Mimi Spencer: the Kickstart Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Mimi Spencer, co-author of number-one best-seller The Fast Diet, introduces a new way to inspire healthy living and weight loss: the Kickstart The Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel in Mauritius.

Mimi Spencer

Mimi Spencer

It’s blissfully warm outside. Gentle waves lap upon the white sand. Excuse another cliche, but palm trees really do sway in the tropical breeze. Life at Constance Le Prince Maurice, as anyone who has visited will know, is pretty special – relaxed, cosseted, sophisticated. Heaven. It’s also a place dedicated to the senses, with its fabulous food, exceptional spa and staff who seem to know what you want before you even realise it. Smudged sunglasses? There’s someone on hand to polish them. A pillow menu, madam? A personalised pedicure? Not a problem.

Where better, then, to embark on a new and healthy lifestyle? The service and attention to detail you find in all the Constance resorts – dotted across the Indian Ocean like so many pearls – is precisely why Constance Le Prince Maurice works so brilliantly as a place to Kickstart the Fast Diet. As many of you will know, the Fast Diet and the 5:2 method have been the hot topic of 2013; the simple and enticing idea behind it all is that for two non-consecutive days each week, you slash calories to a quarter of your usual daily intake. For a woman, this means 500 calories over the course of a Fast Day; for a man, it’s 600. But for the other five days, there is no dieting, no fretting, no real concern for calories at all. Which makes it the ideal fit for the Prince Maurice, devoted as it is to good living.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

But there’s so much more at the hotel to dovetail with the 5:2 approach. The Spa de Constance offers indulgent treatments, an ideal complement to a health and weight-loss regime. While I was in Mauritius to develop the Kickstart programme, I saw Dajee for shiatsu and reflexology – an excellent, grounding experience and a great boost on a Fast Day. The Sisley facial was another hit – cleansing, invigorating, rejuvenating – and all in the calm embrace of one of the world’s finest spas. There’s personal fitness instruction here too, and sunset yoga or stretching sessions with Isabelle Lamant, one of those teachers who somehow inspire you to stretch that little bit further, reach that inch more.

Guests who wish to follow the Fast Diet during their stay can try a low-calorie cooking lesson with chef Al Youhn (Constance Le Prince Maurice prides itself on its people power) and, of course, eat delicious Fast Diet dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Michael Scioli. We’ve worked on the menus together to offer plenty of low-calorie, nutritious Fast Day options – sashimi, salads, fish fresh from the lagoon – and healthy choices for days when you don’t want to fast, but you do want to eat well. Days, perhaps, when you might order the odd glass of champagne and take in that glorious view…

  • The Fast Diet by Mimi Spencer and Dr Michael Mosley, The Fast Diet Recipe Book by Mimi Spencer with Dr Sarah Schenker, and Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley are all published by Short Books and available on Amazon.
  • Mimi’s new book, Fast Cook, comes out on March 6th 2014.
  • For more in-depth information about the Fast Diet, go to Michael and Mimi’s website, The Fast Diet
  • The Kickstart Fast Diet is available at the Constance Le Prince MauriceBook now.

 

Top 7 places to propose this Valentine’s Day

Here’s our pick of 7 romantic spots in the Indian Ocean for a last minute romantic getaway and proposal this Valentine’s Day.

Panoramic views of the Seychelles

Panoramic views of the Seychelles

1. A deserted island in the Maldives

Imagine a day on an island inhabited by just the two of you. Swim, sunbathe, snorkel, enjoy a picnic on the beach and when the moment’s right, ask your partner to marry you. Perfection. Day trips to your own deserted island are available from Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi.

2. A panoramic view in the Seychelles

Drive through the lush dense forest of Mahé’s interior to reach the colonial spice plantation, Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden with knock-your-socks-off panoramic views across the island and out to the ocean beyond. Have lunch in the restaurant and then meander down to the stunning Anse Royal below.

3. A high-octane, adrenalin-pumping proposal in Mauritius

If ziplining and quad biking is more your thing then why not stage your proposal at the Casela Nature and Leisure Park in Mauritius. With the longest zipline circuit in the Indian Ocean you could pop the question while flying through the air above stunning Mauritian jungle. Other activities include mountain biking, jeep safaris to see a range of animals including lions and monkeys, Segway and quad biking.

4. Barefoot and laidback on a private Madagascan island

Indulge in a slice of romantic perfection amidst the laidback charm of Constance Tsarabanjina with a hammock slung outside your beach villa just steps from the shoreline. When the time comes to pop the question staff can arrange a secluded table for two on the rocks above the beach where you can enjoy fresh lobster under a blanket of stars.

Is Madagascar on you short list of places to propose?

Is Madagascar on you short list of places to propose?

5. A floating restaurant on a beautiful Mauritian lagoon

Wind your way through mangrove trees, down a torch-lit gangplank and you’ll discover one of the world’s most romantic restaurants. Le Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice is situated across five decks floating on the picturesque lagoon. Watch the sun set over the still waters as stars fill the sky then open the champagne and tuck into some world-class cuisine.

6. On one of the world’s most beautiful beaches

Take a walk around the shore from the Seychelles resort Constance Lémuria and you’ll reach Anse Lazio, frequently voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Sheltered by granite boulders with talc-soft sand and shallow waters, Anse Lazio epitomises the image of Seychelles’ beaches that we dream of. Closer to Lémuria along the same shore is Anse Georgette, just as beautiful but less well known and more secluded.

