Brokenwood Wines and Sanjeev Kapoor among top chefs and winemakers to visit Constance

At Constance we’re always looking for opportunities to bring the world’s most distinguished chefs and winemakers to our hotels, to offer guests the chance to enjoy their expertise first hand.

Top chefs and winemakers at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Top chefs and winemakers at Constance Hotels and Resorts

And our own chefs and sommeliers seize the opportunity to host these special events, to widen their own knowledge and skill to ensure we continue to innovate and stay at the forefront of the culinary world.

Highlights from the last few weeks include:

  • A wine dinner at Constance Moofushi hosted by Australian winemaker Geoff Krieger, General Manager of Brokenwood Wines. Read more.
  • An exciting wine menu at Constance Halaveli, designed with fine wine suppliers Gavin Dais and Bastien Gautheron of MMI Dubai, which allowed guests to compare and contrast the distinctive qualities of wines from the New and Old World. Read more.
  • Gerhard Smith of South African winery La Vierge visited Constance Ephélia to help create a sumptuous wine menu around its outstanding Pinot Noir wines and to talk to guests about the wines and how they are produced.
  • Ephélia was also thrilled to welcome leading Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor who created a stunning gala lunch for guests at the resort. Read more.
  • Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage welcomed back Danish Michelin-starred chef Thomas Rode Andersen of the acclaimed Relais et Chateaux restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Copenhagen. The chef, who visited Constance in Mauritius previously for the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, created two stunning signature dinners for guests. Read more.

Future events

At Constance we never rest on our laurels and the calendar for next month is already filling up with distinguished guest chefs and winemakers. Highlights for November will include:

  • A visit to Ephélia and Lémuria by leading South African boutique winemaker Charles Williams of De Toren.
  • A return to Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice by renowned Michelin-starred chef Robert Speth of Chesery Restaurant in Gstaad.

 

21 unique experiences in the Indian Ocean

Journey to the diverse islands of the Indian Ocean and seize your chance to try something you’ve never done before.

Discover Mauritius from the air

Discover Mauritius from the air

1. Dive with sharks in the Maldives

Discover the secrets of these beautiful creatures on a PADI shark speciality course at Moofushi. Learn about their behaviour, their group relationships and their eco-system and then watch them in the wild on two separate shark dives.

2. Meet the unique lemurs of Madagascar

Take a short boat ride from Constance Tsarabanjina to Nosy Komba and meet one of Madagascar’s most fascinating natives, the black lemur.

3. Discover Mauritius from the air on a helicopter ride

Take in the breathtaking beauty of this volcanic island with its lush mountainous interior and stunning beaches during an exhilarating helicopter ride.

4. Pit your wits against the big game fish of the Indian Ocean

Feel the thrill of the chase while sports fishing in the Seychelles where Blue Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish and Barracuda swim in the warm, calm waters.

5. Experience the deep relaxation of a 4 hand Ayurvedic massage in the Maldives

Let two therapists soothe your tired muscles and stimulate pressure points in this hour-long sumptuous aromatic massage at Spa de Constance, Moofushi.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

6. Watch the dance of the exotic marine birds of Madagascar

Take a boat trip from Tsarabanjina at sunset to witness the balletic swooping of the frigate birds, northern gannets and white-tailed tropic birds as they return to the volcanic Frères Islands at night.

7. Watch a movie on the beach under the stars in the Maldives

Lie back on comfy beanbags on the white sand of Moofushi and let our waiters bring you popcorn and cocktails while you enjoy a classic movie.

8. Try your hand at traditional Malagasy net fishing

Fish the way the people of Madagascar have for hundreds of years, then take your catch back to the resort and have your fish prepared for you by our chefs for a sumptuous dining treat.

9. Explore the depths of the Indian Ocean on a submarine ride

Be one of the few to experience the world of the submariner with a trip beneath the waves from Belle Mare Plage. See the stunning marine life of Mauritius including vibrant tropical fish and colourful reefs.

10. Zipline through tropical forests of the Seychelles

Get your adrenalin pumping with a series of exhilarating aerial ziplines at Constance Ephélia, Mahé.

A romantic dinner on the beach

A romantic dinner on the beach

11. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two on a private sandbank in the Maldives

Savour dinner under the stars on a secluded sandbank at a table lit by flaming torches and a personal butler on hand to serve you sumptuous 5* cuisine at Constance Moofushi.

12. Play golf on a championship course on a paradise island

Join the list of many golfing legends to have played the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, home to the annual MCB Tour Championship, or play at the only golf course in the Seychelles, at Constance Lémuria.

