Constance Hot List – the top tables in Paris right now

If you’re heading over to Paris for a long weekend, check out these top tables in the French capital as recommended by Bruno Le Gac, our leading gastro connoisseur and Resident Manager at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Eiffel Tower at night

Eiffel Tower at night

1. Akrame

A young and very creative chef has quickly become the talk of the town. New kid on the block Kei Kobayashi, Japanese chef with top training in France, has opened a remarkable table which is getting more successful by the day.

2. Thoumieux

Cuisine superstar Jean-François Piège is hotter than ever with his restaurant located on the first floor of his brasserie Thoumieux. So sought after – you’ll be lucky to get a table.

3. Le Chateaubriand

Since Iñaki Aispitarte at Le Chateaubriand was voted one of the top restaurants in France, he unplugged his phone… Every single American coming to Paris wants to book. Hotel concierges don’t even bother to call any more. Just go there and check if a seat is available. If you are (very) lucky, you’ll get the ultimate creative-on beat bistro experience.

4.  Bristol and Mini Palais

Masterchef 3 Michelin stars Eric Frechon at Bristol is as the top of his game. And don’t miss his second restaurant: Mini Palais.

5. Le Cinq at George V

Last but not least, Chef Eric Briffard at restaurant Le Cinq in George V is doing amazing things. A dinner there, welcomed by master sommelier Eric Beaumard, is a pleasure that will last in your memory for a long time.

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Last minute half term deal to Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Looking for some last minute ideas to keep the kids entertained this half term?

White sand beach at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Beach paradise at Constance Halaveli

Take advantage of this fabulous offer to Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, and you’ll be swapping bank holiday mayhem for powder soft white sands and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Constance Halaveli is one of the top family hotels in the Maldives, and Kuoni are offering 7 nights B&B with flights included, departing 2 June from £9,247 for a family of 4.

There’s a free kids’ club, tennis courts, scuba diving for all the family, fantastic restaurants and a top knotch spa offering Valmont and Ila treatments.

Visit the Kuoni website or phone 01306 747008 for more information.

Find out more about the delightful 6* luxury paradise of Constance Halaveli:

This offer appeared in the The Times newspaper on Saturday 19 May 2012.

 

 

 

Art de Vignes celebration gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

An exciting week of fine dining and wine tasting gets underway this weekend, when the talented wine growers of Art de Vignes take centre stage at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Red wine in a glass

Superb wines from Art de Vignes

From 20-26 May, this dedicated group of wine growers will be showcasing their wines at our 2 resorts in Mauritius.

Guests can enjoy the delicious cuisine created by Constance chefs, accompanied by fine wines from the French wine-producing regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Find out more about the special events taking place this week. Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius.

 

 

Hamilton Russell Vineyards wine promotion at Constance Hotels

At Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice tonight and tomorrow, 16 and 17 May, we are promoting the highly sought after wines from Hamilton Russell Vineyards, one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea.

L'Archipel restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

L'Archipel restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Hamilton Russell Estate specialises in producing individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay – widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in theNew World.

The history of Hamilton Russell Vineyards

In 1975 founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property located in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. He found the property after an exhaustive search for the most southerly site on which to make South Africa’s top cool climate wines from a selection of noble varieties.

His son Anthony Hamilton Russell, who took over in 1991 (finally buying the property in 1994), narrowed the range to Pinot noir and Chardonnay only, and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an Estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir.

Extensive soil research initiated in 1994 identified 52 hectares of stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil as optimal for the individual, origin expressive style they aim for and all plantings have now been limited to this soil type.

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Anthony, winemaker Hannes Storm and viticulturist Johan Montgomery are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines.

Tiny yields and intense worldwide demand keep the elegant, highly individual, Estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay in very short supply.

 

Special promotional dinner at L’Archipel

Wednesday 16 May – L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice

Urchin with Granny Smith apple

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Unilateral jobfish filet cooked on the skin, clams chowder with shells from our lagoon

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Beef flank, caramelised onion compote with Jamaican pepper, sweet potato dauphine, mirror sauce

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Cinnamon ango with manjari choclate,coconut sherbet with lime

The Wines

  • Asbourne Sandstone (white) 2007
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot noir 2010
  • Asbourne (red) 2007

 

Special promotional dinner at La Spiaggia

Thursday 17 May, La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Tuna tartar, wasabi-salmon gravlax-vegetables ‘Croqque sel’ tartlet

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Ballotine of duck foie gras and smoked eel, ‘Surf’ beetroot and dandelion salad, ’Turf’ green asparagus with Harenka caviar

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Roasted cod fish with salted butter crusted with fruits nuts and lemon pulp, glazed carrot with vanilla, passion fruit sabayon

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Pigeon breast, grilled potato, roasted abatis with Colonnata lard, raspberries and raw cherries, “Lapsang Souchong” tea juice

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‘Kumabo’ chocolate tartlet, blackcurrant and violet juice

The Wines

  • Southern Right Sauvignon blanc 2011
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 & Ashbourne 2007
  • Southern Right Pinotage 2009

Cult spa and beauty range ila at Constance Halaveli

Beauty industry favourite and top organic spa range ila is available at our luxury Constance Halaveli spa. This much lauded skincare range contains a level of organic purity rarely found in beauty products.

Ila Essentials Travel pack

Ila Essentials Travel pack

Ila is featured in June’s Condé Nast Traveller as ‘one of the most exciting organic wellness brands on the market at the moment’.

The Good Spa Guide calls it ‘a very special brand’ while Cult Beauty says ‘ Ila have taken their brand above and beyond the call of regulatory organic certification’.

The ila Travel Essentials collection includes:

  • Shampoo for Revitalising Hair (50ml)
  • Conditioner for Nourishing Hair (50ml)
  • Body Wash for Toning Skin (50ml)
  • Body Lotion for Nurturing Skin (50ml)
  • Bath Soak for Pure Relaxation (50ml)

Ila was founded by yoga teacher, nurse and aromatherapist Denise Leicester. Read more about ila-spa products and don’t miss Denise’s blog.

Actor Claire Forlani revels in the luxury of Constance Le Prince Maurice

Hollywood star Claire Forlani and actor husband Dougray Scott escaped to the luxurious surroundings of Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius earlier this year.

Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott

Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott

In this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, Claire shares her travel tips for what to pack, beauty must-haves, top iPod tunes and great reads for a Mauritius holiday.

As for the best hotel on the island, Claire says – ‘Constance Le Prince Maurice; it’s a haven of sophisticated luxury with great spa services. And the food at L’Archipel restaurant and the spectacular floating Le Barachois is delicious’.

Find out more in the June edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and visit our Facebook page for more photos of Claire and Dougray on holiday at Le Prince Maurice.

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