Fowler triumphs at French Riviera Masters

Australian golfer Peter Fowler jumped from 11th to second place on this year’s European Senior Tour Order of Merit with a win at the French Riviera Masters.

Peter Fowler triumphs at the French Riviera Masters

Peter Fowler triumphs at the French Riviera Masters

The win, a stunning come back from being four shots back at the beginning of the final round at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, was Fowler’s first European Senior Tour victory for two years.

The prize money of €60,000 puts Fowler just behind current Order of Merit leader Paul Wesselingh, making him a realistic contender for the John Jacobs Trophy awarded at the MCB championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Fowler previously won the John Jacobs Trophy two years ago with two victories and 11 top ten finishes, with only four events remaining in this year’s European Senior Tour he is on track to repeat that success in 2013.

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Gala dinner to celebrate the best New Zealand wines

Join us at Constance Belle Mare Plage for the climax of our New Zealand wines week, a unique gala dinner celebrating the best New Zealand wines.

Blue Penny Café, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Blue Penny Café, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The dinner is to be held at the stylish Blue Penny Café, famous for its sumptuous fine-dining menu and wine cellar, and will feature the wines of all the visiting New Zealand winemakers.

Wine makers from New Zealand

Winemakers visiting Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice for the celebration of New Zealand wine week include:

  • Felton Road
  • Millton Vineyards and Winery
  • Ata Rengi
  • Escarpment
  • Pegasus Bay

What’s on the menu?

Guests at the resort will have the opportunity to sample an exquisite menu of culinary delights paired with the very best wines from each of the vineyards.

Wine dinners at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Wine dinners at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The menu for the gala dinner will include:

  • Red tuna tartar with kafir lime, carpaccio of scallop with ‘harenka’, goat nougat with apricot paired with Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2010
  • Crispy ‘Black Tiger’ prawn tails in kadaïf, fades carrot and green granny Smith balls, acidulated coulis paired with Millton Clos St Anne Chardonnay 2009
  • Pan-seared cod fish fillet, heirloom vegetables and mushroom, chicken gravy scented with Barolo vinegar paired with Felton Road Pinot Noir Calvert 2006
  • ‘Barbaire’ duck fillet, confit turnip and samoussas with giblets, wild Bourbon pepper and cherry paired with Escarpment Pinot Noir 2010
  • Roasted Victoria pineapple style ‘Pina Colada’ paired with Pegasus Bay Aria Lat Picked Riesling 2008

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Female sommeliers in Mauritius are aiming high

Our female sommeliers at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage are both striving to become leaders in the predominantly male world of fine wines.

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage, who attained her wine training at the Constance Hospitality Academy in Mauritius, claims her personal ambition is to become a chief sommelier.

She took a step nearer to her goal last year when she was selected as a finalist in the Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2012 and again this year as the winner of the sommelier competition at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. In July Malin was promoted to Assistant Sommelier at Belle Mare Plage.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice, began her career in France before joining Constance. Her ambition is to win the award for Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2014.

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline was selected to represent Le Prince Maurice this year in the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

We are very proud of both women whose passion for wine and their ability to share that passion with our guests has made them an important part of our team of sommeliers in Mauritius.

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Visit Mauritius and discover the treasure of New Zealand wines

Time is running out to join Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice in a celebration of New Zealand wines including the opportunity to meet some of the country’s most famous winemakers.

Enjoy New Zealand wines at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Enjoy New Zealand wines at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The weeklong wine event from 15-21 September will include a series of unique wine menus in the restaurants of both resorts in which the New World wines will be paired with exquisite dishes specially prepared by our chefs.

New Zealand winemakers visiting Mauritius for this special event will include:

  • Felton Road
  • Millton Vineyards and Winery
  • Ata Rengi
  • Escarpment
  • Pegasus Bay

Escarpment wine dinner at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage – Monday 16 September

  • Smoked marlin carpaccio, green apple salpicon, honey lemon and herbs dressing paired with Escarpment Riesling 2011
  • Black tiger prawn salad, Japanese pearl, watermelon marinated with basil and pink pepper paired with Escarpment Chardonnay 2011
  • Beef fillet cooked in the pan, celeriac puree, confit shallots, red wine jus paired with Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir 2011
  • Lemon meringue tart mille-feuille style, strawberry sherbet paired with Escarpment Hinemoa Riesling 2011
La Kaze, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Kaze, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Pegasus Bay wine dinner at La Kaze, Belle Mare Plage – Tuesday 17 September

  • Crab meat and condiments, pumpkin mousse with curry leaves paired with Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Sémillon 2011
  • Grilled jobfish fillet with fennel seeds, glazed baby vegetables and mussels with citrus salsa, saffroned matelote jus paired with Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2011
  • Spit-roasted sucking pig, grilled vegetables tian with thyme-confit potato with roasted garlic rice paired with Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2010
  • Roasted banana with muscovado sugar, coconut ‘dacquoise’, rum ice-cream paired with Main Divide Pokiri Late Picked Pinot Gris 2009

Ata Rengi wine dinner at Deer Hunter, Belle Mare Plage – Wednesday 18 September

  • Mauritian canapés served with Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2013
  • Red tuna cannelloni with ‘Dandarangan’, olive oil, citrus salpicon with pink pepper, ‘Victoria’ pineapple jelly, crispy faratha paired with Ata Rangi Petrie Chardonnay 2011
  • Braised beef cheek with Tasmanian pepper, potato purée with truffle oil, glazed turnip and carrot, blackcurrant jus paired with Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008
  • Cheesecake with confit orange, passion fruit sherbet paired with Ata Rangi Kahu Botrytis Riesling 2013

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Read more about this exciting wine event: Constance celebrates New Zealand Wines in Mauritius

Tempted to join the festivities?