13. Indulge in an oriental bathing ceremony in the Seychelles

Wash all your tension away with a Shiseido Nourishing Bathing Ceremony at the stunning Shiseido Spa, Ephélia.

14. Visit a traditional Maldivian fishing village

Take a boat trip from Moofushi to a local fishing village and experience the laid back charm of the Maldivian people and culture.

15. Reconnect with a couple’s spa treatment

Indulge together in a Zen Ritual for couples at the Spa de Constance, Belle Mare Plage. Relax with a body scrub, wrap and ylang ylang massage in our special couple’s treatment room.

Relax at Spa de Constance

Relax at Spa de Constance

16. Explore the unique flora and fauna with a guided walk around Tsarabanjina

Take in the breathtaking views from the hilltops of Tsarabanjina and allow our guides to introduce you to the unique biodiversity of the wildlife on our island.

17. Take a romantic Dhoni ride at sunset in the Maldives

Sail around the beautiful waters of the South Ari Atoll on a traditional Maldivian wooden sail boat and watch the sun turn the ocean and sky to amber.

18. Stroll beneath the waves in Mauritius

Walk the ocean floor and meet the varied and vivid marine life of Mauritius in just your swimsuit, with the aid of a weight belt and a diver’s helmet.

19. Take a night dive in the Seychelles

Experience the Indian Ocean at night when many of the fish and corals change colour and witness the stunning display of phosphorescent plankton on a night dive at Ephélia.

20. Eat fresh lobster served at a secluded table on rocks overlooking the ocean in Madagascar

Try this unique culinary experience where local lobster caught off the shores of Tsarabanjina is prepared and grilled just for you before being served at a secluded table beside the beach.

21. Traditional night fishing in the Maldives

Experience the unique tranquillity of being on the ocean at night under the stars as you try your hand fishing the night waters from a traditional Maldivian Dhoni.

 

How to get the most from your spa experience

So you’re finally on holiday…. and finally away from the stresses and time pressures of modern life. 


Relax with a spa experience at Constance

Relax with a spa experience at Constance

With a holiday comes the chance to relax both body and mind, and a spa treatment or three is the perfect way to target stress and tension that has been accumulating in your body for months.

Whether you’re a spa aficionado or newbie, Constance Spa Manager Dr Chase Webber reveals his tips for making your spa experience the best for your body, one where true healing and rejuvenation can begin.



1.  Give yourself enough time

The tension and stress has been building up in your body for many weeks, months, years even – so really give your body the time to let go. Plan for the longer massages especially for your first massage.

If you have a good long massage of 90min your therapist has time to really get to know all your muscles, find the tension areas and work on them. Your body also has time to really relax and allow your therapist to work deeper gradually. It is always better to work deeper gradually to clear tension than try to force the muscles which will only feel painful.

Even before you arrive for your massage I recommend that you take some extra time to have a warm shower, or spend 5 to 10 minutes in the steam or sauna facilities to begin the relaxation and prepare your body for treatment.  Then after the treatment spend some more time just relaxing as much as possible.

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

2.  Talk to your therapist before the massage begins

Take the time to tell your therapist about any particular areas of tension, or an area of sensitivity or where you prefer no massage. If your therapist understands your needs they can better customise the massage and spend extra time on important zones. If during the massage you need more pressure, or less if it is too tender, ask your therapist to adjust. At Constance our therapists are trained to note your preferences and check if you are comfortable but they often need your feedback to adjust if necessary.

3.  Allow yourself to relax and get absorbed in the treatment

Touch is one of the most important senses to communicate with the brain and nervous system. The touch and pressure signals activate the brain and nerves to update the body tissues. More and more research is starting to show the benefits of regular massage on all parts of the body and not just muscle tension. Blood Pressure improves, digestion improves, general circulation improves.  So allow your awareness to scan the body to see where there is an area of high tension. These areas may need follow up massage to fully improve them which leads to my last point.

4.  Always book a follow up massage

Total relaxation at Ephélia's Spa Village

Total relaxation at Ephélia’s Spa Village

It is virtually impossible to clear all the tension and stress from the body in one massage, normally the muscles that have been really tight may even be a little more tender the day after a massage and it is at this time that a follow up massage is most beneficial to bring more fresh circulation into these areas and continue the deep relaxation. I always recommend to plan for at least 3 massages during a week, this way the first massage starts the process and clears most of the superficial tension, the second massage works to clear out any deeper tension and then in the third massage you are completely checking the entire body and integrating the new body awareness.

