Food of Madagascar at Constance Tsarabanjina

One of the most lasting memories of a holiday are its flavours and nowhere is this more true than on the remote, exclusive Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina.

Madagascan lobsters at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Madagascan lobsters at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Flavours of Madagascar

Breathe in the scents of Constance Tsarabanjina and you’ll catch hints of cloves, vanilla, black pepper and nutmeg which make up the foundation of Malagasy cuisine.

Local produce at Tsarabanjina

We select the very best produce daily from the local market on Nosy Bé including the freshest spices, fruits and vegetables – luscious pineapples, mangoes and lime, plump pumpkins and vibrantly coloured sweet potatoes.

The fish our chefs prepare is caught off our shores by fishermen from the neighbouring island of Mitsio. Fishing with nets off traditional wooden pirogues, they use the same techniques that Malagasy fishermen have used for hundreds of years.

Fish for your own dinner

It is even possible to have your own pirogue fishing experience with our chefs on hand back on dry land to prepare and cook your very own catch-of-the-day.

For a unique culinary experience you could try lobster caught in the water just beyond your villa, prepared and grilled before your eyes and served to a secluded table for two on the rocks beside the ocean.

Dine on the beach at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Dine on the beach at Tsarabanjina

Local chefs

Our chefs come with an innate understanding of the distinct flavours and traditions of Malagasy cuisine with its Southeast Asian, African, European and Chinese influences. They blend flavours and traditions to create an elegant, authentically Malagasy, 5-star dining experience.

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World Environment Day 2013 at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Each year we are proud to be part of the global celebrations for World Environment Day, and this year was no different.

Turtle at Constance Lemuria

Turtles at Constance Lemuria

With the theme of Think.Eat.Save, everyone has been encouraged to take action at home and to witness the power of collective decisions we make to help reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.

Here’s a look at how we took part in this global day of action at each of our hotels.

Constance Tsarabanjina

  • In the morning: Tour of the island with guests for cleaning our magic island
  • In the afternoon: fishing in the Malagasy way. Malagasy use small fishing boats called Pirogue to fish. At Tsarabanjina, we organized a fishing excursion
  • For dinner: candle lit dinner using: Tsarabanjina spices, Mitsio fish and Nosy be vegetables and rice

Constance Belle Mare Plage

  • Supporting a local school for disabled children, Joie de Vivre, we are actively involved in activities to support this school based in Poste de Flacq
  • Tree planting, and maintenance including painting, electrical & plumbing
  • Mini-reportage on the flora that exists at the CBMP
Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We run a programme to raise awareness with our guests and staff about the different plants within the hotel, their history in Mauritius and how it creates a unique environment at the hotel.

  • Bio-menu for hotel staff at L’Heritage Restaurant
  • Expo on taking care of sea turtles at L’Heritage Restaurant by the Blues Diving
  • Saturday 8 June – Lagoon cleaning at Belle Mare, in collaboration with Blues Diving

Constance Ephelia

  • Ros Lapa Walk and tree planting with our recreation team
  • Mangrove Walk & Talk activity, followed by refreshments including coconut water, local banana and breadfruit chips
  • A special health/organic dinner at Helios Restaurant.
  • Special activities with our youngest guests at our Kids Club


Constance Lemuria

  • Planting trees in the Kids Club and other eco-fun activities with children
  • Eco Breakfast with healthy organic food
  • Tree planting… expressing our appreciation of Nature
  • Donation event for a social sustainable cause
  • Visit by the Minister of the Environment of the Seychelles who took part in a tree planting ceremony to launch the World Environment Day festivities
Whaleshark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Whaleshark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli

  • Special Yoga Session customised to Constance Environmental Thinking and Well Being
  • Planting of Herb Garden among guests and personnel
  • Cooking class focused on portion size and waste control by the Executive Chef
  • Planting 50 Palm Trees on Alikoi, our private island
  • Setting up of three new coral cages
  • Drawing competition among children at the Kid’s Club
  • Lecture on Environmental Safety in regards to Marine Life at the diving centre, and later, lagoon cleaning with the hotel’s personnel

Constance Moofushi

  • Zero carbon/raw food menu – highlighting the local ingredients and the main course cooked on a BBQ over dried coconut shells (all ingredients locally purchased and no energy used to cook)
  • South Ari Atoll begins own Coral Planting Programme

Constance Moofushi Maldives has initiated a coral planting. The main purpose of the activity is to restore the health of the marine life on their surrounding reef, in particular, our very important dive sites. The reef has suffered from the natural effects. Trampling on corals and over exploitation of marine resources has also taken its toll on the declining health of the reef.

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Celebrate World Environment Day with Constance in the Seychelles

This week at Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria we are proud to be part of the global celebrations for World Environment Day on 5 June 2013.

Turtle preservation at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Baby turtles make their way to the water

Eco-tourism has always been important to us and to mark this special day we have developed a programme of events exploring the precious natural resources that surround us in the Seychelles.

Minister of the Environment visits Lémuria

To help us celebrate we are pleased to welcome the Minister of the Environment who is visiting Lémuria and will take part in a tree planting ceremony to launch our World Environment Day festivities.

