It’s party time and we’re celebrating with our Flaming Mai Tai from the Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice.
4c l New Grove Rhum
2cl Orange Curacao Triple Sec
2cl Apricot Brandy
1cl Lemon Juice
1.5cl Orgeat Syrup
5cl Pineapple Juice
3 cl St Aubin Rhum
Garnish: Pineapple and Mint Leaves
Pour all of the ingredients into a Boston glass in the order stated. Shake well and then single strain into glass. Add crushed ice.
Place two thin slices of pineapple in a wine glass, dust with cinnamon powder and pour about 30ml St Aubin Rhum into the glass. Light and let the liquid burn so as to caramelize the fruit a little (10 seconds). Then pour, flaming, over the top of the cocktail. When the flame stops, add a straw and a sprig of fresh mint.
Before the garnish, a splash of crème de Peche can be added if preferred.
At Constance Lémuria there is more to celebrate this month than Christmas, for December is the peak of the turtle-nesting season.
Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles
The endangered hawksbill and green turtles return year after year to our quiet, idyllic beaches on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles between October and February. This season our Turtle Manager has already had four nests of turtles hatching out.
Each female turtle can lay up to a thousand eggs a season, returning to the beach to lay as many as five times and laying up to 200 eggs at a time.
Monitoring turtle activity
At Lémuria we monitor each nest and each turtle to ensure their safety. We will continue to watch the nests for the next two months until all the eggs have hatched.
Under the supervision of our Turtle Manager, guests at Lémuria can have the unique experience of watching the females come up on the beach to lay and later see the baby turtles move down to the sea.
Our Turtle Preservation Programme, run alongside the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles and with support from the local community and hotel guests, is crucial to the survival of these beautiful creatures. Ask at the resort to find out more about our nesting turtles.
Discovering diving is to discover a new world of glorious colours and beautiful sea creatures. Here’s a round-up of the best scuba-diving blogs out there right now.
Diving off the coast of Madagascar
Aquaviews – this blog makes up part of the Aquaviews online magazine and takes a global view of scuba diving. Posts include news, reviews, features and photos from around the world. An informative all-rounder.
Divescover – Divescover is a destination guide site for divers and its blog features posts on everything from ocean conservation and dive site reviews to information about some of the amazing species divers are likely to see all featuring beautiful photos.
Dive in – An on-line scuba diving magazine with a blog covering diving tips and safety issues, review and fun features as well as species spotlights.
Dive– Including guest bloggers such as comedienne turned clinical psychologist Pamela Stephenson, this is a site which takes a lively, edgy and informed look at the world of diving. Follow Pamela Stephenson on Twitter @PamelaStephensn.
Madagascar has always been a land of promise to travellers attracted by the island’s unique natural environment. The lush tropical forests of Tsarabanjina hold many magnificent prizes for nature lovers.
Traveller’s Palm, photo taken by Fabrice Rose
Highlights amongst its exotic flora include:
The Traveller’s Palm – No-one is quite sure of the origin of this nickname for the ravenala madagascariensis. One theory says that it was considered a gift for thirsty travellers because of the rainwater held in its stems. Another theory says its name came from the fact that its fans tends to grow in an east-west direction making it a crude compass for lost travellers. In fact the plant is not even a true palm but a member of the bird-of-paradise family with similar white flowers.
Vanilla – Not indigenous to the island, vanilla has become one of the island’s most important exports, its lush, tropical climate making it ideal for growing the beautiful, fragrant plant. In order to harvest the prized pods growers can wait up to 5 years for the vine to mature and flower.
Pachypodium – this thick green spiny tree is related to group of succulent spine-bearing trees and shrubs native to Africa and belongs to the dogbane family.
Come and stay with us on Tsarabanjina and let our expert guides show you around this beautiful island and introduce you to these and other fascinating species on a series of guided walks.
We’d agree with Richard Green of The Sunday Times Travel Clinic who advised a reader looking for a resort to cater for her love of diving and her husband’s love of golf to visit Constance Lémuria.
Constance Lemuria, Seychelles
Green wrote, ‘The mountainous Seychelles aren’t golf country, but there is an extraordinary course on Praslin island, at the Constance Lémuria Resort. It features remarkable perched greens, and guests can play free. The hotel’s dive centre runs trips to granite reefs and wreck sites.’