Win your dream holiday to Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Create and win a fabulous 7-night holiday for two to Constance Belle Mare Plage, including flights with Air Mauritius and activities on the island of Mauritius.

Visit our Facebook page between 30 June-6 July 2014 for your chance to enter the Dreams Made In Mauritius holiday competition.

We’ve teamed up with Air Mauritius to offer this fantastic prize including 7-nights half board at Constance Belle Mare Plage, return flights with Air Mauritius and a choice of activities both at the resort and around the island.

Choose from spa treatments, champagne breakfast, romantic dinner, wine tasting at Belle Mare Plage, as well as fun activities around Mauritius including catamaran cruise and ziplining.

Visit our Facebook page now to enter the Dreams Made In Mauritius competition. The competition ends on 6 July 2014.

Want to know more about Mauritius? Visit the Made in Mauritius blog.

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Constance Creatives: Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Belle Mare Plage

As part of a series of articles introducing the people who put the passion into the Constance experience, we meet Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Guillaume says he is inspired by discovery and sharing, and incorporates both into his work at Belle Mare Plage.

An expert in top quality rums as well as other spirits and cocktails, Guillaume is responsible for selecting the premium spirits across the Constance Group and for creating its signature cocktail.

‘I love to share my skills and knowledge,’ he says and he is able to do this by offering guests special taster experiences like his ‘gin and tonic experience’ and his ‘rum discovery and testing’.

Guillaume is also a man who knows how to create the perfect party atmosphere organising events like our ‘golf and fun’ evenings, full moon parties, New Year’s Eve party, beach parties and our famous MCB Open cocktail event for up to 800 people.

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Unusual wines: Mauritian Lychee Wine

We always like to support local producers especially when they bring something new and exciting to the market like Divine’s innovative and delicious lychee wine.

Divine Tropical Lychee Wine

Divine Tropical Lychee Wine

Now served at both Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage this fresh sweet wine, launched in 2012, is produced entirely by lychees grown on Mauritius.

Best served chilled, Divine Tropical Lychee Wine is a refreshing drink on hot summer days as well as making a perfect accompaniment for Asian cuisine, light fish starters and fresh fruit salads.

The wine uses the pulp from fruit which has been picked, peeled and deseeded and is then left to ferment for up to three weeks.

The wine was the brain child of oenologist Patick Oxenham whose company now makes the wine.

Patick was inspired by the long-standing tradition in Mauritius of making wine from the fruit of the island and when he came across an old recipe of his grandfather’s for lychee wine he decided to give it a go.

The result has been hugely popular in Mauritius with Patick now looking to extend his production with the potential to export in the future.

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Top French winemakers train Constance sommeliers

Leading winemakers from across France are visiting Constance Hotels to host tastings and talk to our sommeliers about their wine.

Leading French winemakers to visit Constance

Leading French winemakers to visit Constance

In recent weeks winemakers from vineyards in the Southern Rhône valley, the Loire valley and Sancerre have visited Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Château Beaucastel

The sommeliers of Belle Mare Plage were thrilled to welcome Marc Perrin of Château Beaucastel in the Rhône valley, famous for its Châteauneuf du Pape wines.

With a total of 250 acres given over to vines, Beaucastel’s vineyards include all 13 grape varieties traditionally blended for a red Châteauneuf du Pape. Its special Vielles Vignes cuvée of Beaucastel’s white Châteauneuf du Pape is a varietal Roussanne wine, extremely rare in Châteauneuf du Pape.

Beaucastel wines tasted included:

  • Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval, 2013
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2012
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, 2011
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, 2006
  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, 2011

Domaine des Roches Neuves

Constance Le Prince Maurice welcomed innovative French winemaker Thierry Germain of Domaine des Roches Neuves of the Loire Valley.

Despite a rich tradition of winemaking going back five generations, Germain broke with tradition in 2000 when he became one of the first winemakers in France to be certified biodynamic, since which time he has guided other winemakers on biodynamic methods.

Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc are the most favoured grapes in the middle stretch of the Loire where Domaine des Roches Neuves is located, although Germain also grows some Chenin Blanc.

Our sommelier sampling the flavours

Our sommelier sampling the flavours

  • Domaine des Roches Neuves wines tasted included:
  • Saumur Champigny, Bulles de Roches, 2013
  • Saumur Champigny la Marginale, 2011
  • Saumur Champigny, Terres Chaudes, 2012
  • Saumur Champigny, Domaine des Roches Neuves, 2013

Domaine Alphonse Mellot

The rich history of winemaking in France was brought alive for the sommeliers at Le Prince Maurice by the visit of Alphonse Mellot whose family have been making wine in Sancerre since the 16th century.

