The fisherman's table at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, reveals the first ever ‘fisherman’s table’ at Constance Moofushi Resort.

Totem Bar at night

Totem Bar

What started as an idea on a fishing boat has become reality, and will soon become a tradition.

The resort’s manager, Mr Sona, famous for his incomparable sense of welcoming, is also a passionate fisherman.

He sometimes escapes for an hour from his busy schedule to jump on a dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) and drop a fishing line in the crystal clear surrounding waters.

Sometimes fishing is somehow ‘miraculous’ and after one of these lucky days, wevdecided to organise a special dinner for guests and enjoy a simple yet super fresh fish fair on the beach.

On the menu:

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  • Grilled grey emperor with olive oil and fresh herbs
  • Chinese style steamed grouper with light soy sauce
  • Baked jobfish in light Indian rub

The fish is served whole and carved at the table, accompanied with virgin sauce, lemon and crushed chilli, and rice and grilled vegetable skewers.

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  • Chef Murulie’s signature coconut ice cream.

That’s it! Simplicity and freshness, barefoot under the stars. Paradise…

The fisherman’s table at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, reveals the first ever ‘fisherman’s table’ at Constance Moofushi Resort.

Totem Bar at night

Totem Bar

What started as an idea on a fishing boat has become reality, and will soon become a tradition.

The resort’s manager, Mr Sona, famous for his incomparable sense of welcoming, is also a passionate fisherman.

He sometimes escapes for an hour from his busy schedule to jump on a dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) and drop a fishing line in the crystal clear surrounding waters.

Sometimes fishing is somehow ‘miraculous’ and after one of these lucky days, wevdecided to organise a special dinner for guests and enjoy a simple yet super fresh fish fair on the beach.

On the menu:

***

  • Grilled grey emperor with olive oil and fresh herbs
  • Chinese style steamed grouper with light soy sauce
  • Baked jobfish in light Indian rub

The fish is served whole and carved at the table, accompanied with virgin sauce, lemon and crushed chilli, and rice and grilled vegetable skewers.

***

  • Chef Murulie’s signature coconut ice cream.

That’s it! Simplicity and freshness, barefoot under the stars. Paradise…

Interview with Nadia Periasammy, sommelier at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Nadia Periasammy is a sommelier at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. Here she tells us what drew her to working as a sommelier, and how women are finding more opportunities in this traditonally male role.

Nadia Periasammy

Nadia Periasammy

1. What made you decide to become a sommelier, and how has your career developed?

I have never been so proud of my job since I met wine. I first discovered wine when I was in South Africa for a wine package trip. I met Mr Razvan Macici, the cellar master, who takes care of his winery to improve the quality.

He made us visit and taste many different varieties of wine. I was very impressed by the diversity and fascinating job behind all this, and I decided then to develop my career in this role.

2. What does your job involve?

I’d say, good knowledge in general about wine, making our guests feel comfortable, giving advice so guests can choose the right wine, and knowing which food pairs well with which wine.

3. What qualities do you need to be a good sommelier?

  • Good palate.
  • An ability to relate to people about wine.
  • A good follow up about the service.
  • Skill of understanding the customer.

4. In your experience, does a woman bring different qualities to the role?

Table setting at Le Prince Maurice

Table setting at Le Prince Maurice

Women are stepping up and creating a new breed of sommelier with a feminine touch.

Of course, there are still some people who are reluctant to accept the advice of a female sommelier but others find the presence of a female sommelier refreshing, less forceful and more accommodating. Women truly want to delight their guest.

5. Are there more opportunities for female sommeliers these days – how are things changing?

Yes there are definitely more opportunities for female sommeliers these days. Barriers seem to be coming down as women step up into a more prominent position in the wine world. Nowadays, female sommeliers are involved in choosing a fun and creative wine list to suit the restaurant.

Things are changing, and most men are accepting of this - encouraging women to learn more about wine. Women are now becoming certified as master sommeliers, bringing something new and much appreciated.

6. What do you most love about your job?

What I love most about my job is the good atmosphere and team spirit at Le Prince Maurice – people are always there to help and advise when I need it. We have a very interesting wine list.

As we are on a small tropical island, Mauritius, we get the chance to travel all around the world through our wine list. At Constance, we have a diverse choice of wines from different countries.

7. Can you give us your top tip for a great wine to try in 2012?

  • Cru – Beaucaillou 2nd Classified
  • Growth in 1855
  • Owner – Borie Family
  • Vintage – 2001

This wine embodies the elegant, subtle mineral aromas of raspberry.

The food experience – interview with Bruno Le Gac on Visit Mauritius

 

Bruno Le Gac

Bruno Le Gac

Are you passionate about fresh, top quality, locally sourced produce? So are we.

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, has given a great interview to the website visitmauritius.com.au.

Read about how we source the very best Australian beef to serve at our resorts, as well as wines. And find out more about the Australian chefs at Constance.

Beautiful family villas at Constance Halaveli Resort

Family villa

Spacious family villa

If you’re planning a family trip to the Indian Ocean, Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives has just upped the stakes as the ultimate family holiday get-away.

Launch of family villas

From January 2012, Halaveli is launching 8 beautifully designed family villas, sleeping 2 adults and 2 children under 18 years. A further 4 villas will be available from mid-2012.

These spacious villas offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury, and feature their own private plunge pool and terrace or balcony.

 

Inside the villas

Measuring 358 m², all family villas are air conditioned, and comfortably furnished with wood and marble.

