Shiseido at Constance Hotels

Shiseido celebrates its 140th anniversary this year: 140 years of expertise, new discoveries, new products and new innovations.

Shiseido Eudermine

Shiseido Eudermine, original at the front

Shiseido began as a single prescription pharmacy in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1872, and has since become one of the most influential skin care houses in the world.

The products are developed with the most advanced science and uncompromising qualities, offering our guests the very best in skincare.

Eudermine elixir

To celebrate the 140th anniversary, Shiseido has brought back their first ever skin care product within its original packaging, created in 1897. Eudermine is an elixir to soothe and hydrate the skin and give a cushioned plumpness back to the complexion.

Within the skincare regime, Shiseido has always used a Japanese Beauty Secret, or ‘softener’. Once you have cleansed your skin, Shiseido recommends you use a softener to balance the skin within and allow your moisturiser to penetrate further into the skin and have a longer lasting effect.

Shiseido at Constance Hotels

At Shiseido spas, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia and Lemuria, guests can enjoy the newly created 140th Anniversary Spa Experiences. These are  3 different packages, offering the very best in spa treatments and massage discoveries. A Spa must have.

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Constance Hot List: London’s coolest restaurants

With the Olympics just round the corner, the spotlight falls on London this summer. Here’s our pick of the hippest new restaurants in the capital.

1. Tramshed

Tramshed, photo by Fairly buoyant

Inside the Tramshed

Situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building is the latest venture from Mark Hix, former chef director of Caprice Holdings.

Bang on trend with its pared-back menu of chicken and steak, this is a simple idea delivered to perfection.

Highlights include the perfect roast chicken (served head down, tail up) and dry-aged steak, served on its own or over salad. The massive Damien Hirst ‘Cock and Bull’ sculpture hangs above the centre of the room.

Visit the Tramshed website or follow them on Twitter @the_tramshed. And read the review by Time Out of Hix’s Tramshed.

2. Burger and Lobster

Heading up the trend for simple menus is the massively successful Burger and Lobster in Mayfair. The stripped-back menu in this buzzing, tightly packed spot has been a huge hit since it opened at the end of last year.

Highlights include actually getting a table – expect a long wait although you can head to a nearby bar and they’ll text you when there’s space. It’s worth the wait though – dine on whole lobster, lobster rolls or delectable burgers.

Follow them on Twitter @Londonlobster

3. Mari Vanna

Opulent in a kitsch kind of way, Mari Vanna serves up the sort of Russian food your grandmother would cook.

This new Russian restaurant in Knightsbridge is scoring high with those hankering after a taste of home, and fashionistas looking for the next big thing. Take your pickings from the lunch or à la carte menus.

Visit the Mari Vanna website to find out more, or follow them on Twitter @marivannalondon.

4. Shrimpy’s

Contributing to the revival of King’s Cross is this latest opening from the folk behind the hugely successful Bistrotheque.

Situated at The Filling Station in N1, highlights at Shrimpy’s include the soft shell crab burger and snacks way above the norm – chicharrons with guacamole and plantains chips and dips.

Find out more from Shrimpy’s website.

5. Bubbledogs

If champagne and hot dogs sound like an odd combination, hold your judgement until you’ve checked out the hottest new opening this month on Charlotte Street – Bubbledogs.

Run by husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang (both have worked at The Berkeley, Nomo and Per Se) the menu includes 10 hot dog options served with lashings of champagne.

Find out more on Bubbledogs website or follow them on Twitter @bubbledogsuk.

Do you have a recommendation we’ve missed?

Tell us where we should be eating right now. Post your comment below, on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @constancehotels.

 

Gallivanter’s Guide: Le Prince Maurice gets fantastic review

The latest edition of The Gallivanter’s Guide is now available, and this month it features a review of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Find out what reviewers Lyn Middlehurst and David Maslin think of our 6* deluxe hotel in Mauritius.

Sometimes, travel advisors and guests are guilty of learning by rote the names of a location’s ‘best’ hotels, and repeat the recommendations of these sacred cows ad infinitum, even when everything has changed beyond recognition.

