Artisan ceramics set off world-class food at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

In our on-going quest to source the best from across the globe to bring back for our guests, Head Sommelier Jerome Faure introduced the unique, handmade ceramics from Jars Céramistes to this year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius.

Artisan ceramics from Jars Céramistes

Artisan ceramics from Jars Céramistes

The idea was conceived during a conversation about the festival with leading winemaker Maxime Graillot over a glass of wine at Constance Le Prince Maurice earlier this year.

The pair discussed how the best dish deserved to be served on the very best plates and Graillot recommended the small, French artisan ceramics factory, Jars.

The ceramics included plates and tableware used at the Blue Penny Café and Deer Hunter restaurant on the first day of the competition, as well as for guests to present dishes following a private cooking class with Chef Patrick Bertron.

The beautiful simple design of the ceramics are based around the elements of nature, and were designed to create a poetic blend of beauty and utility.

Jerome, organiser of this year’s Culinary Festival, believes the stylish simplistic ceramics helped enhance the elegance of the dishes presented on them.

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Luxury long haul family holidays to Mauritius

Going on holiday when you have children is one of the most precious times in the annual family calendar. Looking to escape with the whole family may start with finding the perfect location and accommodation but with kids in tow there’s a whole range of other extras you’ll be looking for.

Luxury family holidays to Mauritius

Luxury family holidays to Mauritius

Here’s our guide to what’s on offer at Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius for families in search of that much-needed holiday.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

This family-friendly luxury boutique hotel offers elegant Mauritian charm with 5* facilities for you and plenty of fun for the kids. According to blogger Luxury Travel Mom of her recent visit to Le Prince Maurice: ‘children aren’t just welcomed, they’re completely adored’.

Family suites

With thatched palm roofs and rich wood interiors, family suites feature an elegant grown-up bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a separate children’s room complete with bunk beds.

The rooms come with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players.

Things for kids to do at the hotel

As well as the complimentary kids’ club there’s a host of activities on offer for children, including:

  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 championship 18-hole golf courses (kids lessons available)
  • Snorkelling
  • Mountain biking (bikes and helmets available to borrow)
  • Kids yoga, cooking classes, fun spa treatments
  • Waterskiing, scuba diving (8 years+), kayaking, glass-bottom boat excursions.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

With so much on offer at Constance Belle Mare Plage, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to spend fun family time as well as that rare pleasure of time spent alone with your partner.

Child-friendly accommodation

Belle Mare Plage has a wide range of flexible accommodation to suit families. Some of our Prestige Rooms and Junior Suites (featuring a double bed and sofa bed) are available as interconnecting rooms. Our Deluxe Suites with separate seating and dining areas are also available to interconnect with a Prestige Room. More information on our website.

Private villas

For a luxury home away from home our 2-3 bedroom 2-storey villas come complete with their own pool and garden as well as your own Villa Master.

Fun spa treatments for kids

Fun spa treatments for kids

Things for kids to do at the resort

  • 4 swimming pools
  • 4 floodlit tennis courts
  • Table tennis
  • 9-hole mini-golf
  • 2 18-hole championship golf courses (kids lessons available)
  • Bike rental
  • Waterskiing, scuba diving (8 years+), kayaking, wind surfing.

What you won’t need to pack

Most of our hotels and resorts provide a range of equipment from highchairs, buggies and cots to nappies and baby monitors, just check with us before you travel.

Days out – things to do in Mauritius

Mauritius is a very family-friendly island with loads of exciting activities to keep the whole family busy from wildlife parks with ziplines and safaris to waterparks, submarine trips and pirate cruises.

For more to do with kids in Mauritius read our guide ‘a family holiday in Mauritius’.

