Leading winemaker Patrick Léon to visit Constance Ephélia

We have invited leading winemaker, Patrick Léon, to Constance Ephélia in the Seychelles to share with guests his expertise and passion at a wine tasting lunch on 13 March.

Leading winemaker Patrick Léon to visit the Cyann restaurant

Leading winemaker Patrick Léon to visit the Cyann restaurant

With a stellar career in the wine industry spanning 40 years including managing director for Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, consulting oenologist at Château D’Esclans and running his own vineyard in Bordeaux, Château Le Trois Croix, Léon has earned a first class reputation for wine making.

Guests at Ephélia will have the opportunity to meet Léon at a lavish wine tasting lunch at Cyann where they can enjoy wines selected by him from Château d’Esclans and his own Château Les Trois Croix.

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5 natural wonders of the Seychelles

The Seychelles, an archipelago of granite and coral islands, reefs and atolls, is blessed with a sublime tropical climate, and a rich and unique biodiversity.

The Seychelles

The Seychelles

With two UNESCO World Heritage sites, six marine national parks and countless areas of outstanding natural beauty it could be argued that the entire archipelago is a natural wonder.

Here is our list of 5 natural wonders of the Seychelles

1. Atoll of Aldabra

Top of any list of natural wonders of the Seychelles must come this collection of stunning coral islands set around a shallow lagoon and surrounded by a rich, vibrant reef. One of the largest atolls in the world, its location in a remote area of the Seychelles has meant that it has remained largely untouched, a fact now protected by its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a rich, largely endemic, biodiversity and the highest population of giant tortoises in the world.

2. Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

The second UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Seychelles is the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin. Once believed to be the original Garden of Eden, this primeval palm forest is the home to many rare, endemic palms including the famous coco de mer. Wildlife includes the endemic black parrot, Seychelles kestrel, sunbird, Seychelles house snake, green and bronze geckos and six species of caecilian.

Port Launay National Marine Park

Port Launay National Marine Park

3. Grand Anse, La Digue

There are so many beautiful beaches in the Seychelles that it is difficult to pick any one out above the others. Grand Anse, on La Digue (a short boat ride from Praslin) does, however, epitomise what visitors are looking for when they come to a Seychellois beach. With its perfect white, powder sand, softly shaded granite boulders and clear, shallow waters it looks as if an artist has created a vision of a perfect beach and brought it to life. La Digue itself has many beautiful and rare species including the paradise flycatcher or ‘veuve’, swiftlets and sea turtles.

4. Port Launay National Marine Park

This stunning reef and natural seascape is the only marine park in the Seychelles accessible by both land and sea. Including 8 stunning beaches on the island of Mahé, the park offers fabulous snorkelling opportunities as well as the chance to spot whale sharks as they pass through the waters attracted by the rich plankton which accumulates here. Constance Ephelia overlooks the marine park.

5. Aride Island Nature Reserve

Home to one million breeding seabirds across 10 species, including the endemic magpie robins, fodies, brush warblers and blue pigeon, Aride Island is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Protected from human influence since 1973, Aride is the largest nature reserve of the granitic Seychelles islands and the only natural home of Wright’s Gardenia. It also has a rich population of reptiles and nesting turtles.

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A guide to luxury weddings in Mauritius

Mauritius has been ranked top location in the world for destination weddings in a recent report from Kuoni.

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

On Mauritius, nature has created a perfect backdrop of white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush tropical foliage, and at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, we’ve added a special dash of Constance luxury.

Your own dedicated wedding planner

Relax in the knowledge that someone understands exactly what you want and is working hard to make it happen.

Our wedding planners will contact you before you set off to discuss exactly what you want for your special day, and ensure it’s ready for you when you arrive.

On arrival your wedding planner will show you around the hotel or resort so that you can select exactly where you would like your ceremony to take place.

Create the wedding of your dreams

Our luxury wedding package includes everything you’ll need for a perfect day but if you want to add some personal elements or details just let us know.

If you dream about sailing off together into an Indian Ocean sunset, dining at a private table for two in a secluded spot, having your own DJ spin your favourite tunes or enjoying a pre-wedding couple’s spa treatment, we’ll take care of all the details.

Relax at the bar

Relax at the bar

Luxury accommodation

Whether you choose a secluded private villa with its own pool or an elegant, spacious suite, the luxury accommodation will give you the perfect relaxed space to retreat to for some precious time alone.

In-villa dining and 24-hour room service gives you the opportunity to really enjoy the seclusion of your accommodation.

Fine dining

Enjoy candle-lit meals of sumptuous gourmet dishes lovingly prepared by our world-class chefs and pair them with some of the world’s best wines from our extensive cellars in our fine-dining restaurants.

Enjoy the very freshest local and international ingredients whether you are looking for 5* dining or sushi on the beach.

Things for newly-weds to do in Mauritius:

1. Take a helicopter ride around the island

See the dramatic landscape of this beautiful tropical island from the air with an exhilarating helicopter ride.

