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.

Ready to book your holiday? Visit our website to check availability and book now.

Sustainable tourism at Constance Hotels

At Constance Hotels we work hard to protect the environment, natural resources and local cultures of the islands where our resorts are located.

Beach at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We incorporate sustainable thinking into decision-making at all levels throughout our business. Here’s an insight into the way we work:

Local producers

We support local industries and producers including buying locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and other foodstuff.

Read Bruno Le Gac’s interview with Visit Mauritius about regional and sustainable food at Constance.

Landscaping – Constance Ephélia

In October 2011, we were awarded the prestigious Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry awards ceremony, recognising the landscape design of our resort. No small feat when you consider Ephélia is situated in 120 hectares of lush tropical vegetation, perched on a pristine beach, and adjacent to Port Launay Marine National Park.

Find out more about the Landscape Gold Award for Constance Ephélia.

Conserving water and reefscaping at Halaveli

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we produce our own-label still and sparkling mineral water.

Since March 2011, we have been turning tap water into mineral water using our own bottling plant. This has reduced the need for plastic bottles on the resort.

And late last year, we started our coral regrowth programme - to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the resort, and help repair the damage caused by the Tsunami in 2004.

Find out more about our reefscaping programme at Halaveli.

Design at Moofushi

Since it opened in November 2010, Moofushi has been wowing guests with its eco-design and barefoot chic approach to luxury holidaying.

The island’s butterfly design and daring architecture was developed by Jean-Michel d’Unienville (Mauritius) and Marc Hertrich (France). Careful consideration has been taken to preserve the environment through efficient and non-polluting materials.

Find out more about Architecture and Design at Constance Moofushi.

Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria

We run a turtle preservation programme at Constance Lémuria, Praslin Island,Seychelles. The beaches here are important nesting sites for endangered hawksbill and green turtles, who return to the beaches year after year.

Thanks to our turtle programme, and the work of our Turtle Manager, the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles and the local community and hotel guests, we’re seeing an increase in the number of nests each year.

Find out more about our work preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria.

Environmental charter at Constance

Our environmental charter sets out how we work to minimise the impact we have on the surrounding ecosystems and cultures while improving biodiversity, cultural heritage and community development. Here are a few of the ways we are working on this:

Energy

  • use eco-friendly oil and batteries
  • recover energy from air-conditioning systems
  • install solar panels for heating swimming pools

Water

Clearing mangroves at Constance Moofushi Resort

Clearing mangroves and landscaping at Moofushi

  • install water flow regulators on showers
  • recycle grey water for gardening, toilets etc
  • preserve scarce water supply by using a desalination plant

Waste

  • recycle glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic
  • recycle restaurant organic waste and garden green waste
  • support urban and rural clean-up

Biodiversity

  • use organic fertilizers
  • use plants and trees locally adapted
  • take part in local action for the environment

Social responsibility

  • employ local people where possible
  • support local community development projects with funding, time and human resources
  • provide ways for guests to volunteer for local conservation or community development projects

Marine life and reefs

  • inform guests about responsible snorkelling and dive practices towards unique coral reef life
  • improve staff and guest awareness and concern towards littering beach and sea
  • keep boats clean and in proper working order, including regular cleaning of propellers to reduce amount of underwater sound emitted

Want to know more?

Visit our Constance Hotels Experience website to find out more, or tell us what you think. You can post a comment below, or visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @constancehotels.

 

Sisley spa treatments at Constance Le Prince Maurice

When the deluxe 6* Constance Le Prince Maurice reopens in September, spa enthusiasts can discover a fabulous range of treatments from Sisley.

Sisley at Spa de Constance, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa de Constance

Renowned for their use of essential oils and plant extracts, Sisley specialises in treatments that combine massage techniques with the power of aromatherapy, to reunify your body and mind.

Here’s a glimpse of the Sisley treatments on offer at the brand new Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice.

 

Facials

Phyto Aromatic Hydrating facial

Created with young skin in mind, the Phyto Aromatic Hydrating facial is extremely gentle leaving skin fresh and petal-soft.

Phyto Aromatic Radiance facial

Before a party or to lift a dull and blotchy complexion, book yourself a Phyto Aromatic Radiance facial and see immediate effects: Your face will look less tired and your skin will be left radiant and clear.

Phyto Aromatic Restorative facial

The perfect way to relax damaged and irritated skin, the Phyto Aromatic Restorative facial soothes, repairs and calms, replacing lost moisture and leaving skin irresistibly soft. An intensively rich balancing treatment.

