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.

 

 

Miguel Angel Jimenez – an ageless legend of European golf

There was a time when golfers licked their lips at the prospect of senior golf and as he prepared for his debut in the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage Colin Montgomerie admitted that he made that “mistake”.

The red wine is waiting for Miguel Angel Jimenez

The red wine is waiting for Miguel Angel Jimenez

“You turn fifty and think you’ll win lots of events,” he said. “But the standard is very high and I underestimated that.”

All of which makes the performances of Miguel Angel Jimenez on the main tour all the more extraordinary. At a time when most players notice their power wane Jimenez has done the opposite, winning 13 of his 20 European Tour titles since he turned 40.

The most recent of those wins came last week in the Hong Kong Open, less than one month shy of his 50th birthday (and qualification for the Senior Tour), which means all of the players in this week’s field have an eye on the Spaniard’s stunning feats.

Montgomerie knows exactly what ‘The Mechanic’ (as he is better known on tour) has achieved.

“All credit to him to be winning as he turns fifty on the European Tour,” said the Scot. “It’s something I tried to do – and failed – so I realise what he’s done. And it’s also tremendous that he has come back from a skiing injury earlier this year too. That’s tough at any age never mind fifty.”

The latter point prompted Steen Tinning to point out that Jimenez is “sneaky fit“. “Trust me,” said the Dane. “We all know about the red wine and the cigars, but he does his stuff in the fitness centre. He might not look fit, but he is.”

What amazes the world of golf is that the Malaga native’s early career gave no hint at what was to come. Roger Chapman remembers his entrance in the early-1990s: “He was a good player, but he was just that – another good Spanish player and there are lots of them. Not many achieve what he has done.”

So what turned a solid tour pro into a multiple winner with four Ryder Cup appearances? Perhaps the Ryder Cup holds the key because in 1997 many in the sport raised eyebrows when Seve Ballesteros made Jimenez a vice-captain.

He not only helped the team to victory, but was inspired by the experience to become an actor in the production rather than a scene shifter, something Montgomerie appreciates more than most: “I captained the team in 2010 and when we were struggling in the final day singles Miguel came up trumps for me. He was the oldest player in a team of major winners. He’s very good. Very few people improve in their 40s, but he’s one.”

The Ryder Cup remains a motivation. After victory in Hong Kong he was asked about his future on the Senior Tour and said: “If I play the way I am playing this week I will be in the Ryder Cup. I would love to be part of the team again.”

If he does gain selection he will become Europe’s oldest ever Ryder Cup performer. If not the Senior Tour players, currently practising on the Legends course ahead of Friday’s first round, have red wine ready and waiting for him.

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Constance shares its passion for wine with Seychellois

Leading sommelier at Constance Ephélia, Romain Sauzier, shared his passion for wine when visiting students at the Seychelles Tourism Academy as part of Constance’s commitment to share our skills and expertise locally.

Sharing a passion for wine

Wine tasting at Constance

Romain, who received his sommelier training in France, introduced the Seychellois students to the art of wine tasting and wine pairing.

Romain explained that while wine is not a part of the traditional Seychellois culture, ‘this skill can be learned and introduced into the many tourism establishments in the country where I hope local talents will be trained to take on sommelier position in the near future.’

Food and wine pairing

Pairing food and wine is an artform we care passionately about at Constance. Our team at Halaveli share their tips for matching the perfect wine to food.

Discover more about Constance Ephélia on our website.

 

Constance Chief Operations Officer interview with blog Luxury Topping

Constance Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Milton, described Constance as a luxury hotel group ‘inspired by passion’ in a recent interview with leading luxury business blog, Luxury Topping.

Andrew Milton, Constance's Chief Operations Officer

Andrew Milton, Constance’s Chief Operations Officer

Explaining what made Constance special within the luxury hotel sector, Andrew said it was the group’s emphasis on personal service.

‘Each individual guest becomes special the moment he steps into one of our hotels. We create experiences that live long after the guests have left our resorts.’

An example of this he said was the number of couples who discover Constance as a wedding or honeymoon destination and then return year after year ‘and become friends’.

Andrew describes how one of the things that makes Constance stand out in the Indian Ocean hotel market is that while each hotel has the signature ‘Constance Hotel’s feel’, each also had a ‘sense of place’ based around the local culture and people at each island location.

During the interview Andrew outlined how far Constance has come from its origins back in the 70s as the owner of a small hotel in Mauritius. Today the group owns seven luxury hotels and resorts across Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar. But he stressed that Constance is not resting on its laurels and continues to innovate.

‘We have recently launched “Constance Kids Club, inspired by fun” upping the stakes in the luxury family holiday sector.’

Another area that is constantly growing and developing is what Andrew describes as the ‘Culinary Spirit’ of Constance.

‘We host the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Food Festival yearly attracting Michelin chefs from around the world and our Sommelier team in each resort offers the largest wine lists in the Indian Ocean.’

‘We pride ourselves on serving beautifully presented and delicious cuisine accompanied by the world’s great wines.’

To read the full interview with Andrew Milton visit Luxury Topping