Celebrities support Le Prince Maurice Prize in Mauritius

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The luxury resort of Constance Le Prince Maurice on the eastern shores of Mauritius plays host each year to the island’s literary award, Le Prince Maurice Prize.

Celebrating the best in literary love stories, the prize alternates each year between a French and British novelist.

Celebrities who have taken on the role as Patron of the prize include:

Richard E Grant (above, right)
Actor and author Richard E. Grant, best known for his inebriated performance in Withnail and I, and more recently Gosford Park, and Filth and Wisdom.

 

Tilda Swinton and guests

Tilda Swinton at Le Prince Maurice Prize award ceremony

Tilda Swinton (right)
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for her role in the acclaimed film Michael Clayton.

Sebastian Faulks
Author Sebastian Faulks CBE, who wrote one of the UK’s best loved novels, Bird Song as well as Charlotte Gray, Human Traces and the James Bond novel Devil May Care.

Each year, three shortlisted authors are invited to enjoy the luxury of Le Prince Maurice for a week of cultural exchange with Mauritian students and authors.

Recent authors to visit include Julia Gregson, Sadie Jones and William Sutcliffe.

Find out who’s on the shortlist for this year’s French literary love stories or visit the website Le Prince Maurice Prize.

The best piece of honeymoon advice you'll ever been given

Luxury honeymoon suite on stilts - Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Luxury honeymoon suite on stilts - Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

What’s the best piece of honeymoon advice you’ve ever been given?

We asked our Twitter followers what they felt the best honeymoon tips and advice for newly-weds was  – and some experts in honeymoons and people who have already had their honeymoons offered their advice.

As experts in providing luxury honeymoons in Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles ourselves, we’ve also given you some of our top tips for planning your dream honeymoon in an earlier blog post.

We’d love to hear which bits of advice below you think are most pertinent – and why not leave a comment with your own tips and advice for people planning their once-in-a-lifetime luxury honeymoon?

@Amanda_Statham on Twitter said:

  • always catch sunset (most romantic part of day)
  • get your luggage delivered to your hotel
  • tell everyone you meet you’re honeymooners (you’ll get great service and freebies)
  • don’t get badly burnt on 1st day (it’s not sexy!)

@honeymoonsblog says:

  • Use a honeymoon gift list and let your friends and family contibute towards the cost of your honeymoon,” while @thehoneymoonpro suggest you should “start off by deciding on your budget – the last thing you want to do is worry about money on your honeymoon.

All great advice. @TurquoiseUK’s top tip was:

  • Decide on your honeymoon together! Make sure it’s what both of you are looking for.

Building on this theme, @joyologie suggests the following:

  • The one thing I always tell my couples is to really go someplace the two of you have never been before — make it a completely new experience for both of you.  That way it’s a special place and has special meaning for both the bride and groom, without the bride being able to also say she was there prior to the honeymoon. I also say, you only have one honeymoon, so make it count.  Go someplace you really want to go and figure out how to get there.  And that includes hotels as well.  Pamper yourself.  Maybe on future trips together you don’t need to spend so much, but it’s a honeymoon — go big!

Here at Constance Hotels Experience, we couldn’t agree more, @joyolgoie.

@MBDP_Tawsha on Twitter collected the following advice for honeymooners:

  • Do exactly what you want! That is the only thing about a wedging that is strictly just about the two of you.
  • Go big! Make your guests at the wedding eat finger foods instead of a 5 course meal if it’ll get you someplace fantastic for your honeymoon :)

And this pearl from @pugetsounddj: “Tradition shows it’s good luck to bring your DJ…”

@lexirob who didn’t manage to take a honeymoon at all told @MBDP_Tawsha:

  • Take one, even if it’s not a week long, tropical destination. Go somewhere together and enjoy your time! We never got to :(

Last but not least, @NickSavageIMT on Twitter said: “Stay at the Le Prince Maurice – thats all you need to do.”

Ah, thanks Nick – we couldn’t agree more, although we’re a little biased, it’s true.

What do you think the most important tip for prospective honeymooners is? Leave a comment below.

Recipe: Constance Spicy Chicken Legs – Mauritius style

Le Prince Maurice L'Archipel

Le Prince Maurice - L'Archipel

We like to share some of our chef’s finest recipes so that you can experience the Constance luxury experience when you are at home. This week we would like to share with you our recipe for spicy chicken legs Mauritius style.

Remember when making this dish our chefs recommend giving yourself a day to let the chicken marinate. They also recommend using a tandoor oven but if you dont have access a regular oven will be just fine.

