Learn with a pro at the Marc Farry Golf Academy in Mauritius

Indulge your dreams of discovering the perfect golf destination. At our two resorts in Mauritius, you can improve your game at our leading golf academy while enjoying a luxury holiday in the sun.

Golf at Constance Legend Course, Mauritius

Golf at Constance Legend Course, Mauritius

French championship golfer Marc Farry set up his academy with us in Mauritius, based at our two 18-hole championship golf courses the Links and Legend.

At Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage we share your passion for golf, and our pros are dedicated to helping you no matter what level you are.

Marc Farry Academy Teaching Method

Guests at both resorts can benefit from coaching in the Farry Academy Teaching Method. Choose from one-to-one or group coaching sessions. All sessions are organised to fit in with your own daily program.

At the Marc Farry Academy we even run individual and group courses for kids so that you can share your love of the game with your family.

Farry has based his teaching method on significantly improving four main areas:

  • Grip
  • Posture
  • Alignment
  • Ball position

Return home with techniques taught on the idyllic greens of our beautiful Mauritian golf courses, home of the MCB Tour Championship.

Links golf course, Mauritius

Links golf course, Mauritius

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Marine biologist reveals what’s underwater at Halaveli

This week’s instalment from marine biologist Robin Aiello sees her come face to face with the awe-inspiring whalesharks in the waters off Halaveli.

Whiptail Ray, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Whiptail Ray

It has been another amazing week full of beautiful dives, snorkels, lagoon cruises and island walks. The weather has been clear and warm, and the seas so calm that you can do an entire marine biology session from the surface without even getting wet.
I have, in fact, been spending hours on the jetty with guests looking down into the sea and spotting some fantastic animals. We have many harmless blacktip reef sharks that slowly cruise back and forth under the jetty, whiptail rays that look almost like eagles flying through the water, unicorn fish with their long horns sticking out from their foreheads, long slender coronet fish with their huge extended mouths, and bluefin trevallies (also called jacks) chasing schools of small silver fish.

Bluefin Trevallies

The trevallies (jacks) always put on an exciting show for us as they stalk and hunt the small silver fish that form massive schools in the very shallow water at the beach.

Small groups of 3 – 6 bluefin trevallies swim up and down the beach, getting closer and closer to the shore and forcing the small fish to form tighter and tighter schools – it is like cowboys rounding up the cattle on a range.

Bluefin trevallies, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Bluefin trevallies

They do this for some time, then, without any warning, there is a huge commotion. The trevallies have decided it is time to strike, and change direction at full speed (which is really really fast) and dash through the school, grabbing fish as they go. The small silver fish, in response, take off in all directions like a firework display. They will even jump out of the water and land on the beach in their sheer panic to get away.

But, there is no where for the small fish to hide. Suddenly other predatory fish join the feeding frenzy, and if that is not bad enough, the seabirds and herons fly in from all directions to join the mayhem and pounce on any fish they can. The whole frenzied activity lasts only a few seconds, but what excitement! Sometimes I feel sorry for the poor little fish!

An unplanned evening snorkel

Probably the most unusual thing that I have seen in a long time was spotted one evening from the jetty. I was heading to dinner, all dressed up, and one of the guests asked me what it was – I had no idea – didn’t even know if it was manmade or natural.

Diamondback squid egg case, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Diamondback squid egg case

So I ran back to my villa and grabbed my snorkeling gear and jumped into the water.

This thing was weird! At first, I had no idea what it was. It was in constant motion, rolling around and undulating, but I soon discovered it was the water movement that caused it to move – it was not actually alive. It was slimy and felt like thick mucous, and to add to the bafflement, there were thousands of little pink/purple balls embedded in it.

Finally it dawned on me that it had to be some sort of egg case – most likely molluscan from either a snail or a squid. After a couple of hours of research I discovered that it was, in fact, the egg case of a very large squid that reaches a size of over 1 metre called the Diamondback Squid. This squid would have laid the egg case out in the lagoon and the tides, currents and waves washed it into the shallows. Very interesting.

Diving with whalesharks

Yesterday, though, was the real highlight of my whole visit – every Sunday the Dive Center offers a day trip to find and snorkel with whalesharks. And what a day we had!

Thanks to our amazing boat crew, and of course the legendary snorkel guide Santana, we had the wonderful experience of swimming with 3 large whalesharks. Amazing! It is no easy feat to find a whaleshark – since they are fish, they do not come to the surface to breath like whales, so the only way to find them is to patrol an area – up and down along the coast. The crew stand lookouts on the roof of the boat looking for a large dark shadow in the water.

