Weekly roundup, 18-22 July 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.

Competitions

Sea anemone, Maldives

Sea anemone, Maldives

Name that sea creature: win champagne, perfume and wine

Our latest competition has been a huge success. We asked for your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures, featured in photos on the blog. They live in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli in the Maldives. Deadline: Friday 22 July.

Culinary

Recipe: Dark chocolate tart served warm with ginger milk foam

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 this delicious dessert from the Constance kitchen – it’s a chocoholic delight, and the ginger milk foam will wow your dinner guests.

Insider tips

Catwalk model in bikini

Summer wardrobe tips

Top tips for your holiday wardrobe

Our wardrobe tips from the experts, including Vogue.com and Style.com, will have you packing the sass in time for your holidays.

News and events

Constance Hotels Experience Sommeliers at VinExpo 2011, France

Our top sommeliers travel the world to find the best wines for our guests. Find out about their trip to the VinExpo 2011 in Bordeaux.

Inspiration

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Luxury golf holidays in paradise

Our 3 championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles are a big draw for our guests. Get the low down on each course, and find out how you can book golf lessons and tee times before you even board your plane.

Recipe: Dark chocolate tart served warm with ginger milk foam

Try this delicious dessert from the Constance kitchen – it’s a chocoholic delight, and the ginger milk foam will wow your dinner guests.

Ginger root

Fiery ginger root

Serves 4
Preparation time:
1 hour
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Steeping time: 20 minutes
Refrigerating time: 2 and a half hours

Ingredients:

For the pâte sucrée
75g soft butter
40g icing sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg
125g flour

For the ginger milk foam
15g fresh ginger
25cl milk
40g sugar
2 leaves gelatin

For the chocolate moelleux
100g good quality plain chocolate
80g butter + some for spreading in tins
2 eggs
80g sugar
20g sifted plain flour
1tsp baking powder
10g powdered cocoa

1. Make the pâte sucrée: in a large bowl, mix the butter, icing sugar, salt and egg until smooth. Add flour, mix well, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Make the ginger milk: scrape the ginger with a knife, wash it and dice if finely. Scald the milk with the sugar and ginger, take off the heat, cover and let rest for 20 minutes.

3. In a bowl, soak the gelatine in very cold water until soft.

4. Pour the ginger milk through a fine sieve. While it’s still hot, add the drained gelatin. Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 hour. The ginger milk should set like a custard.

5. Make the chocolate moelleux: chop the chocolate, put it in a bowl and melt it in a microwave oven for 10 minutes at low temperature. Add the butter and melt for 5 more minutes. Whisk eggs and sugar and add them to the chocolate. Sift the flour with the baking powder and the cocoa powder, add them to the previous mixture, mixing with a spatula. Cover with clingfilm, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

6. Preheat oven to 140ºC. Make the tartlets.

7. Roll out the dough (pâte sucrée) and put it in lightly buttered tartlet tins. Prick the dough with a fork to prevent it from puffing up in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool.

8. Use a tablespoon to divide the moelleux batter into the tartlet crusts. Bake again for 12 minutes, raising the oven temperature to 180ºC. Do not overcook – the middle should still be runny.

9. Meanwhile, in a blender, emulsify the ginger milk with 2 or 3 ice cubes. It should dobule in bulk and be cool and light. Divide the foamy ginger milk into small glasses and serve with warm tartlets.

Top tips for your holiday wardrobe

If your holiday is looming and you still haven’t hit the shops for this season’s must haves, fear not. These tips from the experts will have you looking like a beach-fit babe in no time.

Catwalk model wearing bikini

Glam up your beach wardrobe

1. Red Editor, Sam Baker offers up her top fashion sites as she searches for the perfect holiday wardrobe in the middle of sale season.

Read Sam Baker’s Hunt for the Holiday Wardrobe at Red Online.

2. Vogue - if it’s beachwear you’re after, check out Vogue’s guide to swimwear trends in 2011. Big news this summer are 60s and 70s inspired bikinis and maillots (swimsuits) in daring nude. Think Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor.

  • Swap your kaftan for a maxi dress.
  • Don a scarf or over-sized beach hat.
  • Tuck your toes into a pair of metallic sandals.

Get the scoop on what to wear on the beach with Vogue.com’s ‘Surf’s up’

Anya Hindmarch three pocket bag

Anya Hindmarch three pocket bag

3. Anya Hindmarch’s designer bags are a huge hit with the jet set. Style Passport gives the lowdown on Anya’s top 5 must-haves when packing to go away. There’s a Valorie clutch bag in her suitcase. Find out what else with Wear in the World Anya Hindmarch.

4. The Resort Collection is big news these days for fashion designers. Collections hit the shops in November – just in time for the great Indian Ocean get-away.

Key trends for the coming year include:

  • lace in rainbow colours
  • tribal design
  • neon
  • nautical

Stay ahead with Style.com’s spotlight on the key resort trends emerging for 2012.

5. The Sartorialist – for general fashion inspiration , look no further than The Sartorialist. Since launching the blog in 2005, Scott Schuman’s street style shots have catapulted him to fame. Time magazine has named him one of the biggest design influencers today.

See for yourself, a world of style according to The Sartorialist.

Why not tell us what your fashion must-pack is when you’re heading off on a beach holiday. You can get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Constance Hotels Experience Sommeliers at VinExpo 2011, France

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Vinexpo, 2011

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Vinexpo, 2011

At Constance Hotels, wine is a key feature of our special culinary spirit. We have some of the best sommeliers working with us, and our wine menu includes wines from small vineyards that you can’t find anywhere else.

Last month, some of our sommeliers attended the 10th VinExpo in Bordeaux, France. They were:

Take a look at our culinary section for more information about recipes and wine from Constance Hotels.

Luxury golf holidays in paradise

Lemuria Golf Course

Take in the view at Lemuria Golf Course

If you’re looking for a luxury golf holiday in an idyllic location, Constance Hotels Experience offers 3 championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Imagine having free access to a top quality golf course, while staying at a luxury beachside resort set against a beautiful tropical backdrop.

Mauritius – two world class golf courses

Constance Belle Mare Plage is located on the East coast of Mauritius, along one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the island.

Golfers at the Legend Golf Course

Golfers at the Legend Golf Course

The Legend Golf Course is an 18 hole course with a par 72. It has superb fairways, and each of the holes has distinctive characteristics set in the heart of an indigenous forest. The greens have been rebuilt using Tif Dwarf grasses to ensure a perfect surface.

The 17th hole (par 3) is in a stunning location and can prove a test for the nerves, looking across the water and trees to the 18th.

Find out more about the holes at Legend and the course map.

The Links Golf Course

The Links Golf Course

The Links Golf Course is the second Constance Belle Mare Plage championship golf course. It was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis, and its 18 hole course measures 5,942m with a par 71. It sits beneath the West facing clubhouse, and is equipped with a practice Fairway.

It’s also the location of the MCB Tour Championship, a key tournament on the European Senior Tour calendar. This year, the championship runs from 5-11 December 2011.

Find out more about the holes at the Links and the course map.

Guests can take advantage of the excellent Marc Farry Golf Academy, where golf pros give individual and group lessons on grip, posture, alignment and ball position.
 
Lemuria Golf Course

Award winning Constance Lemuria Golf Course

 

Seychelles – award winning golf course

Golf enthusiasts can head to the only golf course in the Seychelles at Constance Lémuria Resort.

The award winning 18-hole course is a par 70, and covers an area of 5,556m. It offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

Lémuria Golf borders enchanting beaches along the Small Kerlan Cove and Grand Kerlan Cove, and incorporates a series of waterways with margins of endemic palms and broadleaf woodland.

Find out more about the holes at Lémuria Golf and the course map.

Read more about the golfers’ paradise at Constance Lémuria

Book your lessons or tee time online

Registered hotel guests can use our online concierge service to book your lessons at the golf academy in Mauritius, or your tee time for any of the courses:

 

Team Indian Ocean 3100 arrives in Mauritius

The four-man crew that set out on a record breaking row across the Indian Ocean from arrived at Constance Belle Mare Plage on Thursday 8 July.

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100 after arriving in Mauritius

James Kayll, Ollie and Ed Wells, and Tom Kelly were all given a great welcome by their families and friends, journalists and our Constance staff.

This marked the end of an epic journey across the Indian Ocean, one that only 11 boats had previously completed.

Find out more about the charities the team were supporting, and how Constance Hotels Experience sponsored Team Indian Ocean 3100.