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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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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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

Constance Le Prince Maurice on Trip Advisor

We are always thrilled to hear that you’ve enjoyed your time with us. Here’s what people are saying about Constance Hotels & Resorts on Trip Advisor right now.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

This review is from Jane Mann, a guest who recently returned to Constance Le Prince Maurice for her second visit:

‘Paradise re-visited’

Reviewed June 2, 2013

I have never been back to the same hotel in my years of travelling this fantastic globe, and wondered if I had made a mistake in choosing to return to Le Prince Maurice. I need not have worried. The hotel was even more luxurious after its refurbishment, and the service… well, what can I say.

Greeted by name by every member of staff… the General Manager introduced himself again over dinner, the Spa manager came over at breakfast to ask how my massage had been the previous day, the receptionist greeted me as a long-lost friend and the guest relation’s manager up-graded me and treated me like royalty.

Spa de Constance, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa de Constance, Constance Le Prince Maurice

I am an ordinary, hard-working widow, who spends the money earned from my stressful job on exotic holidays. I left this beautiful hotel feeling utterly pampered and very special. I am sure it will not be my last visit. Thank you Constance Le Prince Maurice. You are a gem amongst hotels.”

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Discover what makes Mauritius the ultimate exclusive holiday destination

Nicki Grihault, destination expert for The Telegraph, has summed up the appeal of Mauritius as exclusivity, style and a warm welcome from people for whom nothing is too much trouble.

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Watersports at Belle Mare Plage

In a recent piece for the newspaper’s Ultra Luxe section, Nicki raved about the island as a destination.

‘Plentiful watersports, world class spas, top-flight golf courses and gourmet cuisine make it hard to leave the hotel, but Mauritius has plenty to see and do – from French colonial houses and imaginative animal parks to nature walks, quad biking, ziplining and horse riding.’

Having visited the island regularly since her teens, Nicki offers the tip that a good time to visit is during the quieter season from May to September when rates are cheaper and the weather is warm and dry with fewer mosquitos.

In a more in-depth look at what is available in the luxury market she described Constance Le Prince Maurice as a ‘small, secluded all-suite hotel’, admiring its ‘hip’ new floating bar, Sisley Spa, wine cellar and the fact that the new family suites come complete with their own iPad Minis.

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Grihault firmly believes that one of Mauritius’ greatest attractions is its food which she describes as a fusion of Indian, French, Creole and Chinese. She highlights the annual Culinary Festival held at Constance Belle Mare Plage as promoting a tradition of merging fine dining with local flavours.

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Prestigious South African winemakers visit Constance Le Prince Maurice

At Constance Le Prince Maurice we are thrilled to be welcoming South African winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux to host a wine event on June 11.

Lounge Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Lounge Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

As well as meeting guests and inspiring a sumptuous menu around their excellent wines, Chris and Andrea will be offering training to our sommeliers.

Mullineux Family Wines from Swartland, South Africa, is part of the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa having produced no less than seven Platter’s 5-star wines.

Andrea Mullineux was a founding member of Swartland Independent and is also one of only 5 women to be inducted into the Cape Winemakers Guild.

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