Cocktail recipe: Apple Pie Amore

Getting you in the mood for romance, here’s the first cocktail recipe that we’ll publishing as part of Valentine’s Day – the Apple Pie Amore from Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Cocktail recipe - Apple Pie Amore

Cocktail recipe – Apple Pie Amore


  • 8cl Vodka
  • 6cl Apple juice
  • 3cl Fresh lime juice
  • 4cl Cinnamon syrup
  • 2cl Vanilla syrup

Method 1: Martini glass

1. Collect your serving glass & place on your shaker to chill

2. Prepare an apple wings garnish

3. Remove glass and carefully measure all the ingredients into the shaker, fill it with ice.

4. Seal together & shake hard for 10 seconds

5. Break the seal & dip taste to make sure the taste is balanced – adjust if necessary

6. Gently fine strain into your Martini glass

7. Add the garnish & serve.

Method 2: Lima Old Fashioned glass

Prepare in exactly the same way, this time using a pinch of cinnamon as the garnish.

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Gourmet Travel writes about Mauritius world cuisine

In her article for Gourmet Travel this month, Laura Archer recommends foodies visit Mauritius to sample its unique cuisine.

Gourmet Travel recommends a trip to Mauritius

Gourmet Travel recommends a trip to Mauritius

A blend of influences from Europe, India, Africa and China, combined with its wide variety of fresh, local produce, make Mauritian cuisine unlike any other, says Archer.

She cites the fact that croissants are served alongside samosas, and venison and wild boar are curried and served with pickles, as highlighting the eclectic nature of the island’s food. ‘It is multicultural in the truest sense of the word.’

‘Both on and offshore, when it comes to fresh produce, Mauritius is a land of plenty – and it is this abundance that is putting this tiny island in the Indian Ocean on the foodie map.’

She describes how Michelin-starred chefs are ‘flocking’ to the island to cook for guests of the 5* resorts and to take part in Constance Belle Mare Plage’s annual Culinary Festival Bernard Louiseau.

Archer tells her readers that the best way to ‘start getting your head around the infinite variety’ of Mauritian food is to take a cookery class during your stay in Mauritius, such as those offered at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

If talk of gateaux piments (fried chilli cakes), tamarind dusted pineapple and dhal puris (lentil filled rotis) whets your appetite, don’t despair, Archer believes the new restaurant to be opened in London by Mauritian Masterchef-winner Sherlina Permalloo is just the beginning of a global explosion in Mauritian cuisine.

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Celebrate the Passion of Gastronomy in Mauritius at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Watch this video of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau:

Gourmets are welcome to book our 7 nights Passion of Gastronomy package, including exceptional culinary delights. The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau is known as one of the most coveted festivals on the international culinary calendar and runs from the 31 March to 7 April 2014.

This 7 night culinary package starts from € 3000 at Constance Belle Mare Plage and €4,900 at Constance Le Prince Maurice and includes mouth-watering breakfasts and dinners.

Plan ahead and take advantage of this special offer. Join us for this extraordinary culinary vacation unlike any other in Mauritius with special events combining culture and fine dining.

It is a rare opportunity to join some of the world’s leading Michelin-starred chefs.

This year’s festival includes Michelin-starred chefs Jacob Holmstrom from Sweden’s Gastrologik Restaurant, and the UK’s Tim Allen of Launceston Place.

7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package at Constance Belle Mare Plage:

  • Room Category: Prestige Room – €3,000 per room on Half Board Basis, with the possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of €400 per extra night until the 13th of April.
  • Room Category: Junior Suite – €3,500 per suite on Half Board Basis, with the possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of €485 per extra night until the 13th of April.

The highlight of this package will be a 6 star dinner on the 4 April which will be staged by all 6 Michelin-starred chefs present for the culinary festival.

7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package at Constance Le Prince Maurice:

  • Room Category: Junior Suite – € 4,900 per suite on Half Board Basis, with a possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of € 660 per extra night until the 13th of April.
  • Room Category: Villa – € 8,500 per villa on Half Board Basis, with a possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of € 1,190 per extra night until the 13th of April.

The highlight of this package will be a 6 star dinner on the 4th of April which will be staged by all 6 Michelin-starred chefs present for the culinary festival.

Offer valid from 31st March to 13th April 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

To book the Passion of Gastronomy Package email us at or find out more on the website: Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

We look forward to having you amongst us as we welcome acclaimed chefs for a week of competitions, behind the scene kitchen tours and exquisite dining.


Constance culinary spirit

The annual Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, brings together leading Michelin-starred chefs and Constance chefs in a week-long event of sharing ideas, skills and culinary traditions.

The Constance culinary spirit

The Constance culinary spirit

At the heart of the festival lies the Constance culinary spirit. Our hotels and resorts have built their reputation on the exceptional culinary experience that we offer guests.

Each of our talented chefs has their own style and character while following the philosophy that underpins this culinary spirit:

  • using fresh, top-quality produce to create a sophisticated, international cuisine
  • working together as a team to create culinary delights for the pleasure of our guests.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Since 2006 we have worked closely with Relais Bernard Loiseau to create a festival that demonstrates our passion for culinary adventure, delicious fresh ingredients and sophisticated international cuisine.

