Constance celebrates New Zealand wines in Mauritius this September

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice will be welcoming some of the finest winemakers from New Zealand for a week-long celebration of wine from the region.

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Head Sommelier Jerome Faure will organise a range of wine dinners from the 15-21 September to introduce guests to New Zealand wines and giving them the opportunity to meet and talk with the winemakers.

Wine tastings will also be held for all the sommeliers of each resort as part of ongoing training to ensure that Constance sommeliers are at the head of their field.

New Zealand winemakers visiting Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maruice will include:

• Felton Road – a biodynamic wine producer using wild yeast, no fining or filteration has created wines of a unique character and an impressive reputation.

• Millton Vineyards and Winery – Situated on the East coast of North Island in the winegrowing region of Gisborne the family have introduced French traditions picked up working in the famous wine regions of France.

• Ata Rengi – A small New Zealand winery at the southern end of North Island, Ata Rengi has become famous for producing a renowned Pinot Noir.

• Escarpment – Stretching along the banks of the Huangarua River, Escarpment’s vineyards produce wine with a complexity and structure that have made them a leader in the market.

• Pegasus Bay – The second largest winery in Canterbury, Pegasus Bay is rated as the top winery of the region.

Guests will be able to enjoy a number of events across both resorts to introduce them to these fascinating New World wines:

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Sunday 15 September

Belle Mare Plage – A management cocktail party featuring the wines

Monday 16 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Escarpment wines at La Spiaggia

Tuesday 17 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Pegasus wines at Indigo

Wednesday 18 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Ata Rangi wines at Deer Hunter

Thursday 19 September

Le Prince Maurice – A management cocktail party featuring New Zealand wines including Felton Road 2010 Pinot Noir Bannockburn, 2012 Millton La Cote Pinot Noir and Ata Rangi Petrie Sauv Blanc.

A special dinner at l’Archipel featuring Millton wines including 2011 Opour Chardonnay, 2011 Riverpoint Viognier, 2010 Clos St Anne, 2010 Clos Samuel Viognier SBS.

Friday 20 September

Le Prince Maurice – A special dinner featuring Felton Road wines at Le Barachois including 2012 Riesling Bannockburn, 2011 Chardonnay Bannockburn, 2009 Pinot Noir Block 3, 2008 Riesling Block 1.

Saturday 21 September

Belle Mare Plage – A gala dinner featuring all the wineries.

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Tempted to visit Mauritius in September?

Check late booking availability for both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Winter sun holiday offer

Boost your levels of vitamin D and bask in warm sunshine on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Buy the winter sun package when you book to stay at any Constance hotel or resort in Maldives, Mauritius or Seychelles from September 2013 to April 2014 for at least 5 nights and you can enjoy a:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • 30 minute jet lag massage
  • Complimentary dinner on the beach (excluding drinks)
  • Complimentary spa treatment, up to 45 minutes
  • Diving orientation for beginners + 1 excursion

Book your holiday now: Book Now.

Terms and conditions

Accommodation is on Bed & breakfast basis, and all-inclusive at Moofushi

All complimentary spa treatments to be taken within first 3 days of stay

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Jet lag massage to be taken on 1st or 2nd morning

For 5 night minimum stay with possibility to extend, extra nights will be charged at best available rate

All complimentary activities and offers are for 2 persons only, extra activities are charged extra

To arrange diving or excursion, please contact hotel at least 7 days before arrival

To schedule spa treatments, book upon arrival

Offer not applicable to Tsarabanjina

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Top blogger Jozilicious gives Le Prince Maurice a rave review

South African blogger, Jozilicious visited Le Prince Maurice for a long weekend and was blown away by the luxurious accommodation, 5* service and a sumptuous fish curry.

5* service at Constance Le Prince Maurice

5* service at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Jozilicious can’t get enough of Constance. Having visited Ephélia and Lémuria already she was keen to visit Le Prince Maurice, and was certainly not disappointed.

‘The thing I realised after staying at Le Prince Maurice is that it wasn’t Seychelles we loved, it was Constance. The values embodied by this brand are carried through in all the resorts and the experience is just far superior to most other hotel brands. The staff are among the most hospitable I’ve ever come across in all my travels.’

From being met at the airport by a private X5 to the pillow menu in her room to the willingness of the restaurant staff to prepare her favourite dish which was not on the menu, Jozilicious was wowed by the level of service.

She claimed staff at the hotel, ‘love what they do and really care about making your stay comfortable for you – whether this means arranging a packed breakfast for you to eat en route to an early morning flight, or cooking your favourite meal at dinner. They realise that people are individuals and have different needs and nothing is ever too much to ask of them.’

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Discover the suitcase of the future

Technological advances have made almost every aspect of our lives easier in recent years and now, according to Mashable’s Amy-Mae Elliott, technology is set to revolutionise the humble suitcase.

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

In her piece 9 Futuristic Suitcases to Improve Your Travel Elliot has rounded up the best innovations and new concepts in luggage design.

