Chef Robert Speth returns to create a culinary treat for Constance guests

We are thrilled to be able to welcome Michelin-starred chef Robert Speth back to Mauritius for a culinary event this November.

Robert Speth

Michelin-starred chef Robert Speth

The famous German chef at Gstaad’s Chesery Restaurant visited Constance Belle Mare Plage in March as one of the participating chefs in the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival. 2013.

This time Chef Speth will be returning to create two signature dinners exclusively for Constance guests at Belle Mare Plage on 15 November and Constance Le Prince Maurice on 16 November.

Having worked his way up through the kitchen of the Chesery since 1984, Chef Speth was rewarded in 1998 with a Michelin star and again in 2005 when he was named Chef of the Year by GaultMillau.

Chef Speth believes in simple, uncomplicated cuisine based around the very best ingredients from the most basic vegetables and spices to the finest delicacies. With a love of seafood he creates dishes using techniques from French, Italian and even Asian cuisine.

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Recipe: Grilled prawns and grilled mortared tomato satini

The satini grilled tomatoes are very simple to make. This is a recipe that will enhance all your preparations of meat, fish and seafood on the barbecue.

Grilled prawns and grilled mortared tomato satini

Grilled prawns and grilled mortared tomato satini

At Lémuria, this accompaniment is regularly used when we organise private barbecues in the hotel’s beautiful villas.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

The prawns:

  • 12 black tiger prawns (size U10)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 10g ginger
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 1 lime
  • 1g curry powder
  • Salt/pepper

1. Peel the prawns and keep the heads and tails. Store them.

2. Chop the garlic, ginger and coriander. Peel the lime and squeeze the juice. Mix all these ingredients together. Add curry powder, salt and pepper and marinade the prawns for 3 hours.

3. Place the prawns on skewers and cook on a grill or barbecue for about 2 minutes on each side.

The tomato satini garnish:

  • 200g tomatoes
  • 60g onions
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 50ml olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt/pepper

1. Score the tomatoes on the top and arrange them on a plate. Add the olive oil and salt. Bake them at 180˚C for 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Once cooked, peel them, cut them into quarters and remove the seeds. Keep the cooking oil. Grind the coriander and chop the onion. In a mortar, mix the tomato quarters, the lemon juice, the onion and the olive oil that was used for cooking the tomatoes.

3. Mix it until you get a thick paste. Finish off by adding the coriander, and check the seasoning.

Finishing and presentation

Arrange the skewers on plates and the tomato satini on the side in a small bowl.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Pouilly Fumé, “Blanc Fumé de Pouilly”, Didier Dagueneau, 2010 France
  • Anjou “Effusion”, Patrick Baudouin, 2009 France 

 

Le Prince Maurice in Tatler magazine’s Spa Guide 2014

Tatler magazine has described Constance Le Prince Maurice as a ‘little piece of paradise’ in its Spa Guide 2014.

Spa Guide 2014

Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice

The Tatler Spa Guide is an annual rundown of the very best spas from around the world. Featured in the November issue (out now), the Spa Guide 2014 includes the spa at Le Prince Maurice under the banner ‘Hedonist, Pure Indulgence’.

The review states:

‘The spa merges magically with the outdoors, so you don’t feel you’re “wasting” precious sunshine time. A little plunge pool, for instance, is surrounded by cushioned loungers perfect for lolling on post-treatment, while only a rattan blind comes between you and the outside world in the bright and breezy garden treatment rooms.’

The review goes on to praise the Sisley Spa and its signature treatments, Brice Nicham’s ‘soporific medical pedicures’ and yoga and pilates sessions with ‘French goddess and ex-gymnast’ Isabelle Lamant.

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Island nature walks at Constance Halaveli

Renowned marine biologist Robin Aiello writes from Halaveli.

Island nature walks at Constance Halaveli

Island nature walks at Constance Halaveli

It is so wonderful to be back here at the beautiful Halaveli for the next month or so. Arriving back on the island was like returning home – no wonder so many guests return time after time to this island paradise. The weather has been perfect since I arrived, with light sea breezes, clear blue skies and spectacular sunsets.

Guided Island Nature Walks

This time, the General Manager, Renato Chizzola, and I have another new project to develop – a Guided Island Nature Walk of the coastal plants and animals. It is a fun-filled 45-minute stroll along the beach edge. It starts with a bit of beachcombing – looking for those elusive ghost crabs that dart to and fro, the charismatic hermit crabs that scurry along carrying snail shells on their back, and of course all those pretty little shells that come in so many shapes and colours.

Snails and shells

It is amazing what you can tell about a shell by its shape. The long tapered, pointy snail shell, like cone shells, olive shell and Turritellidae have a shape perfect for burrowing just under the surface of the sand as they hunt their food. As they move through the sand, the constant abrasion serves to keep the shell polished, which is why the shells are always so smooth.

But snails with larger bulky rounder shells with spikes, like the whelks and conchs, do not live under the sand. Instead they live on top of the reef, so need the spikes and thick shells for protection from snail-eating fish. They also have larger, rounder openings (called ‘apertures’) than the pointy shells – this is to make room for their big muscular ‘foot’, that snails use for crawling. These snails need an extra strong one for holding onto the reef so they do not get picked off by fish, or washed away by waves or currents.