The wines of Domaine Alphonse Mellot are produced from grapes grown on the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the Domaine La Moussiere, the high quality of which has led to it being officially classified as a unique category amongst Sancerre wines.

Domaine Alphonse Mellot wines tasted included:

  • Sancerre Génération dix-neuf, white, 2012
  • Sancerre La Moussière, red, 2010
  • Sancerre La Moussière, white, 2012
  • Sancerre Les Romains, white, 2012
  • Sancerre En Grands Champs, red, 2010
  • Sancerre La Demoiselle, white, 2012

Belle Mare Plage welcomes New World winemaker

Constance sommeliers look beyond the traditional wines of the old world to the new exciting winemakers of the new world with regular visits from winemakers from New Zealand and South Africa.

Exquisite wines at Constance

Exquisite wines at Constance

Belle Mare Plage recently welcomed David Sadie of David Wines, one of the premier winemakers of the exciting Swartland region of South Africa.

David gained his experience working in vineyards around the world including South Pacific Cellars (New Zealand), Chateau Quinault (France) and Yves Quilleron (France) where he gained his appreciation of Mediterranean grape varieties.

He describes his wine philosophy as taking a natural approach, using both organic and old bush vines untouched by commercial yeasts, enzymes and high sulphur levels. He boasts that, to date, they have only used old oak barrels rather than new.

David wines tasted included:

  • Aristargos 2013
  • Swartland Chenin blanc 2013
  • Genache noir 2013
  • Elpidios 2012 Syrah/Carignan/Grenache/Cinsaut blend

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Discover the wildlife of Mauritius

The beautiful island of Mauritius with its tropical beaches, forested, mountainous interior and extensive national parks is a paradise for nature-lovers.

The beautiful island of Mauritius

The beautiful island of Mauritius

Here you’ll find 670 native species of flowering plants, 100 species of birds and a number of endemic reptiles.

Conservation in Mauritius

Conservation is taken very seriously in the country that boasts the having once been home to the dodo.

Early deforestation and the introduction of new species of flora and fauna have put native species under threat so that in recent years ecologists have had to work hard to protect the rare indigenous species which remain.

It’s been a difficult road but the story so far is a happy one thanks to the work of organisations like the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation which has brought rare species such as the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon back from the brink of extinction.

Bird watching

Besides the rescued Mauritian species there are many other winged visitors to the island for bird-lovers to see including albatrosses, frigatebirds, boobies, herons, eagles, rails, sandpipers and terns.

Discover the wildlife of Mauritius

Discover the wildlife of Mauritius

Black River Gorges National Park

One of the best places for visitors to get close to the island’s wildlife is the beautiful Black River Gorges National Park in the south west of the country. Extending over 65 square km the park is home to many of the island’s indigenous reptile population, birds including the pink pigeon, Mauritian Kestrel and echo parakeet and mammals including the Mauritian flying fox.

Read Air Mauritius’ Tips for hiking trails through Black River Gorges.

Beneath the waves

Below the ocean waves is a cornucopia of rich marine life from whales and sharks to vibrant reefs supporting an array of colourful sea life.

Keen sports fishers will recognise the glimmer of swordfish, barracuda, yellowfin and skipjack tuna, while divers will marvel at the stunning coral, bringing angel fish, Moorish idol, butterfly fish, snappers, groupers and turtles amongst many more.

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Constance Hotels golf courses recognised in new MCB Championship deal

Constance Belle Mare Plage will continue to host the thrilling MCB Championship, the finale to the European Senior Tour, for a further three years.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

The announcement follows a renewal agreement between event partners Constance Hotels & Resorts, the European Senior Tour and sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank.

The MCB Championship has been held on Constance’s Legend golf course for the last four years.

It is a testament to the high quality design and maintenance of the course that the Europe Senior Tour has chosen to retain it as the stage for the final leg of their annual tour where the John Jacobs Trophy is awarded to the Tour leader.

Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, Andy Stubbs, said, ‘The idyllic island setting of Mauritius is the perfect place for the Senior Tour to bring our season to a close, and the hospitality shown to us by the Constance Group, at their hotels Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, has ensured the strongest possible fields over the past three years.’

He continued, ‘The Legend Course is a great examination for the leading Senior Tour players and has ensured that the contest for the John Jacobs Trophy comes to a fitting finale.’

The event has in recent years included golfing legends such as Tom Lehman, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and David Frost.

Jean-Jacques Vallet, CEO of Constance, said, ‘Our promise is not only to continue raising the level of the quality of Constance Hotels & Resorts’ golf courses and accommodation, but also to do our best to be the perfect ambassador of golf and inevitably boost the country’s image as a premier golf destination.’

This year’s MCB Tour Championship will take place at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 12-14 December.

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