We showcase the best of the produce and culinary wonders of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. One of the basic rules of the competition is to use local produce and spices as much as possible.

To date, we’ve created a high profile event that exudes warmth and humanity.

The Michelin-starred chefs at this year’s festival, taking place from 31 March to 7 April, will include:

Mirto Marchesi – Relais & Châteaux le Chalet d’Adrien, La Table d’Adrien, Verbier, Switzerland
Jacob Holmström, Gastrologik Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden
Nicolas Massé, Les Sources de Caudalie, La Grand Vigne, Bordeaux-Martillac, France
Tim Allen, Launceston Place, London, England
Jens Rittmeyer, Budersand Hotel – Golf & Spa, Sylt, Restaurant Kai 3, Hörnum, Germany

Visit the website for more information on this event : Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Book our Passion of Gastronomy Package in Mauritius

Guests can experience food created by all of these prestigious chefs at a special 6 star dinner held at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice during the culinary festival as part of our 7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package.

Visit our website to find out more about our hotels and resorts – Constance Hotels & Resorts

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Constance Hotels brings leading French winemakers to Mauritius

Head sommelier Jerome Faure is thrilled to be welcoming leading French winemakers from Domaine Alain Graillot and Chateau de Mille to Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius in January and February.

Welcoming renowned French winemakers to Constance

Welcoming renowned French winemakers to Constance

Chateau de Mille

Pierre Pinatel is the owner of Chateau de Mille, one of the oldest properties in the Luberon region.

The chateau was built as a summer retreat for the popes of the 14th century when the first vineyards were planted. Today the small yield wine is still produced here in a traditional way.

Domaine Alain Graillot

Maxime Graillot now runs the famous Domaine Alain Graillot in the Crozes-Hermitage region using the same traditional, artisan methods established by his father.

The grapes are picked by hand and no chemical weedkillers are used in the production of its complete Syrah-based reds or its 80 per cent Marsanne / 20 per cent Roussanne whites.

Pierre Pinatel and Maxime Graillot will be visiting Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage to host a series of exclusive wine dinners for guests.

Domaine Alain Graillot wine dinners

25 January – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny Café
29 January – Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chateau de Mille wine dinners

7 February – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny Café
8 February – Constance Le Prince Maurice (including a special vertical tasting of 10 vintages from 1998 to 2009)

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7 things to do in Mauritius

When you think of Mauritius you imagine soft white sand beaches and clear turquoise seas. The Indian Ocean island has these in abundance along with a host of other delights that make this the ideal destination for those looking to combine a luxury beach holiday with a taste of adventure.

Things to do in Mauritius - Helicopter ride over the island

Things to do in Mauritius – Helicopter ride over the island

Here’s our pick of exhilarating days out in Mauritius.

1. Casela Nature and Leisure Park

There is so much to do in this beautiful natural park that your hardest challenge will be fitting it all into one day. The park’s 14 hectares are home to everything from lions and monkeys to giant tortoises. How you choose to explore is up to you with options including guided treks, jeep safaris, Segway, quad bike or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the longest zipline circuit in the Indian Ocean.

2. Take a helicopter trip around the island (available from Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Take an aerial tour of this stunning island by helicopter and get a panoramic view of Mauritius. Explore the stunning coast with it’s picture-perfect lagoons and surrounding islands then go inland to see the undulating sugar cane fields, mountains and forests of the island’s interior.

3. Domaine de L’Étoile

This beautiful former sugar plantation offers visitors the chance to discover Mauritius’ stunning interior with a landscape of rich verdant forests, spectacular views out towards the ocean and open valleys. Again there is a choice of transport on which to explore including quad bikes and 4×4 buggies, horseback, trekking and mountain biking. There’s even an opportunity to live out your Hunger Games fantasy with a 10 hectare circuit for archers featuring 10 artificial 3D animal targets.

4. Explore the capital Port Louis 

Whether you want to visit the capital’s bustling food market with fresh exotic produce brought in daily from around the island, or see a dodo skeleton at the city’s Natural History Museum there’s plenty to see and do in Port Louis. If you want to shop, eat or just sit back and people watch then visit the Caudan Waterfront.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

5. Take a catamaran cruise (available at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Feel the ocean spray on your face and the wind in your sails on an exhilarating catamaran cruise to local beaches and deserted islands. Zip across the water to empty beaches where you can swim in crystal waters and enjoy lunch on the sand.

6. Eureka ‘La Maison Créole’

Set in a nature reserve at the very heart of the island this colonial house converted into a museum offers a tranquil day of walking in beautiful gardens spotting rare flora and fauna before taking a dip in its refreshing waterfall-fed swimming hole.

7. Big game fishing (available from Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Spend the day on the open water pitting your wits against the great game fish of the Indian Ocean including the blue marlin, sailfish, barracuda, wahoo and yellowfin tuna.

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