This is decidedly true of Mauritius. The old favourites, such as Royal Palm, Le Touessrok and One & Only Le Saint Géran can no longer be classed as high-end, in my opinion. They all require serious investment and, perhaps, more importantly, a fresh perspective on what the high-end guest truly requires these days.

Equally, the new kids on the block are not necessarily better, for it takes rather more than a serious marketing budget and a sexy website to make a great hotel.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Villa #30, a true home from home

We first stayed at Le Prince Maurice in 1999 and were enthralled by this intimate and elegant Aman-like resort. Fourteen years later, the 89-suite property remains timelessly beautiful – its Feng-Shui architecture by Jean Marc Eynaud and interiors by Martin Branner and Dale Keller, enhancing its 148-acre footprint that, uniquely, encompasses lush interiors, a splendid beach and a fishing reserve, or barachois.

We stayed for the umpteenth time, half way through the resort’s major refurbishment, and were thrilled to discover new exceptionally comfortable beds, soft down and feather duvets and pillows and fine cotton bedding edged with coffee coloured thread.

The dark wood floors had been polished to perfection, whilst chic cinnamon and spice-hued soft furnishings and objects lifted the look, and flat screen TVs, Apple minis, Nespresso machines, iHome Ipod dockers and thoughtfully stocked minibars demonstrated that this resort had been listening hard to its guests.

Villa #30 – best in the resort?

Private pool and deck at Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Private pool and deck at Villa 30

We stayed in what is, for me, the nicest Pool Villa in the resort, for #30 sits on the gentle curve of the white sand beach, where the bay joins the barachois – a calm mangrove-set fishing lake that meanders lazily into the verdant distance.

Not only do you have your own generous plunge pool, lounging deck, outdoor dining table and thatch-shaded verandah, but you also have two palapa-covered loungers on the sand reserved just for you and stocked with bottled water.

Inside, there is a second full size dining table and a remarkably extensive room service menu, so that if you want to hole up here for the duration, you can.

There is a guest loo and shower off the sitting room, and a dressing area off the bedroom that leads into the twin vanity bathroom, which has an extra outdoor tub. The bathrooms are looking somewhat dated but in every other respect, they work well.

Bedroom at Villa 30, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Bedroom at Villa 30

Villas # 29 and 31

Apart from Villa #30, I highly recommend the other two pool Villas at the barachois end of the resort; #29 and #31, as these are very secluded. For the best beach views, though, #30 and #31 win hands down. The remaining 6 pool suites are at the other end of the beach, beyond the main pool, so work better for those who prefer a more central location.

Princely Suite

There is one 2-bedroom Princely Suite at the far end of the beach, which although spacious requires a rethink design-wise in my view; but I hear this is happening, along with the refurbishment of the main lobby, so this, too, could be a great option for families or friends.

Junior Suites

Junior suites at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Beautifully designed junior suites

Entry-level suites are junior suite sized; either L-shaped or I-shaped; set in 2- storey blocks of four, with terraces or balconies. A lagoon-facing suite, such as #27, offers the best views, as some are set back in the gardens. However, I prefer the I-shaped suites, such as #28, which are very Aman in style and configuration.

What helps to make the resort so special?

An incredibly elegant resort, Le Prince Maurice attracts a well balanced mix of couples and families; a carefully located kid’s club, Les Petits Princes, set well away from grown-up areas. Senior staff has been here since the resort’s inception, so when you return, you are welcomed ‘home’ by the charming Guest Relations Managers, Meera and Manjoola.

Dining at Le Prince Maurice

The cuisine, under French Executive Chef, Michael Scioli and Food & Beverage Manager, Samuel Pellegrini, gets better and better, whether you opt for a light lunch on the beach deck, Blu, a snack in the chic Bar, or a Michelin-level dinner in L’Archipel, where Head Sommelier, Jérôme Carlier has some excellent  recommendations , including a raft of Rosés.

