Working with local fishermen at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar you can enjoy fresh fish caught from the ocean in the same traditional way it has been for hundreds of years.

Local fisherman in his pirogue

Local fisherman in his pirogue

One of the many delights you’ll discover on the remote Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina is watching the daily arrival of the local fishermen delivering their catch to our chefs.

Mitsio fishermen

The fishermen live on the neighbouring island of Mitsio, the only other inhabited island in the archipelago, and they travel and fish in traditional boats called pirogues.

The pirogues are hollowed out wooden boats powered by oars. It’s from here that the fishermen cast their nets into the waters around the archipelago. Following the catch they make the 3 to 4 hour journey to Tsarabanjina.

Fishing in pirogues has been a way of life in Madagascar for hundreds of years with fishermen teaching the family craft to their children, and passing their skills down through the generations.

We at Constance are proud to support such a long held tradition and our guests enjoy the freshest fish caught from just beyond our own shores.

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Flying by seaplane over the Maldives

Get your camera at the ready, and experience the exhilarating thrill of arriving at your Maldivian hideaway by seaplane.

Constance Moofushi from the air

Constance Moofushi from the air

Prepare to have the cabin fever of a long-haul flight cleared from your mind as you take in the awe-inspiring 360º views, and vibrant shades of blues and greens that make up the beauty of these islands.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the larger species of marine life such as giant manta rays gliding by beneath you. And as you approach Constance Halaveli or Moofushi, you’ll be able to see the whole island beneath you.

Taking the seaplane from Malé

Boarding the seaplane couldn’t be easier. A Constance airport host will meet you at Malé International Airport and guide you to the seaplane check-in before a short luxury bus journey that takes you to the seaplane airport.

See the Maldives from the air

Watch the video from Trans Maldivian Airlines and experience the beauty of the islands from the air.

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Recipe: Goan-style shrimp kebabs with lemongrass

Perfect for a weekend lunch with friends, try these Goan-style shrimp kebabs on the barbecue or cook under the grill.

Goan-style shrimp kebabs

Goan-style shrimp kebabs

Ingredients

The shrimp:

  • 8 large shrimp
  • 8 lemongrass sticks
  • 5g turmeric powder
  • 10g cumin powder
  • 10g garam masala
  • 5g red chilli powder
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Salt/pepper
1. Peel the shrimp leaving only the tails, and store them.
2. Mix all the spices together.
3. Skewer the shrimp tails with the lemongrass sticks.
4. Sprinkle a little of the spice mixture over them and let them marinate in the fridge for three hours.
5. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice, them brush it over the shrimp tails

The salad:

  • 100g green papayas
  • 30g onions
  • 40g cucumbers
  • 60g tomatoes
  • 10g herb mix (fresh coriander, chives, etc.)
  • 5g spice mix (green cardamom, cumin, coriander)
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 4 poppadums

How to prepare

1. Peel the green papaya, cucumber and onion, cut them into julienne strips.
2. Wash the tomato, cut into quarters, remove its seeds and slice this too into julienne strips.
3. Mix the green papaya, onion, cucumber and tomato. Add lemon juice and the spice mixture. Stir well.
4. Toast the poppadums to make them crispy.

Cook the shrimp kebabs on a grill. Place the vegetable salad on plates, add a few sprigs of herbs and finish off with crispy poppadums.

Provide two kebabs per person.

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If you love seafood, try another of our most popular recipes: Chicken & Prawn Curry in Coconut Milk

Scuba diving in Madagascar: the undiscovered ocean

Join Nicolas Richer as he goes scuba diving to discover the secret underwater treasures that surround Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Diving at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Diving at Tsarabanjina

Diving in Tsarabanjina is, for me, an unforgettable experience. It is one of the last places on the planet which remains almost virgin territory for divers, where only a few have had the privilege of dropping their fins.

Each time I dive here I get the feeling that I am the discoverer of an unexplored paradise.

Diving at Tétons, Madagascar

This morning we start our dive at Tétons. Under a benevolent sun and after a jovial briefing with our instructor Riccardo, myself and three other divers embark on a comfortable 15-minute speedboat journey.

