What’s on in Mauritius 2014

The beautiful island of Mauritius is a year-round holiday destination with a climate which entices sun-worshipers and water sport-enthusiasts throughout the year.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

As the intense heat and humidity of Mauritius’ Southern Hemisphere summer begins to subside we round up the highlights of the best events on the island in the cooler, balmy days of July, August and September.

July 2014

Whether you want to get involved or just go along as a spectator you’ll be wowed by one of the most beautiful marathon routes in the world. Taking a coastal trail through villages, and even a UNESCO site, the whole event ends with fun and celebrations on the beach.

Kiteival is an annual kite surf festival open to all level of kiters. With festival venues around the island the festival organisers hope to introduce kiters from around the world to the best spots and lagoons on the island. Take part, or just enjoy the spectacle.

August 2014

Take time while in Mauritius to discover the work of pARTage, an association of Mauritian artists working together to promote contemporary art in the Indian Ocean by showcasing local artists.

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Inspire the kids or just go along to witness some breathtaking tennis from the next generation of tennis stars at this International Tennis Federation event.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi – 29 August – 8 September

The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a vibrant spectacle on the island. Commemorating the birth of the god Ganesh, the festival is celebrated for 10 days. On the last day, Anant Chaturdashi, Hindus carry an idol of Ganesh in a procession through the streets to local rivers and beaches to immerse him in water before sunset.

September 2014

Champ de Mars is the historic racecourse in Port Louis belonging to The Mauritius Turf Club (the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere). Always worth a visit to rub shoulders with local Mauritians and VIP visitors alike, the Maiden’s Cup is a popular event in the racecourse calendar.

  • Father Laval Day – 9 September

A celebration of the birth of Jacques Désiré Laval, a French missionary and doctor who came to Mauritius in 1841 and became the protector of the slave community, many of whom believed he had miraculous healing powers. On this day thousands of Mauritians visit his tomb in Sainte Croix, Port Louis which is still believed to possess healing powers.

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Luxury Travel Blog offers guide to quirky sights in Seychelles

Coco de mer

The rare Coco de Mer is found at Vallee de Mai on Praslin Island in the Seychelles

The sights and sounds of the Seychelles come alive in Matthew Coe’s article for A Luxury Travel Blog.

Highlights of the stunning Indian Ocean archipelago described by Coe include the iconic Coco de Mer. He suggests visiting UNESCO World Heritage site Valle de Mai on Praslin to see the unusual palm seed in its natural surroundings.

Other quintessentially Seychellois experiences suggested by Coe include visiting Cousin and Curieuse Island to witness its stunning wildlife and climbing Nid d’Aigle for a breath-taking view of La Digue.

Read the full article ‘top quirky sight in the Seychelles’ on A Luxury Travel Blog.

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Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli boasts a wine list to rival many European Michelin-starred restaurants and head sommelier Florian David is rightly proud of the extensive wine cellar that features some of the world’s best wines.

Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

With more than a thousand fine wines mainly from Europe, South Africa and New Zealand, Florian considers that Halaveli has the best selection of wines in the Maldives.

One of the things which makes Halaveli’s selection so unique is that many of the wines are sourced from the winemakers directly by our sommeliers.

Our teams visit vineyards across the new and old world to search out the very best wines from traditional as well as innovative new winemakers.

Florian’s top wine recommendations

Of all the fine wines in our cellar, here are Florian’s top recommendations.

Florian says, ‘We at Halaveli have the best winemakers from France.’

  • De Montille – the lively legend of Volnay and Pommard
  • Raveneau – the king of Chablis
  • Lucien Lemoine – one of the most talented Burgundian winemaker of the past 10 years
  • La Grange des Peres – the most elegant of all the Languedoc wines
  • Domaine de Trevallon – the ultimate proof that there is great wine in Provence

‘We also have the very best vintage of the grand Bordeaux wines.’

  • Pauillac, Château Lynch Bages, 5th Cru Classé 1990 – the best vintage of the past 30 years
  • Pauillac, Château Pichon Baron Longueville, 2nd Cru Classé 1989 – less famous than 1990 but beautifully well-balanced
  • Margaux, Château Margaux, 1st Cru Classé 1990 – simply a legend
  • Bordeaux, Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1945 – the most feminine vintage ever and also the most difficult to find (although not, of course, at Halaveli)
  • Sauternes ‘Creme de Tête’, Château Gilette 1961 – an amazing vintage from an amazing producer

‘To finish, we also have the finest and most exclusive Champagne.’

  • Dom Perignon 2003 and 2004 – the shining star of Champagne
  • Cristal 2005 – the Champagne Tsar
  • Cristal Rose 2005 – probably the most exclusive Rose Champagne
  • Salon 1997 – The Grand Cru of Champagne
  • Billecart Salmon, ‘Clos St Hilaire’, Blanc de Noirs 1998 – a Champagne with a sensitive soul of Pinot Noir

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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.

Top Seychelles dive sites

Tempted to book a holiday?

We’ve just made it easier to book a diving holiday to Seychelles with our Constance Diving Offer.

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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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