Weekly round up: 7-13 November 2011

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Giant gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

Structure for the gingerbread house is now complete

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Special offers

News and events

Culinary

Behind the scenes

Inspiration

Spa & sports

Winner announced for our name the sea creature competition

We recently ran a Name that sea creature competition and have received fantastic entries. Thank you to everyone who has entered. We have read through every entry and after much deliberation we selected 3 winners. See below to see if you have won and we will be announcing a new competition soon.

Clark's anemone fish

Clark's anemone fish

Our winning name is Mal-diva by Sam. Congratulations Sam, please get in contact with us (see below) to claim you Serge Lutens Fragrance.

Spotted unicorn fish

Spotted unicorn fish

Our winner is Le pinocciodes mers by Joy. Congratulations Joy, please get in contact with us (see below) to claim bottle of Art De Vignes wine.

Porcupine fish

Porcupine fish

 

And the winner of our Facebook porcupine fish competition is Seamore by Ella Laing.

Congratulations Ella, please get in contact with us (see below) to claim your magnum of Art De Vignes wine.

Congratulations to all our winners please get in contact with us via email (community@constancehotels.com)  Twitter or Facebook with your contact details.

Top 5 most popular recipes on the Constance blog

Every Friday we publish a deliciously tempting recipe from the Constance kitchens, so you can serve up some 5-star style at home.

Chicken and prawn curry in coconut milk

Chicken and prawn curry in coconut milk

Here’s a round-up of the 5 most popular recipes we’ve published over the last few months. Hunker down this weekend and try your hand at one of these tasty treats.

1. Chicken and prawn curry in coconut milk
This Mauritian chicken and prawn curry is served in a spicy coconut sauce.

2. Lemon compote with star anise and vanilla
Very easy to make – this makes the perfect partner for seafood or duck.

3. Pan-roasted sea bass with mild spices
Served on a salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries with an almond-green chilli vinaigrette. Scrumptious. 

Ultimate spare ribs

Ultimate spare ribs

4. Ultimate spare ribs
Stuart Blair, the executive chef at Moofushi, has brought back from his native Australia a very special recipe for spare ribs.

5. Spicy chicken legs – Mauritius style
Super-tasty finger food – just remember to make plenty.

Don’t forget – every Friday we publish more Constance recipes. And if you’ve missed others, you’ll find them all in the Culinary section.

Event round-up: MasterChef Live 11-13 November 2011

If you’re passionate about food and cooking with the best ingredients, head to London’s Olympia this weekend for the massively popular MasterChef Live event.

Fresh produce from Constance Hotels Experience

Fresh produce from Constance Hotels Experience

Highlights include:

  •  MasterChef Live Challenge. This is your chance to cook your signature dish live on stage in front of John Torode and Gregg Wallace. The winner takes home £500 of Sainsbury’s vouchers and the opportunity to spend a day cooking with Alexis Gauthier in his restaurant Gauthier Soho.
  • Chefs’ Theatre – including demo by Michel Roux Jr
  • Hot tips stage – get top tips on all sorts of cooking techniques
  • Producers’ Village
  • Drinks Tasting Theatre
  • The Restaurant Experience

Check out the MasterChef Live website to find out more information, including how to get tickets to the event.

 

Constance stays on top of latest spa trends

Our Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Sophie Demaret, shares her experience of a recent visit to a spa exhibition in Dubai to learn about the latest spa trends.

Sophie Demaret

Sophie Demaret

Travel is about having the opportunity to share experiences and to discover unique places. We always return from travelling with new ideas and it was a great experience for me to go back to Dubai.  

I used to work in Dubai 30 years ago when it was just desert. I couldn’t believe what it was like when I returned. Everything was so perfect. When I left the airport to take a taxi, I was greeted by a woman from Ethiopia, dressed in pink, driving a pink taxi that’s exclusively for women!  

So, climbing into the taxi, we drove to the exhibition where I spent 2 very busy days having one-to-one meetings with prospective suppliers of every spa product imaginable, including linen and equipment. All the luxurious details that make your spa experience so special.

One of the most important parts of my job as Spa Manager is managing relationships – with guests, suppliers, employees… At the exhibition, I was able to meet with very enthusiastic suppliers who provide the things we need at Constance Hotels to make the spa experience for guests a truly luxurious and memorable one.

Spa de Constance treatment room

Beautiful treatment rooms at Spa de Constance

At the end of the event, we were invited to an incredible ‘white party’ event – thank you Shadiha. Her attention to detail was amazing. The same kind of attention our guests expect when they visit our luxury hotels.

Watch this space – we’ll be keeping you posted on new products and treatments we’re introducing over the coming months.  

And don’t miss out on our articles about Spa de Constance to get a taste of the luxurious spa treatments we offer:

Giant gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

Christmas preparations are well under way at Constance Halaveli, and this year we’ve got a gigantic treat in store.

Gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

Gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

Our carpenters have taken on the enormous task of building the dream gingerbread house for our Culinary Team.

The shell of the house has been carefully crafted to provide a solid base for the weight of the specially made gingerbread. 

Watch this space

Every week we’ll provide a progress report on how the gingerbread house is shaping up before the big unveiling at Christmas. 

Don’t miss the other photos on our Constance Facebook page.

Send us photos of your gingerbread creations

Have you ever made a gingerbread house? Don’t be shy because we’d love to see photos of your creations. You can post your photos to the Constance Facebook page.