Whaleshark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Whaleshark

Then, if one is spotted, there is a flurry of activity as we get on our gear and jump overboard. At this point, the race begins. Although these huge animals are barely moving a fin at all, they maintain such a fast speed that we as mere human snorkellers must kick and kick and kick as fast as possible to keep up with them. They do not seem to be bothered by us at all – in fact, on several occasions they appeared to be curious and changed direction to come right up close underneath – within only a few metres of us.
When they are this close, they take your breath away. They really are special creatures!

They are so spectacular, that this creature will be the topic of my Creature Feature for this week.

Creature Feature – Whalesharks

Whalesharks are well known to frequent a spot on the southern part of the Ari Atoll – no one really knows why they ‘hangout’ in this area. But they seem to be mainly young-adult males that are about 6–8 metres in length.

Although this is considered relatively small for a whaleshark (they can reach sizes of over 12m) they are still incredibly impressive. In fact, whalesharks are the largest fish in the world.

Whaleshark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Whaleshark

Whalesharks are a type of shark – not a whale. They, like all sharks, have a cartilaginous skeleton rather than bone, have what are called denticles covering their skin instead of scales, do not have an air bladder, but use a liver full of oil for buoyancy, and of course they have ‘replaceable’ teeth rather than only one set like most reef fish. Sharks have hundreds of teeth and can go through as many as 30,000 teeth during their lifetime.

What happens is that teeth that form the ‘front-row’ periodically fall out, and within only a few days another tooth that behind in the ‘second-row’ will rotate into position. It is kind of like a conveyor belt of teeth. In this manner the shark always has fresh, sharp teeth! Whalesharks, although they do not use them, actually have about 300 very small teeth.

How whalesharks feed

So how does a whaleshark feed if it does not use teeth? Well, these giants of the sea, feed on some of the smallest animals in the ocean, plankton, by a method called filtering feeding.

Inside their mouths they have an unique system of filter-pads that trap all the small plankton – a lot like a sieve.

Whalesharks feed in two ways – ‘gulping’ and ‘ram feeding’. If there is plenty of concentrated plankton in the water, these sharks will stay in one place and take in huge gulps of water full of plankton.
If, however, the plankton is spread out in the water, then the sharks will swim at an average of 4km per hour with their mouths open – when they have enough food, they will swallow, then resume feeding – this is ‘ram-feeding’.

To watch them feed is incredible. They have huge mouths – up to 1.5 metres wide and they can filter over 300,000 litres of seawater per hour.

Identifying whalesharks by their spots

Other than the sheer immense size of these fish, the other really noticeable feature is the patterning. They are fully covered with spots and dots, and some lines – really beautiful.

They almost look like a bright starry night sky. In fact, a few years ago a couple of scientists came up with the interesting idea to use a computer program designed for tracking stars to document the spots on individual whalesharks.

Since the patterning on each whaleshark is unique for that individual (much like our human fingerprints are unique to each person), scientists have been able to compile a global database of whalesharks from photographs of their spots.

So, when you visit Halaveli Resort, be sure to take the trip out looking for whalesharks – it is fantastic!

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Winners of 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau announced

After an exciting festival week in Mauritius, the winners of this year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau are Luc Mobihan from Le Saint Placide restaurant in St Malo, France and Hem Pulami from Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Hem Pulami and Luc Mobihan

Hem Pulami and Luc Mobihan

The winning menu

Starter

Vegetables and fruits from Mauritius, leaf after leaf

Leaf after leaf, discover the flavours and textures from Mauritius, with greens purée and the lemongrass, coconut and combava sauce.

Main course

Loin of lamb with taro purée and crispy vegetables, & spiced jus.

Under a crust of spices and seeds, discover the lamb… serve it with a root purée, a sweet potato chip and slightly spiced juice.

