Wine and dine with two of France’s best vineyards at Ephélia and Lémuria

Guests at Ephélia and Lémuria resort can enjoy the unique opportunity to celebrate two of France’s leading vineyards this Christmas with a specially created vineyard menu.

Constance Ephélia

Gonet-Medeville at Constance Ephelia

Gonet-Medeville at Ephelia and Lemuria

Nicolas Rossignol and a representative of the Gonet-Médeville vineyard will join guests at Ephelia on the 25-27 December to introduce them to some of their famous wines and champagnes. A menu has been specifically designed to compliment the famous French wines and to create a dining event not to be missed.

From a family of winemakers Nicolas Rossignol established his own estate back in 1997 in the region of Volnay using ancient winemaking techniques.

Gonet-Médeville has also stayed true to traditional growing methods in the creation of its grand cru and premier cru champagne.

Come and taste the best of the wines they have to offer at Ephélia this Christmas.

Constance Lémuria

Guests at Lémuria resort will get a sneak preview this week when they too are visited by the Family Gonet-Médeville and Nicolas Rossignol for an exclusive wine and dine event.

Highlights of the menu will include:

  • Pan fried foie gras with semi-ripe papaya chutney served with ginger bread puree, salty nut crunch and balsamic jus to be accompanied by a Champagne Gonet Médeville Blanc de Noirs 1er cru
  • Roasted red snapper fillet in a red wine sauce, crispy leeks and sautéed ‘patole’ accompanied by a Volnay 2011
  • Roasted duck breast with sweet spices and honey crust pumpkin gratin and wilted local spinach with tamarind jus accompanied by a Volnay 1er cru Santenots 2009
  • Duo pineapple-vanilla with red berries coulis accompanied by a Château Gilette ‘Crème de tête’

Find out more about Nicolas Rossignol and Gonet-Médeville or visit the Constance Ephélia website to check availability.

Top 5 food blogs

It’s always fun to try something new in the kitchen and with Christmas round the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to experiment with cooking something you haven’t tried before.

Luxury food at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Culinary delights at Constance

We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 food blogs to get you inspired.

1. Cannelle et Vanille 
Produced by Basque ex-pat Aran Goyoaga, this beautiful food, life and photography blog is chock full of recipes with an emphasis on all things sweet.

2. Bon Appé Tempt 
Winner of this year’s Best Food Humour Blog Award from Saveur, Bon Appé Tempt offers a mix of recipes and humorous, edgy anecdotes from the life of blog creator Amelia.

3. Lottie + Doof 
Offering a blend of recipes, tips for entertaining guests and muses on the central role food plays in our lives.

4. Eat Like a Girl 
Popular blog by Niamh Shields offering an eclectic array of recipes inspired by well-loved recipe books and the writer’s own travels.  Also includes information, tips and advice for foodies abroad.

5. Trail of Crumbs 
A gastro travelogue, written and photographed by an American couple now living in Paris with a selection of photos, recipes and stories inspired by their travels. With regular guest authors the blog is a handy resource for foodie travellers seeking tips on culinary treats to try when overseas.

Food for thought

Foodies looking for new and exciting culinary experiences will find what they’re looking for in Mauritius.

Asian tapas, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asian tapas, Le Prince Maurice

The restaurants at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage epitomise Constance’s culinary spirit combining traditional haute cuisine with the flavours and spices of the Indian Ocean.

Our menus are based around the very freshest local produce, whether it be fish caught that day or herbs and spices grown on the island. Across our restaurants we then prepare these delicacies using a variety of local and international culinary traditions.

Guests can indulge their taste for European fine dining one evening and then shake things up with a traditional Mauritian beach barbecue the next.

At Le Prince Maurice highlights include:

  • L’Archipel – Chef Michael Scioli celebrates local Mauritian cuisine with his lunchtime barbecues and light, spice-infused evening menu.
  • Le Barachois – One of the most romantic restaurant in the Indian Ocean floating on pontoons on the lagoon, diners can enjoy fresh-from-the-sea seafood cooked in local herbs and spices.
  • Laguna Bar – fans of Asian food should visit the new Asian Tapas Corner where Chef Li Junwei prepares the freshest sushi, noodles and dim sum.

