Domaine de la Citadelle to visit Constance Ephélia

Constance Ephélia has invited winemakers from the prestigious French Domaine de la Citadelle to create a perfectly paired wine menu for guests on 10 February at Cyann Restaurant.

The Cyann Restaurant at Constance Ephélia

The Cyann Restaurant at Constance Ephélia

Domaine De la Citadelle was created in 1989 from the passion of Yves Rousset-Rouard to produce a grand vin that fully reflected the Côtes du Luberon region.

Embracing the region’s traditions, variety of soil types (clay-limestone, clay-sandstone, stony and marl), aspect and climate, Yves and his son Alexis have been able to create one of the top domaines in the region.

Having planted 14 different grape varieties (Syrah and Grenache forming the majority), they have worked in traditional ways in order to maintain the balance between caring for the vines and the environment.

Each year the yield is carefully limited with a removal of a percentage of buds in spring and a ‘green harvest’ in July to ensure the grapes which remain are the very healthiest and sweetest. These are then picked, by hand, at the perfect moment to ensure optimum maturity.

Wine event at Constance Ephélia

Guests at Constance Ephélia will be able to enjoy a range of wines from Domaine de la Citadelle, alongside a menu created by our world-class chef to bring out the best in each wine, on 10 February.

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3 romantic villas for Valentine’s Day

Secluded, blissfully peaceful and offering a perfect slice of romantic heaven, here are three beautiful villas to escape to this Valentine’s Day.

The Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Could this be your Valentine’s Day surprise?

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

The Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

The perfect romantic setting?

The Beach Villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Treat your loved one to the barefoot chic of Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

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Spanish flare at Constance Halaveli with new tapas menu

Spanish Executive Chef at Constance Halaveli, Jordi Vila, is introducing a touch of Spanish flare to early evenings at Jing Bar with a new tapas menu.

New tapas menu at Jing Bar

New tapas menu at Jing Bar

Vila is drawing on his passion for authentic Spanish cuisine to create a perfect sundown menu of light, healthy nibbles including delicacies such as Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese and smoked almonds.

Enjoy delicious tapas with one of our signature cocktails as you watch the sun sink beneath the infinite ocean from Jing’s stunning terrace set halfway along Halaveli’s jetty.

Available every day from 6.30–7.30pm the tapas menu will include:

  • Bread and tomato
  • Jamón Serrano
  • Marinated olives
  • Chicken croquettes
  • Anchovies, red pepper aubergines
  • Manchego cheese with rosemary honey
  • Smoked almonds
  • Prawns with sweet paprika

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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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