In the kitchen, I can’t live without…

 

Microplane

Versatile microplane

In our new series, we take a look behind the scenes of the high-functioning kitchens at our Constance resorts to find out what kitchen equipment our chefs use time and time again.

Here, Chef Dominique Grel, Executive Chef of Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius reveals a Microplane is his must-have gadget in the kitchen.

Tired of your old Parmesan cheese grater that doesn’t grate? Or fed up with your lemon zester that mashes the zest instead of grating it?

Buy a Microplane. They’re sharp. They’re versatile. And they look cool.

At La Spiaggia restaurant, I like to serve a beautiful and healthy salad with seasonal vegetables, elegantly sliced in thin shavings using the microplane.

Season with Dandaragan (a great olive oil from Australia which comes in 3 characters: fruity, delicate of robust), kalamata olives and chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano.

 

Simple to prepare and delicious to eat.

What’s your favourite piece of kitchen equipment?

Do you have a favourite piece of kitchen equipment you use time and again? We’d love to hear from you. You can post a comment on our blog below, or to Constance Facebook or Twitter @constancehotels.

Honeymoons at Constance hotels

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve brought you some honeymoon stories from our Constance community. Thank you to everyone for taking part.

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and I went to school together and reconnected 12 years later by chance at a mutual friends party. The rest is history!

We went to the magical Constance Halaveli in theMaldivesfor our honeymoon in April 2011.

Some of the things we loved the most about our honeymoon were snorkelling around our water villa every day, and sitting on the beach at Jahaz bar watching the sun set every afternoon while sampling all the delicious cocktails made by CJ the barman.

Every morning, we would wake up to a beautiful sunrise across theIndian Ocean, sitting on our deck and drinking coffee. We would sit for hours taking in the beauty of theMaldives. The water villas are extremely spacious and contained all the necessary amenities, plus they are so private we felt as if we were the only ones there.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Make sure you pick the right hotel. You can go to a beautiful place like theMaldivesbut if you choose the wrong hotel you’ll be completely disappointed. TheMaldivesis exceptional and if you do go, you must stay in a water villa. You seldom get the opportunity to wake up to the sound of the ocean beneath you and walk straight out of your villa and into the ocean.

To us, Constance Halaveli had the most beautiful water villa and we would highly recommend this resort to anyone. The restaurants are top class, the staff go out of their  way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The villas have everything you need, you don’t have to leave your villa if you don’t want to.

And lastly, take a tripod with you – it’s fantastic for randomly taking photos and capturing special moments together.

 

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

We met each other at university. In October 2011, we went to Constance Moofushi on our honeymoon.

One of the most fun things we did was a sunset tour with a Dhoni. We have very special memories of our whole trip to Moofushi. The beaches are wonderful and the people who work there are so nice and friendly.

Our top tip for honeymooners: Enjoy your time together! And if you go to theMaldives, do as much snorkelling as you can – it is so much fun.

 

 

Mr Dmitry and Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

We met each other at University 12 years ago.

We went on our honeymoon to Constance Moofushi in December 2011. We had our official wedding inRussiathe day before we left, but we also had a wedding ceremony at Moofushi. It was something special and only for us.

The thing we liked the most about Moofushi was the romantic atmosphere of the island. It was so lovely to lie on our villa’s terrace or on the beach, to enjoy the sounds of the sea and fresh air, to read books and drink wine.

We went snorkelling and diving where we saw sharks and small rays.  We also liked the spa very much. Special gratitude for DJ in Manta Bar. He made pictures of our wedding ceremony in secret and on the next evening he staged a slideshow with music for us and all guests at Manta Bar. It was a lovely surprise!

Our top tip for honeymooners:

If you’re looking for high quality all-inclusive service, an unforgettable wedding ceremony we really recommend Constance Moofushi. TheMaldivesis paradise on the earth.

 

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

We met when I was serving in the British Military inGermanyand Nicole came to visit an old school friend, as her father had also been in the military.  Her best friend was the girlfriend of a friend of mine, so we were introduced.

We got married at Constance Lemuria in May 2007. One of the most fun things we did on our honeymoon was learn to play golf, it was hilarious.

We loved our wedding meal – we were staying in a pool villa, and our wedding meal was served in the sunken area in the middle of the pool. It was really quite special.  The staff also made us a special wedding cake, which was delicious.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Our tip -  why stress about any of it… our wedding planner did everything while we relaxed and enjoyed our time there.

We’d love to hear from more of you

If you’ve been on honeymoon to one of ourConstanceresorts, we’d love to see your photos. You can post them onto the Constance Facebook page or tweet them using @constancehotels.

