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.

Mauritius Marathon – 19 June 2011

Marathon runner

Marathon runner

The Mauritius Marathon takes place on Sunday 19 June 2011, starting at 6.30am.

The course is just under 43kms long, and weaves along the south west corner of the island.

Starting at Tamarin, runners pass through the fishing village of La Gaulette, the mountain of Le Morne and onto the ‘Great wild south’.

Half marathon runners start the race at 7am at La Prairie in Baie du Cap.

The race ends on the beach at Saint Felix.

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2011 Seychelles Regatta

Jeremie Beyou has won the 3rd Seychelles Regatta. The event took place on 21-29 May 2011. Renowned Frenchman Beyou was racing on the Hyundai Boat and came in just 2 seconds ahead of Michel Desjoyeaux on his Nicholas Feuillate Yacht.

Catamaran in the Indian Ocean

Catamaran in the Indian Ocean

Catamarans race from the main island on course to some of Seychelles’ jewel islands. The annual event attracts some of the world’s most experienced sailors and skippers. They’re drawn by the idyllic location and the opportunity to test their skills against the South Easterly trade wind that cuts across the Seychelles between May and September.

Results for the 2011 Seychelles Regatta

  • First: Jeremie Beyou – Boat Hyundai
  • Second: Michel Desjoyeaux – Boat Nicholas Feuillate
  • Third: Francois Gabart – Boat

Find out more about the 2011 Seychelles Regatta

Enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles

Constance Hotels Experience is furthering its commitment to the environment by

Ephelia North Beach

A view of Ephelia's North Beach

enhancing conservation of Biodiversity at Port Launay next to the Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles.

In partnership with Sustainability of Seychelles (S4S), we have submitted a full project proposal with the aim of:

  • Taking pro-active measures to improve the coordinated management of the fragile mangrove ecosystem adjacent to the Constance Ephelia Resort site
  • To start looking at co-management of other adjacent natural areas such as the resort grounds and Port Launay Marine Park

The project has three main objectives and these are to:

  1. Enhance collaboration between the resort and community partners for conservation of the natural areas adjacent to the resort
  2. Improve conservation management of the mangrove swamp in Port Launay
  3. Raise awareness of our resort team members, clienteles and community on the importance of the natural areas adjacent to the resort and how to protect them.

We hope the above project will lead to greater awareness of biodiversity conservation issues amongst our resort team members, clients of our resorts and the local community.

The aim is that all visitors and residents increase their participation in actions that will contribute to the improvement of biodiversity conservation in the resort and surrounding area.

Celebrities support Le Prince Maurice Prize in Mauritius

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The luxury resort of Constance Le Prince Maurice on the eastern shores of Mauritius plays host each year to the island’s literary award, Le Prince Maurice Prize.

Celebrating the best in literary love stories, the prize alternates each year between a French and British novelist.

Celebrities who have taken on the role as Patron of the prize include:

Richard E Grant (above, right)
Actor and author Richard E. Grant, best known for his inebriated performance in Withnail and I, and more recently Gosford Park, and Filth and Wisdom.

 

Tilda Swinton and guests

Tilda Swinton at Le Prince Maurice Prize award ceremony

Tilda Swinton (right)
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for her role in the acclaimed film Michael Clayton.

Sebastian Faulks
Author Sebastian Faulks CBE, who wrote one of the UK’s best loved novels, Bird Song as well as Charlotte Gray, Human Traces and the James Bond novel Devil May Care.

Each year, three shortlisted authors are invited to enjoy the luxury of Le Prince Maurice for a week of cultural exchange with Mauritian students and authors.

Recent authors to visit include Julia Gregson, Sadie Jones and William Sutcliffe.

Find out who’s on the shortlist for this year’s French literary love stories or visit the website Le Prince Maurice Prize.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter Sunday

Kakoo kids clubs

Enjoying the sun at Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you celebrate Easter, everyone here at Constance Hotels Experience wishes you a wonderful day, whether you’re celebrating at one of our luxury experience hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles or Madagascar, or you’re enjoying our Black Pearl hunt at Constance Belle Mare Plage or you’re simply at home enjoying the day with family and friends.

Have a wonderful day!