Competition winner: the thing I can't go on holiday without is…

Screenshot of twitter entries to competition

Some Twitter entries to 'The Item I can't go on holiday without is....'

We had an amazing number entries to our weekly competition to win either a wonderful Serge Lutens fragrance, magnum of Deutz champagne or a delicious bottle of Arts De Vignes wine.

It’s been fantastic to see you all commenting on our social pages on blog, Twitter and Facebook.

But, as with all competitions, there can be only one winner.

We’ve enjoyed reading about all of your holiday essentials this past week. We put all of your wonderful comments into a prize drawer and drew one lucky winner at random.

And the winner is…

The winning entry: I can't go on holiday without my coconut shampoo

Congratulations to Emma Lympany and her winning entry

Emma wins a choice of either Serge Lutens fragrance, Deutz Champagne or Arts De Vignes wine. Congratulations!

Watch this space for our next weekly competition coming soon.

In the meantime, here’s some of the other entries to this competition – thanks again for your entries, everyone – we really enjoyed them.

Screenshot of some of the Facebook entries to the competition

Some of the wonderful entries on Facebook

Some great blog entries

Some of your great comments on our blog

Remember, today (22 June) is the last day for entries into our amazing holiday competition to win a 5* holiday to Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius with Constance Hotels Experience.

Latest tennis action from Wimbledon 2011

Tennis at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Tennis at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The 2011 Wimbledon Championships is underway. Will this be Andy Murray’s year, or will Rafael Nadal continue his winning streak? Check out these websites to keep up with all the latest action from SW19.

2011 Wimbledon Championships
Find out who’s in, who’s out and if defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will make it through to this year’s finals.

BBC iPlayer
Watch the matches live or catch up with them later in the day.

The Guardian Wimbledon blog
Top sports journalists give coverage on the latest scores, dramas and weather.

scores androm the first days at Wimbledon. Find out

Customer reviews: an excellent hotel… great golf!

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip. Below are some of the comments we’ve had recently about Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius:

An Excellent H0tel!

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Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Mauritius

“Five of us visited this hotel in Dec 2010 for just over a week on a half board basis. The food was excellent, the rooms were of high quality, and we made use of the facilities like sailing and scuba diving – The sole criticism is around the electronic door lock that caused some access problems over a 2 day period. I would unreservedly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday. .”

luxury golf holidays

Luxury golfing holidays

Great hotel and golf!

“We loved the hotel and both golf courses. The buffet dinner had a fantastic variety. It’s true that the drinks were expensive, but that’s what you expect at a top class hotel. We took the larger room, but I think the smaller one would have been fine as well.”

Read this review and others about Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor.

Weekly roundup: competitions, holiday inspiration and culinary delights

This new 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.

13 – 19 June

Exclusive offers and competitions

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Could you win a trip with flights to Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius?

Only 2 days to go to win the holiday of a lifetime!
The deadline for entry to our Win a 5 Star Holiday to Mauritius competition is looming – if you haven’t entered yet, do so before midnight GMT on Wednesday 22 June!

New competition: the item I can’t go on holiday without is…
This week we launched a new week long competition on our blog, twitter and Facebook page. Winners can choose from a magnum of champagne, a Serge Lutens fragrance or a bottle of wine.

Competition winners announced: Most Romantic Holiday Pictures
We announced the winner’s of last week’s Twitter competition to win a bottle of Deutz Champagne – all they had to do was enter their most romantic holiday snaps to us.

Culinary

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny table decorations

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny

Recipe: chicken and prawn fricassee, stewed Chinese bredes with boucane
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. Why not try this chicken and prawn fricassee out at your next dinner party?

Constance Star Martini
Talking of dinner parties, why not kick things off with this unique cocktail created by our very own head bartender, Guillaume Grafeuille?

