Ephélia and Lémuria celebrate the art of French winemaking

We have invited some of the most inspirational French winemakers from the Art de Vignes association to visit the Seychelles to share their passion and produce with our guests.

Adam & Eve Restaurant, Constance Ephelia

Adam & Eve Restaurant, Constance Ephelia

Run in connection with a series of dining events, guests will be able to sample wines from:

  • Domaine Mas Amiel
  • Chateau Beaucastel
  • Domaine Des Roches Neuves
  • Domaine De La Pommardiere

The guest winemakers will work in conjunction with the sommeliers and chefs at the restaurants of Ephélia from 3 – 6 March.

At Lémuria guests can enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with the winemakers before enjoying a wine dinner and golf competition running from the 8 – 9 March.

Find out more

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Ephelia and Constance Lemuria.

Discover more about these winemakers and the fine wines they produce:

Festive fun for all

Enjoy a luxury Christmas in the Indian Ocean and let us lavish you with fine wine, food and treats aplenty.

Beach at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Beach at Lemuria

At each of our resorts, we’re planning all manner of festive cheer. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer this December.

Constance Lémuria
This Christmas we’re celebrating the ‘legend of Lémuria’, inviting guests to explore the story which first inspired our hotel. For those who want to combine Indian Ocean relaxation with some of the traditions of Christmas there will be carol singing on Christmas Eve before the grand arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter on Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve will be a treat for the senses with a gala dinner for all guests followed by a live performance by US soul singer May Palmer and fireworks on the beach at midnight.

Other highlights at Lémuria will include:

  • Legend pink champagne and frangipani welcome
  • A magic of the sea buffet
  • Takamaka barefoot happy hour exotic cocktails
  • Ocean waves treatment at the Spa de Constance
  • Tree and flower planting for kids at our Turtle Club

Constance Ephélia

Cyann restaurant, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Cyann restaurant, Ephelia

Indulge your taste buds at Ephélia with a wide variety of festive culinary treats including Michelin-starred Indian cuisine from visiting Chef Vineet Bhatia. For Christmas dinner choose from a special Christmas menu at Cyann or a try a traditional Italian Christmas at Helios.

Open throughout the festive season, our kids’ Gecko club will run a range of festive activities designed specifically for each age group from toddlers to teenagers. If you’re looking for family adventure why not discover the island together by mountain bike, take one of our treks or kayak through the mangroves.

And once you’ve had your fill of Christmas fun lie, back and relax with some of our detox treatments and de-stressing massages at the Shiseido Spa at Spa de Constance.

Other festive treats include:

  • Champagne cocktails at Zee Bar on New Year’s Eve.
  • Wine tasting and special wine dinners.
  • Learn about the local culture through classes in dance, music, cooking and even cocktails.
  • Rise and shine yoga on the beach.
  • Daily tortoise feeding.

Constance Halaveli

Luxury service from staff at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury service at Halaveli

Join us for a Christmas eve party on the beach before dinner under the stars and dance to the sounds of our resident DJ.

Sit back and enjoy champagne cocktails before choosing whether to enjoy Christmas dinner under the stars at Meeru Beach or to join the festive fun at Jahaz.

Other treats for Christmas and New Year include:

  • Night beach cinema for when you want to lie back and relax.
  • Culinary treats – executive chef, Glen Cooper, has created themed menus including a delectable lobster feast, and wine tasting with head sommelier, Cedric Jacob.
  • Champagne cocktail New Year’s Eve party and dancing on the beach til dawn to a live Maldivian band.
  • Special festive spa treatments from Valmont, Ila and Spa de Constance.
  • Daily events at our Kids Club from mini-Olympics to pirate treasure hunts and meeting Santa.

Constance Moofushi

Champagne bar on the beach at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Champagne bar on the beach at Moofushi

On Christmas Eve the whole family can join us for a festive treasure hunt and kids’ party before the adult fun begins with a beach cocktail party.

Choose how you want to enjoy your Christmas dinner from the relaxed ‘back to childhood’ buffet at Manta or a more traditional Christmas Eve menu at the elegant Alizée. Then head to the beach for barefoot dancing and music, hosted by resident DJ Sanjeewa.

