Constance sommeliers trained by leading winemakers Thierry Germain and Stephane Derenoncourt

As part of our exciting Art de Vignes week our sommeliers had the wonderful opportunity of receiving training from Thierry Germain and Stephane Derenoncourt.

Sunset at North Beach

Sunset at North Beach

One of the world’s leading wine consultants and producers, Stephane Derenoncourt of Domaine de l’A was keen to talk about the benefits of Biodynamic wine producing techniques.

Thierry Germain, of the acclaimed domaine de Roches Neuves, is also an advocate of Biodynamic farming and explained to our sommeliers how he used his vineyard’s natural resources without pesticides and synthetic fertilisers to cultivate the highest quality grapes.

Wine menu

In honour of their visit Chef Aviraj collaborated with the sommelier team to create a menu based around the wines of Domaine des Roches Neuves.

  • Chef Aviraj aperitif selection – served with Samur, Bulles de Roche, 2010
  • Chilled red mullet fillet, green apple and citrus cigar – served with Saumur, L’insolite, 2011
  • Lightly smoked ‘bourgeois’ fish wrapped in Serrano ham, breadfruit scoop, glazed vegetable and red wine sauce – served with Saumur Champigny, La Marginale, 2010
  • Cherry surprise – served with Saumur Champigny, Terres Chaudes, 2011

More about Biodynamic wine growing

The term ‘Biodynamic’ refers to an agricultural movement defined by Dr. Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. The goal of biodynamic wine growing is to get a vineyard to be as self-sustaining as possible, using waste products from one area to be used as fuel for another area. It’s a system that looks at the vineyard as a living organism itself from the soil to the sun, all working in harmony towards a well-balanced ecosystem that is self-sustaining.

Biodynamic wines and growing practices go beyond organic farming methods and focus on soil sustainability and viability via crop rotation, composting, non-chemical interventions for pest management and astronomical cycles to provide continual vineyard input. This emphasis often means the qualities of biodynamic wine offer more balance, clarity and depth of aromas and flavours.

Find out more about Thierry Germain and Domaine des Roches Neuves  and Stephane Derenoncourt and his philosophy of wine.

 

Legendary winemaker Jean Marc Boillot visits Ephélia for Art de Vignes week

To celebrate the visit of Jean Marc Boillot to the Seychelles, Cyann’s head chef Aviraj and the sommelier team at Constance Ephelia created a stunning wine menu based around his acclaimed Domaine de la Pommardière wines.

Wine tasting with Jean Marc Boillot at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Staff wine tasting with Jean Marc Boillot

A favourite among the three-star restaurants of Europe, Jean Marc Boillot is unusual in Burgundy for having an equal number of celebrated red and white wines.

The menu at Cyann evening

  • Selection of Chef Aviraj canapés – served with Vin de Pays d’Oc, Domaine de la Truffiere, 2010 (white)
  • Duo of scallops and langoustine, celeriac gratin laced with curry spice, bisque emulsion and pomegranate reduction – served with Meursault, 2011
  • Stuffed chicken breast, leg confit ‘Pomme pont-neuf’ and morel mushroom, cooking jus and crispy pancetta – served with Pommard, 2010
  • Mandarin delice with honey, passion fruit compote, blood orange sorbet – served with Vin de Pays d’Oc, Domaine de la Truffière, 2011 (rosé)
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Enjoy these photos from the dinner at Cyann

Art de Vignes dinner at Cyann, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Art de Vignes dinner at Cyann, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

 

Dinner at Cyann, Constance Ephelia

At Constance Ephelia

 

Jean Marc Boillot dinner at Constance Ephelia

At Constance Ephelia

 

Jean Marc Boillot dinner at Constance Ephelia

At Constance Ephelia

Highlights from Art de Vignes week in Seychelles

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Faure, brings you highlights from the beginning of a fabulous week of wine appreciation as the Art de Vignes wine growers’ collective visits the Seychelles.

Wines from Art de Vignes collective, Constance Hotels & Resorts

Wines from Art de Vignes collective

Constance Ephelia

Sunday 3 March

Our sommeliers at Constance Ephelia enjoyed training with Anne and Olivier Decelle, owners of St Emilion Grand Cru Chateau Jean Faure. We tried the 2009 and 2010. It is a special blend with 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 10% malbec. The property is close to St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Cheval Blanc.

The 2010 is for me a really wonderful wine – one of the top from St Emilion.

