Recipe: Lemon compote with star anise and vanilla

This week’s delicious recipe from the Constance kitchens is Lemon compote with star anise and vanilla. It’s the perfect partner for seafood or duck.

Star anise

Star anise is a key ingredient for Mauritian lemon compote

Let us know how you get on and send us your comments and pictures of your own lemon compote.

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Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3 1/2hours

Ingredients

  • 1 kg lemons
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 5 star anise
  • 500g sugar
  • pinch of salt

1. Brush lemons under cold running water and cut 4 vertical slits into each of them.
2. Cook them for 4 minutes in boiling salted water, then put them into iced water. Do this three times to remove any bitter taste.
3. Cut the lemons in 4, remove seeds. Then cut the lemons into wedges, and then dice them.
4. Put the diced lemons in a saucepan, add 1 litre of water, the vanilla, star anise and sugar Cook on low heat for 3 hours.
5. Allow to cool and keep in the fridge until needed.

Serge Lutens – sponsors of our Twitter competition

Serge Lutens Fragrances

You can win Serge Lutens fragrances

Every week for the next month we’re offering fabulous prizes through our Twitter account including perfume from the world class perfumer Serge Lutens.

Serge Lutens’ perfumes are famous for their individuality, authenticity and rarity. Although born in Lille, France, Serge Lutens draws inspiration from his adopted home, Morocco.

His scents are pure and intoxicating yet anchored in reality. They smell of the things you recognise: places, skin, sex, people, even bread.

Lutens’ newest perfume Jeux de Peux is said to be inspired by childhood memories of warm, crusty bread. Other popular perfumes include Ambre Sultan, Fille en Aiguilles and Daim Blond.

Enter our Twitter competition throughout May and you could discover for yourself the beauty of Lutens’ fragrances.

You can also enter our fabulous competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board and flights.

You can enter the competition now! Check out Constance Hotels Experience on Facebook to enter.

Air Mauritius – partners in our fabulous holiday competition

Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius

We’re delighted that Air Mauritius is sponsoring our fabulous competition, where you can win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board in an exceptional junior suite and flights.

Our lucky winners will start their magical holiday aboard Air Mauritius. The airline flies from more than 25 destinations across Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Renowned for their exceptional customer service both in-flight and on the ground, the award winning airline has a young fleet of aircraft including the Airbus A340-300C, A340-300E, A330-200, A319-100.

On board, the cabins are designed to reflect the colours and scenery of Mauritius, from the calm turquoise waters of the lagoon and Indian ocean to the native flora and fauna of the island.

Passengers can take advantage of the airline’s eticketing system, online check in and frequent flyers club. Dedicated check in counters and use of the departure lounge is also available for business class and Elite card holders.

All you have to do is answer 3 simple multiple choice questions about Constance Le Prince Maurice and you’ll be in with a chance of winning. And the answers are all on our blog.

You can enter the competition now! Check out Constance Hotels Experience on Facebook to find out how to enter.

We’re also running competitions on our Twitter account throughout May and June.

Top young sommelier of France 2011 – the Duval-Leroy Trophy

Ten candidates hoping to win the award of best young sommelier of France have made it through to the semi-finals of the Duval-Leroy Trophy.

Wine glass

Best young sommelier of France - Duval Leroy Trophy 2011

Among the semi-finalists is Yann Hangouet, currently our sommelier at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

The previous winner of the biennial competition was Jonathan Bauer Monneret. At the time of being awarded the title in 2009, Jonathan was sommelier at Constance Belle Mare Plage in the Blue Penny Café.

Earlier this month, some 100 candidates met across different areas of France to take part in this year’s competition.

Yann Hangouet will be hoping to win the prestigious title when he joins the other semi finalists at Vertus in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France on 27 and 28 November for the finals.

Spa for children and teenagers at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Children enjoy the spa experience

Enjoying a rose milk foot bath and massage

At Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius, the luxury spa is now offering fun and relaxing treatments for children and teenagers.

