a Mauritian student to study at a French or English university. This year’s winner is Ambreen Rojee.

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Sophie Fontanel, Ambreen Rojee and Kéthévan Davrichewy (from left to right)

The authors get a second chance to visit Mauritius, to enjoy their prize of a 15-day holiday at the luxury Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Read our blog about celebrities who have supported Le Prince Maurice prize.