Rising stars head to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The rising culinary stars of Constance Hotels and Resorts have been battling it out in kitchens across the Indian Ocean in order to make it to the prestigious Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

The festival, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 31 March to 7 April, gives the island chefs the opportunity to cook alongside some of the leading Michelin-starred chefs of the world.

Competition has been fierce as young, inspired chefs seize the opportunity to compete for a chance to represent their hotel or resort in a festival which celebrates culinary passion, and inspires innovation and the sharing of expertise.

The road to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

To qualify the chefs have gone through several rounds of internal competitions with only the winner moving on to the next stage.

Challenges have included a written stage where the chef must describe why they want to be entered into the competition and practical stages including creating dishes following a recipe from classic French cuisine and creating their own dishes from a mystery box of ingredients under timed conditions.

The chefs who have made it through have proved not only their culinary skills but their passion and dedication to creating innovative and inspiring food.

The chefs

The island chefs who have made it through to the final in Mauritius are:

Sasha Dinnoo – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Sasha started as a trainee at Le Prince Maurice and has worked her way up through the kitchen. She qualified for the final stage of the competition last year and loved the experience so much she’s come back for more, although this year she’s more determined than ever to win.

Emmanuel Fortuno – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Emmanuel loves cooking and is constantly striving for perfection, slowly and methodically improving his skills. It is this dedication and hard work which has taken him through the qualifying stages of this competition and into the Culinary Festival.

Sandy Sokalingum – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Mauritian born Sandy doesn’t let being a new father distract him from his passion for cooking or his determination to get to the final. Currently a chef de Partie at The Sea Horse, he describes himself as ‘in love’ with cooking.

Dammika Sarath – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Used to working under pressure, Dammika brings a sense of serene and calm to the kitchen when he works. He loves everything to do with food and is proud to be part of the prestigious Festival.

Dinushan Patabadage – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Always keen to learn new dishes and try new techniques, Dinushan is a very creative chef and is excited by the learning experience offered by competing in the Culinary Festival. Both passionate and ambitious, he is keen to put everything he has into the event.

Yogessen Ramen – Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A chef at Ephélia, Yogessen is passionate about food and keen to add to his expanding skillset with techniques and advice acquired from the Michelin-starred chef he is paired with.

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Constance Hotels triumphs in social media report of luxury hotels

Constance Hotels & Resorts has been placed first in the Top Small Luxury Hotel Brand category in the Top Luxury Hotel and Brand Report announced by ReviewPro, the leading provider of online reputation and social media analytics for the hospitality industry.

Luxury hotels: Constance Tsarabanjina

Luxury hotels: Constance Tsarabanjina

ReviewPro awarded Constance the top position in its Top 25 Best Performing Small Luxury Brands category based on a study of 839,593 guest reviews from sites including TripAdvisor, Booking, Expedia, Hotels.com and Google.

In a breakdown of the reviews analysed Constance was awarded:

  • Constance Hotels & Resorts is No 1 on the List of the 25 Top Performers in the Small Brands Category (hotel chains with less than 20 hotels), ahead of brands such as One & Only, Raffles Hotels, Six Senses Hotels and Dorchester Collection.
  • Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar is ranked 17th with a score of 96.9% among the best worldwide on the list of Individual Hotels 25 Top Performers. Tsarabanjina also ranked 8th out of 25 in terms of Guest Satisfaction with its location.
  • ReviewPro also positioned Constance Hotels & Resorts 7th in terms of Customer Service on the list of the Top 25 Performers in the Small Brands Category ahead of brands such as Peninsula, O&O, Leela Palace Hotels and Six Senses.

Putting our customers at the heart of social media

CEO of Constance Hotels & Resorts, Jean Jacques Vallet said “The continued growth of our social media activity means we are able to build deeper relationships with our guests through engaging content on our blog and social media platforms, as well as our website. This leads to more personalised luxury experiences.”

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7 adrenalin sports to try in Seychelles

If lounging in the sun isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, here’s our guide to 7 adrenalin sports to try in the Seychelles.

Adrenalin sports in the Seychelles - catamaran sailing

Adrenalin sports in the Seychelles – catamaran sailing

1. Ziplining

Get your pulse racing as you soar down a series of thrilling ziplines above the stunning Jurassic forest of Mahé in the hills behind Constance Ephélia.

2. Catamaran sailing

Feel the rush of the open water as you speed across the waves at up to 20mph with only the wind to power you.

3. Scuba diving

Come face to face with nature and feel the exhilaration of meeting grey reef sharks, octopus, eagle rays and schools of barracuda in the clear, warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

4. Water skiing/wakeboarding

Go as extreme as you like as you water ski or wakeboard in the wake of a high-powered speedboat. Try some tricks or just hang on for the ride through the stunning Seychellois seascape.