With the emphasis on fun rather than all-out indulgence, our younger guests can now enjoy a range of treatments tailored to suit their particular age group.

Children aged 3 to 10 years can choose from three 30 minute treatments.

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At the end of the session, they can take away a surprise present or enjoy a fizzy drink with popcorn.

For the girls, there is The Little Mermaid:

  • Flowers in the hair
  • Rose milk foot bath
  • Rose foot massage
  • A surprise to take away

For the boys, there’s The Little Prince:

  • Bubble foot bath
  • Cocofoot massage
  • A surprise to take away

There’s also the dreamy Head in the Stars for children to enjoy:

  • Wheat face massage and head massage
  • Fizzy drink and popcorn

Teenagers also love the new range of treatments. If you’re looking for a change from sunbathing and water sports, or simply want to enjoy some pampering time, the spa offers a space to relax and rejuvenate.

Having a relaxing head massage

Having a relaxing head massage

  • First facial treatment – 45 minutes
  • Toning massage – 30 minutes
  • Coco exfoliation – 30 minutes
  • Candy nail manicure – 30 minutes
  • Glam feet – 30 minutes
  • Light make up – 30 minutes

All treatments are given by our fully trained beauty and health therapists in the tranquil tropical surroundings of Spa Constance.

Yoganimals

Children can now enjoy yoga classes based around animal poses. The essence of Yogani’mals is to awaken children’s senses, and teach them about yoga through simple, fun exercises.

Find out more about yoga classes for younger guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

All of our luxury hotels are unique, situated in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius is ideal for anyone wanting a romantic and secluded getaway. You’ll find yourself immersed in a place that oozes refined and relaxed luxury.

Take a look at some photos of the overwater villas at Constance Le Prince Maurice on our Facebook page.

Accommodation is spread along the beach or on stilts above the lagoon.

There are:

  • 76 junior suites with private terrace or balcony
  • 12 senior villas complete with private pool and outdoor soaking bath
  • a princely suite made up of two Junior and one Senior Suite with garden, two swimming pools and three private terraces.

This five star luxury hotel is inspired by Prince Maurice of Orange and Nassau, who pioneered the discovery of spices in theIndian Ocean.The spice route theme is infused through the décor of the hotel and the wood, stone and thatch creates a mood of tranquillity.

Fine dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Fine dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

There are three restaurants offering gourmet food. Unique to the island is Le Barachois, Mauritius’ only floating restaurant. Le Barachois enjoys a breathtaking setting on the lagoon with panoramic views of a mountain range. Diners enter along a gangplank that meanders through the mangrove trees. The restaurant is open for dinner and offers daily specials including grills, seafood and Mauritian delicacies.

Other highlights at Constance Le Prince Maurice include the spa offering Guerlain and Spa de Constance products. Treatments soothe even the most tired bodies and minds, and include:

  • a range of Ayurvedic massages
  • shiatsu
  • Thai massage
  • natural body wraps and exfoliation
  • the deliciously tempting afternoon of massage for two on the beach, including champagne and sweet macaroons.

There’s even a spa for children and teenagers offering fun treatments such as the Little Prince (includes bubble foot bath) and Little Mermaid (includes flowers in your hair).

The fitness centre offers a fully equipped gym, tennis and squash courts, as well as yoga and t’ai chi classes. The Fitness Bar serves vitamin cocktails for an extra health boost. The beautiful infinity swimming pool has views across the ocean, while the most recent addition to the hotel is a helipad where guests can take a ride in an Air Mauritius helicopter over the lagoon.

Add to this superb diving and snorkeling, and free access to two championship 18 hole golf course, and you have a world class luxury hotel in one of the finest resorts in Mauritius.

See some of the celebrity guests who have stayed at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Check out some of our other resorts too: our latest luxury experience in the Maldives– Moofushi, the Jewel Island, and the Constance Halaveli, floating on the North Ari Atoll in the Maldives.