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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3 amazing locations for weddings in the Indian Ocean

Weddings in the Indian Ocean - will Madagascar be your dream location?

Weddings in the Indian Ocean – will Madagascar be your dream location?

1. Madagascar – Best for barefoot weddings

If you dream of an Indian Ocean wedding off the well-worn tourist trail then look no further than Madagascar. A country of stunning, unique landscapes where discovery and adventure are still possible, the island of Madagascar offers beautiful beaches, laidback Malagasy people and an authentic island charm.

Where to stay

Add a touch of luxury to your Madagascan wedding and stay at Constance Tsarabanjina. A private island off the coast of Madagascar with just 25 wooden villas along its unspoilt beaches, Tsarabanjina epitomises barefoot charm. Let the friendly staff take care of all the wedding arrangements while you enjoy unwinding in a hammock or receiving a beachside massage. Spend the evening sipping cocktails with friends or dining alone on the rocks above the ocean.

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

2. Seychelles – Best for super luxe weddings

From Prince William and Kate to David and Victoria Beckham, the Seychelles has long been the destination of choice for the über-rich. Its romantic seclusion, perfect beaches, pristine oceans and long-standing tradition of high-end and discrete hospitality make it the perfect choice for a super luxe wedding.

Where to stay

Nestled on the northern tip of one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles is the 5* luxury hotel Constance Lémuria. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Lémuria is as much about its impeccable, friendly service as its spacious luxury accommodation, stunning, lush setting and elegant fine dining. The hotel also has its own luxury Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa for pre-wedding treatments, an 18-hole golf course and a Presidential Villa with its own private beach.

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

3. Mauritius – Best for Kids-come-too weddings

There is so much for kids of all ages to do in Mauritius from water parks and ziplines to feeding giant tortoises that your wedding trip will become an adventure for the whole family. Gentle seas make swimming and exploration below the waves suitable for all ages while older kids can take advantage of the raft of water sports available on the island.

Where to stay

The family-friendly resort of Constance Belle Mare Plage offers spacious family accommodation with interconnecting rooms or private villas with pools. The complimentary Constance Kids’ Club is open daily to keep 4-11 year olds happy. For younger children there is a babysitting service and older kids can enjoy water skiing and windsurfing to Hobie Cat sailing and quad biking. All of which leaves you and your partner time to enjoy this special holiday with walks on white sand beaches, couple’s spa treatments or the simple joy of a meal shared without interruption.

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The perfect burger recipe

With the days becoming warmer and Bank Holidays approaching it’s time to brush off the barbecue and indulge in a little al fresco dining.

The perfect burger recipe - coming to a barbecue near you?

The perfect burger recipe – coming to a barbecue near you?

For some inspiration to get you started here is our recipe for the ultimate home-made burger as served in Indigo Restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Belle Mare Plage’s Indigo Burger recipe:

  • 1kg Australian beef topside (15% fat)
  • 350g Special Wagyu beef trimmings (65% fat)
  • 50g onions (chopped and fried)

Chef’s tip

The secret for any grilled meat is to allow the meat to rest before serving it.

It is always better to slightly under cook the meat and allow it to rest (some chefs let it rest almost the same amount of time it has been cooked).

The result is that the meat is more tender and juicier in mouth.

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Luxury villas in Mauritius

Elegant, indulgent villas which offer a private haven of space and tranquillity on the paradise island of Mauritius.

Luxury villas in Mauritius: Constance Belle Mare Plage's gorgeous villa

Luxury villas in Mauritius: Constance Belle Mare Plage’s gorgeous villa

Step inside the villa at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Step inside the villa at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Presidential Villa at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Presidential Villa at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Surround yourself in luxury

Surround yourself in luxury

Constance Le Prince Maurice's exquisite villa

Constance Le Prince Maurice’s exquisite villa

Step out into the beauty of Mauritius

Step out into the beauty of Mauritius

Let the stresses of modern life drift away in your own private pool

Let the stresses of modern life drift away in your own private pool

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