Wine has always been an anchor of the Constance Hotels and Resorts culture. The luxury hotel group’s wine journey has since been reinforced by numerous wine awards, most notably the 2016 World’s Best Wine Lists, where no fewer than five of its hotels were recipients of a three-star award.
Constance Lémuria Seychelles is one of them, offering what the World’s Best Wine Lists judges described as a “list that seems to have everything. It’s very well organized and clearly presented—and the selection is top notch.”
Fine foods complement the award-winning wine list, four restaurants and five bars ensuring that an exquisite range of cuisines is available to guests — from chic sushi restaurant Takamaka, where the innovative chef devises a daily menu of sushi, ceviches, salads and more with a Seychellois twist, to The Legend Restaurant overlooking the bay. The Legend provides a deluxe buffet for breakfast and dinner, while the à la carte menu is available over lunch time, when international favorites are served by the pool. With epicureanism and fine wine at the core of Constance Lémuria Seychelles, the team of chefs ensures each evening offers a platform to experience international dishes and interact with guests at Legend Restaurant in a self-proclaimed “show-cooking” style, further enhancing the dining experience.
Perhaps the biggest strength of the Constance Lémuria Seychelles wine list, however, is its selection of Champagne. As senior judge Ch’ng Poh Tiong said, “It has excellent depth and breadth, with the big names (eight vintages of Salon!) balanced with growers. It’s impressive that they have any growers at all in their location—and the depth of vintages of fine Champagne luxury brands is remarkable.”
In the 2015 World’s Best Wine Lists Constance Lémuria Seychelles was recognized for its Champagne and sparkling wine, being the Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine List in its region (Africa and The Middle East). The selection of fizz continues to delight with excellent Champagne options, from top grower Jacques Selosse, to the best houses, including mature classics such as Billecart-Salmon Grande Cuvée 1996 and eight vintages of Salon back to the heavenly duo of 1982 and 1983.
The Constance Lémuria Seychelles wine list boasts wines from renowned producers to boutique wineries across the globe, showcasing Old and New World wine for everyone, from the everyday wine enthusiast, to the expert drinker. The head sommelier and team ensure wine is as accessible as possible, displaying information on winemakers and wine areas within the list. One of the assets of the wine list is its excellent by-the-glass selection, including Eben Sadie’s Pofadder from his Old Vine Series, a choice that impressed chairman of the judges and editor of The World of Fine Wine, Neil Beckett, describing it as an example of the resort’s “willingness to add quirkier choices, such as Eben Sadie by the glass, and not just the usual suspects.”
White wines comprise top-notch white Burgundy, with extensive comparative tasting options among the Puligny-Montrachet premiers crus from leading growers, and several vintages of Montrachet at the very tip of the pyramid. White Loire icons such as three mature vintages of Nicolas Joly’s Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières are another highlight, in addition to notable Alsace whites from the likes of Trimbach, Weinbach, and Zind-Humbrecht.
Greats among the red Burgundy selection include tempting mature vintages of Volnay from Domaine De Montille and Marquis d’Angerville, and three vintages of Domaine de la Romanée Conti’s Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Cuvée Duvault Blochet (2002, 2006, 2008). Further highlights on the list are red Bordeaux, including most of the first growths as well as top St-Julien second growths Léoville-Barton and Léoville-Las-Cases in mature vintages that are drinking beautifully now, like 1996.
Classic South African reds such as Kanonkop Paul Sauer and Rustenberg Peter Barlow, alongside new Swartland icon Sadie Columella in four vintages, reflect more local wineries. To finish off a wonderful dining experience of fine wine and culinary delights, Constance Lémuria offers admirable sweet wines including Château d’Yquem and several vintages of Château Gilette back to 1961.
A paradise in itself, Constance Lémuria Seychelles opened in December 1999 and was completely renovated in 2016.