Mauritius hot off the press

Mauritius is one of the most hotly tipped destinations in the Indian Ocean right now.

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Recent articles in The Sunday Times, OK Magazine and Star Magazine all agree that the white-sand beaches, calm turquoise waters and elegant luxury accommodation make Mauritius a hard destination to beat.

OK and Star Magazine take a look at what attracts celebrities including Davina McCall and Ewan McGregor to the discreet and initmate setting of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

While Susan d’Arcy of The Sunday Times writes:

‘Ten years ago Mauritius was the go-to place in the Indian Ocean. Then the Maldives roundly eclipsed it. But now the island is fighting back… In truth, its beaches, though tropically terrific, are no match for the heart-stopping perfection of those in the Maldives. However, if you’re after a stress-free break, Mauritius fits the bill much better.’

D’Arcy goes on to write that further appeal lies in the ease of the transfer to Mauritian hotels and their extensive dining options as well as access to local culture.

Find out more about Mauritius

And subscribers to The Sunday Times can read Susan d’Arcy’s article in full: ‘Mauritius moves on up

Healthy eating with Constance

From super salads to seeds that pack a vitamin punch Constance Halaveli Executive Chef, Glen Cooper, gives his top 6 tips to navigating the salad bar and eating your way to a healthier you.

Healthy food at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Delicious and healthy food at Constance

1.Choose dark greens
Start your salad off right by going for a base of dark leafy greens, such as spinach or romaine leaves. One packed cup will give you more than half of the recommended daily value of vitamin A as well as nearly 100% of your vitamin K. Leafy greens also supply vitamin C, folate and fibre. Lighter greens such as iceberg do not offer nearly the same nutritional value and are mostly made of water.

2. Include colourful veggies
Add one cup of the most colourful, bright fresh vegetables in the salad bar. Raw is best. Aim for carrots, broccoli, beets, ripe tomatoes, and bell peppers – they add more fibre and vitamins compared to pale coloured vegetables like cucumbers or celery. Steer clear of vegetables soaked with mayonnaise or creamy dressings – they add saturated fat and calories to your meal.

3. Choose lean proteins
Chickpeas and kidney beans are one of the best sources of protein on the salad bar. Add one-half cup of beans to your greens for a protein and fibre rich meal. Grilled chicken breast is another option, as is plain tuna (packed in water, not oil). Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent protein option – opt for more white than yolk to cut fat and calories.

Local produce at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Local produce at Constance Hotels & Resorts

4. Mix it up with crunch and zest
Adding walnuts, sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds will give you extra crunch without the added saturated (and possibly trans) fat of croutons and crunchy Asian noodles. Add one heaped tablespoon for a healthy dose of heart-healthy nutrients and fats. For an extra tang, add one tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese. A little Parmesan goes a long way in flavour as compared to other shredded cheeses, such as cheddar or mozzarella.

5. Extra garnishes
Adding fresh fruit to your salad is a healthy sweet option, but only add about one-half cup because the sugar can still add up. Avoid canned fruits that come in thick syrups like mandarin oranges or peaches and opt for grapes, orange slices, chunks of watermelon or other melon, and fresh berries.

6. Dressing your salad
One of the most crucial ingredients of your salad is the dressing. Avoid creamy mayonnaise-based dressings because they are high in fat and calories. Even low-fat or fat-free salad dressings are loaded with sodium, sugar, and saturated fats. The healthiest option is to dress your salad with a mix of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pepper, using only enough to lightly coat your greens. Add a little, toss your salad to ensure even distribution, add a little more, if needed.

Looking for recipe inspiration?
Check out this delicious salad of Spinach, chorizo and baby potatoes served with sous vide poached egg on the Cook Sister blog.

Visit our website to find out more about all of our 7 resorts in the Indian Ocean – Constance Hotels & Resorts.

 

Family fun in the Seychelles this Easter

What better way to forget about the short, cold days of winter than to plan an Easter getaway to the island idyll of the Seychelles. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit.

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

1. Weather
Lie on a beach and drink in the vitamin D your body’s been craving through the long winter months. April is the perfect time to visit the Seychelles as it marks the end of the islands’ rainy season ensuring perfect temperatures of around 29ºC. Revel in lots of warm sunshine while calm breezes gently rustle the palm trees.

2. Beaches
The Seychelles is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. At Constance Lémuria, you’ll have access to the eye-wateringly beautiful Anse Lazio, frequently cited as the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles. Unspoilt, pristine beaches lapped by warm turquoise water.

