Holiday inspiration: the wildlife of Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

The tropical island of Mauritius, located around 900km east of Madagascar, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and rare plant and animal life in the world.

Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions 8-10 million years ago, Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands along with Reunion and Rodrigues.

Divided into nine districts, the capital of which is Port Louis in the north, the island is typically tropical around the coast, giving way to forests and mountains further inland.

Temperatures on the island can reach up to 31C during the summer months (December-March), lowering to 21C during the winter (June-September).

Conservation in Mauritius

Most famous for being the home of the now extinct dodo, Mauritius has a high level of wildlife not found in any other part of the world, but due to human activity much of its beautiful plant and animal life, much like the dodo, is dying out.

The beautiful Mauritian Pink Pigeon is a conservation success story

The beautiful Mauritian Pink Pigeon is a conservation success story

The Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius parakeet and pink pigeon (right), all indigenous to the island, have been close to extinction in the past, but thanks to several dedicated conservation areas, numbers have increased.

The island’s main conservation area, the Black River Gorges National Park in the south west, is where visitors will find the most diverse range of flora and fauna endemic to Mauritius.

Acres of protected rainforest are the home to all the island’s indigenous birds, as well as the Mauritian flying fox.

Native plants and flowers

Most of the island’s 670 native species of flowering plants can also be found at Black River Gorges, although the Mauritian national flower, Trochetia Boutoniana, or Boucle d’Oreille, can only be found on the slopes of Le Morne Brabant.

The orange-red bell-like flower grows from June to October and produces a nectar thought to attract geckos. The plant itself can reach up to 3m tall and is relatively rare.

 

A beautiful Takamaka tree

A beautiful Takamaka tree

Other native plants include the Mauritius ebony tree, takamaka tree and various palms, although several introduced plants such as the Chinese guava and frangipani can also be found on the island.

Spectacular coral reefs surround the island, offering a diverse and colourful array of marine life.

A resident pod of dolphins inhabit the area off the coast of Flic en Flac in the west, offering visitors a chance to swim with the friendly creatures, while regular boat excursions and snorkeling and diving trips offer the chance to get up close and personal with other marine life such as turtles, clown ‘Nemo’ fish and even sharks for the more daring visitor.

The turquoise ocean is also home to a raft of other popular fish including tuna, barracuda and lobsters.

For those without sea legs the white Mauritian beaches plays host to a number of beautiful shells washed up from the shores.

About Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience offers luxury holiday experiences in Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles. See our hotel links on the right for more information.

Picture credit: to see more shots like our main featured image, the Tortoise, please see Joachim Mueller’s photostream on Flickr.

Spotlight: Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

All of our luxury hotels offer something unique and special for our guests. We’ve already told you more about our latest luxury experience in the Maldives – Moofushi, the Jewel Island.

This week, we thought we’d tell you more about our other Maldivian luxury experience – the Constance Halaveli, floating on the North Ari Atoll.

This five star resort is perfect for honeymooning couples, divers, families and those who simply want luxury, peace and quiet. With 86 villas, 3 restaurants and a spa, it’s a wonderful place to relax, recharge and enjoy the peace – perfect for those with a hectic life who are looking to get away from it all.

 

Italian dining experience at Constance Halaveli Resort

Italian dining experience at Constance Halaveli Resort

Luxury dining
As you know, at Constance Hotels, it’s all about the luxury experience – and that extends to our dining experiences. We don’t only want you to enjoy luxury, delicious food, we want this to be an experience you’ll remember and take away with you.

For example, last week, our culinary team at Halaveli brought a touch of Italy to the Maldives, with freshly authentic Italian produce coupled with a unique buffet display.

Not content with this, we also provided our guests with further knowledge about traditional Italian cuisine so they could fully immerse themselves in the dining experience. For the buffet, we also researched and displayed interesting facts about some of Italy’s most infamous dishes.

Dining on Jahaz beach

Dining on Jahaz beachFor the buffet

In addition to our 3 restaurants, no visit to Halaveli would be complete without a romantic dinner on either Jahaz Beach or the reclusive Contemplative Garden.

Friday night BBQs

Friday Nights at Halaveli mean Beach BBQs! Every Friday our teams treat our guests to a casual buffet dinner on Jahaz Beach, with live music and the freshest seafood.

Bonfire on the beach

Bonfire on the beach

There are jazz singers, bonfires on the beach and much more.

Celebrations for everyone

The Constance Halaveli family is made up of a vast range of nationalities and cultures, so we try to embrace as many festivals and events as we can.

For example, last week, we celebrated New Year for Thailand, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

And last Sunday, we celebrated Easter in various different ways – for example, we have a Black Pearl Hunt at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel in Mauritius.

