Weekly round-up, 8-14 August 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup 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.

Events

Boats at Cowes Week

Boats at Cowes Week

Cowes Week, 6-13 August 2011

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 has got off to a great start. Day 1, Saturday 6 August, produced perfect sailing conditions, and there’s been plenty of excitement already.

Get the lowdown on what’s happened so far at Cowes Week 2011.

Expert opinions

Best digital cameras – tips from the experts

Choosing the right digital camera, whether it’s a compact or SLR, can be a minefield. Check out these recent blog posts from industry experts to get the latest reviews and advice before you part with your cash.

Culinary

Recipe: Seafood vindaye with white haricot beans

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try these easy-to-make nutty bread rolls from Mauritius.

Spice route – 5 spices from the island of Madagascar

Madagascar is also renowned for its spices. Here are 5 of the best served atConstance Lodge Tsarabanjina, along with recipe and remedy ideas for each spice.

Lobster on the rocks at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar there’s no such thing as imported fresh produce. Everything comes from Nosy Bé market, or the mainland food producers.

Cowes Week, 6-13 August 2011

Boats at Cowes Week

Boats at Cowes Week

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 has got off to a great start. Day 1, Saturday 6 August, produced perfect sailing conditions, and there’s been plenty of excitement already.

Get the lowdown on what’s happened so far at Cowes Week 2011.

1. Official Cowes Week 2011 website

Rupert Holmes’ dailly reports:

Keep up with the latest sailing news with organiser Rupert Holmes’ daily reports:

Sailing Logic

Sailing Logic, a race training and race charter company, was set up by Allie Smith, the round the world racing yachtswoman.

They’re posting articles throughout the week from Cowes. Follow events on the Sailing Logic blog.

Weekly round-up, 1-7 August 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup 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.

Competition winners

Sea anemone

Sea anemone

Have you won our name the sea creature competition?

We had a fantastic response to our ‘name the sea creature’ competition. After receiving hundreds of entries, we’ve announced the 3 winners. Find out who won.

Interview with the winner of our 5* holiday of a lifetime competition

Conny Jones has won the holiday of a lifetime to Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. Read about Conny and what the holiday means to her.

Culinary

Recipe: Curry flavoured peanut and cashew bread rolls

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try these easy-to-make nutty bread rolls from Mauritius.

Spa and sport

Oils and massage at Spa Constance

Oils and massage at Spa Constance

Stress relief with Bango Bango massage

At Spa Constance, we offer the ultimate in relaxation – the Hawaiian Bango Bango massage that aims to release deep-seated tension. Find out more about this deep massage treatment.

Behind the scenes

Luxury service from our staff

Our staff at Constance Hotels Experience have earned a reputation for excellent service, and a warm and genuine approach to guests. Read more about the luxury service provided by our staff.

Weekly roundup, 23-31 July 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup 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.

Culinary

Smoked marlin and palm heart

Smoked marlin and palm heart

Recipe: Smoked marlin and Pejipaye fresh heart of palm tree with passion fruit dressing

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. This week Michael Scioli, our Executive Chef at Constance Le Prince Maurice shares one of his superb fish dishes.

Insider tips

Top 3 beauty tips for beautiful hands

The condition of your hands can really reveal your age if you don’t take care of them. Sophie Demaret, our Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, gives her top 3 tips to bring your hands back to their youthful beauty again.

News and events

Chefs at Constance Halaveli scoop up medals at Hotel Asia 2011

Our fabulous chefs at Constance Halaveli brought back 14 medals from the recent Hotel Asia 2011 Culinary Challenge. They won 5 gold medals and came 1st in the Live Hot Cooking Beef category. Find out more about their well-deserved win.

Inspiration

Local children playing on Pomponnette beach

Local children playing on Pomponnette beach

Top 10 beaches in Mauritius

Hundreds of fabulous beaches hug the shoreline around Mauritius. We’ve chosen our top 10 around the island. Let us know if you agree.

Holiday inspiration: wildlife of the Seychelles

As well as being one of the world’s most desirable honeymoon destinations, the Seychelles is rich in flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Behind the scenes

The essence of the Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels are every bit as special as they hype would have you believe. Find out what makes these Indian Ocean get-aways so unique.

Chefs at Constance Halaveli scoop up medals at Hotel Asia 2011

Our chefs at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, have won a remarkable 14 medals at Hotel Asia 2011 Culinary Challenge. The event took place in Male, Maldives from 14-16 July.

Our winning team at Hotel Asia 2011

Our winning team at Hotel Asia 2011

Executive Chef at Constance Halaveli,  Glen Cooper doesn’t do things by half. When he decided to line up his team for the most important culinary competition in the Maldives, he had one clear goal in mind – to make a strong impression.

 The results speak for themselves:

  • 5 Gold Medals
  • 3 Silver Medals
  • 5 Bronze Medals
  • 1 Merit Award in carving
  • 1st Overall in Live Hot Cooking Beef (out of 27 entries)
  • 2nd Overall in Live Hot Cooking Poultry (out of 22 entries)
  • 2nd Overall in Live Hot Appetizers (out of 25 entries)
  • 3rd Overall in Live Plated Desserts (out of 36 entries)

Our chefs who made up the team were Saroj, Upul, Pradeep, Sheran, Durga, Siyaful, Nuwan #1, Nuwan #2 and Janaka.

Congratulations and well done boys!

Weekly roundup, 18-22 July 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup 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.

Competitions

Sea anemone, Maldives

Sea anemone, Maldives

Name that sea creature: win champagne, perfume and wine

Our latest competition has been a huge success. We asked for your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures, featured in photos on the blog. They live in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli in the Maldives. Deadline: Friday 22 July.

Culinary

Recipe: Dark chocolate tart served warm with ginger milk foam

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try this delicious dessert from the Constance kitchen – it’s a chocoholic delight, and the ginger milk foam will wow your dinner guests.

Insider tips

Catwalk model in bikini

Summer wardrobe tips

Top tips for your holiday wardrobe

Our wardrobe tips from the experts, including Vogue.com and Style.com, will have you packing the sass in time for your holidays.

News and events

Constance Hotels Experience Sommeliers at VinExpo 2011, France

Our top sommeliers travel the world to find the best wines for our guests. Find out about their trip to the VinExpo 2011 in Bordeaux.

Inspiration

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Luxury golf holidays in paradise

Our 3 championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles are a big draw for our guests. Get the low down on each course, and find out how you can book golf lessons and tee times before you even board your plane.