3 summer wines to try from New Zealand

Head sommelier at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Jerome Carlier, suggests three of his favourite New Zealand wines to be enjoyed in the summer sunshine.

Enjoy New Zealand's summer wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy New Zealand’s summer wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Escarpment Pinot Gris 2012, Escarpment Winery, New Zealand

Grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the Martinborough Terrace during a cool growing season for the district, a longer summer allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully.

The result was opulent fruit flavours combining beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Pinot Gris.

The flavours are reminiscent of ripe pears and white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish.

Its dry style has enhanced the fruit flavours Pinot Gris is renowned for. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has improved the texture allowing it to match most entrée dishes.

A great alternative to Chardonnay it has been inspired by the classical French approach to the variety. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.

Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2012, Felton Road, New Zealand

Violets and roses, with a potpourri of spice box elements. A very textural rich palate of vibrant fruit without a hint of heaviness or excess. Intense concentration is coupled with a purity that enables every subtlety to sing through.

This being a combination of the three estate vineyards, the subtleties are manifold, each contributing to the complexity rather than being lost in the blend. The structure is confidently firm but not aggressive.

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Summer Rosé 2011, Ata Rangi, New Zealand

This very pretty, beautifully balanced dry-style 2013 Summer Rosé is made largely from Merlot, with just a tickle of Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The fruit is crushed and left in the tank overnight before draining the juice from the skins and cool-fermenting in the tank.

A creamy strawberry/raspberry character and succulent watermelon notes run across the bright, crisp palate. In the background, faint hints of cranberry and a touch of aniseed add complexity and interest.

This versatile wine is a perfect drop for long summer afternoons on the veranda, or enjoying year-round with any lighter style, summery food.

Experience fine wine at Le Prince Maurice

Take a tour of our extensive wine cellar with capacity for 15,000 bottles followed by a wine tasting under the guidance of one of our highly trained sommeliers.

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How to create your travel bucket list

Susan Sontag once said, ‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.’

Does the maldives feature on your travel bucket list?

Does the maldives feature on your travel bucket list?

Creating a list of wonderful places you dream about one day visiting is the first step in an adventure which can last a lifetime.

But for those who don’t already have a travel bucket list it can be an intimidating thing to start.

Luxury Travel Mom blogger Kim-Marie Evans urges her readers who don’t yet have a bucket list to ‘start writing, you might be surprised at what you find on the page’.

Think of photographs you’ve seen which have made you sigh longingly, stories friends have told about places that have made you green with envy. These are all places that should be on your bucket list.

The experience of a lifetime

The thing to bear in mind about your list is that it doesn’t need to be just a catalogue of destinations. A bucket list can also be a collection of experiences you would like to have in your lifetime.

The sky is literally the limit when dreaming up bucket list activities. Have you always wanted to zip-line through a tropical jungle, learn to scuba dive or play golf on a Championship golf course in Mauritius? Jotting it down on the list can be the first step towards making it happen.

Many 5* hotels, such as Constance Hotels & Resorts across the Indian Ocean, now offer a range of bucket-list-worthy activities from cookery lessons with a world-class chef to diving with sharks or spending a day on your very own desert island with dinner delivered by boat.

Bucket list destinations

It can be difficult sometimes to pin down exactly where we want to go, we know that photographs of white sand beaches shaded by palm trees in magazines make us drool but where are they exactly?

Dramatic landscapes: The Baobab trees of Madagascar

Dramatic landscapes: The Baobab trees of Madagascar

Here’s our guide to possible bucket list destinations:

  • Maldives – If you dream of walking barefoot on the beach of a white coral sand island secluded in a vast blue ocean, or sleeping in your own villa which stands on stilts over a clear blue lagoon, the chances are the Maldives should be on your bucket list.
  • Madagascar – If your spirit craves adventure, you want to explore dramatic landscapes, see new things, immerse yourself in a vibrant friendly community then Madagascar needs to go on the list.
  • Seychelles – The Seychelles features on many bucket lists not just for the picture postcard white-sand beaches and enticing climate but the warm welcome visitors receive and the natural beauty of its various islands.
  • Mauritius – With its stunning coastline and activities aplenty both on the ocean and amidst the dramatic, mountainous interior Mauritius earns its place on many a bucket list.

Wherever you choose, whichever destinations get your pulse racing and your heart fluttering, start the list today. You might be surprised by the places your imagination will dare to take you.

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Colin Montogmerie’s Open victory takes him one step closer to Mauritius

The European Senior Golf Tour is hotting up as Colin Montgomerie wins his second Major of the season at the US Senior Open Championship.

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

The win puts Montogmerie at the head of the order of merit and in a good position to play for the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius this December.