Anne and Olivier Decelle also own Domaine Mas Amiel, located in Roussillon nearPyrenees. They are making Maury (Fortified Wine) Maury Sec (new appellation in 2011 – only Red ) and some Cotes du Roussillon Villages (White, Red and Rosé).

On Sunday evening we enjoyed a wine tasting with all the wine makers and our guests at Constance Ephelia.

Preparation for Art de Vignes wine dinner, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Preparation for Art de Vignes wine dinner

Wines we tried:

  • Cotes du Roussillon Villages Plaisir Rose – Mas Amiel 2012
  • Saumur Insolite Domaine des Roches Neuves – Thierry Germain 2011
  • Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier Georges Vernay 2011
  • Montagny 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot 2010
  • Cotes de Castillon Domaine de l’A – 2005
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Chateau de Beaucastel 2009

The menu

The menu was proposed with Domaine Mas Amiel and Chateau Jean Faure.

Starter:

Cotes du Roussillon Villages Altair 2010 Mas Amiel with Red Snapper Wheel’s Carpaccio with Green Bean Salad and local Passion Fruit Dressing

Maury – Mas Amiel 1969 with marinated Red Tuna Rose, Grilled Zucchini with Light Curry Apple Compote and Tomato with Xeres Vinegar.

Main Course:

St Emilion Grand Cru Chateau Jean Faure 2010 with Lamb Fillet with CrispyParmaHam, Local Eggplant Chutney, Parmesan Tuile and Pan Forte Sauce.

Dessert:

Maury Charles Dupuy, Mas Amiel 2008 with Surprise Dark Chocolate Sphere with Berries Compote.

Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape

Monday 4 March:

We held staff training about Rhone Valley Wine with Christine Vernay (Domaine George Vernay) who is owner and wine maker for prestigious appellation from North of Rhone Valley (Cote Rotie – Condrieu) and Thomas Perrin, one of the owners of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Wines we tried:

  • Vin de Pays Pied de Samson Viognier – Vernay 2011
  • Cotes du Rhone StAgathe – Vernay  2010
  • St Joseph Vernay 2010
  • Cote Rotie Blonde du Seigneur  Vernay 2010
  • Luberon Vieille Ferme 2011
  • Cotes du Rhone – Coudoulet White 2011
  • Cotes du Rhone – Coudoulet Red 2010
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel White 2011
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Beaucastel  White 2011
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel Red  2010
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel Hommage a J. Perrin 2009
Dessert at Art de Vignes dinner, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Dessert at Art de Vignes dinner

Evening at our new Chinese Restaurant at Ephelia :

Chef Ling and his team with the collaboration of our sommelier team created a menu with Thomas Perrin wines from the Chateau de Beaucastel in theRhoneValley

Aperitif

Cotes du Lubéron, La Vieille Ferme, 2011 with Chef Ling canapés selection

Main course:

Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, Vieilles Vignes, 2009 with Seafood siew mai with caviar

Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, Vieilles Vignes, 2009 with Crispy chicken in sweet and sour sauce

Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, 2005 with Wok fried black pepper New Zealand beef with bamboo shoots

Dessert

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Perrin, 2010 with Pancake stuffed with coconut mousse, exotic fruit minestrone, lychee sherbet

Find out more about Art de Vignes in Seychelles

 

Ephélia and Lémuria celebrate the art of French winemaking

We have invited some of the most inspirational French winemakers from the Art de Vignes association to visit the Seychelles to share their passion and produce with our guests.

Adam & Eve Restaurant, Constance Ephelia

Adam & Eve Restaurant, Constance Ephelia

Run in connection with a series of dining events, guests will be able to sample wines from:

  • Domaine Mas Amiel
  • Chateau Beaucastel
  • Domaine Des Roches Neuves
  • Domaine De La Pommardiere

The guest winemakers will work in conjunction with the sommeliers and chefs at the restaurants of Ephélia from 3 – 6 March.

At Lémuria guests can enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with the winemakers before enjoying a wine dinner and golf competition running from the 8 – 9 March.

Find out more

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Ephelia and Constance Lemuria.

Discover more about these winemakers and the fine wines they produce:

Boost your well being in the Seychelles

Take time out in paradise to reconnect with a calmer, more peaceful inner you.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

At Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

With a holistic approach to well being, the luxurious spas at Ephélia and Lémuria offer a range of treatments for body and mind in their Shiseido and Spa de Constance spas.

Combining the eastern traditions of skincare offered at the Shiseido spa and the western expertise and knowledge of the Spa de Constance, guests are given an extensive range of beauty and well being treatments.

