It’s not often you get whisked to Mauritius to experience a week of indulgent food, wine and relaxation. Having been born in Mauritius, it’s been more than a decade since I’ve visited its shores, and experiencing the luxury of a five-star resort on its East Coast was not only something extra special, but had its own subtle nostalgia too.
Belle Mare Plage, set along a stunning 2 km white sand beach, is a peaceful tropical respite; a luxurious taste of idyllic Mauritius. Picture soft sand beaches, blue (and warm!) Indian Ocean, glimmering pools and plush accommodation all in a comfortable atmosphere. Choose from one of the 92 Prestige Rooms, 137 Junior Suites, six Deluxe Suites, 20 distinctive Villas or the Presidential Villa at Constance Belle Mare Plage.
The design and architecture is the creation of decorator Martin Branner, light designer Bo Steiber, landscaper Colin Okashimo and Mauritian architect Jean-Marc Eynaud. Together the team have created a resort that, seasonally, is fully booked – and with good reason.
I had the opportunity of experiencing a tour of the cellar, cheese and charcuterie and lunch at the neighbouring hotel, Le Prince Maurice. Also part of Constance Hotels and Resorts, it’s a romantic hideaway that boasts pristine architecture and chic finishes. Sommelier Jérôme Faure led us through a tasting of wine that I, as an unapologetic wine lover, was totally in my element with. The wine cellar hosts a 23 000 bottle collection, and one can feast on charcuterie, cheese and fresh baked breads before lunching at Archipel restaurant, overlooking glimmering infinity pool and ocean. Attentive and knowledgeable, your experience with Jérôme might induce a few ‘pinch me’ moments. It was without doubt one of the most exceptional wining and dining experiences of my life (and I don’t say that lightly).
On par with the idyllic island life, the selection of gourmet cuisine at Constance Hotels and varied selection of wines is nothing short of a luxury culinary invasion, unique and unmatched. Whether à la carte or buffet style, the aim is to produce a harmony of flavours and intimate gastronomical experiences, and with a team of expert chefs, sommeliers and staff, the service and experience is well achieved.
With other restaurant offerings that include Blue Penny Café, La Spiaggia, La Barachois and the Floating Bar, each offering its own largely French-style menu using local flavours, it truly is an all-round toothsome adventure.
Photography Courtesy Words Lisa Wallace