Recipe: Tiramisu

Looking for a sweet treat to indulge in this weekend? Try our delicious Tiramisu recipe, served at beachside La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Tiramisu at Constance Hotels Experience

Tiramisu

In Italy, tiramisu literally means ‘pick me up’… small wonder when you consider the delicious high energy combination of sugar, eggs, coffee and, in this recipe, ice cream.

Ingredients

Tiramisu ice cream

  • 200g milk
  • 10g milk powder
  • 10g glucose powder
  • 36g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 14g butter
  • 100g mascarpone cheese

Mascarpone cream

  • 150g mascarpone
  • 2 eggs
  • 15cl cream
  • 60g sugar

Dacquoise Au Café

  • 72g egg white
  • 30g sugar
  • 24g icing sugar
  • 27g almond powder
  • 13g flour
  • 7g crème fraîche
  • 16g coffee extract
  • 16g walnuts
  •  Coffee flavour ice cream, bought
  • Macaroons

1. First, prepare the tiramisu ice cream.
2.  Mix the sugar with egg yolk then add in boiling milk , milk powder and glucose powder.
3.  Add in the mascarpone and butter. Keep it for 24 hours in the fridge then whisk and put in freezer.

4. Prepare the dacquoise au café
5. Beat the egg white with sugar then add in the rest of the ingredients. Pour onto the tray then bake for 7 minutes at 180°C.

6. Prepare the mascarpone cream
7. Beat together the eggs with sugar then add in the mascarpone and the whipped cream, making sure the cream is not over beaten.

8. Assemble the cake – one scoop of tiramisu ice cream , one layer of dacquoise , one scoop coffee ice cream, crumble macaroons on top, one scoop of mascarpone cream, some cocoa powder on top.

Serve with dry biscotti and a piece chocolate on the side.

Buon appetito!

Active holidays in paradise

If you love the idea of a luxury holiday but don’t want to spend all day on the beach, follow in Roger Federer’s footsteps and check out the great range of sports facilities we offer at Constance Hotels.

Gym at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Get fit at Halaveli

With superb water sports, championship golf courses, tennis courts, fitness centres and state-of-the-art gym equipment, Constance has much to offer anyone looking for an active holiday in paradise.

Here’s a glimpse of the tennis and gym facilities on offer at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Tennis

If you’re an avid fan of tennis or simply feeling inspired by Wimbledon, improve your game with our private lessons and week-long tennis camps.

Tennis lessons at Constance Halaveli

Curtis teaching tennis at Halaveli

World champion Roger Federer played on the courts at Halaveli a couple of years ago.

Our own tennis pro, Curtis, offers lessons for beginners through to advanced players. Every Tuesday, we run a complimentary adults’ tennis clinic, including a 45-minute trial lesson. We also offer weekly children’s tennis lessons and doubles’ tournaments.

The Tennis Centre is open from 7am -10pm daily.

Fitness Centre

If you want to get fit and learn more about what equipment suits you, our personal trainer will take you through the paces.

Chetan offers great action-packed workouts to enhance fitness and weight management levels, as well as private personal training sessions.

Personal trainer at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Chetan, personal trainer at Halaveli

Popular sessions include:

Kinesis Conditioning

Kinesis is an innovative system that focuses on movement through balance, flexibility, and strength. A 1 hour session provides exercises and movements that improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Faciliatation (PNF)

If you’re feeling a bit stiff or want to improve your flexibility, then a Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) could be just what you need. PNF offers a more advanced style of flexibility training.

Chetan also offers a group boot camp on Wednesdays, which is designed to build strength and fitness.

The Halaveli Fitness Center is open from 6 am–10pm daily and includes 2 treadmills, 2 cross trainers, 1 state of the art kinesis system, and a wide selection of weights.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli Resort or book now.

Refurbishment work gets underway at Le Prince Maurice

The last guests checked out at the weekend, and work to refurbish Constance Le Prince Maurice is now underway.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Prince Maurice

Find out more about our plans for the super-deluxe refurbishment of this highly-rated hotel.

We’ll be posting articles over the coming 2 months so you can see the stunning new features as they take shape.

And to celebrate the revamp, we’re launching a fabulous competition offering you the chance to win a luxury 7-night holiday for 2,  including flights, at Le Prince Maurice when it reopens. Watch this space for competition details later this week.

 

Gallivanter’s Guide: Le Prince Maurice gets fantastic review

The latest edition of The Gallivanter’s Guide is now available, and this month it features a review of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Find out what reviewers Lyn Middlehurst and David Maslin think of our 6* deluxe hotel in Mauritius.

Sometimes, travel advisors and guests are guilty of learning by rote the names of a location’s ‘best’ hotels, and repeat the recommendations of these sacred cows ad infinitum, even when everything has changed beyond recognition.

