Recipe: Pineapple citrus blast

Put a zing into your step this summer with this refreshing iced fruit drink from Constance Ephélia, Seychelles.

The Pineapple Citrus Blast

The Pineapple Citrus Blast

Ingredients

  • 40ml fresh pineapple (diced in to cubes)
  • 40ml fresh orange (diced in to cubes)
  • 10ml honey
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • Small scoop of crushed ice

Method

1. Measure out ingredients.

2. Pour into a blender.

3. Blend on a low speed for 15 seconds.

4. Slowly pour juice into a tall glass and add a small scoop of crushed ice on top.

5. Add straw and garnish with a quarter of a pineapple.

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Constance Belle Mare Plage welcomes French pastry chef Yann Menguy

La Spaiggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spaiggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

This weekend, we’re delighted to welcome the talented young French pastry chef Yann Menguy to Constance Belle Mare Plage for an exceptional culinary event.

‘Yann is like dynamite, a free electron who creates stylish pastries with elegance and humility,’ says his mentor, world champion of pastry Christophe Michalak.

The chef – who was runner-up on the French reality TV Show Qui Sera le Prochain Grand Pâtissier (Who will be the next big pastry chef) – will be creating magic in the Constance kitchen from 2–5 August, which includes an ‘Around the Chocolate’ gala dinner paired with a global selection of wines at La Spiaggia restaurant on Saturday 2 August. On the menu will be some very special desserts and pastries, so don’t forget to mark the date.

Gala dinner guests can expect a rich and exciting dining experience, with a sea scallop starter accompanied by a 2008 Marcalberto Millesimo from Piedmont, Italy, fish or beef fillet to follow with a 2011 New Zealand Chardonnay or 2011 South African Syrah Carignan respectively, plus a 1980 vintage from the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon to accompany the Cocoa Crystalline dessert.

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Inspired by passion: Head sommelier at Constance Moofushi

Our staff are inspired by their passion to give guests exceptional experiences while on holiday at Constance, and Head Sommelier of Moofushi, Nash Kanyangarara is no exception.

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi's Manta Restaurant

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi’s Manta Restaurant

Nash joined us in 2009 and thanks to his friendly approach, infatuation with all things relating to wine and dedication, he was promoted to head sommelier this year.

Nash says, ‘My passion is my job. I love everything about what I do.’ Nash is inspired by others who share this passion and creative approach to their work including Yuko and Shin Kibayashi, Manga cartoonists from Japan. Their weekly comic strip is based on the adventures of Shizuku as he takes a voyage of discovery through the great wines of today.

‘Yuko and Shin Kibayashi have transformed the Asian wine industry and put wine-drinking numbers up across Asia with their comic featuring authentic wines,’ enthuses Nash. ‘Who would have thought that someone coming from a country that does not produce a lot of wine could change so much!’

For him Constance was a perfect fit to his own passion and motivation. He explains, ‘In Constance there’s a saying “elegance comes naturally” because as a brand we don’t need to push too much, everything about Constance relates to its surroundings, the staff, service and the beauty. That is the definition of natural elegance that our guest will always remember.’

Nash’s wine recommendation

Sadie Family Columella 2000 Swartland, South Africa Red Wine A nose of fresh dark fruits and bright berries, the palate is firm and quite tannic with just a hint of earth and spice. This wine has a well balanced spicy structure with a hint of gravel and appealing berry fruits, still fresh and elegant.

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Top 10 beach gadgets for 2014

From e-readers to waterproof cases for phones and tablets, this summer all your tech can be beach-ready. Take a look at our pick of this year’s top beach-friendly gadgets.

Top beach gadgets: ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

Top beach gadgets: ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

1. Waterfi Waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation)

The clever folk at Waterfi have enhanced the latest Kindle Paperwhite to make it waterproof, sandproof, even suntan lotion proof so now you can enjoy your summer books anywhere and everywhere.

2. Mophie Powerstation

Using your smartphone or tablet on the beach as e-reader, games console, MP3-player and more can be a drain on its battery but pop one of these portable power stations in your beach-bag and you can charge your device twice over.

3. ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

Available on Amazon this cool waterproof case is designed to make any smartphone (including iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android handsets) waterproof. Plug in a standard audio jack and it doubles up as an on-the-go waterproof speaker.

4. Misfit Shine

Want to track your fitness levels as you swim out to sea or do laps in the hotel pool? Then strap on this sleek activity tracker. The device will gather all the data from your swim and then sync to an easy to use app on your smartphone. It can also be used for out of the water activities.

5. Sony Action Cam

Capture all the adventure of a beach holiday in stunning Sony quality with this neat point-of-view camera. Waterproof casing means you can capture waterskiing, sailing or big game fishing moments without worrying about damaging the camera. An ultra-wide lens and low-light sensor allows you to capture stunning images other cameras would miss.

Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

6. LifeProof Cases

These cool sleek cases in a range of colours (or customise your own) make your beloved digital devices waterproof, dirt-proof, shock-proof and snow proof so you can literally take them anywhere on earth. Available for iPhones, iPads, iPods and Galaxy S3,4,5.