Here we are. No one is in site. The Tétons, two beautiful rocks looming off the coast of Tsarabanjina, are lined beneath the water with lush coral pinnacles and tunnels colonised by stunning marine life.

Diving Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Underwater at Tsarabanjina

After the usual checks and Riccardo’s okay, we make the big jump.

Crystal clear water welcomes us. Immediately I am struck by the abundance of life around me, a school of batfish approaches attracted by our bubble wall and a crowd of yellow snappers gently surrounds me.

We venture to explore the light and shade of the tunnels where we can admire vaults covered with colourful sponges and hundreds of sweetlips a little surprised by our presence.

At the end of the tunnel, my gaze is drawn towards a cloud of glass fish being chased by several kingfish and a spanish mackerel in the midst of a coral richness rarely equalled.

Wow, I’ve already been diving for 50 minutes, I do not want to go back but I have to.

On the boat back to Tsarabanjina

On the boat everyone is euphoric. After a nice iced tea the crew turn the boat back towards Tsarabanjina. The icing on the cake is a pod of bottlenose dolphins following us, playing at the bow of the boat, joining us in our celebration of this unforgettable dive.

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Mountain hiking in Mauritius

Explore a dramatic landscape hewn from volcanoes and softened by verdant nature with a trek through Mauritius’ mountainous interior.

Moka Range, Mauritius

Moka Range, Mauritius

Take a break from sun bathing and discover mountain hiking in Mauritius, exploring the stunning beauty of an island sculptured by nature into an array of mountainous peaks, waterfalls and tropical valleys, many of which are protected within national parks.

The three mountain ranges on Mauritius offer a variety of short and longer hikes, from easy to the more challenging.

These peaks aren’t high in comparison to major mountain ranges of the world but the views are breathtaking and the chance to see more of the island is one not to be missed.

Take your pick from the Moka range in the east near Port Louis, the Black River range in the south-west and the Grand Port in the south-east.

With peaks ranging from 480 to 828m many can be explored with a good map and some walking boots but some of the more challenging peaks will need a guide.

The very best mountain hikes include:

  • Le Pouce – Despite being one of the tallest peaks on the island at 811m the walk up Le Pouce is one of the easiest making it perfect for those looking for spectacular views without too much difficulty. Situated in the Moka range it overlooks the capital Port Louis with 360º views around the island.
Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

  • Lion Mountain – For those looking for more of a challenge Lion Mountain in the south east, named because locals thought the mountain resembled the creature, is only 480m but is a longer, slightly more difficult hike. The half-day trek is well worth it for the stunning views of the lagoon when you reach the summit.
  • Black River Peak – Surprisingly the highest peak on the island at 828m is also considered one of the easiest hikes and one of the most scenic. Most of the walk is along a ridge through beautiful endemic trees and plants with a stunning view across the island and the west coast from the summit.
  • The Corps de Garde – For those looking for a serious challenge a hike up this 780m peak on the west of the island will get your pulse racing. A secluded, remote hike through basalt rock and tropical plant life gives stunning views over the ocean and the mountains of the Casela Nature Park in the south.

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Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013

We’re so proud of the unique elegance and luxury we’ve created at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, that this year we’re entering the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we’ve woven luxury into the fabric of everything we do. Nature, admittedly, gave us a helping hand to create the perfect backdrop with a tranquil lagoon of turquoise waters lapping against crystal white sand beaches.

So we enhanced the beauty, with a jetty off which you’ll discover secluded water villas, a tranquil sequestered spa, and peaceful restaurants and bars in intimate settings.

Luxury accommodation

With a range of luxury accommodation including romantic water villas, large family beach villas and an expansive 5 star presidential villa, Halaveli has a deluxe offering for every kind of holiday.

Diving features high on many people’s wish list when they come to Halaveli, and the spa that offers prestigious Valmont and Ila treatments is a major draw.

Voting in World Luxury Hotels Awards 2013

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Voting for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 – described as ‘the pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels and spas worldwide’ – opens in June.

Watch this space, and we’ll let you know when you can cast your vote for the luxurious island idyll of Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

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