Weekly round-up, 15-21 August 2011

Legends golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legends golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

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.

This week we’ve got championship golf, recipes, beauty tips, expert advice on travel apps and more.

Events

PGA Championship 2011

Keegan Bradley won this week’s 2011 PGA Championship. Catch up on the golf action with our roundup.

Culinary

Recipe: Chilled tomato and green papaya soup with cucumber-coriander salsa

Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.

Blue breakfast at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi offers the ultimate in laid-back beach chic. Their blue breakfast is inspired by the turquoise waters surrounding this Maldivian Jewel Island.

Insider tips

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.

Spa and sport

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 de Constance for this amazing facial treatment.

Inspiration

Mauritius – Top 10 ideas for a day on the water

Here are 10 great ways to discover the sublime waters of the Indian Ocean.

PGA Championship Golf 2011 – round up

Keegan Bradley made a fantastic comeback to win the 2011 PGA Championship, which ran from 11-14 August.

Golf course at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Golf course at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

And if you’re looking for a luxury golf holiday, get the lowdown on what makes a Constance golf holiday in Mauritius and the Seychelles so memorable – luxury golf holidays in paradise.

Recipe: Chilled tomato and green papaya soup with cucumber-coriander salsa

Try our delicious chilled summer soup from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice. Similar to gazpacho, this soup includes tropical papaya and hot red chilli.

Mauritian chilled tomato and green papaya soup

Mauritian chilled tomato and green papaya soup

Serves 4 
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 30  minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 kg small, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green papaya
  • 1 small fresh red chilli
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50 cl tomato juice
  • salt and pepper

For the salsa

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 sprigs coriander
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 level tsp cumin seeds
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

To serve

  • olive oil
  • 4 coriander leaves

1. Peel and chop the garlic and onion. Dip the tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds, then cool them immediately in iced water before peeling them. Halve the tomatoes and remove their seeds.
2. Peel and seed the green papaya. Seed the red bell pepper. Finely dice both.
3. Fry the chopped onion and the halved red chilli in a little olive oil without colouring. Add the chopped garlic, diced bell pepper and papaya, and cook for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and tomato juice, season with salt and pepper. Cook at a slow boil for 20 minutes.
4. Cool this mixture in a deep freezer, then blend it and strain it through a fine sieve into a bowl. Correct seasoning and keep refrigerated.
5. Make the salsa: peel and finely dice the cucumber. Chop the coriander. Mix cucumber, coriander, olive oil, cumin seeds and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.
6. Drop a little salsa in the middle of each soup bowl; pour the chilled soup around it. Add a thin streak of olive oil onto the soup and a coriander leaf on the salsa.

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

Blue breakfast at Constance Moofushi

Start your day with our laid back blue breakfast at Constance Moofushi in the Maldives.

Blue breakfast at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Blue breakfast at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Freshly squeezed tropical juice, homemade breakfast pastries, smoked tuna with green mango and lime chutney, and Chef Blair’s recipe for the ultimate tropical muesli.

And to drink – Ceylan tea, or maybe a perfect expresso.

No shoes, a straw hat… and the fabulous blue water beyond.

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: