Interview: the world of Angela Hartnett

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012 is in full swing at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Angela Hartnett

Angela Hartnett

Award-winning chef Angela Hartnett is one our Michelin star chefs at this year’s festival.

  • *Michelin
  • Chef at Restaurant Murano, London, UK
  • Named Chef of the Year 2012 by The Good Food Guide.
  • In 2007, she was awarded an MBE for Services to the Hospitality Industry.
  • A protégé of Gordon Ramsay, made famous by her appearances on British TV.

What is your principal trait of character?
Being honest and straight forward.

What is your greatest quality?
Trying to see the positive in life and people.

What are the qualities you look for most in other people?
Kindness and generous nature.

What is your biggest weakness?
Procrastination.

What is your favourite tipple?
Wine and champagne.

What is your favourite dish – and your least favourite?
Roast chicken with lemon thyme and rosemary – it’s just delicious and actually takes a good chef to cook a chicken well.

Least favourite?
Any dish with coriander.

What has been your best experience professionally?
Cooking for chefs such as Thomas Keller and Alain Ducasse.

Who are the most important people to you in your professional life?
My staff and my guests.

What, for you, is happiness?
Family and friends. A little dog called Alfie and a guy called Neil.

What is your most important personal possession?
Jewellery from my grandmother.

With what talent would you like to have been gifted?
To be able to write well such as authors like Jane Austin, JD Salinger, Scott Fitzgerald.

If you had not done this profession, what else would you have liked to do professionally and why?
I would love to have been a pathologist to solve crimes. I watch too many crime shows on TV.

What does the word creativity mean to you?
Passionate, original.

What do you think best translates the wish to pass things on?
Through inspiration working with others.

How do you get away from it all?
Go travelling. Eating out with friends.

What inspiration do you get from Mauritius?
Grace and charm and freshness and lightness in dishes with different flavours.

What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?
Just sitting in front of the fire reading.

What is the best compliment someone can pay you?
That I treat others as I would like to be treated.

Which type of cuisine is currently the best in the world in your opinion?
I think Spanish – it offers such a wide range of styles including tapas and traditional dishes.

For the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, Angela has been teamed with Kamlesh Doorjean, our island cook from Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice gears up for super-deluxe refurbishment

The deluxe 6* Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius is about to undergo some fabulous enhancements.

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice

During July and August this year, we’ll be working hard to make this high-functioning paradise even more desirable for luxury holiday aficionados.

Key features of the Prince Maurice upgrade include:

  • Spa – adding additional rooms to the ever-popular Spa de Constance.
  • Swimming pool – building a new heated lap pool bringing the number of pools to two.
  • Suites and villas – refurbishing all suites and luxury bathrooms.
  • Main restaurant – L’Archipel enjoys a beautiful location overlooking the infinity pool and beach. We’ll be upgrading the restaurant.
  • New wine cellar adjoining to the restaurant – stocked with exclusive old and new world wines.
  • Le Barachois – our delightful floating restaurant will serve a new menu of fish and seafood specialities. We’re also adding a floating bar near the Barachois.  This hip new spot will give guests a space to enjoy long evenings listening to live music and DJ sets while sampling some wonderful cocktails and wines.
Suite on stilts
Suite on stilts

At Constance Hotels, we’re very excited about the changes that are about to take place at one of our favourite hotels.

Watch this space, and we’ll post regular updates and photos on progress. The resort will be closed from 1 July – 31 August 2012 so we can complete the final stage of this refurbishment.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to the beautiful Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Brand new website for Constance Hotels Experience

We’ve just relaunched our Constance Hotels Experience website. Packed with great information, stunning photos and links to our online concierge and gift service – it’s one to add to your favourites’ list.

Senior Water Villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Senior Water Villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

The new website is beautifully designed to reflect the elegance of our Indian Ocean resorts.

You’ll find lots of detail to give you a real feel for each resort, and to help you decide which of our fabulous 7 resorts is perfect for your next holiday.

We give you the lowdown on: 

  • choice of accommodation
  • wedding and honeymoon packages
  • restaurants and bars including opening times
  • spa treatments
  • golf
  • children’s clubs
  • water sports
  • business facilities and lots more.

Take a look at the Constance Hotels Experience website, and don’t miss us on Facebook and Twitter @constancehotels too.

Constance Lemuria – baby turtles released into ocean

The beaches at Constance Lémuria on Praslin Island, Seychelles are important nesting sites for the endangered hawksbill and green turtles. These majestic creatures return to the same beaches year after year to lay their eggs.

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria

Baby turtles enter the ocean for the first time

On 22 February 2012, 168 baby turtles were released to make their way to the ocean at Petite Anse Kerlan, next to the resort’s Beach Bar & Grill.

See more photos in our baby turtle album on Constance Facebook page.

Our turtle programme

Thanks to our turtle programme, we’re seeing an increase in the number of nests each year. For the turtles to continue coming, we maintain the beaches in their natural condition.

The success of the programme hinges on the hard work of our Turtle Manager, our work with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, and the support of the local community and hotel guests.

And find out more about preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Sea creatures at Constance Halaveli Resort

Continuing our series this week on underwater creatures in the Maldives, here’s a peek at the watery world of Constance Halaveli.

Turtle at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Turtle at Halaveli

Dive locations close to Halaveli have been included in lists of the World’s Best Dive Sites.

Diving here is superb for both beginners and advanced divers.

At Halaveli, it’s all about choice:  diving 12 months of the year, easy access to dive sites, amazing visibility and an abundance of sealife.

Enjoy these beautiful photos from our dive masters at Halaveli. 

And if you have any underwater photos, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

 

 

Maldivian clown fish

Maldivian clown fish

 

Black cheek moray eel

Black cheek moray eel

 

 

Protecting sharks at Constance Moofushi

Scuba divers and Blue Tribe Diving Centre at Constance Moofushi are raising awareness of how to protect dwindling shark populations around the world, and what divers can do to help. Their work is part of Project Aware’s Sharks on Tour campaign.

Shark underwater

Working to protect sharks at Moofushi

Constance guests can join Blue Tribe at their Shark Awareness evenings, where they share knowledge about sharks, and information about what the Maldivian government is doing to keep them off the endangered species list.

Guests can also earn their PADI Shark Diver Aware certification and help donate funds to the work.

What is the Maldivian government doing to protect sharks?

Scientists estimate that over 73 million sharks are killed each year to support the global finning trade.

The Maldivian government has made 3 very big steps toward the protection of sharks in the Maldives. They have banned the practice of:

  • catching sharks
  • sale of sharks
  • shark feeding

This has already had a big impact on the numbers of sharks living around the Maldives, including around the Ari Atoll and Moofushi.

How to get involved

You can find out more about Blue Tribe’s efforts, as well as the Sharks on Tour adventures worldwide by visiting the Project Aware website.

Photographs of sharks

Photographs of sharks in the Ari Atoll, close to the Island of Moofushi will be entered into a global competition with the best photographs  chosen as winners on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2012. Visit the Project Aware website for more information.

Send us your photos

If you have photographs of sharks from around Moofushi, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.