 

 

Romance your valentine at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Romantic dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Romantic dining on the beach

Wrap yourselves up in romance and indulge in a day of grown-up loveliness.

There are treats aplenty in store for couples at Constance Le Prince Maurice on Valentine’s Day.

Here are some of the special promotions we’re offering:

  • Princely Champagne breakfast
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the terrace of your suite with fruits, pastry, salmon, juice, cereals.
  • Massage: In the mood for love
    Relax with an afternoon massage on the beach, champagne and macaroons included.
  • Special Valentine’s menu
    Includes a bottle of champagne
  • BBQ with lobster
  • Valentine’s dinner at L’Archipel Restaurant
    Delightful evening menu includes fresh oysters from our lagoon, served hot with ginger sabayon, Chilled pumpkin and foie gras soup in ice with rose petals, Roasted heart-shaped stuffed chicken, Intense red apple with forbidden fruits, galangal flavour and Malagasy vanilla.

 

The Valentine’s dinner at L’Archipel is included in our half board package. The other Valentine’s promotions listed here include a supplement payable. For more information, speak to our Guest Relation’s Officer at Le Prince Maurice during your visit.

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice

And if you want to know more about the resort, don’t miss Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

 

 

 

 

 

A fabulous beauty treatment for mothers-to-be

Therapist at Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

At Spa de Constance, we offer a wonderful holistic pregnancy massage for mothers-to-be.

In one of our beautifully designed treatment rooms, your therapist will use light and smooth movements, applying the gentlest of pressure to ease tension away from your body and restore equilibrium to your whole being.

The massage we offer is suitable from the fourth to eighth month of pregnancy.

Here are some of the benefits you may experience from the treatment: 

  • Reducing swelling in hands, feet and ankles
  • Easing muscular pain caused by the extra weight you’re carrying
  • Reducing anxiety, encouraging relaxation and promoting better sleep patterns
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Reducing sciatic pain
  • Promoting a sense of well being which releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals

Anuradha pottery at Constance Moofushi Resort

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, reveals the story behind the latest range of bowls and plates used at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives.

Anuradha pottery tagines

Beautiful tagines

For Moofushi Resort, I wanted to create a specific line of pottery bowls and platters. I didn’t want anything too commercial and was looking instead for some real craftsmanship, with something of an ethnic look to it that would fit the Crusoe chic concept of the resort.

I found what I was looking for with Anuradha pottery, a small family factory in the suburbs of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Managed by the very dynamic Mr Nalaka, the company specialises in producing small ranges of tableware, and was not used to manufacturing goods for luxury hotels.

Firstly, the service we received was very professional and the welcome warm was authentic. I was amazed by the calm and concentration of the people working there, and it was clear that they were all very proud of what they were doing.

Nothing was a problem for Mr Nalaka and his team. One of the most incredible things to see was that the samples were being made up for us right there on the spot using fresh clay.

Making bowls at Anuradha Pottery

Making bowls for Constance Moofushi

After a few hours of work, we had designed the different pieces that we would be using for our buffet. We chose the shapes and the sizes, then the colours and the internal and external glazing.

It was a lot of fun, and really rewarding to have come up with a complete range which is original, functional and beautiful.

Find out more about Constance Moofushi

Taking the seaplane to Constance Halaveli and Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Constance Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Moofushi

After a lengthy flight to get to Maldives International Airport, the thrill of taking the sea plane to reach Halaveli and Moofushi is like an elixir to the soul.

Upon arrival at the international airport, guests are welcomed by our airport team and taken to the private Constance lounge. Here you can freshen up before heading to the seaplane departure gates.

Arriving by seaplane gives you a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of your resort before you arrive.

First hand account from local barefoot pilot

Here, one of the barefoot pilots, Hamdhan Mohamed, gives us an insight into this incredible experience.

As a local barefoot pilot, I may be biased when I say this but I’m always mesmerised by the beauty of the Maldives from the air. The sparkling shades of blue and jade green that capture the heart. There isn’t another place in the world that comes close to the majestic pearls of the Indian Ocean. They’re truly breathtaking.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

When guests first spot Halaveli or Moofushi from the air they get very excited. Some move from one window to the other, pointing and showing the island to their family while others take out their cameras and capture the memory that way. 

Total joy are the words that come to mind when I’m describing the guests’ experience of seeing the resorts from the air.

Have you taken the sea plane?

If you’ve got photos from your sea plane flight to Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, we’d love to see them.

You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them  to us @constancehotels.