At Belle Mare Plage diners can experience:

Crab curry, Deer Hunter restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Crab curry, Deer Hunter restaurant

  • La Spiaggia – the finest Mediterranean cuisine cooked in the classic traditions of France, Italy and Spain. Once a week La Spiaggia hosts a lobster menu offering a variety of lobster dishes.
  • Deer Hunter – a celebration of Mauritian cuisine. Chef Rajesh Payanandee uses traditional recipes and cooking techniques to create a taste of Mauritius for his guests.
  • Blue Penny Café – the epitome of fine dining, head chef Frederic Goisset sets the culinary standard extremely high with his creation of elegant dishes, beautifully presented. He also frequently opens his kitchens to Michelin-star chef’s from around the world.
Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival

 

In March every year Belle Mare Plage attracts foodies from around the globe to the famous Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival. Six European Michelin-starred chefs compete in teams alongside Constance chefs to create award-winning dishes using only local produce.
Our chefs are given the opportunity to work alongside these European masters, watching and learning from the best of the best. In return the European chefs return to Europe with a hint of Mauritian spice they’ve learnt from us.

Mmm… for Mauritius and Le Prince Maurice

Style magazine Company is raving about Constance Le Prince Maurice this month.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The magazine describes the resort’s vibe as, ‘Quiet and classy, but very understated, friendly and ultra relaxed – a beautiful setting where sophistication gets together with Mother Nature to create a harmonious holiday experience.’

The highlight of journalist Michael Melis’ visit was, he says, ‘Yoga every morning with the lovely Isabelle and the food… This place is gastro heaven!’

We agree.

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice and check availability on our website, or read about trainer Isabelle Lamant’s approach to fitness at our luxury resort.

The January edition of Company magazine is on sale now, or follow on Twitter @companymagazine.

Brewed to perfection

At Ephélia we strive for perfection and for our tea-drinking guests nowhere is this more important than in their teacups.

Theodor tea at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Theodor tea at Constance Ephelia

For that reason we have chosen luxury French tea house Theodor to supply our signature restaurant Cyann. Established in 2002 by Frenchman Guillaume Leleu, Theodor has become synonymous with prestigious, high quality fair trade teas from around the world.

With an emphasis on taste and artistry in blending, the house has become a standard in excellence throughout the world.

Even the teapots in which the teas are brewed are considered part of the process, and Theodor teapots are made of Japanese cast iron using ancient Japanese casting techniques. Each teapot is unique with the cast broken after casting and then remoulded in a constant striving for perfection.

Theodor teas available at Cyann

  • The famous white tea Yin Zen from China
  • The Rooibos from South Africa – a theine-free infusion
  • Classic black teas including – English breakfast and Daarjeling
  • Flavoured green teas including – Jasmine, Peché Mignon, J’aime
  • Flavoured black teas including – Earl Grey Royal, Place Saint Marc, Travel to India
  • Tête à tête – a herbal tea
  • Teas we plan to offer soon:
  • The unique Matcha green tea from Japan
  • The semi-fermented tea from Taiwan
  • The green Pu Ehr from Laos
  • The black Pu Ehr from Laos
  • The Kenyan black tea
Find out more

Visit the Theodor tea website to learn more about the art of brewing the perfect cup of tea.

And if you prefer your tea with a kick read the Independent’s guide on how to pep up your daily brew.

Discover more about the beautiful resort of Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Make mine a double, says Italian Tosi

Italian Franco Tosi landed an outstanding double in the Air Mauritius Amateur Trophy at the Links course last week.

Franco Tosi wins Air Mauritius Amateur Trophy

Franco Tosi

The scratch golfer comfortably maintained his advantage in the Gross (0-9 handicap) category, scoring the day’s best 37 points in the third round.

Five strokes back came runner-up Ludovic Bax, of Mauritius, with another Italian, Niccolo De Lucis and England’s Marcus
Ferguson Jones joint third on 103 points.

Tosi’s 37 points haul also earned him top spot in the Net event, in which he overhauled nine-handicap Olivier Lagesse, from Mauritius, by two points after Lagesse could manage only 34 points.

England’s Steve Hurst came out on top in the Gross 10-18 handicap category.

The 10-handicapper dropped only five strokes to sign for 31 points, six more than Sydney Lasri, of Mauritius, to gain the verdict on countback after both had a total of 69 points.

Frenchman Jacob Chekib (h15) took the Net 10-18 handicap section title after his 34 points saw him home by two points over
Mauritian Mark Cridland (h13),

Italy’s Giuliana Colavito was never under threat in the Ladies’ Gross competition and extended her winning margin to 15 points
over Ginger Delacretaz, of Mauritius.

A final round 34 in the Net category was just enough to secure the title for Priscille Li Yuen Fong (h18), but only on
countback from fellow Mauritian Prabha Saddul (h9) after both finished on 100 points.

Read more

Visit the MCB Tour Championship website for full round up of the event.