7. Romance of the Coco de Mer in the Seychelles

The Coco de Mer has long been said to have aphrodisiac properties and although you can’t buy or take one of the suggestively shaped nuts off the island you can visit one of the only places on earth that they grow at the Vallée de Mai on Praslin. Walk in the stunning ancient forest and see these beautiful palm nuts growing in the wild.

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Domaine de la Citadelle to visit Constance Ephélia

Constance Ephélia has invited winemakers from the prestigious French Domaine de la Citadelle to create a perfectly paired wine menu for guests on 10 February at Cyann Restaurant.

The Cyann Restaurant at Constance Ephélia

The Cyann Restaurant at Constance Ephélia

Domaine De la Citadelle was created in 1989 from the passion of Yves Rousset-Rouard to produce a grand vin that fully reflected the Côtes du Luberon region.

Embracing the region’s traditions, variety of soil types (clay-limestone, clay-sandstone, stony and marl), aspect and climate, Yves and his son Alexis have been able to create one of the top domaines in the region.

Having planted 14 different grape varieties (Syrah and Grenache forming the majority), they have worked in traditional ways in order to maintain the balance between caring for the vines and the environment.

Each year the yield is carefully limited with a removal of a percentage of buds in spring and a ‘green harvest’ in July to ensure the grapes which remain are the very healthiest and sweetest. These are then picked, by hand, at the perfect moment to ensure optimum maturity.

Wine event at Constance Ephélia

Guests at Constance Ephélia will be able to enjoy a range of wines from Domaine de la Citadelle, alongside a menu created by our world-class chef to bring out the best in each wine, on 10 February.

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3 romantic villas for Valentine’s Day

Secluded, blissfully peaceful and offering a perfect slice of romantic heaven, here are three beautiful villas to escape to this Valentine’s Day.

The Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Could this be your Valentine’s Day surprise?

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

The Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

The perfect romantic setting?

The Beach Villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Treat your loved one to the barefoot chic of Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

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Travel inspiration 2014: Madagascar

If you dream of a Robinson Crusoe-style island, deserted beaches, walks through landscapes unchanged for thousands of years and close encounters with rare wildlife then Madagascar should be top of your wish list this year.

Travel inspiration: Madagascar

Travel inspiration: Madagascar

Off the well-worn tourist trail, Madagascar remains a relatively untouched paradise with rich cultural traditions and landscapes teeming with unique biodiversity.

Madagascan landscapes

Spend time on the mainland and go trekking in the breathtaking national parks (including the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bermaraha with its startling landscape of limestone needles) and visiting the country’s many vibrant bustling markets before heading to the beach for a little R&R.

Culinary traditions of Madagascar

In Madagascar even relaxation can feel like a cultural adventure with meals of fresh seafood still caught in the traditional way and prepared with the warm spices of the island in the same way it has been for hundreds of years.

At Constance Tsarabanjina guests will see local fishermen turning up on the beach to sell their catch to the hotel’s restaurant. Our chefs create delicious Madagascan dishes with an elegant twist.

Guests who want to immerse themselves in the island’s fishing heritage further can even take a trip on a pirogue (a traditional wooden fishing boat) and try Madagascan net fishing for themselves.

Bring home your catch and the chefs at the resort will prepare and cook it for you to enjoy in the evening.

Unique biodiversity of Madagascar

Of course, one of the main reasons people visit Madagascar is to encounter the unique biodiversity, more than 80 per cent of the flora and fauna here is not found anywhere else on Earth.

Landscapes range from tropical rainforest to spiny deserts, reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests. Species include the unique lemurs, endangered serpent eagle as well as rare chameleons and geckos.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

4 Deserts race, Madagascar

This year Madagascar has been selected to host the Roving Race section of the 4 Deserts race, the world’s leading endurance footrace. In August around 250 runners from more than 40 countries will take on the island’s varied terrain racing over 250km in seven days.

Scuba diving in Madagascar

Once you’ve seen the sights on land dive in to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and discover a submarine world still largely unexplored. The relatively recent growth of tourism in the region means that much of the ocean around the island has not been dived extensively before.

Off the coast of Tsarabanjina you can be among the first to discover vibrant coral reefs, stunning sponge gardens and a plethora of colourful marine life. The many dive sites include exciting tunnels, caves, overhangs, cliff-faces and beautiful reefs, providing something for divers of all levels.

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Global Adventuress praises Constance Hotels & Resorts in Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Travel website Global Adventuress has described Constance as ‘a hotel group that offers incredible luxury resorts, spas and golf courses throughout the Indian Ocean’.

Travel writer and consultant Patricia Stone visited Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles, a trip which, she said, created many ‘wonderful memories’.

Writing for Global Adventuress, Stone says of her time at Constance Ephélia, ‘We found lots to do and stayed active bicycling around the resort property, exploring the beaches, working out at the fully equipped gym and even challenged ourselves to rock climb and zip line with onsite SMAC Adventures’.

Stone describes Constance Lémuria as a ‘family friendly resort set on the northwest side of Praslin with three of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world’.

Global Adventuress is a website dedicated to female travellers encouraging its readers to share their experiences, photos and advice.

Read more about Stones time in the Seychelles at Global Adventuress.

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