The Sunday Times puts Mauritius in its Ultimate 100 holidays

The Sunday Times puts Constance Le Prince Maurice in its 100 Ultimate holidays

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Sunday Times this week names Mauritius, and in particular Constance Le Prince Maurice, as good value for money in its guide to the best holidays in 2014.

The paper describes Mauritius as a destination of choice for those looking for a relaxing luxury holiday at a reasonable price where ‘five-star holidays on the Indian Ocean island (are) cheaper than a four-star holiday in the Med’.

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Gastronomy holidays in the Indian Ocean 2014

One of the hot holiday trends for foodies in 2014 is the gourmet holiday, a chance to combine a trip abroad with the very finest food experience.

Gastronomy holidays at Constance

Gastronomy holidays at Constance

The islands of the Indian Ocean have long had a tradition of delicious food infused with the flavours and heat of local herbs and spices but it took the development of luxury hotels and restaurants in the area to create a gastronomic fusion of traditional and European cuisines.

It is this development which has made discovering the local flavours of countries like Mauritius, Madagascar, Maldives and the Seychelles, a fine-dining treat for the foodie traveller.

Traditional flavours with a culinary twist

At Constance, our classically trained, world-class chefs are at the very centre of this passion for culinary adventure taking the traditional spices and flavours of the islands and merging them with European traditions of haute cuisine.

So at Constance Moofushi in the Maldives our chefs took the traditional Maldivian fisherman’s dish of tuna curry and gave it a Constance twist while at Constance Belle Mare Plage the chefs have turned the popular Mauritius fruit, the Chinese guava, into a sorbet served with a local palm kernel salad.

Fresh high-quality ingredients

Our passion for creating the very best dishes begins with the sourcing of fresh ingredients and, where possible, this means sourcing things locally from the vibrant markets or direct from local fishermen.

Our chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice were even able to track down an Italian cheese-maker who had settled in Mauritius and is passionate about making the very best cacioricotta cheese from local goats’ and cows’ milk to use in their restaurant’s ravioli cacioricotta.

East meets West

At Constance Halaveli’s fine-dining Jing restaurant East meets West in sumptuous style as chefs create fusion dishes such as Red Thai Curry Cappuccino, coffee and anise spiced duck and the delicious desert of mango sticky rice.

A celebration of local culinary traditions

Experience local food, prepared in a traditional way by our world-class chefs and you’ll discover the very best of local island cuisine.

Chefs at Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles recently set about restoring the popularity of the traditional Creole ingredient brède mouroum, the leaves from the moringa tree, by using it as a garnish to their Creole fish broth.

Respect for local culinary traditions is also taken very seriously by our chefs at Constance Tsarabanjina. Our head chef describes the preparation of the national dish Romazava as being like a ritual which no one is allowed to disturb and he is proud to share it with guests of all nationalities.

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Cocktail: Tongasoa fresh juice

A new year offers the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Try our delicious Tongasoa fresh juice, a non alcoholic cocktail from Constance Tsarabanjina, that will definitely put a smile on your face.

Tongasoa fresh juice

Tongasoa fresh juice

Ingredients

  • 10 cl of passion fruits
  • 10 cl pineapple
  • 10 cl goyave
  • 2 cl grenadine
  • 7 cl mango juice
  • 1 banana
  • 2 slices of ginger

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3 tips to building a new health and fitness regime

January is the perfect time to get back in control of your health and fitness after the blow out of the festive season.

Health and fitness - Yoga on the beach

Health and fitness – Yoga on the beach

Kick-starting that change and then maintaining motivation are two major barriers to success.

Consider taking a break from it all and give your energy levels a boost with a blast of winter sun at one of our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

With fresh, healthy food prepared daily, fully equipped fitness suites, personal trainers, sumptuous spas and adrenalin-pumping water sports a Constance holiday can provide the ideal environment to take a new approach to your wellbeing.

Guidance from a personal trainer

Talk to one of our personal trainers about your health and fitness needs and goals. They can then design a program specifically for you and will be on hand throughout your stay to guide you through it.

You decide whether you want a program based in our high tech fitness suites, in the privacy of your villa or out in the open air with a beach workout, tennis or swimming.

Team spirit

Wellbeing can be about more than fitness – it can be about making connections with others and having fun too. Our fitness classes offer the opportunity to make friends and have fun while you get fit.

Watersports at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Watersports at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Join Isabelle Lamant for aquagym classes in the pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice or try Inyangar Flex classes at Constance Lémuria. And for couples, strengthen your bond with a Thai-yoga massage workshop at Constance Moofushi.

Outdoor adventure

Just being outside in the sunshine boosts your vitamin D levels and gives you more energy. At Constance you can try a range of adrenalin activities including water-skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, scuba diving, catamaran sailing and windsurfing.

Staff at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar offer guided nature walks around the island or you can take in the breathtaking beauty of world renowned Anse Georgette with a guided sunset walk at Constance Lémuria. Guests at Constance Ephélia can take a kayak tour of the mangrove forests surrounding the resort.

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The Sunday Times Travel Magazine recommends Constance Hotels & Resorts

The Sunday Times Travel magazine recommends Constance Hotels and Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles.

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Their Total Guide to the Indian Ocean, February edition, looks at the finest that the region has to offer.

In Gemma Taylor’s fascinating article on wildlife in the Seychelles she describes how even while staying in the luxury hotel of Constance Lémuria on Praslin, it is possible to engage with the beautiful wildlife of the country.

‘Look past the (admittedly breathtaking) golf course here and you’ll find a Jurassic paradise, with curvaceous pools sculpted Thunderbirds-style into granite.’

Taylor recommends, ‘Come in January and you can coo over turtle hatchlings scampering to the sea. Book yourself villa four or five – fabulously described as ‘the maternity ward’ – at Constance Lémuria and you may even spy some of the leathery tots in your garden.’

She also recommends visiting nearby Cousin island, a 10 minute boat-ride from Praslin, which she describes as ‘an aviary Eden’.

The magazine’s Total Guide to Mauritius describes Constance Le Prince Maurice as a grown-up hotel with some of the friendliest staff on the island. It goes on to say ‘the hotel’s beach is one of the most sheltered on Mauritius’.

Constance Moofushi also gets a recommendation in the magazine’s guide to the Maldives with its luxurious all-inclusive Crystal package. The magazine says, ‘Once you’ve factored in arranging and paying for transfers, it really does make sense to go with an inclusive package.’

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  • Visit our website to find out more about all 7 of our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar and to check booking availability – Constance Hotels and Resorts.

 

5 tips for travel inspiration 2014

Get inspired for 2014 and find out what you could look forward to in the coming months at Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Travel inspiration - Diving at Constance Moofushi

Travel inspiration – Diving at Constance Moofushi

1. Challenge yourself to a wild adventure in dramatic locations

Take yourself out of your comfort zone and try diving with sharks in the Maldives at Constance Moofushi, rock climbing in the Seychelles at Constance Ephélia or landing a marlin off the shores of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

2. Take a digital detox

The appeal of a digital detox continues to gather pace. At the Robinson Crusoe style island of Constance Tsarabanjina, you can cast yourself away and escape the buzz of modern technology. Turn off your mobile phone, leave your iPad in your suitcase and don’t even think about checking your emails. This is a place where you can really reconnect with yourself and feel the absolute peace that comes from being offline to the rest of the world.

3. Discover a new passion

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn everything there is to know about wine or you’re interested in the vast world of marine biology, make 2014 the year you start your journey of discovery.

Our expert sommeliers are always happy to talk guests through our wine lists before you take a tour of the extensive cellars at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli followed by a wine tasting.

Travel inspiration - Constance Tsarabanjina

Travel inspiration – Constance Tsarabanjina

If action’s your thing, take a specialist diving course in the Maldives, or learn to play golf in Mauritius or the Seychelles.

And if gastronomy is your passion, you can learn to cook using local ingredients under the expert guidance of our chefs.

4. Enjoy time with those you love

Let this be the year you make time to hang out, talk and laugh with your loved ones. Book a villa big enough for all the family from grandparents to grandchildren like the family villas at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli and Ephélia or splash out on the über luxury of one of our Presidential villas.

5. Treat yourself to life’s simple pleasures

Take the time to enjoy the pleasure of trying a new spa treatment, reading a book on a sun lounger, or just exploring a beautiful spot while letting your thoughts meander. You can take a break from it all at one of our Spas de Constance where our therapists can create a personalised plan for you while on holiday.

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