The Tour Championship will be held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from December 12–14. A recent agreement between the Senior Tour, Constance and sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank guaranteed that the MCB Championship will be hosted by Constance Belle Mare Plage until at least 2017.

Montgomerie is no stranger to the Legend course at Belle Mare Plage having battled last year’s MCB Champion Paul Wesselingh on the course in the final round of the championship last year.

Former Ryder Cup Captain, Montgomerie won the US Senior Open in Oklahoma following a dramatic play-off against Gene Sauers.

Get full details of the US Senior Open Championship and all the latest European Senior Tour news on the European Senior Tour website.

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10 top travel apps 2014

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Today’s sophisticated travel apps make light work of planning a holiday.

Here’s our selection of ten of the best travel apps that will help you plan your next trip.

1. Packing Pro

Get organised before you leave with this essential packing app. The app allows you to make and keep a variety of lists (ski holiday, beach holiday, city break) and offers a range of template lists which can be customised to suit your personal needs. A must for family holidays.

2. Triposo

A travel guide app based on reviews and comments from 6 million travellers covering 200 countries and more than 25,000 destinations. Handily this app also works offline.

3. TravelSafe

Hopefully you’ll never need to use it but this app connects you to emergency services in countries around the world. Whatever country you’re in the app will connect you to your local services as well as providing local embassy information.

4. WeatherPro

Covering more than 2 million locations worldwide this popular weather app is a perfect choice for travellers wanting to check the weather forecast at their destination.

5. XE Currency

With access to live exchange rates this free app is perfect for calculating currencies on-the-go. Well laid out and simple to use this is better than many paid-for currency converter apps.

6. TripAdvisor

Still the go-to review site for the world’s travellers, TripAdvisor’s app gives reviews, guides and all important traveller ratings while you’re on-the-go.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

7. FlightTrack

The FlightTrack app compiles all your flight information, including delays and cancellation, in one place making this a handy app for those taking more than one flight. Giving details such as which departure gate to head for and terminal maps this is all you’ll need for stress-free flying.

8. Foursquare

A quick way to get to grips with what’s going on in a new destination, the Foursquare app gives travellers the opportunity to add their comments to a global network of reviews including, hotels, sites and restaurants.

9. TripIt

This is an all-in-one travel organiser. Forward your confirmation emails to the TripIt app and it will collate all your travel information so you can access it quickly and easily. Share itineraries with friends, access itineraries from different devices and get maps and weather for your destination, this app really does everything except feed the cat while you’re away.

10. Postagram

For those that miss the days of sending and receiving postcards this is a cool app which allows you to create a postcard on your device using one of your own pictures and then will have the card printed and mailed direct to the recipient’s door.

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Recipe: Grilled asparagus salad

Celebrate summer asparagus with this delicious salad recipe from Constance Moofushi’s Alizee Restaurant.

Enjoy our asparagus salad recipe at Constance Moofushi's Alizee Restaurant

Enjoy our asparagus salad recipe at Constance Moofushi’s Alizee Restaurant

Ingredients

  • 1kg asparagus
  • 1.5kg butternut squash
  • 400g halloumi
  • 100g salad mache (lamb’s lettuce)
  • 100g frissee lettuce
  • 100g radicchio lettuce
  • 200ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 100ml balsamic glaze

Method

1. Cut the butternut squash into cubes and bake in the oven.

2. Grill the asparagus and then cut in half lengthways.

3. Slice the halloumi cheese and grill.

4. Stack the layers of asparagus and butternut squash on a plate, top with mache, frissee and radicchio lettuce in a honey and lemon dressing. Lay grilled halloumi on top and garnish with a balsamic glaze.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice heads to Switzerland

Executive Chef Michael Scioli from Constance Le Prince Maurice will be taking the flavours, spices and culinary traditions of Mauritius to The Chalet d’Adrien in Switzerland this August.

Constance Le Prince Maurice's Archipel restaurant

Constance Le Prince Maurice’s Archipel restaurant

Chef Michael’s visit to Verbier next month will be the centrepiece of a gastronomic week celebrating Spices and Flavours of the World at the Chalet d’Adrien from 7-10 August.

He will work alongside Michelin-starred chef Mirto Marchesi to create a series of menus built around the spices and herbs of Indian Ocean cuisine.

Restaurants on tour are big news this summer, and Constance Le Prince Maurice is joining the likes of The Fat Duck, Noma and El Celler de Can Roca in taking its renowned cuisine to new countries.

More about Constance Le Prince Maurice

Named after Prince Maurice Van Nassau, the Dutch pioneer of the spice trade in the Indian Ocean, Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius has long celebrated the rich, warm flavours and spices of the region.

Our beautiful, cool colonial-style architecture, sumptuous menus infused with the warmth of spices from the region and even our hotel logo of a nutmeg, all point to the important role spices play in Mauritius fusion cuisine.

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