Three Constance hotels named Leading Hotels of the World

Exclusive luxury hotels consortium, Leading Hotels of the World, has chosen three Constance hotels to join its prestigious ranks.

From 15 January Constance Halaveli, Constance Lémuria and Constance Le Prince Maurice will carry the accreditation of Leading Hotels of the World.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Belonging to the group is a mark that your hotel is one of the most exclusive and high functioning luxury destinations in the world.

Established in 1928,  the group today consists of 430 luxury hotels, resorts and spas across more than 80 countries.

CEO of Constance Hotels and Resorts, Jean-Jacques Vallet, said:

‘We are delighted that three of our hotels have been accredited Leading Hotels of the World. Becoming a member of this organization is a real honour and is the result of excellence, quality and team work.’

The performance of each member is evaluated every 18 months based on a strict criteria examining 1200 different elements. Of the 1000 requests for membership received each year, only 20 hotels receive the title. Selection rests on the group’s belief that the strength of each hotel resides in its capacity to distinguish itself.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Halaveli, Constance Lémuria and Constance Le Prince Maurice

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Wreck diving in the Maldives

Join TGI Dive Instructor, Natalie Skipworth, as she shares the unique adventure and exhilaration of a wreck dive at Constance Halaveli.

Wreck diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Natalie Skipworth wreck diving at Halaveli, photo by Marco Care

Stepping on the dhoni, a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretch out before me.

The sky is blue and cloudless and although it’s only a short ride to the dive site, and I’m eager to enter the water, I almost wish the journey wouldn’t end.

Arriving at the wreck

All too soon we arrive and my instructor tells me it’s time to get ready. She jumps in to check the speed and direction of the current, and surfaces with a smile, telling us the visibility is amazing and the fish are keen to see us.

We grin like idiots as we gear up and look each other over, strapping on computers, checking weight belts and air gauges, making sure nothing will ruin this perfect afternoon.

Entering the water

The first breath underwater is like coming home for me. As we swim down and across, following the guide, the wreck looms into view. It should be threatening, sinister even, but this wreck has been put here deliberately, sunk by the dive centre specifically for divers to enjoy.

What you can expect to see

The abundance of life is incredible in such a short stretch, and within the first 10 minutes we’ve spotted white tip reef sharks, stingrays, a napoleon wrasse, and even a turtle or two.

This wreck is slightly deeper than most and the first person reaches their air supply reserve within 30 minutes. The guide signals us to do a safety stop and inflates her surface marker buoy.

Blowing bubble rings through her regulator to pass the time she points out fish of every colour on the teeming reef.

We drift along for 3 minutes, almost blinded by the reds, yellows, oranges, blues and greens of the sealife, and surface together close to the dhoni. One of the many advantages to diving in the Maldives is that the boat follows you.

Handing up our equipment with the help of the instructor, we climb the ladder back onto the boat, tired but happy.

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Recipe: Vanilla Iced Tea

Refresh your taste buds this month and enjoy our delicious Vanilla Iced Tea.

Vanilla iced tea at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Vanilla iced tea

The recipe makes one litre of iced tea.

  • 5 tea bags of Vanilla tea
  • 3cl Vanilla Essence
  • 20cl Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 litre of hot water

Infuse all ingredients for approximately 30 minutes. Let the infusion cool down then place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Served chilled with three slices of lemon and ice.

Top tips for well being in 2013

One of our leading fitness gurus at Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, offers her top tips for well being in 2013.

Isabelle Lamant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoga on the beach with Isabelle Lamant

Her ever-increasingly popular fitness classes have earned Isabelle a loyal following among Constance guests. Many are returning from their holiday saying they’ve never felt better.

Here are Isabelle’s top tips for 2013:

1. Lie down on your back, hands under your head. Inhale 8 seconds with the nose, expanding your ribs and blowing out your stomach. Hold your breath for 5 seconds then exhale naturally. Do this 3 times to relax all the body and the brain.

2. Ask your self ‘What do I actually wish to change or improve on my body?’ Visualize mentally your ideal appearence and the way of living you would like for your wellness.

3. Stretch your arms, stretch your legs, turn on your right side then stand up.

4. Now that you know what you want for your well-being, put on your running shoes or your swimming costume and go out for one hour. Just go out and walk or swim to detox your body and your brain.

5. When you come back home, you’ll feel real satisfaction because you have taken care of yourself. That is the best tip I can give to you: think of yourself first so you have the best energy to give to others.

6. Stretch with fluent movement to allow your joints to relax. You can easily find different postures

7. I advise you to move your body 3 times per week for 1 hour each time. Choose the activity you prefer: aquagym, dance, running, walking, swimming… Stretch every day for 10 minutes, this is good for your joints and your muscles.

Find out more about Le Prince Maurice

At our Fitness Centre at Le Prince Maurice, we have personal trainers who will take you through your paces and offer classes in:  Aqyagym, Pilates, tennis, Yoga, stretching, Trx, dance and swimming.

Visit our website to find out more about the deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Times names Le Prince Maurice Spa in top 50 breaks for body and soul

If you feel in need of a personal over-haul after indulging this festive season, check into one of our top knotch spas.

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa at Le Prince Maurice

The Times has just listed the spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice in its 50 breaks for body and soul.

Highlights include the latest treatments from top brand Sisley, and pampering from Spa de Constance and podiatrist Brice Nicham.

The Constance Rum d’Esprit treatment starts with a refreshing foot soak and scrub with tamarind salts and lime, followed by a gentle exfoliation with rum, sugarcane and cinnamon to renew the skin and prepare it for exposure to the sun.

With the trend for spa travel growing, Le Prince Maurice is attracting aficionados in search of a luxury holiday that also offers a spa haven to escape into.

Subscribers to The Times can read more about their 50 breaks for body and soul.

And don’t miss our Top 6 reasons to visit Spa de Constance in Mauritius.

The Huffington Post on Constance Moofushi and Halaveli

Spa Spy, Lisa Stokes, escapes to the Maldives to discover the magic of Constance Moofushi and Halaveli.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Featured in The Huffington Post, Stokes writes:

“I glance down to the sign at my feet. ‘No shoes, no news beyond this point’. I’d arrived in paradise and it was way better than the brochure.

In the coming week I would discover hidden corals with fantasias of tropical fish, turtles and stingrays. Gaze idly at white sand, turquoise waters, incredible sunsets and rainbows. Oh, and experience my first spa treatment whilst watching a shark…”

Read more about Spa Spy: Escape to Paradise – The Maldives, in The Huffington Post blog.

And find out why A Luxury Travel Blog names Moofushi and Halaveli top luxury resorts.

Visit our website to get the lowdown and check booking availability at Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli.