Cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

Food has always been an integral part of a holiday, a chance to literally immerse yourself in the flavours of a new country.

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cookery holidays

Cookery holidays, on which you spend a few days in a Tuscan villa or French farmhouse slaving over a stove to master the intricacies of their cuisine have become increasingly popular.

But what if you actually want a bit of holiday in your holiday, or you want to know how to cook something a bit more exotic than a Quiche Lorraine?

For those who are interested in broadening their culinary horizon with the warm heat of exotic spices but still want time to lie on an idyllic beach, a cooking class in the restaurant of a 5* Indian Ocean hotel could offer the perfect solution.

Learn to cook in Mauritius or Maldives

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, our chefs offer the opportunity to learn directly from them.

In morning classes – available to book just a day ahead – you will discover the key ingredients and spices that make up the core of the region’s cuisine, and how to delicately combine them to create some of the sumptuous dishes you’ll enjoy in our restaurants.

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Le Prince Maurice

Discover the secrets of Mauritian cuisine with the hotel’s Chef Pravin, Chef Ah Youne and Chef Boucher.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Mauritian cuisine – Guests will learn to cook Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Pastry – Guests will learn to make coconut and pineapple macaroons with Chef Boucher
  • Asian cuisine – Guest will learn to prepare sushi and Chinese shrimps sumai

Belle Mare Plage

Learn about the traditions of Mauritian cuisine in the kitchens of the Deer Hunter restaurant or Blue Penny Café with classes run by Chef Frederic Goisset and Chef Patrick Travady.

Included in the two hour class will be a 15 minute session with the head sommelier who will explain how to pair the perfect wine with the food you are learning to prepare.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Learn to cook steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk at The Deer Hunter
  • Spice Experience – Learn to cook chicken with garam masala and discover the secret of cooking with local spices
Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Halaveli

The food of the Maldives is an intoxicating blend of flavours from across Asia and Africa so it’s no surprise that the classes on offer cover cuisines from around the region – we’ve even got a French pastry chef to teach desserts.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Maldivian tuna curry, steamed rice, chapatti and papadum or Mugh Makani (Indian chicken curry), Kashmiri palau and papadum taught by Sous Chef Hammed Siddiq
  • Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce, lontong and achar or red Thai beef curry and fragrant rice, taught by Chef Handhi Wijaya
  • Lemongrass infused crème or croustade vanilla poached pear taught by pastry chef Pascal Galette
  • Private one-to-one classes are available on request as are learning to prepare special ingredients such as lobster, caviar and Wagyu beef.

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Winter sun holiday offer

Boost your levels of vitamin D and bask in warm sunshine on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Buy the winter sun package when you book to stay at any Constance hotel or resort in Maldives, Mauritius or Seychelles from September 2013 to April 2014 for at least 5 nights and you can enjoy a:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • 30 minute jet lag massage
  • Complimentary dinner on the beach (excluding drinks)
  • Complimentary spa treatment, up to 45 minutes
  • Diving orientation for beginners + 1 excursion

Book your holiday now: Book Now.

Terms and conditions

Accommodation is on Bed & breakfast basis, and all-inclusive at Moofushi

All complimentary spa treatments to be taken within first 3 days of stay

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Jet lag massage to be taken on 1st or 2nd morning

For 5 night minimum stay with possibility to extend, extra nights will be charged at best available rate

All complimentary activities and offers are for 2 persons only, extra activities are charged extra

To arrange diving or excursion, please contact hotel at least 7 days before arrival

To schedule spa treatments, book upon arrival

Offer not applicable to Tsarabanjina

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Enter our name the sea creature competition

Enter our competition to name sea creatures found at Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, and you could win a set of luxury Valmont Fit and Tone body treatments.

Valmont Fit and Tone Body Treatment Set

Valmont Fit and Tone Body Treatment Set

To enter

All you have to do is choose names for our collection of awe-inspiring sea creatures below. Be as creative or quirky as you like.

Then post the names by leaving a comment on this blog post below, on our Facebook page or using our Twitter feed @constancehotels. Remember that if you’re the winner, we need to be able to contact you so include an email address, your Twitter handle or a message on Facebook.

Competition closes on Monday 15 July 2013 at midnight. Winners will be announced here on Wednesday 17 July 2013.

Bonus prize

And as an added bonus, if you post your own photo of a sea creature onto the Constance Facebook wall, we’ll enter you for a prize draw to win one of our sought after Constance USB memory sticks, designed in the shape of a room key in a beautiful black croc leather pouch. Again, winners will be announced on Wednesday 17 July 2013.

1. Name the Scorpion Fish

Scorpion fish at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Give our Scorpion fish a name…

 

2. Name the Green Mantis Shrimp

Green Mantis Shrimp at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

I need a name too…

 

3. Name the White Tip Reef Shark

White Tip Reef Shark at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

… and me…

 

Valmont at Constance Halaveli

At Constance, we’re passionate about diving and proud of the work we do to protect the environment around our hotels for future generations.

The prestigious Swiss skincare brand Valmont, who opened a spa at Halaveli last year, has partnered with us to further support our coral reef regeneration programme at Constance Halaveli.

Since the tsunami in 2004, we have been working hard to encourage marine life to thrive once again in this area. With the help of Valmont, the programme is gathering momentum and we are seeing real progress in coral growth and the regeneration of sea life for which the Maldives is renowned.

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The world’s most exclusive diving experience at Constance Halaveli

Visit Constance Halaveli and indulge in the most exclusive, deluxe dive experience ever conceived.

