Wishing you a wonderful Easter Sunday

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Enjoying the sun at Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you celebrate Easter, everyone here at Constance Hotels Experience wishes you a wonderful day, whether you’re celebrating at one of our luxury experience hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles or Madagascar, or you’re enjoying our Black Pearl hunt at Constance Belle Mare Plage or you’re simply at home enjoying the day with family and friends.

Have a wonderful day!

Top 3 Diving posts for April

Scuba Diving is a real passion of ours here at Constance Resorts Experience. We recently hi-lighted our Top 3 Diving Resorts in the Seychelles and now we would like to highlight some of our favourite blog posts from recent weeks on the subject of diving. Please let us know your thoughts and if you have any content you think we would be interested in please dont hesitate to get in contact with us via Twitter or in the comment section below. In no particular order here they are:

1. Scuba Guru – Expand your consciousness…Dive Anywhere

You don’t have to go on holiday to go diving. PADI’s diving guru gives a rundown of all the other places you can spend your time diving and honing your skills. Diving in your bath tub may not be the height of the scuba experience but it can start to prepare you for a luxurious diving holiday.

2. NDO to take the Dunker Challenge!

This really is extreme diving if ever I have seen it. Best of luck to Jeff Reed with his ‘Escape the Dunker’ Challenge. We wish him even more luck with his efforts in raising his goal of £1m to support the families of serving and former Royal Marines. You can donate to Jeff on his just giving page here.

3. Review: Sunnto D4 Wrist/Dive Computer

Scuba Diver Life have a great review of the Sunnto D4 Dive Computer. The perfect accessory for divers new and old. A great device for giving you all the vital information you will want to know when diving. It even tracks your dive so that you can analyse it later on your PC. I recommend watching the video for  closer look at the features on offer.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Record breaking row across the Indian Ocean

The crew getting ready to row across the Indian Ocean

The crew getting ready to row across the Indian Ocean

Constance Hotels Experience is delighted to be on the key sponsors of the 3100 rowing race from Australia to Mauritius this year.

In just 6 days time, 11 people are going to undertake the monumental – and potentially record-breaking task of rowing boats across the Indian Ocean.

Sponsor the 3100 team here.

The team plans to row the 3100 miles from Australia to Mauritius in less than 68 days, 19 hours and 40 minutes. The scale of the challenge is immense: only eleven boats have so far successfully completed the crossing. They are also rowing without the usual aid of a support vessel.

Rowing the Indian Ocean

Some of Team Indian Ocean 3100

Starting out in Geraldton, Western Australia on 17th April, the expedition will see the four man crew suffer extreme fatigue, mental stress and intense isolation.

They risk crippling sores and the countless dangers involved in crossing a great Ocean in a small open craft. The adventurers will have minimal help from winds and currents, so will need to row in 2 hour shifts for 24 hours a day for almost ten weeks to complete their mission.

Dorset army officer James Kayll who serves with the Light Dragoons will be joined by Tom Kelly, and by brothers Oliver and Ed Wells. Capt Kayll has completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, and will be raising money for the Light Dragoons and also for the charity set up in memory of a close friend who was killed in action ‚ The Mark Evison Foundation.

Our Communications Manager, Kelly Desiree, said: ‘We are very proud to be supporting such a great challenge and at the same time helping to raise money for two worthwhile charities. We wish the team the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them to Mauritius at the end of their journey!’

Video: diving in the Seychelles: underwater action!

Yesterday, our experts blogged about their top 3 diving locations in the Seychelles – today, we thought we’d whet your appetite a little more and bring you a little video clip taken by sea lovers at our Constance Ephelia Resort.

Click on the image below to visit YouTube and see the Seychelles diving video clip. I don’t know about you, but it’s making us itchy for our next dive experience!

Diving with a Manta Ray, Seychelles

Diving with a Manta Ray

Sugar jewelery and fashion shows: Culinary Festival update

Children model the sugar jewelery on the first night of the festival

Children model the sugar jewelery on the first night of the festival

On Sunday evening, at the end of the first day of the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival, the talented pastry chef at Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel Resort prepared some fancy sugar jewelery for a show.

Children staying at the luxury hotel joined forces with employees to model the sugar jewelery at the hotel’s Mediterranean style restaurant.

Monday 14 was day two of the week-long Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau and saw our chefs drawing lots at the beautiful Blue Penny Café to match the six European chefs together with their local counterparts.

Chefs Mike North & Marcus Accouche at the Port Louis market

Chefs Mike North & Marcus Accouche at the Port Louis market

Once in their teams, they all headed off to the Port Louis market to immerse themselves into the Mauritian perfumes and discover the local products.

The aim of pairing European chefs with Island chefs is to encourage the sharing of knowledge between the two. By introducing the European chefs to local ingredients, they can find new ways of combining them in dishes never seen – or tasted – before.

After the markets, each of the chef teams begin to think of the dishes they are going to create for the competition.

Still to come on day 3 – opening cocktails and the first day trial!

French Literary Love Stories – finalists revealed

Library at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius

The Library at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius

For the French speakers amongst you, we are delighted to announce the preliminary finalists for the 9th edition of Le Prince Maurice‘s unique literary prize, celebrating the very best in French literary love stories.

Download the Prix Le Prince Maurice Du Roman D’amour (pdf).