Michelin star Chef Walter Ferretto visits Halaveli

Guests at Constance Halaveli were recently treated to a visit from the Italian Michelin star chef Walter Ferretto.

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

The world renowned chef took time out from cooking at his exclusive Il Cascinalenuovo restaurant in Piedmont, Italy to create a breath-taking culinary wine dinner and an Italian themed buffet night at Halaveli’s Jahaz restaurant.

At the wine dinner Chef Ferretto paired the finest Piedmont ingredients with some of Italy’s most exciting wines. The result was a gastronomic event which had guests literally gasping with excitement as each elegantly sophisticated dish was revealed.

The Piedmont region is famous for its exquisite truffles and it was around this delicious delicacy that Chef Ferretto created his unique menu for Halaveli guests.

Highlights included:

  • An amuse bouche of egg with black truffle – matched with a Veneto Prosecco, Balan Extra Dry, NV
  • Ferretto’s signature dish of white onion with truffles – matched with a Veneto Chardonnay, Il Calto delle Fate, Il Filo delle Vigne, 2007
Roulade of grass-fed veal by Chef Walter Ferretto

Roulade of grass-fed veal

  • Tagliolini and white truffles – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2010
  • A roulade of grass-fed veal served with baby vegetables in a truffle jus – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2006
  • A Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle – matched with a Cesare, Le Salette, 2006

At both the wine menu dinner and the Italian buffet the Italian chef shared his passion for food, meeting guests after the meal to share his love for food with them.

Highlights of the buffet menu included handmade pasta, gnocchi, aubergine and mint stuffed lamb roulade, whole roasted grass-fed veal racks, Italian cheeses, Serrano ham and salami with black summer truffles.

To find out more about Walter Ferretto and try your hand at some of his famous recipes visit the Il Cascinalenuovo website or find out more about holidays at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Enjoy these photos from Chef Walter Ferretto’s visit to Halaveli:

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto

 

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

 

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Wesselingh named European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year

As we countdown to the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage next week, Paul Wesselingh has been named the European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year.

Tom Wesselingh

Tom Wesselingh

Describing it as the highlight of his career, Wesselingh is now 5th in the Order of Merit as he heads to Mauritius for the finale of the season.

Read more on the European Tour website about Tom Wesselingh’s road to success, and watch this space for regular stories and scores from the MCB Tour Championship taking place from 7-10 December.

Find out more about Constance Belle Mare Plage on our website.

The Sunday Times enjoys R&R at Le Prince Maurice

The Sunday Times journalist Karen Robinson finds Constance Le Prince Maurice is the perfect spot for some hard-earned rest and relaxation.

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach at Le Prince Maurice

Highlights include immersing yourself in the entire foodie experience – from taking cookery classes to learn how to make Mauritian food such as creole-style fish salad and vegetable samosas, to dining at the luxury resort ‘where lobster medallions with ravioli is a highlight; dim sum and sushi at the new Asian corner; and the floating restaurant on the barachois… whose dinner menu teems with fish, giant prawns and crab’.

Find out more from The Sunday Times, or catch up on articles you may have missed on our blog:

Golf: Mark Mouland to go fishing for Champions Tour glory

Welshman Mark Mouland, the first player to win back-to-back Mauritius Golf Open titles, has earned himself a regular place on the lucrative USPGA Champions Tour next year.

Mark Mouland

Mark Mouland

Mouland has been a regular visitor to Constance Belle Mare Plage for many years and followed his first win in 2002 by successfully defending his title 12 months later.

The 51-year-old former European Tour player – who has often indulged in his passion for big-game fishing while on the island – joined the senior ranks last year and scored his maiden title success, in the Portuguese Senior Open, a few weeks before flying out from England for the inaugural MCB Tour Championship.

This year Mouland made a limited number of appearances on the Champions Tour after winning a conditional card at the 2011 National Qualifying Tournament. Vut an outstanding performance in this year’s gruelling event in Florida earned Mouland third place with only the top-five finishers being guaranteed full playing rights for 2013.

Of the other MCB Tour Championship entries this year, Sweden’s Anders Forsbrand gained conditional exemption for next season while Australian Peter Fowler and Englishman Barry Lane finished high enough in the final placings to give themselves opportunities of securing a limited number of appearances.

Find out more about the MCB Tour Championship 2012 at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Escape to a beach retreat this Christmas

Imagine spending this Christmas walking barefoot down a white sandy beach beside the Indian Ocean instead of battling down a cold, rainy high street.

North Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

North Beach at Ephelia, Seychelles

Imagine sitting laughing and chatting with those you love while enjoying your Christmas dinner under a clear, star-lit sky.

At each of our luxury Indian Ocean resorts we’ve been busy planning this festive season to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime.

What’s on this Christmas?

Whether you’re looking for a party atmosphere or the chance to restore your equilibrium, you can take your pick from fine dining events with Michelin star chefs, beach barbecues, cocktail evenings, live music, beach cinema, seafood feasts, yoga on the beach, special spa treatments from Shiseido, Valmont and Sisley, beach sports, water sports and more.

Our resorts are also a haven for families. Plenty of space and the natural playground of the beach mix with our vibrant complimentary kids’ clubs and child friendly restaurants to provide an environment where you can relax and indulge in the luxury of a 5* resort knowing every member of your family is taken care of.

Want to find out more?

Children's water skiing at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Kids’ water skiing at Belle Mare Plage

Visit our Constance Hotels & Resorts website for more information about each resort, and watch this space as we’ll shortly be publishing more articles on our blog about what’s happening at our resorts this festive season.

Meantime, here are some articles you may have missed:

And if you’re staying at home, and looking for ways to reduce the pressure this time of year can bring, The Huffington Post has some great tips on how to avoid the stresses of Christmas.

 

A taste of India in the Seychelles

We’re thrilled to announce that world-renowned Indian chef and restaurateur, Vineet Bhatia will be visiting Constance Ephélia this December.

Chef Vineet Bhatia, Constance Hotels & Resorts

Chef Vineet Bhatia

The first Indian chef ever to receive a Michelin Star, Bhatia’s approach puts a contemporary twist on traditional Indian cuisine.

Vineet Bhatia’s influence

Bhatia’s global influence as a restaurateur now spreads from Mumbai to Geneva, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Mauritius.

‘I would describe myself as a global Indian whose inspiration is deeply rooted in India with an ever-burning desire to put Indian cuisine on the forefront,’ he says.

Events at Ephélia

Bhatia will run special dining events at Cyann Restaurant, Constance Ephélia from 29th December to 1st January.

  • 29-30th December – A glimpse of Vineet Bhatia’s A La Carte including three starters, three main courses and two desserts
  • New Year’s Eve & New Years Day – A five course taster menu
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