Other festive highlights include:

  • A movie for all the family on the beach
  • A Petanque tournament
  • New Year’s Eve cocktail party on the beach
  • A choice of New Year’s Eve gala buffet at Manta Restaurant or a special New Year’s Eve Menu at Alizée
  • A New Year’s Eve party on the beach including a champagne raffle with a star prize of a week’s stay at Constance Moofushi
Mauritius
Spa for children at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa for children at Le Prince Maurice

We also have a host of festive events taking place at our 2 luxury resorts in Mauritius,  Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

See out the old year and bring the new one in with a bang at Belle Mare Plage. From a personal visit from Santa Claus on Christmas day to a Tropical New Year’s Eve party on the beach there is something for everyone no matter what your age.

Highlights for the festive season include:

  • Kids Christmas card making and tree decoration
  • Christmas buffet at La Citronnelle
  • Champagne, oysters and urchins evening at La Spiaggia
  • Kid’s New Year’s Eve disco
  • New Year’s Eve beach party with fireworks at midnight.

Read more about the Island romance of Mauritius.

South African fine wines at Constance Halaveli

Head sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Cedric Jacob, shares his top picks for South African wines and reveals which wines have made it onto the wine list at the resort.

Cedric Jacob, Wine Sommelier at Constance Halaveli

Cedric Jacob, Sommelier at Halaveli

Fine South African wines we’re currently serving at Halaveli are:

And soon we’ll be adding:

  • Lammershoek – La Roulette Blanche, Chenin Blanc
  • David – Aristagos, Grenache Noir

And the best way to drink them…

These wines combined with our Chef’s selection of cheeses and cold cuts in Jing and Jahaz wine cellars is a must-do experience at Halaveli.

Wines from Swartland region

Cedric, and Constance corporate sommelier Jerome Fauré, discovered new wines at an exhibition of the latest up and coming South African vintages in Cape Town.

Cedric’s other top recommendations from the Cape Wine 2012 event are:

South Africa, wine region

South Africa, wine region

He was most impressed by wines from the Swartland region. The wines from the region Swartland really stood out because of the hard work that goes into making the wine. Wine makers from this region seek to produce wines that reflect the South African Terroir starting by analyzing the soils and subsoil, the climate or even micro climate, and identify which grapes will be the most suitable for the place they are.

Find out more about South African wines from the South African Wine Information website.

Wondering which wines to buy this Christmas?

Read Jamie Goode’s online wine magazine, Wine Anorak for insights, tips and advice on what to buy this festive season.

A delight for the senses

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice can now enjoy the exotic scent of our new fragrance, Stance.

Infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Infinity pool at Le Prince Maurice

Blended by the celebrated French perfumier Michèle Gay, the fragrance evokes the heady, spice-filled ambience of the Mauritian resort.

The perfume combines the exotic scents of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, grapefruit and ginger used in traditional Mauritian cuisine with base notes of myrrh, patchouli and vetiver creating a delight for the senses.

A member of Société Française des Parfumeurs, Gay made her name creating the concept of culinary perfumery, pairing essential oils of the perfume world with those of the culinary world.

Fans of her work include Céline Dion, Patricia Kaas and Aude de Thuin.

 

Enjoy this poem written by Michèle Gay to celebrate the launch of Stance:

As rare and unique
as the Constance-Prince Maurice,
stance is its new fragrance.

stance,
a rare word describing a poem,
a set of verses with full and flawless meaning
whose rhythm is found
in and twixt every line.

stance,
perfect poetry of the Constance-Prince Maurice,
found in every time and place
of a holiday that delights our senses.

Yet this perfume has suspension and silences
that bring us greater appreciation of life…
so very like the Constance-Prince Maurice

allowing us to truly be.
At the very heart of ourselves,
far from simply seeming, just being.

stance,
is an indulgence that we give
and that we encounter
and which always surprises us.
It is a different approach to perfume.
Never overwhelming,
it exudes the harmony of the Constance-Prince Maurice,
welcomes us, winks at us,
stays with us and keeps us reaching for its rarity.

stance,
is a rite of perfume.

stance,
is an indulgence ….
born of the meeting of place and nose
following the Culinary Perfumery path.

Michèle Gay
daringly flavours our dishes
and here captures Mauritian curry in perfume.

Her Culinary Perfumery
leads us to a cuisine-perfume
where, in head, heart and base notes,
myrrh, patchouli and vetiver meet and mingle…
that which French luxury has embraced with passion…

stance,
presents us the reflection
A spice-essence heart,
clove, cinnamon, cardamom,
the ginger opening,
the sandalwood base of molasses magic,
sweep us away to the Grapefruit Garden
on the sugar plantations of Constance.

stance,
takes us back to the roots
and values of Constance
and reminds us of the very best…
the Constance-Prince Maurice.

