Winner announced – have you won our weird wildlife competition?

We recently ran a ‘Weird Wildlife’ photo competition and have received some fantastic entries. Thank you to everyone who has entered. We’ve looked at every entry and after much deliberation we’ve chosen the winner.

Lisa Barker took this photo of a fabulous looking stick insect. Anyone know what the actual name of this creature is?

Stick insect - Weird wildlife winner
Stick insect – Weird wildlife winner

Congratulations to our winner please get in contact with us via email (community@constancehotels.com)  Twitter or Facebook with your contact details. You must contact us within 2 months of the date of this article, otherwise we will need to reallocate the prize.

Watch this space – we’ll be announcing a new competition soon.

Exciting new menu at Jing, Constance Halaveli

Jing restaurant

Fabulous setting at Jing

Awaken the senses with a tantalising new menu at Jing, our South East Asian restaurant at Constance Halaveli.

The new menu has been inspired by the fresh flavours from South East Asia coupled with modern day cooking techniques. Our chef will take you on an intrepid culinary journey of discovery.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on offer:

  • Waldoff Made Over –  a modern twist on a classic salad
  • Lobster Bisque – rock lobster croquette & warm artichoke salad
  • Asian Mushroom Soup – summer truffles with Shimeji & Pencil Asparagus
  • Red Thai Curry Cappuncino – a Jing signature red thai curry soup with coconut air
  • Seared Diver Scallops – with Teriyaki Risotto and Hijiki & Kaffir Lime Cloud
  • Soya Raviolli Alaskan King Crab & Sevruga Caviar
  • Roasted Kumera & Ginger Gnocchi – kumera is a native New Zealand sweet potato
  • Garlic & Curry Leaf Spiced Chicken Sous Vide – this dish requires a special cooking method called Sous Vide. It cooks in a warm water bath for approximately 1 hour to deliver succulent tender meat.
  • Textures of Apple, 5 different ways to have an apple – apple as gelée, apple sorbet, apple espuma, apple compote and apple crumble.

Jing - the perfect venue for a taste discovery.

Special offers: honeymoon discount at Constance Le Prince Maurice

 

Infinity pool at Le Prince Maurice

Infinity pool at Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy your honeymoon at the wonderfully luxurious Le Prince Maurice on the paradise island of Mauritius, and get up to 20% discount on the amount your spouse pays.

You’ll be staying in a junior suite or villa, and the package includes:

  • daily breakfast and dinner 
  • fruit speciality and wine (1 per room)

The offer is not combinable with any other offer. Valid for stay from 11 October 2011- 30 April 2012, excluding 22 December 2011-6 January 2012. You must stay for a minimum of 5 nights.

Find out more about this fantastic honeymoon deal,  including terms and conditions.

 

Working to protect the environment at Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli water

Mineral water produced at Constance Halaveli

Since March 2011, Constance Halaveli has been producing its own-label still and sparkling mineral water.

By turning tap water into mineral water using our own bottling plant, we’ve reduced the need for plastic water bottles in the resort, helping to protect the natural environment around us.

We use a 7-stage filtration system to produce 200 1 litre bottles of both still and sparkling water, and 50 half litre bottles every day.

Our Halaveli still water is provided with our compliments in each of the villas at the resort. The smaller bottles are provided free of charge at our Spa de Constance.

Spotlight on Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Off the North West coast of Madagascar lies the volcanic Mitsio Archipelago, home to the beautiful island of Tsarabanjina.

Beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina affords you a different type of luxury. You’ve got everything you could want from a tropical island get-away – white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, coral reefs – but its utter seclusion and tranquility give it the edge. This is a place to down tools and immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe and restful atmosphere.

Lose yourself to the quiet sound of the sea, enjoy a massage on one of the 3 delightful beaches, fish for your supper, watch the sunset from your beach bungalow while enjoying a cold glass of something, or simply lie back in your hammock and take it all in.

Wildlife on Tsarabanjina

Fish off Tsarabanjina

Waters are brimming with sealife

If you’re up for an adventure, there’s loads to do. The island and waters around Tsarabanjina are brimming with wildlife and sea creatures.

