Top young sommelier of France 2011 – the Duval-Leroy Trophy

Ten candidates hoping to win the award of best young sommelier of France have made it through to the semi-finals of the Duval-Leroy Trophy.

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Best young sommelier of France - Duval Leroy Trophy 2011

Among the semi-finalists is Yann Hangouet, currently our sommelier at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

The previous winner of the biennial competition was Jonathan Bauer Monneret. At the time of being awarded the title in 2009, Jonathan was sommelier at Constance Belle Mare Plage in the Blue Penny Café.

Earlier this month, some 100 candidates met across different areas of France to take part in this year’s competition.

Yann Hangouet will be hoping to win the prestigious title when he joins the other semi finalists at Vertus in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France on 27 and 28 November for the finals.

Customer review: the most beautiful hotel we have ever stayed in

Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives has been getting some rave reviews on Trip Advisor this month, so naturally, we wanted to share them with you.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

The first class service, attention to detail and breathtaking location means guests are enjoying the holiday of a lifetime at Constance Halaveli.

Here’s what they have to say:

From jennydecember12

“The Halaveli water villas are perfect – lovely calm rooms, with their own plunge pool overlooking the sea – we never felt the need to leave during the day as we had everything we needed – comfy sun beds, beautiful views and our own pool to cool off in.

We ate in the Jahaz restaurant, and the food was sensational – every night the buffet was a different theme, and the quality was outstanding – you could have as much or as little as you like, and enjoy the atmosphere.

The staff were great – from arrival at Male Airportyou were whisked away to the Constancelounge, then onto the seaplane, and greeted at the Halaveli by the staff on the jetty – then whisked off to your room. And the same on departure – even to the extent of checking you in at the airport -wonderful service, and things like that really add to the experience. Everywhere you went you were greeted with a smile and nothing was too much trouble for anyone. Whoever you met had time for a chat and we felt that we were surrounded by friends wherever we went.

I could go on for ever – but to sum Halaveli up, it is just wonderful. Go and enjoy – it will exceed all expectations – and then some!!”

A beautiful water villa at Constance Halaveli

A beautiful water villa at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

From Kitkat815:

“Our water villa was simply breathtaking with awesome view as well as amenities. It is definitely the most beautiful hotel that we have ever stayed in. We had our own terrace that led to the ocean and plunge pool and we spent most of our time in our villa as it was so beautiful & comfortable.

It was truly a once in a life time trip. The resort and the staff made our stay a very memorable one. I wish we could have stayed for longer. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to visit Maldives.”

From WoodGrubb:

“We felt throughout the whole holiday that we were the only ones on the island… it really is paradise.

We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and tried dinner at all the restaurants… Meeru, the beach grill, was our favourite (I have never seen so many stars in my life as I did that night). Just to point out that the buffet breakfast included complimentary champagne.”

Find out more in our blog Spotlight on Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives or visit the Constance Halaveli Resort website.

Spa for children and teenagers at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Children enjoy the spa experience

Enjoying a rose milk foot bath and massage

At Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius, the luxury spa is now offering fun and relaxing treatments for children and teenagers.

With the emphasis on fun rather than all-out indulgence, our younger guests can now enjoy a range of treatments tailored to suit their particular age group.

Children aged 3 to 10 years can choose from three 30 minute treatments.

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At the end of the session, they can take away a surprise present or enjoy a fizzy drink with popcorn.

For the girls, there is The Little Mermaid:

  • Flowers in the hair
  • Rose milk foot bath
  • Rose foot massage
  • A surprise to take away

For the boys, there’s The Little Prince:

  • Bubble foot bath
  • Cocofoot massage
  • A surprise to take away

There’s also the dreamy Head in the Stars for children to enjoy:

  • Wheat face massage and head massage
  • Fizzy drink and popcorn

Teenagers also love the new range of treatments. If you’re looking for a change from sunbathing and water sports, or simply want to enjoy some pampering time, the spa offers a space to relax and rejuvenate.

Having a relaxing head massage

Having a relaxing head massage

  • First facial treatment – 45 minutes
  • Toning massage – 30 minutes
  • Coco exfoliation – 30 minutes
  • Candy nail manicure – 30 minutes
  • Glam feet – 30 minutes
  • Light make up – 30 minutes

All treatments are given by our fully trained beauty and health therapists in the tranquil tropical surroundings of Spa Constance.

Yoganimals

Children can now enjoy yoga classes based around animal poses. The essence of Yogani’mals is to awaken children’s senses, and teach them about yoga through simple, fun exercises.

Find out more about yoga classes for younger guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

All of our luxury hotels are unique, situated in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius is ideal for anyone wanting a romantic and secluded getaway. You’ll find yourself immersed in a place that oozes refined and relaxed luxury.

Take a look at some photos of the overwater villas at Constance Le Prince Maurice on our Facebook page.

Accommodation is spread along the beach or on stilts above the lagoon.

There are:

  • 76 junior suites with private terrace or balcony
  • 12 senior villas complete with private pool and outdoor soaking bath
  • a princely suite made up of two Junior and one Senior Suite with garden, two swimming pools and three private terraces.

This five star luxury hotel is inspired by Prince Maurice of Orange and Nassau, who pioneered the discovery of spices in theIndian Ocean.The spice route theme is infused through the décor of the hotel and the wood, stone and thatch creates a mood of tranquillity.

Fine dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Fine dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

There are three restaurants offering gourmet food. Unique to the island is Le Barachois, Mauritius’ only floating restaurant. Le Barachois enjoys a breathtaking setting on the lagoon with panoramic views of a mountain range. Diners enter along a gangplank that meanders through the mangrove trees. The restaurant is open for dinner and offers daily specials including grills, seafood and Mauritian delicacies.

Other highlights at Constance Le Prince Maurice include the spa offering Guerlain and Spa de Constance products. Treatments soothe even the most tired bodies and minds, and include:

  • a range of Ayurvedic massages
  • shiatsu
  • Thai massage
  • natural body wraps and exfoliation
  • the deliciously tempting afternoon of massage for two on the beach, including champagne and sweet macaroons.

There’s even a spa for children and teenagers offering fun treatments such as the Little Prince (includes bubble foot bath) and Little Mermaid (includes flowers in your hair).

The fitness centre offers a fully equipped gym, tennis and squash courts, as well as yoga and t’ai chi classes. The Fitness Bar serves vitamin cocktails for an extra health boost. The beautiful infinity swimming pool has views across the ocean, while the most recent addition to the hotel is a helipad where guests can take a ride in an Air Mauritius helicopter over the lagoon.

Add to this superb diving and snorkeling, and free access to two championship 18 hole golf course, and you have a world class luxury hotel in one of the finest resorts in Mauritius.

See some of the celebrity guests who have stayed at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Check out some of our other resorts too: our latest luxury experience in the Maldives– Moofushi, the Jewel Island, and the Constance Halaveli, floating on the North Ari Atoll in the Maldives.

Enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles

Constance Hotels Experience is furthering its commitment to the environment by

Ephelia North Beach

A view of Ephelia's North Beach

enhancing conservation of Biodiversity at Port Launay next to the Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles.

In partnership with Sustainability of Seychelles (S4S), we have submitted a full project proposal with the aim of:

  • Taking pro-active measures to improve the coordinated management of the fragile mangrove ecosystem adjacent to the Constance Ephelia Resort site
  • To start looking at co-management of other adjacent natural areas such as the resort grounds and Port Launay Marine Park

The project has three main objectives and these are to:

  1. Enhance collaboration between the resort and community partners for conservation of the natural areas adjacent to the resort
  2. Improve conservation management of the mangrove swamp in Port Launay
  3. Raise awareness of our resort team members, clienteles and community on the importance of the natural areas adjacent to the resort and how to protect them.

We hope the above project will lead to greater awareness of biodiversity conservation issues amongst our resort team members, clients of our resorts and the local community.

The aim is that all visitors and residents increase their participation in actions that will contribute to the improvement of biodiversity conservation in the resort and surrounding area.

Celebrities support Le Prince Maurice Prize in Mauritius

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The luxury resort of Constance Le Prince Maurice on the eastern shores of Mauritius plays host each year to the island’s literary award, Le Prince Maurice Prize.

Celebrating the best in literary love stories, the prize alternates each year between a French and British novelist.

Celebrities who have taken on the role as Patron of the prize include:

Richard E Grant (above, right)
Actor and author Richard E. Grant, best known for his inebriated performance in Withnail and I, and more recently Gosford Park, and Filth and Wisdom.

 

Tilda Swinton and guests

Tilda Swinton at Le Prince Maurice Prize award ceremony

Tilda Swinton (right)
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for her role in the acclaimed film Michael Clayton.

Sebastian Faulks
Author Sebastian Faulks CBE, who wrote one of the UK’s best loved novels, Bird Song as well as Charlotte Gray, Human Traces and the James Bond novel Devil May Care.

Each year, three shortlisted authors are invited to enjoy the luxury of Le Prince Maurice for a week of cultural exchange with Mauritian students and authors.

Recent authors to visit include Julia Gregson, Sadie Jones and William Sutcliffe.

Find out who’s on the shortlist for this year’s French literary love stories or visit the website Le Prince Maurice Prize.