Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni

A simple and delicious curry dish from Constance Ephelia, Seychelles ideal for a healthy mid-week meal served with pan fried snapper.

Banana curry, Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Banana curry and snapper

  • 5 big leaves of spinach
  • 400g of banana (in Seychelles we use the St Jacques variety)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 30g chopped onions
  • 10g chopped garlic
  • 10g of chopped ginger
  • 4g  turmeric
  • 4g curry powder
  • 20g green peas
  • 20g of peeled tomato dice
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • Salt pepper to taste

1. Blanch the spinach leaves in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, and cool down immediately in ice cold water. Drain, dry and remove the main stalks  and set aside.

2. Blanch the banana with its skins in boiling water for 30 mins or until soft.

3. Cool down, remove the skin and grate the flesh. Set aside.

4. Sautée garlic, ginger, onion in butter until a light brown colour, add curry leaves, turmeric, curry powder and mix together.

5. Now add the grated banana to the pan and mix well together. At last, add the green peas and tomato.

6. Season to taste.

7. To make the cannelloni, take 1 spinach leaf, place some banana curry on top and roll as cannelloni giving a nice cylinder shape. Cut the edges nicely, and set aside.

8. Serve warm with pan seared snapper fish.

Sounds tempting? Find out more about Constance Ephelia Resort from our website.

 

Sourcing the best wines from South Africa for Constance hotels

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré has been busy this month visiting the Cape Wine event in South Africa, sourcing some of the finest wines to bring back to Constance hotels for you to enjoy.

Jerome Faure and team

Jerome Faure and team sourcing wines in South Africa

Cape Wine is a huge event, with around 450 South African wine makers showcasing their wines.

Accompanying Jerome were Cedric Jacob, Head Sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Sanath Kumar, Sommelier at Constance Moofushi, and Fleur Edel, Head Sommelier at Constance Ephelia.

The team spent 3 days tasting some 600 different wines.

They then travelled to the Swartland region and met with wine makers including Eben Sadie, Andrea & Chris Mullineux, before heading to the Walker bay region, home to Hamilton Russell, Ataraxia, La vierge Winery, Cartology….

Guests visiting our hotels in the Indian Ocean are in for a treat. Jerome said, “After this trip, I can tell you that many South African wines are starting to get better and better, and we have found some really amazing wines.”

What’s your favourite South African wine?

Do you have a favourite South African wine? We’d love to know what it is. You can post comments below or on our Facebook page or follow us @constancehotels on Twitter.

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Cape Wine, South Africa

Sourcing great wines at Cape Wine event

Thrill-seeking adventure at Constance Ephelia

If you’re a thrill seeker looking for adventure in a paradise setting, head to Constance Ephelia.

Zip lining at Constance Ephelia Resort

Zip lining at Constance Ephelia

Set amidst an indigenous forest with gorges, rocky outcrops and views across Port Launay bay are our 8 new zip lines, run by SMAC Adventures.

Already proving hugely popular with holidaymakers looking to try something new, the course is designed to provide guests with an exhilarating experience.

With sessions available every day, you can zip from side to side across a deep mountain gorge descending almost down to sea level.

Take a look at these videos on You Tube for a glimpse of what to expect.

 

Love adrenalin-packed adventure?

Find out about our climbing wall at Constance Ephelia, which includes artificial and natural routes, suitable for all ages from aged 6.

Or visit our website for more information on Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles.

Constance Memories – photos taken by you

We’ve had a fantastic response to our Constance Memories photo competition.

We asked you to send us your photos  from holidays with Constance Hotels Experience since 1975 to the present day.

Constance Moofushi Resort, photo taken by Nicole Petsa

Constance Moofushi Resort, photo taken by Nicole Petsa

We’ve now received thousands of beautiful photographs and captions from our community of Constance fans, and we’re busy publishing them all on our Facebook page.

Once they’re all published, within the next few days, we’ll be announcing the winner of our luxury 7-night holiday to the newly refurbished Constance Le Prince Maurice, as well as the winners of our other fabulous prizes from Valmont, Shiseido and Art de Vignes.

Here’s a taster of some of the photos we’ve received.

And you can view all of them, as they are published, in our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook photo albums page.

 

 

Constance Halaveli Resort, photo taken by Angel Gomila

Constance Halaveli Resort, photo taken by Angel Gomila

 

Constance Ephelia Resort, photo taken by Antonio Garcia Martinez

Constance Ephelia Resort, photo taken by Antonio Garcia Martinez

 

 

Family holidays at Constance Le Prince Maurice, photo taken by Fabrice Tourres

Family holidays at Constance Le Prince Maurice, photo taken by Fabrice Tourres

 

Family delights at Constance Ephélia

Looking for a family holiday destination that combines 5* luxury with a relaxed atmosphere?

Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia

Constance Ephélia Resort is a haven for families, offering space aplenty for your kids to run around yet exuding the sort of boutique-feel you’d expect from a much smaller hotel.

And as a destination, the Seychelles is ideal for families – beautiful beaches to play on, calm warm water brimming with sea-life, delicious fresh food, great weather… the list goes on.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the services we offer for families staying at Ephélia:

Gecko Club
For children aged 4-12 years, our vibrant kids’ club offers a space where children can make new friends, enjoy a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, with an emphasis on fun, creativity and discovery. The club is open from 9am-9pm.

Babysitting service
Ideal for parents with younger children as well as those hankering for some alone time together, our babysitting service is available 24 hours a day.

Kids fun on the beach at Constance Ephelia Resort

Kids playing on the beach at Ephelia

Equipment
Travelling long haul with children can be tiring, so we provide the equipment you need so you can cut back on what you have to pack.

  • Beach toys are available for children to use free of charge, to be returned at the end of each day
  • Nappies available, make your request with reservations prior to arrival
  • Highchairs, buggies, cots and bed linen, reading books, baby monitors and walkie talkies all provided where needed
  • Same day laundry service

Dining
Children’s menus are available in each of our 5 restaurants, along with family friendly eating times. For babies, we make fresh purée.

Children’s activities
Ephélia is situated on a pristine beach, with calm seas ideal for children who want to swim and paddle.

Kids climbing wall at Constance Ephelia Resort

Climbing wall

Even very young children love to try on a snorkel and look at the fish swimming around their toes. Older children can try their hand at diving at our professional dive centre.

Our climbing wall and zip lines are brilliant fun for daring kids, and the centre is open from 9am-4pm.

To top it off, we also have 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, kayaks, pedalloes, fishing trips, and special children’s activities and shows during festive seasons.

Find out more about Constance Ephélia Resort on our website.

Sustainable tourism at Constance Hotels

At Constance Hotels we work hard to protect the environment, natural resources and local cultures of the islands where our resorts are located.

Beach at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We incorporate sustainable thinking into decision-making at all levels throughout our business. Here’s an insight into the way we work:

Local producers

We support local industries and producers including buying locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and other foodstuff.

Read Bruno Le Gac’s interview with Visit Mauritius about regional and sustainable food at Constance.

Landscaping – Constance Ephélia

In October 2011, we were awarded the prestigious Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry awards ceremony, recognising the landscape design of our resort. No small feat when you consider Ephélia is situated in 120 hectares of lush tropical vegetation, perched on a pristine beach, and adjacent to Port Launay Marine National Park.

Find out more about the Landscape Gold Award for Constance Ephélia.

Conserving water and reefscaping at Halaveli

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we produce our own-label still and sparkling mineral water.

Since March 2011, we have been turning tap water into mineral water using our own bottling plant. This has reduced the need for plastic bottles on the resort.

And late last year, we started our coral regrowth programme - to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the resort, and help repair the damage caused by the Tsunami in 2004.

Find out more about our reefscaping programme at Halaveli.

Design at Moofushi

Since it opened in November 2010, Moofushi has been wowing guests with its eco-design and barefoot chic approach to luxury holidaying.

The island’s butterfly design and daring architecture was developed by Jean-Michel d’Unienville (Mauritius) and Marc Hertrich (France). Careful consideration has been taken to preserve the environment through efficient and non-polluting materials.

Find out more about Architecture and Design at Constance Moofushi.

Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria

We run a turtle preservation programme at Constance Lémuria, Praslin Island,Seychelles. The beaches here are important nesting sites for endangered hawksbill and green turtles, who return to the beaches year after year.

Thanks to our turtle programme, and the work of our Turtle Manager, the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles and the local community and hotel guests, we’re seeing an increase in the number of nests each year.

Find out more about our work preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria.

Environmental charter at Constance

Our environmental charter sets out how we work to minimise the impact we have on the surrounding ecosystems and cultures while improving biodiversity, cultural heritage and community development. Here are a few of the ways we are working on this:

Energy

  • use eco-friendly oil and batteries
  • recover energy from air-conditioning systems
  • install solar panels for heating swimming pools

Water

Clearing mangroves at Constance Moofushi Resort

Clearing mangroves and landscaping at Moofushi

  • install water flow regulators on showers
  • recycle grey water for gardening, toilets etc
  • preserve scarce water supply by using a desalination plant

Waste

  • recycle glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic
  • recycle restaurant organic waste and garden green waste
  • support urban and rural clean-up

Biodiversity

  • use organic fertilizers
  • use plants and trees locally adapted
  • take part in local action for the environment

Social responsibility

  • employ local people where possible
  • support local community development projects with funding, time and human resources
  • provide ways for guests to volunteer for local conservation or community development projects

Marine life and reefs

  • inform guests about responsible snorkelling and dive practices towards unique coral reef life
  • improve staff and guest awareness and concern towards littering beach and sea
  • keep boats clean and in proper working order, including regular cleaning of propellers to reduce amount of underwater sound emitted

Want to know more?

Visit our Constance Hotels Experience website to find out more, or tell us what you think. You can post a comment below, or visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @constancehotels.