Constance Hotels supports Earth Hour 2014

In support of the global environmental movement, Earth Hour, we held a number of candle lit events in the Maldives and Seychelles.

Earth Hour at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Earth Hour at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Constance Halaveli guests celebrated the global solidarity of Earth Hour with a beach barbecue. We turned the lights off in staff areas, guest villas and along the jetty and guests enjoyed the occasion in atmospheric candlelight at Jahaz Bar , Restaurant  and the reception area.

At Constance Ephélia guests were invited to a ‘chilled wine dinner’ at fine dining restaurant Cyann. All dishes for the gastronomic 3 course dinner were prepared in advance and served chilled by candlelight.

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Rising stars head to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The rising culinary stars of Constance Hotels and Resorts have been battling it out in kitchens across the Indian Ocean in order to make it to the prestigious Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

The festival, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 31 March to 7 April, gives the island chefs the opportunity to cook alongside some of the leading Michelin-starred chefs of the world.

Competition has been fierce as young, inspired chefs seize the opportunity to compete for a chance to represent their hotel or resort in a festival which celebrates culinary passion, and inspires innovation and the sharing of expertise.

The road to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

To qualify the chefs have gone through several rounds of internal competitions with only the winner moving on to the next stage.

Challenges have included a written stage where the chef must describe why they want to be entered into the competition and practical stages including creating dishes following a recipe from classic French cuisine and creating their own dishes from a mystery box of ingredients under timed conditions.

The chefs who have made it through have proved not only their culinary skills but their passion and dedication to creating innovative and inspiring food.

The chefs

The island chefs who have made it through to the final in Mauritius are:

Sasha Dinnoo – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Sasha started as a trainee at Le Prince Maurice and has worked her way up through the kitchen. She qualified for the final stage of the competition last year and loved the experience so much she’s come back for more, although this year she’s more determined than ever to win.

Emmanuel Fortuno – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Emmanuel loves cooking and is constantly striving for perfection, slowly and methodically improving his skills. It is this dedication and hard work which has taken him through the qualifying stages of this competition and into the Culinary Festival.

Sandy Sokalingum – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Mauritian born Sandy doesn’t let being a new father distract him from his passion for cooking or his determination to get to the final. Currently a chef de Partie at The Sea Horse, he describes himself as ‘in love’ with cooking.

Dammika Sarath – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Used to working under pressure, Dammika brings a sense of serene and calm to the kitchen when he works. He loves everything to do with food and is proud to be part of the prestigious Festival.

Dinushan Patabadage – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Always keen to learn new dishes and try new techniques, Dinushan is a very creative chef and is excited by the learning experience offered by competing in the Culinary Festival. Both passionate and ambitious, he is keen to put everything he has into the event.

Yogessen Ramen – Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A chef at Ephélia, Yogessen is passionate about food and keen to add to his expanding skillset with techniques and advice acquired from the Michelin-starred chef he is paired with.

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Stunning new nature trail for guests at Constance Lémuria

General manager of Constance Lémuria, Bruno Le Gac, has signed a deal with the Ministry of Environment and a local landowner to give guests access to the stunning scenery between Lémuria and Anse Georgette.

Stunning views from Lémuria's nature trail

Stunning views from Lémuria’s nature trail

The new nature trail through the beautiful scenery of Praslin will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views across Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio.

A licensed guide will be available to accompany guests to introduce them to the spectacular local flora and fauna they will see along the trail.

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Baby turtles hatch on the beach at Constance Lémuria

A new generation of baby turtles found their way to the ocean under the care of Constance Lémuria’s turtle manager this month.

Baby turtles enter the Indian Ocean for the first time

Baby turtles enter the Indian Ocean for the first time

Having watched the mother turtles lay their eggs in the sand of Grande Anse Kerlan back in November, our dedicated turtle manager has been keeping a watchful eye on the progress of the eggs.

The beaches of Lémuria play host to the nests of hawksbill and green turtles that return to its shores year after year to lay their eggs.

As they hatched, the baby turtles were gently gathered together and held until the conditions were perfect to aid the babies to scramble down the beach and into the water.

At the end of the afternoon when the sea was at its calmest and the wind low Lémuria staff and guests watched from a respectful distance as the baby turtles found their way to the Indian Ocean.

Those who survive their sometimes perilous journey to adulthood will return to our shores in the years to come. It with great pride that we are able to help these turtles, and to watch the cycle of life continue.

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Spanish flare at Constance Halaveli with new tapas menu

Spanish Executive Chef at Constance Halaveli, Jordi Vila, is introducing a touch of Spanish flare to early evenings at Jing Bar with a new tapas menu.

New tapas menu at Jing Bar

New tapas menu at Jing Bar

Vila is drawing on his passion for authentic Spanish cuisine to create a perfect sundown menu of light, healthy nibbles including delicacies such as Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese and smoked almonds.

Enjoy delicious tapas with one of our signature cocktails as you watch the sun sink beneath the infinite ocean from Jing’s stunning terrace set halfway along Halaveli’s jetty.

Available every day from 6.30–7.30pm the tapas menu will include:

  • Bread and tomato
  • Jamón Serrano
  • Marinated olives
  • Chicken croquettes
  • Anchovies, red pepper aubergines
  • Manchego cheese with rosemary honey
  • Smoked almonds
  • Prawns with sweet paprika

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Shared pleasures: Wine tasting at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At Constance our sommeliers are not just passionate about wine but about sharing that passion with you.

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Our Constance head sommelier Jerome Faure, travels the world, old and new, to uncover the very best wines and bring them back to our cellars in the Indian Ocean.

He brings with him not just the wines themselves but their stories, their histories, the knowledge of the land on which they were grown so that all our sommeliers can share that knowledge with you.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

At Constance Le Prince Maurice our state-of-the-art wine cellar has capacity for more than 15,000 bottles and guests are invited to regular wine tastings where our sommeliers will guide you through some of our favourite wines.

Wines at Le Prince Maurice 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

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Constance Halaveli, guests can enjoy a range of sublime wines under the guidance of head sommelier Cedric Jacob, who trained in his native France.

Wines at Halaveli include:

  • Chablis, ‘Terroir de Courgis’, Patrick Piuze, 2010, France, Burgundy
  • VDP des Bouches du Rhône, Villa Minna, Red, 2007, France, Provence
  • Waterkloof, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 – South Africa, Stellenbosh

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Amidst the laidback luxury of Constance Moofushi wine tasting takes on a more ‘chilled out’ approach with tables set up in the tranquil lagoon so that guests can sample wines with the ocean lapping at their feet.

Wines at Moofushi include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marianne Estate, 2011, South Africa (dry white)
  • Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse, 2010, France (red)
  • Malbec Rose, Tapiz, 2011, Argentina (dry rosé)

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Our passion for wine spans from the grand, world famous ‘old world’ producers to the small independent artisans and the cutting edge producers of the new world. From famous vintages to new offerings, it is this range that you’ll discover at Constance.