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

Female sommeliers in Mauritius are aiming high

Our female sommeliers at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage are both striving to become leaders in the predominantly male world of fine wines.

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Malin De Lores, assistant sommelier at Belle Mare Plage, who attained her wine training at the Constance Hospitality Academy in Mauritius, claims her personal ambition is to become a chief sommelier.

She took a step nearer to her goal last year when she was selected as a finalist in the Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2012 and again this year as the winner of the sommelier competition at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. In July Malin was promoted to Assistant Sommelier at Belle Mare Plage.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice, began her career in France before joining Constance. Her ambition is to win the award for Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2014.

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline was selected to represent Le Prince Maurice this year in the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

We are very proud of both women whose passion for wine and their ability to share that passion with our guests has made them an important part of our team of sommeliers in Mauritius.

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New and Old World wines at Halaveli wine dinner

Constance Halaveli is inviting guests interested in wine to indulge in an exciting wine menu designed to compare and contrast wines from the New and Old World.

Wine dinner at Constance Halaveli

Wine dinner at Constance Halaveli

Held at Halaveli’s signature restaurant Jing on 18 September, wines will be paired with sumptuous fine-dining dishes to bring out the very best in both.

Working together with fine wine suppliers Gavin Davis and Bastien Gautheron of MMI Dubai, Jing has selected French and New Zealand wines which best express current trends in winemaking from both regions so that guests are able to make a direct comparison.

The wine menu for guests at Halaveli will include:

  • Saffron Macaroons with smoked salmon, black summer truffle and wild Iranian Caviar
  • Quail and foie gras sausage with horseradish, Madras curry and brioche
  • Caramelised king scallop, soba noodles, beetroot, enoki and dashi
  • Mango sorbet
  • Liberty duck ‘sous vide’, baby pack choy, carrot miso crème and koppert cress
  • Kaffir lime and ivory ganache, passion fruit panacotta and Valrhonna cacao pearls

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Interview with Halaveli General Manager Renato W. Chizzola

Our General Manager at Constance Halaveli, Renato W. Chizzola, is interviewed by luxury holiday experts, Destinology.

Constance Halaveli's general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Constance Halaveli’s general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Originally from Austria, and having travelled to 165 destinations in the world, Renato talks about his role as General Manager of the luxury hotel in the Maldives, what and who inspires him, as well as tips on how to get an upgrade.

Read the full interview on the Destinology travel blog.

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