The Legend golf course

The Legend golf course

2. Play golf on a championship golf course

Both Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage have access to our two championship 18-hole courses. Whether you are a novice and need coaching by the pros at our Golf Academy or you’re an old-hand you’ll love the challenges set by our courses.

3. Ziplining through the mountainous countryside

Feel the rush of adrenalin as you cruise through the air on a course of ziplines over plantation land and lush tropical forests.

4. Explore the Indian Ocean

Whether you enjoy life above or below the waves there’s plenty do in Mauritius from water skiing and wind surfing to scuba diving and snorkelling.

5. Visit Port Louis

The island’s bustling capital is a fast-track into the Mauritian way of life. Barter for a bargain in the busy central market, rub shoulders with the Mauritians at the famous Champ de Mars race course or just buy a coffee and people watch along the Caudan Waterfront.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice or Constance Belle Mare Plage or to make a booking.

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The Culture Trip applauds Le Prince Maurice

Global art, culture and travel website, The Culture Trip, has picked out Constance Le Prince Maurice as one of the ‘10 best cultural hotels in Mauritius’.

Tables with a view

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Culture Trip, which highlights cultural attractions around the world, also features Le Prince Maurice’s Le Barachois restaurant in its ‘Mauritius’ 10 best cultural restaurants’ guide.

The Culture Trip says, ‘A luxurious hotel situated on a peaceful private peninsula, Le Prince Maurice is an oasis of beauty and quality in the midst of luxuriant vegetation and next to a natural marine reserve’.

In its search for ‘Creole haute cuisine in the Indian Ocean’, it praises Le Barachois. ‘Located on the shore and surrounded by mangrove trees, diners can expect to eat off wooden tables on floating decks, whilst their food is prepared in a thatched stone cottage. This combination of colonial atmosphere with tropical luxury is distinctively Mauritian.’

To read the full review or to find out more about the cultural attractions in Mauritius visit The Culture Trip

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Recipe: Tuna ravioli with semi-ripe papaya

Created at Constance Lémuria in 2006, this tuna ravioli dish uses 100% Seychelles products (papaya, tuna, palm kernel). Since then, our guests have forbidden us to remove the dish from the menu.

Constance Lémuria's Tuna Ravioli

Constance Lémuria’s Tuna Ravioli

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Fish and papaya compote:

  • 1kg yellow fin tuna loin
  • 1 semi-ripe papaya
  • 10g honey
  • 1 tea bag

1. Cut the tuna into 0.5cm thick slices, flatten them gently and set the aside. Make a small tartar with the trimmings from the tuna.

2. Peel the papaya and dice it into 0.5cm pieces. Store it.

3. Heat the honey in a small saucepan, add the papaya and the tea bag, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and cool it in a chiller. Store it.

4. Spread twelve thin slices of tuna on the work surface. Add a teaspoon of papaya compote, then another twelve slices of tuna.

5. Using a three-inch diameter pastry cutter, press down gently to form the ravioli. There should be no air inside. Take another cutter, this time four centimeters in diameter and cut the ravioli.

6. Set them out on a plate with cling film over it, and put them in the fridge.

The garnish:

The smoked kernel:

  • 1/2 heart of palm kernel, fresh
  • Filao shavings: as required
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Coconut oil: as required
  • Salt/pepper

1. Peel and cut the edible part of the palm and drop it onto a smoke-rack for 10 minutes.

2. Cut out twelve one-inch-thick cylinders. Add the coconut oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.

The vanilla oil:

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • Olive oil: as required
  • Lime juice: as required

1. Split the vanilla pod and keep the seeds.

2. Put the oil and lemon juice in a bowl, add the vanilla and whisk well. Store it.

The rocket and coconut salad:

  • 100g rocket
  • 1/2 dry coconut
  • 80g ripe papaya

1. Use a peeler to get some coconut shavings. Store them.

2. Wash the rocket and store it.

3. Cut the papaya into cubes and store it.

Finishing and presentation

Arrange three slices of palm on a square plate. On each of them, place a tuna ravioli.

Arrange the seasoned tuna tartar in the middle of the plate with some small capers, and finish it off with the rocket salad, the shaved dry coconut and diced papaya.

Top it off with vanilla oil on the ravioli and a little salt.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold white woody wine:

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel, 2009 France
  • hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hamilton Russell Chardonnay, 2009 South Africa

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Stunning new nature trail for guests at Constance Lémuria

General manager of Constance Lémuria, Bruno Le Gac, has signed a deal with the Ministry of Environment and a local landowner to give guests access to the stunning scenery between Lémuria and Anse Georgette.

Stunning views from Lémuria's nature trail

Stunning views from Lémuria’s nature trail

The new nature trail through the beautiful scenery of Praslin will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views across Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio.

A licensed guide will be available to accompany guests to introduce them to the spectacular local flora and fauna they will see along the trail.

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