 

2nd Prize:

Loin of lamb - winning dish at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

Loin of lamb – winning dish at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

Robert Speth (Chesery, Switzerland) & Sampath Mariyadasa (Constance Moofushi)

3rd Prize

Anita Klemensen (Den Rode Cottage, Denmark) & Elodie Oudeuil (Constance Belle Mare Plage)

 

More highlights from the festival

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event – Constance Hotels & Resorts Facebook

Recipe: Crispy Chocolate with Madagascan vanilla

Here’s a delicious sweet treat for you to try this weekend from Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Crispy Chocolate recipe

Crispy Chocolate

  • 30g of dark chocolate
  • 25g powdered sugar
  • 120g of butter
  • 3 spoons of milk
  • 1 packet of biscuits
  • 1 vanilla pod

1. Break the biscuits into small pieces.
2. Split into two vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the biscuit mix.
3. Break chocolate into pieces.
4. Put in saucepan with all remaining ingredients.
5. Melt the chocolate over bain-marie turning constantly with a spatula.
6. Prepare a mold of 12 cm diameter, line the pan with aluminium foil.

Mix the two preparations and pour into a mold. Let stand in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours.

Turn out the crispy chocolate and serve. Pure chocolate perfection.

Ultimate luxury hotels in a super-league of their own

Experience luxury on a whole new level at our ultimate high-end hotels – Le Prince Maurice, Halaveli and Lémuria. Distinctive, indulgent and utterly more-ish, these gems offer a new take on luxury that make them hard to resist.

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Escape to the idyllic islands of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles and you’ll discover for yourself why the Leading Hotels of the World Group include our three Ultimate hotels in their exclusive club.

Presidential villas

If space and seclusion are high on your wish list – as well as your own garden, gym, jacuzzi, pool and office - then try one of our Presidential Villas or the Princely Suite at Le Prince Maurice.

Take a break with your family or friends and let our staff, including butler, look after all your holiday needs. Whether it’s a quiet dinner for two on the beach, a private excursion or just a PlayStation to keep the kids entertained, we’ve thought of just about everything. And if there’s something we haven’t anticipated – you just need to ask.

Sumptuous spas

Head to the tranquil environment of one of our spas, and discover the restful serenity of Spa de Constance. Indulge in the holistic properties of the best new and traditional treatments from around the world or put yourself in the gentle hands of skincare specialists Shiseido, Sisley, Valmont and Ila.

Isabelle Lamant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Isabelle Lamant, Le Prince Maurice

If you want to kick start a new health regime, or just refind that glorious self from yester-year, why not hire one of our personal trainers? They will create a fitness program specially for you, so you can take that sense of reinvigoration and focus back home with you. Renowned fitness guru, Isabelle Lamant is proving a huge hit at Le Prince Maurice, getting guests back on track and feeling better than they have in years.

Luxury on the greens

One of the world’s most beautiful golf courses is located at Lémuria, and one of life’s rare pleasures can be enjoyed here: a chilled glass of champagne overlooking the ocean and terraced greens at the 15th hole.

If you’re looking to up your game, then the two championship golf courses at Le Prince Maurice should help. Enjoy the deluxe golf experience including guidance from one of our pros at the Marc Farry Academy.

The ultimate in fine dining

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

No luxury holiday would be complete without a selection of gourmet fare. Enjoy the very best in modern haute-cuisine with a hint of island flare in our exclusive, fine-dining restaurants.

  • Jing at Halaveli
  • Legend at Lémuria
  • Le Barachois at Le Prince Maurice

Experience the finest wines from around the world under the guidance of our highly trained sommeliers. Wine lovers can even enjoy a guided tour of our extensive cellars and special tastings with the head sommelier.

Want to know more?

Take a look at our website to find out more about what’s on offer at our Ultimate hotels – Constance Hotels & Resorts

And catch up on another article you may have missed: Secluded hotels and resorts with passion

Competition day at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

Competition day has arrived at this year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, and the air is filled with tension, drama and excitement.

Competition day at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

Competition day at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

The European Michelin star chefs have spent the last few days with our Island chefs, teaching, sharing knowledge and encouraging. Now, the lessons learned are being put into practice and our judges will have to decide on a winner.

Take a look at who is on this year’s judging panel. Winners will be announced at a special dinner on Saturday 23 March.

One of our judges, celebrity chef Nick Nairn, is tweeting – follow him on Twitter @NickNairn (#CFBL13)

 

Constance Festival Charity Auction

To celebrate this year’s festival, we are offering the chance to enjoy an exclusive dinner for 2 at one of 3 Michelin star restaurants in the UK, France and Switzerland.

All proceeds from the auction go to the school Etoile de Mer in Mauritius, helping young people aged 12+ to learn vocational and life skills, and discover new opportunities in their lives ahead.

You can place a bid at any time until Friday 22 March at 9pm. Find out more and start bidding in our Constance Festival Charity Auction.

Photo highlights from the festival so far – visit our  Constance Hotels & Resorts Facebook page