How are you spending Independance Day in Mauritius?

belle mare plage beach photograph

Le Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius

Customers at our luxury Mauritius resorts Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage will be able to celebrate Independence Day on the island nation tomorrow.

Mauritius – officially known as the Republic of Mauritius – gained independence from the United Kingdom on 12 March 1968. The British had taken control of the island in the Napoleonic wars.

If you’re in Mauritius, we’d love to hear from you to hear how you’re celebrating – you could even send us some pictures.

Luxury resort turns tap water into mineral water

Halaveli luxury hotel resort Maldives

The beautiful Halaveli Luxury Hotel Resort, Maldives

To eliminate the need to ship in bottled water to our luxury Maldives resort, Halaveli, we have recently installed our own water bottling plant.

The plant purifies tap water to mineral quality and the first bottles of Constance Halaveli Resort’s Still and Sparkling mineral water were produced at the beginning of the new year, 2011.

The main reason for the water bottling plant was to eliminate the need to bring in bottled water from outside sources to the island as well as to reducing wastage at the resort.

See what our customers think about our luxury resorts in the Indian ocean.

Wine and gastronomy week in the Maldives!

Gastronomic delights at Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Gastronomic delights at Halaveli Resort, Maldives

We pride ourselves on having the very best sommeliers in their fields – and we like to ensure they stay up to date with their expertise.

Our sommeliers often have the opportunity to meet the owners of internationally recognised wine estates and understand their philosophy and their product line – and we’re very excited about the latest visit.

Following the first edition of the Art de Vignes promotion held in March 2010 in the Seychelles, we are pleased to announce that this exceptional wine growers’ club will organise a gastronomic week at two of Constance Hotels Experience’s establishments in the Maldives:

‘Art de Vignes’ is a club which gathers wine growers who associate themselves with the art of wine. It is an association of French wine-producing regions with a strong identity: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire, Rhone. Each vine grower of the club “Art de Vignes” registers his work in his wine-producing area of origin, by respecting his geographical, historical and cultural characteristics.

Jerome Faure, Head Sommelier of Constance Hotels Experience, intends to make this very unique event a regular fixture on our annual calendar.

The week in our Maldives resorts will run from 21st to 27th March 2011.

You can download a PDF with more information on this gastronomy week in the Maldives here.

French Literary Love Stories – finalists revealed

Library at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius

The Library at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius

For the French speakers amongst you, we are delighted to announce the preliminary finalists for the 9th edition of Le Prince Maurice‘s unique literary prize, celebrating the very best in French literary love stories.

Download the Prix Le Prince Maurice Du Roman D’amour (pdf).

Culinary Festival and Competition

Gorgeous luxury food

Luxury foods from Belle Mare Plage Resort

Constance has once again assembled a panel of professional chefs from different shores – all with a Michelin star and each with a vast knowledge of food to share with our own talented island chefs.

This is an extraordinary event – The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau – is a big challenge for our island chefs. Each of our cooks from the indian ocean will work with a visiting chef to create then promote a dish.

The main objective of the festival is to support the exchange, experience and knowledge of the participating professionals, and to gather men from very diverse horizons around a common passion: the love of cooking and the art of the table.

This event has been running since 2006, with le Relais Bernard Loiseau and his Chef Patrick Bertron and is now an anticipated event on the international gastronomic calendar, attracting media from around the world, as well as prestigious sponsors.

Find out more about The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel Resort in Mauritius.