Recipe: Coconut cake from Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try making this delicious coconut cake from Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.  Simple to make, it’s perfect served with vanilla ice cream.

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, photo taken by Sandro Rizzetto

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, photo taken by Sandro Rizzetto

Ingredients

  • 250g grated coconut
  • 250g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 60g self raising flour
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 sprig of vanilla

1. Cream together the butter with the sugar.
2. Break the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Add the egg yolks one by one to the butter mix. Then add the grated coconut, flour and condensed milk, mix well.
3. Line a round cake or sponge in, t12 cm in diameter, with aluminum foil and butter the bottom and sides.
4. Pour in the cake mix and bake. Cook for one hour at 150°C. Check the cake is cooked with the tip of a knife, the blade must be kept clean.
5. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely before taking it out of the tin.
6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cinnamon.

Find out more about Spotlight: Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina.

Student plays golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage to raise money for charity

Student Matt Balmer raised over 2600 Euro for a Mauritian charity when he played at the Mauritius Golf Open in December 2011.

Matt Balmer and family presenting charity donation to Centre Joie de Vivre, Mauritius

Matt presents his donation to Centre Joie de Vivre

This summer, Matt returned to Constance Belle Mare Plage with his family to donate the money to Joie de Vivre, a special educational needs centre on the island.

In his own words, here’s Matt’s inspiring story.

I have been coming to Mauritius on holiday for the last 15 years with my family. We always stay at Belle Mare Plage.

Since I was 5 years old I have wanted to play in the Pro Am at the Mauritius Golf Open and in December 2011 my dream came true.

When I knew I was coming to the MGO, I decided to try to raise some money for charity – the Berkshire Autistic Society in the UK, and the Centre Joie de Vivre in Mauritius because my Mum was part of the Pink Ladies golf team that raised money for the centre 8 years ago.

Raising sponsorship

I got sponsorship from friends and family, and Constance Hotels kindly donated a 5 night stay at Constance Belle Mare Plage at auction.

I raised a good amount of money and donated 2,600 Euros to the centre in Mauritius while on holiday this summer.

I currently attend Cranleigh School in Surrey, UK and am studying for my A levels. I hope to go to Birmingham University to follow my passion for golf, and do an Applied Golf Management degree.

When I leave school next year, I want to take a gap year and hope to come back to Mauritius with a friend to do some voluntary work for Centre Joie de Vivre.

Find out more about golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Constance Memories photo competition winners

We’ve just announced all the winners of our Constance Memories photo competition.

Photo by Marek Kluznick, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Photo by Marek Kluznick, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Of the thousands of beautiful photographs the Constance community sent in to the competition, we’ve chosen winners for the following categories.

Best 3 photos of the last decade:

  • Marek Kluzniak
  • Angel Gomila
  • Nicole Petsa

Winners of each category

Winner of Design & Architecture:
Sven Goelles

Winner of Family:
Fabrice Tourres

Winner of Food, drink and entertainment:
Charbel Bou Serhal

Photo taken by Charbel Bou Serhal at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Photo taken by Charbel Bou Serhal at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Winner of Spa & Sports:
Juan Pablo Dominguez

Winner of Staff/Behind the scenes:
Stacey Dwyer

Winner of Weddings & Honeymoons:
Tesuo Isazawa

Winner of Beach, Nature & Wildlife:
Jorn Moraal

Winner of Excursions:
Ralf Grosseboerger

Winner of prize draw:
Laura Paterson

Visit our Facebook page to see all the photos – Constance Memories winners album.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone for sending us your wonderful memories of holidays at Constance. We hope you can visit us again in the Indian Ocean soon.

In the meantime, we’ll be running more competitions in the near future – and publishing your photos in lots of exciting ways. Watch this space.

And remember you can post your holiday photos at any time to the Constance Facebook wall.

 

The Times tips Constance Le Prince Maurice ‘best for spa breaks’

Constance Le Prince Maurice has been tipped as the best hotel for spa breaks on Mauritius by The Times newspaper this weekend.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Suites on stilts at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Following a major refurbishment at the hotel, Spa de Constance is the must-go spa destination on the island with a range of new offerings including treatments designed by renowned foot guru Brice Nicham, famed among the Manhattan glitterati and celebrities around the world.

The new Sisley spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice offers a range of treatments including phyto-aromatic facials for men and women, including the hugely popular anti-ageing range, and body treatments that enhance vitality and target areas prone to loss of firmness and tone.

Other spa highlights include the new warming rum d’esprit body scrub, made from tamarind salt, cinnamon, sugarcane and rum.

Le Prince Maurice is redefining the way hotels deliver the luxury experience.

Quietly discreet and delightfully grown up, Le Prince offers a romantic getaway where you can laugh, love and reconnect.

Read the article 10 best places to stay on Mauritius on The Times website.

Find out more on the Constance Le Prince Maurice website.

 

Recipe: Cocktail from Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Try this delicious tropical cocktail from the idyllic Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Tsarabanjina Cocktail

Tsarabanjina Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime cut in pieces
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 4cl white rum
  • 2cl blue curaçao
  • Ice

1. Put the pieces of lime into the glass and press them in the sugar.
2. Add white rum, blue curaçao and ice.
3. Decorate the rim of the glass with the sugar and a slice of lime.

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Dream wedding at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The high-end paradise resort of Constance Le Prince Maurice created the stunning backdrop for the wedding of David and Carina Billam.

David and Carina Billam at Constance Le Prince Maurice

David and Carina Billam

David, an officer with the British Royal Navy, and his wife Carina were our second guests to check-in following the refurbishment at the resort.

When David and Carina started researching resorts for their forthcoming marriage they knew they wanted somewhere that exuded a discreet elegance and luxury.

What made us choose Le Prince Maurice
‘We chose Le Prince Maurice due to its understated luxury. From trawling the internet it appeared to be a discreet, luxurious and romantic location. The wedding package provided everything we needed as well as allowing for extras that we both wanted at a reasonable price.

In addition recommendations from travel agents were nothing but outstanding, it was sold to us as one of the top hotels in Mauritius – which it quite obviously is.’

On arriving at the resort the couple were struck by the warm welcome they received. ‘The lobby was incredibly impressive and we were instantly greeted by both the General Manager and the General Resort Manager, both of whom were so welcoming it gave us the impression that we were being welcomed by a long lost family.’

The staff made all the difference
The couple were delighted with the beauty of the resort but reserve their strongest praise for the staff who made their stay so enjoyable.

‘The hotel was truly reflected by the photos we viewed online, although in reality it’s far more beautiful. The location and scenery are amazing and certainly put a smile on your face each day but what keeps that smile there is everyone who works here. It feels like people are kind from the bottom of their hearts and it doesn’t make you feel that people are being wonderful purely because they are paid to be.’

David and Carina Billam on the beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Romance on the beach

The Billams were offered the opportunity to upgrade to a villa at Constance Belle Mare Plage, ‘Carina and I said no, purely for the fact that we would have missed the people at Le Prince Maurice.’

Quality in every sense
When the couple were at home dreaming about their wedding and honeymoon they imagined the luxury of ‘being able to enjoy each other’s company with no consideration for home and the stresses that work brings.’ And that is exactly what they found at Le Prince Maurice.

‘Every morning we woke up to the most incredible breakfast buffet. If the weather was promising we’d head to the beach and spend the hours tanning up and relaxing in the sun. In the evening we’d enjoy the incredible selection of food on offer – our personal favourite is the Asian tapas cooked by Li Junwei. On other days we visited the market in Flacq, the capital Port Louis and took a day trip to Ile Aux Cerfs.’

What they hoped for from their idyllic wedding location was a world of elegant luxury, ‘quality in every sense,’ which, as they describe, ‘is exactly what is delivered at Constance Le Prince Maurice.’

Find out more 

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Or read about weddings and honeymoons at Constance Hotels Experience.