Luxury hotel offer: Kids stay for free!

Children on beach, luxury hotel offer, kids go free

Luxury hotel offer: kids go free!

Constance Hotels Experience has an amazing special offer for anyone planning a luxury hotel break between May 1, 2011 and October 20, 2011 – Children under 12 with an extra bed and sharing with their parents go free!

This offer is not compatible with any other offers.

See details of this and other offers here: Kids stay at Luxury hotel for free

Improving on paradise: top travel gadgets for your holiday

Luxury beach loungers

What travel gadgets can enhance paradise?

So you’re planning a luxury holiday somewhere exotic and want to know some of the latest travel gadgets to take along to make your trip that little bit more special? Here’s a roundup of some of the essentials:

Kindle (ebook reading device)
The Amazon Kindle is fast becoming the ebook reading device. Small, lightweight and not backlit like tablets, it is the perfect travel gadget for bookworms. You can store more books on your Kindle than you could ever get through on one holiday – and with built in wireless and contrast control, it’s means you can leave the bulky printed books at home and travel light.

Find out more about the Amazon Kindle

iPad, Motorola Xoom or other tablets
Since it came on the market less than a year ago, the iPad has taken the world by storm and a host of android tablets followed, like the Motorola Xoom.

The perfect travel gadget, tablets can store your favourite movies and TV shows, let you browse the web to find out more about the local area and can house your music collection.

Portable, cool and functional, tablets have finally come of age. The new iPad2 even has a built in camera and video recorder and a new, slimmer and lighter casing.

Find and more about the iPad or the Motorola Xoom

Apps, apps, apps
If you’re taking a tablet away on holiday with you, you’ll need to know the best travel apps to download. Here’s just a few ideas:

  1. XE – a free app providing simple, live currency conversion. A must have app. Just search for XE in your tablet or phone app store. The website is www.xe.com
  2. Flight Status (£2.99) – this app allows you to check on the status of flights in real time, so you’ll be the first to know about delays or cancellations. Just search for flight status in your table or phone app store.
  3. Weather checker – there are a number of free weather apps for androids and Apple products that will tell you local weather worldwide. Just search on weather in your app store.
  4. Phrase books – from Lonely Planet to myLanguage Pro, there are a number of phrasebook apps available. Most cost between £2 and £5, but are well worth it if you want to try out the local language.

3D Camera
Everyone takes a camera or a video camera on their special holiday – but how about a 3D camera? For example, the Sony MHS-FS3 Bloggie 3D HD Camera is a handheld camcorder and can shoot up to 240 minutes of high definition 3-D footage. If people were impressed by your luxury holiday snaps before, just think how amazed they’ll be when they see you diving and golfing in 3D!

Find out more about the Sony Bloggie 3D

Franklin 12-language global translator TGA-490
With 12 languages, over 450,00 words and 12,000 phrases, this hand-held translator is the ideal travel communicator. It speaks back over 115,000 words in a recorded human voice and allows you to record custom words and phrases. The future really has arrived.

Find out more about the Franklin Global Translator

Travel chargers
Travel chargers might not be top of your list for luxury travel gadgets, but they are an essential piece of travel kit for the modern holidaymaker… and they’re not what they used to be.

Travel chargers come in all different shapes and sizes, from solar chargers for laptops, mobiles and tablets, to universal chargers that will adapt for Blackberries, iPhones and other mobile devices.

Find out more about travel chargers on the Powertraveller website.

*Photograph credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaba

Sugar jewelery and fashion shows: Culinary Festival update

Children model the sugar jewelery on the first night of the festival

Children model the sugar jewelery on the first night of the festival

On Sunday evening, at the end of the first day of the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival, the talented pastry chef at Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel Resort prepared some fancy sugar jewelery for a show.

Children staying at the luxury hotel joined forces with employees to model the sugar jewelery at the hotel’s Mediterranean style restaurant.

Monday 14 was day two of the week-long Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau and saw our chefs drawing lots at the beautiful Blue Penny Café to match the six European chefs together with their local counterparts.

Chefs Mike North & Marcus Accouche at the Port Louis market

Chefs Mike North & Marcus Accouche at the Port Louis market

Once in their teams, they all headed off to the Port Louis market to immerse themselves into the Mauritian perfumes and discover the local products.

The aim of pairing European chefs with Island chefs is to encourage the sharing of knowledge between the two. By introducing the European chefs to local ingredients, they can find new ways of combining them in dishes never seen – or tasted – before.

After the markets, each of the chef teams begin to think of the dishes they are going to create for the competition.

Still to come on day 3 – opening cocktails and the first day trial!

Kick off of the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival participants arrive

Participants arrive at Domaine des Aubineaux

The 6th edition of the popular Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival kicked off yesterday (Sunday 13th March) at the Constance Belle Mare Plage hotel in Mauritius.

Excitement mounted as participating chefs arrived at the beautiful Domaine de Aubineaux for their week long festival and competition.

Spices Presentation, Culinary Festival, Constance Hotels

The participating chefs are introduced to local spices

The day began with a visit to the Bois Chéri Museum and Factory and lunch, which was hosted by Jacqueline Dalais.

Chefs experienced some local rum, learned about the spices from the area, as well as palm hearts, anthuriums and vanilla plantations.

Today was a gently warm up so everyone could get to know each other and settle into their luxury, beautiful surroundings. Tomorrow, the competition will truly get started as the participants will visit the Belle Mare Plage’s Blue Penny Cafe and draw lots to decide on the 6 teams. After this they will visit the Port Louis Market in preparation for testing their new recipes on Tuesday!

Download a PDF to learn more about the Constance Hotels Chefs who have organised the festival.

You can also download a PDF to discover more about the Island Chefs and the European Chefs.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival – only two days to go!

Lobsters

Lobsters - part of a winning dish?

Excitement is mounting with only two days to go until the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius.

A gathering of passionate professional chefs from across the Indian Ocean, the festival is a competition and a celebration of fine cuisine.

The event, running since 2006, is now an established celebration in the gastronomic industry calendar in Mauritius.

Constance Belle Mare Plage itself is a natural park of 150 hectares located on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mauritian east coast. This renowned resort is also known for its two famous 18-hole championship golf courses.

How are you spending Independance Day in Mauritius?

belle mare plage beach photograph

Le Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius

Customers at our luxury Mauritius resorts Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage will be able to celebrate Independence Day on the island nation tomorrow.

Mauritius – officially known as the Republic of Mauritius – gained independence from the United Kingdom on 12 March 1968. The British had taken control of the island in the Napoleonic wars.

If you’re in Mauritius, we’d love to hear from you to hear how you’re celebrating – you could even send us some pictures.