Recipe: Halaveli’s Shrimp Laksa

Laksa is the traditional dish that comes from the Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. With the recipe originating in Singapore, our team at Halaveli has adapted it to our customers’ palates. An explosion of flavours and tastes!

Shrimp Laska

Shrimp Laksa

Ingredients

The Laksa broth:

  • 400g vermicelli
  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 50g chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 or 5 chopped shallots
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander, washed
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 12 shrimps (about 100g each), peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 or 4 cumbava leaves
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 160g Silken Tofu

1. Boil a large pot of water. Add the vermicelli and cook them until they are tender.

2. Drain and rinse them to prevent them from sticking. Set them aside.

3. In a wok, bring the coconut milk to a boil until the coconut oil separates and forms a layer on top.

4. Finely chop all the spices and fry them until they fill the air.

5. Add the shrimp, soy sauce, cumbuva leaves and chicken broth. Boil them and adjust the seasoning.

Finishing and presentation

Divide the vermicelli into 4 bowls, then add the broth and arrange the prawns and tofu, cut into large cubes.

Garnish each bowl with fresh coriander and fried shallots. Our chefs add some lemon, a small endive and some pear slices.

Distinctive hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean

Looking for somewhere with a stratospheric wow factor? Indulge your fantasies with this glimpse of the seven Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

A luxurious Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia

A Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar:

The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

A private spa experience in Madagascar

A private spa experience in Madagascar

 

 

 

Wiebe ‘speechless’ after dramatic Senior Open Championship win

In the longest playoff in the history of the Senior Open Championship, US golfer Mark Wiebe won his first title at Royal Birkdale on Monday morning.

The Links, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Links, Constance Belle Mare Plage

He beat German Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion, at the fifth extra hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Wiebe, the eighth American winner, said he was “speechless”, continuing: “I just was luckier today and last night than Bernie I guess. I also feel like Bernie has won, what, a couple hundred tournaments. He’s won so many, I feel like this was my turn.”

David Frost, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2012, also played well and finished 3rd in the tournament.

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Babymoons in the Indian Ocean

Your first pregnancy can be a magical time, and more and more couples are making the most of this special time by scheduling a holiday together before the baby arrives – otherwise known as babymoons.

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

What to look for in a ‘babymoon’

The babymoon is an opportunity for a last hurrah of sumptuous, grown-up living before you enter the exciting world of life with a baby. In other words it can be a time to indulge in the finer things – a luxury beach resort, spa treatments, romantic moments, and divine dining.

With locations across the Indian Ocean, Constance Hotels & Resorts are proving a popular choice for a secluded 5* getaway for just the two of you. With our emphasis on warm, attentive service we ensure that your last trip away pre-parenthood will create memories that last a lifetime, and many a baby-induced sleepless night.

Make it a romantic break for two

Savour your time together in the romantic getaway resorts of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina. Relax in the laidback vibe of these barefoot resorts where secluded hammocks swing outside your villa and it’s easy to find a quiet spot to spend time alone together.

Lounge on the beach watching movies under the stars and eating food fresh from the ocean.

Or splash out and enjoy the ultimate luxury of a beachfront villa with your own private pool at Le Prince Maurice or a water villa floating over a lagoon with its own infinity pool at Halaveli.

If you’re looking for total romantic seclusion why not try a hillside villa at Ephelia, where you can lounge in your own infinity pool overlooking glorious views of the Seychelles.

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Indulge in 5* luxury

It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re pregnant but at Constance we will do our best to ensure that’s exactly what you get.

At Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli we will draw you a fragrant candlelit bath for you to relax in before climbing between Egyptian cotton sheets, in vast beds. Select the perfect pillow from our menu. If getting comfortable is an issue just let us know and we’ll provide as many pillows as you need to get a good night’s sleep.

Service has always been at the centre of what we do at Constance so whatever you’re needs, or cravings, we’ll do our best to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday.

Delicious, healthy food

Eating for two means making sure that what you eat is fresh and healthy for you and your baby. At Constance the 5* chefs use only the best, fresh local ingredients to create sumptuous dishes across all our restaurants.

