Recipe: Coconut cake

This Coconut cake recipe fits in nicely with the famous English “tea time”. A vital tradition, even in our part of the world. And there can be no “tea time” without cakes.

Coconut cake

Coconut cake

At Constance Halaveli, the coconut has a special flavour, far from the ersatz offerings sometimes encountered in Europe.

This simple little recipe will prove a delicious way of accompanying your lazy afternoon…

Ingredients

The coconut cake:

  • 150g butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 150g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 3g baking powder
  • 50g grated coconut
1. Preheat the oven to 175˚C. With a little melted butter, grease a Kouglof pan.
2. In a stainless steel bowl, or with an electric whisk, mix the butter and sugar until it forms a creamy paste.
3. Add the eggs one by one.
4. Pour the sifted flour, grated coconut, yeast powder and vanilla sugar over the mixture. Stir it into a smooth dough.
5. Put it into the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes.

The coconut cream:

  • 125g brown sugar
  • 100ml liquid cream
  • 100g dried coconut
  • 140g butter
1. Make a light caramel with the sugar and then add the cream.
2. Bring it to the boil and then add the coconut and butter. Let it cook for a few minutes, before storing it at room temperature.

Finishing and presentation

Once the cake has cooled down, take it out of its mould and serve it with coconut cream.

Top 10 spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Soothe your mind and put a spring back in your step with our luxury spa treatments at Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Here’s a look at some of the most popular treatments our guests choose on a Constance holiday.

• Prince’s Stress Relief (Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius)

The spa’s signature treatment this is the ultimate in relaxation, a 4 hands massage using long, smooth strokes to soothe muscles and clear the mind.

• Shiseido’s Japanese Beauty Paradise (Shiseido Spa, Lémuria, Seychelles)

Welcome yourself to the elegant luxury of Lémuria with this treatment exclusively designed by Shiseido for guests of the hotel. Commencing with a Japanese foot ritual and gentle steam it ends with a sublime 75 minute Qi facial.

• Valmont’s Anti Aging UV Repair (Valmont Spa, Halaveli, Maldives)

Developed in Princess Pan Deï Palace in St Tropez this treatment from Swiss skincare specialist Valmont deeply regenerates skin repairing skin damage to the delicate face and décolleté.

Spa Village, Constance Ephelia

Spa Village, Constance Ephelia

• Green Tea Wrap Experience (Spa de Constance, Moofushi, Madives)

An invigorating wrap which purifies and restores the natural mineral balance of your skin with the exotic scents of rosemary and frankincense.

• Sisley’s Intensive Hydrating Anti-Ageing (Sisley Spa, Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius)

A rejuvenating combination of aromatherapy, anti-aging skincare and massage will leave your skin feeling refreshed and firm.

• Enchanting Wave Massage (Spa de Constance, Moofushi, Maldives)

A holistic treatment for body and mind this full body massage combines reiki, tai chi, temple Hawaiian lomi-lomi and Esalen traditions.

• Shiseido’s Nourishing Bathing Ceremony (Shiseido Spa, Ephélia, Seychelles)

Gentle lighting and Japanese fragrances of cherry blossom, green tea and silken rice will transport you to a new level of serenity in this indulgent bathing ceremony concluding with the application of Ultimate Nourishing Body Cream.

Night spa on the beach, Constance Lemuria

Night spa on the beach, Constance Lemuria

• Soulful Soothing (Spa de Constance, Halaveli Maldives)

Set to the scents of benzoin, rosewood, cedarwood, petitgrain and rose this calming treatment includes a soul soothe body massage, softening skin polish and rosewood warmth wrap.

• Tropical Stone Detox (Spa de Constance, Ephélia, Seychelles)

Pamper yourself outside and in with an all-encompassing spa treatment including a green clay wrap, a mini face detox, relaxing scalp massage and concluding in a heavenly hot stone massage.

• Shiseido’s Japanese Jet Lag Therapy (Shiseido Spa, Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius)

The perfect treatment after a long journey Shiseido uses its signature Qi therapy to relieve stress and revitalise cramped, tired muscles. This treatment includes a back, neck and shoulder massage, Japanese scalp treatment and feet and lower leg rub.

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First class service at our luxury hotels and resorts

Our dedication to offering first-class personal service to all our guests is something that comes up time and again in Trip Advisor and other review sites.

Luxury service from staff at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury service at Halaveli

From the friendly greeting you receive at reception to touches like the turn-down service in your bedroom, our staff are there to look after your every need.

At Le Prince Maurice, Ephélia and Halaveli, you can even choose from our pillow menu to ensure you get the perfect night’s sleep you crave on holiday. Find out more about getting the best night’s sleep at Constance.

