Cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

Food has always been an integral part of a holiday, a chance to literally immerse yourself in the flavours of a new country.

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cookery holidays

Cookery holidays, on which you spend a few days in a Tuscan villa or French farmhouse slaving over a stove to master the intricacies of their cuisine have become increasingly popular.

But what if you actually want a bit of holiday in your holiday, or you want to know how to cook something a bit more exotic than a Quiche Lorraine?

For those who are interested in broadening their culinary horizon with the warm heat of exotic spices but still want time to lie on an idyllic beach, a cooking class in the restaurant of a 5* Indian Ocean hotel could offer the perfect solution.

Learn to cook in Mauritius or Maldives

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, our chefs offer the opportunity to learn directly from them.

In morning classes – available to book just a day ahead – you will discover the key ingredients and spices that make up the core of the region’s cuisine, and how to delicately combine them to create some of the sumptuous dishes you’ll enjoy in our restaurants.

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Le Prince Maurice

Discover the secrets of Mauritian cuisine with the hotel’s Chef Pravin, Chef Ah Youne and Chef Boucher.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Mauritian cuisine – Guests will learn to cook Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Pastry – Guests will learn to make coconut and pineapple macaroons with Chef Boucher
  • Asian cuisine – Guest will learn to prepare sushi and Chinese shrimps sumai

Belle Mare Plage

Learn about the traditions of Mauritian cuisine in the kitchens of the Deer Hunter restaurant or Blue Penny Café with classes run by Chef Frederic Goisset and Chef Patrick Travady.

Included in the two hour class will be a 15 minute session with the head sommelier who will explain how to pair the perfect wine with the food you are learning to prepare.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Learn to cook steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk at The Deer Hunter
  • Spice Experience – Learn to cook chicken with garam masala and discover the secret of cooking with local spices
Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Halaveli

The food of the Maldives is an intoxicating blend of flavours from across Asia and Africa so it’s no surprise that the classes on offer cover cuisines from around the region – we’ve even got a French pastry chef to teach desserts.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Maldivian tuna curry, steamed rice, chapatti and papadum or Mugh Makani (Indian chicken curry), Kashmiri palau and papadum taught by Sous Chef Hammed Siddiq
  • Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce, lontong and achar or red Thai beef curry and fragrant rice, taught by Chef Handhi Wijaya
  • Lemongrass infused crème or croustade vanilla poached pear taught by pastry chef Pascal Galette
  • Private one-to-one classes are available on request as are learning to prepare special ingredients such as lobster, caviar and Wagyu beef.

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Renowned marine biologist returns to Halaveli

We are delighted to be welcoming back renowned marine biologist Robin Aiello to the warm waters around Constance Halaveli in September.

Marine Biologist, Robin Aiello

Marine Biologist, Robin Aiello

The world-famous marine expert and reef conservationist first visited Halaveli in March 2013 when she ran weekly events sharing her knowledge and experience with guests in a series of dives and talks.

During her visit Robin will write a regular feature for our blog exploring the vibrant marine life around Halaveli and introducing readers to the glorious creatures that live off our shores.

A Harvard graduate and environmental management consultant, Robin spends most of her year on the ocean undertaking research which has most recently seen her swimming in the frozen waters of the Arctic.

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Recipe: Mauritian style fish curry

One of the most popular dishes at Constance Le Prince Maurice, this fish curry is the perfect meal for sharing with friends.

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Fish curry:

  • 600 g white flesh fish ready to cook, and cut in cubes
  • 60 g Onions
  • 10 g Chopped Garlic
  • 10 g Chopped Ginger
  • 25 g Chopped Coriander
  • 10 g Thyme
  • 5 g Curry leaves
  • 200 g Diced Tomato
  • 35 g Curry powder ( best quality you can find)
  • 6 g Turmeric powder
  • 5 g Red chilli powder (optional)
  • 10 g Cumin powder
  • 10 g Coriander powder
  • 100ml of fish stock ( or water)
  • 50 ml Coconut milk
  • 50 ml oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. In a large pan, pour little oil. When it’s hot put the onions, garlic, ginger and the herbs cook for 5 minutes.

2. When the onion turn lightly brown in colour add the spices and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add diced tomato and cook on low heat for 5 more minutes. Add coconut milk and fish stock. Reduced to a nice consistency.

3. When you are ready to serve, eat up the curry sauce, add the fish and cook for 2 minutes. Switch off the fire, cover and allow resting for 10 to 15minutes (until the fish is cooked).

4. Add fresh chopped coriander. Serve hot with plain rice, lentils fricassee, tomato chutney, cucumber salad and any pickles from the supermarket.

Tomato Chutney:

  • 100 g fine-diced tomatoes
  • 20 g fine chopped coriander
  • 40 g fine chopped onion
  • 10 g Soya bean oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all the above mentioned ingredients, season and serve.

Plain white rice:

  • 200 g Basmati rice
  • 500 g water
  • 4 g salt

1. In a pot boil the water; add some salt and the rice. Cook for around 15 minutes, strain in a colander and serve hot.

Cucumber salad:

  • 200 g cucumber
  • 20 g sliced onions
  • 5 ml white vinegar
  • 5 ml oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. Peel and slice the cucumber, mix with the sliced onions. Season with the other ingredients.

