Discover the suitcase of the future

Technological advances have made almost every aspect of our lives easier in recent years and now, according to Mashable’s Amy-Mae Elliott, technology is set to revolutionise the humble suitcase.

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

In her piece 9 Futuristic Suitcases to Improve Your Travel Elliot has rounded up the best innovations and new concepts in luggage design.

Some of the most exciting products already on the market include:

• Powerbag Briefcases

A briefcase with a large built-in battery to recharge all your gadgets while you’re on the go. The battery holds enough power to charge a smartphone four times.

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

This suitcase expands by over 30 per cent then it sucks out the air reducing it back to its original size. Great for when you can’t decide what to take and what to leave behind.

Heys USA BioCase

Like something out of James Bond this case uses biometric fingerprint technology to ensure that only you, or someone else whose fingerprints you have programmed in, can open your case. The BioCase will remember up to eight fingerprints.

Intelligent Luggage

This self-weighing suitcase has digital scales in the handle so that all you have to do is press a button and then lift the suitcase to read the weight. Perfect for avoiding excess baggage costs.

For the full article including details of luggage concepts including a suitcase that will follow you around by itself, a case with a battery which charges as you wheel it and a case that converts into a scooter visit mashable.com.

Get fit with your kids

Fitness guru and personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, shares her top tips for fun workouts you can do with the kids in order to get fit.

Your children want to have fun with you and you need to stay in shape, so here is a simple and efficient routine which will keep everyone satisfied.

The key is to make it fun so I advise you set this routine to music – try picking one of your child’s favourite songs and encourage them to sing along during the movements.

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Pull in your navel, keep your bottom and your tummy firmly contracted. Bend to one side and stretch your arm above your head. 10 on the right – 10 on the left – 20 fast alternately on each side.

Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language

 Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language


Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language

The left knee should be above the left heel and the right knee should be under your right shoulder. Stretch your arms to the sides and squeeze your shoulder blades to create a good posture for your spine. Stay in this position until your kids finish counting to 20, in another language if possible! Then repeat with the other leg.

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Draw 10 circles with your hips around your feet, first in one direction then in the other. Increasing the speed, draw one circle on one side then one circle on the other for 30 seconds.

Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

 Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag


Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

4B – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

4B – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

Bend your knees in front of your navel. Keep the left knee on the floor and lift the right one as high as you can. Encourage your child to push on your leg to create more resistance, they’ll love making you suffer! Then get your revenge by pushing their legs as they do it and work out your arms. 50 fast per side.

Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree

  Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree


Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree

Place your hands below your shoulders, stretch your arms and keep the right knee under your right hip. Quickly move the left knee up and down without moving your body. 20 per side and repeat again if you can.

Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack

 Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack


Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack

Hands under your head, open your shoulders, look at and pull in your tummy and stretch your legs up. Just keep your lower back on the floor and ask your child to do what they want on your tummy: tickling, uppercuts…everything is allowed as you attempt to hold the position. 30 seconds, 4 series.

Enjoy and have fun.

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Recipe: How to make Mauritian curry paste

Mixing curry spices in to a curry paste is a complex task which must be handled properly if it is to release the maximum of subtle flavours. The local Mauritian grandmothers, our “grandmas“, used to crush these spices on a rock with the help of a stone rolling pin. Along and painful practice, this ancient skill was passed down from mother to daughter.

Making a Mauritian curry paste

Making a Mauritian curry paste

Ingredients (serves 4)

The spice mixture for the curry paste:

  • 24g coriander seeds
  • 18g cumin seeds
  • 12g cardamom capsules
  • 6g black peppercorns
  • 9g fennel seeds
  • 9g mustard seeds
  • 3g cloves
  • 1g dried chilli without seeds
  • 12g green saffron (fresh turmeric), root soaked overnight in water (keep the water)
  • 150g onions
  • 30g garlic
  • 15g curry leaves
  • 30g fresh ginger

1. Peel and wash the herbs and roots, the onion and garlic.

2. Roast all the spices separately (except the green saffron and the dried chilli) in a non-stick pan over a low heat for less than a minute. (You need to be very attentive to the colouration and to the aroma that is released during the roasting.)

3. Put the ingredients into a blender with the minced onion, the garlic, the ginger and the chopped curry leaves, and the crushed green saffron. Mix it together with 250ml of the water used to soak the green saffron until you get a smooth even paste.

