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

Visit our website to read more about Constance Halaveli, Maldives

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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Constance celebrates New Zealand wines in Mauritius this September

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice will be welcoming some of the finest winemakers from New Zealand for a week-long celebration of wine from the region.

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Head Sommelier Jerome Faure will organise a range of wine dinners from the 15-21 September to introduce guests to New Zealand wines and giving them the opportunity to meet and talk with the winemakers.

Wine tastings will also be held for all the sommeliers of each resort as part of ongoing training to ensure that Constance sommeliers are at the head of their field.

New Zealand winemakers visiting Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maruice will include:

• Felton Road – a biodynamic wine producer using wild yeast, no fining or filteration has created wines of a unique character and an impressive reputation.

• Millton Vineyards and Winery – Situated on the East coast of North Island in the winegrowing region of Gisborne the family have introduced French traditions picked up working in the famous wine regions of France.

• Ata Rengi – A small New Zealand winery at the southern end of North Island, Ata Rengi has become famous for producing a renowned Pinot Noir.

• Escarpment – Stretching along the banks of the Huangarua River, Escarpment’s vineyards produce wine with a complexity and structure that have made them a leader in the market.

• Pegasus Bay – The second largest winery in Canterbury, Pegasus Bay is rated as the top winery of the region.

Guests will be able to enjoy a number of events across both resorts to introduce them to these fascinating New World wines:

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Sunday 15 September

Belle Mare Plage – A management cocktail party featuring the wines

Monday 16 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Escarpment wines at La Spiaggia

Tuesday 17 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Pegasus wines at Indigo

Wednesday 18 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Ata Rangi wines at Deer Hunter

Thursday 19 September

Le Prince Maurice – A management cocktail party featuring New Zealand wines including Felton Road 2010 Pinot Noir Bannockburn, 2012 Millton La Cote Pinot Noir and Ata Rangi Petrie Sauv Blanc.

A special dinner at l’Archipel featuring Millton wines including 2011 Opour Chardonnay, 2011 Riverpoint Viognier, 2010 Clos St Anne, 2010 Clos Samuel Viognier SBS.

Friday 20 September

Le Prince Maurice – A special dinner featuring Felton Road wines at Le Barachois including 2012 Riesling Bannockburn, 2011 Chardonnay Bannockburn, 2009 Pinot Noir Block 3, 2008 Riesling Block 1.

Saturday 21 September

Belle Mare Plage – A gala dinner featuring all the wineries.

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Tempted to visit Mauritius in September?

Check late booking availability for both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

New General Manager Bruno Le Gac brings passion to Constance Lémuria

New General Manager at Constance Lémuria, Bruno Le Gac brings his passion for warm hospitality and impeccable service to his role at the luxury hotel in the Seychelles.

Bruno Le Gac, General Manager at Constance Lémuria

Bruno Le Gac, General Manager at Constance Lémuria

Bruno joins Lémuria from his position as Resident Manager of Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

He describes his decision to leave Mauritius as a chance to begin a new adventure in the Seychelles. ‘After more than 10 years in Mauritius it was time for me to take on a new challenge. And what a challenge… I am very happy and I feel very privileged to be in such an amazing place.’

Ultimate luxury at Constance Lémuria

With its elegantly luxurious design, 18-hole golf course and stunning location on the Seychelles island of Praslin, Lémuria is one of Constance’s ‘ultimate’ hotels and a member of the elite Leading Hotels of the World group.

‘Constance Lémuria is a legend,’ Bruno explains. ‘The site is simply unique, one of the most incredible hotel sites in the world. There is a feeling of freedom for the guest in our resort, you can walk from one place to the other, everything is close. A true hassle-free vacation.’

With more than 10 years experience working for Constance Hotels & Resorts, Bruno began his career with Constance as Executive Chef moving up to become Corporate Chef for the company.

What makes Constance different

He describes Constance as being unique in the luxury holiday sector. ‘As a Mauritian company Constance promotes the values of the legendary Mauritian hospitality.’

‘I fell in love with this company the minute I entered the gates of Belle Mare Plage some 11 years ago. It’s not a secret that we have one of the highest rates of repeating guests in the industry. Working with Constance I feel as if I am living a passionate human adventure, we are doing business with soul.’

Trends in the luxury holiday market

Now Bruno is bringing that passion to his first role as General Manager at Lémuria and he feels it’s important to keep on top of current trends in the luxury holiday market.

Sunset dinner at Constance Lémuria

Sunset dinner at Constance Lémuria

‘Guests no longer want to adapt to hotel services so our challenge is to anticipate and personalise our service to them as much as possible. Guests are also now more savvy about the good things in life – food, design, architecture and so on.

‘As a result we have to do more, faster and better, even in a tropical paradise like the Seychelles, and this requires strong organisation, lots of planning and anticipation.’

How new technology is changing travel

In the age of social media and new technology Bruno understands that a hotel needs to be the very best it can to meet the increasingly high expectations of its guests.

‘Everybody checks the internet before choosing their hotel and everyone travels with connected devices. Information is immediate and with the social media every guest is now a potential auditor, journalist, critic. Hoteliers are getting sharper because the guests are.’

The team at Lémuria

As the new General Manager Bruno is keen to welcome new and old guests to his resort.

‘We have an incredible team of professionals of more than 25 nationalities which is looking forward to welcoming you and extending the legendary Constance service.’

‘We have a pollution-free environment, no traffic jams and huge mango trees full of ripe fruits so remember, your next holiday is just a click away.’

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