The Sunday Times puts Mauritius in its Ultimate 100 holidays

The Sunday Times puts Constance Le Prince Maurice in its 100 Ultimate holidays

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Sunday Times this week names Mauritius, and in particular Constance Le Prince Maurice, as good value for money in its guide to the best holidays in 2014.

The paper describes Mauritius as a destination of choice for those looking for a relaxing luxury holiday at a reasonable price where ‘five-star holidays on the Indian Ocean island (are) cheaper than a four-star holiday in the Med’.

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Visit our website to find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice.

 

 

#UltimateMauritius Bloggers at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Our team of #UltimateMauritius bloggers have been posting their adventures all week – here are some of our favourite photos so far…

Luxury Travel Mom's Keaton after water sports in Mauritius

Luxury Travel Mom’s Keaton after water sports in Mauritius

 

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A beautiful flower captured by Kirsten Alana

 

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Watermelons in the market by Ishay Govender, of Food and the Fabulous

 

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The pool at Le Prince Maurice photographed by Peter Parkorr

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An Instagram adventure: #UltimateMauritius

Do you dream of a trip to Mauritius? Let our guest bloggers take you on a visual journey as we select our favourite Instagram images taken over the last few days, as part of our #UltimateMauritius blogger trip.

 

Instagram adventure

Kirsten Alana captured the plumeria flowers that flow throughout the grounds of Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

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Travel Unmasked’s Peter Parkorr discovers the wine cellars at Le Prince Maurice

 

The beneifits of being the son of a Luxury Travel Mom

Luxury Travel Mom’s 8 year old son learns to water ski for the first time

 

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Ishay Govender, of Food and the Fabulous, admires the colourful umbrellas adorning the street at a local Mauritian market

 

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Kirsten Alana captures a beautiful Mauritian sunrise

 

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Described as “a dream chill out destination” Ishay Govender couldn’t resist this photo of the suites on stilts

 

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Kirsten Alana embraced a wealth of colour as she explored the local markets

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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

Bidding opens in the Constance Festival Charity Auction

Bid in the Constance Festival charity auction for your chance to enjoy an exclusive dinner for two at a European Michelin star restaurant, and help raise money for a ground-breaking school in Mauritius.

Chez Bruce, London UK

from Chez Bruce, London UK

All money raised through the auction will go to Etoile de Mer, located in the village of Roches Noires, Mauritius. Set up by educational visionary Christine Baudot, the school teaches teenagers vocational and life skills to help them discover opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Over the next five days – until Friday 22 March – you can bid to dine at any of the following three restaurants in the UK, France and Switzerland.

 

1. Chez Bruce, Chef Bruce Poole (London, UK)

The offer: Dinner for 2 with wines matched by sommelier, and a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen to meet Chef Bruce Poole.

At Chez Bruce, you can enjoy top-notch modern food loosely influenced by classical and regional French/Mediterranean cuisine. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making are specialities, as is the restaurant’s famous cheese board.

 

2. Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chef Serge and Marie-Aude Vieira (Chaudes-Aigues, South Central France)

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

The offer: Tasting menu for 2 plus drink

At Restaurant Serge Vieira, you can enjoy fabulous light and simple cooking, using only the finest ingredients, seasonal and locally sourced where possible.

Describing his cooking as ‘emotion culinaire’ Chef Serge runs his restaurant with his wife Marie-Aude, and the menu is the expression of their culinary creativity, reflecting their passionate respect for the food and the environment.

 

3. Beau Rivage, Chef Dominique Gauthier (Geneva, Switzerland)

The offer: Dinner for 2 at Le Chat-Botté

At Beau-Rivage’s Le Chat-Botté you can enjoy contemporary and inventive French cuisine by award winning Chef Dominique Gauthier.

At Beau Rivage

At Beau Rivage

Wine connoisseurs can indulge in some exceptional wines from the cellars of Beau Rivage, renowned as being one of the best stocked cellars in Switzerland.

Make a bid

Click on the link to place a bid in the Constance Festival charity auction.

 

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

We’re running this year’s online charity auction to mark the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. Every day on the blog we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival. Visit the website for the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013.

Bid to dine at Michelin star restaurants in our online charity auction

In celebration of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, we are holding an online charity auction, offering exclusive dinners for two at a selection of Michelin-star restaurants across Europe.

Inside Chez Bruce, London

Inside Chez Bruce, London

All proceeds from the charity auction will go to a ground breaking school for disadvantaged teenagers in Mauritius – Etoile de Mer.

The online auction will start on 18 March and run for five days to mark the Culinary Festival.

Each lucky bidder will win an exclusive dinner for two at one of a selection of Michelin-star restaurants, including London’s Chez Bruce.

How to take part

Join us on Facebook, Twitter or here on the blog to find out more about how to take part in the auction when it launches on 18 March 2013.

The charity - Etoile de Mer

At Constance, we have supported the Mauritian school for teenagers, Etoile de Mer, for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.

The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.

The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.

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Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Constance news, competitions and offers, including the launch of this online charity auction.

Find out more about the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.