Top 6 luxury travel accessories

Here’s our round up of the finest luxury travel accessories you won’t want to leave home without.

Constance Hotels and Resorts

Constance Hotels and Resorts

1. Blackbox C20 Active Noise Cancelling Earphones £109.99

These ergonomically designed ear bud headphones will not only deliver perfect sound from whatever device you are listening to but will block out ambient noise of airline chatter or machinery. These also offer a telephony option so you can use them with your mobile phone.

2. Hermès Calèche-express £4,520

This stylish canvas and calfskin carry on has the perfect dimensions (l. 35 cm x h. 55 cm x d. 25 cm) for hand luggage with the added benefit of a telescopic handle and wheels so you don’t have to carry it through the airport. A selection of pockets for all your documents and gadgets means you’ll never need to rummage for your passport again.

3. Cowshed Cashmere Travel Set £147.50

Travel in luxurious comfort with this Cashmere Travel Set made from 100 per cent pure Mongolian cashmere by holistic skincare specialist Cowshed. The set includes snuggly Cashmere socks, eye mask, hot water bottle and a blanket to keep you warm on those long-haul flights.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach lunch at Le Prince Maurice

4. Mulberry Travel Adapter £125

As you might expect Mulberry’s travel adapter comes in a sleek leather case in a selection of colours with the luxury brand’s signature brass zip. The adapter itself will fit sockets in the UK, US, Australia, China and Europe, and also comes with a USB connection.

5. Griffin Survivor case for the iPad (2,3,4) £51.46

Tested by the US military the light super-tough rubber case will protect your iPad from splashes, sand, dirt, drops from 6ft and for when your children decide to play with it. Easy to use with the protective shell in place this is perfect if you want to take your device on the beach. Visit Griffin’s website to design your own case in a variety of colours and designs.

6. Nikon StabilEyes14x40 binoculars £1,355.99

Whether you’re into big game fishing, bird watching or you just want to watch your loved ones while they’re out enjoying any kind of water sport these are the perfect holiday binoculars. Featuring two vibration reduction modes, one for on land the other for when you’re on a boat they will keep any image steady making it easy to track something moving at speed. They are also waterproof and fog-free.

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Wine training from Domaine Marcel Lapierre

Last week saw the exciting visit of Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre to Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage for a wine tasting evening and fine wine training event.

Wines from Marcel Lapierre

Wines from Marcel Lapierre

Marie was accompanied by her daughter Camille, and together they introduced us to their stunning reds from the Château Cambon and the Vin de France Raisin Gaulois 2012.

Marie explained to our team of Constance sommeliers how the Domaine vines have been cultivated organically since 1981, and about how the wines are made in carbonic maceration.

The wines are light and fruity and can be enjoyed with fish, chicken, goats cheese, charcuterie or as an aperitif. Guests joined our sommeliers to taste the wines and find out more about Domaine Marcel Lapierre.

Find out more about the wine evening: Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre visits Mauritius

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Wine training with Marie Lapierre at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Sommelier wine training with Marie Lapierre

 

Delores Malin tasting Morgon of Domaine Lapierre

Delores Malin tasting Morgon of Domaine Lapierre

Working with local fishermen at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar you can enjoy fresh fish caught from the ocean in the same traditional way it has been for hundreds of years.

Local fisherman in his pirogue

Local fisherman in his pirogue

One of the many delights you’ll discover on the remote Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina is watching the daily arrival of the local fishermen delivering their catch to our chefs.

Mitsio fishermen

The fishermen live on the neighbouring island of Mitsio, the only other inhabited island in the archipelago, and they travel and fish in traditional boats called pirogues.

The pirogues are hollowed out wooden boats powered by oars. It’s from here that the fishermen cast their nets into the waters around the archipelago. Following the catch they make the 3 to 4 hour journey to Tsarabanjina.

Fishing in pirogues has been a way of life in Madagascar for hundreds of years with fishermen teaching the family craft to their children, and passing their skills down through the generations.

We at Constance are proud to support such a long held tradition and our guests enjoy the freshest fish caught from just beyond our own shores.

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Flying by seaplane over the Maldives

Get your camera at the ready, and experience the exhilarating thrill of arriving at your Maldivian hideaway by seaplane.