They come complete with LCD TV 42’ /satellite channels, DVD, WIFI Internet access free of charge through Imac system, Ipod connection, telephone with voice mail, mini-bar, mini wine cooler with a selection of wine, tea and coffee facilities, sitting area and 24 hour room service.

 

We think of everything so you can travel light

Child on beach at Constance Halaveli Resort

Family fun at Halaveli

We understand how many things families need to pack when travelling with children. So we’ve thought of just about everything you could need on your holiday, which means you can travel light.

In your villa, you’ll find small bathrobes, a pushchair, bottle sterilising unit, baby cot linen, sponges, nail clippers, baby toothbrush, baby toilet seat… the list goes on

And if there’s something we haven’t thought of, you just need to ask.

 

 

Family friendly in-villa dining

Delicious breakfast at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Delicious meals for the family

There’s a massive choice of dishes available for families, and all can be enjoyed in the privacy of your villa.

Our chef can also meet with you to plan a customised menu for a special evening on the beach.

Tasty kids’ treats include:

  • cheesy soldiers
  • banana, mango and pineapple sushi
  • fish, chips and dip
  • thai fishballs
  • lamb korma
  • banana berry split
  • oreo cookie cheesecake

Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy a huge range of appetisers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, noodles and curries, as well as meat and fish dishes from the grill.

Kuda club for children

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives, Kuda club for children

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives, Kuda club for children

When your children tire of the private plunge pool and paddle friendly shoreline, you can relax knowing Constance Halaveli Resort offers a host of kids’ activities at its Kuda Club, fun spa treatments, delicious children’s menus and a range of toys for loan. Children love the walk out to sea on the 854m long jetty, the longest in the Maldives.

 

 

 

Kids spa

Younger visitors to our spa are given cookies, and rose and vanilla ice tea before enjoying one of our delightful children’s spa treatments that include:

Children on the beach at Constance Halaveli Resort

Exploring on the beach

  • foot bath with lavender oil and flower petals
  • scalp massage with nourishing olive oil
  • hair braiding
  • henna tattoo painting
  • nail art

 

 

What else is on offer at the resort

At Constance Halaveli Resort, the emphasis is on offering families everything they need for an altogether more relaxed family holiday.

Beach BBQ at Constance Halaveli Resort

Beach BBQ

Our 5* resort has 3 restaurants:

  • Jahaz – the main buffet
  • Jing – South East Asian dining in a beautiful location over the water
  • Meeru – relaxed al fresco dining on the beach

Every Friday night we host a Beach BBQ with live music and the freshest seafood imaginable.

Read about Halaveli in our article Spotlight: Constance Halaveli Resort Resort, Maldives

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Hublot watches inspire culinary creativity at Blue Penny Café

Hublot watches
Hublot and Constance – elegance comes naturally

In November, exclusive Swiss watchmaker Hublot and celebrity restaurant Blue Penny Café at Constance Belle Mare Plage combined their talents to create a prestigious event. 

Invited guests had the pleasure to discover the latest creations of the prestigious Swiss group and try on the fantastic watches made by the Hublot craftsmen.

Blue Penny Café chef Frederic Goisset, executive chef Dominique Grel and food and beverage Frederic Gille created an incredible menu with wine pairing, linking the worlds of ‘haute cuisine’ and ‘haute horlogerie’.

Creative appetisers

Big bang Tutti Frutti and canapes

Big bang Tutti Frutti and canapes

During the opening cocktail, exclusively created appetisers were presented in jewelry showcases, along with a Hublot watch:

  • Caviar (an oyster in green apple jelly, with a cream of wasabi, caviar and shiso)
  • Big bang Tutti frutti (Foie gras and agar of organic vegetable, spiced crumble)
  •  Vendôme (bread crouton, shrimp tartar, coconut jelly, red capsicum tapenade)
  • Yacht club Monaco (Scallop mousse, heart of palmtree, scallop carpaccio) 

The menu 

The dinner was splendid… with names evoking Hublot watches.

Team at Blue Penny Cafe evening with Hublot watches

Great team work between kitchen, service and sommellerie

  • GMT A canneloni of tomato and local crab, spiced syrup.
    Served with Domaine des Dieux, Sauvignon Blanc 2009, South Africa

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  • Vibration: Duck foie gras preserved with Port jelly, ginger-flavoured pineapple chutney, young sprouts.
    Served with Alsace, Pinot Gris ‘Cuvée Albert’, Albert Mann 2009, France

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  • Submarine: Back of pan-seared codfish lemon and shellfish condiment with smoked herring row.
    Served with Châteauneuf du Pape “La Crau” – Domaine du vieux télégraphe 2005, France

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Hublot watch and appetiser

Haute cuisine meets haute horlogerie

  • Amplitude: Lamb fillet in a crust of mild chili, the chop in a spicy kofta, pimientodel piquillo stuffed with potato chutney, a jus flavoured with Pata Negra ham.
    Served with Vriesenhof Pinot Noir 2003, South Africa

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  • Carat: Creamy poppy and raspberry dessert, raspberry sherbet.
    Served with Rhum Nation Demerarra 31 years old  

Before dessert, guests were served the most exclusive cheeses in Switzerland including an incredible Gruyère made by Hublot CEO Mr Biver, that he wished to share with guests at  this remarkable evening.

The event was a wonderful occasion for invited guests to discover or re-discover Blue Penny Café, the temple of food and wine in Mauritius.