Female sommeliers in Mauritius are aiming high

Our female sommeliers at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage are both striving to become leaders in the predominantly male world of fine wines.

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage, who attained her wine training at the Constance Hospitality Academy in Mauritius, claims her personal ambition is to become a chief sommelier.

She took a step nearer to her goal last year when she was selected as a finalist in the Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2012 and again this year as the winner of the sommelier competition at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. In July Malin was promoted to Assistant Sommelier at Belle Mare Plage.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice, began her career in France before joining Constance. Her ambition is to win the award for Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2014.

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline was selected to represent Le Prince Maurice this year in the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

We are very proud of both women whose passion for wine and their ability to share that passion with our guests has made them an important part of our team of sommeliers in Mauritius.

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Visit Mauritius and discover the treasure of New Zealand wines

Time is running out to join Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice in a celebration of New Zealand wines including the opportunity to meet some of the country’s most famous winemakers.

Enjoy New Zealand wines at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Enjoy New Zealand wines at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The weeklong wine event from 15-21 September will include a series of unique wine menus in the restaurants of both resorts in which the New World wines will be paired with exquisite dishes specially prepared by our chefs.

New Zealand winemakers visiting Mauritius for this special event will include:

  • Felton Road
  • Millton Vineyards and Winery
  • Ata Rengi
  • Escarpment
  • Pegasus Bay

Escarpment wine dinner at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage – Monday 16 September

  • Smoked marlin carpaccio, green apple salpicon, honey lemon and herbs dressing paired with Escarpment Riesling 2011
  • Black tiger prawn salad, Japanese pearl, watermelon marinated with basil and pink pepper paired with Escarpment Chardonnay 2011
  • Beef fillet cooked in the pan, celeriac puree, confit shallots, red wine jus paired with Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir 2011
  • Lemon meringue tart mille-feuille style, strawberry sherbet paired with Escarpment Hinemoa Riesling 2011
La Kaze, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Kaze, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Pegasus Bay wine dinner at La Kaze, Belle Mare Plage – Tuesday 17 September

  • Crab meat and condiments, pumpkin mousse with curry leaves paired with Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Sémillon 2011
  • Grilled jobfish fillet with fennel seeds, glazed baby vegetables and mussels with citrus salsa, saffroned matelote jus paired with Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2011
  • Spit-roasted sucking pig, grilled vegetables tian with thyme-confit potato with roasted garlic rice paired with Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2010
  • Roasted banana with muscovado sugar, coconut ‘dacquoise’, rum ice-cream paired with Main Divide Pokiri Late Picked Pinot Gris 2009

Ata Rengi wine dinner at Deer Hunter, Belle Mare Plage – Wednesday 18 September

  • Mauritian canapés served with Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2013
  • Red tuna cannelloni with ‘Dandarangan’, olive oil, citrus salpicon with pink pepper, ‘Victoria’ pineapple jelly, crispy faratha paired with Ata Rangi Petrie Chardonnay 2011
  • Braised beef cheek with Tasmanian pepper, potato purée with truffle oil, glazed turnip and carrot, blackcurrant jus paired with Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008
  • Cheesecake with confit orange, passion fruit sherbet paired with Ata Rangi Kahu Botrytis Riesling 2013

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Read more about this exciting wine event: Constance celebrates New Zealand Wines in Mauritius

Tempted to join the festivities?

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Constance Le Prince Maurice recognised in Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2013

We’re very proud that Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice has been recognised in the top 20 Overseas Hotel Spas category, in the coveted Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards.

Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice

Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice

The awards, now in their 16th year, celebrate the very best of the travel world as chosen by readers of Conde Nast Traveller.

Since it’s multi-million pound refurbishment last year, Constance Le Prince Maurice has become the must-book hotel on the island of Mauritius and is renowned for exceptional service and its intimate, luxurious atmosphere.

Offering Sisley treatments, classes led by fitness guru Isabelle Lamant, and Brice Nicham posture and podiatry treatments, the spa at Le Prince Maurice has been attracting international attention since the reopening.

Earlier this year, the UK’s The Times newspaper named the spa as one of their Top 50 places to go for a body and soul holiday.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We hope you can come back soon and enjoy another luxury holiday at Le Prince Maurice.

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Cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

Food has always been an integral part of a holiday, a chance to literally immerse yourself in the flavours of a new country.

