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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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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Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway

Whether you’re looking to hop on a last minute romantic getaway or a family break for Easter, the Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway is the spring offer you don’t want to miss.

Enjoy an Easter getaway at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy an Easter getaway at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway package includes complimentary airport transfer, refreshing welcome cocktail, 30 min Jet lag massage to leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed. Accommodation facing translucent lagoons awaits you as well as a special wine and chocolate tasting before your Easter Sunday Dinner.

Should you be coming with kids, activities including Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Eggs from the Easter Bunny, Pancake party, Chocolates truffle cooking session, Easter Crafts workshop and an Easter Banana Trip will make your kids’ stay memorable – and relaxing for you!

How to book

Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway is available to book from 1 March at both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice for stays between 18-28 April 2014.

Terms and Conditions apply – visit our website to find out more and book your stay at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Or telephone our Central Reservation Office on (230) 402 2777 / 402 2772.

 

7 things to do in Mauritius

When you think of Mauritius you imagine soft white sand beaches and clear turquoise seas. The Indian Ocean island has these in abundance along with a host of other delights that make this the ideal destination for those looking to combine a luxury beach holiday with a taste of adventure.

Things to do in Mauritius - Helicopter ride over the island

Things to do in Mauritius – Helicopter ride over the island

Here’s our pick of exhilarating days out in Mauritius.

1. Casela Nature and Leisure Park

There is so much to do in this beautiful natural park that your hardest challenge will be fitting it all into one day. The park’s 14 hectares are home to everything from lions and monkeys to giant tortoises. How you choose to explore is up to you with options including guided treks, jeep safaris, Segway, quad bike or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the longest zipline circuit in the Indian Ocean.

2. Take a helicopter trip around the island (available from Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Take an aerial tour of this stunning island by helicopter and get a panoramic view of Mauritius. Explore the stunning coast with it’s picture-perfect lagoons and surrounding islands then go inland to see the undulating sugar cane fields, mountains and forests of the island’s interior.

3. Domaine de L’Étoile

This beautiful former sugar plantation offers visitors the chance to discover Mauritius’ stunning interior with a landscape of rich verdant forests, spectacular views out towards the ocean and open valleys. Again there is a choice of transport on which to explore including quad bikes and 4×4 buggies, horseback, trekking and mountain biking. There’s even an opportunity to live out your Hunger Games fantasy with a 10 hectare circuit for archers featuring 10 artificial 3D animal targets.

4. Explore the capital Port Louis 

Whether you want to visit the capital’s bustling food market with fresh exotic produce brought in daily from around the island, or see a dodo skeleton at the city’s Natural History Museum there’s plenty to see and do in Port Louis. If you want to shop, eat or just sit back and people watch then visit the Caudan Waterfront.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

5. Take a catamaran cruise (available at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Feel the ocean spray on your face and the wind in your sails on an exhilarating catamaran cruise to local beaches and deserted islands. Zip across the water to empty beaches where you can swim in crystal waters and enjoy lunch on the sand.

6. Eureka ‘La Maison Créole’

Set in a nature reserve at the very heart of the island this colonial house converted into a museum offers a tranquil day of walking in beautiful gardens spotting rare flora and fauna before taking a dip in its refreshing waterfall-fed swimming hole.

7. Big game fishing (available from Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Spend the day on the open water pitting your wits against the great game fish of the Indian Ocean including the blue marlin, sailfish, barracuda, wahoo and yellowfin tuna.

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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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#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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