Let us know how you get on and send us your comments and pictures of your very own spicy chicken legs. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Spicy Chicken Legs

Preparation Time: 25 minutes marinating time: 26 hours

Cooking Time: 1 1/4 Hour

Draining Time: 24 Hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg boned chicken legs
  • juice of lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small chunk ginger

For the marinade: 20 cl plain yogurt, drained in a cloth for 24 hours, 1 level tsp powdered cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp yellow chilli powder.

For the tomato sauce: 50 cl tomato coulis, 80 g finely chopped onions, 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic, 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger, 2 sprigs thyme, 20 cl plain yogurt, 30 g untoasted cashew nuts, 1/2 tsp coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, 2 blades ofrnace, l/2 tsp garam masala,1 level tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp powdered coriarider seeds, 1/2 tsp powdered cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp chart masala (a mix of black salt and sour mango powder), red chilli powder to taste (if you want a spicy dish), 2 tbsp vegetable oil, salt and pepper.

Two days in advance, cut each chicken leg into 3 pieces. Put all the chicken legs in a dish with the lemon juice and chopped garlic. Grate the ginger on top, mix and marinate for 2 hours. The juice will tenderize the meat.

Mix the marinade ingredients, add them to the chicken, mix well, cover and refrigerate for for 24 hours.

Cooking Instructions

  1. On the day you want to serve the dish, grill the chicken in a hot oven (300 °C) for 10 minutes. If possible and you have one available, bake it in a tandoor oven, which gives it a slightly smoky taste.
  2. Blend the cashews into a thick paste with a little water.
  3. In a frying pan, sweat the onions, garlic, ginger and thyme in the oil for 2 minutes. Add the whole spices – coriander, cumin, fennel and mace – and cook for 1 more minute. Add the tomato sauce and stew for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the garam masala, salt, pepper, red chilli powder, powdered coriander, powdered cumin and chart masaia. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. Add the cashew paste, the turmeric and the chicken legs. Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat. Add yogurt (do not let it boil), correct seasoning and serve.
You can also purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains these two recipes and 50 more from our online store.

Holiday inspiration: the wildlife of Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

The tropical island of Mauritius, located around 900km east of Madagascar, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and rare plant and animal life in the world.

Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions 8-10 million years ago, Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands along with Reunion and Rodrigues.

Divided into nine districts, the capital of which is Port Louis in the north, the island is typically tropical around the coast, giving way to forests and mountains further inland.

Temperatures on the island can reach up to 31C during the summer months (December-March), lowering to 21C during the winter (June-September).

Conservation in Mauritius

Most famous for being the home of the now extinct dodo, Mauritius has a high level of wildlife not found in any other part of the world, but due to human activity much of its beautiful plant and animal life, much like the dodo, is dying out.

The beautiful Mauritian Pink Pigeon is a conservation success story

The beautiful Mauritian Pink Pigeon is a conservation success story

The Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius parakeet and pink pigeon (right), all indigenous to the island, have been close to extinction in the past, but thanks to several dedicated conservation areas, numbers have increased.

The island’s main conservation area, the Black River Gorges National Park in the south west, is where visitors will find the most diverse range of flora and fauna endemic to Mauritius.

Acres of protected rainforest are the home to all the island’s indigenous birds, as well as the Mauritian flying fox.

Native plants and flowers

Most of the island’s 670 native species of flowering plants can also be found at Black River Gorges, although the Mauritian national flower, Trochetia Boutoniana, or Boucle d’Oreille, can only be found on the slopes of Le Morne Brabant.

The orange-red bell-like flower grows from June to October and produces a nectar thought to attract geckos. The plant itself can reach up to 3m tall and is relatively rare.

 

A beautiful Takamaka tree

A beautiful Takamaka tree

Other native plants include the Mauritius ebony tree, takamaka tree and various palms, although several introduced plants such as the Chinese guava and frangipani can also be found on the island.

Spectacular coral reefs surround the island, offering a diverse and colourful array of marine life.

A resident pod of dolphins inhabit the area off the coast of Flic en Flac in the west, offering visitors a chance to swim with the friendly creatures, while regular boat excursions and snorkeling and diving trips offer the chance to get up close and personal with other marine life such as turtles, clown ‘Nemo’ fish and even sharks for the more daring visitor.

The turquoise ocean is also home to a raft of other popular fish including tuna, barracuda and lobsters.

For those without sea legs the white Mauritian beaches plays host to a number of beautiful shells washed up from the shores.

About Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience offers luxury holiday experiences in Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles. See our hotel links on the right for more information.

Picture credit: to see more shots like our main featured image, the Tortoise, please see Joachim Mueller’s photostream on Flickr.