7. Samsung Galaxy S5

The all-singing-all-dancing new Galaxy S5 from Samsung is water, sand and dust resistant. Add to this its 16mp camera and energy saver setting and you have the perfect all-purpose beach smartphone.

8. Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

Allow friends and family back home to share in your scuba diving or snorkelling experiences as if they were with you with this high-tech dive mask with HD camcorder built in. The mask’s camera can take stills or video with audio at depths up to 40m.

9. Finis Neptune Underwater MP3 Player

Using revolutionary bone conduction audio transmission this MP3 player allows you to listen to music underwater without ear buds. Instead it transmits audio through your cheekbone directly into your inner ear.

10. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 32GB Wifi

This latest tablet from Sony is waterproof and dust proof, with its lightweight design (it’s only 0.25 inches thick and weighs 439.42g) it’s perfect for the beach and won’t weigh down your hand luggage.

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3 summer wines to try from New Zealand

Head sommelier at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Jerome Carlier, suggests three of his favourite New Zealand wines to be enjoyed in the summer sunshine.

Enjoy New Zealand's summer wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy New Zealand’s summer wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Escarpment Pinot Gris 2012, Escarpment Winery, New Zealand

Grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the Martinborough Terrace during a cool growing season for the district, a longer summer allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully.

The result was opulent fruit flavours combining beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Pinot Gris.

The flavours are reminiscent of ripe pears and white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish.

Its dry style has enhanced the fruit flavours Pinot Gris is renowned for. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has improved the texture allowing it to match most entrée dishes.

A great alternative to Chardonnay it has been inspired by the classical French approach to the variety. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.

Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2012, Felton Road, New Zealand

Violets and roses, with a potpourri of spice box elements. A very textural rich palate of vibrant fruit without a hint of heaviness or excess. Intense concentration is coupled with a purity that enables every subtlety to sing through.

This being a combination of the three estate vineyards, the subtleties are manifold, each contributing to the complexity rather than being lost in the blend. The structure is confidently firm but not aggressive.

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Summer Rosé 2011, Ata Rangi, New Zealand

This very pretty, beautifully balanced dry-style 2013 Summer Rosé is made largely from Merlot, with just a tickle of Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The fruit is crushed and left in the tank overnight before draining the juice from the skins and cool-fermenting in the tank.

A creamy strawberry/raspberry character and succulent watermelon notes run across the bright, crisp palate. In the background, faint hints of cranberry and a touch of aniseed add complexity and interest.

This versatile wine is a perfect drop for long summer afternoons on the veranda, or enjoying year-round with any lighter style, summery food.

Experience fine wine at Le Prince Maurice

Take a tour of our extensive wine cellar with capacity for 15,000 bottles followed by a wine tasting under the guidance of one of our highly trained sommeliers.

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How to create your travel bucket list

Susan Sontag once said, ‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.’

Does the maldives feature on your travel bucket list?

Does the maldives feature on your travel bucket list?

Creating a list of wonderful places you dream about one day visiting is the first step in an adventure which can last a lifetime.

But for those who don’t already have a travel bucket list it can be an intimidating thing to start.

Luxury Travel Mom blogger Kim-Marie Evans urges her readers who don’t yet have a bucket list to ‘start writing, you might be surprised at what you find on the page’.

Think of photographs you’ve seen which have made you sigh longingly, stories friends have told about places that have made you green with envy. These are all places that should be on your bucket list.

The experience of a lifetime

The thing to bear in mind about your list is that it doesn’t need to be just a catalogue of destinations. A bucket list can also be a collection of experiences you would like to have in your lifetime.

The sky is literally the limit when dreaming up bucket list activities. Have you always wanted to zip-line through a tropical jungle, learn to scuba dive or play golf on a Championship golf course in Mauritius? Jotting it down on the list can be the first step towards making it happen.

Many 5* hotels, such as Constance Hotels & Resorts across the Indian Ocean, now offer a range of bucket-list-worthy activities from cookery lessons with a world-class chef to diving with sharks or spending a day on your very own desert island with dinner delivered by boat.

Bucket list destinations

It can be difficult sometimes to pin down exactly where we want to go, we know that photographs of white sand beaches shaded by palm trees in magazines make us drool but where are they exactly?

Dramatic landscapes: The Baobab trees of Madagascar

Dramatic landscapes: The Baobab trees of Madagascar

Here’s our guide to possible bucket list destinations:

  • Maldives – If you dream of walking barefoot on the beach of a white coral sand island secluded in a vast blue ocean, or sleeping in your own villa which stands on stilts over a clear blue lagoon, the chances are the Maldives should be on your bucket list.
  • Madagascar – If your spirit craves adventure, you want to explore dramatic landscapes, see new things, immerse yourself in a vibrant friendly community then Madagascar needs to go on the list.
  • Seychelles – The Seychelles features on many bucket lists not just for the picture postcard white-sand beaches and enticing climate but the warm welcome visitors receive and the natural beauty of its various islands.
  • Mauritius – With its stunning coastline and activities aplenty both on the ocean and amidst the dramatic, mountainous interior Mauritius earns its place on many a bucket list.

Wherever you choose, whichever destinations get your pulse racing and your heart fluttering, start the list today. You might be surprised by the places your imagination will dare to take you.

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