South African fine wines at Constance Halaveli

Head sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Cedric Jacob, shares his top picks for South African wines and reveals which wines have made it onto the wine list at the resort.

Cedric Jacob, Wine Sommelier at Constance Halaveli

Cedric Jacob, Sommelier at Halaveli

Fine South African wines we’re currently serving at Halaveli are:

And soon we’ll be adding:

  • Lammershoek – La Roulette Blanche, Chenin Blanc
  • David – Aristagos, Grenache Noir

And the best way to drink them…

These wines combined with our Chef’s selection of cheeses and cold cuts in Jing and Jahaz wine cellars is a must-do experience at Halaveli.

Wines from Swartland region

Cedric, and Constance corporate sommelier Jerome Fauré, discovered new wines at an exhibition of the latest up and coming South African vintages in Cape Town.

Cedric’s other top recommendations from the Cape Wine 2012 event are:

South Africa, wine region

South Africa, wine region

He was most impressed by wines from the Swartland region. The wines from the region Swartland really stood out because of the hard work that goes into making the wine. Wine makers from this region seek to produce wines that reflect the South African Terroir starting by analyzing the soils and subsoil, the climate or even micro climate, and identify which grapes will be the most suitable for the place they are.

Find out more about South African wines from the South African Wine Information website.

Wondering which wines to buy this Christmas?

Read Jamie Goode’s online wine magazine, Wine Anorak for insights, tips and advice on what to buy this festive season.

A delight for the senses

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice can now enjoy the exotic scent of our new fragrance, Stance.

Infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Infinity pool at Le Prince Maurice

Blended by the celebrated French perfumier Michèle Gay, the fragrance evokes the heady, spice-filled ambience of the Mauritian resort.

The perfume combines the exotic scents of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, grapefruit and ginger used in traditional Mauritian cuisine with base notes of myrrh, patchouli and vetiver creating a delight for the senses.

A member of Société Française des Parfumeurs, Gay made her name creating the concept of culinary perfumery, pairing essential oils of the perfume world with those of the culinary world.

Fans of her work include Céline Dion, Patricia Kaas and Aude de Thuin.

 

Enjoy this poem written by Michèle Gay to celebrate the launch of Stance:

As rare and unique
as the Constance-Prince Maurice,
stance is its new fragrance.

stance,
a rare word describing a poem,
a set of verses with full and flawless meaning
whose rhythm is found
in and twixt every line.

stance,
perfect poetry of the Constance-Prince Maurice,
found in every time and place
of a holiday that delights our senses.

Yet this perfume has suspension and silences
that bring us greater appreciation of life…
so very like the Constance-Prince Maurice

allowing us to truly be.
At the very heart of ourselves,
far from simply seeming, just being.

stance,
is an indulgence that we give
and that we encounter
and which always surprises us.
It is a different approach to perfume.
Never overwhelming,
it exudes the harmony of the Constance-Prince Maurice,
welcomes us, winks at us,
stays with us and keeps us reaching for its rarity.

stance,
is a rite of perfume.

stance,
is an indulgence ….
born of the meeting of place and nose
following the Culinary Perfumery path.

Michèle Gay
daringly flavours our dishes
and here captures Mauritian curry in perfume.

Her Culinary Perfumery
leads us to a cuisine-perfume
where, in head, heart and base notes,
myrrh, patchouli and vetiver meet and mingle…
that which French luxury has embraced with passion…

stance,
presents us the reflection
A spice-essence heart,
clove, cinnamon, cardamom,
the ginger opening,
the sandalwood base of molasses magic,
sweep us away to the Grapefruit Garden
on the sugar plantations of Constance.

stance,
takes us back to the roots
and values of Constance
and reminds us of the very best…
the Constance-Prince Maurice.

With the merest wafting,
wherever you might be,
stance
always brings you back
to Maurice’s perfect poetry…

 
Find out more about Michèle Gay on the French Entre Autre Choses blog or visit our Constance Le Prince Maurice website.

Isabelle Lamant joins Constance Le Prince Maurice

To celebrate the sumptuous refurbishment of the Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice, world-renowned fitness guru Isabelle Lamant will be joining our team in October and introducing guests to her unique blend of dance, yoga and gymnastics.

Isabelle Lamant

Isabelle Lamant

Inspired by her love of graceful movement, Isabelle’s classes are based around her philosophy of balance integrated into fitness, dance and yoga. Isabelle has a background in gymnastics and classical dance, which she has since combined with intensive yoga and pilates training.

‘After seven wonderful years of personal training in Paris and Versailles I’m excited to come to Mauritius and work with the Constance Group,’ she says. ‘My sessions will allow guests to tone up while they are dancing, practice the Dynamic (Vinyasa) Yoga as well as learning how to relax tense muscles and weak joints.

Each session will also show how guests can integrate practical exercises into their daily life so that they will not forget so soon their lovely gymnastic sessions when they return home. No matter what their physical abilities or experience may be, my sessions work for anyone.’

