Constance Le Prince Maurice heads to Switzerland

Executive Chef Michael Scioli from Constance Le Prince Maurice will be taking the flavours, spices and culinary traditions of Mauritius to The Chalet d’Adrien in Switzerland this August.

Constance Le Prince Maurice's Archipel restaurant

Constance Le Prince Maurice’s Archipel restaurant

Chef Michael’s visit to Verbier next month will be the centrepiece of a gastronomic week celebrating Spices and Flavours of the World at the Chalet d’Adrien from 7-10 August.

He will work alongside Michelin-starred chef Mirto Marchesi to create a series of menus built around the spices and herbs of Indian Ocean cuisine.

Restaurants on tour are big news this summer, and Constance Le Prince Maurice is joining the likes of The Fat Duck, Noma and El Celler de Can Roca in taking its renowned cuisine to new countries.

More about Constance Le Prince Maurice

Named after Prince Maurice Van Nassau, the Dutch pioneer of the spice trade in the Indian Ocean, Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius has long celebrated the rich, warm flavours and spices of the region.

Our beautiful, cool colonial-style architecture, sumptuous menus infused with the warmth of spices from the region and even our hotel logo of a nutmeg, all point to the important role spices play in Mauritius fusion cuisine.

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Queen of Retreats recommends Constance Le Prince Maurice

Luxury wellbeing and spa blogger Caroline Sylger Jones praises the Kickstart the Fast Diet package at Constance Le Prince Maurice on her Queen of Retreats website.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sylger Jones accompanied Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer to Mauritius to try out the Fast Diet package, created by Spencer, which includes special calorie-counted meals for fast days, spa treatments and exercise advice.

‘Mimi’s idea is that, away from life’s distractions and looked after by others, getting into The Fast Diet couldn’t be easier – making it more likely that you’ll continue it when back in your real world,’ Sylger Jones explains.

Available all year round and without the need to pre-book, she was impressed at how easy it was to get involved in the Kickstart the Fast Diet package on arrival at the hotel.

She also praised the fact that Fast Diet dishes are marked on all menus with a special logo to make it easy to follow and even drinks and cocktails come with calorie advice.

Sylger Jones explains that fasting was easier in the 5* luxury of the hotel, ‘It felt good to focus my attention on other things – the view, for example, or the excellent book I was reading, or how comfy the day bed was on my balcony. All in the knowledge that the next day I could eat what the hell I liked from a choice of top notch restaurants.’

She raves about the food on both fast and non-fasting days highlighting ‘lavish buffet breakfasts at L’Archipel’, the sashimi and salads at the laidback Asian Corner and dinner at Le Barachois, the hotel’s restaurant which floats on the peaceful lagoon.

She says, ‘Between eating and not eating I stayed busy with laid back yogic stretching on the beach, lots of swims in the lap pool and the sea, and lying about reading on the beach – where staff served us cold water in natty orange ice bags, cleaned our sunglasses and brought us tubs of Haagan Daaz on non fast days. It’s all very relaxed.’

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What’s on in Mauritius 2014

The beautiful island of Mauritius is a year-round holiday destination with a climate which entices sun-worshipers and water sport-enthusiasts throughout the year.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

As the intense heat and humidity of Mauritius’ Southern Hemisphere summer begins to subside we round up the highlights of the best events on the island in the cooler, balmy days of July, August and September.

July 2014

Whether you want to get involved or just go along as a spectator you’ll be wowed by one of the most beautiful marathon routes in the world. Taking a coastal trail through villages, and even a UNESCO site, the whole event ends with fun and celebrations on the beach.

Kiteival is an annual kite surf festival open to all level of kiters. With festival venues around the island the festival organisers hope to introduce kiters from around the world to the best spots and lagoons on the island. Take part, or just enjoy the spectacle.

August 2014

Take time while in Mauritius to discover the work of pARTage, an association of Mauritian artists working together to promote contemporary art in the Indian Ocean by showcasing local artists.

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Inspire the kids or just go along to witness some breathtaking tennis from the next generation of tennis stars at this International Tennis Federation event.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi – 29 August – 8 September

The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a vibrant spectacle on the island. Commemorating the birth of the god Ganesh, the festival is celebrated for 10 days. On the last day, Anant Chaturdashi, Hindus carry an idol of Ganesh in a procession through the streets to local rivers and beaches to immerse him in water before sunset.

September 2014

Champ de Mars is the historic racecourse in Port Louis belonging to The Mauritius Turf Club (the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere). Always worth a visit to rub shoulders with local Mauritians and VIP visitors alike, the Maiden’s Cup is a popular event in the racecourse calendar.

  • Father Laval Day – 9 September

A celebration of the birth of Jacques Désiré Laval, a French missionary and doctor who came to Mauritius in 1841 and became the protector of the slave community, many of whom believed he had miraculous healing powers. On this day thousands of Mauritians visit his tomb in Sainte Croix, Port Louis which is still believed to possess healing powers.

