5 must see sights in Mauritius

With its stunning coastline, dramatic mountainous interior, vibrant culture and spectacular coral reefs, Mauritius offers visitors so much to see you may need to keep coming back.

Top 5 sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Must see sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Here are our pick of 5 must see sights in Mauritius.

1. Casela National Park

Whether you choose to hike through it, quad bike over it, take a Segway tour or fly through the air on one of the many ziplines which criss-cross the Casela National Park there is plenty to see and do here. Adventurers can try canyoning, rock climbing or just swimming in one of the many natural pools while nature enthusiasts can enjoy an African safari including a walk with lions.

2. The Coral Garden off Grand Bay

A stunning treat for keen scuba divers, large natural rock structures appear as giant underwater steps adorned by a variety of hard and soft corals including the spectacular gorgonian fan coral. This is a perfect site for spotting larger marine species including stingrays, eagle rays, titan triggerfish and even nurse sharks.

3. Port Louis Market

No trip to Mauritius would be complete without exploring the vibrant bustling life of Port Louis’ daily food market. Mix with local Mauritians as they buy fresh fish, meat, spices, fruit and vegetables and be sure to sample some of the delicious street food on sale like the famous gateaux piments (fried chilli cakes).

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

4. The view from Le Pouce (Mauritius’ tallest peak)

With 360º views around the island including a stunning view over the capital Port Louis, a hike up Le Pouce (part of the Moka mountain range) is a must for the more adventurous visitor. Despite its height of 811m, the walk is a relatively easy one, making it a perfect day trip for those looking for an alternative to lounging in the sun.

5. Rochester Falls

This stunning waterfall of clear, fresh water tumbling down dramatic lava cliffs is a perfect spot for swimming and picnicking. Those brave enough can prove themselves by diving from the falls into the deep pool below.

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5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

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Recipe: Red snapper with Creole sauce

Savour the authentic flavours of the Seychelles with this spicy creole fish recipe from Constance Lémuria.

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp butter
  • ¾ celery stick
  • ½ onion
  • ½ green pepper (chopped)
  • Garlic
  • 1 large tin tomatoes
  • 5 fresh bay leaves
  • ½tsp chilli powder
  • ½tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½tsp pepper
  • 3-4 whole fish
  • 2tbsp lemon juice

Method

1. Prepare the Creole sauce by sautéing the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until golden, approximately 5 minutes).

2. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaf, chilli powder, salt, sugar and pepper and bring to the boil while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until thickened.

3. While sauce is simmering, line a roasting pan with buttered foil and place fish in the pan. Pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice over the fish.

4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Pour 1 cup of sauce over the fish. Bake, basting, for a further 10 minutes.

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A foodie journey into Indian Ocean Cuisine

The island nations of the Indian Ocean are united in a cuisine inspired by the rich scents and flavours of the spice route, the influences of their African neighbours and a variety of settlers from across the globe.

Indian Ocean cuisine

Indian Ocean cuisine

The food of Mauritius, Maldives, Madagascar and Seychelles are all infused with culinary traditions which stretch from India and Asia to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Each of these nations has drawn these rich international influences into their own unique national cuisine to create a heaven of gastronomic discovery for the foodie traveller.

Take our tour of Indian Ocean cuisine.

Mauritius

With its rich culinary history, Mauritian cuisine is inspired by the array of fresh produce which grows on this lush, fertile island as well as the seafood caught in its clear, calm waters.

Settlers from India, Africa and China and its past as a French colony mean that you are likely to enjoy croissants alongside samosas for breakfast and dim sum or fish vindaye (a curry to rival the Indian vindaloo) for lunch.

The favourite flavours in Mauritian cuisine come from the gentle heat of chillies such as the cari chilli, turmeric, garlic, tamarind, ginger and vanilla (most of which are grown on the island). Chilli is so popular in Mauritius that it is even sprinkled on pineapple and sold as a popular street food.

Seychelles

The Creole cuisine of the Seychelles is a blend of African, French, Chinese and Indian influences warm with spices and rich with flavour.

Historically the colonial producer of spices for the British Empire the Seychelles has a tradition of food flavoured by chilli, garlic, ginger and cinnamon.

The Indian Ocean also plays a central role in Creole cuisine with seafood flavoured by Seychellois spices including lemongrass (citonel), chilli (pima) and onions (la ke onyon).

Another key ingredient are the luscious tropical fruits which grow on the islands including mango, pineapple, banana and passion fruit.

Seafood in the Seychelles

Seafood in the Seychelles

Maldives

Ninety-nine per cent of the Maldives is ocean so fishing is at the heart of this nation of small islands which explains why seafood plays such a major role in Maldivian cuisine.

Largely influenced by neighbours in India and Asia, the Maldivians have embraced many traditional Indian and Asian dishes such as curries and laksas and adapted them into uniquely Maldivian dishes.

Tuna plays an important role in Maldivian cuisine with tuna curry proving one of the nation’s favourite dishes. Fresh tuna soup (garudhiya) made with hot chillies and onion is another spicy favourite.

Madagascar

The food, like the wildlife, on Madagascar is vibrant and unique with influences largely from France, Africa and Asia.

Almost every meal in Madagascar is made up of rice (vary) and an accompanying dish (known as laoka) of fresh seafood, zebu (meat from a local cattle) or vegetables.

Madagascan cuisine is flavoured with local spices including cloves, vanilla, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg and curry powder with onion, garlic and tomato added to create rich, warm flavours.

Madagascans like their food hot and often add sakay (a pepper sauce) to what they’re eating to turn up the heat.

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Mark Davis battles windy conditions to win SSE Scottish Senior Open

Wind was Mark Davis’ major adversary at the SSE Scottish Senior Open but the gusts of over 25 miles an hour couldn’t stop him from finishing five under par to win the title.

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The win was the Englishman’s first victory on the European Senior Tour after only three starts and makes him the sixth youngest winner in Senior Tour history.

The SSE Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St Andrews brings the European Senior Tour a step closer to its finale, the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Despite the win, Colin Montgomerie remains at the head of the European Senior Tour order of merit.

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Summer cocktails

No matter where you are this summer nothing creates a holiday vibe like serving up a selection of cool cocktails to share with friends.

For a splash of inspiration try some of these light fresh summer cocktails inspired by the warm sunshine and tropical flavours of the Indian Ocean.

The Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail

The Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail

Apple Pie Amore

A fresh blend of vodka, apple, lime and vanilla syrup from Constance Belle Mare Plage.

The Nature

Champagne, vodka, liqueur and lemon sweetened by sugar cane give this cocktail from Constance Le Prince Maurice a tropical flavour.

Flaming Mai Tai

Watch this classic cocktail prepared by one of our expert mixologists on YouTube.

Cocktail from Constance Tsarabanjina

Imagine yourself on a white-sand beach watching a Madagascan sunset as you sip this tropical cocktail of lime, rum and blue curaçao.

Strawberry cucumber champagne cocktail

This light, refreshing champagne cocktail from Constance Halaveli is the perfect summer tipple.

Feel inspired?

If these delicious cocktail recipes have caught your imagination why not hone your mixology skills with a masterclass in cocktail making at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

The hour-long lesson at the beautiful Jing bar will teach you the basics, perfecting your skills in mixing classic cocktails as well as any favourites you may have.

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