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Top dive spots in the world: Madagascar

Take a look at the unspoilt waters off Madagascar teeming with rich marine life and with the added bonus of being largely unexplored by modern divers.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

Barracudas in the Indian Ocean

Barracudas in the Indian Ocean

The Scorpion Fish

The Scorpion Fish

The incredible stingray

The incredible stingray

A symbiotic relationship

A symbiotic relationship

The majestic turtles of the Indian Ocean

The majestic turtles of the Indian Ocean

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Restaurants.com reveals 10 most opulent VIP restaurant treatments

Global restaurant directory Restaurants.com has outlined the 10 most lavish treatments VIP guests can expect from the world’s top fine-dining restaurants.

VIP restaurant treatments: a private dinner on the beach at Constance Moofushi

VIP restaurant treatments: a private dinner on the beach at Constance Moofushi

Listed alongside gift bags and private dining rooms is the luxury of your own section of a paradise beach with a private table for you and your friends.

‘Some of the most exclusive hotels in paradise offer beachfront dining with your own personal chef and views to die for. What’s more, there’s no one around but you.’

Sample the VIP treatment for yourself with private beach dining available at our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar.

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Top 5 luxury travel accessories 2014

Here is our list of luxury items for you’ll be longing to take on holiday with you.

Luxury travel accessories: Griffin PowerDock 5

Luxury travel accessories: Griffin PowerDock 5

Saint Laurent Classic Monogram Document Case

Carry your travel documents in ultimate style in this canvas and leather document case made in Italy by Yves Saint Laurent.

Maslin & Co Chambray Zebra Hide Beach Towel with Crossbody strap

Inspired by ‘exotic ideals of 70s hedonism’ Maslin & Co animal-hide towels (complete with leather holdall straps with envelope purse) are the latest must have items on the beaches of the world’s 5* resorts. New for 2014 is this 100% cotton, powder blue zebra print which comes in the shape of a zebra hide.

Griffin Powerdock 5

This is the ultimate gadget to keep all your devices fully charged while on holiday. The stylish Griffin Powerdock 5 can charge up to 5 devices from one power source, saving you from hunting around your hotel room looking for multiple power sockets. Specially designed for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, it’s 5 USB docks means that it also works for most USB-powered devices, including Kindle.

Mara Collection Currency Case from Smythson

Never get your English pounds mixed up with your Mauritian Rupees again in this stylish calf leather multiple-currency wallet from style leaders Smythson. The purse is divided into four sections each with a different colour zip so that all you have to do is remember which colour relates to which currency. As always with Smythson, you can add a personal touch with their bespoke handcrafted gold stamping service.

Aesop’s Ginger Flight Therapy & Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

The perfect remedy for the effects of long-haul flights, Aesop’s carry-on aromatherapy and skincare products will leave your tired skin and senses feeling refreshed and revived. The Ginger Flight Therapy is applied to pulse points to stimulate the senses while the Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol is a spray-on hydration treatment which aromatically creates alertness.

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Pioneering winemaker Alex Dale visits Constance Le Prince Maurice

Innovative South African winemaker, Alex Dale, created a sumptuous wine dinner for guests and training for our sommeliers at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Archipel, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

At the Winery of Good Hope, Dale has made it his mission to create a range of wines to showcase exciting new varieties, vineyards and even alternative winemaking techniques.

He says, ‘The fact that the pioneering settlers of 1652 named their new land The Cape of Good Hope is proof of their faith in this area’s potential. Wine grapes were among the first crops to be grown there, starting in 1655… Today, this land – and this industry – still holds so much untapped potential.’

A confirmed Burgundy lover, when Dale founded the winery in 1998 he was determined to champion the much maligned South African Chenin, which he has succeeded in putting on the map in the last 15 years.

Dale also brings his passion to the cultivation of surprising Pinot Noirs, Pinotages, Viogniers and Chardonnays.

On his visit to Constance Le Prince Maurice, Dale took the time to organise a private wine tasting with our sommeliers when he was able to tell them personally all about his wine and his winery.

Guests at the hotel were then invited to attend a special wine dinner featuring some of Dale’s favourite wines including:

  • Renaissance, Chenin blanc 2012
  • Freedom, Pinot Noir, 2012
  • Freedom 2008/2010
  • Winery of Good Hope’s Syrah 2011
  • Old Vine Viognier 2011.

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