Guide to big game fishing in Mauritius

In Mauritius the glorious sunshine and warmth above water and the deep-sea nutrients under water combine to create perfect conditions for big game fishing.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

Every year people come to our shores from around the world to pit their wits against some of the most challenging giants of the ocean – the Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Whaoo, Dorado and even big sharks like the Mako are a regular catch.

The lure of big game fishing is the epic battle put up by these elegant giants with legendary fighting ability.

Landing the famous Blue Marlin can take as long as 3 hours.

What makes Mauritius so ideal for game fishing

The Island of Mauritius is surrounded by coral reef, which creates the gentle lapping lagoon which has always attracted holiday makers. But for the big game anglers it is what lies beyond the lagoon that proves the most tempting.

Past the reefs the ocean drops off rapidly to around 3,000 metres and here ocean currents push cold water full of nutrients to the surface attracting a rich variety of marine life, which in turn attracts the large predators.

Where to fish in Mauritius

The fishing is fantastic all around the island but probably the richest waters lie off the west coast around Black River. Here the famous Le Morne drop off, with depths of around 3,000 metres, lies just 5km off shore.

Fishing operators in this area say anglers should expect to encounter six of the major game fish (Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Bonito etc) on a one-day trip during the summer season.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

In the north of the island, Grand Baie is also a popular starting point for many deep sea fishing excursions with the waters to the north teeming with rich marine life.

Fishing trips to the less exploited eastern side of Mauritius guarantee empty oceans and splendid unspoilt views for those who prefer to try their luck off the beaten track.

When to fish in Mauritius

Thanks to its warm waters and tempting sunshine big game fishing is available in Mauritius all year with many species staying in our waters throughout the year.

The increase in temperatures from October to April, however, bring with them an influx of rich marine life which in turn attracts more of the larger predators to our waters making it an ideal time for sports fishing.

Where to stay

Enjoy 5* service, luxurious accommodation and world-class cuisine while you’re onshore at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage and we’ll organise all your deep sea fishing excursions for you.

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Top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius

Ever since the first golf course was built here by Royal Navy officers in 1844 people with a passion for golf have been drawn to Mauritius to play the game. And here’s why…

Golf in Mauritius

Golf in Mauritius

1. Championship courses

There are no less than six 18-hole championship courses for keen golfers to play in Mauritius including the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, home to the annual MCB Tour Championship, the conclusion to the PGA European Senior Tour.

2. First rate pros on hand to improve your game

Take advantage of the high quality golf pros in Mauritius on hand to improve all aspects of your game. Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage can take group or individual lessons at the on-site Marc Farry Golf Academy where the golf coaches specialise in improving grip, posture, alignment and ball position.

3. A choice of 5* hotels and resorts

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly resort with a variety of sporting and leisure facilities or a luxury boutique hotel with a world-class spa, Mauritius is the place to head. Enjoy the understated elegance of Constance Le Prince Maurice with sumptuous spa and excellent fine dining or the relaxed vibrancy of Constance Belle Mare Plage with its 7 restaurants, 5 bars, spa and a raft of fun activities. Both share access to our two spectacular 18-hole golf courses, the Links and Legend.

4. Plenty of après-golf to enjoy

Enjoy superb gastro experiences, scuba diving, water sports or just lounging on the beach with a cocktail. After a hard day on the fairways golfers can soothe tired muscles with a special ‘Sports Massage’ at our relaxing spa.

5. Warm Mauritius sunshine

Last but not least it is the sublime weather in Mauritius that attracts golfers to our shores all year round. The Mauritian summer (October to April) brings long hot days (26ºC to 32ºC) with the occasional rainfall coming in short, sharp bursts that clear to reveal beautiful blue skies. Winter (May to September) brings drier, cooler days with temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 26ºC, perfect for long leisurely days on the golf course.

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Constance Belle Mare Plage welcomes French pastry chef Yann Menguy

La Spaiggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spaiggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

This weekend, we’re delighted to welcome the talented young French pastry chef Yann Menguy to Constance Belle Mare Plage for an exceptional culinary event.

‘Yann is like dynamite, a free electron who creates stylish pastries with elegance and humility,’ says his mentor, world champion of pastry Christophe Michalak.

