Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli boasts a wine list to rival many European Michelin-starred restaurants and head sommelier Florian David is rightly proud of the extensive wine cellar that features some of the world’s best wines.

Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

With more than a thousand fine wines mainly from Europe, South Africa and New Zealand, Florian considers that Halaveli has the best selection of wines in the Maldives.

One of the things which makes Halaveli’s selection so unique is that many of the wines are sourced from the winemakers directly by our sommeliers.

Our teams visit vineyards across the new and old world to search out the very best wines from traditional as well as innovative new winemakers.

Florian’s top wine recommendations

Of all the fine wines in our cellar, here are Florian’s top recommendations.

Florian says, ‘We at Halaveli have the best winemakers from France.’

  • De Montille – the lively legend of Volnay and Pommard
  • Raveneau – the king of Chablis
  • Lucien Lemoine – one of the most talented Burgundian winemaker of the past 10 years
  • La Grange des Peres – the most elegant of all the Languedoc wines
  • Domaine de Trevallon – the ultimate proof that there is great wine in Provence

‘We also have the very best vintage of the grand Bordeaux wines.’

  • Pauillac, Château Lynch Bages, 5th Cru Classé 1990 – the best vintage of the past 30 years
  • Pauillac, Château Pichon Baron Longueville, 2nd Cru Classé 1989 – less famous than 1990 but beautifully well-balanced
  • Margaux, Château Margaux, 1st Cru Classé 1990 – simply a legend
  • Bordeaux, Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1945 – the most feminine vintage ever and also the most difficult to find (although not, of course, at Halaveli)
  • Sauternes ‘Creme de Tête’, Château Gilette 1961 – an amazing vintage from an amazing producer

‘To finish, we also have the finest and most exclusive Champagne.’

  • Dom Perignon 2003 and 2004 – the shining star of Champagne
  • Cristal 2005 – the Champagne Tsar
  • Cristal Rose 2005 – probably the most exclusive Rose Champagne
  • Salon 1997 – The Grand Cru of Champagne
  • Billecart Salmon, ‘Clos St Hilaire’, Blanc de Noirs 1998 – a Champagne with a sensitive soul of Pinot Noir

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Constance Creatives: Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Belle Mare Plage

As part of a series of articles introducing the people who put the passion into the Constance experience, we meet Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Guillaume says he is inspired by discovery and sharing, and incorporates both into his work at Belle Mare Plage.

An expert in top quality rums as well as other spirits and cocktails, Guillaume is responsible for selecting the premium spirits across the Constance Group and for creating its signature cocktail.

‘I love to share my skills and knowledge,’ he says and he is able to do this by offering guests special taster experiences like his ‘gin and tonic experience’ and his ‘rum discovery and testing’.

Guillaume is also a man who knows how to create the perfect party atmosphere organising events like our ‘golf and fun’ evenings, full moon parties, New Year’s Eve party, beach parties and our famous MCB Open cocktail event for up to 800 people.

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Unusual wines: Mauritian Lychee Wine

We always like to support local producers especially when they bring something new and exciting to the market like Divine’s innovative and delicious lychee wine.

Divine Tropical Lychee Wine

Divine Tropical Lychee Wine

Now served at both Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage this fresh sweet wine, launched in 2012, is produced entirely by lychees grown on Mauritius.

Best served chilled, Divine Tropical Lychee Wine is a refreshing drink on hot summer days as well as making a perfect accompaniment for Asian cuisine, light fish starters and fresh fruit salads.

The wine uses the pulp from fruit which has been picked, peeled and deseeded and is then left to ferment for up to three weeks.

The wine was the brain child of oenologist Patick Oxenham whose company now makes the wine.

Patick was inspired by the long-standing tradition in Mauritius of making wine from the fruit of the island and when he came across an old recipe of his grandfather’s for lychee wine he decided to give it a go.

The result has been hugely popular in Mauritius with Patick now looking to extend his production with the potential to export in the future.

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Halaveli in photos

Take a glimpse at the sumptuous luxury offered by Constance Halaveli, a beautiful 5* hotel with elegant villas and world-class dining set on its own island in the Maldives.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

A tropical island paradise

A tropical island paradise

Poolside in the Maldives

Poolside in the Maldives

Afternoon bliss

Afternoon bliss

The Double Storey Beach Villa: a world without walls

The Double Storey Beach Villa: a world without walls

Relaxing on the deck of Halaveli's Presidential Villa

Relaxing on the deck of the Presidential Villa

Ocean views at the Jing Restaurant

Ocean views at the Jing Restaurant

A world of flavour: Constance Halaveli's wine cellar

A world of flavour to be discovered

Watching day fade into night...

