Weekly round up, 5-11 September 2011

This weekly feature offers a round up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Moray eel

Moray eel

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competition

News

Culinary

Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.

Inspiration

Spa and sport

Recipe: Curry risotto from Mauritius

L'Archipel restaurant at Le Prince Maurice

L'Archipel restaurant at Le Prince Maurice

This curry risotto comes from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice. It makes a great mid-week recipe and is easy to prepare.

Take your time stirring the stock into the rice, and enjoy the gentle pace of risotto-making.

Serves 4

Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot
  • 140g risotto rice (arborio or carnaroli)
  • 15cl dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 30cl chicken stock
  • 20g butter + 20g for finishing
  • 1 sprig coriander, chopped
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1. Peel and finely chop the shallots. Sweat them for 2 minutes with the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the rice, fry it for a few minutes until it whitens.
2. Add the white wine, boil down until dry.
3. Peel and chop the garlic. Add it to the rice with the curry powder, thyme and curry leaves.
4. Gradually add the chicken stock and cook for 18-20 minutes on low heat, stirring constantly. The rice should retain a slight crunch. Add remaining butter, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chopped coriander. Correct seasoning and serve.

Weird wildlife – send us your photos and win perfume or wine

Win wine and perfume with Constance.

Moray eel

Moray eel

Have you taken any great photos of wild creatures recently?

If the animals are exciting, endangered, deadly or just plain weird looking – we want to see them.

The photos can be taken in the UK or overseas. And your creatures can be underwater, on land or in the air.

To enter, post them on our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page and you could win our competition.

Winners will be chosen by us, so get creative. The wilder and weirder the better.

We’ll be choosing a winner on Friday 30 September. Read our competition Terms and Conditions before you enter.

Villa inspiration with Constance Hotels

At Constance Hotels, there’s an enticing choice of villas and suites to choose from.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

We offer overwater villas, junior and senior suites set amidst tropical vegetation or perched on the edge of hilltops, family villas directly on the beach, and sumptuous presidential villas.

Sometimes it’s hard to decide exactly what type of accommodation you want, so here’s a quick run down of the luxurious rooms we offer.

Also, take a look at Constance on Facebook. There are lots of inspiring photos and videos posted by Constance fans.

Constance Junior Open Golf Tournament 2011

Constance Junior Open golf tournament winners

Winners of Constance Junior Open

The Constance Junior Open golf tournament took place on Saturday 27 August at the Legend golf course, Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Twenty-two juniors, aged 6-19 years, took part in the annual competition.

The best gross winner, Ludovic Bax, has been qualified to play in the Pro-Am of the MCB Tour Championship from 5-11 December 2011.

Since the event started 5 years ago, the Constance Junior Open has been empowering young Mauritians to take part in the sport. Our golf pros are at hand to help them improve their technique so they reach a good level of play.

Winners of each category

Congratulations to the winners for their great performance in each category.

Ludovic Bax, winner of Constance Junior Open 2011

Ludovic Bax, winner of Constance Junior Open 2011

Ludovic Bax (Winner Best Gross)

Cat 6–9 year old (Girls) – play 6 holes

  • 1st prize – Eva Le Gac (11 points)

Cat 6–9 year old (Boys) – play 6 holes

  • 1st prize – Sebastien Liu Chung Ming (12 points)
  • 2nd prize – Damien Espitalier-Noël (6 points)

Cat 10–12 year old – play 9 holes

  • 1st prize – Romain Bechard (5 points)
  • 2nd prize – Johan Blackburn (4 points)
  • 3rd prize – Valentin Grel (3 points)

Cat 13–15 year old – play 18 holes

  • 1st prize – Yannick Bax (24 points)
  • 2nd prize – Oliver Wong Teng Yuen (15 points)
  • 3rd prize – Dean Thomas (14 points)

Cat 16–19 year old – play 18 holes

  • 1st prize – Ludovic Bax (31 points)
  • 2nd prize – Loic Csizmadia (31 points)
  • 3rd prize – Miguel Sheik-Amoomady (19 points)

Honeymoon on a paradise island

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Your honeymoon is one of the most personal holidays you’ll ever go on.

If you’re looking for a location that’s fit for the job, imagine this: white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and divine suites and villas that seem made for romance.

Whether it’s the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles or Madagascar, each hotel is set amidst a tropical landscape that’s vast enough to offer you a delicious sense of seclusion, combined with the personal service we’re renowned for.

Special honeymoon packages

Beach service at Le Prince Maurice

Beach service at Le Prince Maurice

Our honeymoon packages vary between each resort.

They include excellent savings on the cost of your honeymoon, flowers in your room upon arrival, candles in the bathroom at bedtime, candlelit gourmet dinners and gifts before departure.

Check the Constance Hotels Experience website for details of current special honeymoon offers.

Fun and games

One of the great things about staying in a 5* luxury hotel is you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. There are plenty of activities from watersports and diving, to spa treatments and golf on championship courses. 

And if that all sounds too much like hard work, you can simply lounge by the pool, enjoy the beach service, or hunker down in your suite and take in the view.

Senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

Senior water villa at Moofushi

If you want to know more about what it’s like to stay with Constance, read our post on the essence of the Constance Hotels experience.

Did you go on honeymoon with Constance?

If you went on honeymoon to one of our resorts, we’d love to hear from you.

Send us your tales or post your photos. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, post photos to Facebook or use the comments section below.