2011 US Open Tennis Championship gets underway

US Open Tennis 2011

US Open Tennis 2011

The last grand slam of the season is underway at Flushing Meadows, New York.

US Open

The official site of the US Open gives you daily scores, the draw and schedule of play, news and video.

Straight Sets

Check out the New York Times tennis blog for daily commentary and updates on how the top seeds are faring at this year’s championship.

Nick’s Tennis Picks

Lively commentary from tennis coach of 50 years, Nick Bollettieri.

Constance Lémuria – villa BBQ experience

Constance Lemuria, villa BBQ

Constance Lemuria, villa BBQ

If you’re heading to one of our beautiful villas at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles, why not plan a delicious in-villa BBQ prepared by us?   

While relaxing in the peaceful and private surroundings of your villa, the villa butler and the kitchen team will set up the BBQ experience in your garden.

At sunset you can enjoy a passionfruit and vanilla Constance Star Martini, shaken just for you.

And we’ll serve you some of the superb local produce of the Seychelles – fresh line-caught snapper, green papaya prepared in tangy chutney, jumbo prawns in lemongrass marinade.

How to take great photos

When you’re on the holiday of a lifetime, we know how important it is to have some fabulous photos to share with your family and friends when you return home.

Fisherman at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Fisherman at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

There’s a whole industry out there, telling you how to capture the best images whatever time of day, with any type of camera.

Getting out of auto

To save you time researching, check out  ‘Getting out of auto’ by Bethany Salvon. This newly published book gives tips in an approachable and easy-to-follow way and includes sections on exposure, depth of field, lighting and general advice for getting the best frame.

Read more about ‘Getting out of auto’ in a review by journalist and photographer, Abi King.

While you’re there – if you love great writing and insider travel tips – Abi’s website Inside the travel lab is a treasure trove for travellers and anyone who wants to discover the world.

Send us your photos

We’ve got a great Constance Facebook community who love sharing their holiday photos. Take a look to see what’s up there, or send us your photos from recent holidays with Constance Hotels Experience.

On the trail of the Dodo

Natural history lovers, and fans of the weird and wonderful should head to the National History Museum in Port Louis, Mauritius to see the most complete dodo skeleton in the world.

Dodo bird

Dodo bird

Mauritius was once home to the flightless Dodo bird. It became extinct in the 1680s, only 80 years after Europeans arrived on the island.

It’s thought that the Dodo was easy prey for the animals that were introduced by explorers – dogs, pigs, cats and rats.

Still today, very little is known about the Dodo. Mare aux Songes, in Mauritius, is the site of the most significant dodo bone findings in the world. In 2005, a team of Dutch-Mauritian researchers found many bones including a rare dodo beak. The findings are believed to be at least 2000 years old.

Port Louis, capital of Mauritius
Port Louis, capital of Mauritius

When you’re visiting the capital Port Louis, it’s also worth checking out:

And if you want to explore the beaches around the island, find out which ones made our list of the top 10 beaches in Mauritius.

When nature inspires design – Constance Ephelia Resort

Tableware at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Tableware at Constance Ephelia

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, gives you an insight into the design of the tableware we use at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles. 

When you visit Constance Ephelia, you’ll notice the design of the table tops are inspired by the beautiful nature of the Seychelles.

Plates, bowls and cutlery are gently curved to reflect the sensual curves of the famous Seychellois granite rocks. In Corossol restaurant, table lamps are made out of resin, and shaped like a large pebble. The table linen is light grey, the shade of the rocks under the sun. And the glasses have the color of the incredible Seychellois sunsets.

Weekly round-up, 22-28 August 2011

Constance Le Prince Maurice water villas

Constance Le Prince Maurice water villas

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

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

This week we’ve got a fantastic special offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, highlights on Madagascar, beauty tips, our Friday recipe and more.

Offers

Long stay special offer at Le Prince Maurice

Stay at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius, for 7 nights and you get 15% off your stay.

Events

Edinburgh International Festival 2011

It’s not too late to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. Find out about what’s on, as well as editor’s top picks from the Guardian.

Culinary

Recipe: Pizza dough – Constance style

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.

Spa and sport

Top tips to get your feet sandal-ready this summer

Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, has some great advice to get your feet looking sexy in this season’s hottest sandals.

Insider tips

Top 5 beach beauty bag essentials

Get expert tips on what to pack for head-to-toe fabulousness as you head to the beach.

Inspiration

Top 10 highlights of Madagascar

We’ve put together our must-see list of the island for a truly epic experience, with links to more useful information.

Water villas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The water villas are perched along the edge of a natural fish reserve, offering tranquility and beautiful views across the lagoon. Find out more, and see photos on our Facebook page.