Recipe: Iced tea

Enjoy this thirst-quenching iced tea from Constance Moofushi – best enjoyed on a beach in the Indian Ocean but wonderfully refreshing at home too.

Iced tea

Tropical style iced tea

  • 2 tea bags of black tea
  • ¼ fresh passion fruit
  • 3 slices of lemon
  • muscovado sugar

Add hot water to the tea and brew to your liking, then add sugar, passion fruit and lemon slices. Refrigerate until cool or pour over ice.

Romance at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

The Maldives is one of those tropical destinations that features highly on most people’s must-visit list – synonymous with romance and luxury.

Romantic evening on the beach at Constance Moofushi

Romance on the beach

Constance Moofushi has redefined the all-inclusive package with its covetable Cristal package, and has been attracting a hip crowd of couples and families since it first opened in 2010.

White powdery beaches, pristine water lagoons, sunny skies, crystal clear waters – this island offers one of the most luxurious castaway experiences imaginable.

For an extra dash of romance, we can arrange a special dinner on a private island. Dine on the beach, under the stars and the moon, with candles, bonfire, and deliciously fresh, simple food.

Meanwhile at our Fisherman’s Table, you can treat yourself and your family or friends with a sumptuous feast of freshly caught fish and lobster served family style.

Or simply romance the night away with your loved one and take in the beautiful colours of the Maldivian sunset while sipping a chilled French Brut Champagne and sampling sushi canapés.

The choice is yours.

Find out more about The Jewel Island; Constance Moofushi or visit our website for more information about Moofushi.

Fisherman's Table

Delightful Fisherman's Table for families and friends

 

Private dinner setting on the beach

Private dinner setting on the beach

Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius

The talented wine growers of Art de Vignes will be celebrating a week of gastronomy at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage from 20-26 May 2012.

Blue Penny Cafe

Fine dining at Blue Penny Cafe, Belle Mare Plage

Art de Vignes is a club of passionate, dedicated wine growers from French wine-producing regions: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Organised in collaboration with Jerome Faure, our Head Sommelier, the event is now in its third year. Throughout the week we celebrate fine dining and exceptional wines from the six French winemakers, who also attend the dinner.

Guests at our 2 hotels in Mauritius can enjoy this wonderful opportunity to taste rare wines from the Art de Vignes club, and to meet and discuss their passion for wine with the winegrowers. Add to this the famous culinary delights of our talented Constance chefs and you can see why this is an unmissable foodie event.

Highlights of the week

Sunday 20 May

  • Alphonse Mellot – Sancerre Domain La Moussiere
    Special lobster dinner at Indigo Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Monday 21 May
  • Olivier Decelle – Maury Mas Amiel/St Emilion GC Jean Faure
    Mauritian cuisine at Deer Hunter Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Tuesday 22 May
  • Thierry Germain – Saumur – Domaine des Roches Neuves
    When Val de Loire meets the Sega – at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Wednesday 23 May
  • Jean-Marc Boillot – Pommard/Puligny-Montrachet
    Recipes from Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage
Thursday 24 May
  • Marc Perrin – Chateauneuf du Pape – Beaucastel
    4 hands menu at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Friday 25 May
  • Christine Vernay – Condrieu – Cote Rotie – Georges Vernay
    Summer scents and spices of Syrah and Viognier at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

Find out more on our Constance Hotels Experience website.

Heard it through the grapevine…

Head Sommelier Cedric Jacob is extremely passionate about all wines and is eager to share his knowledge with our guests.

Cedric Jacob

Cedric Jacob

When speaking to Cedric his enthusiasm and love for wine is evident and he always welcomes guests to come visit the cellars at Constance Halaveli.

Below he shares a bit about his background and where his passion for wine began.

Where in France are you from?
I was born inParis. My dad got the opportunity to move to Aix-En-Provence, South of France for his job and we all followed him. My little village where we moved to, Ventabren, is in the middle of the appellation Cotes d’Aix-En-Provence famous for its Rosé. As you can guess, you can find more Rosé wine on every table than simple still water. My dad used to say ‘water is for flowers’ but my mum does drink a lot of water!

When did your interest in wine begin?
My interest in wine began when I started in the hospitality industry at the age of 15 where I discovered there was a soul to every different wine, each a different product, something sometimes that is hard to put into words.

I have always been interested in the mysterious things of life and wine was part of this. My lecturer, a passionate man who could speak for hours and hours about this topic, helped me to develop my knowledge and I started to learn about it seriously aged 18.

Some people might say that 15 years is very young but I think that we need to start early to understand the idea of taste and sensation when tasting a product. This goes for food, music, art etc… My dad understood this concept of life and used to give us, my 2 brothers and myself, a tiny glass of wine every Sunday to smell and try to recognise aromas. Then we’d add water in to taste it. That was the beginning of what I call a ‘love story’.

