Wine and dine with two of France’s best vineyards at Ephélia and Lémuria

Guests at Ephélia and Lémuria resort can enjoy the unique opportunity to celebrate two of France’s leading vineyards this Christmas with a specially created vineyard menu.

Constance Ephélia

Gonet-Medeville at Constance Ephelia

Gonet-Medeville at Ephelia and Lemuria

Nicolas Rossignol and a representative of the Gonet-Médeville vineyard will join guests at Ephelia on the 25-27 December to introduce them to some of their famous wines and champagnes. A menu has been specifically designed to compliment the famous French wines and to create a dining event not to be missed.

From a family of winemakers Nicolas Rossignol established his own estate back in 1997 in the region of Volnay using ancient winemaking techniques.

Gonet-Médeville has also stayed true to traditional growing methods in the creation of its grand cru and premier cru champagne.

Come and taste the best of the wines they have to offer at Ephélia this Christmas.

Constance Lémuria

Guests at Lémuria resort will get a sneak preview this week when they too are visited by the Family Gonet-Médeville and Nicolas Rossignol for an exclusive wine and dine event.

Highlights of the menu will include:

  • Pan fried foie gras with semi-ripe papaya chutney served with ginger bread puree, salty nut crunch and balsamic jus to be accompanied by a Champagne Gonet Médeville Blanc de Noirs 1er cru
  • Roasted red snapper fillet in a red wine sauce, crispy leeks and sautéed ‘patole’ accompanied by a Volnay 2011
  • Roasted duck breast with sweet spices and honey crust pumpkin gratin and wilted local spinach with tamarind jus accompanied by a Volnay 1er cru Santenots 2009
  • Duo pineapple-vanilla with red berries coulis accompanied by a Château Gilette ‘Crème de tête’

Find out more about Nicolas Rossignol and Gonet-Médeville or visit the Constance Ephélia website to check availability.

Last minute deals for Christmas and New Year at Constance Ephelia

Senior Suite at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Senior Suite at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Pack your bags and jet off to Constance Ephelia, Seychelles this Christmas and New Year.

Our last minute deal means you could be lounging by the pool and sipping cocktails on Christmas Eve.

  • Offer applicable to junior and senior suites.
  • Valid from 23 December 2011 to 3 January 2012, minimum of 7 nights stay.
  • Last departure date from hotel is 4 January 2012.

Don’t miss out on this great deal – find out more, including rates and terms & conditions -on the Constance Ephelia website.

Top 5 Seychelles islands for bird lovers

Well known as a haven for honeymooners, the stunning islands of the Seychelles archipelago are also a magnet for ornithologists the world over.

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria

The 155 granite and coral islands are home to 12 endemic bird species, and the largest sea bird colonies in the world.

For all bird enthusiasts out there, here’s our top 5 run down of must-see Seychelles’ islands.

1. Praslin Island

The rare endemic Seychelles Black Parrot is the national bird. Visitors to the exotic Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island, are likely to see the Black Parrot as well as the Seychelles Bulbul, Seychelles Swiflet and Fruit Pigeon.

2. Mahé

Seychelles Kestrel

Seychelles Kestrel

Mahé is the largest of the islands, and there are a number of beautiful walks you can take into the tropical hills to spot the Seychelles Kestrel, Seychelles White-eye and Seychelles Scops-owl.

3. Bird Island

Bird Island is situated some 60 miles north of Mahé.  It’s a tiny flat coralline island where over 400,000 pairs of Sooty Terns breed every year between May – November.

There are viewing platforms where you can enjoy the sight of the terns incubating their eggs and caring for newborn chicks. Other birds found on the island include Curlew Sandpipers, Fairy Terns and Turnstones.

4. Cousin Island

Seychelles Magpie Robin

Seychelles Magpie Robin

Cousin Island, just 2km from Praslin Island, is home to a bird and marine sanctuary that has won several awards for conservation and ecotourism.

The endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin was successfully reintroduced on the island. You’ll also find other endemic birds including the Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Fody and Seychelles Blue Pigeon.

There’s also a massive seabird colony here with 7 different species nesting at different times of year. Expect to see Fairy Terns, Bridled Terns, Lesser Noddies, Audubon’s Shearwater and the Wedge-tailed Shearwater.