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MCB Championship to return to legendary golf course at Belle Mare Plage

This year’s European Senior Tour will once again be decided on the greens and fairways of the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

The Legend - The training ground for the Marc Farry Golf Academy

The Legend, home of the MCB Tour Championship

Last year’s MCB Tour Championship culminated in an epic final round between golf legend Colin Montgomerie and Englishman Paul Wesselingh who went on to win not just the MCB Tour Championship but the Order of Merit as well.

This year’s event, to be held on 8-14 December, is expected to be just as exciting with Colin Montgomerie and Tom Watson currently topping the Order of Merit.

Guests staying at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice during the tournament will be perfectly placed to enjoy all the action.

Play with the pros

Keen golfers can even get involved with a two-day pro-am tournament on 10 & 11 December when guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice can play in teams with a selection of senior professional golfers across the two championship golf courses.

Entry forms can be downloaded from our website now.

Improve your game

Watch how the likes of Colin Montgomerie and David Frost do it and then take a lesson at our Marc Farry Golf Academy and learn to swing like a pro.

Watch all the action in 5* luxury

As well as access to all the championship action on the golf course guests can enjoy Constance luxury with 5* service, elegant, spacious accommodation, fine-dining restaurants and sumptuous spas.

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Unusual wines: Mauritian Lychee Wine

We always like to support local producers especially when they bring something new and exciting to the market like Divine’s innovative and delicious lychee wine.

Divine Tropical Lychee Wine

Divine Tropical Lychee Wine

Now served at both Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage this fresh sweet wine, launched in 2012, is produced entirely by lychees grown on Mauritius.

Best served chilled, Divine Tropical Lychee Wine is a refreshing drink on hot summer days as well as making a perfect accompaniment for Asian cuisine, light fish starters and fresh fruit salads.

The wine uses the pulp from fruit which has been picked, peeled and deseeded and is then left to ferment for up to three weeks.

The wine was the brain child of oenologist Patick Oxenham whose company now makes the wine.

Patick was inspired by the long-standing tradition in Mauritius of making wine from the fruit of the island and when he came across an old recipe of his grandfather’s for lychee wine he decided to give it a go.

The result has been hugely popular in Mauritius with Patick now looking to extend his production with the potential to export in the future.

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6 spa trends for 2014

In 2014 spas are no longer just about pampering and indulgence. Today’s sophisticated spa goers are looking for a more personal approach.

Spa trends 2014: destination spa breaks

Spa trends 2014: destination spa breaks

One of the major spa trends this year are destination spa breaks where you can combine travelling and exploring new cultures with improving your wellbeing.

Guests visiting Constance spas in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar can immerse themselves in the local culture of these beautiful islands then take time out to enjoy treatments based on local plants and traditional methods.

1. Treatments designed around you

‘Personalised wellness’ is big news this year in the spa world. At our spas, trained therapists will take the time to sit with you and listen to what you want from your spa experience. Whether your goal is to improve your health, de-stress, address a problem area or just lie back and relax, our therapists will create a program specifically for you.

2. Medi-spa and anti-ageing treatments

Spa treatments that address health problems or ageing issues with a holistic approach are becoming increasingly popular.

Brice Nicham’s medical manicures and pedicures at Constance Le Prince Maurice are proving on the of the must-book treatments at the hotel. While at Constance Halaveli, the Valmont Spa combines latest scientific breakthroughs in skincare with the purest natural Swiss ingredients to create a range of highly effective anti-ageing treatments.

3. Peace of body and mind

‘Mindfulness’ is the key word for those seeking wellbeing in 2014 and it is something that has led to a growing interest in meditation and yoga at spas over the last year.

Those seeking mental restoration at Constance can experience the calm and serenity of sunrise yoga or sunset meditation sessions on the beach, as well as mastering techniques of pranayama breathing.

Constance Halaveli and Constance Lémuria offer one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Whether you choose a class or an individual session, our instructors will help you learn what you need to carry on your journey to mindfulness when you get home.

Spa de Constance at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Spa de Constance at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

4. Taking new wellbeing skills home

The desire to return from a spa break with new knowledge and skills is another trend for 2014, with guests wanting to make a spa visit the starting point for a new healthier way of life.

Our personal trainers will offer guidance on health and nutrition and can devise fitness routines tailored to your day-to-day lifestyle.

5. Enjoying the great outdoors

Spas are moving outside in 2014 so that guests can reconnect with their environment and nowhere is this more inspiring than in our idyllic island locations.

Greet the morning sun with fitness guru Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice, take a health nature walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles at Lémuria or experience yoga in the fresh air of the yoga pavilion at Constance Ephélia.

6. Nutrition and weight-loss

Weight-loss has become a science in recent years balancing healthy eating and exercise to create sustainable results. In 2014 spa-goers are looking for nutrition and lifestyle advice to improve wellbeing.

Constance Le Prince Maurice has worked alongside Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer to create an integrated approach to weight-loss which includes working with a personal trainer, special menus in the restaurants and dedicated spa treatments.

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