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?

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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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Distinctive hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean

Looking for somewhere with a stratospheric wow factor? Indulge your fantasies with this glimpse of the seven Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

A luxurious Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia

A Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar:

The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

A private spa experience in Madagascar

A private spa experience in Madagascar

 

 

 

Top tips for getting over jet lag

Revive aching muscles and stiff bones after a long flight with a range of full body stretches devised by personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant.

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Open arms and keep shoulder blades on the floor. Relax your legs on the side. Inhale for 8 seconds with the nose – exhale naturally through the mouth. Repeat 5 times.

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Exercise 2 – Stretch your bottom to avoid pain in the lower back

Put your right foot on your left knee, right arm between your legs, cross your fingers on or under the left knee. Press your knee in the direction of your chest until you feel the muscle stretch. Hold for 20/30 seconds per leg.

Exercise 2 – Stretch your bottom to avoid pain in the lower back

Exercise 3 – Stretch your hamstrings with a towel

Hold a towel with both hands and stretch your right leg as far as you can. Hold for 20 seconds. To avoid curving the back, bend the opposite (left) leg and put the left foot on the floor before changing legs.

Exercise 3 – Stretch your hamstrings with a towel

Exercise 4 – Stretch the outside of your legs (abductors)

Hold the towel in your left hand and place it under the right foot. Keep your left leg flat on the floor, turn your head and stretch out the right arm on the right side. Put the left elbow on the floor and pull your hand gently until you feel the stretch on the outside of the right leg. 20/30 seconds per side.

Exercise 4 – Stretch the outside of your legs (abductors)

Exercise 5 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors)

Place the towel under your right foot and hold in the right hand. Keep your left leg flat on the floor, turn your head to the left. Put the right elbow on the floor and pull your hand gently until you feel the stretch on the inside of the right leg. 20/30 seconds per side.

Exercise 5 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors)

Exercise 6 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors), hands and forearms

We never think of stretching of our hands but they can really need it. Bend your knees, bring your big toes together and sit down as far as you can on your heels. Point your fingers in the direction of your hips and then press the palms of your hands on the floor. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 6 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors), hands and forearms

Exercise 7 – Stretch quads and improve the flow of blood circulation in your hips

Position your right knee above the right heel, stretch the left leg back and raise your spine. 20 seconds per leg.

Exercise 7 – Stretch quads and improve the flow of blood circulation in your hips

Exercise 8 – Stretch your hamstrings and shoulders

With your legs close together, cross your fingers behind your back and bend forward. Stretch your arms above your back as far as you can. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 8 – Stretch your hamstrings and shoulders

Exercise 9 – Stretch your arms and chest and open the thorax

Put your fingers on a wall, stretch your arm and twist your body in the opposite direction. 5 deep breaths per side.

Exercise 9 – Stretch your arms and chest and open the thorax

Exercise 10 – Stretch your Legs, back, shoulders and arms

Press your hand against a wall. Stretch your arms and legs and keep your back parallel to the floor. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 10 – Stretch your Legs, back, shoulders and arms

After this routine of 10 exercises you will immediately feel the benefit. These are stretches you can do every day without moderation.

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Healthy holiday menu for kids

Discover a family holiday in the Maldives where elegant luxury goes hand in hand with a warm, child-friendly welcome.

On the beach at Halaveli

On the beach at Halaveli

Sit back and relax in a deluxe hotel where you know your children aren’t simply an afterthought, fobbed off with chips and ice cream, but are catered for by top chefs with a healthy holiday menu designed to inspire them.

Halaveli chef Holger Joost believes that the secret to a successful children’s menu is in the combination of fresh healthy ingredients and comfortable tastes and textures kids crave.

‘We treat the kids with just as much attention as the adults, we consider that luxury,’ describes Chef Holger, and that means giving them food they love.

Healthy eating

‘It all has to do with finding the balance between comfort and healthy. So, for example, offering frozen yogurt with berries instead of ice cream – there’s still that comfortable icy-cold feeling but it’s healthy.

‘Instead of soft drinks we are implementing a smoothie program with organic honey – it still has the sweet refreshing taste but none of the preservatives.’

Picky eaters

That’s all very well for most kids but for some parents a major concern about a family holiday can be a child who is reluctant to try new things.

Chef Holger claims fussy eaters don’t faze him, ‘We can cater to any child who has particular aversions to foods. That is what luxury is, tailoring everything to better serve our guests.’

Fresh smoothies at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Fresh smoothies at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

An organic approach

At Halaveli the children’s menu is almost entirely organic because Chef Holger believes that growing kids need their intake of pesticides limited.

He also slow cooks the food to ensure they get the maximum nutrients from the fresh, organic ingredients. ‘Instead of fast, flash fried food we are cooking foods at a lower temperature for a longer period of time to preserve more nutrients. The main concept is staying away from premade foods and preservatives.’

Sophisticated tastes

Chef Holger recognizes that many of the children who stay at Halaveli are already familiar with the more sophisticated flavours of good dining and he intends to stimulate and satisfy those with a taste for great food.

‘So many kids today are raised to enjoy quality food that most of the time their standards are higher so we cater to those high standards.’

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Match food with fine wines at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Take inspiration from Le Prince Maurice, and match food with fine wines, selected from the hotel’s extensive wine cellar.

The wine cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The wine cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

1. Springfield Estate, ‘Life from Stone’, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Robertson region, South Africa

This Sauvignon Blanc has an expressive nose with exotic fruit flavours of passion fruit, pineapple and hints of grapefruit. It is crispy in the mouth, full of minerals with a citrus fruit aftertaste.

Food pairing

Albacore tuna carpaccio, celeriac and preserved lemon

2. Mullineux White Blend, Chris and Andrea Mullineux, 2011, Swartland Region, South Africa

This has a glorious nose of apricot, peach and honey, a harmonious blend with a beautiful complexity and a lemony freshness and fruitiness.

Food pairing

Faye faye crab millefeuille and victoria pineapple with coconut dressing.

3. Felton Road, Chardonnay, ‘Bannockbum’ 2010, Central Otago, New Zealand

The nose expresses top notes of white peach and cashew followed by a hint of toasted oak. Rich mouth filling flavours of white peach followed by some spicy taste, a touch of citrus and creamy in texture with a long aftertaste.

Food pairing

Grouper fillet cooked on a low temperature, creamy mussel marinière and local river watercress puree.

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

4. Vuurberg Red, Rall Donovan, 2009, Stellenbosch region, South Africa

Incredible concentration with intense fruit and structure in the mouth. Lots of cassis and spicy, leather notes with a firm tannin structure and the potential to evolve beautifully. Decanting recommended.

Food pairing

Roasted duck breast from the South Island with herbal flavours, sautéed sweet potato and pumpkin with braised mushrooms.

5. St Emillon Château Tertre Roteboeuf, Grand Cru Classé, 2004, Bordeaux Region, France

With floral notes and black fruit aromas this is charming and elegant in the mouth. It has a very fruity and caressing taste with soft tannin, excellent balance and a splendid finish.

Food pairing

Strips of foie gras and Australian beef tenderloin, pan-fried exquise potatoes from the South, oyster mushroom and onion pickles.

Wine cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

For more inspiration guests at Le Prince Maurice can visit the wine cellar and join our sommeliers for a wine tasting where you can sample a selection of some of the best wines from the new and old world.

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