Gastronomy holidays in the Indian Ocean 2014

One of the hot holiday trends for foodies in 2014 is the gourmet holiday, a chance to combine a trip abroad with the very finest food experience.

Gastronomy holidays at Constance

Gastronomy holidays at Constance

The islands of the Indian Ocean have long had a tradition of delicious food infused with the flavours and heat of local herbs and spices but it took the development of luxury hotels and restaurants in the area to create a gastronomic fusion of traditional and European cuisines.

It is this development which has made discovering the local flavours of countries like Mauritius, Madagascar, Maldives and the Seychelles, a fine-dining treat for the foodie traveller.

Traditional flavours with a culinary twist

At Constance, our classically trained, world-class chefs are at the very centre of this passion for culinary adventure taking the traditional spices and flavours of the islands and merging them with European traditions of haute cuisine.

So at Constance Moofushi in the Maldives our chefs took the traditional Maldivian fisherman’s dish of tuna curry and gave it a Constance twist while at Constance Belle Mare Plage the chefs have turned the popular Mauritius fruit, the Chinese guava, into a sorbet served with a local palm kernel salad.

Fresh high-quality ingredients

Our passion for creating the very best dishes begins with the sourcing of fresh ingredients and, where possible, this means sourcing things locally from the vibrant markets or direct from local fishermen.

Our chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice were even able to track down an Italian cheese-maker who had settled in Mauritius and is passionate about making the very best cacioricotta cheese from local goats’ and cows’ milk to use in their restaurant’s ravioli cacioricotta.

East meets West

At Constance Halaveli’s fine-dining Jing restaurant East meets West in sumptuous style as chefs create fusion dishes such as Red Thai Curry Cappuccino, coffee and anise spiced duck and the delicious desert of mango sticky rice.

A celebration of local culinary traditions

Experience local food, prepared in a traditional way by our world-class chefs and you’ll discover the very best of local island cuisine.

Chefs at Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles recently set about restoring the popularity of the traditional Creole ingredient brède mouroum, the leaves from the moringa tree, by using it as a garnish to their Creole fish broth.

Respect for local culinary traditions is also taken very seriously by our chefs at Constance Tsarabanjina. Our head chef describes the preparation of the national dish Romazava as being like a ritual which no one is allowed to disturb and he is proud to share it with guests of all nationalities.

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Cocktail: Tongasoa fresh juice

A new year offers the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Try our delicious Tongasoa fresh juice, a non alcoholic cocktail from Constance Tsarabanjina, that will definitely put a smile on your face.

Tongasoa fresh juice

Tongasoa fresh juice

Ingredients

  • 10 cl of passion fruits
  • 10 cl pineapple
  • 10 cl goyave
  • 2 cl grenadine
  • 7 cl mango juice
  • 1 banana
  • 2 slices of ginger

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The Times recommends Le Prince Maurice in 50 best spa holidays 2014

The Times has rated Constance Le Prince Maurice, with its special Kick Fast Diet program, as one of the best places to go to lose weight in 2014.

Kick start The Fast Diet at one of the best spa holidays of 2014

Kick start The Fast Diet at one of the best spa holidays of 2014

In its round up of the 50 best spa holidays for 2014, Caroline Sylger-Jones writing for The Times says:

‘What better place to get the hang of the intermittent fasting proposed by the best-selling The Fast Diet than at a cosseting tropical hotel? Co-author Mimi Spencer has devised a ‘Kick-start the Fast Diet’ pack for guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice with nutritious and tasty menus.’

The article points out that at this 5* hotel in Mauritius, you can also enjoy treatments at the Sisley Spa, sunrise and sunset yoga, Pilates and sessions with a personal trainer.

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3 tips to building a new health and fitness regime

January is the perfect time to get back in control of your health and fitness after the blow out of the festive season.

Health and fitness - Yoga on the beach

Health and fitness – Yoga on the beach

Kick-starting that change and then maintaining motivation are two major barriers to success.