The chef – who was runner-up on the French reality TV Show Qui Sera le Prochain Grand Pâtissier (Who will be the next big pastry chef) – will be creating magic in the Constance kitchen from 2–5 August, which includes an ‘Around the Chocolate’ gala dinner paired with a global selection of wines at La Spiaggia restaurant on Saturday 2 August. On the menu will be some very special desserts and pastries, so don’t forget to mark the date.

Gala dinner guests can expect a rich and exciting dining experience, with a sea scallop starter accompanied by a 2008 Marcalberto Millesimo from Piedmont, Italy, fish or beef fillet to follow with a 2011 New Zealand Chardonnay or 2011 South African Syrah Carignan respectively, plus a 1980 vintage from the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon to accompany the Cocoa Crystalline dessert.

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Colin Montogmerie’s Open victory takes him one step closer to Mauritius

The European Senior Golf Tour is hotting up as Colin Montgomerie wins his second Major of the season at the US Senior Open Championship.

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

The win puts Montogmerie at the head of the order of merit and in a good position to play for the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius this December.

The Tour Championship will be held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from December 12–14. A recent agreement between the Senior Tour, Constance and sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank guaranteed that the MCB Championship will be hosted by Constance Belle Mare Plage until at least 2017.

Montgomerie is no stranger to the Legend course at Belle Mare Plage having battled last year’s MCB Champion Paul Wesselingh on the course in the final round of the championship last year.

Former Ryder Cup Captain, Montgomerie won the US Senior Open in Oklahoma following a dramatic play-off against Gene Sauers.

Get full details of the US Senior Open Championship and all the latest European Senior Tour news on the European Senior Tour website.

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3 ways to cook palm heart

The palm heart is a popular delicacy in Mauritian cuisine. Favoured for its fresh taste it is often used as an ingredient in mixed salads, gratins and soups. It’s a rich source of fibre, protein and minerals and aids digestion.

Mauritian cuisine at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Mauritian cuisine at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Ways of eating palm hearts

The three most common types of palm hearts you will find in shops are the white palm heart, the royal palm heart and the palm heart of a coconut tree.

Here are 3 recipes for palm heart suggested by our chefs at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Recipe I: Palm heart and marrow toast with anchovy and citrus by Jocelyn Larose

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 2 pieces of palm heart
  • 1 French baguette
  • 2 yellow limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 1kg beef marrow
  • 100g flavoured tea
  • 1L of fish stock
  • 3 gelatine leaves
  • 2g seaweed (agar-agar)
  • 200g bacon
  • 100g beef stock
  • 500ml soya oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. Braise the palm heart in water and lime juice for 45 minutes on medium heat. Once cooked, cool immediately in ice-cold water. Cut the palm heart in lengths of 8cm. Take care to remove the centre while leaving the cylindrical casing of the palm heart intact.

2. Bring the fish stock to a boil, remove from heat and add the beef marrow for approximately 6 minutes. Dice the bacon, brown in a pan and transfer onto paper towel.

3. To make the citrus anchoïade, reduce 500ml of the fish stock by half – add the gelatin softened in cold water and the agar-agar and leave to cool. Mix with a blender with 150ml soya oil, adjust the seasoning using salt and pepper as well as the orange zest and lime. Transfer into a pastry bag and store in the fridge.

Finishing and presentation

Cut 4 slices of bread and grill them. Cut the palm heart into 1cm thick slices. On the slices of bread, spread a layer of citrus from the pastry bag and add the cylinders of palm heart. Place the bacon in the palm heart cylinders and then add a layer of citrus anchoïade.

Place the palm heart in the centre of the plate, followed by the slices of bread around the side. Use the beef sauce to drizzle around the palm heart. Finally add the citrus zest on the slices of bread.

Recipe II: Crispy palm salad by Gerard Rohan and Cherry Guava sorbet and vanilla oil by Frédéric Goisset

La Citronnelle Restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Citronnelle Restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The cherry guava is a small fruit well-loved in Mauritius when in season. It blends perfectly in this recipe, the crispiness of the palm heart and the acidity and freshness of the sorbet creating a light, refreshing starter.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Palm salad

  • 1piece of palm heart
  • 1 mango (not too ripe)
  • 1 bunch of chives
  • 10g of pink candied ginger
  • 40ml lime juice
  • 15g olive oil
  • Tabasco QS

Using a paring knife, peel the palm heart. Leave only the edible part of the heart. Peel the mango and cut into ½ cm cubes. Set aside. Finely slice the chives. Chop the pink ginger.