Tailor made experiences

We want you to enjoy a holiday that feels like it was made just for you. If you’re staying in one of our villas, our staff can arrange a private dinner in your villa. At a number of our hotels and resorts, we have unique private dining spaces where you can enjoy an indulgent meal with your friends and family. At Moofushi, a table for two can be set on your very own sandbank.

Kids Club at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Kids Club at Constance Le Prince Maurice

And for the kids…

It’s not just the adults who benefit from the high standards of personal service. At our Constance Kids’ Clubs fully trained and enthusiastic Coordinators lead trips of island exploration, local crafts, culinary activities and scavenger hunts to name a few, encouraging kids to engage with their exciting, exotic holiday location.

Take advantage of our baby-sitting service and enjoy the pleasure of a meal or drink uninterrupted. More about our Constance Kids’ Clubs

Inspired by passion

Our staff love sharing their knowledge. So feel free to talk to our Sommelier about wine, our Spa therapists about the best treatments for you, our fitness instructors about exercise and our diving experts about the best sites to explore in the beautiful ocean.

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Luxury honeymoon hotels in the Maldives

Imagine waking up on honeymoon to the sound of waves gently lapping against your own secluded water villa then eating a sumptuous champagne breakfast on your private deck while taking in uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

While the Maldives is undoubtedly a naturally romantic environment, at Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi we have added an extra splash of luxury to the mix to create the perfect honeymoon destination.

Luxury service

Our discreet, friendly staff are always on hand to ensure a seamless experience and to make sure everything you need is provided. Luxury here is about not having to trouble yourself about anything, a place where you can do as much or as little as you want.

Constance Halaveli

At Halaveli ultimate luxury seeps through everything we do: from our secluded, spacious water villas with high rafted, palm-thatched ceilings and their own infinity pools to the peaceful elegance of the hotel bars and restaurants.

Dine in the romantic 5* surroundings of Jing restaurant. Situated at a secluded spot on the jetty with stunning panoramic ocean views our chef delicately combines the exotic spices and flavours of the Maldives with European traditions to make a sumptuous fine-dining experience.

Pamper yourself with the very latest treatments from exclusive Swiss skincare specialists Valmont at the sumptuous Spa de Constance, or treat yourself to a private treatment in your own villa.

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Romance is everywhere at Halaveli but for an extra special once-in-a-lifetime memory why not take an excursion to a private island for a picnic for two or a sunset dinner.

There’s also plenty of fun to be had exploring the stunning reefs around the hotel or trying your hands at big game fishing, water skiing, windsurfing or sailing your own catamaran.

Constance Moofushi

Step out of the fast paced digital age and savour the laidback luxury of Moofushi where time itself seems to move at a more leisurely island pace.

A honeymoon at Moofushi with its all-inclusive Cristal Package is a chance to escape together to a Robinson Crusoe world of barefoot elegance.

Spend the evening under the stars drinking champagne as your meal is prepared right in front of you.

Enjoy a 5* moonlit dinner on the beach with candles and torches served to you by your own butler or relax in the romantic atmosphere and watch a movie with your loved one on the beach while being served popcorn and cocktails.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Explore one of the best dive spots in the South Ari Atoll and watch giant mantas glide past the soft coral reefs or enjoy a raft of water sports including surfing, kayaking and sailing.

Indulge in a sumptuous spa treatment for two in the Spa de Constance couples’ room with its seductive lighting and relaxing music. Enjoy a synchronised sensual massage for two followed by chilled champagne and chocolate-coated strawberries.

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Vote for Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards

Cast your vote for Constance Halaveli in this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

VOTE NOW for Constance Halaveli

You can vote at any time until 26 July 2013.

At Halaveli we imbue everything we do with a spirit of luxury from our sumptuous spa floating above the lagoon using world-class products from Valmont and Ila Organics, to our elegant spacious accommodation and deluxe dining.

Guests can also enjoy a range of facilities and activities including romantic excursions to deserted islands, boat and fishing trips, water sports and of course diving in the stunning waters of the North Ari Atoll. 

VOTE NOW for Constance Halaveli: World Luxury Hotel Awards

 

Condé Nast Traveller rates spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Condé Nast Traveller raves about the spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius in the July issue of the luxury travel magazine.

Treatment room at Spa de Constance

Treatment room at Spa de Constance

Naming Le Prince Maurice as one of the ‘island’s most quietly glamorous hotels’, Condé Nast Traveller gives a run-down of the highlights you’ll discover at the hotel’s spa.

‘Sisley’s Sunleÿa line has some of the best suncare products around, and the treatments here are designed to hydrate, fill lines and plump skin… But this is not the only draw…’

The article goes on to mention ‘reflexologist extraordinaire’ Dajee Mohender.

Read the article in full in the July issue of the magazine, or visit the Condé Nast Traveller website.

Find out more about Le Prince Maurice