Actor Claire Forlani revels in the luxury of Constance Le Prince Maurice

Hollywood star Claire Forlani and actor husband Dougray Scott escaped to the luxurious surroundings of Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius earlier this year.

Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott

Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott

In this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, Claire shares her travel tips for what to pack, beauty must-haves, top iPod tunes and great reads for a Mauritius holiday.

As for the best hotel on the island, Claire says – ‘Constance Le Prince Maurice; it’s a haven of sophisticated luxury with great spa services. And the food at L’Archipel restaurant and the spectacular floating Le Barachois is delicious’.

Find out more in the June edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and visit our Facebook page for more photos of Claire and Dougray on holiday at Le Prince Maurice.

Catch up with our earlier article:

Recipe: Pressed terrine of pumpkin and peppermint-roasted squash

Looking for something different to cook for your guests? Try this delicious terrine from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Fresh chillies

Fresh chillies at Constance

Serves 10 (1 terrine)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Resting time: 24 hours

  • 750g pumpkin
  • 750g squash
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 5 sprigs peppermint
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized leeks
  • 200g coconut chatini
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 mint blossoms
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

1. One day in advance, peel and seed the pumpkin and squash, then cut them into large cubes. Finely slice the red chilli.
2. In a large piece of aluminium foil, wrap the pumpkin and squash with the olive oil, thyme, chilli, salt and pepper. Bake in a 180ºC oven for 30 minutes. Let cool, setting aside any cooking juices.
3. Halve the leeks lengthwise and blanch them for 1 minute in boiling salted water. Cool them in iced water, then drain.
4. Rub the inside of the terrine with a little oil. Line the bottom and sides with the blanched leeks. Alternate layers of pumpkin, squash and mint leaves. Sprinkle with the reserved cooking juices. Cover the contents of the terrine directly with clingfilm and put a weight on them. Keep refrigerated for 24 hours.
5. Unmould the terrine and cut into slices. Put a slice on each plate, add a spoonful of coconut chatini on the side. Add a small pinch of coarse sea salt, some freshly ground pepper and a streak of olive oil. Decorate with cinnamon sticks and mint blossoms.

Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius

The talented wine growers of Art de Vignes will be celebrating a week of gastronomy at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage from 20-26 May 2012.

Blue Penny Cafe

Fine dining at Blue Penny Cafe, Belle Mare Plage

Art de Vignes is a club of passionate, dedicated wine growers from French wine-producing regions: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Organised in collaboration with Jerome Faure, our Head Sommelier, the event is now in its third year. Throughout the week we celebrate fine dining and exceptional wines from the six French winemakers, who also attend the dinner.

Guests at our 2 hotels in Mauritius can enjoy this wonderful opportunity to taste rare wines from the Art de Vignes club, and to meet and discuss their passion for wine with the winegrowers. Add to this the famous culinary delights of our talented Constance chefs and you can see why this is an unmissable foodie event.

Highlights of the week

Sunday 20 May

  • Alphonse Mellot – Sancerre Domain La Moussiere
    Special lobster dinner at Indigo Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Monday 21 May
  • Olivier Decelle – Maury Mas Amiel/St Emilion GC Jean Faure
    Mauritian cuisine at Deer Hunter Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Tuesday 22 May
  • Thierry Germain – Saumur – Domaine des Roches Neuves
    When Val de Loire meets the Sega – at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Wednesday 23 May
  • Jean-Marc Boillot – Pommard/Puligny-Montrachet
    Recipes from Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage
Thursday 24 May
  • Marc Perrin – Chateauneuf du Pape – Beaucastel
    4 hands menu at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Friday 25 May
  • Christine Vernay – Condrieu – Cote Rotie – Georges Vernay
    Summer scents and spices of Syrah and Viognier at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

Find out more on our Constance Hotels Experience website.

Thai massage at Constance Hotels

Our spa trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Ajay Kishtoo, shares his knowledge of Thai massage and what you can expect from a treatment at Constance Hotels.

Thai massage, also known as yoga massage, consists of deep massage and stretching movements.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The therapist uses his hands, elbows, knees, feet and entire legs to move the client into a series of yoga stretches. No oils are used in Thai massage. The client wears comfortable clothes, and the massage is performed on the floor on padded mats. Getting Thai massage may feel like doing yoga without having to exert yourself.

