Top 3 markets in Mauritius

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in local Mauritian life than to visit one of the island’s bustling market places.

Markets in Mauritius: Port Louis Market

Markets in Mauritius: Port Louis Market

Here’s our guide to three of the best.

Port Louis Market

This vibrant daily market at the heart of the Mauritian capital gives a fascinating insight into the life of the city and its people. Stalls selling freshly picked fruits and vegetables sit alongside stalls of fragrant herbs and spices. There’s a meat and fish section where sellers fillet and slice before your eyes. For souvenirs there are stalls selling local traditional crafts, as well as t-shirts and other mementos. Make sure you save time at the end to visit the food hall and sample some authentic (and delicious) Mauritian street food.

Flacq Market

Set in the village of Flacq, close to Belle Mare, Flacq Market is the largest open-air market in Mauritius. Catering for locals and tourists who are looking for something authentic, you’ll find beautifully fresh produce from across the island, giving the market its unique Mauritian charm.

Rose Hill Market

Rose Hill is the second largest town on Mauritius and is a treat for shoppers with its shopping arcades, boutiques and food stalls. The market here is more of a bazaar, selling everything from fruit and vegetables to arts and crafts and electronics.

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Rising stars head to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The rising culinary stars of Constance Hotels and Resorts have been battling it out in kitchens across the Indian Ocean in order to make it to the prestigious Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

The festival, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 31 March to 7 April, gives the island chefs the opportunity to cook alongside some of the leading Michelin-starred chefs of the world.

Competition has been fierce as young, inspired chefs seize the opportunity to compete for a chance to represent their hotel or resort in a festival which celebrates culinary passion, and inspires innovation and the sharing of expertise.

The road to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

To qualify the chefs have gone through several rounds of internal competitions with only the winner moving on to the next stage.

Challenges have included a written stage where the chef must describe why they want to be entered into the competition and practical stages including creating dishes following a recipe from classic French cuisine and creating their own dishes from a mystery box of ingredients under timed conditions.

The chefs who have made it through have proved not only their culinary skills but their passion and dedication to creating innovative and inspiring food.

The chefs

The island chefs who have made it through to the final in Mauritius are:

Sasha Dinnoo – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Sasha started as a trainee at Le Prince Maurice and has worked her way up through the kitchen. She qualified for the final stage of the competition last year and loved the experience so much she’s come back for more, although this year she’s more determined than ever to win.

Emmanuel Fortuno – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Emmanuel loves cooking and is constantly striving for perfection, slowly and methodically improving his skills. It is this dedication and hard work which has taken him through the qualifying stages of this competition and into the Culinary Festival.

Sandy Sokalingum – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Mauritian born Sandy doesn’t let being a new father distract him from his passion for cooking or his determination to get to the final. Currently a chef de Partie at The Sea Horse, he describes himself as ‘in love’ with cooking.

Dammika Sarath – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Used to working under pressure, Dammika brings a sense of serene and calm to the kitchen when he works. He loves everything to do with food and is proud to be part of the prestigious Festival.

Dinushan Patabadage – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Always keen to learn new dishes and try new techniques, Dinushan is a very creative chef and is excited by the learning experience offered by competing in the Culinary Festival. Both passionate and ambitious, he is keen to put everything he has into the event.

Yogessen Ramen – Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A chef at Ephélia, Yogessen is passionate about food and keen to add to his expanding skillset with techniques and advice acquired from the Michelin-starred chef he is paired with.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice wins prestigious hospitality award

We are thrilled that Constance Le Prince Maurice has won Connoisseur Circle magazine’s Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award.

Jean Jacques Vallet, collects the Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award

Jean Jacques Vallet, collects the Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award

Connoisseur Circle is an exclusive luxury information service for discerning leisure and business travellers.

With a circulation of more than 900,000 across its target countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Le Prince Maurice is honoured to have received a prize for best hospitality, all the more so because it was voted for directly by readers.

CEO of Constance, Jean Jacques Vallet, was at the award ceremony in Berlin to pick up the prize.

‘This recognition is a reward to the whole team at Constance Le Prince Maurice who are the “real” winners,’ he said. ‘This award is the fruit of their dedication and passion to provide exceptional services to our guests.’

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Recipe of the Week: Bread with green mango pickles

Our chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice are always striving to create new delicious and interesting flavour combinations for our guests.

Bread rolls with mango pickles

Bread rolls with mango pickles

By blending his passion for artisan baking techniques with his love of classic Mauritian flavours, Chef Isreeparsund Roshan has developed this unique buttery, sweet and sour dough.

