Top 5 reasons to head to the Indian Ocean

Beautiful beach at Constance Lemuria Resort

Beautiful beach at Lemuria, Seychelles

If you’re in need of some warm sunshine right now, there’s no place better to head to than the Indian Ocean.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should pack your bag and escape to one of our unique resorts or super deluxe hotels.

1. Beaches, beaches, beaches

Imagine the softest white sand between your toes, and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see. Your holiday playground is set on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – from Anse Georgette, the private beach at our Seychelles’ Lemuria Resort, to the soft sands of Moofushi.

2. Luxury

It’s hard to resist the idea of a little luxury at this time of year, and Constance hotels offer this in spades. Wonderfully designed rooms, delicious food, stunning locations and an attention to detail means you can expect to find everything you could want in just the right measure.

3.  Sunshine

While it’s freezing cold in the Northern hemisphere, it’s hot and sunny across the Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the sunshine, and give your body the boost of Vitamin D it needs to restore that delicious sense of well being.

Diving with turtles at Constance Moofushi

Diving with turtles at Constance Moofushi

4. Diving, spa, watersports

If you tire of the beach or infinity pool, rest assured there are plenty of things to do. From water skiing, windsurfing and tennis to golf and spa treatments, and some of the best diving sites in the world – there’s no shortage of entertainment.

5. Gourmet food and fine wine

The Constance culinary spirit is central to the luxury experience you’ll find at our resorts. Expert chefs use the freshest local produce to create meals of exceptional quality, and our wine cellars are stocked with many inspiring wines that you won’t easily find elsewhere. Enjoy relaxed beach dining during the day before indulging at our elegant restaurants by night.

Find out more about our hotels and resorts on our website, Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Recipe: Vanilla Iced Tea

Refresh your taste buds this month and enjoy our delicious Vanilla Iced Tea.

Vanilla iced tea at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Vanilla iced tea

The recipe makes one litre of iced tea.

  • 5 tea bags of Vanilla tea
  • 3cl Vanilla Essence
  • 20cl Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 litre of hot water

Infuse all ingredients for approximately 30 minutes. Let the infusion cool down then place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Served chilled with three slices of lemon and ice.

Wine with honours at Le Prince Maurice

At Le Prince Maurice we are very proud of our award-winning assistant head sommelier Jorald Julie.

This year Mauritius-born Jorald won the coveted title of Best Sommelier of Mauritius by the Association of Sommeliers of Mauritius following a live final at Château Mon Désir at the Maritim Hotel.

No stranger to winning, Jorald had already won an award back in March at this year’s famous Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival.

Jorald was selected as winner against some of the best Mauritian sommeliers in a competition to choose the best wines to match a dinner cooked by the guest European Michelin-starred chefs.

Jorald’s tips for wines to try in 2013

  • Champagne Delamotte Brut – fine bubbles with nice complexity 
  • Springfield Estate Life from stone Sauvignon Blanc from the Robertson Region South Africa – exotic fruit flavours and marvellous freshness for summertime.
  • Clos Henri Pinot Noir from the Malborough Region New Zealand – Red fruit and spicy note, fresh and elegant in mouth

Watch Jorald Julie’s beginner’s guide to wine tasting below, or find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice on our website.

Cocktail recipe: Flaming Mai Tai

It’s party time and we’re celebrating with our Flaming Mai Tai from the Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Garnish: Pineapple and Mint Leaves

Method:
Pour all of the ingredients into a Boston glass in the order stated. Shake well and then single strain into glass. Add crushed ice.

Garnish:
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.

Laid back dining on the beach at Lémuria’s Takamaka

This month we’ve created a new and exciting menu for our Lémuria beach restaurant Takamaka.

Tiger prawn ceviche, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Tiger prawn ceviche and sweet potato crisps

An elegant take on beach dining the new menu includes dishes such as this sumptuous tiger prawns ceviche with citrus dressing and sweet potato crisps.

Nestled on the white sand of Petit Anse Kerlan with the turquoise ocean lapping at the shore, Takamaka is named after the lush Takamaka trees which offer this secluded spot their shade. A perfect place to watch the sun go down as you enjoy good food amongst friends.

Find out more about Constance Lémuria and check booking availability on our website.