Growing a kitchen garden

The food scandals of recent years have meant that we have all become increasingly conscious of where our food comes from and how it is produced.

Constance Lémuria's kitchen garden

Constance Lémuria’s kitchen garden

More and more of us at home are choosing to grow our own vegetables rather than rely on produce imported from growers thousands of miles away.

A delightful side effect of this trend has been the re-discovery of how delicious familiar produce can be when it’s eaten freshly picked.

This is something quality-conscious chefs and hoteliers have always known – choosing to cultivate their own kitchen gardens in order to guarantee their guests the very best flavours.

At Constance Lémuria we offer guests dishes created from the very freshest ingredients, taking advantage of the fertile tropical soil and climate of the Seychelles to grow a range of delicious produce.

In our garden you will find chillies, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, corn and parsley (when we can keep the peacocks from eating them all). We are also in the process of creating our own herb garden.

But while we enjoy tending to our expanding kitchen garden we are also blessed with a wide variety of plants offering a feast of delicious fresh ingredients such as bananas, passion fruit, bread fruit and mangoes all growing naturally in the hotel grounds.

Constance Lémuria's chefs collect the day's ingredients

Constance Lémuria’s chefs collect the day’s ingredients

The bread fruit trees around the resort offer fruit which is used in purees, soups and a desert called Bread Fruit Daube. At Sea Horse guests can enjoy bread fruit puree with truffle oil, grilled leek hearts and wild mushroom sauce.

During the mango season the chefs include mangoes picked from our own trees in the breakfast buffet as well as in desserts, while at Takamaka guests can enjoy a lunch of chicken with mango, fresh tomato with a Creole dressing and papaya salad.

One of our most prized ingredients is the wild spinach that grows around the hotel’s golf course.

Our chef at Sea Horse has used it to create a delicious dish of poached local spinach, ricotta, parmesan and candied tomatoes in a light saffron sauce and a poached Job Fish which he serves with roasted potatoes, poached egg and the local spinach. At the Beach Bar & Grill you can enjoy a light lunch of local spinach and chicken spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce.

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3 amazing locations for weddings in the Indian Ocean

Weddings in the Indian Ocean - will Madagascar be your dream location?

Weddings in the Indian Ocean – will Madagascar be your dream location?

1. Madagascar – Best for barefoot weddings

If you dream of an Indian Ocean wedding off the well-worn tourist trail then look no further than Madagascar. A country of stunning, unique landscapes where discovery and adventure are still possible, the island of Madagascar offers beautiful beaches, laidback Malagasy people and an authentic island charm.

Where to stay

Add a touch of luxury to your Madagascan wedding and stay at Constance Tsarabanjina. A private island off the coast of Madagascar with just 25 wooden villas along its unspoilt beaches, Tsarabanjina epitomises barefoot charm. Let the friendly staff take care of all the wedding arrangements while you enjoy unwinding in a hammock or receiving a beachside massage. Spend the evening sipping cocktails with friends or dining alone on the rocks above the ocean.

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

2. Seychelles – Best for super luxe weddings

From Prince William and Kate to David and Victoria Beckham, the Seychelles has long been the destination of choice for the über-rich. Its romantic seclusion, perfect beaches, pristine oceans and long-standing tradition of high-end and discrete hospitality make it the perfect choice for a super luxe wedding.

Where to stay

Nestled on the northern tip of one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles is the 5* luxury hotel Constance Lémuria. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Lémuria is as much about its impeccable, friendly service as its spacious luxury accommodation, stunning, lush setting and elegant fine dining. The hotel also has its own luxury Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa for pre-wedding treatments, an 18-hole golf course and a Presidential Villa with its own private beach.

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

3. Mauritius – Best for Kids-come-too weddings

There is so much for kids of all ages to do in Mauritius from water parks and ziplines to feeding giant tortoises that your wedding trip will become an adventure for the whole family. Gentle seas make swimming and exploration below the waves suitable for all ages while older kids can take advantage of the raft of water sports available on the island.