Some of the most exciting products already on the market include:

• Powerbag Briefcases

A briefcase with a large built-in battery to recharge all your gadgets while you’re on the go. The battery holds enough power to charge a smartphone four times.

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

This suitcase expands by over 30 per cent then it sucks out the air reducing it back to its original size. Great for when you can’t decide what to take and what to leave behind.

Heys USA BioCase

Like something out of James Bond this case uses biometric fingerprint technology to ensure that only you, or someone else whose fingerprints you have programmed in, can open your case. The BioCase will remember up to eight fingerprints.

Intelligent Luggage

This self-weighing suitcase has digital scales in the handle so that all you have to do is press a button and then lift the suitcase to read the weight. Perfect for avoiding excess baggage costs.

For the full article including details of luggage concepts including a suitcase that will follow you around by itself, a case with a battery which charges as you wheel it and a case that converts into a scooter visit mashable.com.

Get fit with your kids

Fitness guru and personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, shares her top tips for fun workouts you can do with the kids in order to get fit.

Your children want to have fun with you and you need to stay in shape, so here is a simple and efficient routine which will keep everyone satisfied.

The key is to make it fun so I advise you set this routine to music – try picking one of your child’s favourite songs and encourage them to sing along during the movements.

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Pull in your navel, keep your bottom and your tummy firmly contracted. Bend to one side and stretch your arm above your head. 10 on the right – 10 on the left – 20 fast alternately on each side.

Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language

 Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language


Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language

The left knee should be above the left heel and the right knee should be under your right shoulder. Stretch your arms to the sides and squeeze your shoulder blades to create a good posture for your spine. Stay in this position until your kids finish counting to 20, in another language if possible! Then repeat with the other leg.

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Draw 10 circles with your hips around your feet, first in one direction then in the other. Increasing the speed, draw one circle on one side then one circle on the other for 30 seconds.

Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

 Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag


Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

4B – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

4B – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

Bend your knees in front of your navel. Keep the left knee on the floor and lift the right one as high as you can. Encourage your child to push on your leg to create more resistance, they’ll love making you suffer! Then get your revenge by pushing their legs as they do it and work out your arms. 50 fast per side.

Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree

  Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree


Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree

Place your hands below your shoulders, stretch your arms and keep the right knee under your right hip. Quickly move the left knee up and down without moving your body. 20 per side and repeat again if you can.

Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack

 Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack


Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack

Hands under your head, open your shoulders, look at and pull in your tummy and stretch your legs up. Just keep your lower back on the floor and ask your child to do what they want on your tummy: tickling, uppercuts…everything is allowed as you attempt to hold the position. 30 seconds, 4 series.

Enjoy and have fun.

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Recipe: How to make Mauritian curry paste

Mixing curry spices in to a curry paste is a complex task which must be handled properly if it is to release the maximum of subtle flavours. The local Mauritian grandmothers, our “grandmas“, used to crush these spices on a rock with the help of a stone rolling pin. Along and painful practice, this ancient skill was passed down from mother to daughter.

Making a Mauritian curry paste

Making a Mauritian curry paste

Ingredients (serves 4)

The spice mixture for the curry paste:

  • 24g coriander seeds
  • 18g cumin seeds
  • 12g cardamom capsules
  • 6g black peppercorns
  • 9g fennel seeds
  • 9g mustard seeds
  • 3g cloves
  • 1g dried chilli without seeds
  • 12g green saffron (fresh turmeric), root soaked overnight in water (keep the water)
  • 150g onions
  • 30g garlic
  • 15g curry leaves
  • 30g fresh ginger

1. Peel and wash the herbs and roots, the onion and garlic.

2. Roast all the spices separately (except the green saffron and the dried chilli) in a non-stick pan over a low heat for less than a minute. (You need to be very attentive to the colouration and to the aroma that is released during the roasting.)

3. Put the ingredients into a blender with the minced onion, the garlic, the ginger and the chopped curry leaves, and the crushed green saffron. Mix it together with 250ml of the water used to soak the green saffron until you get a smooth even paste.

4. Take the mixture, cover it with a film of soybean oil and keep it in the fridge.

The curry sauce:

  • 150g onions
  • 60g ginger
  • 120g garlic
  • 300g tomatoes
  • 60g coriander leaves
  • 15g curry leaves
  • 50ml cooking oil

1. Wash and peel all ingredients.

2. Finely chop the onions and coriander separately, put them aside. then chop the garlic and ginger, again, putting them to the side.

3. Cut a tomato into small diced pieces, after removing the stem.

4. Brown the onions in oil, add the garlic paste and ginger. Cook it so it forms a compote.

5. Stir in the mixture of spices, cubed tomatoes and chopped herbs. Simmer for another ten minutes, stirring regularly with a spatula. You will get your base for any curry sauce that you may need for future dishes.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Oxidative white wine:

  • Côtes-du-Jura, Vin jaune, Domaine André et Mireille Tissot, 2004 France
  • Côtes-du-Jura, Tradition du Château d’Arlay, 2004 France