Top 5 beach beauty-bag essentials

Beauty products

Beauty products

Here’s our beach beauty hot list for head-to-toe fabulousness this summer.

1.  Bobbi Brown Beach Sunscreen SPF 15

Bobbi Brown’s Beach range is hugely popular for its light fragrance, reminiscent of the sand and sea. Recommended by The Sunday Times Style magazine, this lightweight, non-greasy water-resistant sunscreen contains Vitamin E and a blend of Grapeseed, Olive and Castor Oils. Grab it while you can. £18. Find out more about Bobbi Brown Beach Sunscreen SPF 15.

2. Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm

According to London’s Evening Standard magazine, Clinique’s after sun has the last word on minimising redness and preventing peeling. You just need a tiny amount to soothe your skin after a day on the beach. £17.50. Find out more about Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm.

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

3. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

One of the best lip balms on the market. A beach must-pack for Emma Smith, ELLE and ELLEuk.com Beauty Director, Kiehl’s lip balm soothes sunburnt lips. £9.50. Find out more about Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.

4. This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle

Great name, great product. Red magazine hails this as a wonder product that lives up to its name. It should give your skin an instant glow, and help improve your skintone long after you’ve come home from the beach. £36. Find out more about This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle.

5. Indigo eyeshadows

When it comes to eyeshadow, blue is the hit colour of S/S 11. Blue eyeshadow has shed its 80s image, and the fashion pack are working it with their tan this summer. Stylist magazine dedicated its ‘Trends on trial’ to blue eyeshadow recently. Try Bourjois Smoky Eyes in Bleu Jeans (£7.99).

Luxury service from our staff

Chef with guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chef with guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice

One of the things that makes the Constance Hotels Experience so special are the people who work there. So often the staff at Constance receive a special mention in the customer reviews we get on TripAdvisor, or in feedback sent by guests.

At Constance, we put a lot of time into training. Our Constance Hotels Training Academy, based in Mauritius is the hub for all staff training. Over the last 13 years, we’ve become a leader in the hospitality training sector.

Many of our staff come through our apprenticeship scheme, and have worked with us for over 10 years.

All this helps to make the Constance Hotels Experience so unique. When you stay at a Constance hotel, the staff very quickly come to know what you like, which makes you feel you’re being personally looked after.

Housekeeper decorating a bed at Constance Hotels Experience

Housekeeper decorating a bed

For many of our guests, that’s as much a part of the luxury experience as the hotel surroundings and decor.

Find out more about what it’s like to stay at a Constance hotel, or tell us your stories about staying with Constance and what made it stand out for you.

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Top tips for your holiday wardrobe

If your holiday is looming and you still haven’t hit the shops for this season’s must haves, fear not. These tips from the experts will have you looking like a beach-fit babe in no time.

Catwalk model wearing bikini

Glam up your beach wardrobe

1. Red Editor, Sam Baker offers up her top fashion sites as she searches for the perfect holiday wardrobe in the middle of sale season.

Read Sam Baker’s Hunt for the Holiday Wardrobe at Red Online.

2. Vogue - if it’s beachwear you’re after, check out Vogue’s guide to swimwear trends in 2011. Big news this summer are 60s and 70s inspired bikinis and maillots (swimsuits) in daring nude. Think Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor.

  • Swap your kaftan for a maxi dress.
  • Don a scarf or over-sized beach hat.
  • Tuck your toes into a pair of metallic sandals.

Get the scoop on what to wear on the beach with Vogue.com’s ‘Surf’s up’

Anya Hindmarch three pocket bag

Anya Hindmarch three pocket bag

3. Anya Hindmarch’s designer bags are a huge hit with the jet set. Style Passport gives the lowdown on Anya’s top 5 must-haves when packing to go away. There’s a Valorie clutch bag in her suitcase. Find out what else with Wear in the World Anya Hindmarch.

4. The Resort Collection is big news these days for fashion designers. Collections hit the shops in November – just in time for the great Indian Ocean get-away.

Key trends for the coming year include:

  • lace in rainbow colours
  • tribal design
  • neon
  • nautical

Stay ahead with Style.com’s spotlight on the key resort trends emerging for 2012.

5. The Sartorialist – for general fashion inspiration , look no further than The Sartorialist. Since launching the blog in 2005, Scott Schuman’s street style shots have catapulted him to fame. Time magazine has named him one of the biggest design influencers today.

See for yourself, a world of style according to The Sartorialist.

Why not tell us what your fashion must-pack is when you’re heading off on a beach holiday. You can get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

The giant pineapples of Madagascar

At our Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge in Madagascar, we cook with mainly local produce to provide the freshest ingredients to our guests.

Woman holding a giant pineapple from Madagascar

Giant pineapples in Madagascar can weigh up to 5kg

The North of the country is rich in amazing fruits and vegetables. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used – it’s nature at its very best.

If you head to the market in Nosy Bé, you’ll be struck not only by the abundance of fruit and vegetables but also by the size of everything on offer.

One of the most incredible sights are the giant pineapples. They come from the North-Western region of Sakatia or Marovato where the soil is particularly hot and humid. Here, the pineapples can grow up to whopping 5 kg.

Here are two great ways to enjoy the amazing flavours of pineapple:

  • Peel and cut the pineapple into wedges, then sprinkle with dried chilli flakes and salt crystals.
  • Peel and thinkly slice the pineapple, baste with a light vanilla syrup and serve with a scoop of lemongrass sorbet.

Simple, fresh and tasty.