Guide to a winter getaway in the Indian Ocean

Summer may be fading in the northern hemisphere but it’s the perfect time to start planning a winter getaway to warmer climates.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

According to The Sunday Times, with the early signs of an economic recovery taking hold, people are re-prioritising their winter holiday, and travel companies are reporting an increase in bookings of over 30%.

So as the fresher mornings take hold, take the time to imagine yourself on warm beaches, swimming in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean amidst the 5* luxury of an exclusive hotel or resort.

Choices, choices…

At our hotels and resorts in the Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar and Mauritius, take your pick from water villas floating over peaceful lagoons beach villas, elegant boutique-style suites or the castaway chic of a private island.

Adrenalin sports

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Seize the opportunity of winter sunshine to get outdoors and try something you haven’t done before from waterskiing, wake boarding and scuba diving to big game fishing, catamaran sailing, shark and night diving and even rock climbing and zip lining at Constance Ephélia.

Golf in Seychelles and Mauritius

Our 18-hole championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles offer the chance to enjoy a luxury golf holiday amidst stunning landscapes, luxury accommodation and great personal service.

Luxury spa treatments

Indulge in the very latest beauty and relaxation therapies at our Spa de Constance with treatments designed around natural local ingredients including healing massages, rejuvenating wraps and softening skin polishes.

Relax at Spa de Constance

Relax at Spa de Constance

Treat yourself to the ultimate beauty treatments with our partner spas including Swiss skincare specialist Valmont at Constance Halaveli, Sisley Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Shiseido at Constance Lémuria, Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia.

Take time to reconnect with yourself and your body with one-to-one or group yoga and meditation classes or take part in a sunset beach work out amidst the idyllic island setting of Lémuria.

Tempted?

Tempted to start planning your winter escape? Visit our website to find out more about our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean, each with their own character and atmosphere.

Constance celebrates New Zealand wines in Mauritius this September

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice will be welcoming some of the finest winemakers from New Zealand for a week-long celebration of wine from the region.

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Head Sommelier Jerome Faure will organise a range of wine dinners from the 15-21 September to introduce guests to New Zealand wines and giving them the opportunity to meet and talk with the winemakers.

Wine tastings will also be held for all the sommeliers of each resort as part of ongoing training to ensure that Constance sommeliers are at the head of their field.

New Zealand winemakers visiting Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maruice will include:

• Felton Road – a biodynamic wine producer using wild yeast, no fining or filteration has created wines of a unique character and an impressive reputation.

• Millton Vineyards and Winery – Situated on the East coast of North Island in the winegrowing region of Gisborne the family have introduced French traditions picked up working in the famous wine regions of France.

• Ata Rengi – A small New Zealand winery at the southern end of North Island, Ata Rengi has become famous for producing a renowned Pinot Noir.

• Escarpment – Stretching along the banks of the Huangarua River, Escarpment’s vineyards produce wine with a complexity and structure that have made them a leader in the market.

• Pegasus Bay – The second largest winery in Canterbury, Pegasus Bay is rated as the top winery of the region.

Guests will be able to enjoy a number of events across both resorts to introduce them to these fascinating New World wines:

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Sunday 15 September

Belle Mare Plage – A management cocktail party featuring the wines

Monday 16 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Escarpment wines at La Spiaggia

Tuesday 17 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Pegasus wines at Indigo

Wednesday 18 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Ata Rangi wines at Deer Hunter

Thursday 19 September

Le Prince Maurice – A management cocktail party featuring New Zealand wines including Felton Road 2010 Pinot Noir Bannockburn, 2012 Millton La Cote Pinot Noir and Ata Rangi Petrie Sauv Blanc.

A special dinner at l’Archipel featuring Millton wines including 2011 Opour Chardonnay, 2011 Riverpoint Viognier, 2010 Clos St Anne, 2010 Clos Samuel Viognier SBS.

Friday 20 September

Le Prince Maurice – A special dinner featuring Felton Road wines at Le Barachois including 2012 Riesling Bannockburn, 2011 Chardonnay Bannockburn, 2009 Pinot Noir Block 3, 2008 Riesling Block 1.

Saturday 21 September

Belle Mare Plage – A gala dinner featuring all the wineries.

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Tempted to visit Mauritius in September?

Check late booking availability for both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Winter sun holiday offer

Boost your levels of vitamin D and bask in warm sunshine on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Buy the winter sun package when you book to stay at any Constance hotel or resort in Maldives, Mauritius or Seychelles from September 2013 to April 2014 for at least 5 nights and you can enjoy a:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • 30 minute jet lag massage
  • Complimentary dinner on the beach (excluding drinks)
  • Complimentary spa treatment, up to 45 minutes
  • Diving orientation for beginners + 1 excursion

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Terms and conditions

Accommodation is on Bed & breakfast basis, and all-inclusive at Moofushi

All complimentary spa treatments to be taken within first 3 days of stay

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Jet lag massage to be taken on 1st or 2nd morning

For 5 night minimum stay with possibility to extend, extra nights will be charged at best available rate

All complimentary activities and offers are for 2 persons only, extra activities are charged extra

To arrange diving or excursion, please contact hotel at least 7 days before arrival

To schedule spa treatments, book upon arrival

Offer not applicable to Tsarabanjina

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