5. Aride Island

Close to Cousin Island, Aride is the only place in the archipelago where you’ll find Red-tailed Tropicbirds. The world’s only hilltop colony of Sooty Terns are also found here, living alongside White-tailed Tropicbirds, Roseate Terns, Seychelles Sunbird and the Seychelles Fody.

When to visit

Sooty terns

Sooty terns

The main breeding season for birds in the Seychelles is April, while Sooty Terns nest from May-September.

October is migration time, where numbers peak across the islands. Visitors at this time of year can expect some stunning sights across the sky.

Where to stay

Combine all this with a wonderfully relaxing holiday at one of our luxury 5* resorts in the Seychelles.

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Seychelles Subios underwater festival, 4-6 November

Beach at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Stunning beach at Constance Lemuria

Subios - the Seychelles Festival of the Sea - gets underway at Beau Vallon at the end of this week, running from 4-6 November.

Celebrating the rich marine heritage of the Seychelles archipelago, this year’s festival theme is ‘Wonders beneath the waves’. 

Festival-goers can enjoy a host of marine-oriented activities including film-shows and the much anticipated underwater image and film competitions.

Find out more from the official Subios website.

Send us your underwater photos and videos

We’d love to see your underwater photos and videos. You can post them on the Constance Facebook page or write a comment below.

And don’t miss these inspiring articles about diving in the Seychelles:

Michelin star chef Serge Gouloumès visits Constance Lémuria and Ephélia

Chef Serge Gouloumes

Chef Serge Gouloumes

World class Chef Serge Gouloumès is cooking up a feast at our resorts in the Seychelles this week.

The Michelin star chef from Relais & Châteaux, Le Mas Candille in Mougins, France is visiting Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia from 17-21 October. Restaurant Candille is known as one of the best restaurants on the Cote d’Azur.

Special menus are being prepared at Lémuria and Ephélia, so guests can experience Serge Gouloumès’ culinary talent and passion for cooking.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer this week: 

Monday 17 October 2011

Candlelit dinner at the Seahorse restaurant

  • Amuse Bouche 
  • Candille Foie Gras Tatin with Armagnac
  • Rock lobster roasted in its shell, simmeredSoissonsbeans smoked with tarragon
  • Exotic ilot, coconut caviar flavoured with vanilla, marinated & roasted Victoria pineapple, mango sorbet on chocolate notes

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Constance Lemuria Seahorse restaurant

Constance Lemuria Seahorse restaurant

Gala dinner at the Seahorse restaurant

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Braised white cabbage leaves, flacked crab, full-flavoured sea juice
  • Scallops skewer, celery mash with lardo di Colonata, Parmigiano Reggiano crisps
  • Glazed slab of Angus fillet, tataki sauce, butternut squash cubes, grilled leek, fried onions
  • Hazelnut macaroon, white chocolate ganache with winter truffle, caramelised pecan nuts, praline ice cream

Thursday 20 & Friday 21 October 2011

Constance Ephelia, Cyann restaurant

Constance Ephelia, Cyann restaurant

 

Dinner at Cyann restaurant

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Egg in truffle surprise, wild mushroom duxelles, chervil foam
  • Scallops skewer, sweet chestnut biscuit and purée, braised endives with mandarin juice
  • Duckling fillet in mild spiced glaze, wok-sautéed vegetables with coriander
  • Exotic ilot, coconut caviar flavoured with vanilla, marinated & roasted Victoria pineapple, mango sorbet on chocolate notes 

Friday 21 October 2011

Special lunch at Cyann restaurant

Four hands special menu by the Chefs Serge Gouloumès and Denis Jean-Jacques.

•        Surprise menu

When nature inspires design – Constance Ephelia Resort

Tableware at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Tableware at Constance Ephelia

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, gives you an insight into the design of the tableware we use at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles. 

When you visit Constance Ephelia, you’ll notice the design of the table tops are inspired by the beautiful nature of the Seychelles.

Plates, bowls and cutlery are gently curved to reflect the sensual curves of the famous Seychellois granite rocks. In Corossol restaurant, table lamps are made out of resin, and shaped like a large pebble. The table linen is light grey, the shade of the rocks under the sun. And the glasses have the color of the incredible Seychellois sunsets.