With the new year just around the corner, take some time out to start dreaming up your next holiday in the sun.
Head sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Cedric Jacob, shares his top picks for South African wines and reveals which wines have made it onto the wine list at the resort.
Fine South African wines we’re currently serving at Halaveli are:
- Mullineux Family – Kloof Street red and white Granite Shcist
- Eben Sadie – Columella, Palladius, Soldaat, Skerpioen
And soon we’ll be adding:
And the best way to drink them…
These wines combined with our Chef’s selection of cheeses and cold cuts in Jing and Jahaz wine cellars is a must-do experience at Halaveli.
Wines from Swartland region
Cedric, and Constance corporate sommelier Jerome Fauré, discovered new wines at an exhibition of the latest up and coming South African vintages in Cape Town.
Cedric’s other top recommendations from the Cape Wine 2012 event are:
He was most impressed by wines from the Swartland region. The wines from the region Swartland really stood out because of the hard work that goes into making the wine. Wine makers from this region seek to produce wines that reflect the South African Terroir starting by analyzing the soils and subsoil, the climate or even micro climate, and identify which grapes will be the most suitable for the place they are.
Find out more about South African wines from the South African Wine Information website.
Wondering which wines to buy this Christmas?
Read Jamie Goode’s online wine magazine, Wine Anorak for insights, tips and advice on what to buy this festive season.
Guests at Constance Halaveli were recently treated to a visit from the Italian Michelin star chef Walter Ferretto.
The world renowned chef took time out from cooking at his exclusive Il Cascinalenuovo restaurant in Piedmont, Italy to create a breath-taking culinary wine dinner and an Italian themed buffet night at Halaveli’s Jahaz restaurant.
At the wine dinner Chef Ferretto paired the finest Piedmont ingredients with some of Italy’s most exciting wines. The result was a gastronomic event which had guests literally gasping with excitement as each elegantly sophisticated dish was revealed.
The Piedmont region is famous for its exquisite truffles and it was around this delicious delicacy that Chef Ferretto created his unique menu for Halaveli guests.
- An amuse bouche of egg with black truffle – matched with a Veneto Prosecco, Balan Extra Dry, NV
- Ferretto’s signature dish of white onion with truffles – matched with a Veneto Chardonnay, Il Calto delle Fate, Il Filo delle Vigne, 2007
- Tagliolini and white truffles – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2010
- A roulade of grass-fed veal served with baby vegetables in a truffle jus – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2006
- A Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle – matched with a Cesare, Le Salette, 2006
At both the wine menu dinner and the Italian buffet the Italian chef shared his passion for food, meeting guests after the meal to share his love for food with them.
Highlights of the buffet menu included handmade pasta, gnocchi, aubergine and mint stuffed lamb roulade, whole roasted grass-fed veal racks, Italian cheeses, Serrano ham and salami with black summer truffles.
Enjoy these photos from Chef Walter Ferretto’s visit to Halaveli:
Name our sea creatures and you could win Shiseido fragrance or a cute cuddly toy.
We need your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures in the photos below. Come up with the best names and you could be the winner – be as creative and entertaining as you like.
All you have to do is name the creature/creatures by leaving a comment on this blog post below or use our Twitter feed @constancehotels. Tell us the name or names for one or both of the sea creatures below that live in the sea around Constance Halaveli, Maldives.
You can enter as many times as you like. Competition closes on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at midnight, so get creative. Winners will be announced here on Thursday 29 November. Read our competition Terms and Conditions.
1. Name the Bar-Tail Moray and win a bottle of Shiseido Zen fragrance for men.
2. Name the cleaning manta and win a kids’ cuddly manta ray.
Good luck naming our sea creatures – remember, the names we deem most creative, funny or entertaining will win.
And if you’ve got any underwater photos from the Indian Ocean, we’d love to see them – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook.
Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi have been named as top luxury resorts in the Maldives by A Luxury Travel Blog this month.
‘Sparkling with a thoroughly-deserved 6* reputation, the Constance Halaveli Resort is tucked away in its own private hideaway, perfect for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family holiday…
…Casual elegance is what Constance Moofushi Resort is all about. Deliberately veering away from what’s fashionable in favour of a more timeless, natural luxury, the resulting atmosphere here is peaceful and relaxed: wander around shoeless between your villa and the stunning beach and surroundings, or relax on your private hammock.’
Read more of the article ‘The Top 3 Luxury Resorts in the Maldives’ by Alexandra Matts on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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- Tell us which 3 words best describe Constance Hotels Experience
And you could win luxury perfume from Serge Lutens or wine from Art De Vignes.
- Enjoy €300 credit per day at Constance Ephélia spa villas
This fabulous offer allows you to really pamper yourself with a range of treatments.
- Recipe: Tamarind compote
Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.
- Serving Studer Eaux-de-Vie at Constance Hotels
Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré, takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Studer Distillery that’s been making its famous eaux-de-vie and liqueurs for over 100 years.
- Top beauty tips for winter weddings
If you’re getting married soon, take inspiration from our round up of beauty and make up blog articles to help guarantee you look radiant on your special day.
Behind the scenes
- The most decadent dessert in the Indian Ocean
Our Pastry Team at Constance Halaveli has been busy concocting this melt in your mouth creation.