Where to stay

The family-friendly resort of Constance Belle Mare Plage offers spacious family accommodation with interconnecting rooms or private villas with pools. The complimentary Constance Kids’ Club is open daily to keep 4-11 year olds happy. For younger children there is a babysitting service and older kids can enjoy water skiing and windsurfing to Hobie Cat sailing and quad biking. All of which leaves you and your partner time to enjoy this special holiday with walks on white sand beaches, couple’s spa treatments or the simple joy of a meal shared without interruption.

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Constance Halaveli: Ultimate luxury hotel in the Maldives

For the discerning traveller, luxury is a perfect balance of idyllic location, elegant surroundings and accommodation and friendly, discreet service.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At the intimate hotel of Constance Halaveli, situated on a beautiful, secluded island at the heart of the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll, we combine these elements with world-class cuisine and 5* facilities.

Spacious, secluded accommodation

With just 86 villas spread out along Halaveli’s picturesque wooden-slatted jetty and perfect white-sand beach, there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy this luxury hideaway.

Based on the shape of a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, our elegant villas offer luxurious bedrooms with a choice of pillow for the perfect night’s sleep, large, modern bathrooms, spacious seating areas and terraces with breathtaking ocean views.

All our villas include their own private pool whether that be on the deck of a water villa suspended above the lagoon or in the seclusion of your own private garden leading to the beach.

Delicious food and wine

Choose whether to enjoy delicious dining at Meeru, our evening beach restaurant where you eat by torch-light under the stars, pr wind your way to the end of our jetty and take in the ocean views at Jing or enjoy the buzz at our buffet restaurant Jahaz.

Jing Restaurant

Ocean views from the Jing Restaurant

Enjoy a selection of fine wines from our extensive wine cellar, one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, with a team of sommeliers on hand to offer advice or talk through your choices.

Indulge in me-time at the luxury spa

At a secluded spot along the sun-baked jetty you’ll find the spa with both Spa de Constance and Valmont Spa treatment rooms looking out over the ocean.

Meet with one of our qualified therapists for a wellness consultation so that we can create a program of treatments tailored specifically around your needs and goals.

Then breathe in the tranquillity of treatment rooms and private terrace areas floating above the lagoon. Then let your mind float away as your body unwinds by watching the marine life below through one of our floor windows.

Explore the ocean

Divers come from around the world to explore the waters of Maldives’ legendary North Ari Atoll. With an amazing, colourful array of marine life living and feeding around the area’s stunning reefs this really is a diver’s paradise.

For a truly unique experience take a private yacht, complete with guide, chef and personal spa therapist and discover the secrets of the Indian Ocean at your own pace.

Constance Halaveli

Create memories of a lifetime at Constance Halaveli

Create the memories of a lifetime

Take a boat to your very own deserted island and spend the day enjoying the solitude of Robinson Crusoe with a modern luxury twist – we’ll deliver a delicious lunch or dinner by boat for you to enjoy.

If you crave a beach holiday but want to do more than lie in the sun then why not sail off into the sunset on a traditional dhoni cruise, search for dolphins or try your hand at traditional night fishing.

Get your pulse racing with a raft of water sports including water skiing and wakeboarding, tennis and a fully equipped fitness suite.

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Top 10 tips: how to pack for a luxury holiday

Deciding which of your favourite summer outfits to take and which to leave behind is always one of the hardest pre-holiday tasks.

Decisions decisions - what will you pack for your luxury holiday?

Decisions decisions – what will you pack for your luxury holiday?

If packing for a luxury holiday leaves you feeling frazzled help is at hand, June’s Vogue magazine features a guide to ‘the art of packing’.

Here are our top 10 tips to help you pack with style.

1. Learn how to fold clothes properly and where they should be placed in the suitcase from the inspirational Louis Vuitton ‘The Art of Packing’ website.

2. Get online and check out what the weather’s going to be like – cold evenings or brief showers are no problem if you’ve packed for them.

