Special offer: save 40% on honeymoons at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Honeymoon dining

Honeymoon dining

Head to paradise for your honeymoon and enjoy a 40% discount for one adult at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

This beautiful luxury hotel is set on one of the island’s most stunning beaches along the sheltered East coast.

The offer is valid from 16 April to 20 October 2012, in one of our Prestige Rooms, Junior or Deluxe Suites.

Minimum 5 nights stay, the package includes:

  • daily breakfast and dinner
  • a bottle of wine and canapés
  • flower petals and candles in the room/bathroom
  • seafood candlelit dinner and photo souvenir
  • departure gift

Find out more about this great honeymoon deal, including terms and conditions, on the Constance Belle Mare Plage website.

 

 

Top tips for what to pack when travelling with children

We recently ran a competition asking what item you always take with you when travelling with children.

Kids Club at Constance Hotels Experience

Kids Club with Constance

You sent in some great ideas. We’ve selected some of the best, both serious and funny.

All are guaranteed to help any parent when travelling with children. And some might also act a reminder to pack our sense of humour when travelling with little ones!

The winning entry came from Roleen McNeilage:

  • Balloons and pens to draw faces on them to keep them amused.

And here are some of the other great entries we received through the Constance Facebook page and our Twitter account @constancehotels. Enjoy!

  • Favourite cuddly toy and blanket, with an address around the toy’s neck in case it gets lost!
  • Calpol – you never know when you might need it
  • Their favourite toys
  • A lot of patience
  • Duck Tape – works everytime
  • A portable DVD player
  • A Harry Potter CD
  • Baby wipes
  • Their own pillow
  • Sun cream
  • Crayons and drawing pad, or mini whiteboard and pen
  • Lots of activities and nibbles or alternatively… the grandparents!
  • Plasticine
  • Food - my son can’t go for more than 5 mins without eating something
  • The ultimate kid toy (for boys) for a nice vacation in a Constance beach resort is a small Hot Wheels pick-up truck on large wheels. Perfect to play in the sand. Create a crazy race track in the sand with your son, use shells, stones to decorate the roads, build bridges, tunnels… and you’re all set to enjoy a good book for a few hours.
  • Babysitter or nanny
  • Nightlight – turns a scary new bedroom into a pleasurable experience!
  • New books we know they’ll like
  • Nintendo ds and electronic games

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Spotlight: Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria is a 5* deluxe resort set amidst lush vegetation on the pristine island of Praslin, Seychelles.

Beach at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning beach at Constance Lemuria

The white sand beach of Anse Lazio is paradise on earth, and at Anse Kerlan you’ll find turtle nesting sites.

Award winning luxury resort

At the recent World Travel Awards, the travel equivalent of the Oscars, Constance Lémuria was voted:

  • Seychelles’ Leading Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Golf Resort (for the 4th year running)
  • Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort (for the 2nd year running)

 

Luxury accommodation

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Materials used in the sleek design of Constance Lémuria include wood, marble, stone and pink granite. The quality and originality of the buildings exceed the expectations of guests who are looking for grown-up luxury and comfort of the highest standard. All this works thrillingly with the preserved beauty of the natural environment.

  • Junior and Senior Suites offer intimacy and blend with the landscape, offering stunning views across the Indian Ocean. You can relax on your private terrace under the shade of the overhanging palm trees.
  • Luxurious Villas offer a bespoke service as they come complete with their own villa master who will tailor theConstance service to your individual requirements. The villas open directly on to the gardens and beach, and include lounge, dining room and swimming pool.
  • Presidential Villa at Lémuria offers all-out privacy and indulgence, more akin to staying in your own private hotel than a villa within a resort. Perched on the granite blocks of the southern tip of the Anse Kerlan, the villa comes with 3 suites, an outside Jacuzzi, study and dining room. The ultimate in decadence, there are 3 swimming pools situated at different levels, all leading to a private beach.

Divine dining

Beach bar and grill at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning setting for the beach bar and grill

Three restaurants located in 3 stunning locations offer a wide range of French and international cuisine blending Seychellois flavours with traditional recipes.

The gloriously inviting bars offer a great space for guests to relax and drink in the night air.

The most beautiful golf course in the world?

At Constance Lémuria you’ll also find the only golf course in Seychelles.

Many golfers have hailed Lémuria Golf Course as a golfers paradise and the most beautiful of its kind in the world – and with truly magnificent scenery spanning views of three spectacular beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

Award winning golf course at Constance Lemuria

Award winning golf course at Lemuria

This 18-hole, a Par 70, was opened on 1 October 2000 and covers an area of 5580 meters. With a free green fee for hotel residents, it offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

The design by internationally renowned golf architect was also influenced by Rodney Wright and the champion Marc-Antoine Farry. Anse Georgette beach welcomes you for a refreshment after the 15th hole. The club house offers a restaurant bar and a boutique. Lessons, caddy player and rental equipment are also available.

Find out more about the Golfers’ paradise at the only golf resort in the Seychelles: Constance Lemuria.

Spa indulgence

When you’re ready to indulge your senses beyond relaxing on the beach and discovering the beauty of the island, head to the Seychelles’ leading spa where you can take your pick from the delightful Shiseido or Spa de Constance treatments.

Our turtle programme

Turtle at Constance Lemuria

Turtles at Constance Lemuria

At Constance Hotels Experience, we’re passionate about conserving the environment we live in, and at Constance Lémuria we run a turtle preservation programme.

