3 romantic villas for Valentine’s Day

Secluded, blissfully peaceful and offering a perfect slice of romantic heaven, here are three beautiful villas to escape to this Valentine’s Day.

The Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Could this be your Valentine’s Day surprise?

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

The Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

The perfect romantic setting?

The Beach Villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Treat your loved one to the barefoot chic of Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

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Spanish flare at Constance Halaveli with new tapas menu

Spanish Executive Chef at Constance Halaveli, Jordi Vila, is introducing a touch of Spanish flare to early evenings at Jing Bar with a new tapas menu.

New tapas menu at Jing Bar

New tapas menu at Jing Bar

Vila is drawing on his passion for authentic Spanish cuisine to create a perfect sundown menu of light, healthy nibbles including delicacies such as Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese and smoked almonds.

Enjoy delicious tapas with one of our signature cocktails as you watch the sun sink beneath the infinite ocean from Jing’s stunning terrace set halfway along Halaveli’s jetty.

Available every day from 6.30–7.30pm the tapas menu will include:

  • Bread and tomato
  • Jamón Serrano
  • Marinated olives
  • Chicken croquettes
  • Anchovies, red pepper aubergines
  • Manchego cheese with rosemary honey
  • Smoked almonds
  • Prawns with sweet paprika

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Shared pleasures: Wine tasting at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At Constance our sommeliers are not just passionate about wine but about sharing that passion with you.

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Our Constance head sommelier Jerome Faure, travels the world, old and new, to uncover the very best wines and bring them back to our cellars in the Indian Ocean.

He brings with him not just the wines themselves but their stories, their histories, the knowledge of the land on which they were grown so that all our sommeliers can share that knowledge with you.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

At Constance Le Prince Maurice our state-of-the-art wine cellar has capacity for more than 15,000 bottles and guests are invited to regular wine tastings where our sommeliers will guide you through some of our favourite wines.

Wines at Le Prince Maurice include:

  • Champagne Salon 1966 from Mesnil sur Ogier, France
  • Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Domaine de la Grange des Peres 2004/05/06/07/08/09, France
  • Swartland – Mullineux Schist Syrah 2010 – the first vintage of one exclusive wine, South Africa

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Constance Halaveli, guests can enjoy a range of sublime wines under the guidance of head sommelier Cedric Jacob, who trained in his native France.

Wines at Halaveli include:

  • Chablis, ‘Terroir de Courgis’, Patrick Piuze, 2010, France, Burgundy
  • VDP des Bouches du Rhône, Villa Minna, Red, 2007, France, Provence
  • Waterkloof, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 – South Africa, Stellenbosh

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Amidst the laidback luxury of Constance Moofushi wine tasting takes on a more ‘chilled out’ approach with tables set up in the tranquil lagoon so that guests can sample wines with the ocean lapping at their feet.

Wines at Moofushi include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marianne Estate, 2011, South Africa (dry white)
  • Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse, 2010, France (red)
  • Malbec Rose, Tapiz, 2011, Argentina (dry rosé)

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Our passion for wine spans from the grand, world famous ‘old world’ producers to the small independent artisans and the cutting edge producers of the new world. From famous vintages to new offerings, it is this range that you’ll discover at Constance.

 

 

JustLuxe declares Halaveli a ‘sigh-inducingly relaxing’ destination

JustLuxe describes Constance Halaveli as 'Heaven'

JustLuxe describes Constance Halaveli as ‘Heaven’

Prestigious luxury website JustLuxe describes Constance Halaveli as ‘heaven’ in a recent review.

JustLuxe journalist Carol Driver says, ‘Constance Halaveli, an incredible five-star resort set on its own idyllic island, has only 84 villas, making it a sigh-inducingly relaxing and private destination. It’s perfect for a luxurious getaway, honeymoon, or a memorable wedding location.’

In her review Driver goes on to praise the secluded location of the resort, the elegant, spacious accommodation, the exciting diving opportunities and the excellent food and wine.

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Top Burgundy winemaker visits Constance Halaveli

Head Sommelier, Florian David, introduced Constance Halaveli guests to the wines of Jean-Marc Lafont at a special wine dinner on 11 January.

Wine dinners at Constance

Wine dinners at Constance

Following in a family tradition that goes back many generations, Annick and Jean-Marc Lafont have been crafting exceptional, highly expressive Burgundy wines since 1985.

Set in the beautiful Ardières valley, Lafont has a deep respect for the environment with the steep slopes meaning that much of the care and harvesting of the grapes must be done by hand.

His winemaking method is also traditional with each terroir vinified in low capacity vats which he believes helps create wines that are consistent and true to type.

These elegant wines are then racked and matured slowly in oak to promote the distinctive flavours and aromas of each terroir.

Last weekend, Halaveli celebrated the wines of Jean-Marc Lafont with a wine dinner at the beautiful Jing restaurant, pairing them with a menu specially created by executive chef Jordi Vila.

Highlights of the dinner included:

  • Asian hot dog served with crush peanut and miso mayonnaise paired with Crémant de Bourgogne ‘Blanc de Blancs’
  • Reef fish ceviche with lime sponge, coriander crisps and apple confit paired with Pouilly-Fuissé 2012
  • Maldivian tuna with avocado, seaweed and grilled cucumber paired with Fleurie ‘Granits Roses’ 2012
  • Marinated duck breast with beetroot puree, parmesan polenta, raspberry cream and a red wine jus paired with Brouilly ‘Gorge de Loup’ 2011
  • Lemongrass panacotta with gulab jamun, cardamom, banana and lemon paired with ‘Les Galopines’ Viognier 2012

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Lux Traveller review says Halaveli is ‘absolutely perfect’

Luxury travel website Lux Traveller has described Constance Halaveli as a ‘true 6 star experience in the Maldives’.

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The review, written by Lux Traveller CEO Marina Noble, gives Halaveli a glowing score of 10/10 for service, rooms, spa, attention to detail, wow factor, location, generosity and value.

Noble also points out that all the villas at Halaveli come with their own pool, something which she says is, ‘quite rare in the Maldives and sets Halaveli above others’.

As well as the individual pools, Noble praises the luxurious, ‘no expense spared’ design of the villas and their technological features including Apple TV with a wide range of free movies, Nespresso coffee machine and iPod docks.

She goes on to say how impressed she was with the range of activities on offer at the hotel including snorkelling, excursions and the wellness-focused spa with its traditional and modern treatments.

Noble took her two young children to Halaveli and was struck by how child-friendly the hotel was, with everyone from the restaurant staff to the Constance Kids Club (which she describes as, ‘a great addition to an already child friendly resort) making them feel welcome.

Noble reserves her strongest praise for the staff at Halaveli, ‘The best service ever throughout the hotel.’

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