Top 5 reasons to go to Madagascar right now

If you’re looking for the perfect place to escape to right now, here are 5 great reasons to consider Madagascar.

1. Weather

Beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Beach at Lodge Tsarabanjina

Good weather ranks high on most people’s holiday wish list and from April-November, the weather in Madagascar is at its best.

Not too hot but still warm and sunny, diving conditions are excellent. Add in opportunities for sight-seeing at the world-renowned national parks, and the fabulous beaches at Lodge Tsarabanjina and you have a heady combination of paradise beach holiday mixed with exotic island escape.

2. Wildlife

Madagascar has long been known for its lemurs. The 33 species, all endemic to the island, include the ring-tailed lemur and Sifakas, or dancing lemurs.

In 2011, David Attenborough’s series onMadagascar put many other amazing creatures and land formations into the spotlight.

Home to some of the world’s rarest animals, 80% of the island’s plants and animals can’t be found anywhere else on the planet.

Read more about Wildlife of Madagascar.

3. Diving

Clown fish

Clown fish

Vibrant ocean life, clear warm water and unusual underwater rock formations make Madagascar a diver’s paradise.

Off the coast at Lodge Tsarabanjina, there are a number of dive sites accessible by boat for beginners to more experienced divers.

At the Four Brothers site, you’ll find 4 small volcanic islets teeming with fish, while the Tetons is a labyrinth of granite slabs, corridors and grottoes. Expect to see jack fish, scorpion fish, turtles, sponge gardens, angel fish and many many more.

Read more about the Top 5 diving sites off Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

4. Fresh, local food

Fresh, local produce features prominently on the menu at Lodge Tsarabanjina.

As Tsarabanjina, we use almost exclusively local products. The quality of the fruit and vegetables is fantastic – we buy great quality food from small farmers. Freshly caught fish and lobster is the norm here, and you can try a whole range of fish you may not normally see in other 5* luxury resorts.

Read more about regional and sustainable food at Constance

5. Barefoot and digital free

Restaurant and bar at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Restaurant and bar at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

The latest trend for no technology holidays took off in a big way this year. On Madagascar you can turn off, tune out and embrace a simpler way of life.

The emphasis at Tsarabanjina is on relaxation and luxury – the only noises you’ll hear are the waves and the birds. Go bare foot, even in our bar, and enjoy the sand beneath your feet.

With stunning sunsets, a small house of your own on the beach and healthy and delicious food, you’ll truly enjoy the exclusive experience of a lifetime.

Visit the Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina website to find out more and don’t miss our Spotlight on Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina.

Last minute half term deal to Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Looking for some last minute ideas to keep the kids entertained this half term?

White sand beach at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Beach paradise at Constance Halaveli

Take advantage of this fabulous offer to Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, and you’ll be swapping bank holiday mayhem for powder soft white sands and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Constance Halaveli is one of the top family hotels in the Maldives, and Kuoni are offering 7 nights B&B with flights included, departing 2 June from £9,247 for a family of 4.

There’s a free kids’ club, tennis courts, scuba diving for all the family, fantastic restaurants and a top knotch spa offering Valmont and Ila treatments.

Visit the Kuoni website or phone 01306 747008 for more information.

Find out more about the delightful 6* luxury paradise of Constance Halaveli:

This offer appeared in the The Times newspaper on Saturday 19 May 2012.

 

 

 

Java Deer at the Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Herds of Java Deer (Cervus timorensis rusa) are found in only a few places on earth. One of these is on the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Java Deer taking a soak in the lake at Legend golf course

Java Deer roam at the Legend golf course

Playing golf on this beautiful course, you’re likely to see some of the 120 Java Deer that roam the wooded areas. If you’re playing an 8 hole round, you’re most likely to see them at holes 2 and 3.

And if you’re playing the full course, they may stand watching your swing between holes 13 and 18.

Come sundown, the deer like to wander to the lake near the Club House. If you’re eating dinner at our Deer Hunter restaurant, you may see them drinking from the lake and playing by the water.

It’s a beautiful sight to see these elegant creatures roaming the golf course in the last sunlight of the day.

Have you seen the deer at the Legend golf course?

If you have photos of the deer at the Legend, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

Art de Vignes celebration gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

An exciting week of fine dining and wine tasting gets underway this weekend, when the talented wine growers of Art de Vignes take centre stage at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Red wine in a glass

Superb wines from Art de Vignes

From 20-26 May, this dedicated group of wine growers will be showcasing their wines at our 2 resorts in Mauritius.

Guests can enjoy the delicious cuisine created by Constance chefs, accompanied by fine wines from the French wine-producing regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Find out more about the special events taking place this week. Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius.

 

 

Constance Belle Mare Plage at the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge in Tasmania, Australia

After the victory of our Constance Belle Mare Plage team at the top culinary contest on Mauritius, the 4 winners are heading to Tasmania to represent Mauritius at the international MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge, from 20-27 May.