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The pinnacle of unique dining, however, is to be found at the dinner only Le Barachois – one of the world’s most original restaurants. You reach it via a meandering stilted walkway that snakes across the barachois; the handrails punctuated by lanterns; the only sound being the occasional splash of fish and the lapping of water against the mangroves. After around 5 minutes, you reach the restaurant, which consists of 5 floating, tented pontoons linked by teak gangplanks. The dinner menu here is now quite simple, but the experience is exceptional, including a ‘floating sommelier’.

Spa de Constance

The Spa Constance was being remodelled when we stayed and I was encouraged to hear that Spa Manager, Sophie Demaret, was intent on introducing some chemical free options.

And the other things that make Le Prince Maurice stand out from the crowd…

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Sheltered beach at Le Prince Maurice

Other lures are the excellent boutiques and the golf practice course, although if you crave serious golf, then sister property Constance Belle Mare Plage, which is almost next door, offers two 18- hole championship courses.

General Manager, Christophe Plantier and Resident Manager Ashok Bhugoo run an extraordinary resort that, encouragingly, gets better each time we return. Do go.

Gallivanter’s Rating:

Extraordinary

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Essential summer style 2012

If you’re looking to up your style this summer, Vogue lifts the lid on what to buy right now.

Beach at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

1. Vogue’s 25 Summer Sunglasses 

The right pair of sunglasses adds instant cool to any outfit. This summer there’s a rush on frames with block colour, pastels and prints.

2. Vogue’s 100 Best Bikinis and Swimsuits

Before heading to the beach, check out Vogue’s list of the 100 best bikinis and swimsuits in the shops.

3. Vogues’ Head to Toe Prints

A look that successfully made it’s way from the runway to the high street, head-to-toe prints work brilliantly in a hot climate. Find out how to pair your prints for maximum effect.

4. Designer summer sales

It’s that’s time again – Vogue gives a round-up of where to grab the best designer bargains.

5. Milan Fashion Week 2012

If you’ve got your summer style wrapped up, draw inspiration for next season and beyond the shows at Milan Fashion Week.

 

Constance Hot List: where to eat in the South of France

If you’re heading to the South of France this summer, seek out these top tables in the region. Recommended by Bruno Le Gac, food connoisseur and Resident Manager at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Serge Gouloumes

Serge Gouloumes

Mougins

In Mougins, I recommend the table of my friend Serge Gouloumès at Relais et Châteaux Le Mas Candille. Here, you’ll experience the greatest products of the South – talent and generosity.

Menton

In Menton, chef Mauro Colagreco is super hot right now at Le Mirazur. Expect a beautifully creative and tasty cuisine, light and full of fresh vegetables.

Marseilles, old port

Lionel Levy is doing a great job at his restaurant Une Table au Sud, located right on Marseille’s old port. Splendid fish, respecting the Mediterranean techniques and products, and the creativity of uber-friendly chef Levy.

Do you have any recommendations?

If you’ve dined at a fantastic restaurant in the South of France, we’d love to hear your recommendation. You can post a comment below, on our Facebook page, or through Twitter @constancehotels.

Wild food foraging in Mauritius

The trend for wild food foraging continues to grow. Heading out into the countryside to search for wild berries, plants and nuts is a healthy alternative to nipping down to the supermarket.

Pink peppercorns

Pink peppercorns

But you have to know what to look for.

In Mauritius right now – from end May to end July – you’ll find the wonderful Baies Roses, or pink peppercorns, from the species Schinus terebinthifolius.

If you’re staying at Constance Belle Mare Plage, you’ll find them growing wild at the Legend golf course by hole 6. Keep your eye out for these lovely little berries, and pick some to try.

At Constance, we regularly use the pink peppercorns in our kitchens. Just picked, they have a delicate slightly minty taste without being spicy.

Ideal with grilled fish, these berries are also delicious in desserts, such as Pineapple Flambée with Baies Roses.

Happy foraging.

Have you been foraging for wild foods in Mauritius?

If you have, let us know what you’ve found. You can post your comments here, on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @constancehotels.

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