Enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles

Constance Hotels Experience is furthering its commitment to the environment by

Ephelia North Beach

A view of Ephelia's North Beach

enhancing conservation of Biodiversity at Port Launay next to the Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles.

In partnership with Sustainability of Seychelles (S4S), we have submitted a full project proposal with the aim of:

  • Taking pro-active measures to improve the coordinated management of the fragile mangrove ecosystem adjacent to the Constance Ephelia Resort site
  • To start looking at co-management of other adjacent natural areas such as the resort grounds and Port Launay Marine Park

The project has three main objectives and these are to:

  1. Enhance collaboration between the resort and community partners for conservation of the natural areas adjacent to the resort
  2. Improve conservation management of the mangrove swamp in Port Launay
  3. Raise awareness of our resort team members, clienteles and community on the importance of the natural areas adjacent to the resort and how to protect them.

We hope the above project will lead to greater awareness of biodiversity conservation issues amongst our resort team members, clients of our resorts and the local community.

The aim is that all visitors and residents increase their participation in actions that will contribute to the improvement of biodiversity conservation in the resort and surrounding area.

Celebrities support Le Prince Maurice Prize in Mauritius

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The luxury resort of Constance Le Prince Maurice on the eastern shores of Mauritius plays host each year to the island’s literary award, Le Prince Maurice Prize.

Celebrating the best in literary love stories, the prize alternates each year between a French and British novelist.

Celebrities who have taken on the role as Patron of the prize include:

Richard E Grant (above, right)
Actor and author Richard E. Grant, best known for his inebriated performance in Withnail and I, and more recently Gosford Park, and Filth and Wisdom.

 

Tilda Swinton and guests

Tilda Swinton at Le Prince Maurice Prize award ceremony

Tilda Swinton (right)
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for her role in the acclaimed film Michael Clayton.

Sebastian Faulks
Author Sebastian Faulks CBE, who wrote one of the UK’s best loved novels, Bird Song as well as Charlotte Gray, Human Traces and the James Bond novel Devil May Care.

Each year, three shortlisted authors are invited to enjoy the luxury of Le Prince Maurice for a week of cultural exchange with Mauritian students and authors.

Recent authors to visit include Julia Gregson, Sadie Jones and William Sutcliffe.

Find out who’s on the shortlist for this year’s French literary love stories or visit the website Le Prince Maurice Prize.

Art de Vignes – Moofushi's Wine Promotion

Art de Vignes Wine Makers enjoying Moofushi

Art de Vignes Wine Makers enjoying Moofushi

From 21 to 23 March this year, Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives welcomed the wine growers of Art de Vignes for a wine promotion.

In collaboration with Jerome Faure (Head Sommelier of Constance Hotels Experience), Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives and his Sommeliers Team organised wine tasting and special evenings for our guests.

What is art de vignes?

Art de vignes is an association of passionate, dedicated wine growers. They follow tradition while supporting the evolution of the world of wine:

  • Marie-Therese & Jacky Barthelme – Albert Mann (Alsace)
  • Anne et Olivier Decelle – Chateau Jean Faure (Saint Emilion) and Mas Amiel (Maury)
  • Alphonse Mellot – Domaine de la Moussiere & Alphone Mellot Wines (Sancerre)
  • Stephanie & Thomas Perrin – Chateau de Beaucastel (Chateauneuf Du Pape)
  • Marie & Thierry Germain – Domaine des Roches Neuves (Saumur)
  • Jean Marc Boillot (Burgundy);
  • Christine Vernay & Paul Amsellem – Domaine Georges Vernay (Condrieu, Cote Rotie)

Luxury resort turns tap water into mineral water

Halaveli luxury hotel resort Maldives

The beautiful Halaveli Luxury Hotel Resort, Maldives

To eliminate the need to ship in bottled water to our luxury Maldives resort, Halaveli, we have recently installed our own water bottling plant.

The plant purifies tap water to mineral quality and the first bottles of Constance Halaveli Resort’s Still and Sparkling mineral water were produced at the beginning of the new year, 2011.

The main reason for the water bottling plant was to eliminate the need to bring in bottled water from outside sources to the island as well as to reducing wastage at the resort.

See what our customers think about our luxury resorts in the Indian ocean.

Meet France’s best young sommelier

wine glassesJonathan Bauer- Monneret is a brilliant, enthusiastic and talented sommelier – and we are lucky enough to have him as part of our team at the Belle Mare Plage Hotel in Mauritius.

To the envy of his contemporaries – and 150 other contenders – Jonathan was hailed as France’s Best Young “sommelier’ in 2009 – aged just 24. It was a fiercely fought battle, with a number of rounds, including knowledge and technical tests as well as demonstratios of practical skills.

“Jonathan is a great laureate! We have witnessed the demonstration of a man loving his profession and who still admires the wine world and the profession of ‘sommelier’”, says Serge Dubs, chairman of the UDSF (Union de la Sommellerie Française).

About Jonathan

Born on the 25th July 1985 in Strasbourg, Jonathan went on to study at Illkirch hotel school. He initially wanted to become a cook but changed his plans and, guided by his taste for contacts and sharing, chose to be a wine waiter.

He quickly mastered the different vineyards of the Alsace region in northern France and in 2006 he joined our wine waiter team at the Constance Hotels Experience.

Jonathan now has a fantastic knowledge of the wines of the new world – but he’s always learning and increasing his expertise while working alongside Jérôme Faure.

“We work at the Blue Penny Café with a wine list of 300 French wines and some 300 more from different countries of the southern hemisphere,” says Jonathan.

Jonathan is determined, ambitious and always smiling – and he loves his work.  He has a bright future ahead of him and Constance is very happy to have him as part of our friendly, expert team.