Constance Moofushi from the air

Constance Moofushi from the air

Prepare to have the cabin fever of a long-haul flight cleared from your mind as you take in the awe-inspiring 360º views, and vibrant shades of blues and greens that make up the beauty of these islands.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the larger species of marine life such as giant manta rays gliding by beneath you. And as you approach Constance Halaveli or Moofushi, you’ll be able to see the whole island beneath you.

Taking the seaplane from Malé

Boarding the seaplane couldn’t be easier. A Constance airport host will meet you at Malé International Airport and guide you to the seaplane check-in before a short luxury bus journey that takes you to the seaplane airport.

See the Maldives from the air

Watch the video from Trans Maldivian Airlines and experience the beauty of the islands from the air.

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Recipe: Goan-style shrimp kebabs with lemongrass

Perfect for a weekend lunch with friends, try these Goan-style shrimp kebabs on the barbecue or cook under the grill.

Goan-style shrimp kebabs

Goan-style shrimp kebabs

Ingredients

The shrimp:

  • 8 large shrimp
  • 8 lemongrass sticks
  • 5g turmeric powder
  • 10g cumin powder
  • 10g garam masala
  • 5g red chilli powder
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Salt/pepper
1. Peel the shrimp leaving only the tails, and store them.
2. Mix all the spices together.
3. Skewer the shrimp tails with the lemongrass sticks.
4. Sprinkle a little of the spice mixture over them and let them marinate in the fridge for three hours.
5. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice, them brush it over the shrimp tails

The salad:

  • 100g green papayas
  • 30g onions
  • 40g cucumbers
  • 60g tomatoes
  • 10g herb mix (fresh coriander, chives, etc.)
  • 5g spice mix (green cardamom, cumin, coriander)
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 4 poppadums

How to prepare

1. Peel the green papaya, cucumber and onion, cut them into julienne strips.
2. Wash the tomato, cut into quarters, remove its seeds and slice this too into julienne strips.
3. Mix the green papaya, onion, cucumber and tomato. Add lemon juice and the spice mixture. Stir well.
4. Toast the poppadums to make them crispy.

Cook the shrimp kebabs on a grill. Place the vegetable salad on plates, add a few sprigs of herbs and finish off with crispy poppadums.

Provide two kebabs per person.

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If you love seafood, try another of our most popular recipes: Chicken & Prawn Curry in Coconut Milk

Scuba diving in Madagascar: the undiscovered ocean

Join Nicolas Richer as he goes scuba diving to discover the secret underwater treasures that surround Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Diving at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Diving at Tsarabanjina

Diving in Tsarabanjina is, for me, an unforgettable experience. It is one of the last places on the planet which remains almost virgin territory for divers, where only a few have had the privilege of dropping their fins.

Each time I dive here I get the feeling that I am the discoverer of an unexplored paradise.

Diving at Tétons, Madagascar

This morning we start our dive at Tétons. Under a benevolent sun and after a jovial briefing with our instructor Riccardo, myself and three other divers embark on a comfortable 15-minute speedboat journey.

Here we are. No one is in site. The Tétons, two beautiful rocks looming off the coast of Tsarabanjina, are lined beneath the water with lush coral pinnacles and tunnels colonised by stunning marine life.

Diving Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Underwater at Tsarabanjina

After the usual checks and Riccardo’s okay, we make the big jump.

Crystal clear water welcomes us. Immediately I am struck by the abundance of life around me, a school of batfish approaches attracted by our bubble wall and a crowd of yellow snappers gently surrounds me.

We venture to explore the light and shade of the tunnels where we can admire vaults covered with colourful sponges and hundreds of sweetlips a little surprised by our presence.

At the end of the tunnel, my gaze is drawn towards a cloud of glass fish being chased by several kingfish and a spanish mackerel in the midst of a coral richness rarely equalled.

Wow, I’ve already been diving for 50 minutes, I do not want to go back but I have to.

On the boat back to Tsarabanjina

On the boat everyone is euphoric. After a nice iced tea the crew turn the boat back towards Tsarabanjina. The icing on the cake is a pod of bottlenose dolphins following us, playing at the bow of the boat, joining us in our celebration of this unforgettable dive.

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