Next time I’ll be writing on how to exercise to get the best results and latest scientific findings for spa and fitness.

Yours in health
Chase

Spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At our hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean, we offer a range of spa treatments. Our Spa More Smile More package is designed so you can enjoy multiple treatments at a discount, and our Welcome Offer is a 90 minute massage so you get the most from your first treatment.

 

13 things to do in the Seychelles

Dream about the Seychelles and you imagine picture perfect beaches. Head to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean and you’ll discover plenty of those, along with a host of other delights.

Anse Lazio

Take a stroll along the beautiful Anse Lazio

Here are our 13 ideas for things to do in the Seychelles.

1. Take a hike

Whichever island you are staying on you will find the verdant interior criss-crossed with trails for walkers where you can trek through stunning Jurassic forests and spot tropical birds and wildlife. One of the most spectacular is through the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé. A 45 minute walk will take you to the summit of Morne Blanc with stunning views across the island and the Indian Ocean.

2. Visit a local market

Immerse yourself in Seychellois life at one of its vibrant, bustling markets. Visit the famous daily food market in Victoria and see colourful fish of all shapes and sizes, a fragrant array of local herbs and spices, and luscious fresh fruit and vegetables. Experience the laid back local vibe at the beach market at Beau Vallon every Wednesday. Part market, part social gathering you’ll find live bands and dancing along side street food and local craft stalls.

3. Ride a horse down one of the world’s most photographed beaches

Visit the traditional plantation house L’Union Estate on La Digue which doubles as a riding centre and you get the unique opportunity of riding down the stunning beach of Source d’Argent. Ride on powder white sand and splash in perfect clear waters as you pass the stunning granite boulders that are such a feature of this beach.

4. Eat traditional Creole food in a national monument

The restaurant Marie-Antoinette is not only one of the best places to savour traditional Creole food on Mahé, it is also located in a colonial mansion declared a national monument in 2011. The colonial architecture, dating back to the 1800s remains unchanged, but while the building may be colonial the vibe in the restaurant is entirely Creole.

Bird watching in the Seychelles

Bird watching in the Seychelles

5. Birdwatching on Aride Island

One of the finest tropical island nature reserves in the world, a trip to Aride is like stepping back in time to the Seychelles before human habitation. A mecca for bird watchers, Aride is the breeding place for 18 different species of native birds, including five that are only found in the Seychelles.

6. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai 

This stunning palm forest at the heart of Praslin Island survives in its original state from prehistoric times, virtually untouched by human influence. Its most famous palm is the endemic coco-de-mer with its distinctive shaped seeds. Visitors will find easily accessible trails through the forest with guides on hand to help and advise. More on Vallée de Mai.

7. Play golf on the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles

Play golf on the stunning 18-hole golf course at Constance Lémuria with views over three of Praslin’s most beautiful beaches. The terraced landscape of greens spanning the breathtaking scenery of Praslin’s hills and forests make this one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Celebrate your round with a glass of chilled champagne and views across the island to the beach below.

8. Explore the wildlife of Cousin Island Nature Reserve

Just 2km off the shores of Praslin lies this idyllic island nature reserve. With a rich variety of endemic wildlife and seabirds it is also considered the most important breeding site for the endangered Hawksbill turtle in the Western Indian Ocean. As well as the island itself the reef around it is also protected and boast rich marine life including nurse sharks, lion fish and redbanded grouper. More on Cousin Island Nature Reserve.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Golf in the Seychelles

9. Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Regularly featured in lists of the world’s top beaches Anse Lazio on Praslin is a stretch of perfect sugar-white sand shaded by takamaka trees and enclosed at each end by striking granite boulders. Great for swimming and snorkelling.

10. Connect with Creole culture at the Domaine de Val de Près

This pretty recreation of a Creole village on Mahé is set in the grounds of the Gran Kaz Plantation House and provides a fascinating insight into Creole history and culture. Its 12 craft workshops sell traditional arts and crafts while the quirky ‘Maison de Coco’ is a house built entirely of coconut products. More on Domain de Val de Près.

11. Snorkel around Ile Cocos Marine National Park

This collection of 3 small islets off the coast of Praslin may look like classic ‘desert islands’ but in the waters off their shores is some of the best snorkelling in the Seychelles archipelago. A shallow reef, protected from fishing and tourism, has provided a haven for the rare marine life that thrives in these waters. More on Ile Cocos Marine National Park.

12. Breathe in the fragrant air of Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden

Perched above the beautiful beach of Anse Royale on Mahé is this renovated plantation growing spices such as vanilla, citronella, cinnamon and nutmeg. Visitors can buy fresh produce at the plantation shop or eat at the stunning outdoor restaurant with views over the plantation and the beach below. Find out more about Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden.

13. Meet the giant tortoises of Curieuse Island

Meet and feed the giant tortoises who wander free on this island nature reserve (it is estimated there are more than 500), walk through the stunning mangrove forest and keep your eyes open for the hawksbill and green turtles which come here to breed. Visitors to the island are usually greeted off-shore by the hundreds of giant hump-head parrotfish which live in its waters and can grow up to 1.2 meters long. More about Curieuse Island.

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Visit our website to find out more about Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

For more ideas of things to do in the Seychelles visit Virtual Seychelles

Fruits and spices in Mauritian cuisine

The island of Mauritius has a unique blend of different ethnicities that have all had an influence on the island’s cuisine.

Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

The African, Indian, Asian and European influences are evident in the delicious, spicy cuisine of the region. Creole pickles and fried vegetables sit alongside spicy Indian curries, Chinese noodles and European inspired dishes.

Here is our run down of 5 of the most popular fruits and spices used in Mauritian cuisine and some inspirational recipes created by our Constance Chefs.

1. Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the many fruits that grows all year round in the tropical climate of Mauritius. Freshly picked pineapple is always available at local markets and street stalls on the island, and pineapple sprinkled with chilli salt is a popular Mauritian snack. Watch our video for how to peel a pineapple and add the chilli salt.

2. Mango

There are over 50 different varieties of mango in Mauritius, the most common being the Maison Rouge, Baissac and Dauphine. Each has a slightly different flavour and colour and all are enjoyed as snacks or ingredients in local recipes.

Pan-fried sea bass with mild spices, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries

Pan-fried sea bass with mild spices, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries

3. Turmeric

A popular spice in Indian and Pakistani cuisine, turmeric has become an important spice in Mauritius. The island also provides the perfect conditions for growing the spice, which is part of the ginger family.

4. Chillies

The gentle heat of chillies, including the cari chilli, permeates much of Mauritian cooking. With influences from the spice-rich foods of India, Asia and Africa, chilli plays an important role in both savoury and sweet dishes.

5. Cardamom

One of the world’s most expensive spices by weight, cardamom is native of India, Nepal and Bhutan and is often used to add a rich warmth to curries.

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Guide to yoga classes on a luxury holiday

Imagine welcoming the sun as it rises over the waters of the Indian Ocean with a yoga salutation.

Yoga at Belle Mare Plage

Yoga at Belle Mare Plage

Whether you’re new to yoga or it’s already a crucial part of your life, here’s a rundown of the different yoga classes on offer at Constance.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Join fitness guru Isabelle Lamant for morning yoga on the beach. Feel your body strengthen and experience a deeper sense of calm after a session of Vinyasa yoga.

Get the kids involved with our ‘Yog’animals’ kids’ yoga sessions where your little ones can learn up to 10 positions and stretches while having fun and making new friends.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Join our yoga classes for a fun group session. For a more dedicated approach, book a private yoga session just for you. Those who enjoy yoga might also like to try our meditation and T’ai Chi classes.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Reconnect with your body through a series of yoga options at Lémuria including a ‘silent awakenings’ morning beach yoga session, ‘body balance’ incorporating yoga and meditation techniques, Inyangar Flex to improve flexibility and yoga therapy, a holistic class to strengthen body and mind.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Visit our tranquil Spa Village set in a secluded area of our lush tropical gardens and enjoy the relaxing, strengthening experience of our one-to-one yoga sessions.

Yoga on the beach at Ephélia

Yoga on the beach at Ephélia

Combine yoga, meditation and massage in one luxurious package or enjoy a private session with our fully trained yoga instructor. Deepen the experience with an individual class in Pranayama breathing and learn how to use the power of your breath to its fullest.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Practice yoga at our Spa de Constance on the stunning Halaveli jetty while looking out across the crystal waters of our lagoon. Breathe in the idyllic setting in one-to-one sessions with our expert yoga instructor or make it part of your Spa Journey, a spa package which includes a private consultation, spa treatments and individual fitness and yoga classes.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Improve your health and wellbeing by incorporating yoga into your luxury holiday at Moofushi. Feel the benefit of individual yoga sessions or include mediation and stretching as well. One-to-one sessions are also available for Pranayama breathing practice.

Connect with yourself and your partner with a Thai-yoga massage workshop. Help each other improve flexibility while having fun in this imaginative class.

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