4. Take the mixture, cover it with a film of soybean oil and keep it in the fridge.

The curry sauce:

  • 150g onions
  • 60g ginger
  • 120g garlic
  • 300g tomatoes
  • 60g coriander leaves
  • 15g curry leaves
  • 50ml cooking oil

1. Wash and peel all ingredients.

2. Finely chop the onions and coriander separately, put them aside. then chop the garlic and ginger, again, putting them to the side.

3. Cut a tomato into small diced pieces, after removing the stem.

4. Brown the onions in oil, add the garlic paste and ginger. Cook it so it forms a compote.

5. Stir in the mixture of spices, cubed tomatoes and chopped herbs. Simmer for another ten minutes, stirring regularly with a spatula. You will get your base for any curry sauce that you may need for future dishes.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Oxidative white wine:

  • Côtes-du-Jura, Vin jaune, Domaine André et Mireille Tissot, 2004 France
  • Côtes-du-Jura, Tradition du Château d’Arlay, 2004 France

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, is a highlight of the international gastronomic calendar. Next year, the festival will celebrate its 9th year, taking place from 29 March to 6 April.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

The festival pairs European Michelin-starred chefs with the best island cooks from across the Constance group in a week long competition.

The festival promotes an open sharing of ideas and culinary inspiration and techniques between the acclaimed chefs and their island counterparts.

Using only fresh local produce, sourced by the teams at the vibrant Mauritian market in Port Louis, each team must come up with an exciting, creative menu. This menu is then prepared by the island chefs on the final day and judged by a panel of leading culinary professionals.

The festival, a partnership between Constance Hotels & Resorts and the Relais Bernard Loiseau, was launched in 2006 to commemorate the chef Bernard Loiseau.

Guests at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice during the festival can look forward to a week of sumptuous meals prepared by the visiting chefs, demonstrations and a celebratory awards dinner.

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Santiago Luna relives past glories with a win at St Andrews

Spanish golfer Santiago Luna won the SSE Scottish Senior Open at the Fairmont Resort, St Andrews, last weekend, one point ahead of Sam Torrance.

Santiago Luna victorious at St Andrews

Santiago Luna victorious at St Andrews

Despite a determined battle from former Ryder Cup Captain and designer of the Fairmont course, Torrance, Luna finished on five under par taking the victory by only one stroke.

The win marks a dramatic return to St Andrews for Luna who famously beat Tiger Woods on the same course in the Alfred Dunhill Cup back in 1998 to put Spain through to the final.

For Torrance the SSE Scottish Senior Open marks his first top five finish since the MCB Tour Championship, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, in 2011.

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Luxury villa holidays in the Indian Ocean

Having the space and privacy to holiday in your own way and at your own pace, while indulging in the facilities of a 5* hotel, has seen the popularity of hotel villa holidays boom in recent years.

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

At Constance, the selection of elegant, secluded villas provides guests with their own private retreat featuring stylishly decorated, spacious bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining areas as well as the benefit of your own butler, and a pool to dip in or lounge beside.

Alongside the luxurious accommodation are the 5* benefits of the hotel itself including spas, golf courses at Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria, a range of watersports, fitness suites and classes, a choice of restaurants and vibrant bars.

Butler service

Each villa comes with a dedicated villa master/butler on hand to make sure that your every need is met.

The villa master will see that your clothes are unpacked when you arrive and will then organise everything you need throughout your holiday, from spa treatments, water sports and excursions.

Room for all the family

Luxury villas can be the perfect solution for families who want to spend time together but also crave the space to spread out. Kids can play in private gardens and swim in their own pool before venturing to the beach beyond.

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Double storey villas mean that parents can put children to bed and then spend the evening downstairs without worries of waking them.

In-villa babysitting services provide parents with the freedom and peace of mind to venture out and enjoy some grown-up time taking and the chance to take advantage of the hotel and resort 5* facilities.

Constance’s range of luxury villas

At Constance Hotels & Resorts we have a range of luxury villas to suit every need.

  • Beach villas – available at all Constance hotels and resorts
  • Water villas – available at Moofushi, Halaveli, Le Prince Maurice
  • Family villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli, Ephélia
  • Spa villas – available at Ephélia
  • Hillside villas – available at Ephélia
  • Presidential villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Lémuria, Ephélia, Halaveli

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