Launching Champagne Salon 2002 in the Indian Ocean

We’re looking forward to the arrival of the much anticipated Champagne Salon 2002 next week. With the Indian Ocean launch of this superb Champagne at Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi next week, we have some very special events lined up in the Maldives.

Didier Depond brings Champagne Salon 2002 to Constance

Didier Depond brings Champagne Salon 2002 to Constance

This world-famous, critically acclaimed Champagne is special because it is born from a single grape variety (Chardonnay), a single terroir (the Côte des Blancs) and a single cru village (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger).

Champagne Salon 2002 is only the 38th vintage released under the Champagne Salon label in the last 90 years and is the very first Champagne Salon vintage of the 21st Century.

This is because at Champagne Salon they only produce their Champagne when all the conditions are perfect and the grapes are at their very best, something which fortunately happened in 2002.

Champagne Salon was first created by Eugène Aimé Salon at the beginning of the 20th Century to prove that Chardonnay grapes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger could produce an elegant Champagne without the need to add Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier.

After Eugène’s death in 1943 the company was passed onto his sister and later sold to Laurent-Perrier in 1989 when it became part of the combined Salon-Delamotte house.

To celebrate the honour of Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi being chosen as the place to launch the vintage to the Indian Ocean and Africa we will be joined by the Director of Salon & Delamotte, Didier Depond.

Together we will be hosting two exclusive champagne dinners.

Constance Halaveli

On 4 May a Champagne Salon launch dinner will be held at Jing, Constance Halaveli

  • Marinated sea bass with curry oil, coriander sponge, apple & lime Original chenin blanc 2013
  • Seared scallops with fennel puree, pear & ginger Old vine chenin blanc 2012
  • Grilled tuna with purple broccoli, smoked avocado cream, red berry vinegar blaze
  • Dolomite cabernet franc 2012
  • Pan-seared duck breast with mushroom tart, pickled blue cheese, coffee jus Family cabernet franc 2010
  • Chocolate balloon with chocolat mousse & chocolat Croquant Red jasper 2012

Constance Moofushi

On 7 May Didier Depond will host an exclusive champagne dinner at Alizée, Constance Moofushi.

  • Gazpacho of Red Pimento, Lobster, Eggplant Confit Delamotte Blanc de Blanc N/V (France)
  • Baked Job Fish, Mango Barbecue Sauce ‘S’ Salon Blanc de Blanc 2002 (France)
  • Grilled Angus Beef fillet, Beef Cheek Meza Luna, Wilted Kale Tiano & Moreno Malbec 2010 (Argentina)
  • Milk Chocolate Parfait, Raspberry Trifle Delamotte Rose N/V (France)

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How to mix the perfect cocktail

Have you ever sat in a hip city bar watching a mixologist creating a Mojito or Martini and wish you could mix it up just the same?

Mix the perfect cocktail at Constance Halaveli

Mix the perfect cocktail at Constance Halaveli

Now’s you chance. At Constance Halaveli in the Maldives you can take a cocktail-making master class in the beautiful Jing Bar, set on a jetty floating above the Indian Ocean.

With views out across the still lagoon our expert bar staff will teach you how to mix, shake and stir your favourite cocktails.

The class lasts an hour and features some of the world’s most popular drink combinations.

Our staff will ensure that by the end of the class you’re well on your way to mastering the art of mixology.

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Stunning swimming pools with a view

With amazing pools, beautiful vistas and sun loungers as big as your bed… here’s a poolside view of our hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Poolside at Constance Belle Mare Plage's Presidential Villa

Poolside at Constance Belle Mare Plage’s Presidential Villa

The main pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The main pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Stunning swimming pools with a view at Constance Lémuria

Stunning swimming pools with a view at Constance Lémuria

Soaking up the sun at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Soaking up the sun at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Poolside twilight at Constance Halaveli

Poolside twilight at Constance Halaveli

A mirrored view at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

A mirrored view at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

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Mauritius most popular for destination weddings

Mauritius is the most popular destination for an exotic wedding with the Maldives taking the top spot as a honeymoon destination, according to the Mail Online.

Destination weddings in Mauritius

Destination weddings in Mauritius

Based on research carried out by Kuoni, the Mail reports that Mauritius has knocked Sri Lanka off the top position thanks to recent changes which have made getting married in Mauritius much simpler.

According to the Mail report, many couples are choosing to marry in Mauritius while the Maldives was the best-selling honeymoon destination for 2013.

In a separate article the Mail Online says a new Kuoni report predicting travel trends for 2014 believes the Maldives will retain its position as the top long-haul destination for British holidaymakers.

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Winners of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The 9th Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius has seen the finest Michelin-star chefs from Germany, Sweden, England, Switzerland and France team up with Constance island chefs in a competition that puts their skills to the test and challenges them beyond their normal capabilities.

