Top 5 reasons to head to the Indian Ocean

Beautiful beach at Constance Lemuria Resort

Beautiful beach at Lemuria, Seychelles

If you’re in need of some warm sunshine right now, there’s no place better to head to than the Indian Ocean.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should pack your bag and escape to one of our unique resorts or super deluxe hotels.

1. Beaches, beaches, beaches

Imagine the softest white sand between your toes, and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see. Your holiday playground is set on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – from Anse Georgette, the private beach at our Seychelles’ Lemuria Resort, to the soft sands of Moofushi.

2. Luxury

It’s hard to resist the idea of a little luxury at this time of year, and Constance hotels offer this in spades. Wonderfully designed rooms, delicious food, stunning locations and an attention to detail means you can expect to find everything you could want in just the right measure.

3.  Sunshine

While it’s freezing cold in the Northern hemisphere, it’s hot and sunny across the Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the sunshine, and give your body the boost of Vitamin D it needs to restore that delicious sense of well being.

Diving with turtles at Constance Moofushi

Diving with turtles at Constance Moofushi

4. Diving, spa, watersports

If you tire of the beach or infinity pool, rest assured there are plenty of things to do. From water skiing, windsurfing and tennis to golf and spa treatments, and some of the best diving sites in the world – there’s no shortage of entertainment.

5. Gourmet food and fine wine

The Constance culinary spirit is central to the luxury experience you’ll find at our resorts. Expert chefs use the freshest local produce to create meals of exceptional quality, and our wine cellars are stocked with many inspiring wines that you won’t easily find elsewhere. Enjoy relaxed beach dining during the day before indulging at our elegant restaurants by night.

Find out more about our hotels and resorts on our website, Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Food for thought

Foodies looking for new and exciting culinary experiences will find what they’re looking for in Mauritius.

Asian tapas, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asian tapas, Le Prince Maurice

The restaurants at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage epitomise Constance’s culinary spirit combining traditional haute cuisine with the flavours and spices of the Indian Ocean.

Our menus are based around the very freshest local produce, whether it be fish caught that day or herbs and spices grown on the island. Across our restaurants we then prepare these delicacies using a variety of local and international culinary traditions.

Guests can indulge their taste for European fine dining one evening and then shake things up with a traditional Mauritian beach barbecue the next.

At Le Prince Maurice highlights include:

  • L’Archipel – Chef Michael Scioli celebrates local Mauritian cuisine with his lunchtime barbecues and light, spice-infused evening menu.
  • Le Barachois – One of the most romantic restaurant in the Indian Ocean floating on pontoons on the lagoon, diners can enjoy fresh-from-the-sea seafood cooked in local herbs and spices.
  • Laguna Bar – fans of Asian food should visit the new Asian Tapas Corner where Chef Li Junwei prepares the freshest sushi, noodles and dim sum.

At Belle Mare Plage diners can experience:

Crab curry, Deer Hunter restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Crab curry, Deer Hunter restaurant

  • La Spiaggia – the finest Mediterranean cuisine cooked in the classic traditions of France, Italy and Spain. Once a week La Spiaggia hosts a lobster menu offering a variety of lobster dishes.
  • Deer Hunter – a celebration of Mauritian cuisine. Chef Rajesh Payanandee uses traditional recipes and cooking techniques to create a taste of Mauritius for his guests.
  • Blue Penny Café – the epitome of fine dining, head chef Frederic Goisset sets the culinary standard extremely high with his creation of elegant dishes, beautifully presented. He also frequently opens his kitchens to Michelin-star chef’s from around the world.
Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival

 

In March every year Belle Mare Plage attracts foodies from around the globe to the famous Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival. Six European Michelin-starred chefs compete in teams alongside Constance chefs to create award-winning dishes using only local produce.
Our chefs are given the opportunity to work alongside these European masters, watching and learning from the best of the best. In return the European chefs return to Europe with a hint of Mauritian spice they’ve learnt from us.

Michelin star Chef Walter Ferretto visits Halaveli

Guests at Constance Halaveli were recently treated to a visit from the Italian Michelin star chef Walter Ferretto.

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

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.

Highlights included:

  • 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
Roulade of grass-fed veal by Chef Walter Ferretto

Roulade of grass-fed veal

  • 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.

To find out more about Walter Ferretto and try your hand at some of his famous recipes visit the Il Cascinalenuovo website or find out more about holidays at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Enjoy these photos from Chef Walter Ferretto’s visit to Halaveli:

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto

 

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

 

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

A taste of India in the Seychelles

We’re thrilled to announce that world-renowned Indian chef and restaurateur, Vineet Bhatia will be visiting Constance Ephélia this December.

Chef Vineet Bhatia, Constance Hotels & Resorts

Chef Vineet Bhatia

The first Indian chef ever to receive a Michelin Star, Bhatia’s approach puts a contemporary twist on traditional Indian cuisine.

Vineet Bhatia’s influence

Bhatia’s global influence as a restaurateur now spreads from Mumbai to Geneva, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Mauritius.

‘I would describe myself as a global Indian whose inspiration is deeply rooted in India with an ever-burning desire to put Indian cuisine on the forefront,’ he says.

Events at Ephélia

Bhatia will run special dining events at Cyann Restaurant, Constance Ephélia from 29th December to 1st January.

  • 29-30th December – A glimpse of Vineet Bhatia’s A La Carte including three starters, three main courses and two desserts
  • New Year’s Eve & New Years Day – A five course taster menu
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Michelin star Chef Serge Gouloumes to visit Seychelles

Chef celebre Serge Gouloumes, of the world-famous Le Mas Candille in France, will be visiting Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia from 7-13 January to share his culinary passion with Constance guests.

Chef Serge Gouloumes

Chef Serge Gouloumes

The famous French chef will be organising special dinners and events, and offering a number of cookery classes at both Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

If you’re interested in improving your culinary skills and wowing your friends with a bit of gourmet French cooking back home, then this is the event for you.

Gouloumes has spent much of his career travelling the world and has been inspired by the mix of exotic spices and fresh ingredients of Seychellois cuisine. It was his fusion of exotic spices with the haute cuisine traditions of France that won him a Michelin star.

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Château Cos d’Estournel dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At a fabulous dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice last week, we showcased wines from one of the finest wineries in Bordeaux, Château Cos d’Estournel.

Chateau Cos d'Estournel dinner, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Special dinner at Le Prince Maurice

Mr Jean-Guillaume Prats, Director of Château Cos d’Estournel, joined us to host the dinner. Here’s a glimpse of what was on offer to guests:

Appetizer
Bordeaux Blanc Château Cos d’Estournel 2008

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Palm heart and scallops carpaccio
Bordeaux Blanc Château Cos d’Estournel 2008
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Curry leaves pan-fried ‘sot l’y laisse’, bok choy and sweet potato gnocchi
St Estèphe Les Pagodes de Cos, Château Cos d’Estournel 2009
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Tomato rougail neck of lamb
St Estèphe Château Cos d’Estournel
2ème Grand Cru Classé 2003 & 2007
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Victoria pineapple, Breton shortbread flavoured with exotic fruit
Tokaj Hétszóló 5 Puttonyos, Hungary, 2001

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