Trip Advisor recognises Constance at 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

We are thrilled that Trip Advisor has listed Constance Hotels and Resorts in its Top 10 Hotels awards for Mauritius, Maldives and Madagascar.

Constance Halaveli - Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Constance Halaveli – Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Our hotels were recognised in the Trip Advisor 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards in both the luxury and romance sector.

Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage have been named in:

Maldives

Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli have been named in the:

Madagascar

To see the full list of award winners or to share your Constance experience by writing your own review, visit the Trip Advisor website.

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Mimi Spencer: the Kickstart Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Mimi Spencer, co-author of number-one best-seller The Fast Diet, introduces a new way to inspire healthy living and weight loss: the Kickstart The Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel in Mauritius.

Mimi Spencer

Mimi Spencer

It’s blissfully warm outside. Gentle waves lap upon the white sand. Excuse another cliche, but palm trees really do sway in the tropical breeze. Life at Constance Le Prince Maurice, as anyone who has visited will know, is pretty special – relaxed, cosseted, sophisticated. Heaven. It’s also a place dedicated to the senses, with its fabulous food, exceptional spa and staff who seem to know what you want before you even realise it. Smudged sunglasses? There’s someone on hand to polish them. A pillow menu, madam? A personalised pedicure? Not a problem.

Where better, then, to embark on a new and healthy lifestyle? The service and attention to detail you find in all the Constance resorts – dotted across the Indian Ocean like so many pearls – is precisely why Constance Le Prince Maurice works so brilliantly as a place to Kickstart the Fast Diet. As many of you will know, the Fast Diet and the 5:2 method have been the hot topic of 2013; the simple and enticing idea behind it all is that for two non-consecutive days each week, you slash calories to a quarter of your usual daily intake. For a woman, this means 500 calories over the course of a Fast Day; for a man, it’s 600. But for the other five days, there is no dieting, no fretting, no real concern for calories at all. Which makes it the ideal fit for the Prince Maurice, devoted as it is to good living.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

But there’s so much more at the hotel to dovetail with the 5:2 approach. The Spa de Constance offers indulgent treatments, an ideal complement to a health and weight-loss regime. While I was in Mauritius to develop the Kickstart programme, I saw Dajee for shiatsu and reflexology – an excellent, grounding experience and a great boost on a Fast Day. The Sisley facial was another hit – cleansing, invigorating, rejuvenating – and all in the calm embrace of one of the world’s finest spas. There’s personal fitness instruction here too, and sunset yoga or stretching sessions with Isabelle Lamant, one of those teachers who somehow inspire you to stretch that little bit further, reach that inch more.

Guests who wish to follow the Fast Diet during their stay can try a low-calorie cooking lesson with chef Al Youhn (Constance Le Prince Maurice prides itself on its people power) and, of course, eat delicious Fast Diet dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Michael Scioli. We’ve worked on the menus together to offer plenty of low-calorie, nutritious Fast Day options – sashimi, salads, fish fresh from the lagoon – and healthy choices for days when you don’t want to fast, but you do want to eat well. Days, perhaps, when you might order the odd glass of champagne and take in that glorious view…

  • The Fast Diet by Mimi Spencer and Dr Michael Mosley, The Fast Diet Recipe Book by Mimi Spencer with Dr Sarah Schenker, and Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley are all published by Short Books and available on Amazon.
  • Mimi’s new book, Fast Cook, comes out on March 6th 2014.
  • For more in-depth information about the Fast Diet, go to Michael and Mimi’s website, The Fast Diet
  • The Kickstart Fast Diet is available at the Constance Le Prince MauriceBook now.

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean

Take a break from the frenzy of daily life and reboot your system with a spa break in the Indian Ocean.

Here’s a glimpse inside some of our spas in the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

 

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

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Fly fishing in Mauritius

Those who dream of fly fishing the clear tropical waters of Mauritius need to research the best spots to cast their flies.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Local fishing methods can mean that some species such as Bone Fish are hard to find when fishing from the shore and a guide with information of the local area is invaluable.

Barachois Natural Fish Reserve

One of the best spots on the island for fly fishing is the beautiful mangrove-lined natural salt water fish reserve at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Fishing on the ‘barachois’ or lake is restricted only to guests of the hotel and as a result there is still good fishing for Bone Fish, Mullet, Barracuda, Carangue and Guil Pavé in the lake.

