Architectural design at our Constance resorts

Entrance to Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Entrance to Le Prince Maurice

Constance resorts have earned themselves a reputation for elegance and an attention to personal service that makes you feel you’ve joined a luxury members’ club.

But what these resorts also offer are beautifully proportioned spaces in which you can totally unwind and relax.

In the first of our series, here’s an insight into the work of the architectural and design teams behind Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Lotus lounge at Le Prince Maurice

Lotus lounge at Le Prince Maurice

Le Prince Maurice is our deluxe 5* resort in Mauritius, and part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux group.

Mauritian architect Jean Marc Eynaud was the mastermind behind the resort, which opened in 1998 after 9 months of construction and more than 3 years of planning.

Architectural vision

When designing the entrance to the hotel, the architects and concept designers were inspired by Greek temples and the way a succession of halls lead to a god or goddess.

As you approach the main entrance of Le Prince Maurice, steps take you up to a walkway over a small wooden bridge. Ahead, 2 columns narrow the field of vision, before opening up to a wide area where you enjoy panoramic views of the resort.

And if you arrive at night, the visual effects are inverted as the focus flips onto the hotel itself with the architectural play on perspective coming from the lights.

Feng Shui harmony

Dawn at Le Prince Maurice
Dawn at Le Prince Maurice

Feng Shui principles were used when designing the hotel, and the result is a triumph. Anyone who spends time in this energising space is treated to a wonderful sense of equilibrium and well-being. Here are some of the key elements at play.

  • Beds are high above floor level to help the circulation of Qi, or energy.
  • In the first hall of L’Archipel restaurant, internal concrete columns are at the centre of the hall (the wooden ones are external) increasing the concentration of energy in the centre of the space.
  • The Lounge Bar design is dedicated to the lotus flower, the symbol of life and the interplay of the yin and yang.
  • The gardens have been created to give a natural impression with touches that are at first invisible to the eye – hundreds of night jasmine start to flower when the sun sets, filling the air with their heady perfume.

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How to: aerate and decant wine

Our Head Sommelier at Constance, Jérome Faure, takes you through the steps to aerate and decant wine.

Decanted wine

Decanted wine

There’s a French word, carafage, which you probably won’t find in any dictionary even though it’s regularly used by wine experts and enthusiasts. For some, it simply means ‘pouring the contents of a bottle into a carafe’.

There are 2 ways that explain the why and how of carafage – to aerate (or let wine breathe) and to decant.

Aerating wine

Aerating is used with a young wine. Some wines need to be allowed to breathe to be at their best. Full-bodied young wines as well as certain types of wine made from particular grape varieties such as chardonnays, rieslings and pinots (blanc and gris) need to be aerated so they can flourish.

There are other wines that don’t need aerating, such as sauvignons. Wines with an oaky flavour and wines with a musty taste (gout de reduit) benefit from being transferred into a carafe, as do wines with a slight effervescence.

Aeration is also good for wines that taste strongly of tannin, to soften its impact.

Decanting wine

White wine in a glass

Letting the wine breathe

Decanting is used for wines of a certain age (usually 10 years or older) to separate the liquid from any sediment, or solid particles.

But decanting aged wine isn’t always appropriate because some old wines simply can’t take the process. The purpose of decanting isn’t oxygenation, quite the opposite in fact.

Choosing the right carafe

Even though some people are of the opinion that only red wines need decanting – when in fact white wines may need it more often – it’s always good to bear in mind that each wine is unique and requires a particular kind of carafe.

For aerating wine, it’s best to use a carafe with a broad base and a wide neck so that the wine has plenty of contact with the air. The more full-bodied the wine, the more important aeration becomes – so the carafe should be flatter and broader. The aim is to bring the wine into contact with the air.

However, an old wine needs to be handled with care, and requires a carafe with a narrow neck and fairly narrow base.

When choosing a carafe, also ask yourself these questions:

  • will the shape of the neck allow you to pour the wine easily into a glass?
  • is it a carafe that can be easily handled?
  • will the carafe be easy to wash and dry?
  • is it a carafe that will be really stable when filled with wine and placed on the table?

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New Spa & Wellness Manager joins the team at Constance Halaveli

Marissa Garcia Junio

Marissa Garcia Junio

Marissa Garcia Junio has  joined our team as Spa & Wellness Manager at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Marissa brings with her a wealth of experience having worked previously at Per Aquum Spa at Full Moon Resort, CoCo Palm and pre-opening Spa Director of Alila Villas.

Welcome to the team!

 

Top 3 festivals in the Indian Ocean this October

 

Performer at Madajazzcar

Performer at Madajazzcar

Check out our pick of the best festivals taking place in the Indian Ocean right now.

Creole Festival, Seychelles

When: 23-30 Ocotber 2011
Where: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue Islands
What: The biggest cultural event of the Seychelles calendar, this 6-day long festival celebrates the traditions and culture of Creole life on the islands. It’s a riot of colour and music with floats, art fairs, dancing, food stalls and more.   
Stay: Constance Ephelia and Constance Lemuria

 

Madajazzcar, Madagascar

When: 3-15 October 2011
Where: Venues around the capital Antananarivo, and other towns on the island.
What: Renowned jazz festival that attracts local and international artists celebrating Malagasy music – Madajazzcar Facebook page and official Madajazzcar website.
Stay: Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

 

Hay Festival, Maldives

When: October/November 2012 (biennial)
Where: Male and Aarah, offering privileged public access to the Presidential Retreat Island.
What: Part of the stable of Hay Festivals, this biennial event launched in 2010 attracts big names to debate cultural, political and social issues of our time against a stunning tropical bacdrop.
Stay: Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi (book early to avoid disappointment).

 

 

Landscape Gold Award for Constance Ephelia and EarthQuest Management Consultants

Private pool at one of Ephelia's hillside villas

Fabulous hillside villa

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles, together with EarthQuest Management Consultants have been awarded the prestigious Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry awards ceremony, in recognition for superior landscape construction.

The monumental project of turning the idea of Constance Ephelia into reality was a huge undertaking. Ephelia is situated on a stretch of pristine beach, surrounded by 120 hectares of rare tropical vegetation.

The resort was designed by esteemed landscape design company, Colin Okashimo & Associates in Singapore. But it was due to EarthQuest Management Consultants that the spectacular design vision became reality. Key masterminds behind the project were:

  • Renzo Derksent supported by Garrith Brokensha and Brian Brigilia
  • Alex de Maroussem, who sourced and propagated all 195,000 plants at the resort

The final result of this mammoth undertaking is nothing short of spectacular.

Read more about enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles.

Weekly round up: 3-9 October 2011

Bar at Lodge Tsarabanjina

Bar at Lodge Tsarabanjina

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competition

Special offers

Inspiration

Culinary

Behind the scenes