Travel inspiration 2014: Madagascar

If you dream of a Robinson Crusoe-style island, deserted beaches, walks through landscapes unchanged for thousands of years and close encounters with rare wildlife then Madagascar should be top of your wish list this year.

Travel inspiration: Madagascar

Travel inspiration: Madagascar

Off the well-worn tourist trail, Madagascar remains a relatively untouched paradise with rich cultural traditions and landscapes teeming with unique biodiversity.

Madagascan landscapes

Spend time on the mainland and go trekking in the breathtaking national parks (including the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bermaraha with its startling landscape of limestone needles) and visiting the country’s many vibrant bustling markets before heading to the beach for a little R&R.

Culinary traditions of Madagascar

In Madagascar even relaxation can feel like a cultural adventure with meals of fresh seafood still caught in the traditional way and prepared with the warm spices of the island in the same way it has been for hundreds of years.

At Constance Tsarabanjina guests will see local fishermen turning up on the beach to sell their catch to the hotel’s restaurant. Our chefs create delicious Madagascan dishes with an elegant twist.

Guests who want to immerse themselves in the island’s fishing heritage further can even take a trip on a pirogue (a traditional wooden fishing boat) and try Madagascan net fishing for themselves.

Bring home your catch and the chefs at the resort will prepare and cook it for you to enjoy in the evening.

Unique biodiversity of Madagascar

Of course, one of the main reasons people visit Madagascar is to encounter the unique biodiversity, more than 80 per cent of the flora and fauna here is not found anywhere else on Earth.

Landscapes range from tropical rainforest to spiny deserts, reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests. Species include the unique lemurs, endangered serpent eagle as well as rare chameleons and geckos.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

4 Deserts race, Madagascar

This year Madagascar has been selected to host the Roving Race section of the 4 Deserts race, the world’s leading endurance footrace. In August around 250 runners from more than 40 countries will take on the island’s varied terrain racing over 250km in seven days.

Scuba diving in Madagascar

Once you’ve seen the sights on land dive in to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and discover a submarine world still largely unexplored. The relatively recent growth of tourism in the region means that much of the ocean around the island has not been dived extensively before.

Off the coast of Tsarabanjina you can be among the first to discover vibrant coral reefs, stunning sponge gardens and a plethora of colourful marine life. The many dive sites include exciting tunnels, caves, overhangs, cliff-faces and beautiful reefs, providing something for divers of all levels.

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Global Adventuress praises Constance Hotels & Resorts in Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Travel website Global Adventuress has described Constance as ‘a hotel group that offers incredible luxury resorts, spas and golf courses throughout the Indian Ocean’.

Travel writer and consultant Patricia Stone visited Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles, a trip which, she said, created many ‘wonderful memories’.

Writing for Global Adventuress, Stone says of her time at Constance Ephélia, ‘We found lots to do and stayed active bicycling around the resort property, exploring the beaches, working out at the fully equipped gym and even challenged ourselves to rock climb and zip line with onsite SMAC Adventures’.

Stone describes Constance Lémuria as a ‘family friendly resort set on the northwest side of Praslin with three of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world’.

Global Adventuress is a website dedicated to female travellers encouraging its readers to share their experiences, photos and advice.

Read more about Stones time in the Seychelles at Global Adventuress.

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Celebrate the Passion of Gastronomy in Mauritius at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Watch this video of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau:

Gourmets are welcome to book our 7 nights Passion of Gastronomy package, including exceptional culinary delights. The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau is known as one of the most coveted festivals on the international culinary calendar and runs from the 31 March to 7 April 2014.

This 7 night culinary package starts from € 3000 at Constance Belle Mare Plage and €4,900 at Constance Le Prince Maurice and includes mouth-watering breakfasts and dinners.

Plan ahead and take advantage of this special offer. Join us for this extraordinary culinary vacation unlike any other in Mauritius with special events combining culture and fine dining.

It is a rare opportunity to join some of the world’s leading Michelin-starred chefs.

This year’s festival includes Michelin-starred chefs Jacob Holmstrom from Sweden’s Gastrologik Restaurant, and the UK’s Tim Allen of Launceston Place.

7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package at Constance Belle Mare Plage:

  • Room Category: Prestige Room – €3,000 per room on Half Board Basis, with the possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of €400 per extra night until the 13th of April.
  • Room Category: Junior Suite – €3,500 per suite on Half Board Basis, with the possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of €485 per extra night until the 13th of April.

The highlight of this package will be a 6 star dinner on the 4 April which will be staged by all 6 Michelin-starred chefs present for the culinary festival.

7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package at Constance Le Prince Maurice:

  • Room Category: Junior Suite – € 4,900 per suite on Half Board Basis, with a possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of € 660 per extra night until the 13th of April.
  • Room Category: Villa – € 8,500 per villa on Half Board Basis, with a possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of € 1,190 per extra night until the 13th of April.

The highlight of this package will be a 6 star dinner on the 4th of April which will be staged by all 6 Michelin-starred chefs present for the culinary festival.

Offer valid from 31st March to 13th April 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

To book the Passion of Gastronomy Package email us at events@constancehotels.com or find out more on the website: Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

We look forward to having you amongst us as we welcome acclaimed chefs for a week of competitions, behind the scene kitchen tours and exquisite dining.

 

Constance culinary spirit

The annual Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, brings together leading Michelin-starred chefs and Constance chefs in a week-long event of sharing ideas, skills and culinary traditions.

