Recipe: Salmon sashimi, crabmeat and green papaya salad with ginger

Try this deliciously tasty sashimi recipe made with fresh ginger and papaya, brought to you from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

L'Archipel at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The elegant L'Archipel

Serves 4
Preparation 
time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • 300g boneless, skinless salmon fillet
  • 1 green papaya
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 40g ginger
  • 4 sprigs coriander
  • 1/2 fresh red chilli (or more to taste)
  • 40g cashew nuts
  • 100g crabmeat
  • 8 capers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 cl soy sauce
  • 1 pinch fleur de sel
  • freshly ground pepper

1. Finely slice the salmon, set aside.
2. Peel the papaya, remove the seeds, cut the flesh into thin julienne strips. Add the coarse salt and let rest for 20 minutes.
3. Rinse the papaya well, squeeze out the moisture and refrigerate.
4. Peel the ginger, cut it into thin julienne strips and blanch it in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain, repeat twice.
5. Chop the coriander leaves. Remove the seeds from the red chilli, then chop the flesh finely. Chop the cashews with a knife.
6. Shred the crabmeat and put it in a salad bowl. Add the capers, ginger, green papaya, cashews, coriander, red chilli, olive oil and lemon juice. Correct seasoning.
7. Lay the salmon slices on the plates, adding a little crabmeat and papaya salad in the centre. Add a streak of olive oil, a pinch of fleur de sel and grind some black pepper on top. Serve with the soy sauce on the side.

7 reasons why kids love golf

Fresh air, wide open spaces and the chance to hit a ball. These are just some of the reasons why children love playing golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Girl playing golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Chlidren’s golf at Belle Mare Plage

More and more children are trying the game while on holiday with us. Here’s why kids and golf are a perfect match.

1. Much has been written on how playing sport is good for children – it develops confidence and self-awareness, as well as respect for others.

2. Playing golf gives children the chance to spend time in beautiful natural landscapes, soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.

3. Children love to be active, and playing golf is a great way to learn how to exercise while having fun.

4. Kids love hanging out with other kids, and playing golf together is a great way to make friends.

5. Sport helps kids learn how to manage their emotions. Everyone has good and bad days on the golf course. The game teaches children to stay calm and focused on one thing at a time.

6. Golf teaches a certain etiquette – there are no referees in golf, golfers negotiate among themselves and play to the rules.

7. Holidays spent together give families many treasured moments they cherish forever. Children love sharing experiences with adults, and playing golf together is a great way to do this.

Children's golf competition at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Children playing golf at Belle Mare Plage

Overwater villas and suites in the Indian Ocean

Imagine the romance of your own secluded hideaway, perched on stilts above the Indian Ocean.

Overwater suites, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Overwater suites, Constance Le Prince Maurice

At Constance Hotels, we offer this intimate accommodation perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for somewhere special and exclusive to stay.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius – suites on stilts

With a reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Le Prince Maurice is a haven for couples looking for a sophisticated and stylish retreat to enjoy a luxury holiday.

The 8 overwater bungalows are beautifully positioned looking out across the waters of the sheltered lagoon. Edging a natural fish reserve in a quiet corner at the western end of the resort, these suites offer total privacy and tranquility. Each has a private balcony, wonderfully proportioned rooms and beds so comfy you’ll want to stay in them all day.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Senior Water Villa, Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Senior Water Villa, Moofushi

Moofushi is the fresh face of Constance Hotels Experience – a delightful Crusoe-inspired barefoot chic bolthole where couples and families can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of this private island.

The 56 water villas and 30 larger senior water villas offer huge beds, spacious bathrooms, breathtaking views, an abundance of natural light and private access to the sea.

If you’re looking truly special, this stilted accommodation is just the ticket – exclusive, unpretentious and fabulously luxurious.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Situated in the North Ari Atoll, Halaveli is a 6* luxury resort surrounded by powder white sands and turquoise waters.

Each of the 57 beautiful water villas provide seclusion and romance while the resort’s restaurants and bars cater to the highest standards.

The villas are designed to give a feeling of space – high raftered ceilings and an elegant modern design that uses natural materials to blend beautifully with the environment outside. A private sundeck and plunge pool, along with steps that lead straight down to the water, makes Halaveli the perfect choice for anyone looking for a place to escape to with their loved one.

