Bid in our online charity auction to dine at a Michelin star restaurant in Europe

Every day next week we are holding an online charity auction offering you the chance to bid for an exclusive dinner for two at a Michelin star restaurant in the UK, France and Switzerland.

Roast cod with olive oil mash and gremolata

Roast cod with olive oil mash and gremolata at Chez Bruce

All money raised will go to the ground-breaking school, Etoile de Mer, in Mauritius that helps disadvantaged teenagers get back on their feet, teaching them vocational and life skills.

How it works

From Monday 18 – Friday 22 March you can choose which of the following restaurants you would like to bid to dine at:

1. Chez Bruce, Chef Bruce Poole (London, UK)

The offer: Dinner for 2 with wines matched by sommelier, and a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen to meet Chef Bruce Poole.

At Chez Bruce, you can enjoy top-notch modern food loosely influenced by classical and regional French/Mediterranean cuisine. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making are specialities, as is the restaurant’s famous cheese board.

Visit their website to read more about Chez Bruce and Chef Bruce Poole.

 

2. Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chef Serge and Marie-Aude Vieira (Chaudes-Aigues, South Central France)

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

The offer: Tasting menu for 2 plus drink

At Restaurant Serge Vieira, you can enjoy fabulous light and simple cooking, using only the finest ingredients, seasonal and locally sourced where possible.

Describing his cooking as ‘emotion culinaire’ Chef Serge runs his restaurant with his wife Marie-Aude, and the menu is the expression of their culinary creativity, reflecting their passionate respect for the food and the environment.

Visit their website to read more about Restaurant Serge Vieira and the masterminds behind it.

 

3. Beau-Rivage, Chef Dominique Gauthier (Geneva, Switzerland)

The offer: Dinner for 2 at Le Chat-Botté

At Beau-Rivage’s Le Chat-Botté you can enjoy contemporary and inventive French cuisine by award winning Chef Dominique Gauthier.

Le Chat Botte at Beau-Rivage

Le Chat Botte at Beau-Rivage

Wine connoisseurs can indulge in some exceptional wines from the cellars of Beau-Rivage, renowned as being one of the best stocked cellars in Switzerland.

Visit their website to read more about Beau-Rivage and Chef Dominique Gauthier.

How to take part

Join us on FacebookTwitter or here on the blog on Monday 18 March, where you can start bidding. We’ll be keeping you updated on how the bidding is going, and publishing more information about each of the restaurants taking part.

The charity we’re supporting

All money raised in this auction will go directly to the Mauritian school, Etoile de Mer to help the students turn themselves around, and discover opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.

At Constance, we have supported the school for teenagers for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.

Serge Vieira visits Etoile de Mer in 2012

Serge Vieira visits Etoile de Mer in 2012

The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.

The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

We’re running this year’s online charity auction to mark the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. Every day we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival. Follow us on Twitter for photos and updates, using hashtag #CFBL13.

Read more about this year’s festival, and the big names from the culinary world who are flying into Mauritius for the event this weekend: 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

 

Countdown to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius

With just over a week to go until the start of this year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, chefs and foodies alike are starting to gather at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Preparing six star dinner at 2012 festival

During the food festival, six top European Michelin-star chef’s come to work alongside six of our best island chefs. The festival culminates in a cook-off competition for the best Euro-island inspired menu.

During the festival the world renowned chefs and judges will be offering special menus and cooking demonstrations to guests at both Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

A rare treat for gastronomes, this is a chance to sample some of the world’s best food in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.

Bid to dine at Michelin-star restaurants in Europe

And this year, we’re holding an online charity auction to celebrate the festival and give you the chance to bid for an exclusive meal at a Michelin-star restaurant.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Find out more

Read about the star chefs and judges attending the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Check booking availability for this year’s culinary festival:

 

Bid to dine at Michelin star restaurants in our online charity auction

In celebration of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, we are holding an online charity auction, offering exclusive dinners for two at a selection of Michelin-star restaurants across Europe.

Inside Chez Bruce, London

Inside Chez Bruce, London

All proceeds from the charity auction will go to a ground breaking school for disadvantaged teenagers in Mauritius – Etoile de Mer.

The online auction will start on 18 March and run for five days to mark the Culinary Festival.

Each lucky bidder will win an exclusive dinner for two at one of a selection of Michelin-star restaurants, including London’s Chez Bruce.

How to take part

Join us on Facebook, Twitter or here on the blog to find out more about how to take part in the auction when it launches on 18 March 2013.

The charity - Etoile de Mer

At Constance, we have supported the Mauritian school for teenagers, Etoile de Mer, for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.

The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.

The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.

Find out more

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Constance news, competitions and offers, including the launch of this online charity auction.

Find out more about the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

 

Spotlight: Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Discover the unique world of choice offered to you at the beautiful Mauritian resort of Belle Mare Plage.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

From the high-octane excitement of water skiing and kite-surfing to the sheer pampering indulgence of luxury accommodation and bespoke spa treatments.

