Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Visit Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina from August to November, and you stand a good chance of spotting humpback whales as they make their way to one of their favoured breeding grounds off the Malagasy mainland.

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Whale watching at Lodge Tsarabanjina

Every year, these majestic creatures leave the cold waters of the Antarctic seeking out the warmer waters closer to the Equator. Many humpback whales swim to the channel between Ile Sainte-Marie off the East coast of Madagascar to breed.

It’s estimated there are only 10,000-15,000 humpback whales in the world. An endangered species, they have a life expectancy of 45-50 years.

Have you seen a whale in the wild?

If you’ve spotted a whale in the wild, we’d love to see any photos you have of the experience – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook page or tweet them using Twitter, mentioning @constancehotels.

Tips for observing whales

Learn more about how to observe whales from Wild Whales.

Find out more about Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Kanonkop Wine Dinner at Constance Halaveli

Winemaker Johan Krige, from the famous South African winery Kanonkop Estate, is hosting a special wine dinner at Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, this Sunday 21 October.

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Jing restaurant

The menu has been created by our Head Sommelier at Halaveli, Cédric Jacob, and his team together with Executive Chef, Glen Cooper.

At the dinner, with each course we’ll be serving 2 bottles of the same wine but from a different vintage, so guests can learn about the impact of the ageing on the wine.

Here’s the delicious menu we’ll be serving:

To begin

  • Prawn in 3 Textures
  • Pickled ginger mayo & sherry vinaigrette
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Kadette’, Rosé, 2010

Fork & spoon

  • Cinnamon & anise spiced breast of Duck
  • Red fruit gelée & consommé of duck
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Paul Sauer’, 2009
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Paul Sauer’, 1998

Main course

  • Carnival peppered Wagyu beef tenderloin
  • Shitake ravioli & horseradish emulsion
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Dessert

  • Warm Jivara Fondant
  • Pinotage ice cream and compote of red fruits
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Pinotage, 2010
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Pinotage, 2003

Want to find out more?

Find out more about Kanonkop Wine Estate in South Africa.

Visit our website for more information about Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni

A simple and delicious curry dish from Constance Ephelia, Seychelles ideal for a healthy mid-week meal served with pan fried snapper.

Banana curry, Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Banana curry and snapper

  • 5 big leaves of spinach
  • 400g of banana (in Seychelles we use the St Jacques variety)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 30g chopped onions
  • 10g chopped garlic
  • 10g of chopped ginger
  • 4g  turmeric
  • 4g curry powder
  • 20g green peas
  • 20g of peeled tomato dice
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • Salt pepper to taste

1. Blanch the spinach leaves in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, and cool down immediately in ice cold water. Drain, dry and remove the main stalks  and set aside.

2. Blanch the banana with its skins in boiling water for 30 mins or until soft.

3. Cool down, remove the skin and grate the flesh. Set aside.

4. Sautée garlic, ginger, onion in butter until a light brown colour, add curry leaves, turmeric, curry powder and mix together.

5. Now add the grated banana to the pan and mix well together. At last, add the green peas and tomato.

6. Season to taste.

7. To make the cannelloni, take 1 spinach leaf, place some banana curry on top and roll as cannelloni giving a nice cylinder shape. Cut the edges nicely, and set aside.

8. Serve warm with pan seared snapper fish.

Sounds tempting? Find out more about Constance Ephelia Resort from our website.

 

Sourcing the best wines from South Africa for Constance hotels

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré has been busy this month visiting the Cape Wine event in South Africa, sourcing some of the finest wines to bring back to Constance hotels for you to enjoy.

Jerome Faure and team

Jerome Faure and team sourcing wines in South Africa

Cape Wine is a huge event, with around 450 South African wine makers showcasing their wines.

Accompanying Jerome were Cedric Jacob, Head Sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Sanath Kumar, Sommelier at Constance Moofushi, and Fleur Edel, Head Sommelier at Constance Ephelia.

The team spent 3 days tasting some 600 different wines.

They then travelled to the Swartland region and met with wine makers including Eben Sadie, Andrea & Chris Mullineux, before heading to the Walker bay region, home to Hamilton Russell, Ataraxia, La vierge Winery, Cartology….

Guests visiting our hotels in the Indian Ocean are in for a treat. Jerome said, “After this trip, I can tell you that many South African wines are starting to get better and better, and we have found some really amazing wines.”

What’s your favourite South African wine?

Do you have a favourite South African wine? We’d love to know what it is. You can post comments below or on our Facebook page or follow us @constancehotels on Twitter.

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Cape Wine, South Africa

Sourcing great wines at Cape Wine event

Constance Belle Mare Plage stages golf European Senior Tour in December

The European Senior Tour takes place at the Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, this December as part of the MCB Tour Championship.