Exercising to a healthier more balanced lifestyle

Based around ‘control and fitness’ and ‘sculpt and balance’, Isabelle’s aim is to help her clients exercise their way to a more healthy, balanced lifestyle. She believes her role as a teacher is to empower each participant to define and reach their own personal goals both physical and psychological.

Yoga for children

Children's yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoganimals

In response to medical studies around the world which have proved that yoga can help children improve motor skills, concentration, posture and breathing, Isabelle has also designed a fun-filled program for our younger guests called ‘Yoganimals’. Find out more about children’s yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Previous experience and training

Famous for teaching at some of France’s most exclusive spas, including Espace Payot on Paris’ Champs Elysées and Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, Isabelle has also trained contestants for Miss France and Miss Tourism International in Malaysia.

State certificated in Fitness (CREPS -France), Isabelle acquired her skills whilst studying for a certificate in Pilates in 2007 and got her degree Vinyasa Yoga (Yoga dynamic) in Paris with Gérard Arnaud, diploma recognized by the French Federation of Yoga and Yoga Alliance US.

Find out more about staying at Constance Le Prince Maurice from our website and discover more about Isabelle Lamant’s fitness approach on her website.

Asian Tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Effortless luxury and a sumptuous dining experience are two of the reasons guests return to Constance Le Prince Maurice time and time again.

Chef Li Junwei at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chef Li Junwei at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At Constance, we’re committed to finding the best chefs who can offer our guests the latest culinary styles. At the newly refurbished Le Prince Maurice, we’ve created a new Asian Tapas Corner at the Laguna Bar, headed up by Chef Li Junwei.

Building on the worldwide trend for sushi and Asian cuisine Chef Li Junwei has fused the two ideas to create a fresh and inspiring menu.

‘This is a unique concept,’ Junwei explains, ‘where we serve sushi, noodles, dim sum, Asian tapas and desserts all prepared in front of the guests. As a chef this is very exciting for me as it means I get to talk with the diners, introducing them to Asian culinary traditions and culture.’

Junwei has been a chef for 10 years working across the globe including in Oman, Abu Dhabi and Zanzibar all of which has inspired him in his understanding different cuisines and cultures.

It is this mixing of cuisines which has inspired the menu at the Asian Tapas Corner.

Asian Tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asian Tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

One such dish is the Five Spice Salmon, cooked according to the Chinese smoking tradition but with added Thai spices and a Japanese wakame salad, creating a new, modern flavour.

Laguna Bar at Le Prince Maurice

The laid back vibe of the Laguna Bar, with its deep comfortable chairs and views across the infinity pool to the beach beyond, is the perfect backdrop for tapas dining.

Enjoy by day together with a deliciously healthy fresh juice, or relax into the evening trying out unusual combinations of tapas and drinks. As Junwei explains, ‘Some of our tapas are very light and go well with a strong flavoured drink like a whisky or brandy. Other dishes have a stronger, heavier flavour so I recommend you accompany them with a sweet cocktail like a Mojito or gin and tonic.’

With its romantic setting and this fresh exciting menu created by the culinary passion of Chef Li Junwei, the Asian Tapas Corner is a rare treat for any visitor to Le Prince Maurice.

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Enjoying Ramadan at Constance Halaveli

At Constance Halaveli, we’re celebrating Ramadan with a special tea and shisha promotion at our beautiful Jahaz Bar.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

On the beach at Halaveli

Tea time

Indulge in an unforgettable afternoon tea experience, with fresh teas and baklava. The teas we offer include:

  • Earl Grey
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Cinnamon spice
  • Pure Peppermint
  • Green

 

Shisha pleasures

One of the pleasures of Ramadan is to spend a relaxing evening in convivial company enjoying a Shisha of your favourite flavour.

Jahaz Bar, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Jahaz Bar

  • Apple
  • Double Apple
  • Mint
  • Mint and Grape
  • Grape
  • Cinnamon
  • Strawberry
Find out more about Constance Halaveli

Exclusive wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

A new state-of-the-art wine cellar, stocked with exclusive wines from around the world, is to open at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine tasting at Le Prince Maurice

Set to become one of the best stocked wine cellars in Mauritius, there’s capacity for more than 15,000 bottles.

Guests will be able to visit the wine cellar, situated next to L’Archipel restaurant. We’re holding regular wine tastings with our expert sommeliers, where you can explore the world of wine and sample delicious cheeses and deli treats.

Some of the fabulous wines stocked here include:

  • Champagne Salon 1966 from Mesnil sur ogier, France
  • Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Domaine de la Grange des Peres 2004/05/06/07/08/09, France
  • Swartland – Mullineux Schist Syrah 2010 – the first vintage of one exclusive wine, South Africa

The new wine cellar is air-conditioned and humidified at 85% to maintain perfect storage and maturation of the wine. Beautifully designed, the cellar has an arched ceiling with brick tiles, marble floor and solid wood used throughout.

Find out more about the super deluxe refurbishment at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

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