Predatory snails

Sometimes you will find shells with perfectly round little holes drilled into them. Ever wonder who did that? Believe it or not, a snail makes these holes! Some predatory snails, particularly moon snails (naticids), use a specially modified ‘tooth’ (called a radula’) to drill through the hard shells of snails and clams. To soften the shell as they drill, they secrete sulphuric acid into the hole. Wow – such high-technology in such small animals! Once the hole is drilled, the snails stick their proboscis through the hole and start eating.

We have a lot of fun on this walk picking up different shells and being able to tell where they live, what they feed on, who might have eaten them.

The Guided Nature Walk continues along the shore-side looking at the coastal plants. These too, have special adaptations for living in such a sandy, sunny, dry environment. Some have wax-covered leaves to trap in moisture, while others have thin leaves that hang down to avoid the direct sunlight.

And, nearly every tree here can also be used for survival if you were stranded on a remote island in the tropics.This will be the topic of my next blog – so stay tuned.

Marine Biologist, Robin Aiello

Marine Biologist, Robin Aiello

About Robin

An honours graduate from Harvard University with a degree in Evolutionary Biology and Geographical Sciences, Robin Aiello has made her 30 year career travelling to the farthest corners of the globe as a marine biologist, expedition leader, lecturer and dive master.

With expertise ranging from the Indian Ocean to West Africa to Antarctica, including animals as diverse as polar bears, sea turtles and sea birds her depth of knowledge is simply incredible but she has a concentration on tropical coral reefs and shark conservation, perfect for an introduction to Halaveli.

She has over 25 publications, has won both the EcoWarrior and Earth Ambassador Awards.

Robin Aiello at Halaveli

Robin is with us at Halaveli for you to ask any question you may have.

Join us Monday, Thursday, or Saturday nights for one of her riveting lectures – please see your Daily Sun for exact times and topics.

Learn to play golf on a luxury holiday

Seize the opportunity on a luxury holiday with Constance to discover what it is that makes millions of people worldwide so passionate about golf.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Whether you’ve been inspired by watching McIlroy, Rose and Woods on TV or just fancy joining your friends in a friendly game, a luxury holiday is the perfect time to take the plunge and learn to play golf.

Golf in the Indian Ocean

At Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Lémuria we have golf pros on hand to introduce you to the sport and teach you the basics to get you started.

And you don’t need to worry about investing in equipment as all resorts have a range of golf equipment available to rent as you discover the game for the first time.

Marc Farry Golf Academy, Mauritius

Learn from the very best at the Marc Farry Golf Academy at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice where you will get to try out your new grip, posture and swing on two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Based on the teaching method created by championship French golfer Marc Farry, the specially selected golf pros will take you through a series of courses that will leave you feeling confident to take up the game when you get home.

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Lémuria, Seychelles

Professionals are also on hand at the stunning, terraced landscape of the golf course at Lémuria, the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles.

Book your games before you travel

You can even take the plunge and commit yourself to trying something new before you arrive at the hotel or resort by booking your tee-off times and coaching online with our online concierge.

Apres-golf

After all that exertion on the greens you’ll deserve some serious rest and relaxation and what better way to unwind than with a ‘Golfer’s Tonic’, a treatment specially designed to ease the muscles of golfers in our Spa de Constance.

Or if you have fallen so in love with the game that you don’t want to leave the greens why not enjoy a chilled glass of champagne at one of the club house restaurants to celebrate your new passion.

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Trends 2013: adventure honeymoons

Adventure honeymoons are the latest trend for newlyweds according to travel writer for the Huffington Post, Jane Anderson.

Sailing at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Sailing at Constance Belle Mare Plage

In her blog, Anderson explains the popularity for adrenalin-packed adventure honeymoons saying many couples are experienced travellers before they marry so are looking for new experiences to make their honeymoon ‘special’.

Combine thrills and romance at Constance

Create a honeymoon that perfectly blends the romance of a luxury 5* island getaway with a rush of adrenalin-fuelled excitement at Constance Hotels and Resorts.

Whether you want to start your married life off with a shark dive, a zip line adventure through tropical forests, pitting your wits against the mammoths of the ocean in big game fishing or exploring the Indian Ocean by torchlight on a night dive, Constance delivers in spades.

Scuba diving

Qualified instructors at all our hotels and resorts can teach you how to dive and then take you out to explore the stunning reefs and marine life of the Indian Ocean.

Even experienced divers will feel the rush of trying a night dive for the first time or joining a shark dive at Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli. For keen swimmers a night-time snorkel excursion is also available at Halaveli.

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

Rock climbing and mountain biking

Learn rock climbing on the challenging granite climbing walls at Constance Ephélia before zip lining back down to earth through the rich Seychelles’ foliage.

Combine the romance of exploration with the thrill of mountain biking in Mauritius and the Seychelles with bikes available at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Lémuria and Ephélia.

Sailing and out at sea

Or if you’ve been inspired by the recent adrenalin-pumping action of the America’s Cup, then you can sail on a catamaran. Fly fishing, night fishing and kite surfing also feature.

Start your married life together with the thrill of adventure and start striking a few things off your bucket list.

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