Inspiration

Frog, Madagascar

Frog, Madagascar

Holiday inspiration: Madagascar – walks on the wild side
Planning the trip of a lifetime and need some inspiration? Our regular ‘holiday inspiration’ features will give you the information you need. Last week, we gave you the low down on the unique island of Madagascar, where the Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge is located.

Spa & Sports

Fish underwater in the Maldives

Snorkeling in the Maldives

Snorkeling paradise: The Maldives
Love snorkeling? Then you’ll love the Maldives. Check out our guide to what makes snorkeling in the Maldives a unique experience.

US Open Golf 2011 gets underway, 16–19 June
The US Open got underway last week and as Constance Hotels Experience has some championship golf courses of our very own, we thought we’d tell you the places you can find out all you need to know about the Open.

News and Events

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature
The winner of the 2011 Le Prince Maurice Prize was announced last week at a wonderful awards ceremony in Mauritius. Find out who won and see photos from the evening here.

BBC Good Food Show Summer 2011
A round up the BBC’s Good Food Show from Summer 2011 in the UK.

Constance Star Martini

Constance Star Martini

Constance Star Martini

When Guillaume Grafeuille, head bartender at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius adapted a classical recipe and gave it a tropical twist, he didn’t imagine that his creation would soon be featured in all our resorts around the Indian Ocean!

Our managing director tried it one evening and found it so interesting, that he decided to put it on every bar list. The suave and sweet notes of the vanilla syrup balance the sharpness of the fresh passion fruit pulp.

Serve shaken, not stirred.

Ingredients

4cl Vodka Absolut vanilla
2cl Passion fruit liquor
2cl Vanilla liquor      
5cl passion fruit purée
½ passion fruit
Ice

1 shaker
1 martini glass (16-18cl)
1 strainer 

  1. Add the ingredients to the shaker.
  2. Add ice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Pour the cocktail through the strainer into a martini glass, and garnish with half a passion fruit.

Let us know what you think of our cocktail, or send us your own martini recipes. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Recipe: chicken and prawn fricassee, stewed Chinese bredes with boucane

Red and green chillies

Red and green chillies

It’s Father’s Day in the UK on Sunday 19 June.

Here’s a special recipe for all the Dads out there from Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. Enjoy your day.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients for the fricassée

  • 4 boned chicken legs
  • 8 large shelled prawns
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 5 sprigs parsley
  • 4 diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato coulis
  • 5 sprigs coriander
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper

For the stewed Chinese brèdes

  • 1 Chinese cabbage
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 100g boucane (smoked pork belly)
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • salt and pepper

1. Make the fricassée: peel the onion and garlic. Chop them separately, chop the thyme, curry leaves, parsley and coriander. Cut each chicken leg in 4 pieces, add salt and pepper, then brown the chicken in 2 tbsp of hot oil in a frying pan. Set aside.

2. Season the prawns with salt and pepper. Sear them for 5 minutes in 2 tbsp of hot oil. Set aside.

3. In a saucepan, sweat the onion, garlic and ginger in oil for 2-3 minutes without colouring. Add the diced tomato and let stew for 10 minutes. Add the thyme, curry leaves, parsley, the chilli split in two lengthways and the tomato coulis. Stew for a further 10 minutes on low heat. Add the chicken and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat; then add the prawns. Simmer for 5 minutes and correct seasoning.

4. Prepare the Chinese brèdes: clean the Chinese cabbage and chop the leaves. Peel the onion and garlic, chop them separately. Chop the red chilli. Dice the smoked pork belly and cook it in boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain.

5. In a saucepan, brown the onion, garlic and pork belly in oil for 3 minutes without colouring. Add the brèdes and the chopped dried chilli, season with salt and pepper. Cover and stew for 10-12 minutes on low heat. Correct seasoning.

6. Serve this chicken and prawn fricassée with the stewed Chinese brèdes, plain white rice or bread.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your comments and pictures of your own chicken and prawn fricassée. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

You can also purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and 50 more from our online store.