With the merest wafting,
wherever you might be,
stance
always brings you back
to Maurice’s perfect poetry…

 
Find out more about Michèle Gay on the French Entre Autre Choses blog or visit our Constance Le Prince Maurice website.

Isabelle Lamant joins Constance Le Prince Maurice

To celebrate the sumptuous refurbishment of the Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice, world-renowned fitness guru Isabelle Lamant will be joining our team in October and introducing guests to her unique blend of dance, yoga and gymnastics.

Isabelle Lamant

Isabelle Lamant

Inspired by her love of graceful movement, Isabelle’s classes are based around her philosophy of balance integrated into fitness, dance and yoga. Isabelle has a background in gymnastics and classical dance, which she has since combined with intensive yoga and pilates training.

‘After seven wonderful years of personal training in Paris and Versailles I’m excited to come to Mauritius and work with the Constance Group,’ she says. ‘My sessions will allow guests to tone up while they are dancing, practice the Dynamic (Vinyasa) Yoga as well as learning how to relax tense muscles and weak joints.

Each session will also show how guests can integrate practical exercises into their daily life so that they will not forget so soon their lovely gymnastic sessions when they return home. No matter what their physical abilities or experience may be, my sessions work for anyone.’

Exercising to a healthier more balanced lifestyle

Based around ‘control and fitness’ and ‘sculpt and balance’, Isabelle’s aim is to help her clients exercise their way to a more healthy, balanced lifestyle. She believes her role as a teacher is to empower each participant to define and reach their own personal goals both physical and psychological.

Yoga for children

Children's yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoganimals

In response to medical studies around the world which have proved that yoga can help children improve motor skills, concentration, posture and breathing, Isabelle has also designed a fun-filled program for our younger guests called ‘Yoganimals’. Find out more about children’s yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Previous experience and training

Famous for teaching at some of France’s most exclusive spas, including Espace Payot on Paris’ Champs Elysées and Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, Isabelle has also trained contestants for Miss France and Miss Tourism International in Malaysia.

State certificated in Fitness (CREPS -France), Isabelle acquired her skills whilst studying for a certificate in Pilates in 2007 and got her degree Vinyasa Yoga (Yoga dynamic) in Paris with Gérard Arnaud, diploma recognized by the French Federation of Yoga and Yoga Alliance US.

Find out more about staying at Constance Le Prince Maurice from our website and discover more about Isabelle Lamant’s fitness approach on her website.

Asian Tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Effortless luxury and a sumptuous dining experience are two of the reasons guests return to Constance Le Prince Maurice time and time again.

Chef Li Junwei at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chef Li Junwei at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At Constance, we’re committed to finding the best chefs who can offer our guests the latest culinary styles. At the newly refurbished Le Prince Maurice, we’ve created a new Asian Tapas Corner at the Laguna Bar, headed up by Chef Li Junwei.

Building on the worldwide trend for sushi and Asian cuisine Chef Li Junwei has fused the two ideas to create a fresh and inspiring menu.

‘This is a unique concept,’ Junwei explains, ‘where we serve sushi, noodles, dim sum, Asian tapas and desserts all prepared in front of the guests. As a chef this is very exciting for me as it means I get to talk with the diners, introducing them to Asian culinary traditions and culture.’

Junwei has been a chef for 10 years working across the globe including in Oman, Abu Dhabi and Zanzibar all of which has inspired him in his understanding different cuisines and cultures.

It is this mixing of cuisines which has inspired the menu at the Asian Tapas Corner.

Asian Tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asian Tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

One such dish is the Five Spice Salmon, cooked according to the Chinese smoking tradition but with added Thai spices and a Japanese wakame salad, creating a new, modern flavour.

Laguna Bar at Le Prince Maurice

The laid back vibe of the Laguna Bar, with its deep comfortable chairs and views across the infinity pool to the beach beyond, is the perfect backdrop for tapas dining.

Enjoy by day together with a deliciously healthy fresh juice, or relax into the evening trying out unusual combinations of tapas and drinks. As Junwei explains, ‘Some of our tapas are very light and go well with a strong flavoured drink like a whisky or brandy. Other dishes have a stronger, heavier flavour so I recommend you accompany them with a sweet cocktail like a Mojito or gin and tonic.’

With its romantic setting and this fresh exciting menu created by the culinary passion of Chef Li Junwei, the Asian Tapas Corner is a rare treat for any visitor to Le Prince Maurice.

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