Guests are advised that the best fishing is early morning (around 6am) or in the afternoon (around 4pm) depending on the tide.

Fishing beyond the reef

Mauritius is surrounded by a beautiful reef and while fly fishing within the reef can be limited, fantastic fly fishing can be done from the reef itself casting out into the water beyond.

To do this you will need a boat to take you to the outer edge of the reef where you can stand to cast your fly into the waves breaking on the reef. The kind of fish you can expect to catch this way include a range of Trevally including GTs.

St Brandon’s Atoll

Over 300km from the mainland the St Brandon’s Atoll is a group of small islands which offer some of the best Bone Fish fishing in the world.

Charter a boat for the journey and fish from the island’s vast white sand flats where other treats include large Bluefin, Golden, Yellow Dot, Green Spot and Giant Trevally and Indo-Pacific Permit.

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Gourmet Travel writes about Mauritius world cuisine

In her article for Gourmet Travel this month, Laura Archer recommends foodies visit Mauritius to sample its unique cuisine.

Gourmet Travel recommends a trip to Mauritius

Gourmet Travel recommends a trip to Mauritius

A blend of influences from Europe, India, Africa and China, combined with its wide variety of fresh, local produce, make Mauritian cuisine unlike any other, says Archer.

She cites the fact that croissants are served alongside samosas, and venison and wild boar are curried and served with pickles, as highlighting the eclectic nature of the island’s food. ‘It is multicultural in the truest sense of the word.’

‘Both on and offshore, when it comes to fresh produce, Mauritius is a land of plenty – and it is this abundance that is putting this tiny island in the Indian Ocean on the foodie map.’

She describes how Michelin-starred chefs are ‘flocking’ to the island to cook for guests of the 5* resorts and to take part in Constance Belle Mare Plage’s annual Culinary Festival Bernard Louiseau.

Archer tells her readers that the best way to ‘start getting your head around the infinite variety’ of Mauritian food is to take a cookery class during your stay in Mauritius, such as those offered at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

If talk of gateaux piments (fried chilli cakes), tamarind dusted pineapple and dhal puris (lentil filled rotis) whets your appetite, don’t despair, Archer believes the new restaurant to be opened in London by Mauritian Masterchef-winner Sherlina Permalloo is just the beginning of a global explosion in Mauritian cuisine.

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Celebrate the Passion of Gastronomy in Mauritius at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Watch this video of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau:

Gourmets are welcome to book our 7 nights Passion of Gastronomy package, including exceptional culinary delights. The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau is known as one of the most coveted festivals on the international culinary calendar and runs from the 31 March to 7 April 2014.

This 7 night culinary package starts from € 3000 at Constance Belle Mare Plage and €4,900 at Constance Le Prince Maurice and includes mouth-watering breakfasts and dinners.

Plan ahead and take advantage of this special offer. Join us for this extraordinary culinary vacation unlike any other in Mauritius with special events combining culture and fine dining.

It is a rare opportunity to join some of the world’s leading Michelin-starred chefs.

This year’s festival includes Michelin-starred chefs Jacob Holmstrom from Sweden’s Gastrologik Restaurant, and the UK’s Tim Allen of Launceston Place.

7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package at Constance Belle Mare Plage:

  • Room Category: Prestige Room – €3,000 per room on Half Board Basis, with the possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of €400 per extra night until the 13th of April.
  • Room Category: Junior Suite – €3,500 per suite on Half Board Basis, with the possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of €485 per extra night until the 13th of April.

The highlight of this package will be a 6 star dinner on the 4 April which will be staged by all 6 Michelin-starred chefs present for the culinary festival.

7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package at Constance Le Prince Maurice:

  • Room Category: Junior Suite – € 4,900 per suite on Half Board Basis, with a possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of € 660 per extra night until the 13th of April.
  • Room Category: Villa – € 8,500 per villa on Half Board Basis, with a possibility to extend your stay at a preferential rate of € 1,190 per extra night until the 13th of April.

The highlight of this package will be a 6 star dinner on the 4th of April which will be staged by all 6 Michelin-starred chefs present for the culinary festival.

Offer valid from 31st March to 13th April 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

To book the Passion of Gastronomy Package email us at events@constancehotels.com or find out more on the website: Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

We look forward to having you amongst us as we welcome acclaimed chefs for a week of competitions, behind the scene kitchen tours and exquisite dining.