Weekly roundup, 23-31 July 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything. Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Culinary

Smoked marlin and palm heart

Smoked marlin and palm heart

Recipe: Smoked marlin and Pejipaye fresh heart of palm tree with passion fruit dressing

Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. This week Michael Scioli, our Executive Chef at Constance Le Prince Maurice shares one of his superb fish dishes.

Insider tips

Top 3 beauty tips for beautiful hands

The condition of your hands can really reveal your age if you don’t take care of them. Sophie Demaret, our Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, gives her top 3 tips to bring your hands back to their youthful beauty again.

News and events

Chefs at Constance Halaveli scoop up medals at Hotel Asia 2011

Our fabulous chefs at Constance Halaveli brought back 14 medals from the recent Hotel Asia 2011 Culinary Challenge. They won 5 gold medals and came 1st in the Live Hot Cooking Beef category. Find out more about their well-deserved win.

Inspiration

Local children playing on Pomponnette beach

Local children playing on Pomponnette beach

Top 10 beaches in Mauritius

Hundreds of fabulous beaches hug the shoreline around Mauritius. We’ve chosen our top 10 around the island. Let us know if you agree.

Holiday inspiration: wildlife of the Seychelles

As well as being one of the world’s most desirable honeymoon destinations, the Seychelles is rich in flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Behind the scenes

The essence of the Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels are every bit as special as they hype would have you believe. Find out what makes these Indian Ocean get-aways so unique.

Top 3 beauty tips for beautiful hands

Beauty products at Spa Constance

Beauty products at Spa Constance

Our hands and nails quickly show signs of ageing if we don’t take care of them. Hands lack fat and sebum, which makes them very sensitive to external factors including water, chemicals, sun and cold weather.

After your face, people tend to notice your hands. Get them back in top condition with these simple tips from Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

 1. Hand massage and moisturise

Use a neutral Ph soap. Dry your hands carefully and apply a moisturiser. The best way to do this is to gently massage your fingers and thumb, and then the palm of your hand. Don’t forget to relax!

Oil in glass bottles

Oil in glass bottles

2. Reinvigorating warm oil bath

If your hands are very dry or damaged, give them a treat with a warm argan oil or olive oil bath.

Model and author Sophie Dahl is a fan of argan oil – the latest beauty must-have, found in South western Morocco. Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. It also contains eight essential fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Gently warm the oil and place in a deep bowl. Rest your hands in the oil bath for at least 10 minutes. Then pat them dry with a soft towel.

3. Cellophane wrap

If your hands need some super-deluxe treatment, wrap them in cellophane after the warm oil bath and rest for a further 15-20 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the results.

We’ll be posting regular spa, beauty and health tips here so watch this space.