Our Turtle Manager can take Constanceguests to see the baby turtles move down to the sea. Seeing these primal creatures take their first steps towards the ocean is a truly amazing experience. Find out more about Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Top travel destination for 2012

The Seychelles is one of the hottest travel destinations for 2012.

Read more about this Indian Ocean archipelago:

Recipe: Paella from Constance Halaveli Resort

If you’re looking for a tasty dish to refresh your tastebuds after the festive season, try this delicious paella from the kitchens of our Constance Halaveli Resort.

Jahaz restaurant

Jahaz restaurant

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • ½ litre fish stock
  • ½ litre chicken stock
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups short grain rice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Pinch saffron
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 12 fresh mussels in shell, cleaned
  • 12 fresh clams in the  shell, cleaned
  • 3 fresh calamari tubes, cut into rings
  • 12 large prawns, shelled and deveined
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 4 tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup black olives, stones removed
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 6 lemons

1. Heat the 2 stocks together and keep warm
2. Heat the olive oil in a paella pan (or large non-stick saucepan) on low heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft.
3. Add the rice and cook for 2 minutes until opaque. Add the bay leaves, saffron and wine. Continue to stir until the wine is reduced by half. Add the hot stock one ladle at a time, stirring occasionally. Allow the stock to reduce before adding more.
4. When the rice is ¾ cooked (about 8–10 minutes) add the mussels and clams. After 2 minutes add the other seafood and the chicken, and cook until the chicken and fish are cooked and tender.
5. Remove the heat and bay leaves. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Fold in the butter and olives.
6. To serve: sprinkle with the parsley and hard-boiled eggs cut into wedges. Squeeze a couple of lemons over the top and garnish with the remaining lemons cut in quarters.

Do you have a favourite dish from your Constance holiday?

Every Friday we publish one of our delicious recipes from the Constance kitchens. If you’ve got a favourite dish from your holiday with Constance, let us know and we’ll publish the recipe here. You can comment on the blog below or post a message on our Constance Facebook page.

Competition: Share your favourite holiday snap and win Art de Vignes wine or Serge Lutens fragrance

Sunset at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Sunset at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

You can win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine or a bottle of Serge Lutens fragrance simply by tweeting us your favourite holiday snap of all time.

How to enter
You can enter as many times as you like. To enter all you need to do is tweet the following, including a link to your picture:

‘My favourite holiday snap of all time for @constancehotels LINK TO PHOTO HERE’

The link should go to the photo, wherever you’ve uploaded it, be that your blog, a twitter photo service like Twitpic or Yfrog or your website.

Closing date
The competition closes at 5pm GMT on Wednesday 11 January 2012.

We’re looking forward to seeing your best ever holiday snaps.

Good luck!

Please read the Twitter Competition terms and conditions before entering. All entries are bound by these conditions.

Top 9 food trends for 2012

In the first of our Trends 2012 articles, our corporate chef Bruno Le Gac gives us an insight into what he believes will be the biggest food trends this year.

Bruno Le Gac

Bruno Le Gac

My big 3 predictions   

1. ‘New’ Chinese and Indian cuisine

Many young Chinese and Indian chefs will appear and experiment with the traditional ways of cooking and presenting their dishes.

New great chefs from Asia will start exporting their talents abroad and open restaurants across the globe under their name.

2. Tea food

 

Food associated with tea, food and tea pairing dinners should become more fashionable.

Guests are getting savvier about tea, and quality products and ranges have become more readily available. Tea sommeliers will become a reality very soon.

3. The Maitre D’

The concept of the Maitre D’ will come back, but with new codes and a modern approach. Service jobs will come back into the spotlight, and we’ll see new ways of doing things, more service competitions and even TV shows on service.

Celebrity Maitre D’s will become more famous, and will lead the way to attract younger people to learn. In other words what’s happened in the kitchen will now begin to happen in the dining room.

What the industry predicts will be big news in 2012

4. Homemade pasta and noodles

Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai…. 2012 will be the ‘year of noodles’

5. Insects

Insects are a great source of protein. They form part of the culinary tradition of many countries (Thailand, China, Mexico…). They could be a good alternative to meat and some say it would help release the pressure on our planet.

Some famous chefs such as celebrity Milan chef Carlo Cracco have already explored using insects on their menus.

Watch this space – for my part, I don’t think we’re quite ready for this yet.

6. Pure food

Food as natural as possible, with no artificial ingredients. We’ll see more ‘back to roots’ options prepared with very good quality products.

And general consumer trends, that continue to grow

Fresh produce

Fresh produce

7. Green, local and organic food

It’s been big for several years and I suspect the trend will continue to grow. Consumers are fed up with bad quality products and want to come back to the real thing. Home grown vegetable gardens will become even bigger, especially in cities.

8. Quality snacks, take away food, light bites

People have less time to eat, and want to enjoy easy food for lunch. Easy but still good and healthy. This is also true in hotels and resorts and I think we’ll see more and more casual outlets in hotels selling quality, light and tasty snacks.

9. Conviviality and human contact

Tired of watching bad news on TV? Family style dishes, portions to share, long tables and casual barbecues will become more popular.

People want contact and authenticity. Culinary classes, ‘do-it yourself’ sessions and more interaction on hotel buffets.

And now over to you…

Do you think insects will be gracing our plates in 2012?

Has organic food had its day?

We want to know what you think. You can post your comments on the blog below, to our Constance Facebook page or tweet @constancehotels.com