A family adventure

At Belle Mare Plage we want you to share the fun and excitement of your holiday with those you love, so we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly resort with plenty for all ages to do.

With a white sand beach that stretches 2km, four swimming pools and seven restaurants all serving kids’ menus, we offer children the freedom to play and explore.

At our all-day children’s club our staff are on hand to ensure the adventure never ends with indoor arts and crafts, outdoor play equipment, pool and excursions to discover the wonders of Mauritius.

Accommodation

Feel yourself unwind in the private luxury of your accommodation.

Families can choose from prestige rooms or junior suites that connect, or for an extra dash of luxury, there are villas with private garden and pool.

Culinary delights

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

As the host of the annual Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival, Belle Mare Plage is famous for its unique culinary spirit.

Foodies enjoy the choice on offer here:

  • exclusive fine dining experience at the Blue Penny Café
  • Mediterranean food at La Spiaggia, tucked away at the end of the beach
  • traditional Mauritian cuisine at Deer Hunter, at Legend golf course
  • tasty light lunches served up at The Swing, on the Links course
  • international cuisine at La Citronnelle buffet
  • laid back beach-side dining at Indigo
  • lively daytime vibe at La Kaze, situated near the prestige rooms

Playtime at Constance

Free your spirit at Belle Mare Plage with our range of exhilarating water sports. From waterskiing, windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing to big game fishing, parasailing and kite surfing, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy the ocean waves.

Underwater enthusiasts can join our team at the Blue Diving Centre to discover the stunning reef just off our shore. At Belle Mare Plage we’ll even teach the kids (8 years +) to dive so they can share the adventure with you.

If you’re looking for thrills beyond the ocean why not try tennis, gym and fitness classes, or a day excursion such as quad biking or mountain biking.

Tee time at Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Keen golfers and beginners alike relish the opportunity to play our two championship golf courses. Hosting the MCB Tour Championship our prestigious Legend and Links courses are a treat for any golfer. Improve your swing with a lesson at the Marc Farry Golf Academy, or book classes for the rest of the family so they can share your passion for the sport.

Pamper yourself

The choice continues in the luxurious Spa de Constance where you can select traditional beauty and body treatments from either the Spa de Constance or the exclusive Shiseido spa.

Popular treatments include massages, volcanic clay body scrubs, nourishing herbal wraps and our fantastic ‘golfers tonic’ to ease tired muscles after a day on our championship greens.

Find out more

Visit our website to read more about Constance Belle Mare Plage and to check booking availability.

Find out why Where2Golf recommends Belle Mare Plage and watch Golf Monthly’s video about golf at Belle Mare Plage.

 

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau returns to Mauritius

Excitement is building around the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. For guests this is a rare opportunity to sample food prepared by some of the world’s leading chefs all together in one stunning location.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival 2012, behind the scenes

Behind the scenes at 2012 festival

Top chefs, including three Michelin star-holder Patrick Berton and two Michelin-starred Eyvind Hellstrom, are lined up to judge the nail-biting culinary competition which runs from 18-26 March 2013.

A selection of six of Europe’s finest chefs will visit Mauritius to cook alongside six of our island chefs with the challenge of creating an award-winning menu from local produce.

Michelin star chefs at this year’s festival:

Dominique Loiseau, President of Jury at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Dominique Loiseau

Judges of this year’s festival:

Highlights for guests include:

Guests at both Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice can get involved throughout the week with cooking demonstrations, special menus created by the visiting chefs and the thrilling prize-giving ceremony.

  • Special dinner at Le Prince Maurice on 18 March orchestrated by Chef Hellstrom
  • Special dinner at Belle Mare Plage on 20 March created by Chef Bertron
  • Morning cooking demonstration by Chef Bertron at Belle Mare Plage’s Citronnelle restaurant on 22 March
  • Gala dinner by the Constance chefs at the Deer Hunter restaurant, Belle Mare Plage on 23 March

The week will climax with a cook-off on the final day in which the island chefs will need to put into practice all they have learned from their Michelin-starred mentors to create the winning menu.

Bertron, a former protégé of chef Bernard Loiseau after whom the festival is named, has described the competition as being, ‘In the spirit of Loiseau’s legacy, it’s about sharing, it’s about training and it’s about transmission.’

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Beach at Belle Mare Plage

Foodie holidays in Mauritius

Indulge your passion for food and join us for the festival in Mauritius this year. Check availability and book now for Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Find out more

 

 

Golf monthly visits Constance golf courses in Mauritius

Jeremy Ellwood of Golf Monthly reflects on his week of golf at Belle Mare Plage in December, and playing in the Constance Hotels’ pro-am before the MCB Tour Championship.

Constance Legend Golf Course, Mauritius

Constance Legend Golf Course, Mauritius

Watch the video on You Tube: Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius: the Links and Legend courses or read more on Golf Monthly.

Find out more about golf at Constance Hotels: