Constance Ephélia film celebrates resort’s environmental work

A new film about the stunning natural environment around Constance Ephélia celebrates the resort’s work to protect and sustain the region’s precious biodiversity.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

In what the film describes as the delicate balance between the economic benefits of tourism and conservation, Ephélia is shown as a successful example of sustainability.

With a national nature reserve, marine park and ancient mangrove forests all on its doorstep, Ephélia was built with the idea of actively protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the region.

As such all the plants in the resort are endemic to the region and the raft of water sports on offer are non-motorised to protect the stunning marine park.

The film highlights daily activities at Ephélia, like making its own compost and recycling waste water, as well as monthly environmental projects such as ‘greenday’ when guests, staff and locals work together to clear rubbish from the mangrove forest and plant seedlings.

You can view the full video below.

Behind the scenes Constance Ephélia also offers educational workshops to local schools and groups to help share their environmental message.

Having worked so hard to preserve its stunning biodiversity, guests at Ephélia are encouraged to experience it. Jogging trails, guided nature walks, hikes, rock climbing, kayak tours of the mangroves and diving and snorkelling give guests the chance to get close to this precious environment.

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Langer wins Senior Open with a record-breaking lead

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Bernhard Langer blasted his way into the record books with his victory at the Senior Open Championship in Wales.

Despite windy conditions the German managed to win the Championship and set a new record for the biggest winning margin in Senior Open Championship history.

Langer finished the event with a staggering 18-under par which is all the more impressive considering his closest rival in second position Colin Montgomerie finished with only 5-under par.

Montgomerie sportingly described his competitor’s game as ‘one of the great golfing performances’.

The dramatic action at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club only serves to heat up the competition in the Senior Tour as they head to the European Senior Tour finale at the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Despite Langer’s record-breaking win Colin Montgomerie still holds his position at the top of the European Senior Tour order of merit with Langer having to settle for second place.

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Domaine Mas Amiel & leading sommelier visit Mauritius

Guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage had the rare opportunity to enjoy a wine dinner inspired by two giants in the French wine industry last week.

The Blue Penny Cafe at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Blue Penny Cafe at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The dinner, held at Belle Mare Plage’s Blue Penny Café on 8 August, featured wine selected by special guests winemaker Nicolas Raffy of Domaine Mas Amiel and David Biraud, awarded best sommelier in France.

Nicolas Raffy is the winemaker behind the legendary Mas Amiel wines of the Roussillon region while David Biraud has won accolades as the best sommelier in France and narrowly missed out on the title of Best Sommelier in Europe.

These two prestigious wine experts worked together with our chefs at the Blue Penny Café to create a menu to bring out the very best in the wines they selected.

Highlights of the wine menu included:

  • Ocean cassolette with lemon foam served with a Côtes du Roussillon Mas Amiel Le Plaisir Blanc 2013
  • Drumfish fillet lacquered with aniseed jus, citrus marmalade with taggiasche olives and steamed baby leeks served with Côtes du Roussillon Mas Amiel Altair Blanc 2011
  • Pan seared beef fillet, Macaire potato with condiments and onion flavoured with Xérès vinegar and thyme jus served with Maury Sec Mas Amiel Altitude 433 M 2012
  • Biscuit with ‘Kumabo’ chocolate with red and black fruit nectar served with Maury Mas Amiel Charles Dupuy 2008.

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Guide to big game fishing in Mauritius

In Mauritius the glorious sunshine and warmth above water and the deep-sea nutrients under water combine to create perfect conditions for big game fishing.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

Every year people come to our shores from around the world to pit their wits against some of the most challenging giants of the ocean – the Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Whaoo, Dorado and even big sharks like the Mako are a regular catch.

The lure of big game fishing is the epic battle put up by these elegant giants with legendary fighting ability.

Landing the famous Blue Marlin can take as long as 3 hours.

What makes Mauritius so ideal for game fishing

The Island of Mauritius is surrounded by coral reef, which creates the gentle lapping lagoon which has always attracted holiday makers. But for the big game anglers it is what lies beyond the lagoon that proves the most tempting.

Past the reefs the ocean drops off rapidly to around 3,000 metres and here ocean currents push cold water full of nutrients to the surface attracting a rich variety of marine life, which in turn attracts the large predators.

Where to fish in Mauritius

The fishing is fantastic all around the island but probably the richest waters lie off the west coast around Black River. Here the famous Le Morne drop off, with depths of around 3,000 metres, lies just 5km off shore.

Fishing operators in this area say anglers should expect to encounter six of the major game fish (Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Bonito etc) on a one-day trip during the summer season.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

In the north of the island, Grand Baie is also a popular starting point for many deep sea fishing excursions with the waters to the north teeming with rich marine life.

Fishing trips to the less exploited eastern side of Mauritius guarantee empty oceans and splendid unspoilt views for those who prefer to try their luck off the beaten track.

When to fish in Mauritius

Thanks to its warm waters and tempting sunshine big game fishing is available in Mauritius all year with many species staying in our waters throughout the year.

The increase in temperatures from October to April, however, bring with them an influx of rich marine life which in turn attracts more of the larger predators to our waters making it an ideal time for sports fishing.

Where to stay

Enjoy 5* service, luxurious accommodation and world-class cuisine while you’re onshore at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage and we’ll organise all your deep sea fishing excursions for you.

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What you need to know for a holiday in Maldives

If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives then you probably already know about the white sand beaches, clear crystal waters and idyllic climate.

Arrive at Constance Moofushi by seaplane

Arrive at Constance Moofushi by seaplane

Here are some other things you need to know for a holiday in Maldives.

1. Arriving by seaplane is one of the highlights of the holiday

Make sure you’ve got your camera to hand as you board the seaplane at Malé Airport because you’re going to want it. Arriving at your resort by seaplane is one of the most stunning introductions to the nation of Maldives you can imagine with views across the Indian Ocean dotted with stunning white sand coral islands.

2. The Maldives is child-friendly

The Maldives may have a reputation as a honeymoon destination but that doesn’t mean that it’s not the perfect place to take kids for a family holiday. For younger kids try a beach or family villa rather than a stilted one over the water and relax beside your own pool while you watch the little ones play on the beach. Constance Halaveli even offers a complimentary Kids Club so the kids will have plenty to do.

3. Swim with some of the ocean’s gentle giants

The waters around the Maldives are home to a wide range of stunning marine life but few get the pulse racing as much as manta rays and whale sharks. These graceful giants pass through our waters from November to April.

Swim with Manta Rays

Swim with Manta Rays

4. Each Maldivian island has its own coral reef encircling a lagoon

The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands spread across 26 atolls covering an area of more than 90,000sq kilometres. Each island has its own coral reef and lagoon which protects it from the wind and wave action of the vast surrounding ocean. It is the islands’ uniquely isolated location that make the Maldives feel like a secluded haven away from the modern world.

5. Maldivian culture is a unique combination of global influences

With influences from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe the Maldivian culture offers a unique blend of music, tradition and cuisine. Influences can be found in the curries which are a staple in the Maldivian cuisine, music played on the traditional bodu-beru drum which resembles an African drum and the local dhoni boats used by the fishermen which are similar in design to the Arabian dows.

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Recipe: Octopus salad

Take your taste buds to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with this Seychellois recipe for octopus salad from Constance Ephélia.

Constance Ephélia's octopus salad

Constance Ephélia’s octopus salad

Ingredients

  • 500g octopus
  • 200g cucumber
  • 200g tomato
  • 200g peppers (mix of colours)
  • 200g red onions
  • 2tbsp fresh lemon
  • 4 – 6tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches pepper
  • Fresh parsley
  • Lemongrass

Method

1. Fill a large pan with water and add lemongrass, a fresh lemon cut in to quarters and parsley to flavour. Boil the Octopus in the water for 30 – 50 minutes.

2. When cooked, strain the octopus and allow it to cool then cut into small cubes.

3. Slice the tomatoes, cucumber, onions and pepper into cubes and place in a large bowl.

4. Toss them together with the octopus.

5. Add olive oil, salt and pepper, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some fresh parsley.

6. Check seasoning and serve.

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