Travelling abroad isn’t only about seeing new places, meeting new people and trying different foods. It goes beyond that! Culturally immersive experiences can help us to discover and appreciate the unbelievable diversity and beauty that exists in the world around us.
Wherever you grew up or live today, you probably think of everything that happens in your day-to-day life and the customs surrounding you as ‘normal’, but everyone has their own ideas and experience of what ‘normal’ is!
Discovering Mauritian culture: beautiful artwork created during the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius
Venturing a little further afield and embracing a different culture can be so rewarding and may even give you a new perspective on life.
Travel somewhere that will offer you simple yet authentic touches during your stay!
Go on… grab yourself some fresh coconut water!
From overall ambience, to rooms made from and decorated with local materials, to smaller touches like fresh produce readily available for you to enjoy, it’s these individual aspects that allow you to gain a deeper understanding of how local people live.
Breakfast is served – a traditional Dhoni at Constance Halaveli Maldives
The key is, don’t say no! Take advantage of everything your chosen destination has to offer, whether it’s a boat ride, a fishing trip, or a chance to meet the local turtles…
A beautiful turtle spotted on the beach at Constance Tsarabanjina Madagascar
One of the best ways to sample local culture is through performances. Dance, music, and theatre… whatever you fancy!
Need some inspiration? Pick a destination or hotel that offers traditional local performances and you won’t even have to think about how to experience a new culture!
A floating performance at Constance Moofushi Maldives!
At Constance Tsarabanjina, guests have the chance to sample a traditional Malagasy menu while enjoying some local folklore dance! Can you think of a better way to spend an evening while on holiday?
Or how about a fire show at Constance Ephelia Seychelles?
The easiest way to get a flavour of local tradition and culture must be through its gastronomy. Eating in local restaurants and sampling street food is deliciously fun, but why not step it up a notch and go in search of a truly immersive gastronomical experience?
For the last twelve years, Constance Hotels & Resorts has been hosting an immersive culinary exchange like no other at Belle Mare Plage and Prince Maurice in Mauritius – the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau. It’s an annual culinary festival that goes beyond food and wine, created in partnership with Dominique Loiseau and Patrick Bertrand in honour of the late great chef Bernard Loiseau and comprising competitions, demonstrations and, of course, incredible dinners for guests to enjoy.
World-renowned pâtissier Pierre Hermé judging at Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau
It’s certainly a star-studded affair! Last year we welcomed Eckart Witzigmann, the first German chef with three Michelin stars and Chef of the Century in 1994; owner of two Michelin-starred restaurants and 2016 winner David Moore; and Indonesian celebrity chef Farah Quinn. Take a look at how the 2017 festival unfolded…
At the centre of the festival, six Michelin-starred chefs are paired with six of Constance’s chefs to compete. How does this make for such a valuable cultural exchange? It’s the celebration of Mauritian ingredients and traditions that makes the festival truly special.
Visiting local markets for local ingredients and inspiration
As well as a range of compulsory ingredients, the chefs visit the local markets of Flacq to find inspiration. Incredible ideas flow and extraordinary dishes are created!
Just one of the beautiful locations for the festival – Le Barachois floating restaurant at Constance Prince Maurice
The 2018 edition of the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau is set to be bigger and better than ever! We’ll be welcoming a host of talented Michelin-starred chefs from around Europe to compete: Andrea Camastra, Ugo Alciati, Michael Reis, Olda Sahajdak, Arnaud Viel and Mark Kempson.
Guests have the opportunity to discover what makes Mauritian food so uniquely delicious!
Not only is this an invaluable opportunity for chefs with varied gastronomic and cultural experiences to get together and exchange ideas; it’s also a truly immersive experience for guests to savour. Throughout the week, guests will live and breathe Mauritian culture and cuisine with a twist while enjoying the spectacular scenery of this beautiful island nation.
Will you be joining us in Mauritius for this year’s festival? It all kicks off on the 17th of March and runs until the 25th. Here’s a recap of the 11th edition in 2016:
Dive into this week-long extravaganza celebrating Mauritian culture and cuisine ands experience world-class cooking at every turn. With a wide array of exciting events including seven star dinners hosted by truly sensational chefs, Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau is certainly not to be missed!
So whether it’s fantastic food, delightful dance or amazing art, seek out a truly immersive experience on your next holiday and discover how enriching it can be.
What’s been your most memorable culturally immersive experience? Have you joined us at the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau before? Let us know in the comments!