Weekly round up: 26 September – 2 October 2011

Watersports with Constance Hotels

Watersports with Constance Hotels

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Special offers

News and events

Competition

  • Weird Wildlife photo competition
    Friday 30 September is the last day of our great competition. Seize your chance to enter or check out the photos we’ve been sent so far.

Culinary

  • Fish and seafood soup
    Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.

Inspiration

Spa and sports

Constance Lémuria scores a hat trick at the World Travel Awards

 

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles - aerial view

Fabulous beaches at Constance Lemuria

Constance Lémuria has won 3 awards at this year’s World Travel Awards ceremony, held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Constance Lémuria was voted:

  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Golf Resort (for the 4th year running)
  • Seychelles’ Leading Resort
  • Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort (for the 2nd year running)

The World Travel Awards, now in their 18th year, are seen as the highest accolade that  a travel product can earn. The awards have been described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars of Travel and Tourism’.

Find more about the beautiful resort of Constance Lémuria:

Weekly round-up: 19-25 September 2011

Constance Ephelia spa villa

Constance Ephelia spa villa

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Special offers

Events

Culinary

Spa and sport

Insider tips

Inspiration

Constance Belle Mare Plage celebrates the Fête de la Gastronomie

Fine dining at Blue Penny Cafe, Belle Mare Plage

Fine dining at Blue Penny Cafe, Belle Mare Plage

Everywhere you look, you’ll find something to do with gastronomy – in the media, in the increasingly imaginative dishes available in our restaurants… as though the whole idea were something new.

In fact, it’s no more than a tradition in a constant state of renewal. It’s one that makes the most of France’s dynamism, the foods we produce, and what we do with them.

The Fête de la Gastronomie is first and foremost an event that celebrates generosity and conviviality. A time for people to get together.

Constance celebrates the Fête de la Gastronomie

La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

As part of our special evening at our Constance Hotels Experience resorts in the Seychelles and Mauritius, our chefs will be presenting menus that celebrate the best of French cuisine and the fabulous local produce of the Indian Ocean.

Festival menu at Constance Belle Mare Plage

On 23 September, at Constance Belle Mare Plage, we’re presenting an incredible ’16 hands’ menu based on the best produce of the Indian Ocean, paired with wines from the Old World.

  • The welcoming glass from Chef Sohan Singh.
  • Crab from Madagascar… by Chef Marcelino, as at La Kaze – Madagascar crab jelly, crunchy salad with coriander.
  • Local oyster… by Chef Fréderic Goisset, catch of the day of Blue Penny – warm oyster, creamy cauliflower and buds with curry, emulsified kafir lime-yuzu juice.
  • Black Qwehli prawn… by Chef Chinnien, mist and colour of Indigo – black qwehli prawn, Curaçao dressing, polenta with curry leaves.
  • Fish and dry shrimps… by Chef Sanjeev, delightfully garnished with Citronnelle – half-cooked dorado fillet, river shrimps chutney, saffroned emulsion.
  • Palmheart by Chef Jocelyn, planted and harvested on the shores of la Spiaggia – braised heart of palm with spices, fish mayonnaise orange flavour.
  • Braised venisson and noisette… by Chef Rajesh, deer hunter or Deer Hunter – venisson duo from our Chassée braised and roasted with local spices, preserved vegetables from our garden, chasseur sauce.
  • Papaya… by our Chef Sylvano, our parents Heritage – papaya crumble with green lemon.
  • Vanilla, banana and coconut… by our Chef Thierry, or Coco-Banane-Moelleux-Passionnément – biscuit creamy with coconut, banana compote with vanilla, and passion fruit emulsion.

Festival of French Gastronomy – 23 September 2011

Logo for French Festival of Gastronomy
French Festival of Gastronomy

As France celebrates its first national food festival – the Fête de la Gastronomie – on 23 September, our French chefs in the Seychelles and Mauritius are joining in the party to celebrate French food globally, and show our love of good food.

This year we’ve chosen ‘Our Earth’ as the theme – because it generously allows us to work it, harvest its fruits and use them for our food. And because man and earth are inseparable.

On 23 September, we will show that the heart of every French citizen still beats in time to the rhythm of good food!

In the Seychelles

Our 2 beautiful resorts in the Seychelles – Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria – are joining forces to present the same menu on the evening of the festival.

French classics with a modern twist

The menu proposes a modern version of great French classics such as Tournedos Rossini, accompanied by some of the best wines of the world.

The menu has been created by Lémuria’s executive chef Cyrille Carofano and Ephélia’s executive sous-chef Gwenael Briat.

Seahorse restaurant at Constance Lemuria

Seahorse restaurant at Constance Lemuria

Prize draw

We’ll be holding a prize draw on the evening in both hotels – superb prizes include a holiday for 2 at Constance Ephélia. Students from the Hotel School of Seychelles will also be joining in the fun, to discover more about the culinary culture of France.

In Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice – the menu

On the same evening in Mauritius, celebrity Chef Michael Scioli at Constance Le Prince Maurice will showcase a fabulous selection of the best French cheeses, served with homemade tropical jams and relish, paired with a creative selection of homemade breads.

Pastry chef Chrystel Germain will propose a personal interpretation of the most famous French pastries and desserts. And Constance Head sommelier Jerôme Faure will be ready to suggest the perfect match of great wines at a very special price.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Evening at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Evening at Constance Belle Mare Plage

At Constance Belle Mare Plage, the theme of the evening – ‘from France to the Indian Ocean’ – celebrates
the friendship and long lasting culinary relationship that exists between Mauritius and France.

The menu

There’ll be an incredible ’16 hands’ menu, based on the best produce of the Indian Ocean, paired with wines from the Old World.

Madagascar crab, local oysters, Black Qwelhi prawns from Mozambique are some of the delicacies that will be served on the night. The menu has been prepared by executive chef Dominique Grel together with all the Mauritian chefs of the resort, and our Food and Beverage Director Frederic Gille.

Pastry chef Thierry Lerallu has combined the tropical flavours of papaya, coconut and vanilla in a creation that’s not to be missed.

Sound tempting? Take a look at the menu for our special event at
Constance Belle Mare Plage
.

Everyone is welcome

This wonderful festival is one this year’s unmissable events. Everyone is welcome to attend the special occasion at our hotels.

Life changing journeys inspired by books

Route 66, USA

Route 66, USA

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