Consider taking a break from it all and give your energy levels a boost with a blast of winter sun at one of our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

With fresh, healthy food prepared daily, fully equipped fitness suites, personal trainers, sumptuous spas and adrenalin-pumping water sports a Constance holiday can provide the ideal environment to take a new approach to your wellbeing.

Guidance from a personal trainer

Talk to one of our personal trainers about your health and fitness needs and goals. They can then design a program specifically for you and will be on hand throughout your stay to guide you through it.

You decide whether you want a program based in our high tech fitness suites, in the privacy of your villa or out in the open air with a beach workout, tennis or swimming.

Team spirit

Wellbeing can be about more than fitness – it can be about making connections with others and having fun too. Our fitness classes offer the opportunity to make friends and have fun while you get fit.

Watersports at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Watersports at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Join Isabelle Lamant for aquagym classes in the pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice or try Inyangar Flex classes at Constance Lémuria. And for couples, strengthen your bond with a Thai-yoga massage workshop at Constance Moofushi.

Outdoor adventure

Just being outside in the sunshine boosts your vitamin D levels and gives you more energy. At Constance you can try a range of adrenalin activities including water-skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, scuba diving, catamaran sailing and windsurfing.

Staff at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar offer guided nature walks around the island or you can take in the breathtaking beauty of world renowned Anse Georgette with a guided sunset walk at Constance Lémuria. Guests at Constance Ephélia can take a kayak tour of the mangrove forests surrounding the resort.

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The Sunday Times Travel Magazine recommends Constance Hotels & Resorts

The Sunday Times Travel magazine recommends Constance Hotels and Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles.

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Their Total Guide to the Indian Ocean, February edition, looks at the finest that the region has to offer.

In Gemma Taylor’s fascinating article on wildlife in the Seychelles she describes how even while staying in the luxury hotel of Constance Lémuria on Praslin, it is possible to engage with the beautiful wildlife of the country.

‘Look past the (admittedly breathtaking) golf course here and you’ll find a Jurassic paradise, with curvaceous pools sculpted Thunderbirds-style into granite.’

Taylor recommends, ‘Come in January and you can coo over turtle hatchlings scampering to the sea. Book yourself villa four or five – fabulously described as ‘the maternity ward’ – at Constance Lémuria and you may even spy some of the leathery tots in your garden.’

She also recommends visiting nearby Cousin island, a 10 minute boat-ride from Praslin, which she describes as ‘an aviary Eden’.

The magazine’s Total Guide to Mauritius describes Constance Le Prince Maurice as a grown-up hotel with some of the friendliest staff on the island. It goes on to say ‘the hotel’s beach is one of the most sheltered on Mauritius’.

Constance Moofushi also gets a recommendation in the magazine’s guide to the Maldives with its luxurious all-inclusive Crystal package. The magazine says, ‘Once you’ve factored in arranging and paying for transfers, it really does make sense to go with an inclusive package.’

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  • Visit our website to find out more about all 7 of our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar and to check booking availability – Constance Hotels and Resorts.

 

Lux Traveller review says Halaveli is ‘absolutely perfect’

Luxury travel website Lux Traveller has described Constance Halaveli as a ‘true 6 star experience in the Maldives’.

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The review, written by Lux Traveller CEO Marina Noble, gives Halaveli a glowing score of 10/10 for service, rooms, spa, attention to detail, wow factor, location, generosity and value.

Noble also points out that all the villas at Halaveli come with their own pool, something which she says is, ‘quite rare in the Maldives and sets Halaveli above others’.

As well as the individual pools, Noble praises the luxurious, ‘no expense spared’ design of the villas and their technological features including Apple TV with a wide range of free movies, Nespresso coffee machine and iPod docks.

She goes on to say how impressed she was with the range of activities on offer at the hotel including snorkelling, excursions and the wellness-focused spa with its traditional and modern treatments.

Noble took her two young children to Halaveli and was struck by how child-friendly the hotel was, with everyone from the restaurant staff to the Constance Kids Club (which she describes as, ‘a great addition to an already child friendly resort) making them feel welcome.

Noble reserves her strongest praise for the staff at Halaveli, ‘The best service ever throughout the hotel.’

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