How to make delicious Indian puri bread with Chef Rajesh Payannandee from the Deer Hunter restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage.
Welshman Mark Mouland has some unfinished business to attend to in December when he makes a nostalgic return visit to Mauritius for the MCB Tour Championship from 9-11 December.
Mouland’s success so far
In this, his first season on the European Senior Tour, Mouland has made quite an impression, registering a maiden victory in Portugal and securing a top 20 order-of-merit ranking with winnings of over €100,000.
Mouland’s appearances in Europe were restricted by his visits to the US Champions Tour, where he gained a limited number of entries through the 2010 Qualifying School.
When he revisited the US Tour School earlier in November, Mouland claimed 9th place, after a play-off, to secure a conditional exemption in 2012.
Now his attention is focused on Mauritius, where he will be a man on a mission. His intention is to become the first man to win 3 professional tournaments on the island.
Earlier wins in the Mauritius Open
It was in 2003 that the Welshman became the first pro to register back-to-back triumphs in the Mauritius Open, the forerunner of the MCB Open. The following year he finished 5th behind Englishman Miles Tunnicliff, after which he was unable to return – until now.
Mouland rates his chances this year
‘I’m really looking forward to going back to Mauritius,’ he said. ‘I love the place, the ambience, the atmosphere, the golf course and the whole set-up.’
Mouland added: ‘It has been great to be back on tour. I was so looking forward to joining the Senior Tour that I couldn’t wait to turn 50. It’s been an absolute ball. It is far more relaxed than the main Tour, with an easygoing atmosphere and a lot of camaraderie.’
Mouland’s experience and success over the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend layout is certain to stand him in good stead for the tournament. He knows what it takes to be successful over the tricky Hugh Baiocchi-designed layout.
‘It would be wonderful if I managed to win the MCB Tour Championship, not only for the title but to complete a three-timer on Mauritius, something no-one else has done.
‘That would please me immensely. But there are some exceptional players in the field so we will just have to see what happens.’
Catch up on earlier articles about the MCB Tour Championship
And don’t miss the official MCB Tour Championship website where we’ll be posting daily articles during the event.
Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.
The warm waters surrounding the island of Mauritius make it an ideal year-round diving destination.
Here’s a look at some of the top dive sites on the East and North West coasts of the island.
Belle Mare Plage
The dive school at Constance Belle Mare Plage caters for beginners right through to qualified divers.
Small numbers go out on the boat to the reef that’s a short distance off Belle Mare Plage, or the lagoon off Constance Le Prince Maurice.
Here, you can expect to see beautiful corals and large shoals of colourful fish. You may get a chance to see the rare stone fish, dolphins, guitar shark and turtles, as well as whales further out to sea during the winter months.
In addition to the incredible underwater creatures you’ll see, the service you get both diving and on board the boat is everything you’d expect from a 5* luxury hotel.
Ile Aux Cerfs
The tiny island of Ile Aux Cerfs is renowned for its sandy beaches and calm waters. The coral reef is beautiful and brimming with marine life.
You can arrange diving trips to the island either from your hotel, or once you arrive at Ile Aux Cerfs.
Grand Baie and Trou aux Biches
If you’ve already explored the East coast, and want to see more of the underwater world of Mauritius, head to the North West coast, where you’ll find some great dive sites including Whale Roc, Lost City, The Tube and Waterlilly.
Expect to see huge numbers of fish, corals, rays and sharks. There’s a wreck of a Japanese fishing boat at Stella Maru, just in front of the reef. Here, an abundance of sea life have made this their home over the last 15 years.
Share your dive experience
And if you’ve got photos from a diving experience in Mauritius, you can post them to our Constance Facebook page. We’d love to see them!
Former Major Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman will join a star-studded cast in Mauritius when he makes a welcome appearance on the European Senior Tour for the 2011 season-ending event, the MCB Tour Championship from 9-11 December.
American Tom Lehman is the highest profile entry for this year’s MCB Senior Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.
Lehman said, ‘I have always wanted to go to Mauritius and getting this opportunity is something that I am looking forward to with much excitement and anticipation.
I can’t think of a better way to finish the 2011 season than by competing in the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius.’
The 52-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, will be the first winner of the British Open Championship to appear in what has been the most prestigious professional tournament on Mauritius for the last 18 years.
Constance Belle Mare Plage attracts top players
Over the years, Belle Mare Plage has played host to a number of promising young golfers who have gone on to make their mark at the highest level.
Players such as Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Gregory Havret and Jamie Donaldson – the last winner of the original Mauritius Open – have all experienced the delights and the frustrations that the unique Legend course can deliver.
In 2009, when the European Senior Tour arrived on the island, it was the turn of more established names in the world of golf – the likes of Sam Torrance, David Frost, Costantino Rocca, Jose Rivero and Manuel Pinero – to take centre stage.
But Tom Lehman will be the biggest winner to have visited Mauritius in the tournament’s history.
Lehman will undoubtedly start as favourite for the MCB Tour Championship, but with most of the top 60 Seniors Tour order-of-merit competing, plus defending Tour champion Mike Cunning, Lehman is certain to find the rivalry intense.
Find out more about the MCB Tour Championship
- Watch this space for more information about the tournament, and don’t miss our daily blog posts during the championship – keeping you up-to-date with all the latest action.
- If you missed our previous article, find out who else is playing this year at the 2011 MCB Tour Championship.
- Visit the official MCB Tour Championship website.
Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.
Guests and staff enjoyed a beautiful evening at Constance Belle Mare Plage on Tuesday 25 October, to celebrate Divali, the festival of lights.
Our chefs prepared special dishes for the evening, with traditional table decorations created from coloured rice.
Celebrations took place at Indigo and Citronelle restaurants.
The name Divali comes from the word Deepavali, which means ‘row of lamps’.
Divali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.
Don’t miss more lovely photos of Divali at Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice on our Constance Facebook page.
Constance Belle Mare Plage has won one of the top culinary contests on the island of Mauritius.
Out of a total of 9 teams, Belle Mare Plage won the Best Table Set Up and was overall winner in the Black Box Competition.
Belle Mare Plage presented an elegant and classic table setting.
The general theme was futuristic with plexiglass balls suspended like planets, a small nod to us treating the International Day as a ‘universal’ event. The table design included a dominant orchid floral decoration and handwritten blackboard menus.
All decorations reflected our eco-awareness and included LED lamps, recycled materials and volcanic rock.
The event marks International Chefs’ Day and is organised by the Mauritius Chefs’ Association.