iafrica.com discovers paradise in the Seychelles with Constance

Travel writer Richard Holmes claims to have discovered Paradise at Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia in his review for South African portal iafrica.com.

Holmes describes paradise as the combination of perfect beach locations with a range of exciting activities.

A keen golfer, Holmes was inspired and challenged by the stunning 18-hole course at Lémuria but says there are also plenty of other things to do.

‘Aside from the golf and the seafront restaurants – expect plenty of fresh seafood and a stellar winelist – and the gourmet beach picnics and the body treatments in the Spa de Constance, the ocean is a major draw card here.’

Golfers paradise in the Seychelles

Golfers paradise in the Seychelles

Holmes describes Lémuria as an idyllic destination for honeymooners and ‘island escape artists’ while he feels the gentle beaches and exciting activities of Ephélia make it a more family-friendly resort.

He raves about the beauty of Ephélia’s Hillside Villas and its ‘outstanding dining options’ but the draw for him are the activities including kayaking through mangroves and zip-lining through the jungle.

Holmes sums up his time with Constance saying, ‘Whether your paradise is on a white beach of fine powdery sand, a tee box gazing off into a manicured golf course, or sitting down to gourmet meal after gourmet meal, you’ll certainly find your own personal paradise in the Seychelles.’

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

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Guide to the best luxury gifts for 2013

Put a little luxury under the tree this Christmas with our round up of what this year’s best luxury gifts guides are advising you to buy.

Best luxury gifts: Givenchy’s shark tooth necklace

Best luxury gifts: Givenchy’s shark tooth necklace

Net-a-porter

Harpers Bazaar

Esquire

Best luxury gifts: Dinosaur Bone Cufflinks

Best luxury gifts: Dinosaur Bone Cufflinks

Vanity Fair

CN Traveler

  • Always a classic Liberty’s classic prints never go out of style and now you can wrap you modern classic, the iPad in a 1960s lanthe design Liberty iPad case
  • Iconic camera brand Leica is on many people’s wish list this Christmas so why not treat someone you love to the lightweight, WiFi enabled Leica C
  • For globetrotting friends why not encourage them to follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary with the stylish vintage ‘Everest Edition’ Globe-Trotter suitcase. This was the kind of case used by Hillary and is still made of the same material.

If you’re still looking for more gift inspiration Luxurytopics.com has links to all the major luxury brands with hundreds of gift ideas.

Find out more about our 7 luxury hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean – visit our website Constance Hotels & Resorts.

 

Vogue recommends a trip to Le Prince Maurice this winter

Vogue magazine has recommended Constance Le Prince Maurice to readers looking to escape the European winter.

Vogue recommends Spa de Constance

Vogue recommends Spa de Constance

The Wonder of Winter supplement in its December issue describes:

‘Le Prince Maurice is a luxurious but laid-back resort, where you can relax in solitude, catch local bands in the bar and swim under the stars after a long dinner at one of the many restaurants.’

It goes on to advise readers to visit the spa, where guests can revive winter skin by having the Sisley Phyto Aromatic Radiance Facial during their stay.

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Paul Wesselingh tops Order of Merit with Taiwan win

With only the MCB Tour Championship left to play, Paul Wesselingh has moved to the top of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit following a win at the Fubon Senior Open in Taiwan.

Paul Wesselingh

Paul Wesselingh

The Englishman has pushed Denmark’s Steen Tinning into second place in the Order of Merit, promising to make the fight for the coveted John Jacobs Trophy at the MCB Championship a dramatic one.

The MCB Tour Championship is held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius in December and its prize fund of €400,000 could make the crucial difference in deciding which player gets to raise the trophy.

Wesselingh is reported as saying, ‘It’s great to be back on top of the Order of Merit with a nice lead. It’s going to be between me and Steen to win. I love to play in Mauritius and it’s going to be a very exciting event.’

Wesslingh won the Fubon Senior Open at the Miramar Golf and Country Club in Taiwan with a one shot victory over home favourite Le Wen-the.

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Founder of Boujis nightclub Matt Hermer praises the luxury of Le Prince Maurice

CEO of exclusive bar and restaurant group Ignite, Matt Hermer, has told The Telegraph that his idea of luxury is a trip with his family to Constance Le Prince Maurice.

'It’s very laid back, you can totally unwind.’ - Matt Hermer

‘It’s very laid back, you can totally unwind.’ – Matt Hermer

In an interview for The Telegraph’s online Luxury section, Hermer (described as ‘the man behind Boujis nightclub’), was asked to put together a list of his favourite luxuries for a piece entitled ‘My Luxuries’.

He told The Telegraph, ‘We take our family to the Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel in Mauritius every January to switch off and start the New Year. It’s very laid back, you can totally unwind.’

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Seychellois cuisine: cooking with spices

The warm spices and rich flavours of Seychellois cuisine are gathered from the broad ethnic diversity of the country’s culture.

Seychellois cuisine

Enjoy Seychellois cuisine: Samosas and chilli cake, mint chutney and “love-apple” tomato chutney

Influences from France, Africa, India and Asia combine to create an intense, vibrant flavour unique to the Seychelles.

With its history as a producer of spices for the British Empire in its colonial past it is not surprising that fresh, fragrant spices such as chilli, ginger, garlic and cinnamon are at the heart of Seychelles cuisine.

Here are some of the key spices used in the Seychelles and some mouth-watering recipes to inspire you to add a little Creole flavour to your cooking.

Chilli

There are more than 10 different varieties of chilli used in Seychellois cooking each with a distinct flavour and each used for different dishes.

Garlic

With its gentle warmth and intense flavour garlic represents the perfect fusion of European food with the heat of African and Asian cuisine.

Ginger

Ginger has always been central to Indian cuisine and is an important ingredient to many savoury and sweet dishes in the Seychelles. It has been popular with islanders throughout the country’s history for its savoury and medicinal properties. And this delicious recipe creates ice cream that’s medicinal in its own way.

Cinnamon

Grown on the hillside plantations of the Seychelles since colonial times the warm flavour of cinnamon is used in curries ‘cari’, chutneys ‘chatini’ and pickles ‘achar’.

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