FCBL winners: Masashi Ijichi & Dammika Sarath of Constance Halaveli, Maldives

FCBL winners: Masashi Ijichi & Dammika Sarath of Constance Halaveli, Maldives

The winners

1st Prize:

Michelin Star Chef Masachi Ijichi from La Cachette restaurant in Valence, France and Dammika Sarath from Constance Halaveli Maldives, have won the 9th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

The competition which took place at Constance Belle Mare Plage from the 29 March to 6 April has also seen the crowning achievement of:

2nd Prize:

Jacob Holmstrom from Gastrologik restaurant Stockholm, Sweden, 1 Michelin star and Sandy Sokalingum from Constance Lémuria Seychelles.

3rd Prize:

Tim Allen from Launceston Place London, UK , 1 Michelin star and Yogessen Ramen from Constance Ephélia Seychelles.

The other teams in the competition were:

Masashi & Dammika's winning main dish: Spices and orange marinated Duckling breast

Masashi & Dammika’s winning main dish: Spices and orange marinated Duckling breast

  • Jens Rittmeyer from Budersand Hotel Golf & Spa, Sylt, Restaurant Kai 3, Hornum, Germany, 1 Michelin star and Dinushan Patabadage, Constance Moofushi Maldives
  • Mirto Marchesi from La Table d’Adrien restaurant, Le Chalet d’Adrien, Verbier, Switzerland, 1 Michelin star and Emmanuel Fortuno from Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius
  • Nicolas Masse from Les sources de Caudalie, La Grand’ Vigne restaurant, Bordeaux-Martillac, France, 1 Michelin star and Sasha Dinnoo from Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius.

The winning dishes

Starter:

Cold white coco beans soup, carrot mousse and marinated vegetables.

Main course:

Spices and orange marinated Duckling breast, onions stuffed with giblets, fruits chutney and sweet potato cromesquis.

Cocktail competition

Cocktail competition winner: Ashvin Purrun from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Cocktail competition winner: Ashvin Purrun from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Ashvin Purrun from Constance Belle Mare Plage is the winner of the Cocktail Competition held on 31 March at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

This year, three barmen from Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice took part in the competition. The liquors used were from Chamarel Rhum. The jury were Laurence and Joachim Louis representatives of Jack Daniels and Crème Chambord.

Wine competition

Cheryline Coulon from Constance Le Prince Maurice is the winner of the Wine Competition held on 31 March. The competition consists of finding the best wines to accompany the dinner which was served by Chef Eyvind Hellstrom. In competition were three Mauritian sommeliers who presented their selection of wines in front of four jury members.

Service & Art de la table competition

Benito Bellehumeur from Constance Belle Mare Plage is the winner of the Service & Art de la table Competition held on Tuesday 2 April at the Blue Penny Restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage. He presented the most beautifully prepared table and the best service.

Dominique Loiseau, Mercotte and Isabelle Mobihan made up the jury.

Wine competition winner: Cheryline Coulon from Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine competition winner: Cheryline Coulon from Constance Le Prince Maurice

Café Gourmand competition

Pastry Chef Camel El Sherifi from Constance Le Prince Maurice is the winner of a new Competition the “Café Gourmand” that was added this year to the event and organised in collaboration with our partner Nespresso. Participants were the Executive and Pastry Chefs of Constance Hotels and Resorts and were asked to create four pastries to best accompany a Nespresso coffee.

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Smith & Family rates Constance Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli

Stylish family travel specialist Smith & Family has included Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli in its guide to the best family-friendly coastal hotels.

Smith & Family loved Halaveli's family beach villas

Smith & Family loved Halaveli’s family beach villas

Part of the Mr & Mrs Smith group, Smith & Family aims to select the very best fun, stylish hotels from around the globe to recommend to its readers with children.

Having already attracted a loyal following amongst couples seeking beautiful luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean, families are now also discovering that Constance offers much for those looking for luxury where children are also welcome.

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius and Constance Halaveli, Maldives have been included in its ‘Beach in Reach’ section, which it says looked for hotels worldwide that mixed ‘buckets of fun for children with a relaxing retreat for parents’.

At Le Prince Maurice, Smith & Family were impressed by the two-bedroom family suites with a children’s bedroom complete with bunk beds and steps to the sinks in the bathroom.

Halaveli was praised for its family beach villas, which come with what it described as ‘helpful essentials’ including pushchair, cot and bottle-sterilising unit. For older families it recommended the double storey villas with pool giving parents and teenagers plenty of space to spread out.

Both hotels were recognised for the complimentary ‘fun, friendly kids club’ Constance Kids Club.

Read more on the Smith & Family website.

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