World Environment Day events at Ephélia

  • Tree planting
  • Nature walks
  • A special promotion at Spa de Constance including a natural detox using a coffee scrub and lemon grass oil massage and an aloe vera relaxing experience with body massage and facial
  • An organic dinner at Helios Restaurant
  • Exciting kids activities such as a zip line through the forest, a mangrove walk and exploring the island by kayak and pedalo
Zip wire at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Zip wires at Constance Ephelia

World Environment Day at Lémuria

  • A bio breakfast
  • A tree planting ceremony
  • Special ‘green’ cocktails
  • A chef’s garden dinner
  • A range of nature activities for kids including an age appropriate workshops on trees and deforestation, leaf drawing and an exploration of the island walk/ride

Protecting the local environment at Constance

Since first coming to this beautiful region our aim at Constance has been to make as little impact on the natural environment as possible and to protect the biodiversity we find here.

In Lémuria this has meant safeguarding the stunning beaches around the hotel on the island of Praslin, as well running a turtle preservation programme to protect our most precious visitors – the endangered hawksbill and green turtles.

Legend Restaurant at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Legend Restaurant at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Awards at Ephélia

From concept to design and construction of Constance Ephélia we strove to protect the natural environment on Mahé as much possible. In 2011 we were recognised for this with the prestigious Landscape Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry Award.

In 2012 we were immensely proud to have our work at Ephélia recognised by the Seychelles government with a Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Certificate, acknowledging the biodiversity and culture of the Seychelles.

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Luxury breakfasts at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Start your day at Constance with a healthy breakfast from the sumptuous buffet, or enjoy a private champagne breakfast for two on your own terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Breakfast at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Breakfast at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Lavish breakfast buffets

Visit the breakfast buffet at any of our resorts and experience the rich abundance of fresh food beautifully presented at separate stations, offering a plethora of tropical fruits, pastries and speciality cooked dishes.

Watch as world-class chefs prepare a 5 star breakfast in front of you, and breathe in the delicious smell of freshly baked pastries and bread straight from the oven.

Breakfast in bed

Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a champagne breakfast brought to you in your room or villa.

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Room service breakfast at Constance

Nothing says idyllic, paradise holiday more than lying in bed on crisp white sheets and enjoying the chill of champagne with fresh fruit and a view of the sun sparkling on the ocean.

Or sit back and relax at a home-away-from-home breakfast with your family on the terrace of your own villa. Let the kids come and go as you take your time to really enjoy that second cup of coffee.

At our hotels and resorts

Breakfasts are served daily until 10.30am, which means you can wake up at your own pace and make your first meal of the day a leisurely affair.

Enjoy the sand between your toes and the gentle sun on your face as you enjoy a 5 star breakfast outdoors at Constance Halaveli’s buffet restaurant Jahaz.

Watch the light trickle through the lush foliage as you greet the day in the open-air, cool, tiled elegance of Constance Ephelia’s Corossol or enjoy the barefoot chic and Malagasy charm of a buffet breakfast on the beach at Constance Tsarabanjina.

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Savour the freshest tropical fruit bought at the local market that morning under the shade of an umbrella on the terrace of Archipel at Le Prince Maurice and enjoy views across the infinity pool to the beach and ocean beyond, or drink in the view across to the ocean at Constance Lemuria.

At Constance Moofushi you can indulge in a private champagne breakfast for two with waiter service on your very own secluded sandbank, perfect for romantic moments.

Golfers booked in for an early tee-off time can tuck into a hearty pre-golf breakfast at the Deer Hunter restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 6.30 to 9.30am and enjoy views across the championship golf course. You might even spot the resident deer breakfasting on the greens.

Sunrise yoga

If you’re keen to kick start a new approach to healthy living, our energising early morning yoga sessions are designed for beginners through to advanced. Enjoy the feeling of awaking your senses against a backdrop of gentle sunlight, calm clear water and tropical vegetation.

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Wine training from Domaine Marcel Lapierre

Last week saw the exciting visit of Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre to Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage for a wine tasting evening and fine wine training event.

Wines from Marcel Lapierre

Wines from Marcel Lapierre

Marie was accompanied by her daughter Camille, and together they introduced us to their stunning reds from the Château Cambon and the Vin de France Raisin Gaulois 2012.

Marie explained to our team of Constance sommeliers how the Domaine vines have been cultivated organically since 1981, and about how the wines are made in carbonic maceration.

The wines are light and fruity and can be enjoyed with fish, chicken, goats cheese, charcuterie or as an aperitif. Guests joined our sommeliers to taste the wines and find out more about Domaine Marcel Lapierre.

Find out more about the wine evening: Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre visits Mauritius

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Discover more about the wines from the website: Domaine Marcel Lapierre

Visit Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Wine training with Marie Lapierre at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Sommelier wine training with Marie Lapierre

 

Delores Malin tasting Morgon of Domaine Lapierre

Delores Malin tasting Morgon of Domaine Lapierre

Working with local fishermen at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar you can enjoy fresh fish caught from the ocean in the same traditional way it has been for hundreds of years.

Local fisherman in his pirogue

Local fisherman in his pirogue

One of the many delights you’ll discover on the remote Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina is watching the daily arrival of the local fishermen delivering their catch to our chefs.

Mitsio fishermen

The fishermen live on the neighbouring island of Mitsio, the only other inhabited island in the archipelago, and they travel and fish in traditional boats called pirogues.

The pirogues are hollowed out wooden boats powered by oars. It’s from here that the fishermen cast their nets into the waters around the archipelago. Following the catch they make the 3 to 4 hour journey to Tsarabanjina.

Fishing in pirogues has been a way of life in Madagascar for hundreds of years with fishermen teaching the family craft to their children, and passing their skills down through the generations.

We at Constance are proud to support such a long held tradition and our guests enjoy the freshest fish caught from just beyond our own shores.

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