Sourcing the best wines from South Africa for Constance hotels

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré has been busy this month visiting the Cape Wine event in South Africa, sourcing some of the finest wines to bring back to Constance hotels for you to enjoy.

Jerome Faure and team

Jerome Faure and team sourcing wines in South Africa

Cape Wine is a huge event, with around 450 South African wine makers showcasing their wines.

Accompanying Jerome were Cedric Jacob, Head Sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Sanath Kumar, Sommelier at Constance Moofushi, and Fleur Edel, Head Sommelier at Constance Ephelia.

The team spent 3 days tasting some 600 different wines.

They then travelled to the Swartland region and met with wine makers including Eben Sadie, Andrea & Chris Mullineux, before heading to the Walker bay region, home to Hamilton Russell, Ataraxia, La vierge Winery, Cartology….

Guests visiting our hotels in the Indian Ocean are in for a treat. Jerome said, “After this trip, I can tell you that many South African wines are starting to get better and better, and we have found some really amazing wines.”

What’s your favourite South African wine?

Do you have a favourite South African wine? We’d love to know what it is. You can post comments below or on our Facebook page or follow us @constancehotels on Twitter.

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Cape Wine, South Africa

Sourcing great wines at Cape Wine event

Recipe: Constance Fish Ceviche Acapulco Style

Delicious, fresh tasting and healthy, our Constance Moofushi fresh fish ceviche, Acapluco style makes a perfect starter or light lunch.

Fish ceviche acapulco style from Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Fish Ceviche Acapulco Style

  • 1 lb fresh fish fillets, bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds/stem removed, finely chopped
  • 2 lemons and 2 limes, juiced to make 3/4 cup – use more if needed
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado

1. Place fish and onions in a non-metallic bowl. Add the citrus juice, salt and pepper and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.

2. To serve strain fish and onions through a sieve and discard the liquid.

3. Put fish and onions into another non-metallic (slightly chilled) serving dish. Add all remaining ingredients, except the avocado and toss well. Correct seasonings to suit your taste.

4. Slice avocado into 8 to 12 wedges. Serve in a separate bowl as garnish.

Student plays golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage to raise money for charity

Student Matt Balmer raised over 2600 Euro for a Mauritian charity when he played at the Mauritius Golf Open in December 2011.

Matt Balmer and family presenting charity donation to Centre Joie de Vivre, Mauritius

Matt presents his donation to Centre Joie de Vivre

This summer, Matt returned to Constance Belle Mare Plage with his family to donate the money to Joie de Vivre, a special educational needs centre on the island.

In his own words, here’s Matt’s inspiring story.

I have been coming to Mauritius on holiday for the last 15 years with my family. We always stay at Belle Mare Plage.

Since I was 5 years old I have wanted to play in the Pro Am at the Mauritius Golf Open and in December 2011 my dream came true.

When I knew I was coming to the MGO, I decided to try to raise some money for charity – the Berkshire Autistic Society in the UK, and the Centre Joie de Vivre in Mauritius because my Mum was part of the Pink Ladies golf team that raised money for the centre 8 years ago.

Raising sponsorship

I got sponsorship from friends and family, and Constance Hotels kindly donated a 5 night stay at Constance Belle Mare Plage at auction.

I raised a good amount of money and donated 2,600 Euros to the centre in Mauritius while on holiday this summer.

I currently attend Cranleigh School in Surrey, UK and am studying for my A levels. I hope to go to Birmingham University to follow my passion for golf, and do an Applied Golf Management degree.

When I leave school next year, I want to take a gap year and hope to come back to Mauritius with a friend to do some voluntary work for Centre Joie de Vivre.

Find out more about golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Constance Memories photo competition winners

We’ve just announced all the winners of our Constance Memories photo competition.

Photo by Marek Kluznick, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Photo by Marek Kluznick, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Of the thousands of beautiful photographs the Constance community sent in to the competition, we’ve chosen winners for the following categories.

Best 3 photos of the last decade:

  • Marek Kluzniak
  • Angel Gomila
  • Nicole Petsa

Winners of each category

Winner of Design & Architecture:
Sven Goelles

Winner of Family:
Fabrice Tourres

Winner of Food, drink and entertainment:
Charbel Bou Serhal

Photo taken by Charbel Bou Serhal at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Photo taken by Charbel Bou Serhal at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Winner of Spa & Sports:
Juan Pablo Dominguez

Winner of Staff/Behind the scenes:
Stacey Dwyer

Winner of Weddings & Honeymoons:
Tesuo Isazawa

Winner of Beach, Nature & Wildlife:
Jorn Moraal

Winner of Excursions:
Ralf Grosseboerger

Winner of prize draw:
Laura Paterson

Visit our Facebook page to see all the photos – Constance Memories winners album.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone for sending us your wonderful memories of holidays at Constance. We hope you can visit us again in the Indian Ocean soon.

In the meantime, we’ll be running more competitions in the near future – and publishing your photos in lots of exciting ways. Watch this space.

And remember you can post your holiday photos at any time to the Constance Facebook wall.

 

Competition: Where in the world are we now?

Win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine or Serge Lutens fragrance.

Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience

All you have to do is tell us where this photo was taken?

Here’s a clue: it’s on one of our remote island resorts situated in the volcanic Mitsio Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

How to enter

To enter, simply tell us the name of the island where this photo was taken.

You can comment below or tweet us @constancehotels

Competition ends on Wednesday 22 February at 12 noon GMT. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Remember, either post to the comments section below or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter.

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers we receive.

Good luck!