Relaxing at Spa de Constance

Relax with Sisley treatments

Phyto-Aromatic Purifying facial

Created for combination, oily and problem skins, the Phyto-Aromatic Purifying facial cleans and regulates sebaceous secretions without affecting the skin’s water balance.

The pores are tightened, skin purified and the complexion evened out. After the treatment your face will look clear, fresh and glowing.

Phyto Aromatic Lightening facial

The Phyto Aromatic Lightening facial uses the advanced technology behind Sisley’s Phyto-Blanc range. Thanks to a precise method of application, your complexion is left even and clear. With frequent facials, or with daily use of the Phyto-Blanc range, it is a luxurious and relaxing way to gain a radiant and bright complexion.

Phyto Aromatic facial for men

Exclusively formulated for men, the Phyto Aromatic facial for men hydrates, tones and freshens skin.

Sisleÿa Anti-Ageing Phyto Aromatic facial

Following 10 years of research to create the Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age range, the  90 minute Sisleÿa Anti-Ageing Phyto Aromatic facial helps to regenerate your skin leaving it looking younger and healthier. Fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed, the epidermis toned, firmer, and skin more resilient. Ask about the different options when booking your treatment, depending on skin type.

The Intensive Hydrating Anti-Aging Phyto Aromatic facial

Profoundly re-hydrates dehydrated skin. This facial encourages water circulation within the epidermis and restores the ideal skin water balance. The skin becomes suppler, toned, and regains ‘bounce’, glow and the radiance of youthful skin.

The Supreme Anti-Aging Phyto Aromatic Treatment

The Supreme Anti-Aging Pyto Aromatic Treatment lasts for 90 minutes, and includes a 20-minute muscle massage for instantly firmer skin with better vitality. Sisley has created an exceptional ritual combined with a unique massage product: the Baume Expert Visage. Using the most effective massage techniques and using the latest anti-aging skincare from Sisley: Supremÿa La Nuit.

Each muscle is worked in turn, first alone then area by area. In just one session, Sisley’s Suprême Anti-Aging treatment gives the skin an instant boost, erasing all signs of fatigue, restoring radiance and recontouring tissues in a spectacular way.

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

 

Body treatments

Intensive Hydration Phyto Aromatic body treatment

The Intensive Hydration Phyto Aromatic body treatment enhances vitality.

Combined with the benefits of hydrating essential oils, it gives the body a feeling of total wellbeing, while the skin and internal energies are re-balanced.

The Slimming Phyto Aromatic body treatment

Using the advanced technology and expertise of Sisley’s slimming products, the Slimming Phyto Aromatic body treatment offers the perfect combination of rhythmical modelling and draining actions to sculpt the figure. This is a smoothing and toning anti-cellulite treatment for a sculpted body and glowing skin.

The Anti-Aging Firming Phyto Aromatic body treatment

Specially formulated to counteract the effects of time on the skin, the Anti-Aging Firming Phyto Aromatic body treatment combines Sisley’s Anti-Aging expertise with the effectiveness of a targeted massage. Treating the individual, this treatment provides the skin with tone and elasticity and efficiently targets areas prone to skin slackening and loss of firmness. Immediately, the skin is firmer, more supple and smoother.

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

Refurbishment work gets underway at Le Prince Maurice

The last guests checked out at the weekend, and work to refurbish Constance Le Prince Maurice is now underway.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Prince Maurice

Find out more about our plans for the super-deluxe refurbishment of this highly-rated hotel.

We’ll be posting articles over the coming 2 months so you can see the stunning new features as they take shape.

And to celebrate the revamp, we’re launching a fabulous competition offering you the chance to win a luxury 7-night holiday for 2,  including flights, at Le Prince Maurice when it reopens. Watch this space for competition details later this week.

 

Constance Halaveli wins Food Safety Asia Commendation Award

Our Culinary Team at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives has been awarded the Food Safety Asia Commendation award.

Food hygiene at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Food hygiene at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

FSA Commendation Awards are given to partners that have shown an exceptional standard both in food hygiene and HACCP and highlight those teams that really go the extra mile. To be nominated for an award existing partners must have:

  • achieved an overall audit score consistently over 80–85%
  • an established HACCP system
  • proven to our audit team that they operate to an extremely high standard.

Constance Halaveli under the guidance of Chef Glen Cooper have continuously shown their commitment to high hygiene standards.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos the our team and the way we work, which has led to this prestigious award.

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.