Team going to MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge

The team heading to Tasmania

Last October 2011, out of a total of 9 teams, Constance Belle Mare Plage won the best table set up and was overall winner of the Black Box Competition local event which marks the International Chefs’ Day and organised by the Mauritius Chefs’ Association.

Constance Belle Mare Plage will be represented by:

  • Patrick Travady, winner of 5th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, ex sous-chef and technician at the fine dining Blue Penny Café restaurant of Constance Belle Mare Plage. Patrick has participated in several culinary competitions and is very efficient and pro-active. Since 2010 he has been Assistant Chef at the Deer Hunter restaurant.
  • Aundoo Kainat exudes Mauritian hospitality and has mastered Mauritian culinary techniques with great humility. She also enjoys new challenges in cooking. Honest and passionate about what she does, Aundoo’s participation in this MLA Global Final is a golden opportunity towards her career goals.
  • Nitisha Ghunsam is responsible for desserts at the Blue Penny Café Fine dining restaurant. Devoted and loyal in her work, she also won the MLA Black Box Chef’s Challenge in 2009. Nitisha is very motivated to take part to such a competition.
  • Jean Jerry Kevin Hook took part in the culinary competition ‘Super Chef’ and in Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. He is hard working, helpful and very determined. Good at interacting with guests and creative, this is a great challenge for Jean to be involved with.

The idea behind the competition

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Fifteen years after its inception, MLA’s Black Box Culinary Challenge has influenced more than 3500 young chefs around the Asia Pacific region helping lift their awareness and appreciation of Australian beef, sheep meat and goat meat.

Supported by the local chefs’ association in each country, the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge has become the envied arena for showcasing quality products to a focused target market of current and future 5-star chefs and food service/trade buyers around the world.

Meat & Livestock Australia and other co-sponsors have successfully organised over 86 Black Box Competitions since 1996.

How does it work?

Each event targets 8 to 16 teams from five star hotels, restaurants, hotel/catering schools, clubs and airline catering. Teams are given a Black Box filled with mystery ingredients including prime Australian beef, sheep meat or goat meat as well as seafood, spices, fruit and vegetables, dairy products and stocks.

The teams are given one hour to devise a 4-course menu using all of the ingredients. The teams then take away their box of ingredients to a pre-arranged venue to prepare the meal. The 4 courses are judged by a panel of international chefs prior to being served to approximately 200 guests at a gala dinner event.

Points are awarded for taste, skill, creativity and artistic merit. Special awards are given for Best Main Course and Best Table Display. All teams receive a certificate of participation. Gold, Silver and Bronze level certificates are awarded based on the standards achieved by the team, and the top 3 winning teams receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and cash awards.

Competing Teams

  • Mauritius- Constance Belle Mare Plage
  • Vietnam – Equatorial Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
  • Egypte – Inter Continental City Stars Cairo
  • Philippines – Makati Shangri-La Manila
  • UAE – The Address Downtown Dubai
  • Singapore – Royal Plaza on Scotts
  • USA – Mitsitam Native Foods Café Baltimore
  • Indonesia – Bulgari Hotel Bali
  • Malaysia – Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
  • Thailand – Thailand Culinary Academy Bangkok
  • South Korea – Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul
  • Cambodia – Topaz Restaurant Phnom Penh
  • Hong Kong – Hong Kong Jockey Club Derby Restaurant
  • China- Inter Continental Beijing Beichen
  • Australia – The Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

 

Jing Restaurant – Asian Chic at Constance Halaveli

Anyone travelling to Constance Halaveli is in for a treat when they visit our Asian inspired restaurant, Jing.

Inside Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli

The beautiful interior of Jing restaurant

Beautifully positioned half way along the 854m jetty, Jing is the place to head if you’re looking for atmosphere, stunning location, top knotch food and a wine cellar that would be the envy of any European metropolitan eaterie.

Our wine collection features 18,000 bottles of old and new world wine from 920 different varieties.

Start your evening at the Jing Bar, where you can sample one of our signature cocktails on a warm Maldivian night before heading into the restaurant.

The blue lights under the restaurant attract an abundance of marine life, including sting rays and reef sharks, providing some unique entertainment.

What’s on the menu?

The à la carte menu features freshly caught seafood such as Yellow Fin Tuna, Seabass and Calamari. Other signature dishes include Red Thai Curry Cappucino, Angus Beef Tenderloin, Coffee and Anise Spiced Duck, Warm Chocolate Fondant with Thai Curry Ice Cream and the delectable award-winning Mango Sticky Rice.

Top table to request

The best tables in the house are on Jing Deck, the long curved balcony, where you’ll find 5 tables each seating 2 – perfect for an intimate dinner with your loved one.

Have you dined at Jing?

We’d love to hear about your experience of eating at Jing, Constance Halaveli. You can post your comments below or visit our Facebook page.