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 spa breaks in the Indian Ocean

Take a break from the frenzy of daily life and reboot your system with a spa break in the Indian Ocean.

Here’s a glimpse inside some of our spas in the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

 

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

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Fly fishing in Mauritius

Those who dream of fly fishing the clear tropical waters of Mauritius need to research the best spots to cast their flies.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Local fishing methods can mean that some species such as Bone Fish are hard to find when fishing from the shore and a guide with information of the local area is invaluable.

Barachois Natural Fish Reserve

One of the best spots on the island for fly fishing is the beautiful mangrove-lined natural salt water fish reserve at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Fishing on the ‘barachois’ or lake is restricted only to guests of the hotel and as a result there is still good fishing for Bone Fish, Mullet, Barracuda, Carangue and Guil Pavé in the lake.

Guests are advised that the best fishing is early morning (around 6am) or in the afternoon (around 4pm) depending on the tide.

Fishing beyond the reef

Mauritius is surrounded by a beautiful reef and while fly fishing within the reef can be limited, fantastic fly fishing can be done from the reef itself casting out into the water beyond.

To do this you will need a boat to take you to the outer edge of the reef where you can stand to cast your fly into the waves breaking on the reef. The kind of fish you can expect to catch this way include a range of Trevally including GTs.

St Brandon’s Atoll

Over 300km from the mainland the St Brandon’s Atoll is a group of small islands which offer some of the best Bone Fish fishing in the world.

Charter a boat for the journey and fish from the island’s vast white sand flats where other treats include large Bluefin, Golden, Yellow Dot, Green Spot and Giant Trevally and Indo-Pacific Permit.

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Global Adventuress praises Constance Hotels & Resorts in Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Travel website Global Adventuress has described Constance as ‘a hotel group that offers incredible luxury resorts, spas and golf courses throughout the Indian Ocean’.

Travel writer and consultant Patricia Stone visited Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles, a trip which, she said, created many ‘wonderful memories’.

Writing for Global Adventuress, Stone says of her time at Constance Ephélia, ‘We found lots to do and stayed active bicycling around the resort property, exploring the beaches, working out at the fully equipped gym and even challenged ourselves to rock climb and zip line with onsite SMAC Adventures’.

Stone describes Constance Lémuria as a ‘family friendly resort set on the northwest side of Praslin with three of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world’.

Global Adventuress is a website dedicated to female travellers encouraging its readers to share their experiences, photos and advice.

Read more about Stones time in the Seychelles at Global Adventuress.

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Kickstart the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Improve your sense of wellbeing with the Kickstart Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

Enjoy the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Guests will discover carefully created calorie-counted menus, spa treatments and expert fitness advice as part of a program set up in partnership with the Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer.

Delicious dishes

The chefs at our restaurants have worked hard to ensure that for guests following the diet, fast days are as pleasurable as non-fast days with a menu of delicious, freshly prepared calorie-counted dishes.

A Fast menu is available at our restaurants as well as for in-room dining. Highlights of the menu include dishes such as:

Breakfast

  • Poached eggs with smoked marlin (175 calories approx)
  • Pineapple with natural yogurt and honey (240 calories approx)

Lunch

  • Poach shrimp salad in an aromatic stock, crispy vegetables, fruits and palm hearts (147 calories)
  • Prince Maurice Niçoise salad with fresh Albacore tuna (366 calories)

Dinner

  • Poached red snapper quenelles Mediterranean vegetables, preserved lemon mezza luna (273 calories)
  • Grilled lobster (352 calories)
  • Tarragon scallops (113 calories)
Relax at the Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Relax at the Laguna Bar

Mimi Recommends – for non-fast days

Mimi Spencer is eager to help guests achieve results even on non-fasting days. We have worked with Mimi to create a range of particularly healthy options across our restaurant, drinks and spa menus labelled ‘Mimi Recommends’.

Delicious healthy meals on non-fast days include:

  • A selection of sushi, sashimi, maki from our Asian restaurant
  • Creole Prince-style ‘bouillabaisse’ with lobster, scallops, shrimps, grouper, clams and baby squid
  • Madagascar faye faye crab with avocado, tomato, lemon and chilli
  • Palm heart from our hills with Mango, aragula and red chilli

Win a holiday to Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Mail on Sunday (UK) is offering readers the chance to win a 7 night luxury holiday for 2 to Constance Le Prince Maurice including flights with Air Mauritius, half board with a complimentary spa treatment and personal training session for each person.

Visit the website to find out more and enter to win a holiday to Constance Le Prince Maurice: Mail Online

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7 things to do in Mauritius

When you think of Mauritius you imagine soft white sand beaches and clear turquoise seas. The Indian Ocean island has these in abundance along with a host of other delights that make this the ideal destination for those looking to combine a luxury beach holiday with a taste of adventure.

Things to do in Mauritius - Helicopter ride over the island

Things to do in Mauritius – Helicopter ride over the island

Here’s our pick of exhilarating days out in Mauritius.

1. Casela Nature and Leisure Park

There is so much to do in this beautiful natural park that your hardest challenge will be fitting it all into one day. The park’s 14 hectares are home to everything from lions and monkeys to giant tortoises. How you choose to explore is up to you with options including guided treks, jeep safaris, Segway, quad bike or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the longest zipline circuit in the Indian Ocean.

2. Take a helicopter trip around the island (available from Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Take an aerial tour of this stunning island by helicopter and get a panoramic view of Mauritius. Explore the stunning coast with it’s picture-perfect lagoons and surrounding islands then go inland to see the undulating sugar cane fields, mountains and forests of the island’s interior.

3. Domaine de L’Étoile

This beautiful former sugar plantation offers visitors the chance to discover Mauritius’ stunning interior with a landscape of rich verdant forests, spectacular views out towards the ocean and open valleys. Again there is a choice of transport on which to explore including quad bikes and 4×4 buggies, horseback, trekking and mountain biking. There’s even an opportunity to live out your Hunger Games fantasy with a 10 hectare circuit for archers featuring 10 artificial 3D animal targets.

4. Explore the capital Port Louis 

Whether you want to visit the capital’s bustling food market with fresh exotic produce brought in daily from around the island, or see a dodo skeleton at the city’s Natural History Museum there’s plenty to see and do in Port Louis. If you want to shop, eat or just sit back and people watch then visit the Caudan Waterfront.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

5. Take a catamaran cruise (available at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Feel the ocean spray on your face and the wind in your sails on an exhilarating catamaran cruise to local beaches and deserted islands. Zip across the water to empty beaches where you can swim in crystal waters and enjoy lunch on the sand.

6. Eureka ‘La Maison Créole’

Set in a nature reserve at the very heart of the island this colonial house converted into a museum offers a tranquil day of walking in beautiful gardens spotting rare flora and fauna before taking a dip in its refreshing waterfall-fed swimming hole.

7. Big game fishing (available from Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage)

Spend the day on the open water pitting your wits against the great game fish of the Indian Ocean including the blue marlin, sailfish, barracuda, wahoo and yellowfin tuna.

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