Grown up glamour – Top 5 tips on what to pack

Each of our Constance resorts oozes grown up glamour and elegance. If you’re looking forward to jetting off to the Indian Ocean over the coming months, here’s a round up of the most gorgeous clothes and accessories for S/S 2012.

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Walking on North Beach at Lemuria

1. Beach and poolside style

Pastels, neons and brights are all big news this season. Get the lowdown on fabulous beach vacation swimwear and poolside outfits from style gurus Net-a-Porter.

2. Evening glamour

When the sun goes down, it’s the perfect excuse to dress up a little. Take a look at this beautiful range of glamourous but wearable holiday eveningwear from Net-a-Porter.

3. Nail polish

Beautifully polished nails look uber-chic with a tan. Check out the 10 best spring nail polishes from Stylist magazine.

4. Underwater world

For 2012, designers have taken inspiration from the underwater world. Take a peek at the gorgeous sea-inspired Stella McCartney and Holly Fulton dresses, in Vogue’s designer feature on Waterworld.

5. Handbags

Accessories made from exotic skins are bang on trend right now, and available in some stunning colours. Vogue gives us the pick of the crop in Exotic Skins.

Rougail of sea bass with cèpe mushrooms and black lentils

This warming and nutritious fish rougail, served with rice and lentils, is perfect for a weekend meal when you can take your time preparing, and then enjoying. your food.

Beach dining at Constance Moofushi Resort

Relaxed beach dining

Serves 4
Preparation time:
1 hour
Cooking time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Soaking time for lentils: 30 minutes

For the rougail

  • 4 seabass steaks
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 400g small tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp thick tomato coulis
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parslety
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 5 sprigs fresh coriander, chopped
  • 300g fresh cèpe mushrooms
  • salt and pepper

For the fricassed black lentils

  • 100g black lentils
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 3 tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

1. Soak the lentils for 30 minutes.
2. Prepare the rougail by cutting each fish steak into 4 pieces. Peel onion and garlic, chop them separately, as well as fresh coriander and curry leaves. Finely dice the tomatoes.
3. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides, then fry them in oil for 2 or 3 minutes on each side until golden. Set aside.
4. In the same pan, sauté onions, garlic and ginger for 3 minutes without colouring. Add tomatoes, let stew and reduce for 15 minutes on low heat. Add thyme, parsley, curry leaves, chilli and tomato coulis. Cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
5. Slice the cèpes, add salt and pepper, then pan-sear them on high heat for a few moments. Add fish and cèpes to the sauce and let it stew for 10 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water. Correct seasoning, then sprinkle with chopped coriander.
6. Prepare the black lentil fricassée: peel the onion and garlic, chop them separately. Finely dice tomatoes.
7. Fry onion in a little oil in a saucepan, then add chopped garlic and ginger. Stew for 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, let them stew and reduce for 10 minutes.
8. Add black lentils, thyme and curry leaves, 50cl water, salt and pepper. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, then correct seasoning.
9. Serve the rougail hot, with plain boiled white rice and the lentils on the side.

 

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In the kitchen, I can’t live without…

 

Microplane

Versatile microplane

In our new series, we take a look behind the scenes of the high-functioning kitchens at our Constance resorts to find out what kitchen equipment our chefs use time and time again.

Here, Chef Dominique Grel, Executive Chef of Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius reveals a Microplane is his must-have gadget in the kitchen.

Tired of your old Parmesan cheese grater that doesn’t grate? Or fed up with your lemon zester that mashes the zest instead of grating it?

Buy a Microplane. They’re sharp. They’re versatile. And they look cool.

At La Spiaggia restaurant, I like to serve a beautiful and healthy salad with seasonal vegetables, elegantly sliced in thin shavings using the microplane.

Season with Dandaragan (a great olive oil from Australia which comes in 3 characters: fruity, delicate of robust), kalamata olives and chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano.

 

Simple to prepare and delicious to eat.

What’s your favourite piece of kitchen equipment?

Do you have a favourite piece of kitchen equipment you use time and again? We’d love to hear from you. You can post a comment on our blog below, or to Constance Facebook or Twitter @constancehotels.

Honeymoons at Constance hotels

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve brought you some honeymoon stories from our Constance community. Thank you to everyone for taking part.

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and I went to school together and reconnected 12 years later by chance at a mutual friends party. The rest is history!

We went to the magical Constance Halaveli in theMaldivesfor our honeymoon in April 2011.

