Best holiday reads 2014

Whether you’re loading up your Kindle or squeezing paperbacks into your suitcase, taking a great book with you can be the finishing touch to packing for a perfect holiday.

Best holiday reads 2014

Best holiday reads 2014

Take a look at who’s recommending what this year to help inspire your choice.

The Guardian – Best holiday reads 2014

The Guardian has brought together a selection of writers from Jeanette Winterson and Colm Tóibín to Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin to tell readers what they’ll be reading this summer. Highlights include:

  • Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine, the memoir of Albertine’s punk musician days
  • A God in Every Stone ¬by Kamila Shamshie, a compelling story of history and the people who live in it.

The Observer – Best holiday reads 2014

The Observer has lined up a stellar cast of authors, historians, screenwriters and journalists to give their guide to what to read this summer. Highlights include:

  • Prince’s Boy by Paul Bailey, set in the 1920s a Romanian looks back at his time in Paris as a young man from the writer of Gabriel’s Lament.
  • A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor a novel about a young Indian woman’s struggle for freedom and desire.

The Independent – Summer reads 2014: 10 best memoirs

The Independent shines its light on the many compelling autobiographies out this summer and runs down its Top 10. Highlights include:

  • Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton, a fascinating insight into the workings of the mind of the woman and statesman that is Hillary Clinton.
  • Carsick by John Waters, a lively, highly entertaining read, this book follows Waters’ journey hitchhiking across America in 2012.
The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

Esquire – The high-brow beach-read round-up

In an attempt to avoid the summer blockbusters and political potboilers of most summer reading lists, Esquire takes a look at what’s available for those looking for something more substantial. Highlights include:

  • The True American by Anand Giridharadas, New York Times columnist Giridharadas, traces the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan a survivor of a revenge shooting for 9/11 by delusional Mark Stroman. Bhuiyan not only forgives Stroman and rebuilds his life, he also tries to save Stroman from the death penalty.
  • In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen, a novel about how we should write and think about the holocaust set at a Zen retreat in a former concentration camp.

Vogue – Summer’s buzziest beach reads

Vogue bases its summer reading list on the ‘if you liked that, you’ll love this’ approach. Highlights include:

  • I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum, a comic story of a fading Brit Pop artist trying to win back his wife.
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, a thriller set in a future in which society is rendered unable to speak by digital technology.

Red – The best summer reads

Pulling together the best of the new releases and classics from the past the Red team give their recommendations for this summer. Highlights include:

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, set on the French Riviera in the 1920s this is typical Fitzgerald jazz age glamour and heartbreak.

Half A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this Orange Prize winner is a compelling tale of the Biafran War as seen through the eyes of its characters.

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Luxury water villas in Maldives

Imagine sun bleached wooden jetties stretching over crystal waters offering a path to secluded palm thatched villas spacious enough to really give you a chance to unwind and relax. Welcome to our luxury water villas in the Maldives.

Take a tour with our photos from Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli:

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Inside Moofushi's water villa

Inside Moofushi’s water villa

Admiring the view

Admiring the view

Constance Moofushi's senior water villa - where would you rather be?

Constance Moofushi’s senior water villa – where would you rather be?

The lagoon is just a few steps away...

The lagoon is just a few steps away…

The senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

The senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

An aerial view of Constance Halaveli's water villas

An aerial view of Constance Halaveli’s water villas

The water villa in all it's glory

The water villa in all it’s glory

Pick your favourite spot to soak up the sun

Pick your favourite spot to soak up the sun

Inside the water villa

Inside the water villa

Water villa ambience

Water villa ambience

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Recipe: Chicken and pineapple salad

This light chicken and pineapple salad, created by Chef Nalinda of Constance Lémuria, is perfect for eating outdoors on long sunny days.

Nalinda's chicken and pineapple salad

Nalinda’s chicken and pineapple salad

Ingredients

  • 2 single chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 pineapple, peeled and cut into thin 3cm pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into thin diagonal slices
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped spring onion, toasted
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

1. Cut the chicken fillets in half lengthways. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly, then cut into thin slices.

