Constance Creatives: Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Belle Mare Plage

As part of a series of articles introducing the people who put the passion into the Constance experience, we meet Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Guillaume says he is inspired by discovery and sharing, and incorporates both into his work at Belle Mare Plage.

An expert in top quality rums as well as other spirits and cocktails, Guillaume is responsible for selecting the premium spirits across the Constance Group and for creating its signature cocktail.

‘I love to share my skills and knowledge,’ he says and he is able to do this by offering guests special taster experiences like his ‘gin and tonic experience’ and his ‘rum discovery and testing’.

Guillaume is also a man who knows how to create the perfect party atmosphere organising events like our ‘golf and fun’ evenings, full moon parties, New Year’s Eve party, beach parties and our famous MCB Open cocktail event for up to 800 people.

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How Constance Hotels supports coconut farmers in the Maldives

Guests visiting the kurumba station beside the main pool at Constance Halaveli can enjoy coconuts cut freshly from trees on local farms.

Supporting coconut farmers: enjoy the flavours of the Maldives

Supporting coconut farmers: enjoy the flavours of the Maldives

Coconuts, or kurumbas as they are known in the Maldivian language Dhivehi, are offered to guests at Halaveli in the traditional way.

First the top is chopped off so guests can drink the sweet coconut water. Then the coconut is opened so they can eat the white flesh using the shell as a spoon.

And for later in the day, we use the coconut juice to make the delicious Halaveli pina colada.

Working with local farmers

It is also important to us to support local farmers and for this reason all the coconuts used at Halaveli are bought from farmers from the neighbouring islands of Malahous and Thoddu.

At the hotel we use around 100 coconuts each month, so every week we contact the farmers to give them an order for the coming week. They are then able to cut exactly the number we need.

The farmers send the coconuts to Male to be loaded on to our weekly supply boat.

The coconut’s journey from the tree to our popular kurumba hut takes only a few days, but the memory of drinking sweet fresh coconut juice looking out across the Indian Ocean lasts much, much longer.

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Constance Creatives: Jordi Vila, executive chef, Constance Halaveli

Spanish Executive Chef at Constance Halaveli, Jordi Vila, has followed his passion for gastronomy around the globe and brought his expertise to the Maldives.

Fine dining at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Fine dining at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Having learnt his trade in some of Europe’s most illustrious kitchens including L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and the legendary Spanish three-star El Bulli, Jordi has brought his fervour for imaginative fine dining to Halaveli.

Jordi is one of an innovative group of young Barcelona chefs who believe in modernising traditional gastronomy by combining new methods and technology with classic culinary traditions.

His unique and creative approach to fine-dining blends the best fresh ingredients with the latest culinary techniques and has made Halaveli an essential port of call for food lovers looking for creative, exotic cuisine.

To celebrate his 16 years of travelling the globe learning from the world’s leading chefs, Jordi has created a special menu for guests at Halaveli inspired by his travels.

The World Discovery Menu includes:

  • Yellow fin tuna tartar from the Caribbean
  • White Asparagus from New Zealand
  • Royale of Foie Gras from France
  • Seared watermelon from Spain
  • Seared Hakkaido scallops from Japan/Asia
  • Black Angus Beef, Maldivian Lobster from Maldives
  • Black chocolate combination from Belgium/Africa.

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A touch of luxury: Ploh Plush bathrobes at Constance Halaveli

At Constance we believe that luxury lies in the details, the little things which combine to create a sumptuous, sensorial, luxury experience.

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Ploh Plush at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

That’s why when it came to sourcing bathrobes for our guests at Constance Halaveli we assessed robes from suppliers around the world before falling under the spell of Ploh Plush.

Ploh Plush bathrobes impressed us with their distinctive, stylish hand-finished bathrobes.

Designed to exude beautiful simplicity with a fine attention to detail, the robes are made from a superior grade 100% chenille microfiber, so soft it feels like you’re being hugged by a cloud.

Having carefully selected what we believe is the most sumptuous bathrobe on the market we then looked for a way to make it even more special for our guests.

Knowing that many guests like to take a bathrobe home as a memento of their time with us we decided to offer a personalisation service so guests could have their names embroidered on the Halaveli bathrobe.

The embroidered bathrobes are available in all our villas, or if you’d like to buy one as a gift, at the Constance Boutique.

We hope that once back home, guests are reminded of the joy of a bright sunny morning spent in the Maldives.

