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FOODIE FRIDAY: 5 CULINARY EXPERIENCES NOT TO MISS AT CONSTANCE BELLE MARE PLAGE

Located on the East Coast of Mauritius, Constance Belle Mare Plage rates as not only one of the finest resorts on the island, but also offers those with an elevated palate a celebration of tantalizing choices.

The Sandton Times set out to pick its five ‘must-try’ spots when spending sometime at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Here they are, in no particular order!

LA SPIAGGIA

Image: Lamb Mains at La Spiagga, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Set in the Villa compound section of Constance Belle Mare Plage, La Spiagga offers some beautiful Mediterranean dishes, à la carte, set to the sounds of the sea and warm sea breeze.

Image: Gnocchi Mains at La Spiagga, Constance Belle Mare Plage

With both classic and contemporary dishes, a dinner at La Spiagga is an opportunity to indulge in some extended dining with a great wine selection. Dress code is resort chic, adding to the overall elevated experience of going out for an evening.

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Image: Crêpes Suzette Dessert at La Spiagga, Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you enjoy a little showmanship with your food, order the Crêpes Suzette and watch the skilled kitchen team wheel out a trolley and give you a tableside performance, flambé and all. It’s a feast for the eyes and mouth as the caramelized sugar and butter, orange juice, zest, and orange liqueur come together, drizzled over a cloud of crêpes.

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BLUE PENNY CELLAR
For those wanting to take fine-dining to a whole new level, the Blue Penny Cellar takes your experience of beautifully plated food, matched with the most tremendous collection of wines on the island one notch up.

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Image: Wine Display at the Blue Penny Cellar, Constance Belle Mare Plage

With some 40,000 bottles from more than 2,300 wineries around the world, the team of sommeliers will take you on a pairing journey to remember, be it a pre-dinner wine tasting or 3-course dinner with your favourite red or white.

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Image: Mains at the Blue Penny Cellar, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Named after the famous Mauritius “Post Office” stamps depicting Queen Victoria, valued at $4-million and dating back to the mid-1800’s, the restaurant takes patrons deep into the belly of Constance Belle Mare Plage, where a treasure of wine cellars, packed to the rafters with rare wine riches, offers a gastronomic experience unlike any on the island.

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Image: Seafood Mains at the Blue Penny Cellar, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Evoking the charm of haute cuisine complemented with a kingdom of fine wines, the Blue Penny Cellar is a dream come true for taste chasers. Dinner is à la carte with a sophisticated selection, from seafood to gourmet cold cuts and homemade delicacies.

ICE CREAM BY THE OCEAN
What would a summer holiday be without sun, sand and ice-cream right by the ocean? For those obsessed with this sweet-treat, a visit or four to The Blu Bar, right next to the Indian Ocean, is a must, every day, even right after breakfast.

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Image: A Scoop of Ice-Cream at The Blu Bar, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Pile up those scoops in a sugar cone and lick that joy away, as the sea breeze and sun engulfs your day on the beach.

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Image: Dim Sum at The Blu Bar, Constance Belle Mare Plage

For those needing something a little more savory, The Blu Bar offers a good all-time menu of favourites, best enjoyed with a cocktail or healthy juice from the bar!

FLOATING BREAKFAST
In tune with the latest experiential hospitality trends and something quite extraordinary, the in-Villa floating breakfast in the Villa pool, is one amazing way to start the day.

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Image: Floating Breakfast in the Villa Pool, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Slip into your costume first thing in the morning for a refreshing sunrise swim, before a team of butlers present the floating wicker tray, decked out with your favourite breakfast selection from fruits, to fresh croissants, your choice of hot or cold dishes and some juice, tea or coffee – whatever this larger than life banquet on water can hold. And let’s not forget a bottle of bubbly!

This experience goes down as one of the most memorable and entertaining meals ever.

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IN-VILLA DINING
If floating around the tropical Villa pool with orange juice and Nutella croissant in hand, then breakfast in the Villa garden or lounge might be more your thing!

Image: Villa Master serving Breakfast, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Wake up to the smell of coffee and a beautifully set up in-Villa breakfast, arranged by your Villa master, with your choice of morning favourites! If you like things a bit more private or just feel like staying in your pajamas a little longer (you are on holiday after-all), this is the perfect time to unwind and ask your attentive hospitality team to ‘bring some more’.

Besides, with your very own kitchen on-site at the Villa, there is very little you can’t have as part of your start to the day!

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LA CITRONELLE
One of seven stylishly designed restaurants, La Citronelle offers a sumptuous culinary trip around the world.

Image: Dessert at La Citronelle, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Serving the main resort breakfast and open for dinner, the La Citronelle kitchen team go all out to offer not only an amazing variety from starters to dessert every day, but also mix up the daily offering to ensure no-day is the same.

With live cooking stations offering everything from Chinese to Italian dishes, Indian curries, sweet and savory puddings and everything in-between, La Citronelle will have you coming back for more, even if it means taking a walk from one of the neighboring resorts to get your dose of deliciousness.

DEER HUNTER
One of Constance Belle Mare Plage biggest attractions is the incredible access to two gorgeous golf courses. Located in the clubhouse of the Legend golf course, the Deer Hunter offers a superb view of the greens, even for those not all too familiar with the difference between a put and a drive.

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Image: Salad at the Deer Hunter, Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you are lucky, Java deer can be spotted taking a walk around the course as you indulge in the light lunchtime menu with a touch of Mauritian flavours.

A stone throw away from the Villa’s, the Deer Hunter is beautiful choice for lunch a walk about nature.

For more information on staying at Constance Belle Mare Plage, visit www.constancehotels.com

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