Tsarabanjina is home to many rare birds including the famous flycatcher of Madagascar, sea eagles and kingfishers.

A biologist has even come across the tiniest chameleon in the world – it barely exceeds 1 centimetre in length when fully grown.

Activities on offer

Sunset at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Sunset at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Scuba diving is a major draw here. The dive team take both beginners and qualified divers to the awe-inspiring Les Quatre Frères on the North West side of Tsarabanjina. These small islets are renowned as world-class diving sites, as well as being home to many nesting birds.

Other activities – most free of charge –  include snorkelling, water skiing, tennis, volleyball, petanque, guided walks around the island, massage and fishing trips. Catamarans and kayaks are also available for guests to freely use during their stay.

Beach bungalows

Beach bungalow

Gloriously laid back bungalows on the beach

The 25 thatched roof bungalows are set amidst trees and palms, overlooking the sea and beach just 20-30 yards from the shore.

Each comes with a private terrace, main bedroom equipped with fans and bathroom with shower.

Dining at Tsarabanjina

The restaurant is perched in the mezzanine above the bar, and overlooks the wide expanse of sea below. You can also enjoy cocktails and sundowners at the bar, where you can pad about bare foot on the fine sand floor.

Bar at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Bar at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Seafood doesn’t come much fresher or tastier than at Tsarabanjina. And if you love lobster, this is the place to come. Read our article about dining on lobster on the rocks.

Share your stories of Tsarabanjina

If you’ve been to Tsarabanjina, we’d love to hear about your experience. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, post photos to Facebook or use the comments section below.

 

The spirit of the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival

The European chef and the island cook sharing their passion

The European chef and the island cook sharing their passion

Bruno Le Gac, our corporate chef and a key mastermind behind the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival,  gives an insight into the history behind the remarkable event, now entering its 7th year.

The Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival takes place in March, and is a major event for everyone at Constance Hotels Experience.

It started 6 years ago with an idea – to honour the legacy of the great chef Bernard Loiseau, and propose something that he would be proud of.

The spirit of the festival

When we first had the idea, we didn’t know what or how we would do it… but we knew that we wanted to create something true, sincere, with spirit. Not just a business event, but a festival with soul.

The European chefs coaching the island cooks for the competition

The European chefs coaching the island cooks for the competition

We wanted it to be an event that would showcase our passion for food and the human values that we cherish.

As I always say, several brains work better than one and the result of this great team work has progressively turned into reality.

The concept for a festival in which we could share our passion and knowledge was born.

Mrs Dominique Loiseau immediately gave us all her support and allowed us to name the event after her late husband.

Chef Patrick Bertron, Loiseau’s protége, has been sensational since day one.

Michelin star chefs join cooks from the Indian Ocean

We wanted to put the spotlight on the people that we never see. The way the festival works is that we put together 6 Michelin star rated European chefs with 6 young cooks from our kitchens.

European chef and island cook prepare for competition day

Feel the tension in the kitchen, competition day is near...

During the festival, they train together for 3 days to create 2 dishes of their own making. Then on the day of the competition, the European chefs are not allowed in the kitchen. In the spirit of Loiseau’s legacy, it’s about sharing, it’s about training and it’s about transmission.

We showcase the best of the produce and culinary wonders of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. One of the basic rules of the competition is to use local produce and spices as much as possible. I believe that after 6 years we have pretty much seen everything that you could possibly make with fresh heart of palmtree!

What we’ve achieved so far

To date, we’ve managed to create a high profile event that exudes warmth and humanity. Those who were present at the first festival immediately felt that something very special had happened during the week. And the spirit keeps on building up every year…

We wanted this to be an elegant event that represents the image of our hotels. Our partners responded with equal enthusiasm – it’s not every day of the week that you get to drink magnums of Amour de DeutzChampagne…

The festival in 2012

I am extremely proud of Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival, and so are all of the great people who have participated, who shared their time, hard work and passion.

The 2012 edition will be even more intense and fascinating… watch this space for more news of next year’s unmissable festival.