Santiago Luna relives past glories with a win at St Andrews

Spanish golfer Santiago Luna won the SSE Scottish Senior Open at the Fairmont Resort, St Andrews, last weekend, one point ahead of Sam Torrance.

Santiago Luna victorious at St Andrews

Santiago Luna victorious at St Andrews

Despite a determined battle from former Ryder Cup Captain and designer of the Fairmont course, Torrance, Luna finished on five under par taking the victory by only one stroke.

The win marks a dramatic return to St Andrews for Luna who famously beat Tiger Woods on the same course in the Alfred Dunhill Cup back in 1998 to put Spain through to the final.

For Torrance the SSE Scottish Senior Open marks his first top five finish since the MCB Tour Championship, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, in 2011.

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RumFest at Constance Belle Mare Plage

This month sees the launch of the first ever Mauritian Rum Festival, and Constance Belle Mare Plage is holding a special RumFest on the beach.

Main Bar, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Main Bar, Constance Belle Mare Plage

On 23 August, guests and visitors to Belle Mare Plage can indulge in a unique rum experience for everyone from rum aficionados to those who simply love a great evening of tropical fun.

Rumfest kicks off at 6.30pm with music, live band and a sega show. Our bartenders will be mixing up some special rum cocktails, and offering a rum degustation menu with the chance to try out five different varieties of rum.

Are you going to the event?

To book, guests should visit our Guest Relations Manager at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

We’d love to see your photos of Rumfest at Constance Belle Mare Plage. You can post them on our Facebook page or tweet them to @constancehotels.

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Recipe: Ice cream with Madagascan Vanilla

Bourbon vanilla produced on the islands of the Indain Ocean (Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, La Réunion) is very popular. It is widely used in patisserie, as an ice cream, and also in confectionery and in various forms (fresh pods, powder, liquid extract or sugar vanilla).

Ice cream with Madagascan Vanilla

Ice cream with Madagascan Vanilla

At Constance Belle Mare Plage, we offer a multitude of different flavours of ice cream. It is always vanilla which is the most popular.

Ingredients

The ice cream:

  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 750ml milk
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 150g sugar
  • 125g crème fraîche

1. Prepare the custard: slit the vanilla pod in two lengthways and scrape the seeds with a knife into a saucepan.

2. Pour the milk into the saucepan and bring it to the boil over a gentle heat. Turn off the heat and leave it to infuse for 15 minutes.

3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl, until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour the hot milk slowly, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the spoon. Remove it from the heat and let it cool.

5. Remove the vanilla pod from the custard. Pour it into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

The chocolate sauce:

  • 100g cooking chocolate
  • 100ml whipping cream

1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and cover them with boiling cream.

2. Stir until the chocolate melts, then store it in the fridge.

The garnish:

  • 50g chocolate chips
  • 50g crushed hazelnuts

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage win new awards

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage have been named as winners in the prestigious Ile Maurice Tourisme Awards.

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The awards are given to the finest hotels and resorts in Mauritius, and we are proud to have won in the following categories:

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Wesselingh battles to Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open win

Paul Wesselingh has won his second tournament of the season following a dramatic play-off at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open with former MCB Champion Kevin Spurgeon.

Paul Wesselingh

Paul Wesselingh

The two British golfers battled it out on the Swiss Bad Ragaz course with Spurgeon ultimately drawing level with Wesselingh forcing the pair to play extra holes. It was only a birdie on the third extra hole, the 18th, which secured the win for Wesselingh.

Kevin Spurgeon is no stranger to dramatic battles having fought hard to win the MCB Tour Championship held in Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, back in 2009.

This latest win places Wesselingh at the top of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit after just four events this year.

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MCB Tour Championship 2013

Keep up-to-date with all the news from the Senior Tour leading up to this year’s MCB Tour Championship.

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The MCB Tour Championship website includes the latest news, player profiles, scores, calendar of events and history of the championship.

The MCB Tour Championship, to be held 9-15 December in Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage, is the final event in the Senior Tour calendar.

Take part in the championship

Amateurs eager to get in the action of this prestigious golfing event can now apply through the entry form posted on the website. Entries are being accepted for the Constance Hotels Pro Am (11-12 Dec 2013) and the Air Mauritius Trophy (9,10,14 Dec).

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