Chef’s comment:

Add the lime juice immediately after slicing the palm to avoid oxidation and simultaneously, add the olive oil. In this recipe we have made use of mango, however, a wide variety of exotic fruits can be used as the palm generally has a neutral taste.

Cherry guava sorbet

  • 500g guava puree
  • 100ml red wine
  • 130g glucose
  • 4g cinnamon powder
  • 3g green cardamom
  • 4g sorbet stabiliser
  • 150ml water
  • 40g sugar

Vanilla oil

  • 1 Madagascar vanilla pod
  • 50g olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Split the vanilla pod in two, remove the seeds and add to the olive oil. Slice the rest of the pod into thin strips and oven dry for 24 hours.

Finishing and presentation

  • Fresh mint
  • Salt

Slice the palm heart into thin (3mm) slices. Transfer to a bowl, add the lime juice, the chopped ginger, the mango cubes and the chives.

Season with olive oil, salt and a dash of Tabasco. Mix thoroughly and plate up in a shallow dish.

Add a scoop of guava sorbet, mint, 2 sticks of dried vanilla. As a finishing touch, drizzle some drops of vanilla oil and sprinkle salt on the palm salad.

Belle Mare Plage's La Spiaggia Restaurant

Belle Mare Plage’s La Spiaggia Restaurant

Recipe III: Palm heart velouté

Ingredients

  • 500g palm heart
  • 50g almond powder
  • 400g milk
  • 500g liquid cream
  • 20g pineapple
  • 400g coconut water
  • 4g white pepper
  • 4g coriander kernels
  • 4g mint leaf
  • 4g coriander leaf
  • 22g scallion
  • 12g salt

Put everything in small rondo forms and cook covered with baking paper for about two hours, mix and push through a sieve. Season to taste.

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TripAdvisor reviewers praise Constance Hotels and Resorts

At Constance we are passionate about creating holidays that will live in our guests’ memories forever. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our guests are saying about us on TripAdvisor.

Constance Halaveli's luxurious water villa

Constance Halaveli’s luxurious water villa

Johnny G, stayed at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

‘Luxury Paradise’ – The best hotel we have ever been. Luxury without compromise, perfect service. Water villas are absolutely amazing, with own pool and sea view. Terrace with the pool on each water villa provides 100% privacy.

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Marvelmann, stayed at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

‘Constant Constance Luxury’ – This was my first visit to the Seychelles, and I chose the Constance Lemuria because I previously had such lovely experiences of their properties in Mauritius and the Maldives.

I don’t know what it is that make this small hotel chain so outstanding, apart from the locations, the staff and the attention to detail, but whatever it is, if it could be bottled, you could sell it for a fortune.

However, it is the staff that make a stay in this hotel feel as though you’ve joined part of a wonderful family where nothing is too much trouble.

Paradise comes at a price, but when the experience is this good, it’s really worth it.

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The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Steve A, stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

‘Another wonderful holiday at Belle Mare Plage’ – This was our 4th visit to the wonderful Belle Mare Plage Hotel and that says it all!!!!.

Excellent is an easy word to say but in this case it is not enough to comment on the resort, the accommodation, the food, the golf but most of all the great and caring staff who always go the extra mile, with a SMILE!!!!

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Manfred M, stayed at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

‘Robinson Crusoe in luxury’ – After 6 years of abstinence we returned to Tsarabanjina again for our 20th wedding anniversary. It is so amazing how this island and the staff there make you feel welcome.

With only 24 cabins (all recently renovated) set ecologically-friendly just up the North beach and the South beach you get the feeling that you are almost alone on here.

The white beaches and turquoise waters are very tempting and the coral reefs invite you to snorkel or scuba dive at leisure directly from the beach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are welcome breaks to meet other guests in the completely informal atmosphere of the bar and restaurant.

Staff is very friendly and helpful and does not bother you if you just want your peace.

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