Check late booking availability for both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Shiseido spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At the Shiseido Spas at Constance, guests are invited to indulge in treatments designed to harmonise the wellbeing of the body with the wellbeing of the mind.

Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia

Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia

This holistic approach is centred around Shiseido’s famous Qi treatments, concentrating on balancing the vital energy which runs through us all.

By blending Eastern traditions and philosophies with Western science and technology, Shiseido are able to offer a menu of treatments which create a complete sensation of wellbeing both inside and out.

Shiseido is available at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria.

Shiseido’s Japanese Beauty Paradise

Pamper yourself with Shiseido’s two-hour signature treatment in the outdoor Shiseido Pavilion at Lémuria. The treatment begins with a Japanese foot ritual, followed by an invigorating back scrub and steam then a deep back, neck and shoulder massage. The treatment concludes with a sublime 75 minute Qi facial.

Kuroho Body Bliss

Feel yourself revived and refreshed following this two-hour treatment at Belle Mare Plage which involves a full body exfoliation, cleanse and polish to leave skin feeling flawless. Then relax with a Qi body massage and application of Shiseido’s famous replenishing body cream.

Nourishing Bathing Ceremony

Relaxing at the Shiseido Spa

Relaxing at the Shiseido Spa

The ultimate indulgence and path to complete relaxation, this treatment begins with a Japanese foot bath ritual and body exfoliation before immersing yourself into the beautifully fragranced Japanese hydro-therapy bath at Ephélia. Breathe in scents of green tea, cherry blossom and silken rice before emerging for a full body massage and application of Shiseido’s Ultimate Nourishing Body Cream.

What our beauty therapists say

Following a recent Shiseido Spa training day we asked our Shiseido therapists what they thought about the luxury skincare brand. This is what they told us:

  • ‘Before I encountered Shiseido, I didn’t really know how to take care of my skin and my wellbeing.’
  • ‘Once you discover Shiseido, there’s no going back…’
  • ‘Shiseido is the master of beauty which brings magic to your skin.’
  • ‘I am proud to be part of the Shiseido family.’
  • ‘Shiseido = oxygen, necessary for life, health and wellbeing.’
  • ‘A special brand full of positive philosophy.’
  • ‘Shiseido understands every client’s needs.’

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Cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

Food has always been an integral part of a holiday, a chance to literally immerse yourself in the flavours of a new country.

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cookery holidays

Cookery holidays, on which you spend a few days in a Tuscan villa or French farmhouse slaving over a stove to master the intricacies of their cuisine have become increasingly popular.

But what if you actually want a bit of holiday in your holiday, or you want to know how to cook something a bit more exotic than a Quiche Lorraine?

For those who are interested in broadening their culinary horizon with the warm heat of exotic spices but still want time to lie on an idyllic beach, a cooking class in the restaurant of a 5* Indian Ocean hotel could offer the perfect solution.

Learn to cook in Mauritius or Maldives

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, our chefs offer the opportunity to learn directly from them.

In morning classes – available to book just a day ahead – you will discover the key ingredients and spices that make up the core of the region’s cuisine, and how to delicately combine them to create some of the sumptuous dishes you’ll enjoy in our restaurants.

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Le Prince Maurice

Discover the secrets of Mauritian cuisine with the hotel’s Chef Pravin, Chef Ah Youne and Chef Boucher.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Mauritian cuisine – Guests will learn to cook Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Pastry – Guests will learn to make coconut and pineapple macaroons with Chef Boucher
  • Asian cuisine – Guest will learn to prepare sushi and Chinese shrimps sumai

Belle Mare Plage

Learn about the traditions of Mauritian cuisine in the kitchens of the Deer Hunter restaurant or Blue Penny Café with classes run by Chef Frederic Goisset and Chef Patrick Travady.

Included in the two hour class will be a 15 minute session with the head sommelier who will explain how to pair the perfect wine with the food you are learning to prepare.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Learn to cook steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk at The Deer Hunter
  • Spice Experience – Learn to cook chicken with garam masala and discover the secret of cooking with local spices
Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Halaveli

The food of the Maldives is an intoxicating blend of flavours from across Asia and Africa so it’s no surprise that the classes on offer cover cuisines from around the region – we’ve even got a French pastry chef to teach desserts.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Maldivian tuna curry, steamed rice, chapatti and papadum or Mugh Makani (Indian chicken curry), Kashmiri palau and papadum taught by Sous Chef Hammed Siddiq
  • Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce, lontong and achar or red Thai beef curry and fragrant rice, taught by Chef Handhi Wijaya
  • Lemongrass infused crème or croustade vanilla poached pear taught by pastry chef Pascal Galette
  • Private one-to-one classes are available on request as are learning to prepare special ingredients such as lobster, caviar and Wagyu beef.

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