History of Thai massage

Thai massage, like traditional Thai medicine, has been influenced by Indian and Chinese traditions of medicine. In Thai, it is called nuad boram, which means ‘ancient massage.”Thai massage has been a medical specialty for over 2500 years, since the time of the Buddha. To this day, there are a lot of variations of Thai massage from different regions inThailand.

What happens during a Thai massage?

Thai massage is performed solo or in a group. You will change into comfortable, loose clothes provided by the massage therapist and lie down on a firm mat on the floor. The therapist will push, pull and stretch you into many different positions during the massage. Many stretches and movements are similar to traditional Western sports massage, to lengthen your muscles and release compromised joints.

Woman relaxing at Spa de Constance

Relaxation at Spa de Constance

The massage therapist leans on your body, using her hands and elbows, and applies firm and rhythmic pressure. The therapist follows the ‘sen’ lines, comparable to meridians in traditional Chinese medicine or nadis in Indian medicine.

The therapist walks on you using her feet and heels. The therapist also uses her legs and feet to fix your body and limbs in necessary positions while you are being stretched. A full massage typically lasts 2 hours or more. It consists of rhythmic pressing, pushing, pulling and stretching of your entire body including fingers, toes and ears. The massage follows a standard sequence.

Benefits of Thai Massage

Thai massage stretches your muscles, releases tight joints and increases range of motion. It improves circulation and reduces stress. You will feel relaxed, centred and energised.

Precautions

You should not receive Thai massage without first consulting a doctor if any of the following apply:

  • you have an infectious skin disease, rash or open wounds
  • after chemotherapy, radiation or surgery
  • you are prone to blood clots or if you have heart disease
  • you are pregnant (you would also need a Thai massage therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage)
  • you have bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors or recent fractures – Thai massage should not be performed directly over the affected areas, so advise your massage therapist of any such wounds.

Tips

Arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can relax and fill out necessary forms in peace. Let your massage therapist know your complete health history and any health conditions that need special consideration. Don’t eat a big meal right before the massage. If you feel pain or discomfort during the massage, let your therapist know immediately so they can adjust their treatment. After the massage, drink a lot of water.

Dougray Scott names Constance Le Prince Maurice ‘best hotel for romance’

Actor and golf enthusiast, Dougray Scott puts Constance Le Prince Maurice at the top of his list of the world’s most romantic hotels. In an interview in The Daily Telegraph’s Ultra Travel magazine, he says:

Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

‘Best hotel for romance?

Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius, where they do sweet things like put petals on your bed every day and leave odd little messages like: “Hope you like the swan I have made from your bath towel”.’

Read more about Dougray Scott’s Travelling Life in the Daily Telegraph online.

Constance Le Prince Maurice to get luxury make-over

Find out more about our plans for the final stages of the super-deluxe refurbishment of Constance Le Prince Maurice this summer.

Top tips for sourcing great saké

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Faure shares his top tips for finding top quality saké , and how to enjoy it at its best.

Lounge Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Lounge Bar at Le Prince Maurice

The quality of saké varies greatly. Once you’ve tasted really good saké there’s no looking back. Your taste buds will revel in a fine and very delicate drink.

Similar principles apply as for wine, although in the case of saké particular care needs to be taken. It’s often best kept chilled and should not be kept longer than 3 days once the bottle has been opened.

Top saké tips

  • Check the date it was bottled – it should be less than 1 year ago. Except for a few rare exceptions, saké should be drunk young.
  • Saké should be colourless
  • Buy a Ginjo, or even better a Daiginjo premium saké
  • Drink it chilled (7-9°C)
  • Drink it with fish and vegetable dishes, white meat, pasta or even cheese but not with red meat
  • Avoid pepper or chilli with it
  • Above all: Enjoy

Constance sommeliers can help you choose a great saké

Our sommeliers had the opportunity to listen to Keith Norum, Export Director of Sake Masumi in the Nagano prefecture of Japan. Keith came specially to Mauritius to provide training to the sommeliers from Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Our guests also had an opportunity to share some of Mr Norum’s knowledge during a special dinner at the Blue Penny Café.

Our sommeliers will be very happy to share their knowledge with you on your next Constance holiday.