Watching day fade into night…

An experience beyond expectations

An experience beyond expectations

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6 spa trends for 2014

In 2014 spas are no longer just about pampering and indulgence. Today’s sophisticated spa goers are looking for a more personal approach.

Spa trends 2014: destination spa breaks

Spa trends 2014: destination spa breaks

One of the major spa trends this year are destination spa breaks where you can combine travelling and exploring new cultures with improving your wellbeing.

Guests visiting Constance spas in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar can immerse themselves in the local culture of these beautiful islands then take time out to enjoy treatments based on local plants and traditional methods.

1. Treatments designed around you

‘Personalised wellness’ is big news this year in the spa world. At our spas, trained therapists will take the time to sit with you and listen to what you want from your spa experience. Whether your goal is to improve your health, de-stress, address a problem area or just lie back and relax, our therapists will create a program specifically for you.

2. Medi-spa and anti-ageing treatments

Spa treatments that address health problems or ageing issues with a holistic approach are becoming increasingly popular.

Brice Nicham’s medical manicures and pedicures at Constance Le Prince Maurice are proving on the of the must-book treatments at the hotel. While at Constance Halaveli, the Valmont Spa combines latest scientific breakthroughs in skincare with the purest natural Swiss ingredients to create a range of highly effective anti-ageing treatments.

3. Peace of body and mind

‘Mindfulness’ is the key word for those seeking wellbeing in 2014 and it is something that has led to a growing interest in meditation and yoga at spas over the last year.

Those seeking mental restoration at Constance can experience the calm and serenity of sunrise yoga or sunset meditation sessions on the beach, as well as mastering techniques of pranayama breathing.

Constance Halaveli and Constance Lémuria offer one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Whether you choose a class or an individual session, our instructors will help you learn what you need to carry on your journey to mindfulness when you get home.

Spa de Constance at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Spa de Constance at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

4. Taking new wellbeing skills home

The desire to return from a spa break with new knowledge and skills is another trend for 2014, with guests wanting to make a spa visit the starting point for a new healthier way of life.

Our personal trainers will offer guidance on health and nutrition and can devise fitness routines tailored to your day-to-day lifestyle.

5. Enjoying the great outdoors

Spas are moving outside in 2014 so that guests can reconnect with their environment and nowhere is this more inspiring than in our idyllic island locations.

Greet the morning sun with fitness guru Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice, take a health nature walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles at Lémuria or experience yoga in the fresh air of the yoga pavilion at Constance Ephélia.

6. Nutrition and weight-loss

Weight-loss has become a science in recent years balancing healthy eating and exercise to create sustainable results. In 2014 spa-goers are looking for nutrition and lifestyle advice to improve wellbeing.

Constance Le Prince Maurice has worked alongside Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer to create an integrated approach to weight-loss which includes working with a personal trainer, special menus in the restaurants and dedicated spa treatments.

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How Constance Hotels supports coconut farmers in the Maldives

Guests visiting the kurumba station beside the main pool at Constance Halaveli can enjoy coconuts cut freshly from trees on local farms.

Supporting coconut farmers: enjoy the flavours of the Maldives

Supporting coconut farmers: enjoy the flavours of the Maldives

Coconuts, or kurumbas as they are known in the Maldivian language Dhivehi, are offered to guests at Halaveli in the traditional way.

First the top is chopped off so guests can drink the sweet coconut water. Then the coconut is opened so they can eat the white flesh using the shell as a spoon.

And for later in the day, we use the coconut juice to make the delicious Halaveli pina colada.

Working with local farmers

It is also important to us to support local farmers and for this reason all the coconuts used at Halaveli are bought from farmers from the neighbouring islands of Malahous and Thoddu.

At the hotel we use around 100 coconuts each month, so every week we contact the farmers to give them an order for the coming week. They are then able to cut exactly the number we need.

The farmers send the coconuts to Male to be loaded on to our weekly supply boat.

The coconut’s journey from the tree to our popular kurumba hut takes only a few days, but the memory of drinking sweet fresh coconut juice looking out across the Indian Ocean lasts much, much longer.

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