Diving at Constance

Diving at Constance

TGI Diving Maldives in collaboration with Constance Halaveli and Sultan’s of the Sea have created a diving experience that is second to none.

Step aboard the luxury 20-metre yacht for 24-hours of luxury living and incredible diving at some of the Maldives’ most exciting dive sites spread over several stunning atolls.

With up to four of you able to enjoy your stay onboard the Azimut yacht, there’ll be a personal chef, dive instructor, massage therapist and videographer to make sure you have the experience of a lifetime.

The Azimut yacht will be entirely yours for 24 hours so you can choose to sleep aboard in the sumptuous luxury of the yacht’s cabins, or return to your villa at Halaveli. To book the exclusive diving experience, email TGI Diving Maldives directly at Constance Halaveli: dive@halaveli.com

Step on board the Azimut yacht

Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by your own dive instructor, and a personal chef who will prepare a breakfast of fresh truffles, King of Kings Beluga Caviar, Alaskan King Crab Legs, smoked Wild Balik Salmon (fewer than 1,000 fillets are produced each year) and Manuka Honey.

Then it’s time to set sail and encounter the diverse marine life and stunning underwater world that surrounds Constance Halaveli. You can expect to encounter whale sharks, mantas, reef sharks, Pyramid Butterfly fish, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and more.

Visibility is excellent in the Maldives, making this a diver’s paradise whether you are experienced or just making your first foray into diving.

Post dive massage and champagne celebration

Spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Massage treatment

Take time out between dives as you cruise the atolls and enjoy a sumptuous massage from your onboard spa therapist or soak up the sunshine while enjoying canapés of caramelised foie gras, Waygu beef burgers, wild finger limes, wild strawberries and Fritz Knipschildt’s Chocopolagie.

Savour the memory of your dives with a glass or two of chilled Dom Perignon or Crystal Rose before a light snack of Golden Almla Caviar and oysters accompanied by a Francisco Gomez, Gold Edition Sauvignon Blanc as you cruise back towards Halaveli.

5* dinner on board or at your own desert island

Then watch the sun set while savouring a sumptuous 5* dinner prepared by your chef and served either aboard the yacht or at a table set up on Alikoi, your own private desert island under the stars.

Highlights of the six-course dinner menu will include:

  • Hand-dived Bay Scallops
  • Buda’s Hand Yuzu
  • Wild Bush limes
  • Kobe beef
  • Blue Maine Lobster
  • Dessert prepared with Hennessey XO
Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving in The Maldives

Wines including:

  • Pomerol, Château Petrus, 1997, the most expensive red wine in the world
  • Champagne Carbon, 2006, bottled in carbon and created by artisan sommelier Phillippe Jamesse, the best sommelier of champagne

Preparing your equipment before the trip

All diving equipment from Mare’s most exclusive premium range will be selected by you before your arrival in Maldives, and fitted to your exact size and then air freighted to the Maldives to await your arrival.

Fitted premium Mares dive equipment includes:

  • Regulator: Instinct 12S
  • BCD: Hybrid Pro Tec
  • Dive Computer: Matrix or the Matrix HD Air Integrated
  • Wetsuit: Mares Reef full or shorty
  • Mares Equator booties
  • Mares X-streams fins
  • Mares Liquid Skin mask
  • Mares Eos 10R dive torch
  • Mares Strobe Beam
  • Mares Cruise Backpack Pro
  • Mares Dry Bag
  • Mares Cruise Safety
  • Nautilus life line
Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

To book the world’s most exclusive diving experience

Email TGI Diving Maldives directly at Constance Halaveli: dive@halaveli.com

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Constance Halaveli Beach Experience Offer

Make 2013 the year you escape to one of the world’s most stunning destinations.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Take advantage of our special Beach Experience offer and discover the chic island paradise of Constance Halaveli in the Maldives.

Book now to stay in one of our Halaveli Beach Villas or Double Storey Beach Villas, and we’ll treat you to:

  • complimentary breakfast in your villa or main restaurant
  • private beach BBQ dinner (drinks not included)
  • choice of dolphin search boat ride or private yoga session
  • dedicated sun beds on the beach

The offer applies to all stays in our Beach Villas or Double Storey Beach Villas before 22 December 2013, with a minimum 4 night stay.

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Summer getaway exclusive at Constance Unique Resorts

This summer we’re making it even more tempting for you to discover our Unique Resorts in Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Book your holiday to Belle Mare Plage, Ephélia, Moofushi or Tsarabanjina and we’ll treat you to a signature massage, and either one à la carte dinner or one complimentary dive per person per stay.

To take advantage of the offer, all you need to do is book directly through our Constance Hotels & Resorts website, for a stay of a minimum of 3 nights, maximum 6 nights. The offer applies for bookings made from 1 May 2013 to 15 September 2013.

Bookings for Belle Mare Plage and Ephelia:

Bed and Breakfast Rate

  • Offer includes 1 a la carte dinner (drinks not included) and one signature 50 minute massage per person per stay.

Bookings for Moofushi and Tsarabanjina:

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

All Inclusive Rate

  • Offer includes a credit of $100  at Moofushi or €100  at Tsarabanjina per room per stay for any diving activity, and one signature 50 minute massage per person per stay.

All offers apply for bookings made from 1 May 2013 to 15 September 2013 directly through our Constance Hotels & Resorts website: book now.

Find out more

Read more about each of our Unique Resorts by following the links below, or go straight to book the offer online through our website.