Constance Lemuria, Seychelles wins at this year’s World Travel Awards

The deluxe resort of Constance Lemuria, Seychelles has won again at this year’s prestigious World Travel Awards.

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria

At last week’s event in Singapore – recognised as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ – the World Travel Awards named Constance Lemuria as:

In addition, the resort is adjacent to Anse Lazio, another award winner:

What makes Lemuria so special?

Constance Lemuria has long been recognised as a luxury island retreat at these awards with particular excellence in golf and spa.

This elegant and eco-friendly resort is set amidst verdant native vegetation, adjacent to 3 of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Kerlan, Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio.

Palm thatched suites and villas are set just metres from the shoreline, and designed using natural wood, marble, limestone and pink granite.

The hotel’s facilities are superb: 3 restaurants, 4 bars, Spa de Constance and Shiseido spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, complimentary kids club, diving, watersports, gym, tennis, yoga and mountain biking.

Sound tempting? Find out more from the Constance Lemuria website.

 

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Visit Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina from August to November, and you stand a good chance of spotting humpback whales as they make their way to one of their favoured breeding grounds off the Malagasy mainland.

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Whale watching at Lodge Tsarabanjina

Every year, these majestic creatures leave the cold waters of the Antarctic seeking out the warmer waters closer to the Equator. Many humpback whales swim to the channel between Ile Sainte-Marie off the East coast of Madagascar to breed.

It’s estimated there are only 10,000-15,000 humpback whales in the world. An endangered species, they have a life expectancy of 45-50 years.

Have you seen a whale in the wild?

If you’ve spotted a whale in the wild, we’d love to see any photos you have of the experience – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook page or tweet them using Twitter, mentioning @constancehotels.

Tips for observing whales

Learn more about how to observe whales from Wild Whales.

Find out more about Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Kanonkop Wine Dinner at Constance Halaveli

Winemaker Johan Krige, from the famous South African winery Kanonkop Estate, is hosting a special wine dinner at Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, this Sunday 21 October.

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Jing restaurant

The menu has been created by our Head Sommelier at Halaveli, Cédric Jacob, and his team together with Executive Chef, Glen Cooper.

At the dinner, with each course we’ll be serving 2 bottles of the same wine but from a different vintage, so guests can learn about the impact of the ageing on the wine.

Here’s the delicious menu we’ll be serving:

To begin

  • Prawn in 3 Textures
  • Pickled ginger mayo & sherry vinaigrette
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Kadette’, Rosé, 2010

Fork & spoon

  • Cinnamon & anise spiced breast of Duck
  • Red fruit gelée & consommé of duck
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Paul Sauer’, 2009
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Paul Sauer’, 1998

Main course

  • Carnival peppered Wagyu beef tenderloin
  • Shitake ravioli & horseradish emulsion
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Dessert

  • Warm Jivara Fondant
  • Pinotage ice cream and compote of red fruits
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Pinotage, 2010
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Pinotage, 2003

Want to find out more?

Find out more about Kanonkop Wine Estate in South Africa.

Visit our website for more information about Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni

A simple and delicious curry dish from Constance Ephelia, Seychelles ideal for a healthy mid-week meal served with pan fried snapper.

Banana curry, Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Banana curry and snapper

  • 5 big leaves of spinach
  • 400g of banana (in Seychelles we use the St Jacques variety)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 30g chopped onions
  • 10g chopped garlic
  • 10g of chopped ginger
  • 4g  turmeric
  • 4g curry powder
  • 20g green peas
  • 20g of peeled tomato dice
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • Salt pepper to taste

1. Blanch the spinach leaves in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, and cool down immediately in ice cold water. Drain, dry and remove the main stalks  and set aside.

2. Blanch the banana with its skins in boiling water for 30 mins or until soft.

3. Cool down, remove the skin and grate the flesh. Set aside.

4. Sautée garlic, ginger, onion in butter until a light brown colour, add curry leaves, turmeric, curry powder and mix together.

5. Now add the grated banana to the pan and mix well together. At last, add the green peas and tomato.

6. Season to taste.

7. To make the cannelloni, take 1 spinach leaf, place some banana curry on top and roll as cannelloni giving a nice cylinder shape. Cut the edges nicely, and set aside.

8. Serve warm with pan seared snapper fish.

Sounds tempting? Find out more about Constance Ephelia Resort from our website.

 

Sourcing the best wines from South Africa for Constance hotels

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré has been busy this month visiting the Cape Wine event in South Africa, sourcing some of the finest wines to bring back to Constance hotels for you to enjoy.

Jerome Faure and team

Jerome Faure and team sourcing wines in South Africa

Cape Wine is a huge event, with around 450 South African wine makers showcasing their wines.

Accompanying Jerome were Cedric Jacob, Head Sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Sanath Kumar, Sommelier at Constance Moofushi, and Fleur Edel, Head Sommelier at Constance Ephelia.

The team spent 3 days tasting some 600 different wines.

They then travelled to the Swartland region and met with wine makers including Eben Sadie, Andrea & Chris Mullineux, before heading to the Walker bay region, home to Hamilton Russell, Ataraxia, La vierge Winery, Cartology….

Guests visiting our hotels in the Indian Ocean are in for a treat. Jerome said, “After this trip, I can tell you that many South African wines are starting to get better and better, and we have found some really amazing wines.”

What’s your favourite South African wine?

Do you have a favourite South African wine? We’d love to know what it is. You can post comments below or on our Facebook page or follow us @constancehotels on Twitter.

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Cape Wine, South Africa

Sourcing great wines at Cape Wine event

Constance Belle Mare Plage stages golf European Senior Tour in December

The European Senior Tour takes place at the Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, this December as part of the MCB Tour Championship.

European Senior Tour Winner 2011, Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman, winner in 2011

Golf fans visiting Mauritius from 7-9 December will be able to enjoy one of the most important European golf tournament series.

Last year, this first-class tournament provided some riveting golfing action, and this year is set to be no exception.

Find out more from the MCB Tour Championship website.

Thinking of planning a holiday to Mauritius? Discover more about our two resorts on the island, Constance Belle Mare Plage and the newly revamped Constance Le Prince Maurice.