Sommelier team at Constance Halaveli

Sathir, Sampath and Cedric

Why did you become a sommelier?
First of all, I became sommelier for the simple reason that wine was a passion. I love reading about it, finding out what is happening in the world of wine, watching documentaries. Also wine was becoming a huge trend at the time that I started, and people were willing to understand more and more about what they were drinking. It’s not only about drinking nowadays – people want to discover new horizons, understand the importance of Terroir, grape variety, human touch on the final wine that they are drinking and so on. Being a sommelier is all about experiencing and sharing. This idea of conviviality and becoming a sommelier was the best choice I ever made.

What challenges do you face currently being a sommelier in the Maldives?
The main challenge is the difference of climate that definitely changes your perception while tasting. Your smell as well as your taste is affected by the humidity and heat. The same wine tastes totally difference in Europe compared with the Maldives. Our goal is to find a new way of serving wine so our guests fully enjoy the wine that they order, for example, serving slightly chilled red wine.

Another challenge is offering the best price for our customers, considering the heavy import duty on alcohol as the Maldives is a Muslim country.

Cedric Jacob and guests

Cedric and guests at Jahaz

With these challenges how do you foresee them affecting the wine industry in the Maldives?
The main impact regarding government restriction is that wine is getting more and more expensive in this country, especially since the government plans to further increase the duty. However, as a sommelier, we always believe that the price doesn’t always rhyme with quality. Our goal as professionals is to find more small producers from different countries who are driven by their passion to produce great wines. Many young wine makers inFranceand elsewhere are becoming more and more famous for this, and those are the wines we are trying to import. Once again our aim is to satisfy the needs and wants of our guests. 

What is your favourite wine and why?
That is the trickiest question for a sommelier and one that people often ask me because I like everything as long as it is good – white, red, rosé, dessert, Champagne…However since I arrived in the Maldives I have to say that I have a preference for white Sauvignon Blanc for their freshness and their minerality and red Pinot Noir for the easiness and fruit…New Zealand is a region that I particularly appreciate for that even though we do produce amazing Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir in France.

What would be your perfect evening?
A perfect evening is a couple of friends, each bringing a good bottle that they want to make others discover, me in the kitchen (I love to cook, in fact I wanted to be chef before sommelier) and spending the evening enjoying, sharing and having fun with friends… that’s my idea of conviviality.

Do you have any special tips that you would like to share?

Just like a magician, I would say I can’t.

Next time you’re at Halaveli don’t forget to ask our Sommelier team to take you on a tour of our superb wine cellars.

Prestigious Valmont Spa to open at Constance Halaveli

Already well established as the ultimate luxury holiday get-away, Constance Halaveli is now set to position itself as an elite spa destination.

Valmont at Constance Halaveli logo

At Halaveli we’ve teamed up with Valmont, the exclusive Swiss skincare experts, to join the revered V35 – Valmont’s Prestige Spa Club.

From May, guests at Halaveli can indulge in the very latest cellular cosmetics and treatments from Valmont’s Magician of Time range.

Among the renowned Valmont treatments, our spa menu offers an exclusive treatment specifically created by the Swiss house - the Valmont After Diving Treatment. Devoted to restoring the skin and caring for the hair after diving, this 45-minute treatment features alternating hydrating masks and modelage massages to relieve congestion, while pampering the contour of the eye with a collagen mask.

Our spa is situated on stilts above the Indian Ocean, with wonderful views from each of the 10 cabins. Our other spa treatments at Halaveli use the very popular Spa de Constance and Ila organic products.

Staying at Halaveli is an escape into a thrillingly beautiful world. With gourmet delights, spectacular scuba diving and now a world-class spa, Halaveli is firmly placed as one of the world’s most desirable luxury resorts.

Find out more

Recipe: Naan Bread

The perfect accompaniment to a curry, this Naan Bread recipe from the kitchens of Constance Halaveli is quick and easy to make.

Jing restaurant at Constance Halaveli Resort

Jing restaurant

  • 300g flour
  • 5g baking powder
  • 10g salt
  • 200ml milk
  • 100ml water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 50ml oil
  • 1 egg

1. Sift the salt and baking powder into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
2. Mix the sugar, milk, eggs, and oil in a bowl.
3. Pour this into the centre of the flour and knead adding water if necessary to form a soft dough.
4. Add the remaining oil and knead again then cover with a damp cloth, leave for 2-3 hours.
5. About half an hour before the naan is required, turn on the oven to 200°C.
6. Divide the naan into 8 balls and allow to rest for 3-4 minutes.
7. Shape each ball of dough with the palms of your hands to make an oval shape.
8. Bake the naan bread until they are puffed up and golden brown.

Try this naan bread with our delicious Constance Chicken and Prawn Curry in coconut milk