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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Sizzling barbecue recipes from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Nothing says summer’s on the way like the sound of friends gathered in the garden with the scent of marinated meat sizzling on the barbecue.

Sizzling barbecue recipes at Constance

Sizzling barbecue recipes at Constance

Here is a selection of our favourite BBQ marinades from our chef at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Recipe 1: Fish marinade

  • 50g grated orange zest
  • 50g grated lime zest
  • 15g dried chilli
  • 15g black pepper
  • 10g salt
  • 50ml virgin olive oil

1. Blend all the ingredients together and let it rest for one hour.

2. Put the fish into the marinade for at least two hours, then grill.

Recipe 2: Pork breast marinade

  • 100g honey from Rodrigues
  • 100g virgin olive oil
  • 20g roasted sesame seed oil
  • 50g BBQ spices (Mexican or Cajun mix)
  • 15g salt 10g coriander seeds
  • 10g Balsamic vinegar
  • 5g soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ spring onion bouquet
  • ½ chopped thyme bouquet

1. Mix the honey and spices together, add the oils and blend together to create a paste.

2. Add all other ingredients.

3. Cut the pork breast into 1cm thick slices and put them into the marinade. Make sure, that all slices are fully covered. After some hours, turn the slices.

4. Grill on the BBQ.

Recipe 3: Chicken Marinade Sohan Singh style

  • 1kg yoghurt
  • 40g coriander powder
  • 20g cumin powder
  • 10g saffron powder
  • 30g red pepper powder
  • 10g black pepper
  • 10g salt
  • 50g garlic paste
  • 50g ginger paste
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 80ml mustard oil

1. Blend all powders together. Add the garlic and ginger paste as well as the lemon juice and the oil. Add the yoghurt.

2. Cut the chicken in big pieces and marinate them for at least 5 hours.

3. Fit the chicken on to skewers and put them on the BBQ or in a Tandoor-style oven.

Recipe 4: Lamb marinade

  • 100ml virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 rosemary branches
  • 3 thyme branches
  • 3 cracked garlic cloves
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt

1. Chop the herbs and fold them into the other ingredients.

2. Marinate the lamb chops for at least 2 hours before you grill them.

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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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A guide to fishing in Madagascar

The remote ocean to the northwest of Madagascar with its combinations of reefs, banks and drop-offs is a haven for large numbers of pelagic and reef fish.

Fishing in Madagascar

Fishing in Madagascar

Whether you dream of saltwater fly fishing for a Marlin, trolling for Dogtooth Tuna or trying your hand at the traditional Malagasy net casting, the waters of Madagascar are an angler’s paradise.

Fishing is good almost all year round (with the exception of February and March) but April to July is the peak season when many more Sailfish and Marlin pass through the waters.

Big game fishing

Pit your wits against the giant game fish in the clear, calm waters of Madagascar and you could find yourself pulling any of the big prize fish – Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo – from the waves.

Read more about big game fishing in Madagascar.

Fly fishing

Catch of the day

Catch of the day

Fly fishing is possible from a boat, with some operators specialising in catching billfish such as Marlin and Sailfish on fly or alternatively from standing on a reef. Reef fish include GTs, snappers and grouper.

Traditional Malagasy net casting

On the private island of Constance Tsarabanjina to the northwest of Madagascar you can try your hand at traditional net casting from a pirogue (a wooden fishing boat). Fish the way the locals here have for hundreds of years and then bring your catch back to shore and the chefs at Tsarabanjina will prepare and cook it for you.

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British Airways discovers the high life at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

British Airways High Life magazine and website has raved about the excellent diving and laid back atmosphere at Constance Moofushi.

In her review Ianthe Butt described the 5* Maldivian resort as a place without stress, where ‘nothing is too much trouble for the staff’.

She says, ‘With soft sand on which to wander, plush rooms, communal areas with collapse-into-me couches, Moofushi is a truly relaxing place to stay.
When you leave you won’t step onto that seaplane, it’ll be more of a drift.’

A keen scuba diver, Ianthe Butt also noted the world class diving around the resort and the thrill of watching the marine life from the ‘gorgeous space’ of her water villa.

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Asian tapas on the menu in Mauritius

Asian tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asian tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice have merged Asian specialities like sushi, noodles and dim sum to create a unique ‘Asian tapas’ menu.

The blending of Asian flavours in light, delicious bite-sized treats served against the laid-back poolside vibe of the Laguna Bar has proved hugely popular with guests.

Originally the inspiration of Chef Li Junwei, who described the food prepared at the Asian Tapas Corner as, ‘a unique concept where we serve sushi, noodles, dim sum, Asian tapas and desserts all prepared in front of the guests.’

Guests can enjoy a light lunch with views over the infinity pool to the beach beyond or a sumptuous evening treat with cocktails or whiskey (yes, it’s a delicious pairing) in the evening, Asian Tapas is a light, delicious option.

Some Asian Tapas treats to try:

The Laguna Bar's chicken noodles

The Laguna Bar’s chicken noodles

Chicken Noodles

Udon noodles with a spicy sesame sauce served with vegetables and chicken is popular thanks to its lightly spicy flavour and fresh sauce.

Godzilla’s roll

This is a kind of maki combining ingredients such as papaya with shrimp. It is garnished with cashew nuts and coconut and fits perfectly with those following the Kickstart the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

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