Team Indian Ocean 3100 arrives in Mauritius

The four-man crew that set out on a record breaking row across the Indian Ocean from arrived at Constance Belle Mare Plage on Thursday 8 July.

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100 after arriving in Mauritius

James Kayll, Ollie and Ed Wells, and Tom Kelly were all given a great welcome by their families and friends, journalists and our Constance staff.

This marked the end of an epic journey across the Indian Ocean, one that only 11 boats had previously completed.

Find out more about the charities the team were supporting, and how Constance Hotels Experience sponsored Team Indian Ocean 3100.

Recipe: Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Liven up breakfast time with this easy and tasty recipe from Constance Le Prince Maurice in the Indian Ocean.
Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Serves 4
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
2 medium sized pineapples
1kg watermelon
12 basil leaves

For the cinnamon French toast:
4 slices white bread
2 eggs
40g sugar
1 pinch cinnamon powder
25cl whole milk
80g butter

For the citrus jus
1 orange
1 grapefruit
20g sugar

1. Peel the pineapple and watermelon. Cut each fruit lengthwise into 8 5mm thick slices. Lay these on top of each other in the following order:

  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • 1 basil leaf
  • 1 slice of watermelon

Repeat this twice until you have a 3 tiers in your sandwich. Make 4 other fruit sandwiches in the same way. Trim each one into a neat square and then cut each square into 2 triangles so you have 8 triangular sandwiches. Secure each triangle by using a small wooden skewer into it.

2. Make the citrus jus: halve each citrus fruit, squeeze them and mix their juice with the sugar. Boil down by half, and set aside.

3. Make the cinnamon French toast: break the eggs into a bowl, whisk in the sugar, cinnamon and milk.

4. On a low heat, melt a little butter in a large frying pan. Dip the bread slices into the egg batter, lay them into the pan and fry them gently until lightly golden.

5. On each plate, put 1 slice of French toast and 2 triangular sandwiches. Sprinkle with citrus jus and serve while the French toast is warm.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your comments and pictures of your own fruit sandwich and cinnamon toast. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

You can also purchase the Constance Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and 50 more from our online store.

Customer reviews: thank you for a fantastic holiday

Constance Belle Mare Plage, pool and bar

Constance Belle Mare Plage, pool and bar

We recently received a thank you note from two of our guests, Tiffany and Willie, who stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage last year. They had such a great time, we wanted to share their note with you:

“We just wanted to thank you and all of your staff for a fantastic holiday, we really enjoyed every minute!

And thank you so much again for the upgrade during our stay to the Le Prince Maurice which was just idyllic!!

I know that you said to us at the time that it was a good way to see some more of what Constance Hotels has to offer and this was a fantastic opportunity.

Aerial view of Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

As a result of this we have just booked our honeymoon at the Constance Moofushi for May 2012 straight after our wedding and really cannot wait!

So again a huge thank you and we haven’t hesitated to recommend Constance Hotels to anyone and everyone!”

Name that sea creature: win champagne, perfume and wine

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Win champagne, fragrance and wine with Constance.

We need your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures below. They live in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli in the Maldives.

Come up with the best name (winners will be chosen by us, so be creative) and you could win.

To enter, just comment on this blog post, or on our Twitter feed with the name or names for one or both of the below sea creatures.

Bonus: there’s a bonus sea creature to name on the Constance Hotels Facebook page – name this one and you can also win a Magnum of Deutz Champagne. Enter as many times as you like.

We’ll be choosing a winner next Friday 22 July, so get creative. Read our competition Terms and Conditions.

1. Name the Sea Anenome and win a Serge Lutens Fragrance

Sea anemone

Sea anemone in the waters off Constance Halaveli, Maldives

2. Name the Stingray and win a bottle of Art De Vignes wine

Ray in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jenkin's Whiptail Stingray

Why not send us your underwater photos from the Maldives or tell us about your experiences of diving and snorkelling in paradise. You can get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Also, don’t miss our blog post about snorkelling paradise: the Maldives.

Good luck naming our sea creatures – remember, the names we deem most creative, funny or entertaining will win.

Below are our dive masters at Halaveli who took these shots. Lucky, aren’t they.

Dive masters from Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Dive masters from Constance Halaveli, Maldives

5 places to pause with a book at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Aerial view of beach and infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach and infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice enjoy 60 hectares of beautiful tropical gardens bordering the still waters of the lagoon.

The resort is brimming with quiet spaces decked out with enormous sofas, chaise longues and sun loungers.

Grab a book and head to these 5 spots at Constance Le Prince Maurice, where you can indulge your literary senses, and enjoy the peace and stillness.

 

The beach

Here you’ll find fine white sand, calm turquoise waters, palm trees, super-comfortable sun loungers and first class service from the ‘sand butlers’. The beach is just a stone’s throw from the junior suites and villas. The beach gets the sun all day, and you can even watch the sun set out to the West from the comfort of your sun lounger.

 Looking East over the bay

Tucked away behind the junior suites, you’ll find this tranquil spot overlooking the easterly side of the resort. Hidden away from the restaurants and bars, the only sound here is of the sea and a gentle breeze.

The Pool Bar

The infinity pool is breathtakingly beautiful, warm and comes complete with a bar that you can swim up to. Take a seat at the water’s edge, ring the bell for service and soak up the views across the pool. The pool bar is warmed by the afternoon sun, making it perfect for languid moments when all you want to do is pause and enjoy.

Laguna Bar

Laguna Bar

The Library

If you’re hankering after a more traditional space where you can put your feet up and get stuck into your literary tome, head to the library. It’s air-conditioned and furnished with comfy arm chairs and shelves of books, newspapers and DVDs to borrow.

Laguna Bar

Flanking the infinity pool is the Laguna Bar. Fans whirr above huge chairs and sofas furnished in purples and reds, and the polished wooden floor feels super-luxurious. There are no walls or windows along the side of the bar so you can enjoy uninterrupted views across the pool and out to sea. If there’s a downpour of summer rain, head here – enjoy the chill out music and sound of water from the pool, order drinks and snacks from the bar, and get reading.

Can you recommend a good read? We’d love to know what books you’d suggest taking to read in these places.

You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

The giant pineapples of Madagascar

At our Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge in Madagascar, we cook with mainly local produce to provide the freshest ingredients to our guests.

Woman holding a giant pineapple from Madagascar

Giant pineapples in Madagascar can weigh up to 5kg

The North of the country is rich in amazing fruits and vegetables. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used – it’s nature at its very best.

If you head to the market in Nosy Bé, you’ll be struck not only by the abundance of fruit and vegetables but also by the size of everything on offer.

One of the most incredible sights are the giant pineapples. They come from the North-Western region of Sakatia or Marovato where the soil is particularly hot and humid. Here, the pineapples can grow up to whopping 5 kg.

Here are two great ways to enjoy the amazing flavours of pineapple:

  • Peel and cut the pineapple into wedges, then sprinkle with dried chilli flakes and salt crystals.
  • Peel and thinkly slice the pineapple, baste with a light vanilla syrup and serve with a scoop of lemongrass sorbet.

Simple, fresh and tasty.