Guide to kids cooking classes at Constance Halaveli

At Constance Halaveli we want to share our passion for food made with fresh sumptuous ingredients.

Cooking classes at the Jing Restaurant

Cooking classes at the Jing Restaurant

Growing research has proved that children who are involved in making their food tend to be less fussy eaters and to eat more healthily. A fun kids cookery class can be a great introduction to eating healthily for life.

Our new children’s cookery classes are based on this philosophy, and will be led by one of our world-class chefs.

Taking place in the professional kitchen at Jing Restaurant, your kids will get the chance to create a range of delicious treats in a number of classes including Sushi (to share with mum and dad), vegetable lollipops, a pasta meal, fruit skewers in a fluffy fruit sauce and chocolate lollipops.

Classes are an hour long and usually start at 11am and they can be booked through one of our Guest Relations team. Further information and pre-booking can be made before your holiday with Guest Relations but should be confirmed on arrival.

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8 things to do in the Maldives

Dreamy villas, idyllic beaches, world-class diving and uber-luxurious spas make the Maldives the perfect antidote to urban living.

Aerial views of the Maldives

Aerial views of the Maldives

Once you’ve indulged in some proper R&R, there’s plenty more on offer too. Here’s our list of 8 things to do in the Maldives.

1. Visit a local fishing village

There is no better way to immerse yourself in traditional Maldivian island life than by visiting one of its fishing villages.

Fishing is at the very heart of Maldivian life and these villages are thriving local communities. Fish is sold daily at the beach or harbour and this is where locals gather and hang out.

2. Spend the day on a deserted island

The Maldives is made up of many atolls (rings of reef or coral islands). Take a boat and a picnic and spend the day on an untouched beach on your own deserted island, then swim in quiet waters for a uniquely Maldivian experience.

3. Night fishing

Set sail at sunset in a traditional dhoni (a wooden Maldivian fishing boat) and experience the tranquillity and peace of floating over the reef at night. Try the traditional Maldivian pole and line fishing technique, then take your catch back to shore where it can be cooked for a late night feast by a world-class chef.

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

4. Explore the Maldives by seaplane

The air is the perfect place from which to take in the stunning Maldives landscape of turquoise ocean scattered with beautiful coral islands of white sand and lush greenery. Pick out the luxury resorts and deserted islands from the air as well as the reefs and even some of the larger marine life. This is a once in a lifetime experience so be sure to bring a camera.

5. Explore the rich coral reefs

Whether you’re snorkelling or scuba diving the combination of stunning coral reefs and year-round high visibility has made the Maldives one of the reef diving hotspots of the world.

The sheer number of reefs in the area means that you can explore a different dive site every day with a wide variety of beautiful marine species from Giant Manta and Whale Sharks to turtles, lionfish, snappers and eels. The area has 187 different species of coral, home to more than 1,000 species of fish.

6. Visit the oldest mosque in the country

The Hukuru Miskiiy, or Friday Mosque, in the capital Malé dates back to the mid-17th century with outer coral-stone walls intricately carved with patterns and Arabic text. Inside, the elaborate woodcarvings are a stunning feature well worth visiting. Just opposite the mosque is the white Munnaaru Minaret, also dating back to the 17th century, historically used for calling the people of Malé to prayer.

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

7. Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Whether you like the vibrant buzz of local markets or prefer shopping for arts and crafts or modern handbags and fashion there’s plenty to keep you happy in the country’s frenetically paced capital. The bustling Malé Fish Market at the northern waterfront where the fishermen from across the region bring their catch. Down the road is the general Local Market where produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, street food and handmade sweets from across the atolls are sold. For everything from clothes and perfume to electronic goods visit Majeedhee Magu and for souvenirs and local crafts check out Chaandanee Magu.

8. Experience the history of the Utheemu Palace

Utheemu Island in the Haa Alifu Atoll is famous as the birthplace of one of the Maldives’ greatest heroes, Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu who defended the islands from the Portuguese in the 16th century. His stunning wooden palace is perfectly preserved on Utheemu and is a historic treasure showing how Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu and his wealthy dynasty of sultans lived.

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Cocktail recipe: Apple Pie Amore

Getting you in the mood for romance, here’s the first cocktail recipe that we’ll publishing as part of Valentine’s Day – the Apple Pie Amore from Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Cocktail recipe - Apple Pie Amore

Cocktail recipe – Apple Pie Amore

Ingredients

  • 8cl Vodka
  • 6cl Apple juice
  • 3cl Fresh lime juice
  • 4cl Cinnamon syrup
  • 2cl Vanilla syrup

Method 1: Martini glass

1. Collect your serving glass & place on your shaker to chill

2. Prepare an apple wings garnish

3. Remove glass and carefully measure all the ingredients into the shaker, fill it with ice.

4. Seal together & shake hard for 10 seconds

5. Break the seal & dip taste to make sure the taste is balanced – adjust if necessary

6. Gently fine strain into your Martini glass

7. Add the garnish & serve.

Method 2: Lima Old Fashioned glass

Prepare in exactly the same way, this time using a pinch of cinnamon as the garnish.

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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.

Feeling tempted?

To check availability and make a booking visit our website.

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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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