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Constance photographer Bamba Sourang launches new art exhibition

Photographer Bamba Sourang, who has taken so many iconic pictures of Constance hotels over the years, is launching his own art exhibition this month.

Bamba Sourang launches new art exhibition in Mauritius

Bamba Sourang launches new art exhibition in Mauritius

The exhibition at the Mauritius Institute Building in the capital Port Louis, will run from 20-26 June 2014.

A launch party celebrating the international artist will be hosted by Constance Hotels & Resorts on 19 June.

Bamba has enjoyed a special relationship with Constance since 2000 when he visited our hotels and resorts across Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar capturing a series of beautiful photographs.

Bamba’s artistic work is a combination of photography and modern art based on his travels around the world. His aim is to battle against what he sees as a growing visual indifference in modern societies.

Born in Senegal and living in France, Bamba was selected last year as one of only 45 artists worldwide to launch the new phase of the Google open Gallery designed to create an international network of artists.

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Top French winemakers train Constance sommeliers

Leading winemakers from across France are visiting Constance Hotels to host tastings and talk to our sommeliers about their wine.

Leading French winemakers to visit Constance

Leading French winemakers to visit Constance

In recent weeks winemakers from vineyards in the Southern Rhône valley, the Loire valley and Sancerre have visited Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Château Beaucastel

The sommeliers of Belle Mare Plage were thrilled to welcome Marc Perrin of Château Beaucastel in the Rhône valley, famous for its Châteauneuf du Pape wines.

With a total of 250 acres given over to vines, Beaucastel’s vineyards include all 13 grape varieties traditionally blended for a red Châteauneuf du Pape. Its special Vielles Vignes cuvée of Beaucastel’s white Châteauneuf du Pape is a varietal Roussanne wine, extremely rare in Châteauneuf du Pape.

Beaucastel wines tasted included:

  • Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval, 2013
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2012
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, 2011
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, 2006
  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, 2011

Domaine des Roches Neuves

Constance Le Prince Maurice welcomed innovative French winemaker Thierry Germain of Domaine des Roches Neuves of the Loire Valley.

Despite a rich tradition of winemaking going back five generations, Germain broke with tradition in 2000 when he became one of the first winemakers in France to be certified biodynamic, since which time he has guided other winemakers on biodynamic methods.

Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc are the most favoured grapes in the middle stretch of the Loire where Domaine des Roches Neuves is located, although Germain also grows some Chenin Blanc.

Our sommelier sampling the flavours

Our sommelier sampling the flavours

  • Domaine des Roches Neuves wines tasted included:
  • Saumur Champigny, Bulles de Roches, 2013
  • Saumur Champigny la Marginale, 2011
  • Saumur Champigny, Terres Chaudes, 2012
  • Saumur Champigny, Domaine des Roches Neuves, 2013

Domaine Alphonse Mellot

The rich history of winemaking in France was brought alive for the sommeliers at Le Prince Maurice by the visit of Alphonse Mellot whose family have been making wine in Sancerre since the 16th century.

The wines of Domaine Alphonse Mellot are produced from grapes grown on the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the Domaine La Moussiere, the high quality of which has led to it being officially classified as a unique category amongst Sancerre wines.

Domaine Alphonse Mellot wines tasted included:

  • Sancerre Génération dix-neuf, white, 2012
  • Sancerre La Moussière, red, 2010
  • Sancerre La Moussière, white, 2012
  • Sancerre Les Romains, white, 2012
  • Sancerre En Grands Champs, red, 2010
  • Sancerre La Demoiselle, white, 2012

Belle Mare Plage welcomes New World winemaker

Constance sommeliers look beyond the traditional wines of the old world to the new exciting winemakers of the new world with regular visits from winemakers from New Zealand and South Africa.

Exquisite wines at Constance

Exquisite wines at Constance

Belle Mare Plage recently welcomed David Sadie of David Wines, one of the premier winemakers of the exciting Swartland region of South Africa.

David gained his experience working in vineyards around the world including South Pacific Cellars (New Zealand), Chateau Quinault (France) and Yves Quilleron (France) where he gained his appreciation of Mediterranean grape varieties.

He describes his wine philosophy as taking a natural approach, using both organic and old bush vines untouched by commercial yeasts, enzymes and high sulphur levels. He boasts that, to date, they have only used old oak barrels rather than new.

David wines tasted included:

  • Aristargos 2013
  • Swartland Chenin blanc 2013
  • Genache noir 2013
  • Elpidios 2012 Syrah/Carignan/Grenache/Cinsaut blend

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