Located on two picturesque beaches on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles, Constance Ephélia Seychelles is a sight to behold, even amid the many natural splendors of the Indian Ocean. The resort overlooks the Port Launay marine national park, while 120 hectares of land and vegetation provide a green and luscious backdrop.

Constance Ephélia Seychelles adopts a “revive your senses” approach to ensure that its guests enjoy ultimate relaxation as well as a wealth of options for leisure time, such as the spa village with a range of soothing treatments, fine dining, yoga, adventure activities like zip lining, and more.

An assortment of accommodation set amongst the lush vegetation is available, from Tropical Garden View rooms, to junior and senior suites, and various styles and sizes of villas: family, beach, hillside, and spa, with the great Presidential Villa at the top of the range. The suites and villas embody contemporary and spacious designs, sitting harmoniously with their surrounds.

As well as maintaining its luxury credentials, Constance Ephélia Seychelles has won a Green Globe certification and a Certificate of Excellence in Trip Advisor’s 2016 Hall of Fame.

Varied gastronomic options are available at Constance Ephélia Seychelles within its five different restaurants, from Cyan, which “combines the precision of French culinary techniques with local and Asian influences,” to Seselwa Cuisine des Iles, which “evokes freshness and the festive spirit of the Seychelles.”

All of these restaurants, however, have access to a wine list that—like all the Constance Hotels and Resorts wine programs reviewed by the World’s Best Wine Lists judges—is “extensive and full of good bottles,” a mix of “classic French with enough from the around the world to bring real interest,” as one of the 2015 judging panel put it.

The wine list begins with a different approach compared to its other counterparts—with an interesting range of sakes, all with helpful descriptions. There are a number of unique elements in the wine list at Constance Ephélia Seychelles, starting with an interesting wines by-the-glass section, including Swiss Syrah from Gérald Clavien.

To enhance any occasion, a fantastic selection of Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer, with a top growers’ wine—Jacques Selosse Substance—alongside those from top houses such as Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, Deutz, Krug, Pol Roger, Roederer, and Veuve Clicquot. Admirably if unusually, they are arranged village-by-village, and include exceptional mature Champagnes, starting with Le Mesnil and six mature vintages of Salon back to the great 1982 and 1983. These are the perfect accompaniments, or preludes, to the culinary delights available at Constance Ephélia Seychelles.

The strong French influence is reflected in the selections of Alsace, white and red Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Southern France, to name only a few of the most interesting. From Alsace there are not only famous Rieslings but intriguing Pinot Blancs and Sylvaners. The white Burgundy selection features distinguished names but also some unusual wines like Domaine de la Vougeraie’s Clos Blanc de Vougeot. There is also a kosher option in the form of Heights Winery Chardonnay from the Golan Heights.

Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa also make their mark on the list. There is an excellent range of South African white blends, including Alheit Cartology Bush Vines, David Sadie Aristargos, Lammerschoek, and Sadie Family’s Palladius and Old Vine Series. Among the carefully selected Australian wines are Brian Croser’s Tappanapa and Torbreck, and there is an extensive range of New Zealand Pinot Noirs from Ata Rangi, Felton Road, and Escarpment.

For something extra special, opt for something more mature from Bordeaux, such as Haut-Brion 1998 or Léoville-Las-Cases 1996, or choose from the five-vintage vertical of Domaine de la Grange des Pères.

World of Fine Wine & Krug Champagne Tasting

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