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cookery holidays

Cookery holidays, on which you spend a few days in a Tuscan villa or French farmhouse slaving over a stove to master the intricacies of their cuisine have become increasingly popular.

But what if you actually want a bit of holiday in your holiday, or you want to know how to cook something a bit more exotic than a Quiche Lorraine?

For those who are interested in broadening their culinary horizon with the warm heat of exotic spices but still want time to lie on an idyllic beach, a cooking class in the restaurant of a 5* Indian Ocean hotel could offer the perfect solution.

Learn to cook in Mauritius or Maldives

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, our chefs offer the opportunity to learn directly from them.

In morning classes – available to book just a day ahead – you will discover the key ingredients and spices that make up the core of the region’s cuisine, and how to delicately combine them to create some of the sumptuous dishes you’ll enjoy in our restaurants.

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Le Prince Maurice

Discover the secrets of Mauritian cuisine with the hotel’s Chef Pravin, Chef Ah Youne and Chef Boucher.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Mauritian cuisine – Guests will learn to cook Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Pastry – Guests will learn to make coconut and pineapple macaroons with Chef Boucher
  • Asian cuisine – Guest will learn to prepare sushi and Chinese shrimps sumai

Belle Mare Plage

Learn about the traditions of Mauritian cuisine in the kitchens of the Deer Hunter restaurant or Blue Penny Café with classes run by Chef Frederic Goisset and Chef Patrick Travady.

Included in the two hour class will be a 15 minute session with the head sommelier who will explain how to pair the perfect wine with the food you are learning to prepare.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Learn to cook steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk at The Deer Hunter
  • Spice Experience – Learn to cook chicken with garam masala and discover the secret of cooking with local spices
Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Halaveli

The food of the Maldives is an intoxicating blend of flavours from across Asia and Africa so it’s no surprise that the classes on offer cover cuisines from around the region – we’ve even got a French pastry chef to teach desserts.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Maldivian tuna curry, steamed rice, chapatti and papadum or Mugh Makani (Indian chicken curry), Kashmiri palau and papadum taught by Sous Chef Hammed Siddiq
  • Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce, lontong and achar or red Thai beef curry and fragrant rice, taught by Chef Handhi Wijaya
  • Lemongrass infused crème or croustade vanilla poached pear taught by pastry chef Pascal Galette
  • Private one-to-one classes are available on request as are learning to prepare special ingredients such as lobster, caviar and Wagyu beef.

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Recipe: Mauritian style fish curry

One of the most popular dishes at Constance Le Prince Maurice, this fish curry is the perfect meal for sharing with friends.

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Fish curry:

  • 600 g white flesh fish ready to cook, and cut in cubes
  • 60 g Onions
  • 10 g Chopped Garlic
  • 10 g Chopped Ginger
  • 25 g Chopped Coriander
  • 10 g Thyme
  • 5 g Curry leaves
  • 200 g Diced Tomato
  • 35 g Curry powder ( best quality you can find)
  • 6 g Turmeric powder
  • 5 g Red chilli powder (optional)
  • 10 g Cumin powder
  • 10 g Coriander powder
  • 100ml of fish stock ( or water)
  • 50 ml Coconut milk
  • 50 ml oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. In a large pan, pour little oil. When it’s hot put the onions, garlic, ginger and the herbs cook for 5 minutes.

2. When the onion turn lightly brown in colour add the spices and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add diced tomato and cook on low heat for 5 more minutes. Add coconut milk and fish stock. Reduced to a nice consistency.

3. When you are ready to serve, eat up the curry sauce, add the fish and cook for 2 minutes. Switch off the fire, cover and allow resting for 10 to 15minutes (until the fish is cooked).

4. Add fresh chopped coriander. Serve hot with plain rice, lentils fricassee, tomato chutney, cucumber salad and any pickles from the supermarket.

Tomato Chutney:

  • 100 g fine-diced tomatoes
  • 20 g fine chopped coriander
  • 40 g fine chopped onion
  • 10 g Soya bean oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all the above mentioned ingredients, season and serve.

Plain white rice:

  • 200 g Basmati rice
  • 500 g water
  • 4 g salt

1. In a pot boil the water; add some salt and the rice. Cook for around 15 minutes, strain in a colander and serve hot.

Cucumber salad:

  • 200 g cucumber
  • 20 g sliced onions
  • 5 ml white vinegar
  • 5 ml oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. Peel and slice the cucumber, mix with the sliced onions. Season with the other ingredients.

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?

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