Weekly round up: 26 September – 2 October 2011

Watersports with Constance Hotels

Watersports with Constance Hotels

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Special offers

News and events

Competition

  • Weird Wildlife photo competition
    Friday 30 September is the last day of our great competition. Seize your chance to enter or check out the photos we’ve been sent so far.

Culinary

  • Fish and seafood soup
    Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.

Inspiration

Spa and sports

Recipe: Creole fish and seafood soup

Evening on the beach at Constance Halaveli

Evening on the beach at Constance Halaveli

There’s something wonderfully exotic about this fish soup – the spices give it the special Creole flavour. Ideal for a weekend meal, it’s simple to prepare and cooking time is under an hour.

Serves 4:
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 firm fleshed white fish fillets, about 80g each
  • 4 large prawn tails, shelled
  • 4 small cleaned squid
  • 2 spiny lobsters, about 500g each
  • 200g potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the broth

  • 1 fish head (red snapper)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 5 small or 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 coriander roots
  • 4 coriander leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 10cl dry white wine
  • 1.5 litre fish stock
  • 20g butter
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • garlic croutons

1. Make the broth: peel and chop the onion and garlic. Peel the carrots. Dice carrots, celery and fennel bulb. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and slit the red chilli lengthwise.
2. Fry the onion, carrots, celery, fennel, chopped ginger, garlic, tomatoes and chilli in the olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the fish head, turmeric, coriander roots, thyme, curry leaves and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and let it brown for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the white wine and reduce by 1/3. Add the fish stock, bring to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.
3. Strain the broth through a fine sieve and keep warm.
4. Pan-fry the fish and the prawn tails separately in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
5. Poach the squid and the spiny lobsters for 4 to 5 minutes in boiling salted water, then throw them into iced water to cool them. Drain, shell the lobsters and slice their tails.
6. Peel the potatoes and boil them for 12 minutes. Slice them into rounds.
7. Shortly before serving, coarsely chop the coriander leaves. Correct seasoning and, using a hand blender, emulsify the broth with the butter.
8. In a soup tureen, arrange the fish, shellfish, potatoes and cover with the hot broth. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with garlic croutons on the side.

You can purchase the Constance Prince Maurice recipe book from our online store - it includes 50 of our favourite recipes.

 

A day in the life of a spa trainer

Ajay Kishtoo, spa trainer, Le Prince Maurice

Ajay Kishtoo

Ajay Kishtoo’s working day as a spa trainer is varied and exciting. Here’s a look at a typical day for Ajay at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

I wake up at 6am and have a light breakfast. I have to be ready to catch the hotel bus by 7am. Once I arrive at the hotel, I check the schedule for the day, help the therapists with the set up and organise training with the staff.

Launching a new treatment

Today, I’ve got a long day ahead of me as we’re finalising the last assessment for a new treatment we’ll be offering – Fusion Massage. Fusion full body massage is inspired by occidental and oriental massages like Thai, shiatsu and Swedish.

The treatment launches tomorrow, and we have to make sure that all our therapists understand the benefits of the treatment and are able to use the different movements confidently.  

Massage at Spa de Constance

Massage at Spa de Constance

Before we launch a new treatment, our therapists and receptionists experience the massage themselves so they really understand what they’re selling.

My inspiration

It was my mother who inspired me to get into this type of work. She has a real gift for healing people who suffer from back pain. She’s never trained formally but she’s helped so many people during her life.

Seeing my mother doing something that makes her so happy has inspired me and my brothers. We used to pretend to do massage on each other. Little did we know that later in life we’d develop a real passion for our work as therapists. Together, we’ve created a school for youngsters who want to train in this type of work.

What I really love about my job

What I really love about my job is the notion that I’m sharing my knowledge with people but also learning from others. All therapists have slightly different techniques and views, and it’s good to take these on board and to share our thoughts with each other.

I enjoy every moment of my day in the spa – particularly the sharing, and seeing the satisfaction of a client after their treatment.

Special offer: Tropical escape to Constance Halaveli

Inside a water villa at HalaveliInside a water villa at Halaveli

If you’re hankering after a last minute escape to a tropical paradise, we’re offering an excellent 20% off at Constance Halaveli, if you stay a minimum of 7 nights.

The offer is valid for stay until 15 October, and cannot be combined with any other special offer.

Find out more about this great deal to Constance Halaveli, including terms and conditions.

Competition – Weird Wildlife: last few days to enter

There are just a few more days left for you to enter our weird wildlife photo competition. Closing date is this Friday, 30 September.

Porcupine fish

Porcupine smiling

We’ve had some amazing entries so far – check out the photos on our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page. There are definitely some really weird looking creatures out there.

Remember – the photos can be taken in the UK or overseas. And your creatures can be underwater, on land or in the air.

To enter, post them on our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page and you could win luxury perfume or wine.

And don’t forget to watch this space for news of our winners.

Top 5 extreme sports in the Seychelles

 
Watersports in the Seychelles

Watersports in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is renowned for its tropical beauty and that enticing sense of getting-away-from it all. What this archipelago also offers in spades is extreme sports for thrill seekers and novices alike.

Here’s our top 5 pick of the crop.

1. Surfing

 

Excellent surfing conditions are on offer for beginners right through to those with years of experience. On Praslin, you’ll find beach breaks for all levels at Anse Georgette and Anse Kerlan. Experienced surfers should head to La Farine Reef and Villa Reef for reef breaks.

Surfing in the Seychelles

Heading out to catch a wave

On the largest island of Mahe, there are plenty of potential surfing spots. If you’re looking for a point-break, head to Anse Poules Bleues. There are also many reef breaks. Check out Anse Bourgainville, Anse Gaulette, Misfit Bay and North East Point. Beginners should head to Beau Vallon beach and Carana beach for gentle beach breaks.

For a more complete rundown of surf spots in the Seychelles, wave direction, skill level and frequency visit the great website Wannasurf.

2. Windsurfing

Clear and warm waters make the Seychelles idyllic for windsurfing. If you’re looking for stronger winds, head out there from May-September although it’s possible to windsurf all year round.

Windsurf boards are free to hire at both our beautiful resorts Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

3. Scuba diving

Scuba diving Seychelles

Amazing underwater world of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is one of the greatest places for diving in the world. Featuring an impressive 6 national marine parks, there’s an abundance of spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Our experts at Constance Ephélia have recommended their top 3 diving sites – Trois Bank, National Marine Park at Cap Ternay and Dredger Wreck.

Find out more about the top 3 diving sites in the Seychelles, and watch an video of diving in the Seychelles.

4. Mountain biking

There are a number of paths as well as rough terrain tracks for mountain biking in the Seychelles. While the islands are edged with powdery white sand beaches, the 42 granite islands in the inner area of the archipelago are hilly and rocky. Here, the hills can rise to just under 3000 feet, making for some thrilling mountain biking conditions.

5. Climbing

At Constance Ephélia, we’ve opened a climbing wall for guests of all climbing abilities from 6 years to 60+. The wall offers a beautiful climbing experience with both artificial and natural routes.

Instructors are at hand to teach you the basics or help improve your techniques, depending on your skill level.

Find out more about the climbing wall at Constance Ephélia.