Bread rolls with mango pickles

Ingredients (makes 20 rolls):

  • 10g fresh yeast
  • 25ml warm water
  • 500g pasta flour T65
  • 10g fine salt
  • 35g caster sugar
  • 15g trimoline
  • 50g milk powder
  • 200ml iced water
  • 400g mango pickles
  • 265g butter extra dry (for layering)

1. Mix the fresh yeast with 25 ml of warm water, add the flour, salt, sugar, trimoline, powdered milk and iced water in a mixer until the dough is smooth. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

2. Crush the mango pickles.

3. Spread the dough and add extra dry butter in the center, fold and give 3 single turns like puff pastry, allow 30mns rest between each turn.

4. After completing, allow to rest in a cold place for 1 hour approximately.

5. Spread the dough and lay down the crushed mango pickles. Roll like raisin bread.

6. Place the roll in the fridge for half an hour, then cut 2cm thick.

7. Put in room temperature and let rise up for 30 minutes.

8. Pre heat the oven 180°C vent and cook for 20 minutes.

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A guide to luxury weddings in Mauritius

Mauritius has been ranked top location in the world for destination weddings in a recent report from Kuoni.

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

On Mauritius, nature has created a perfect backdrop of white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush tropical foliage, and at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, we’ve added a special dash of Constance luxury.

Your own dedicated wedding planner

Relax in the knowledge that someone understands exactly what you want and is working hard to make it happen.

Our wedding planners will contact you before you set off to discuss exactly what you want for your special day, and ensure it’s ready for you when you arrive.

On arrival your wedding planner will show you around the hotel or resort so that you can select exactly where you would like your ceremony to take place.

Create the wedding of your dreams

Our luxury wedding package includes everything you’ll need for a perfect day but if you want to add some personal elements or details just let us know.

If you dream about sailing off together into an Indian Ocean sunset, dining at a private table for two in a secluded spot, having your own DJ spin your favourite tunes or enjoying a pre-wedding couple’s spa treatment, we’ll take care of all the details.

Relax at the bar

Relax at the bar

Luxury accommodation

Whether you choose a secluded private villa with its own pool or an elegant, spacious suite, the luxury accommodation will give you the perfect relaxed space to retreat to for some precious time alone.

In-villa dining and 24-hour room service gives you the opportunity to really enjoy the seclusion of your accommodation.

Fine dining

Enjoy candle-lit meals of sumptuous gourmet dishes lovingly prepared by our world-class chefs and pair them with some of the world’s best wines from our extensive cellars in our fine-dining restaurants.

Enjoy the very freshest local and international ingredients whether you are looking for 5* dining or sushi on the beach.

Things for newly-weds to do in Mauritius:

1. Take a helicopter ride around the island

See the dramatic landscape of this beautiful tropical island from the air with an exhilarating helicopter ride.

The Legend golf course

The Legend golf course

2. Play golf on a championship golf course

Both Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage have access to our two championship 18-hole courses. Whether you are a novice and need coaching by the pros at our Golf Academy or you’re an old-hand you’ll love the challenges set by our courses.

3. Ziplining through the mountainous countryside

Feel the rush of adrenalin as you cruise through the air on a course of ziplines over plantation land and lush tropical forests.

4. Explore the Indian Ocean

Whether you enjoy life above or below the waves there’s plenty do in Mauritius from water skiing and wind surfing to scuba diving and snorkelling.

5. Visit Port Louis

The island’s bustling capital is a fast-track into the Mauritian way of life. Barter for a bargain in the busy central market, rub shoulders with the Mauritians at the famous Champ de Mars race course or just buy a coffee and people watch along the Caudan Waterfront.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice or Constance Belle Mare Plage or to make a booking.

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The Culture Trip applauds Le Prince Maurice

Global art, culture and travel website, The Culture Trip, has picked out Constance Le Prince Maurice as one of the ‘10 best cultural hotels in Mauritius’.

Tables with a view

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Culture Trip, which highlights cultural attractions around the world, also features Le Prince Maurice’s Le Barachois restaurant in its ‘Mauritius’ 10 best cultural restaurants’ guide.

The Culture Trip says, ‘A luxurious hotel situated on a peaceful private peninsula, Le Prince Maurice is an oasis of beauty and quality in the midst of luxuriant vegetation and next to a natural marine reserve’.

In its search for ‘Creole haute cuisine in the Indian Ocean’, it praises Le Barachois. ‘Located on the shore and surrounded by mangrove trees, diners can expect to eat off wooden tables on floating decks, whilst their food is prepared in a thatched stone cottage. This combination of colonial atmosphere with tropical luxury is distinctively Mauritian.’

To read the full review or to find out more about the cultural attractions in Mauritius visit The Culture Trip

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