European Senior Tour Winner 2011, Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman, winner in 2011

Golf fans visiting Mauritius from 7-9 December will be able to enjoy one of the most important European golf tournament series.

Last year, this first-class tournament provided some riveting golfing action, and this year is set to be no exception.

Find out more from the MCB Tour Championship website.

Thinking of planning a holiday to Mauritius? Discover more about our two resorts on the island, Constance Belle Mare Plage and the newly revamped Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Top 6 reasons to visit Spa de Constance in Mauritius

Retreat to Spa de Constance and awaken your senses.

Spa de Constance at Constance Hotels Experience

Spa de Constance

Here are our Top 6 reasons why a holiday at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage will have you feeling like new again.

1. Immerse yourself in luxurious surroundings

Steal yourself away to the peaceful surroundings of the spa. Tucked away in a quiet spot at both resorts, these spaces effuse a sense of well-being from the moment you cross the threshold.

At Le Prince Maurice, you can enjoy the thermal pool, relax on loungers, indulge in a treatment or two, and get to work at the fitness centre.

At Belle Mare Plage, seek time out in the beautiful treatment rooms before enjoying a soak in the whirlpools, plunge pool, steam bath and sauna.

2. Restore your equilibrium

Take your pick from our extensive spa menu, and feel the tensions of daily life melt away.

Massage at Spa de Constance

Massage at Spa de Constance

The revamped spa at Le Prince Maurice is a haven for tired minds and bodies. The new Sisley spa offers a range of treatments using essential oils and plant extracts, combining massage techniques with the power of aromatherapy.

Choose from new signature treatments at Spa de Constance including Rum Spirit, a gentle body exfoliation using aged amber rum, sugarcane and cinnamon. Ayurvedic and Thai massage, Shiatsu and reflexology are also on the menu.

At Belle Mare Plage, popular treatments include volcanic clay body scrubs, nourishing herbal wraps, aromatherapy scalp massage, and Golfer’s tonic – the perfect ending to a long day on our championship golf courses.

3. Tailor made for you

Brice Nicham, world renowned footcare practitioner, introduced a range of treatments at Le Prince Maurice last month.

His much-sought after pedicures and posture treatments are tailor-made.

The unique ‘My Posture’ check up allows us to analyse any problem connected with a bad posture such as multiple pains in your knees and back and consequently to adapt efficient treatments tailored to your needs. Read more about Brice Nicham treatments at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

At Shiseido spa, Belle Mare Plage, the treatments are based on the belief that the beauty of a person’s skin, mind and body lies in the balance of Qi – the vital energy force that runs throughout the body.

Each facial and body treatment incorporates Western and Oriental meridian (channels of energy) massage styles, together with tsubo points stimulation.

3. Try a new approach to fitness

Isabelle Lamant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Isabelle Lamant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The fully equipped gym at Belle Mare Plage includes an Art Technogym Kinesis wall and Life Fitness Cardio equipment. Classes on offer include yoga, aerobics, aquagym, tennis and personal training.

At Le Prince Maurice, fitness guru Isabelle Lamant has recently joined the team and is introducing guests to her unique blend of dance, yoga and gymnastics.

‘My sessions will allow guests to tone up while they are dancing, practice the Dynamic (Vinyasa) Yoga as well as learning how to relax tense muscles and weak joints.’ Read more about Isabelle Lamant’s approach to fitness.

At the fitness centre, we offer personalised training, power fit sessions, yoga, t’ai chi and tennis.

5. Best for spa breaks

Constance Le Prince Maurice has just been tipped as the best hotel for spa breaks on Mauritius by The Times newspaper. Quietly discreet and delightfully grown up, the resort is breaking new ground in delivering the luxury experience.

In last month’s Spa Secrets magazine, Le Prince Maurice was named best in Mauritius for classic beauty. ‘CLPM is a well-established, well-run, grown-up resort. Hollywood actress Claire Forlani is a repeat guest and this summer, after undergoing a major refurbishment, the resort looks better than ever.’

6. Rest easy and indulge

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice

After all that pampering, treat yourself to some post-spa fun. Enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie by the beach or relax at the bar with a sun-downer cocktail before enjoying dinner at one of our restaurants. From the beachside Mediterranean La Spiaggia at Belle Mare Plage, to the elegant L’Archipel overhanging the infinity pool at Le Prince Maurice, choice is key.

At the end of the evening, retreat to your room where you can drift off to sleep in a state of total relaxation, to wake up refreshed and full of vitality – all set for another day in paradise where you can laugh, play and reconnect.

Find out more

Visit our websites to find out more about our resorts in Mauritius: