Why Seychelles is a top diving destination

The Seychelles is a year-round diving destination with a rich native marine population but different seasons can bring spectacular visitors to our waters.

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

Calm waters

Probably the best time for keen scuba divers to visit is during the calm climatic periods of April-May and October-November. At these times the water temperature can reach 29ºC and visibility is excellent (up to 30 metres).

Migrating giants

Probably the most famous and awe-inspiring guests are the vast whale sharks.

Although some of these gentle giants can be found in the waters of the inner islands all year round, large numbers pass through in August and again from October to January. The whale sharks are lured by the boom in plankton caused by warmer sea temperatures.

Also lured by the abundant plankton are the giant manta rays which delight many divers at this time of year.

Turtle nesting season

From October to February you are likely to see rare green turtles and hawksbill turtles.

The hawksbill turtle

The hawksbill turtle

The endangered hawksbill and green turtles return year after year to our quiet, idyllic beaches on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles between these months.

At Constance Lémuria our Turtle Manager monitors each nest and each turtle to ensure their safety. We will continue to watch the nests for the next two months until all the eggs have hatched.

Under the supervision of our Turtle Manager, guests at Lémuria can have the unique experience of watching the females come up on the beach to lay their eggs, and then in March to April see the baby turtles move down to the sea.

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Recipe: Asian marinated BBQ Chicken

This fragrant chicken marinade created by Chef Alexis Voisin combines rich traditional Asian flavours.

Marinated BBQ chicken at Constance Lémuria

Marinated BBQ chicken at Constance Lémuria

The Asian marinated barbecued chicken is one of the most popular dishes among guests at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles and is a perfect marinade to spice up your chicken at home for a summer barbecue.

Ingredients (Serves 5)

  • 1.3kg chicken leg (without bone)
  • 70g oyster sauce
  • 50g honey
  • 50g grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 5g pepper (black or white)
  • 20g sugar
  • 20g chicken powder

Marinated BBQ Chicken

1. Put the boneless chicken leg in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and keep for at least 3 hours before grilling or roasting.

2. Place the chicken legs on the heated BBQ until the chicken is done.

3. Serve with steamed rice or barbecue fare such as salads and breads.

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Top 10 tips: how to pack for a luxury holiday

Deciding which of your favourite summer outfits to take and which to leave behind is always one of the hardest pre-holiday tasks.

Decisions decisions - what will you pack for your luxury holiday?

Decisions decisions – what will you pack for your luxury holiday?

If packing for a luxury holiday leaves you feeling frazzled help is at hand, June’s Vogue magazine features a guide to ‘the art of packing’.

Here are our top 10 tips to help you pack with style.

1. Learn how to fold clothes properly and where they should be placed in the suitcase from the inspirational Louis Vuitton ‘The Art of Packing’ website.

2. Get online and check out what the weather’s going to be like – cold evenings or brief showers are no problem if you’ve packed for them.

3. Download a packing app. Forget all those hastily scribbled lists – an app like Packing Pro will break down everything you need to bring from passport to hair-straighteners with a ‘sample list’ full of useful suggestions.

4. Give yourself plenty of time. All your good intentions of packing the perfect capsule wardrobe will go flying out the window if you’re hurling clothes into a suitcase half an hour before your taxi’s due.

5. Make sure your suitcase is lightweight, you may not mind paying overweight luggage to take your favourite shoes with you but you don’t want to pay it because the case itself is too heavy.

6. Lost luggage is a nightmare so always label your luggage and keep a card inside your suitcase with your contact details, just in case.

7. Make sure your iPod/smartphone is fully stocked with all your favourite music, movies, apps, games etc before you go, and don’t leave it to the last minute as downloading can take time.

Soak up the sun at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Soak up the sun at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

8. Pack an empty foldable bag just in case you decide to do a little shopping while you’re away.

9. Vogue’s Art of Packing suggests keeping shirts, trousers and dresses in dry-cleaning plastic protectors to prevent creasing in your suitcase – we couldn’t agree more.

10. Fold jackets and blazers always fastening buttons or zips and then turning up the collar and folding in lapels. Tops and t-shirts can be rolled but should be carefully folded first.

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The perfect burger recipe

With the days becoming warmer and Bank Holidays approaching it’s time to brush off the barbecue and indulge in a little al fresco dining.

The perfect burger recipe - coming to a barbecue near you?

The perfect burger recipe – coming to a barbecue near you?

For some inspiration to get you started here is our recipe for the ultimate home-made burger as served in Indigo Restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Belle Mare Plage’s Indigo Burger recipe:

  • 1kg Australian beef topside (15% fat)
  • 350g Special Wagyu beef trimmings (65% fat)
  • 50g onions (chopped and fried)

Chef’s tip

The secret for any grilled meat is to allow the meat to rest before serving it.

It is always better to slightly under cook the meat and allow it to rest (some chefs let it rest almost the same amount of time it has been cooked).

The result is that the meat is more tender and juicier in mouth.

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Top 6 beaches in the Seychelles

Top beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

Top beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

Visitors to Seychelles will be enchanted by its powder white beaches shaded by lush takamaka trees and crystal waters.

Here’s our guide to 6 of the very best of the Seychelles’ many heavenly beaches.

1. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

A mixture of white and pink sand surrounded by sea-smoothed granite boulders nestled against verdant palms have made this beach one of the most photographed in the world. A short boat ride from Praslin, La Digue is an island with a friendly laidback vibe which only adds to the beach’s charm.

2. Anse Georgette, Praslin

Nestled into a secluded bay sheltered from view by glorious foliage and dramatic granite boulders is the beautiful Anse Georgette. Accessible via a beautiful nature trail from Constance Lémuria, Anse Georgette was voted the world’s second most beautiful beach by Condé Nast Traveller.

3. Ile Cache Beach, Cerf Island

If you’re looking for your own remote slice of paradise search out Ile Cache (literally ‘hidden island’). Situated at the southern tip of Cerf Island it is possible to walk from Cerf to Ile Cache at low tide. Follow the island’s only path to its secluded beach, a stunning spot with views out across the ocean and towards Mahé.

Anse Georgette, Praslin

Anse Georgette, Praslin

4. Anse Beau Vallon, Mahé

If you’re looking for a little more action then Anse Beau Vallon is the answer with shaded beach bars and restaurants, water sports and a weekly street market selling crafts, souvenirs and local food. Locals and tourists alike come to Beau Vallon for the social vibe but, this being the Seychelles, there are still plenty of quiet areas to call your own.

5. Anse Lazio, Praslin

No list of the top beaches of Seychelles would be complete without Anse Lazio with its powder-white sand sloping gently down to calm, clear water. Perfect for swimming and snorkelling or just kicking back and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.

6. Pirates Cove, Moyenne Island

This is another perfect spot for those dreaming of Robinson Crusoe-style seclusion. Take the stunning boat trip to Moyenne and then from the jetty walk along the path past the beautiful Coral Cove to Pirate’s Cove. Virtually hidden by lush jungle, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled but the reward is 60m of perfect, untouched white sand with views out towards Sainte Anne.

Anse Lazio, Praslin

Anse Lazio, Praslin

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5 delicious chocolate and wine pairings

Fine wine and top quality chocolate make perfect partners, and when paired together offer that pleasure of a simple, deliciously indulgent moment.

Chocolate and wine pairings at Constance

Chocolate and wine pairings at Constance

Here Head Sommelier at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Jérôme Carlier, offers his tips for how to pair wine with chocolate.

1. Coeur de Guanaja 80% chocolate with Porto Red, Auinta de Infantado, Ruby

The pairing of the fruity Porto wine here with the rich, intense bitterness of the chocolate creates a beautiful balance between bitter and sweet.

2. DGF Caraibes 72% chocolate with Mas Amiel Vintage 1980, Olivier Decelle

The combination of the crisp, dark DGF Caraibes (buttons) 72% with the sweet acidity and light syrupy flavours of the Mas Amiel wine create multi-dimensional flavours of roasted walnut on the palate.

3. Valrhona Manjari 64% chocolate with Du Toitskloof Cellar Red Muscadel 2011

This pairing of the acidulous notes of red and dried fruits from the chocolate, and the rich fruit of the wine creates a full body mouth with persistence of fruit and acid on the palate.

4. Pegasus white chocolate with Pinot Gris ‘Pokiri’, late harvest, 2009

This unusual match between white chocolate and a very good Pinot Gris wine from New Zealand combines the sweetness of the chocolate with the sweetness of the Pinot Gris to create a very light flavour with notes of lychee fruit.

5. Valrhona Jivara 41% chocolate

This delectable milk chocolate with its pronounced cocoa taste and notes of malt and vanilla can be perfectly matched with all the wines listed above. With each wine it will create its own unique tasting experience.

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