Actor Claire Forlani revels in the luxury of Constance Le Prince Maurice

Hollywood star Claire Forlani and actor husband Dougray Scott escaped to the luxurious surroundings of Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius earlier this year.

Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott

Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott

In this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, Claire shares her travel tips for what to pack, beauty must-haves, top iPod tunes and great reads for a Mauritius holiday.

As for the best hotel on the island, Claire says – ‘Constance Le Prince Maurice; it’s a haven of sophisticated luxury with great spa services. And the food at L’Archipel restaurant and the spectacular floating Le Barachois is delicious’.

Find out more in the June edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and visit our Facebook page for more photos of Claire and Dougray on holiday at Le Prince Maurice.

Catch up with our earlier article:

Recipe: Pressed terrine of pumpkin and peppermint-roasted squash

Looking for something different to cook for your guests? Try this delicious terrine from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Fresh chillies

Fresh chillies at Constance

Serves 10 (1 terrine)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Resting time: 24 hours

  • 750g pumpkin
  • 750g squash
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 5 sprigs peppermint
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized leeks
  • 200g coconut chatini
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 mint blossoms
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

1. One day in advance, peel and seed the pumpkin and squash, then cut them into large cubes. Finely slice the red chilli.
2. In a large piece of aluminium foil, wrap the pumpkin and squash with the olive oil, thyme, chilli, salt and pepper. Bake in a 180ºC oven for 30 minutes. Let cool, setting aside any cooking juices.
3. Halve the leeks lengthwise and blanch them for 1 minute in boiling salted water. Cool them in iced water, then drain.
4. Rub the inside of the terrine with a little oil. Line the bottom and sides with the blanched leeks. Alternate layers of pumpkin, squash and mint leaves. Sprinkle with the reserved cooking juices. Cover the contents of the terrine directly with clingfilm and put a weight on them. Keep refrigerated for 24 hours.
5. Unmould the terrine and cut into slices. Put a slice on each plate, add a spoonful of coconut chatini on the side. Add a small pinch of coarse sea salt, some freshly ground pepper and a streak of olive oil. Decorate with cinnamon sticks and mint blossoms.

Dream wedding at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Four years after they first met, Helen and Joe Maughan flew out to Constance Moofushi in the Maldives for their dream island wedding.

Helen and Joe Maughan

Wedding bliss at Moofushi

Helen and Joe chose Moofushi because they wanted a romantic wedding in paradise… barefoot with nothing to worry about except enjoying their big day.

After a civil service ceremony in London, Helen and Joe arrived at Moofushi four days before their wedding, which took place on 2 February 2011.

‘This allowed us enough time to acclimatise and also build up a bit of a tan before the big day. We worked with Corinne the wedding planner, and the Food & Beverage manager who helped us pick the location and arrange what time we were to get married.’

After going through the details, Helen and Joe could relax for a few days before their wedding.

The day of the wedding

On the day of the wedding, Helen and Joe indulged at Moofushi’s beautiful over-the-sea spa with a couple’s massage and facial before heading back to their room to share a bottle of champagne.

‘Joe was then picked up by a golf buggy and taken to one of the water villas to get ready. Corinne brought my flowers round and took the wedding bands. I was met at 4pm by the wedding band and walked to the jetty where I met my husband-to-be! We were then taken to the sandbank on a golf buggy decorated with flowers where the ceremony was then held.
‘The team at Moofushi had done an incredible job making an aisle of flowers and bamboo.’
Helen and Joe on the beach at Moofushi

Helen and Joe's dream wedding

After the ceremony, the couple enjoyed more champagne and wedding cake before having photos taken at different locations on the sandbank and across the island and, in keeping with tradition on Moofushi, planting a coconut tree.

As the sun went down, Helen and Joe shared cocktails and had a romantic dinner of lobster and steak on the beach for just the two of them.

Helen and Joe’s tips for planning a destination wedding

‘We would definitely recommend Moofushi – everything went perfectly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. To the groom – don’t worry about bringing any shoes or a tie for your wedding as the beauty of getting married abroad is it is so laid back.’

Find out more about getting married at Constance hotels

Visit our website for more information about weddings and honeymoons at Constance.

Did you get married at a Constance hotel?

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