3. Family
Relax in the knowledge that your kids will love a holiday in the Seychelles as much as you. Whether you choose the elegant luxury of Constance Lémuria or the vibrant spirit of the larger Constance Ephélia there is plenty for everyone to do. Older kids will be thrilled by the choice of sports and water sports available and younger kids will love the free children’s club.

Family holidays, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Family holidays, Constance Ephelia

4. Diving
Explore the Indian Ocean in perfect conditions in April. As the waters calm after the rainy season divers can fully appreciate the vivid, colourful spectacle of the numerous dive sites around Lémuria and Ephélia. Water temperatures average around 29ºC at this time of year and visibility is often 30 meters or more. If you’re looking for something a bit different, try a thrilling night dive.

5. Fishing
Feel the rush of excitement and adrenalin of pursuing one of the great game fish through the crystal waters of the Seychelles. The deep-sea fishing season starts in April and runs through to October. Pit your wits and your strength against giants of the sea including tuna, barracuda, wahoo, sailfish and marlin.

And lastly… as recommended by The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times recommends Constance Ephélia as the perfect spot for Easter with the family this week. In the article, journalist Jeremy Lazell writes: ‘Ephelia sits in 300 acres of tropical gardens… with tennis, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking and a kids’ club free, four swimming pools and two white sand, palm fringed beaches that are worth the air fare alone.’

Iyengar yoga master Lorraine McCannon to visit Halaveli

Rethink your approach to fitness and find ultimate relaxation through Iyengar yoga at Constance Halaveli this March.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Yoga retreat at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Senior level one yoga master to the stars, Lorraine McCannon, will be teaching Iyengar yoga at Halaveli from 3-10 March.

Follow in the footsteps – barefoot, of course – of McCannon’s former pupils Orlando Bloom and senior management of multinational corporations Goldman Sachs and Rothschild.

Tailor-made teaching techniques

An expert in teaching yoga to all levels, McCannon aims to tailor her teaching technique to the needs of Halaveli guests.

‘Yoga is a practical tool that can be adapted to suit all ages and levels of fitness. It improves general health and most importantly, brings deep relaxation which helps to improve one’s whole perspective on life,’ she explains.

‘Classes can be taught irrespective of differing levels of experience, age, fitness and health. Students may wish to focus on increasing energy levels, improving strength, suppleness and postural awareness, strengthening the immune system and releasing stress, all of which bring about a profound sense of well-being.’

Lorraine McCannon, Iyengar yoga teacher

Lorraine McCannon

Guided by the teachings of BKS Iyengar

McCannon studied under reknowned teacher BKS Iyengar, described as the father of modern yoga. She has appeared on BBC TV and radio talking about the benefits of yoga.

Find out more

Visit Lorraine’s website, Art of Yoga, and find out what happened when she set out to teach yoga to London’s Metropolitan Police.

Learn more about what Iyengar yoga can do for you.

And take a look at the Constance Halaveli website to check booking availability.

Top 3 tips for health and beauty from Brice Nicham

Podiatrist, Brice Nicham is famed for his unique approach to foot care and posture. 

Brice Nicham footcare at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Brice Nicham footcare, photo by Ludovic Andral

Having garnered a loyal following among celebrities, sports teams and those looking for treatments that really deliver, Brice’s treatments are now available at Le Prince Maurice.

Here are Brice’s top 3 tips for 2013:

1. Health

Take good care of your feet all year long and not only summertime when you show them. Having a medical pedicure at least 3 times a year will help you treat painful or esthetical issues. It’s the ideal way to get beautiful and healthy feet all year long, and also to prevent and anticipate issues.

2. Beauty

In our treatment room, we offer you a huge range of nail polishes and long lasting nail polishes. In order to optimise the durability of your nail polish and prevent you from nail damage, it is important you also come and visit us for nail polishing treatment in 3 steps.

3. Well being

Massage your hands and feet every night before going to sleep with a nourishing balm for at least 15 minutes. A long massage will help the cream to penetrate and provide your skin with all its benefits.

Find out more

 

Rave reviews for Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Seychelles

South African blogger and Johannesburg Sunday Independent columnist, Hasmita Nair has described her holiday to Constance’s Seychelles resorts as ‘the best I’ve ever been on’.

North Beach, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

North Beach, Constance Ephelia

Hasmita’s blog, joziliciousblog, about life in Johannesburg and her extensive travels is hugely popular.

This month she’s been raving to her readers about the friendly welcome and elegant luxury she experienced at Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

‘I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a few Indian Ocean islands. I’ve been to Zanzibar, Mozambique and Mauritius (twice!)… I stayed in 5 star properties on all the above islands, but both the setting and service of all these don’t even come close to what I experienced at Constance.’

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And find out why Constance Ephélia surpassed all her expectations: