Top 5 reasons to go to the Seychelles

Indulge in a luxury winter getaway to the Seychelles this year and swap short, cold days of the northern hemisphere for those spent soaking up warm sunshine. Temperatures average 29–31ºC with up to seven hours of sunlight a day. Here are our top reasons to go the Seychelles this year.

Relax on the beach at Constance Ephélia

Relax on the beach at Constance Ephélia

1. The perfect time to explore the ocean

Throughout October and November the winds are at their calmest around the Seychelles creating the kind of calm waters and clear visibility – up to 30 metres – that divers dream of. Water temperatures average between 27–29ºC.

A special treat for divers between October and January are sightings of the gentle giant of the ocean – the magnificent whale shark.

2. Big game fishing

Because of the calmer waters this is also the ideal time to fish the teeming waters of the Seychelles. Pit your wits against Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Blue Marlin and Sailfish in conditions perfect for this high-octane sports fishing.

3. Experience one of the miracles of nature

October to February is turtle-nesting season in the Seychelles when the rare, endangered hawksbill and green turtles return to the same beaches – including the beach at Constance Lémuria on Praslin – to lay their eggs.

Take a trip to Bird Island in December and January and experience one of the only places where the hawksbill turtle can be observed nesting during the day.

4. Celebrate Creole culture at the Festival Kreol

A turtle nesting at Constance Lémuria

A turtle nesting at Constance Lémuria

The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, has been nominated the capital of the Creole World. To celebrate the town holds an annual festival in November which attracts Creole people from across the world.

As well as food stalls, music and dancing, this year’s festival will be celebrating Creole music with a ‘serenade march’ through the streets of Victoria. Local Creole stars will sing as the procession of dancers and spectators moves through the town.

5. Constance in the Seychelles

For the ultimate Seychelles getaway, Constance Lémuria on the small island of Praslin is a tranquil paradise with access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Constance Ephélia on Mahé is a family-friendly luxury holiday resort, offering a raft of activities and set into the stunning scenery of the Port Launay National Marine Park.

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Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor to create gala lunch at Constance Ephelia

We are excited to announce that Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor will be visiting Constance Ephélia in October to create a gala lunch.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Working with the Indian High Commission we have been able to tempt India’s most famous chef to the shores of the Seychelles to create a stunning Indian banquet for guests on Sunday 6 October.

Best Chef of India

Famous for his recipe books and television show, Chef Kapoor also has his own TV food channel, FoodFood.

Chef Kapoor has made it his life’s mission to keep the traditions of Indian cooking alive. As a result he has received many accolades including being named ‘Best Chef of India’ by the Indian government and representing the country at the 2012 World Association of Chefs Societies.

Chef Kapoor’s work in India and beyond

Chef Kapoor has also played an important role in improving cooking and hygiene standards across the developing world. He was Indian Ambassador for the United Nation’s Clean Cookstoves campaign, and continues to work empowering Indian women to start up their own businesses as well as fighting to improve food standards in schools.

Find out more

  • Follow Chef Sanjeev Kapoor on his blog
  • Get a comprehensive guide to cooking Indian food and a list of mouth-watering recipes at www.sanjeevkapoor.com

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Shiseido spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At the Shiseido Spas at Constance, guests are invited to indulge in treatments designed to harmonise the wellbeing of the body with the wellbeing of the mind.

Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia

Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia

This holistic approach is centred around Shiseido’s famous Qi treatments, concentrating on balancing the vital energy which runs through us all.

By blending Eastern traditions and philosophies with Western science and technology, Shiseido are able to offer a menu of treatments which create a complete sensation of wellbeing both inside and out.

Shiseido is available at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria.

Shiseido’s Japanese Beauty Paradise

Pamper yourself with Shiseido’s two-hour signature treatment in the outdoor Shiseido Pavilion at Lémuria. The treatment begins with a Japanese foot ritual, followed by an invigorating back scrub and steam then a deep back, neck and shoulder massage. The treatment concludes with a sublime 75 minute Qi facial.

Kuroho Body Bliss

Feel yourself revived and refreshed following this two-hour treatment at Belle Mare Plage which involves a full body exfoliation, cleanse and polish to leave skin feeling flawless. Then relax with a Qi body massage and application of Shiseido’s famous replenishing body cream.

Nourishing Bathing Ceremony

Relaxing at the Shiseido Spa

Relaxing at the Shiseido Spa

The ultimate indulgence and path to complete relaxation, this treatment begins with a Japanese foot bath ritual and body exfoliation before immersing yourself into the beautifully fragranced Japanese hydro-therapy bath at Ephélia. Breathe in scents of green tea, cherry blossom and silken rice before emerging for a full body massage and application of Shiseido’s Ultimate Nourishing Body Cream.

What our beauty therapists say

Following a recent Shiseido Spa training day we asked our Shiseido therapists what they thought about the luxury skincare brand. This is what they told us:

  • ‘Before I encountered Shiseido, I didn’t really know how to take care of my skin and my wellbeing.’
  • ‘Once you discover Shiseido, there’s no going back…’
  • ‘Shiseido is the master of beauty which brings magic to your skin.’
  • ‘I am proud to be part of the Shiseido family.’
  • ‘Shiseido = oxygen, necessary for life, health and wellbeing.’
  • ‘A special brand full of positive philosophy.’
  • ‘Shiseido understands every client’s needs.’

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Top blogger Jozilicious gives Le Prince Maurice a rave review

South African blogger, Jozilicious visited Le Prince Maurice for a long weekend and was blown away by the luxurious accommodation, 5* service and a sumptuous fish curry.

5* service at Constance Le Prince Maurice

5* service at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Jozilicious can’t get enough of Constance. Having visited Ephélia and Lémuria already she was keen to visit Le Prince Maurice, and was certainly not disappointed.

‘The thing I realised after staying at Le Prince Maurice is that it wasn’t Seychelles we loved, it was Constance. The values embodied by this brand are carried through in all the resorts and the experience is just far superior to most other hotel brands. The staff are among the most hospitable I’ve ever come across in all my travels.’

From being met at the airport by a private X5 to the pillow menu in her room to the willingness of the restaurant staff to prepare her favourite dish which was not on the menu, Jozilicious was wowed by the level of service.

She claimed staff at the hotel, ‘love what they do and really care about making your stay comfortable for you – whether this means arranging a packed breakfast for you to eat en route to an early morning flight, or cooking your favourite meal at dinner. They realise that people are individuals and have different needs and nothing is ever too much to ask of them.’

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Sunday Times recommends a September break at Tsarabanjina and Ephélia

Tempting you to make the glorious summer months last a little bit longer, in this week’s Sunday Times Chris Haslam recommends booking a September break in the sun.

A September break at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A September break at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Resorts Haslam recommends for a last blast of warmth before autumn arrives in the Northern hemisphere include Constance Tsarabanjina in Madagascar and Constance Ephélia in the Seychelles.

Describing the laid back vibe of Tsarabanjina, basking in 25°C sunshine, Haslam declares, ‘The choice of activities is almost endless: you can lie in a hammock, go snorkeling, read a book, lie in a hammock, go snorkeling or circumnavigate the island in 45 minutes.’

He claims the Seychelles is also the perfect September getaway (average temperature 27°C with, ‘white beaches, sapphire seas, coconut palms and superb seafood.’

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Recipe: Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Seychellois spices and tropical fruits combine to bring out the delicious flavour of duck in this popular recipe from Constance Ephelia.

Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Ingredients

The meat:

  • 8 duck legs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5g honey
  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 1 litre duck stock
  • 1 long pepper

1. Prepare, trim and season the duck legs with salt and pepper.

2. Brown them in a cast iron pan with a little oil, adding the garlic, cinnamon stick, long pepper, chopped onion and cloves. Let it all sweat for 5 minutes.

3. Take the grease off and add the honey, deglazing with the soy sauce and moistening with the duck stock.

4. Boil it and skim off the impurities. put the lid on and put it in the oven at 160˚C for about an hour and a half.

5. At the end of the cooking, take the meat out and reduce the braising liquid to three-quarters in order to obtain a syrupy sauce.

6. Put the duck legs in the sauce and keep them hot.

The garnish:

  • 2 Victoria pineapples
  • Dark Muscovado sugar
  • 200g smoked bacon/lard
  • 4 medium onions
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • Five Pepper Mixture: as required
  • Flat leaf parsley

1. Boil the smoked bacon/lard for an hour. Drain it and set it aside.

2. peel and cut the pineapple into quarters and trim the ends. Put the trimmings in a juicer to obtain some fresh juice.

3. Heat the Muscovado sugar in a pan, caramelise them in a pan, salt the quarters and deglaze them with pineapple juice. Then glaze them once more with some good juice. Store them.

4. Cut the onions into quarters, caramelise them in a pan, salt them and moisten them with the chicken stock and put them in the oven at 160˚C for about 25 minutes. Store it all.

5. Fry the parsley sprigs and set them aside.

Finishing and presentation

Put two duck legs on each plate. Add two pineapple wedges, two pieces of smoked bacon and reduce the braising liquid and finish off with the mixture of five peppers and fried parsley.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold dry white wine:

  • Alsace Sonnenglanz Grand Cru, Trapet Gewurtztraminer, 2007 France
  • Hermitage blanc, Domaine Marc Sorrel, 2005 France