The Constance culinary spirit

The Constance culinary spirit

At the heart of the festival lies the Constance culinary spirit. Our hotels and resorts have built their reputation on the exceptional culinary experience that we offer guests.

Each of our talented chefs has their own style and character while following the philosophy that underpins this culinary spirit:

  • using fresh, top-quality produce to create a sophisticated, international cuisine
  • working together as a team to create culinary delights for the pleasure of our guests.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Since 2006 we have worked closely with Relais Bernard Loiseau to create a festival that demonstrates our passion for culinary adventure, delicious fresh ingredients and sophisticated international cuisine.

We showcase the best of the produce and culinary wonders of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. One of the basic rules of the competition is to use local produce and spices as much as possible.

To date, we’ve created a high profile event that exudes warmth and humanity.

The Michelin-starred chefs at this year’s festival, taking place from 31 March to 7 April, will include:

Mirto Marchesi – Relais & Châteaux le Chalet d’Adrien, La Table d’Adrien, Verbier, Switzerland
Jacob Holmström, Gastrologik Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden
Nicolas Massé, Les Sources de Caudalie, La Grand Vigne, Bordeaux-Martillac, France
Tim Allen, Launceston Place, London, England
Jens Rittmeyer, Budersand Hotel – Golf & Spa, Sylt, Restaurant Kai 3, Hörnum, Germany

Visit the website for more information on this event : Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Book our Passion of Gastronomy Package in Mauritius

Guests can experience food created by all of these prestigious chefs at a special 6 star dinner held at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice during the culinary festival as part of our 7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package.

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Shared pleasures: Wine tasting at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At Constance our sommeliers are not just passionate about wine but about sharing that passion with you.

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Our Constance head sommelier Jerome Faure, travels the world, old and new, to uncover the very best wines and bring them back to our cellars in the Indian Ocean.

He brings with him not just the wines themselves but their stories, their histories, the knowledge of the land on which they were grown so that all our sommeliers can share that knowledge with you.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

At Constance Le Prince Maurice our state-of-the-art wine cellar has capacity for more than 15,000 bottles and guests are invited to regular wine tastings where our sommeliers will guide you through some of our favourite wines.

Wines at Le Prince Maurice include:

  • Champagne Salon 1966 from Mesnil sur Ogier, France
  • Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Domaine de la Grange des Peres 2004/05/06/07/08/09, France
  • Swartland – Mullineux Schist Syrah 2010 – the first vintage of one exclusive wine, South Africa

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Constance Halaveli, guests can enjoy a range of sublime wines under the guidance of head sommelier Cedric Jacob, who trained in his native France.

Wines at Halaveli include:

  • Chablis, ‘Terroir de Courgis’, Patrick Piuze, 2010, France, Burgundy
  • VDP des Bouches du Rhône, Villa Minna, Red, 2007, France, Provence
  • Waterkloof, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 – South Africa, Stellenbosh

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Amidst the laidback luxury of Constance Moofushi wine tasting takes on a more ‘chilled out’ approach with tables set up in the tranquil lagoon so that guests can sample wines with the ocean lapping at their feet.

Wines at Moofushi include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marianne Estate, 2011, South Africa (dry white)
  • Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse, 2010, France (red)
  • Malbec Rose, Tapiz, 2011, Argentina (dry rosé)

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Our passion for wine spans from the grand, world famous ‘old world’ producers to the small independent artisans and the cutting edge producers of the new world. From famous vintages to new offerings, it is this range that you’ll discover at Constance.

 

 

Kickstart the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Improve your sense of wellbeing with the Kickstart Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

Enjoy the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Guests will discover carefully created calorie-counted menus, spa treatments and expert fitness advice as part of a program set up in partnership with the Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer.

Delicious dishes

The chefs at our restaurants have worked hard to ensure that for guests following the diet, fast days are as pleasurable as non-fast days with a menu of delicious, freshly prepared calorie-counted dishes.

A Fast menu is available at our restaurants as well as for in-room dining. Highlights of the menu include dishes such as:

Breakfast

  • Poached eggs with smoked marlin (175 calories approx)
  • Pineapple with natural yogurt and honey (240 calories approx)

Lunch

  • Poach shrimp salad in an aromatic stock, crispy vegetables, fruits and palm hearts (147 calories)
  • Prince Maurice Niçoise salad with fresh Albacore tuna (366 calories)

Dinner

  • Poached red snapper quenelles Mediterranean vegetables, preserved lemon mezza luna (273 calories)
  • Grilled lobster (352 calories)
  • Tarragon scallops (113 calories)
Relax at the Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Relax at the Laguna Bar

Mimi Recommends – for non-fast days

Mimi Spencer is eager to help guests achieve results even on non-fasting days. We have worked with Mimi to create a range of particularly healthy options across our restaurant, drinks and spa menus labelled ‘Mimi Recommends’.

Delicious healthy meals on non-fast days include:

  • A selection of sushi, sashimi, maki from our Asian restaurant
  • Creole Prince-style ‘bouillabaisse’ with lobster, scallops, shrimps, grouper, clams and baby squid
  • Madagascar faye faye crab with avocado, tomato, lemon and chilli
  • Palm heart from our hills with Mango, aragula and red chilli

Win a holiday to Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Mail on Sunday (UK) is offering readers the chance to win a 7 night luxury holiday for 2 to Constance Le Prince Maurice including flights with Air Mauritius, half board with a complimentary spa treatment and personal training session for each person.

Visit the website to find out more and enter to win a holiday to Constance Le Prince Maurice: Mail Online

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