3. Combine the chicken and pineapple with mayonnaise, celery and chopped spring onion. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Endangered green turtle eggs rescued at Grand Anse Kerlan

At Constance Lémuria we rescued 135 green turtle eggs from Grande Anse Kerlan to protect them from natural predators.

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

The rescue formed part of our turtle preservation program which we run in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.

The eggs, collected by turtle manager Robert Matombe and landscape manager Adrian, have been placed in a box and covered with sand so that they can safely hatch some time in the next 8 weeks.

As soon as they hatch, Robert will release the baby turtles safely on to the beach so they can find their way to the ocean.

Endangered green and hawksbill turtles regularly visit the beaches of Constance Lémuria between June and September to lay eggs so our turtle manager patrols every day to make sure mother, eggs (and eventually hatchlings) are safe from natural predators like crabs and rats.

A mother green turtle can return to the same spot up to five times at two week intervals to lay so Roger and Adrian plan to camp on the beach to see the mother and collect any future eggs.

Roger was able to identify the eggs as belonging to a green turtle from the markings the female left on the beach which are larger than those of a hawksbill.

Get involved

Roger welcomes guest interest and involvement at Constance Lemuria showing guests how to help and observe these splendid creatures without causing them any harm or distress.

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Constance Halaveli involved in major project to protect reefs in Maldives

Constance Halaveli is thrilled to be involved in an important IUCN Maldives Marine Project aimed at helping resorts manage and protect their precious reefs.

IUCN Maldives Marine Project helps resorts manage & protect reefs

IUCN Maldives Marine Project helps resorts manage & protect reefs

The IUCN Maldives Marine Project, endorsed by the government of Maldives, hopes to develop a framework to help resorts manage their marine environment by establishing Marine Managed Areas.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the oldest and largest global non-profit environmental organisation in the world and it has selected Ari Atoll as the demonstration atoll for this project. We at Halaveli are excited to have been chosen as one of the resorts taking part.

This week Senior Project Officer, Patrick Svensson PhD, and Marine Biologist, Barbara, will be arriving at Halaveli. They will be working closely with our dive centre to conduct extensive house reef and resort reef system surveys.

The data collected will then be used to create a reef habitat map to illustrate areas of coral cover, diversity and resilience to aid us in managing and maintaining our precious reefs.

Protecting the environment of Halaveli

At Halaveli looking after the natural wonders of our environment is very important to us so that we can pass this beautiful region on to the next generation in tact.

That is why we are also currently working with Valmont and Water Solutions on a coral growth program in the waters around Constance Halaveli.

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Top 5 must see sights in the Seychelles

There are so many beautiful sites and natural wonders spread across the islands of the Seychelles that it can be hard to know where to start.

Palm trees and waterfall in Vallee de Mai, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Vallée de Mai nature reserve, Praslin Island, Seychelles

So before you plan your dream Seychelles holiday, here’s our guide to the top 5 must see sights.

1. Vallée de Mai – Praslin

Don’t miss the opportunity while in Seychelles to wander through the ancient palm forest of Vallée de Mai. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also one of the few places on earth where you can see the mysterious, endemic coco de mer grow.

2. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria – Mahé

Immerse yourself in bustling Seychelles life at the food market held daily in the capital Victoria and surrounded by local clothing and craft shops. Buy fresh local spices, fruit and street food or just take in the vibrant sights and sounds.

3. Anse Georgette – Praslin

A hidden treasure, and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Anse Georgette is a secluded bay accessible by a stunning nature walk from Constance Lémuria. Because it’s not accessible by road, expect to have the pristine white sand and gentle waves almost entirely to yourself.

4. Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden – Mahé

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Set in the hills above the beautiful Anse Royale this old colonial spice plantation has views which stretch for miles over the coast and verdant interior. Spices are still grown in the gardens here and sold in the shop. Enjoy the views from the terrace of its small restaurant, but don’t forget to book as it is very popular.

5. The Giant Aldabra Tortoises – Curieuse Island

A trip to Seychelles wouldn’t be complete without meeting some of its most famous inhabitants, the giant tortoises. While there are several places in Seychelles where visitors can interact with the tortoises (including the botanical gardens on Mahé) Curieuse offers the most natural experience where visitors can meet the tortoises wandering free on this island nature reserve.

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