Whether you want to indulge in elegant fine dining or just feel like a smoothie and salad by the beach, you can be sure that everything is prepared with the utmost care from the very best fresh ingredients.

For a truly memorable dining experience we can even organise dinner on a secluded section of beach or under the stars in your own villa. At Moofushi you can dine by torchlight on your own secluded sandbank.

Unwind at the Shiseido Spa, Ephélia

Unwind at the Spa

Sumptuous spa treatments for mothers-to-be

Ease tired feet and aching muscles with a trip to one of the luxurious Spa de Constance’s. Highlights of our special prenatal treatments include:

  • A Fabulous Beauty Treatment for Mothers-to-be at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice

A gentle, full massage with light, smooth movements to drain away tension from the body.

  • Valmont Mother to be Package at Valmont Spa, Halaveli

A body scrub to improve circulation, a gentle massage with moisturisation using Valmont products and a facial.

  • Prenatal massage at Spa de Constance, Lémuria

A 60-minute total body massage designed to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic system.

Reconnect with your changing body

Calm the spirit and prepare your body for childbirth with one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Discover the inner calm brought about by adopting Pranayama breathing or take time to welcome the sun with gentle sunrise yoga sessions or sunset meditation sessions at Lémuria.

Join fitness guru and personal trainer Isabelle Lamant for yoga on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and get expert advice on fitness during and after pregnancy.

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Time to play

Dads-to-be can get out on the ocean sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing or fishing, or if you’re after something a little more high-octane there are motorised water sports available at Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia, Halaveli and Prince Maurice.

All destinations offer awe-inspiring opportunities to discover the hidden beauty of the Indian Ocean with diving and snorkelling opportunities.

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The future of travel

A range of new websites providing help with everything from flight and hotel booking, itinerary planning and money saving are due to shake up the future of travel, according to the digital specialist site Mashable.

At the airport

The future of travel

The startup travel sites we’ll all be using over the next few years, according to Mashable, include:

Peek a new site which will seek out the most interesting things to do at your destination (based on categories such as romantic, off-the beaten-path, tours). It then allows you to book directly through the site.

BlackJet for a new service which, Mashable claims, fills the gap between private jets and flying commercial by scheduling small 6-14-seat planes.

Bag2go a personal baggage tracking system that will ensure that you’ll know exactly where you suitcase is at all times.

Find My Itin offers a new way to plan your holiday by following the hashtags of like-minded travellers. Travellers will post information about where they’ve been and where they’d like to go for others to gain inspiration and advice from.

All aboard: the secret to a great family holiday

Whether you want to celebrate an important birthday or anniversary or you simply want to spend time together in a neutral environment, going on holiday with kids, parents and grandparents in tow is the new luxury holiday choice for many.

Family friendly meals at Constance Hotels Experience

Family friendly meals

Choosing the right kind of holiday

Taking multi-generational holidays together offers extended families the chance to relax away from the pressures and chores of everyday life. But it’s important to choose the right type of family holiday.

Family members of different generations often have very different interests and needs.

The secret to a great multi-generational holiday is to find an environment where everybody gets a chance to relax and do the things they enjoy. The key thing to remember is that you needn’t do everything together, you just need to find somewhere that gives you space to enjoy time together as well as time apart.

Plan a luxury island getaway

Luxury resorts, like Constance Hotels & Resorts in the Indian Ocean, make for the perfect location to celebrate with all the family.

The beautiful locations of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles form the perfect backdrop. The personal 5* service Constance provides for all its guests, young and old, caters for the individual needs of each family member.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious spacious villas with private pools or separate elegant suites with safe, beautiful beaches and a selection of swimming pools provide a playground suited to grandparents and grandchildren, in an environment both can enjoy.

Of course the more time the grandparents spend with the children, the more free time busy parents have to enjoy the 5* facilities including a wide range of water sports, activities and sumptuous spas.

The Constance Kids’ Club means children can create their own adventures, so that you can take time out with the older generation.

Indulge in a range of sumptuous treatments together at the Spa de Constance or spend the day on a champion golf course amidst the dramatic scenery of Mauritius or the stunning terraced golf course of Constance Lémuria.

Take to the ocean with older kids and grandparents with a raft of exciting activities including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding.

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