This is decidedly true of Mauritius. The old favourites, such as Royal Palm, Le Touessrok and One & Only Le Saint Géran can no longer be classed as high-end, in my opinion. They all require serious investment and, perhaps, more importantly, a fresh perspective on what the high-end guest truly requires these days.

Equally, the new kids on the block are not necessarily better, for it takes rather more than a serious marketing budget and a sexy website to make a great hotel.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Villa #30, a true home from home

We first stayed at Le Prince Maurice in 1999 and were enthralled by this intimate and elegant Aman-like resort. Fourteen years later, the 89-suite property remains timelessly beautiful – its Feng-Shui architecture by Jean Marc Eynaud and interiors by Martin Branner and Dale Keller, enhancing its 148-acre footprint that, uniquely, encompasses lush interiors, a splendid beach and a fishing reserve, or barachois.

We stayed for the umpteenth time, half way through the resort’s major refurbishment, and were thrilled to discover new exceptionally comfortable beds, soft down and feather duvets and pillows and fine cotton bedding edged with coffee coloured thread.

The dark wood floors had been polished to perfection, whilst chic cinnamon and spice-hued soft furnishings and objects lifted the look, and flat screen TVs, Apple minis, Nespresso machines, iHome Ipod dockers and thoughtfully stocked minibars demonstrated that this resort had been listening hard to its guests.

Villa #30 – best in the resort?

Private pool and deck at Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Private pool and deck at Villa 30

We stayed in what is, for me, the nicest Pool Villa in the resort, for #30 sits on the gentle curve of the white sand beach, where the bay joins the barachois – a calm mangrove-set fishing lake that meanders lazily into the verdant distance.

Not only do you have your own generous plunge pool, lounging deck, outdoor dining table and thatch-shaded verandah, but you also have two palapa-covered loungers on the sand reserved just for you and stocked with bottled water.

Inside, there is a second full size dining table and a remarkably extensive room service menu, so that if you want to hole up here for the duration, you can.

There is a guest loo and shower off the sitting room, and a dressing area off the bedroom that leads into the twin vanity bathroom, which has an extra outdoor tub. The bathrooms are looking somewhat dated but in every other respect, they work well.

Bedroom at Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Bedroom at Villa 30

Villas # 29 and 31

Apart from Villa #30, I highly recommend the other two pool Villas at the barachois end of the resort; #29 and #31, as these are very secluded. For the best beach views, though, #30 and #31 win hands down. The remaining 6 pool suites are at the other end of the beach, beyond the main pool, so work better for those who prefer a more central location.

Princely Suite

There is one 2-bedroom Princely Suite at the far end of the beach, which although spacious requires a rethink design-wise in my view; but I hear this is happening, along with the refurbishment of the main lobby, so this, too, could be a great option for families or friends.

Junior Suites

Junior suites at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Beautifully designed junior suites

Entry-level suites are junior suite sized; either L-shaped or I-shaped; set in 2- storey blocks of four, with terraces or balconies. A lagoon-facing suite, such as #27, offers the best views, as some are set back in the gardens. However, I prefer the I-shaped suites, such as #28, which are very Aman in style and configuration.

What helps to make the resort so special?

An incredibly elegant resort, Le Prince Maurice attracts a well balanced mix of couples and families; a carefully located kid’s club, Les Petits Princes, set well away from grown-up areas. Senior staff has been here since the resort’s inception, so when you return, you are welcomed ‘home’ by the charming Guest Relations Managers, Meera and Manjoola.

Dining at Le Prince Maurice

The cuisine, under French Executive Chef, Michael Scioli and Food & Beverage Manager, Samuel Pellegrini, gets better and better, whether you opt for a light lunch on the beach deck, Blu, a snack in the chic Bar, or a Michelin-level dinner in L’Archipel, where Head Sommelier, Jérôme Carlier has some excellent  recommendations , including a raft of Rosés.

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The pinnacle of unique dining, however, is to be found at the dinner only Le Barachois – one of the world’s most original restaurants. You reach it via a meandering stilted walkway that snakes across the barachois; the handrails punctuated by lanterns; the only sound being the occasional splash of fish and the lapping of water against the mangroves. After around 5 minutes, you reach the restaurant, which consists of 5 floating, tented pontoons linked by teak gangplanks. The dinner menu here is now quite simple, but the experience is exceptional, including a ‘floating sommelier’.

Spa de Constance

The Spa Constance was being remodelled when we stayed and I was encouraged to hear that Spa Manager, Sophie Demaret, was intent on introducing some chemical free options.

And the other things that make Le Prince Maurice stand out from the crowd…

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Sheltered beach at Le Prince Maurice

Other lures are the excellent boutiques and the golf practice course, although if you crave serious golf, then sister property Constance Belle Mare Plage, which is almost next door, offers two 18- hole championship courses.

General Manager, Christophe Plantier and Resident Manager Ashok Bhugoo run an extraordinary resort that, encouragingly, gets better each time we return. Do go.

Gallivanter’s Rating:

Extraordinary

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