3. Download a packing app. Forget all those hastily scribbled lists – an app like Packing Pro will break down everything you need to bring from passport to hair-straighteners with a ‘sample list’ full of useful suggestions.

4. Give yourself plenty of time. All your good intentions of packing the perfect capsule wardrobe will go flying out the window if you’re hurling clothes into a suitcase half an hour before your taxi’s due.

5. Make sure your suitcase is lightweight, you may not mind paying overweight luggage to take your favourite shoes with you but you don’t want to pay it because the case itself is too heavy.

6. Lost luggage is a nightmare so always label your luggage and keep a card inside your suitcase with your contact details, just in case.

7. Make sure your iPod/smartphone is fully stocked with all your favourite music, movies, apps, games etc before you go, and don’t leave it to the last minute as downloading can take time.

Soak up the sun at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Soak up the sun at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

8. Pack an empty foldable bag just in case you decide to do a little shopping while you’re away.

9. Vogue’s Art of Packing suggests keeping shirts, trousers and dresses in dry-cleaning plastic protectors to prevent creasing in your suitcase – we couldn’t agree more.

10. Fold jackets and blazers always fastening buttons or zips and then turning up the collar and folding in lapels. Tops and t-shirts can be rolled but should be carefully folded first.

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The perfect burger recipe

With the days becoming warmer and Bank Holidays approaching it’s time to brush off the barbecue and indulge in a little al fresco dining.

The perfect burger recipe - coming to a barbecue near you?

The perfect burger recipe – coming to a barbecue near you?

For some inspiration to get you started here is our recipe for the ultimate home-made burger as served in Indigo Restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Belle Mare Plage’s Indigo Burger recipe:

  • 1kg Australian beef topside (15% fat)
  • 350g Special Wagyu beef trimmings (65% fat)
  • 50g onions (chopped and fried)

Chef’s tip

The secret for any grilled meat is to allow the meat to rest before serving it.

It is always better to slightly under cook the meat and allow it to rest (some chefs let it rest almost the same amount of time it has been cooked).

The result is that the meat is more tender and juicier in mouth.

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Delicious BBQ marinade recipes

Here is a selection of delicious marinade recipes to inspire al fresco BBQ parties from our executive chef at Constance Halaveli, Jordi Vila.

The perfect place to enjoy Constance Halaveli's BBQ marinade recipes

The perfect place to enjoy Constance Halaveli’s BBQ marinade recipes

Recipe 1: Balinese spicy mix for barbecued red snapper

Ingredients (serves 5)

5 fillets of red snapper (150g each)

  • 20g lemongrass
  • 10g garlic
  • 10g galangal
  • 5g kaffir lime leaves
  • 5g sugar
  • 5g salt
  • 10g sweet chili sauce
  • 10g chilli sauce
  • 10g plum sauce
  • 20g oyster sauce
  • 10g onion
  • 10g turmeric paste
  • 10g long red chilli

Cut all the vegetables into small cubes (brunoise), combine all ingredients in a bowl, marinade the fish. Keep in the fridge for 12 hours.

Ready for the BBQ!

Recipe 2: Barbecued baby back pork ribs

Ingredients

  • 5 baby pork ribs
  • 500ml hoisin sauce
  • 400ml plum sauce
  • 250ml soy sauce
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 125ml rice vinegar
  • 125ml honey
  • 100ml sweet chilli sauce
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 4tbsp grated ginger

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Marinade the baby pork ribs ready to cook on the barbecue.

Recipe 3: Barbecue marinated mature Cheddar cheese by Jordi Vila

Ingredients

  • 600g mature cheddar
  • 266g olive oil
  • 266g balsamic vinegar
  • 35g chopped fresh parsley
  • 35g chopped spring onions
  • 18g sugar
  • 3g dried oregano
  • 15g salt
  • 12g freshly ground pepper
  • 9 cloves of garlic minced

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except the cheese. Put the cheeses in a kilned jar and add the marinade. Keep in the fridge for 12 hours.

Grill on the barbecue for 5 minutes each side, till they have grill marks.

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