Some of the things we loved the most about our honeymoon were snorkelling around our water villa every day, and sitting on the beach at Jahaz bar watching the sun set every afternoon while sampling all the delicious cocktails made by CJ the barman.

Every morning, we would wake up to a beautiful sunrise across theIndian Ocean, sitting on our deck and drinking coffee. We would sit for hours taking in the beauty of theMaldives. The water villas are extremely spacious and contained all the necessary amenities, plus they are so private we felt as if we were the only ones there.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Make sure you pick the right hotel. You can go to a beautiful place like theMaldivesbut if you choose the wrong hotel you’ll be completely disappointed. TheMaldivesis exceptional and if you do go, you must stay in a water villa. You seldom get the opportunity to wake up to the sound of the ocean beneath you and walk straight out of your villa and into the ocean.

To us, Constance Halaveli had the most beautiful water villa and we would highly recommend this resort to anyone. The restaurants are top class, the staff go out of their  way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The villas have everything you need, you don’t have to leave your villa if you don’t want to.

And lastly, take a tripod with you – it’s fantastic for randomly taking photos and capturing special moments together.

 

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

We met each other at university. In October 2011, we went to Constance Moofushi on our honeymoon.

One of the most fun things we did was a sunset tour with a Dhoni. We have very special memories of our whole trip to Moofushi. The beaches are wonderful and the people who work there are so nice and friendly.

Our top tip for honeymooners: Enjoy your time together! And if you go to theMaldives, do as much snorkelling as you can – it is so much fun.

 

 

Mr Dmitry and Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

We met each other at University 12 years ago.

We went on our honeymoon to Constance Moofushi in December 2011. We had our official wedding inRussiathe day before we left, but we also had a wedding ceremony at Moofushi. It was something special and only for us.

The thing we liked the most about Moofushi was the romantic atmosphere of the island. It was so lovely to lie on our villa’s terrace or on the beach, to enjoy the sounds of the sea and fresh air, to read books and drink wine.

We went snorkelling and diving where we saw sharks and small rays.  We also liked the spa very much. Special gratitude for DJ in Manta Bar. He made pictures of our wedding ceremony in secret and on the next evening he staged a slideshow with music for us and all guests at Manta Bar. It was a lovely surprise!

Our top tip for honeymooners:

If you’re looking for high quality all-inclusive service, an unforgettable wedding ceremony we really recommend Constance Moofushi. TheMaldivesis paradise on the earth.

 

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

We met when I was serving in the British Military inGermanyand Nicole came to visit an old school friend, as her father had also been in the military.  Her best friend was the girlfriend of a friend of mine, so we were introduced.

We got married at Constance Lemuria in May 2007. One of the most fun things we did on our honeymoon was learn to play golf, it was hilarious.

We loved our wedding meal – we were staying in a pool villa, and our wedding meal was served in the sunken area in the middle of the pool. It was really quite special.  The staff also made us a special wedding cake, which was delicious.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Our tip -  why stress about any of it… our wedding planner did everything while we relaxed and enjoyed our time there.

We’d love to hear from more of you

If you’ve been on honeymoon to one of ourConstanceresorts, we’d love to see your photos. You can post them onto the Constance Facebook page or tweet them using @constancehotels.

 

 

Romance your valentine at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Romantic dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Romantic dining on the beach

Wrap yourselves up in romance and indulge in a day of grown-up loveliness.

There are treats aplenty in store for couples at Constance Le Prince Maurice on Valentine’s Day.

Here are some of the special promotions we’re offering:

  • Princely Champagne breakfast
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the terrace of your suite with fruits, pastry, salmon, juice, cereals.
  • Massage: In the mood for love
    Relax with an afternoon massage on the beach, champagne and macaroons included.
  • Special Valentine’s menu
    Includes a bottle of champagne
  • BBQ with lobster
  • Valentine’s dinner at L’Archipel Restaurant
    Delightful evening menu includes fresh oysters from our lagoon, served hot with ginger sabayon, Chilled pumpkin and foie gras soup in ice with rose petals, Roasted heart-shaped stuffed chicken, Intense red apple with forbidden fruits, galangal flavour and Malagasy vanilla.

 

The Valentine’s dinner at L’Archipel is included in our half board package. The other Valentine’s promotions listed here include a supplement payable. For more information, speak to our Guest Relation’s Officer at Le Prince Maurice during your visit.

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice

And if you want to know more about the resort, don’t miss Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius