Enjoy a natural facelift with our nutmeg facial massage

If you’re feeling jet-lagged and less than radiant upon arrival at Constance Le Prince Maurice, head to Spa Constance.

Deco at Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

One of our most popular beauty treatments is the nutmeg facial massage. Your beautician will massage certain points to give your face a ‘natural lift’.

Many guests are so pleased with how they look after the treatment, they return to the spa several times during a holiday.

Your beautician will also teach you some self-massage tips, using the whole nutmeg, so that you can continue the beauty treatment once you’re home.

Give it a go – the results are truly amazing.

Mauritius – top 10 ideas for a day on the water

The beautiful turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean are a big draw for most people who visit Mauritius.

Here are 10 great ways to spend the day on these sublime waters.

Diving in Mauritius

Diving in Mauritius

1. Diving and snorkelling
Undoubtedly, diving and snorkelling are on most people’s must-do list when they visit Mauritius, and it delivers in spades. There are some 23 dive centres on the island, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice. Visibility is good – the best time of year for diving is October-April, although you can still dive in calm waters for the rest of the year.

2. Blue Bay Marine Park
On the South East tip of Mauritius sits Blue Bay Marine Park – one of the best spots on the island for snorkelling. This national park is home to 38 coral species and 72 fish species including wrasse, parrotfish, goatfish, damsel fish and eeltail catfish.

Waterskiing in Mauritius

Water skiing in Mauritius

3. Head out to Ile aux Cerfs
Rent a speedboat with an experienced skipper and head out to Ile aux Cerfs off the east coast of the island. This tiny island is renowned for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and many watersport activities. Snorkel, swim or try your hand at water skiing before feasting at one of the island’s restaurants. Some speed boat tours can arrange a lobster BBQ on the beach.

4. Deep sea fishing
Mauritius is the ideal destination to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Just 1km off the coast, the water measures 70m deep. Here you can expect to catch tuna, shark, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Half day and full day trips are offered by operators – ask at your hotel for details.

 

5. Kitesurfing and kiteboarding
If you’re looking for a rush of adrenalin, this should hit the spot. There are various kitesurfing schools on Mauritius where you can pick up the basics before heading out to the surf. The warm water of the Indian Ocean is a great place to try your hand at this fast and exhilirating sport.

6. Surfing
The West coast of Mauritius, at Le Morne and Tamarin Bay, attracts surfers from around the world. If you’re a novice, there are several surf schools located here where you can give it a try. Waves can reach approximately 8 feet.

7. Sea kayaking
Glide across the water in your kayak, and visit Ile d’Ambre just off the North East coast. Tamarin on the West is also a good starting point for a kayak trip.

8. Catamaran cruises
What could be more luxurious than hiring your own catamaran and sailing out for lunch or a sunset cruise? If there aren’t enough of you to justify a private hire, jump on board a tour and you could visit Grand River North East Waterfalls, Ile aux Cerfs and Trou d’Eau Douce fishermen’s village among others.

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

9. Swimming with dolphins
Dolphins continue to inspire awe in anyone who swims with them. A pod of spinner dolphins regularly swim off the West coast, at Flic en Flac. Organised tours will take you out to where they play and some give you the option to swim with the dolphins, accompanied by experienced guides.

10. Undersea walk
Don the weird headgear, and you can walk freely underwater while fish swim around you. It’s a bit like snorkelling except you’re upright and no breathing exercises or techniques are required. Check at your hotel for details.

If you’re heading to Mauritius, get inspired with some of our other articles about the island:

Top 5 travel apps

No matter whether you’re heading to the open road or 5 star luxury, these are the top 5 travel apps you can’t leave home without.

1. Packing Pro

iPad screen

iPad screen

What it does: Short of packing your suitcase for you, Packing Pro is indispensable for anyone who hates packing, doesn’t know where to start, or is a bit OCD about making lists.

You can enter the number of adults and children travelling, where you’re going and how long for. In return, Packing Pro tells you what you need to take, accounting for weather, destination, who’s travelling and personal preferences.

How much: £1.80

What it works with: iPhone, iPad, iPod

Find out more: Packing Pro

2. Weather Pro

What it does: There are lots of weather apps to choose from but WeatherPro is at the top of its game. It features 7 day forecasts and reports for over 2 million locations around the world.

How much: £1.19

What it works with: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7

Find out more: Weather Pro

3. TripIt

What it does: TripIt lets you create a simple trip itinerary from the masses of email confirmations you get before you go.  It lets you forward the emails for flight numbers, hotels, car rentals and loyalty schemes and creates a master plan out of them that you can take anywhere, and access at anytime.

How much: Free

What it works with: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, BlackBerry

Find out more: TripIt

4. Where To?

iPhone screen

iPhone screen

What it does: Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Best Ever App Awards, Travel Category this one lets you locate just about anything you can think of – hotels, restaurants, museums, hospitals, banks…

With over 700 categories and 2,400 brands, you name it – it’s on here.

How much: £1.80

What it works with: iPhone, iPod, iPad

Find out more: Where to?

5. Trip Journal

What it does: No journey would be complete without recording what you’ve seen along the way. Trip Journal lets you do just that, including geo-tagging photos and videos, and route tracking. It hooks into the big social media platforms including Facebook so you can share your experiences as they happen.

How much: £1.80

What it works with: iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android

Find out more: Trip Journal

Weekly round-up, 8-14 August 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything. Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Events

Boats at Cowes Week

Boats at Cowes Week

Cowes Week, 6-13 August 2011

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 has got off to a great start. Day 1, Saturday 6 August, produced perfect sailing conditions, and there’s been plenty of excitement already.

Get the lowdown on what’s happened so far at Cowes Week 2011.

Expert opinions

Best digital cameras – tips from the experts

Choosing the right digital camera, whether it’s a compact or SLR, can be a minefield. Check out these recent blog posts from industry experts to get the latest reviews and advice before you part with your cash.

Culinary

Recipe: Seafood vindaye with white haricot beans

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try these easy-to-make nutty bread rolls from Mauritius.

Spice route – 5 spices from the island of Madagascar

Madagascar is also renowned for its spices. Here are 5 of the best served atConstance Lodge Tsarabanjina, along with recipe and remedy ideas for each spice.

Lobster on the rocks at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar there’s no such thing as imported fresh produce. Everything comes from Nosy Bé market, or the mainland food producers.

Recipe: Seafood vindaye with white haricot beans

Perfect for a Saturday evening meal with friends, this spicy seafood vindaye is an authentic Creole dish from Mauritius.

Let us know how you get on making this vindaye. You can comment or send photos to us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Seafood vindaye with white haricot beans

Seafood vindaye with white haricot beans

Serves 4
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 1 1/4 hours
Soaking time (for beans): 12 hours
Marinating time: 24 hours

Ingredients

For the vindaye:

  • 8 scallops without roes
  • 4 fillets white fish, approx 50g each
  • 6 shelled camaron tails (large prawns)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 fresh green chillies
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • salt and pepper

For the fricasséed white beans:

  • 200g white haricot beans
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 small ripe tomatoes
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • salt and pepper

1. One day in advance, prepare the seafood vindaye: peel and coarsely dice the onions. peel the garlic, halve each clove ad remove the germ. Slice the chillies in 2 lengthwise and remove the seeds.
2. Soak the beans 12 hours before cooking.
3. Season the squid, camarons and scallops with salt and pepper. Sear them separately in a frying pan with 2 tbsp oil for 5 minutes. Keep warm.
4. In a saucepan, sweat the onions, garlic, ginger and chillies for 5 minutes with the olive oil without colouring. Mix vinegar and turmeric, add them to the saucepan.
5. Take off the heat and add wholegrain mustard, mustard seeds and finally the seafood. Mix well, let cool. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
6. On the day you are serving the recipe, make the bean fricassée: drop the tomatoes for 30 seconds in boiling water, cool them in iced water, then peel them. Halve them and remove the seeds. Chop the tomatoes.
7. In a heavy cooking pot, sweat the onion, garlic and ginger in oil for 4-5 minutes without colouring. Add the tomatoes, stew for 5 minutes, then add the beans. Add water to barely cover, add thyme, parsley and the green chilli, split in two. Cook on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring frequently to prevent drying. Add a little water if necessary.
8. Correct seasoning.
9. Reheat the vindaye and serve it just warm, with the fricasséed beans and some plain white rice.

You can also purchase the Constance Prince Maurice recipe book from our online store.

 

 

Lobster on the rocks at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar there’s no such thing as imported fresh produce. Everything comes from Nosy Bé market, or the mainland food producers.

Madagascan lobsters at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Madagascan lobsters at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

And the fresh lobster we serve comes from the water in front of your villa. This is freshness at its best. Its simply cut in half, grilled in front of you and splashed with fresh lime juice.

Locally grown vegetables are incredible in taste and texture. Sweet potato or pumpkin are wrapped in foil, cooked in the charcoal grill and served with chef Claude’s secret relish.

All to be enjoyed ‘on the rocks’.