5. Rock climbing

Pit your nerve against the giant granite outcrops of the Seychelles with an 18-metre high natural granite climbing wall at Constance Ephélia. Set up for climbers of all levels there is a section designed to challenge even the most accomplished climbers.

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

6. Windsurfing/Kite surfing

From May to September the wind in the Seychelles picks up, particularly on the southeast coast, making it the perfect time to feel the buzz of speeding across the water on a windsurf or kite surf.

7. Mountain biking

Plunge yourself through the rough jungle terrain and forest trails of the Seychelles. Feel the excitement of exploring the islands’ interior with the rich tropical flora as well as completing a tough physical challenge.

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What’s on at the Seychelles International Carnival 2014

This year’s Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria (25 – 27 April) is set to be the most spectacular yet.

Victoria, the home of the Seychelles International Carnival

Victoria, the home of the Seychelles International Carnival

Victoria will be decorated with lights and banners to welcome revellers from around the world.

The carnival aims to celebrate the diverse ethnicities of the Seychelles as well as the different countries and cultures which are gathering in the Seychelles for the Carnival weekend.

Highlights of the three day event will include:

Day 1 – The official opening of the carnival

  • Live music
  • Live entertainment shows
  • An array of international food stalls.

Day 2 – Carnival procession day

  • A spectacular carnival procession including local and international floats celebrating the theme of ‘a melting pot of cultures’.

Day 3 – Family fun day

  • A day of festivities for all the family lasting into the night
  • Food stalls
  • Live bands (local and international).

Find out more about the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria.

Visit our website to find out about staying at Constance Ephélia or Constance Lémuria this April or to make a booking.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice wins prestigious hospitality award

We are thrilled that Constance Le Prince Maurice has won Connoisseur Circle magazine’s Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award.

Jean Jacques Vallet, collects the Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award

Jean Jacques Vallet, collects the Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award

Connoisseur Circle is an exclusive luxury information service for discerning leisure and business travellers.

With a circulation of more than 900,000 across its target countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Le Prince Maurice is honoured to have received a prize for best hospitality, all the more so because it was voted for directly by readers.

CEO of Constance, Jean Jacques Vallet, was at the award ceremony in Berlin to pick up the prize.

‘This recognition is a reward to the whole team at Constance Le Prince Maurice who are the “real” winners,’ he said. ‘This award is the fruit of their dedication and passion to provide exceptional services to our guests.’

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A guide to a luxury honeymoon in Maldives

If you’re planning a Maldives honeymoon you’ve already chosen one of the world’s most romantic spots. Here’s our guide to making sure you also get the full luxury experience.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

1. Make sure the accommodation measures up for luxury

A honeymoon is a time to indulge in the very best and that includes the accommodation. At Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi you can choose between elegant spacious water villas hovering over tranquil lagoons or beach villas tucked on the edge of white sand. Traditional Maldivian influences are found in the Dhoni shaped villas, and palm-thatched roofs of Halaveli, where all the villas come with their own private pool, and the rustic design and art featured in the villas at Moofushi. Seating areas, private terraces, spacious modern bathrooms and sumptuously comfortable beds all add to the overall feeling of understated luxury.

2. Secluded places to be alone

A luxury Maldives’ honeymoon is all about sharing private moments in a beautiful setting and at Halaveli and Moofushi there is no shortage of spaces where you can be alone. At Moofushi you can spend a romantic evening under the stars enjoying a candlelit dinner for two on your very own sandbank. In-villa dining is the perfect option if you want to enjoy sumptuous fine-dining alone. If you want total seclusion take a boat trip to a deserted island for just the two of you and spend the day lying on your own beach, swimming alone in crystal waters and breathing in the romance of the Maldives.

A luxury honeymoon in the Maldives

A luxury honeymoon in the Maldives

3. Plan some once in a lifetime moments

Take the time in the Maldives to create memories that will last a lifetime. After a few days spent lying back in the sun, there’s plenty on offer beyond the beach. At both Moofushi and Halaveli you can take a sunset cruise in a traditional Maldivian Dhoni, or visit a local fishing village. For something a bit more adrenalin-charged you could explore the stunning Ari Atoll scuba diving. Meet the vibrant local marine life from colourful corals to blue-striped snappers.

4. First-class cuisine

Whether you’re enjoying sushi or salads by the beach or romantic candle-lit dinners for two, great food is an integral ingredient in the perfect luxury honeymoon. At Halaveli and Moofushi our world-class chefs use only the freshest, high quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible. Inspired by European traditions with Maldivian ingredients and flare, fine dining is given a local twist. Enjoy extensive wine lists with wines sourced from around the globe by our expert sommeliers.

5. Choose whether to go all-inclusive

There are benefits either way. For those who like the freedom to build their own holiday in their own way, a non-inclusive holiday can be the best option. Alternativley, our Cristal Package at Moofushi offers a luxury all-inclusive option with everything from super-premium spirits, international wine list and meals to snorkelling equipment and a Dhoni boat excursion.

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