You can learn more and book online for the Constance Halaveli here.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter Sunday

Kakoo kids clubs

Enjoying the sun at Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you celebrate Easter, everyone here at Constance Hotels Experience wishes you a wonderful day, whether you’re celebrating at one of our luxury experience hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles or Madagascar, or you’re enjoying our Black Pearl hunt at Constance Belle Mare Plage or you’re simply at home enjoying the day with family and friends.

Have a wonderful day!

Hunt for Black Pearls this Easter in Mauritius

Is there a clue for the pearl hunt by the pool at the Constance Belle Mare Plage?

Is there a clue for the Easter Black Pearl hunt by the pool at the Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius?

Celebrating Easter at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel in Mauritius isn’t all about chocolate – although of course, our fantastic culinary experts do create some wonderful desserts, chocolates and pastries for the occasion.

Even more exciting than chocolate (if that’s possible) this Easter weekend is our Black Pearl hunting extravaganza.

Designed as a fun new take on the classic Easter egg hunt, our Black Pearl hunt helps guests to explore our luxury resort, learn more about Mauritius, its history and of course enjoy themselves in the process.

The hunt will run in collaboration with Atelier by William. Participants will need to search throughout different locations in our luxury hotel resort to find answers to clues and qualify for a prize draw.

Taking place this Easter Sunday (24 April), the winners get an amazing prize of a Black Pearl worth from 10,000 to 15,000 Mauritian Rupees.

Climbing wall launched in luxury Seychelles resort

Climbing in a luxury setting at the Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Climbing at the Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

As you know, at Constance Hotels Experience, we’re all about creating a unique, exciting and exceptional luxury experiences for our guests.

With that in mind, we’re always looking for new ways to give our guests something extra – and this time we’ve come up with a thrilling and unique addition to our luxury experience.

Already incredibly popular with honeymooning couples and divers (see our top 3 dive spots in Seychelles), the Constance Ephelia Resort now proudly sports an amazing climbing wall for guests of all ages and climbing ability to enjoy, too.

 

The wall allows a beautiful climbing experience with both artificial and natural routes. Feedback from guests so far has been extremely positive.

 

Who can use the climbing wall?
The wall can be enjoyed by anyone from 6 years to 60+ years.

Do I have to be an expert climber?
Absolutely not. The experience is very safe as people are fully attached in a harness. Instructors can  – discreetly – help you up in the more difficult passages. Men, women and children can enjoy this wonderful, unique experience in the heart of the Seychelles.

Advanced climbers are welcome at the Constance Ephilia, Seychelles

Advanced climbers are welcome

Is there anything for advanced climbers?
Advanced climbers can enjoy the walls and there are advanced climbing courses where people can learn how to use the equipments, climbing techniques, safety procedures and more.

What time do climbs take place?
Operating staff are fairly flexible on the hours you can climb, although early morning and late afternoon are cooler than midday.

They will adjust to your wishes but as a general rule of thumb, climbing takes place between 8am and 6pm.

Is there more coming soon?
Soon, we will also be offering some other cliff climbing on Mahe island as well as a zip wire and canopy ride in the next couple of months.

More information? Visit the Constance Ephelia Resort website.

Top 3 Diving posts for April

Scuba Diving is a real passion of ours here at Constance Resorts Experience. We recently hi-lighted our Top 3 Diving Resorts in the Seychelles and now we would like to highlight some of our favourite blog posts from recent weeks on the subject of diving. Please let us know your thoughts and if you have any content you think we would be interested in please dont hesitate to get in contact with us via Twitter or in the comment section below. In no particular order here they are:

1. Scuba Guru – Expand your consciousness…Dive Anywhere

You don’t have to go on holiday to go diving. PADI’s diving guru gives a rundown of all the other places you can spend your time diving and honing your skills. Diving in your bath tub may not be the height of the scuba experience but it can start to prepare you for a luxurious diving holiday.

2. NDO to take the Dunker Challenge!

This really is extreme diving if ever I have seen it. Best of luck to Jeff Reed with his ‘Escape the Dunker’ Challenge. We wish him even more luck with his efforts in raising his goal of £1m to support the families of serving and former Royal Marines. You can donate to Jeff on his just giving page here.

3. Review: Sunnto D4 Wrist/Dive Computer

Scuba Diver Life have a great review of the Sunnto D4 Dive Computer. The perfect accessory for divers new and old. A great device for giving you all the vital information you will want to know when diving. It even tracks your dive so that you can analyse it later on your PC. I recommend watching the video for  closer look at the features on offer.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.