Top tips for what to pack when travelling with children

We recently ran a competition asking what item you always take with you when travelling with children.

Kids Club at Constance Hotels Experience

Kids Club with Constance

You sent in some great ideas. We’ve selected some of the best, both serious and funny.

All are guaranteed to help any parent when travelling with children. And some might also act a reminder to pack our sense of humour when travelling with little ones!

The winning entry came from Roleen McNeilage:

  • Balloons and pens to draw faces on them to keep them amused.

And here are some of the other great entries we received through the Constance Facebook page and our Twitter account @constancehotels. Enjoy!

  • Favourite cuddly toy and blanket, with an address around the toy’s neck in case it gets lost!
  • Calpol – you never know when you might need it
  • Their favourite toys
  • A lot of patience
  • Duck Tape – works everytime
  • A portable DVD player
  • A Harry Potter CD
  • Baby wipes
  • Their own pillow
  • Sun cream
  • Crayons and drawing pad, or mini whiteboard and pen
  • Lots of activities and nibbles or alternatively… the grandparents!
  • Plasticine
  • Food - my son can’t go for more than 5 mins without eating something
  • The ultimate kid toy (for boys) for a nice vacation in a Constance beach resort is a small Hot Wheels pick-up truck on large wheels. Perfect to play in the sand. Create a crazy race track in the sand with your son, use shells, stones to decorate the roads, build bridges, tunnels… and you’re all set to enjoy a good book for a few hours.
  • Babysitter or nanny
  • Nightlight – turns a scary new bedroom into a pleasurable experience!
  • New books we know they’ll like
  • Nintendo ds and electronic games

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Top 9 food trends for 2012

In the first of our Trends 2012 articles, our corporate chef Bruno Le Gac gives us an insight into what he believes will be the biggest food trends this year.

Bruno Le Gac

Bruno Le Gac

My big 3 predictions   

1. ‘New’ Chinese and Indian cuisine

Many young Chinese and Indian chefs will appear and experiment with the traditional ways of cooking and presenting their dishes.

New great chefs from Asia will start exporting their talents abroad and open restaurants across the globe under their name.

2. Tea food

 

Food associated with tea, food and tea pairing dinners should become more fashionable.

Guests are getting savvier about tea, and quality products and ranges have become more readily available. Tea sommeliers will become a reality very soon.

3. The Maitre D’

The concept of the Maitre D’ will come back, but with new codes and a modern approach. Service jobs will come back into the spotlight, and we’ll see new ways of doing things, more service competitions and even TV shows on service.

Celebrity Maitre D’s will become more famous, and will lead the way to attract younger people to learn. In other words what’s happened in the kitchen will now begin to happen in the dining room.

What the industry predicts will be big news in 2012

4. Homemade pasta and noodles

Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai…. 2012 will be the ‘year of noodles’

5. Insects

Insects are a great source of protein. They form part of the culinary tradition of many countries (Thailand, China, Mexico…). They could be a good alternative to meat and some say it would help release the pressure on our planet.

Some famous chefs such as celebrity Milan chef Carlo Cracco have already explored using insects on their menus.

Watch this space – for my part, I don’t think we’re quite ready for this yet.

6. Pure food

Food as natural as possible, with no artificial ingredients. We’ll see more ‘back to roots’ options prepared with very good quality products.

And general consumer trends, that continue to grow

Fresh produce

Fresh produce

7. Green, local and organic food

It’s been big for several years and I suspect the trend will continue to grow. Consumers are fed up with bad quality products and want to come back to the real thing. Home grown vegetable gardens will become even bigger, especially in cities.

8. Quality snacks, take away food, light bites

People have less time to eat, and want to enjoy easy food for lunch. Easy but still good and healthy. This is also true in hotels and resorts and I think we’ll see more and more casual outlets in hotels selling quality, light and tasty snacks.

9. Conviviality and human contact

Tired of watching bad news on TV? Family style dishes, portions to share, long tables and casual barbecues will become more popular.

People want contact and authenticity. Culinary classes, ‘do-it yourself’ sessions and more interaction on hotel buffets.

And now over to you…

Do you think insects will be gracing our plates in 2012?

Has organic food had its day?

We want to know what you think. You can post your comments on the blog below, to our Constance Facebook page or tweet @constancehotels.com

Round up: Top diving gear 2011

Scuba diver in sea

Diving off Madagascar

If you’re planning a diving holiday in the coming months, here are the latest dive gear recommendations from top scuba diving websites Sport Diver and Diver Net:

1. Top 10 diving equipment tips from Sport Diver

  • Sport Diver has polled hundreds of PADI dive professionals to find out their top tips for scuba equipment.

2. Top divers recommend their favourite kit

  • Meanwhile on Diver Net, top divers give their recommendations for their favourite piece of diving kit.

3. Best dive computers 2011

  • And if you’re looking for a dive computer, check out recommendations on Sport Diver for the best on the market in 2011.

4. Your recommendations

If you’ve got any recommendations for the best dive gear on the market, or tips for how to get the best use out of your gear, we’d love to hear from you.

You can leave a comment below, send a tweet to @constancehotels or post a message on our Constance Facebook page.

Golf pro tip 2: Bunker shot

Watch this instructional video for how to perfect your bunker shot, with golf pro Vishnoo Seeneevassen, from the Marc Farry Golf Academy at the Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.