Favourites include:

  • Top to toe Traveller’s massage at Ephélia
  • Shiseido’s wrinkle-lifting facial available at Ephélia and Lémuria
  • Spa de Constance’s tropical stone detox
  • Couples’ massages
Spa experience at Constance Ephélia

At Ephélia guests can make the wide range of spa treatments central to their holiday experience in the peaceful, spacious elegant surroundings of their very own spa villa. A tranquil haven for two, each villa comes complete with:

  • Double treatment room
  • Hot tub
  • Steam shower
  • Laconarium (sauna/hammam)
  • Swimming pool in own private garden

For those looking for even more choice there is also an entire spa village at Ephélia where our dedicated staff have put together a range of treatments, both traditional and cutting edge, from around the world specially for our guests.

The spa village, with its islets of beauty and well being, includes 14 specialist treatment rooms, hair salon, manicure and pedicure room and nail, eyebrow and make-up bar.

Spa at Lémuria

Spa de Constance at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Spa de Constance at Lemuria

At Lémuria we take the search for inner peace and well being beyond the tranquil haven of our Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa. Taking advantage of our idyllic location we offer a selection of activities across the island which we hope will touch your spirit and free your soul.

  • Sunset beach work out
  • Health walks
  • Sunset walk to Anse Georgette
  • Nature walk to Anse Lazio

Of course, in your every day life you may not be lucky enough to have the beauty of the Seychelles on your doorstep but our passion for well being doesn’t end when you leave us. At Lémuria we aim to give you the tools you need to continue to benefit from the activities you have discovered with us.

The Spa de Constance at Lémuria offers guests the chance to train in various approaches to meditation and yoga so that you can carry on the connection you’ll find to your self once you return home.

Find out more

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Honeymooners share their memories of Constance

Your honeymoon is one of the most special holidays of your life. Find out what made it so fabulous for three couples who enjoyed their honeymoon at Constance last year.

Constance Halaveli

Stephanie Moy and Wei Wang

Stephanie Moy and Wei Wang at Halaveli

Stephanie Moy and Wei Wang at Halaveli,

When Stephanie Moy and Wei Wang were looking for somewhere special to spend their honeymoon in November 2012 they discovered everything they were looking for at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

‘Being on top of the world, having just been wed, we wanted a resort that would make us feel like we were VIPs 24/7, had luxurious accommodation, exciting activities, a great spa, breath-taking views, good dining options and somewhere we could just relax and unwind.’

For them it was the private infinity pools on the terraces of each of the luxurious water villas which clinched the deal and they weren’t disappointed.

‘We loved the abundance of underwater wildlife surrounding the resort. We loved walking on the jetty and spotting so many different types of fish without having to look hard.’

‘Your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime trip, it’s not just any vacation, so pick a location that has everything you want to do. Whether you like exploring new places and being on the go or just unwinding and relaxing and being pampered with superb service, we recommend that you pick a place you both want to go!’

Justin Antony and Samantha Fernandes

Justin Antony and Samantha Fernandes at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Justin Antony and Samantha Fernandes at Halaveli

Another couple lured to the unique luxury of Halaveli by the promise of secluded water villas and private infinity pools was Justin Antony and Samantha Fernandes.

When they went on honeymoon in December 2012 they were looking for the sedate elegance of a hotel which catered for honeymooners and couples, where they could create the kind of special memories which would last a lifetime.

‘There were so many special memories! The one we loved the most was our private candlelit dinner on our outdoor deck, by the pool.
Sitting on the deck, the view of the ocean was awesome and the gentle sound of the waves lapping against the villa. The dinner was the fish that we had caught during the fishing excursion the previous day, it was cooked and brought to us by the in-room dining service. The brilliant blue water and pristine white sand will always be a memory.’

Constance Ephelia

Chirag and Vipasha Singh

Chirag and Vipasha Singh at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Chirag and Vipasha Singh at Ephelia

Chirag and Vipasha Singh also picked out one of the unique dining experiences offered at Constance as being their most special memory of their honeymoon in the Seychelles resort Ephélia in December 2012.

‘The thing we love the most – tough to single out one from so many – but the candlelit dinner on the beach at Cyann, which was organised upon request. But overall it was the way we were looked after, honestly we were spoilt during our stay.’

The Singhs would offer this advice to couples looking to book the most special of holidays.

‘A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime experience, no other vacation can be called a honeymoon, so try to do something you’ve never done before, it will allow you to create a memory for life.’

Find out more

Visit our website to find out more about each of our seven Constance Hotels & Resorts.