Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Meyer

Take a journey of discovery across the Indian Ocean with our stunning new coffee table book, Constance: a lifestyle.

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Myer

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Meyer

Full of beautiful photographs and interviews with people whose passion has inspired Constance Hotels & Resorts, the book brings to life the colour and vitality of the Indian Ocean.

Sumptuous island food, beautiful white-sand beaches, luscious tropical landscapes and the laughter and joy of the local spirit are all captured in the photographs of Yvon Meyer, and descriptions and interviews of writer Louis Nore.

Travelling across the Indian Ocean

Nore and Meyer travelled across Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles to uncover the stories, culture and cuisine of the people which lie at the heart of everything we do at Constance. The book also includes delicious recipes from each of our resorts.

The beautiful 463-page book started life as a conversation between publishers Lydie and Christian Riehl and Constance CEO, Jean Jacques Vallet, during their stay at Halaveli.

The concept developed into a journey for Nore and Meyer to each of our 7 resorts to discover just what it is that makes Constance so unique.

Where to buy ‘Constance: a lifestyle’

Discover the secret for yourself. Constance: a lifestyle is available now from Amazon or directly from the publishers Editions du Signe.


Constance: a lifestyle book launch

Book launch with Bruno le Gac (second right) and Jean Jacques Vallet, CEO (right)

 

 

Yoga and bodywork specialist Steve Bracken to visit Halaveli

Rejuvenate your body and mind at Halaveli this Spring with guest yoga teacher and bodyworker, Steve Bracken.

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Feel the stress of daily life slip away, loosening muscles and easing the mind through Steve’s holistic approach to body and spirit.

Offering both private and group sessions, Steve will be at Halaveli from 30 March – 23 April.

Yoga style draws from Iyengar and Scaravelli

Steve’s own yoga teaching style draws from the Iyengar and the Scaravelli tradition focusing on the physical poses which improve suppleness, build strength, create inner relaxation and promote general health and well-being.

While teaching at Halaveli, Steve will be offering two yoga classes per day. For guests, your first yoga group class is complimentary. Private classes and massage/sports therapy treatments are also available.

Bodywork with Steve Bracken
As well as yoga, Steve specialises in bodywork and injury healing. He combines massage along with structural bodywork and soft tissue manipulation to address any injuries, chronic tension or pain. The range of treatments include:

  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Structural bodywork
  • Sports therapy
  • Deep tissue energy release
Steve Bracken, yoga teacher

Steve Bracken

Steve describes his treatments as offering a profound difference to people’s lives. ‘To have pain, injury, tension, stress or trapped emotion released from our body is like the dropping of a great burden. It is joyful and life enhancing.’

As well as teaching yoga around the world, Steve runs workshops and courses on his holistic approach to bodywork. His treatments are effective for healing a range of common complaints.

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Chronic tension
  • Disc problems
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Emotional detox
  • Physical trauma

Find out more

Read more on Steve Bracken’s website

Discover more about Constance Halaveli and check booking availability

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Healthy start: detox juice recipes from Constance Halaveli

 

Queen of Retreats visits Constance Halaveli

Queen of Retreats, Caroline Sylger Jones, visited Constance Halaveli last month.

Spa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa at Constance Halaveli

After a week of  fresh food, rejuvenating spa treatments from Valmont and Ila, snorkelling, star gazing and wandering barefoot, she returned home feeling ‘far more serene. Reconnected. Happy.’

In her Diary of a Maldivian Retreat

‘I am treated to a divine four handed massage with Ayu and Yulia in the spa, which they call the Meditative Indulgence – it’s an hour, but they add on an extra 20 minutes for heads and feet.

What is about these Asian therapists – their hands make the treatment feel like it goes on forever and forever, whereas in the UK an hour and a half goes so quickly. Is it their hands, the heat, the fact I’m already relaxed? They also have real power, no matter how slim or slight they are.’

And what of Halaveli itself?

‘We lie in a white rope hammock for ages together under the trees, legs entwined, and remember what it felt like to be together before we had our child. There are others about, but it doesn’t feel like it – we feel cocooned and undisturbed in our own little world. There 57 water villas here, and 29 beach villas, but really you wouldn’t know it.’

Read the full review of Caroline’s stay at Constance Halaveli on her website: Queen of Retreats

Visit our website to find out more about the deluxe Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Get to know the ocean’s friendly giants at Moofushi

Experience the awe-inspiring thrill of swimming with a school of manta rays during the manta season at Moofushi.

Manta ray at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Manta ray at Moofushi 

Share the ocean with these beautiful creatures with wingspans of up to 8 metres across. The curiosity of these gentle giants suggests they positively enjoy human interaction.

Manta season at Moofushi

Manta season at Moofushi runs from December to the end of April as the elegant rays migrate through the Ari Atoll in schools following a trail of enticing plankton.

The number of rays during the season means they are regularly encountered by divers and snorkellers alike with our dive centre running trips for both.

Although we still know very little about these magnificent creatures it is known that they are capable of diving to depth of more than 1,000 meters. The rays migrate cyclically with some giant mantas recording distances of over 1,000km.

Despite manta rays coming under increasing threat as the market for their gills continues to rise, they are a protected species in the Maldives where environmental funds are invested in safeguarding their future.

Find out more

Read about shark diving at Constance Moofushi

Visit our website to find out more about diving holidays at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Watch a stunning close encounter with manta rays at Moofushi from our Blue Tribe Dive Center

Discover what happened when The Telegraph’s Tim Ecott visited the Maldives to swim with manta rays

Constance hot list: The best of what’s on in Europe this weekend

Make the most of the long Easter weekend with our list of hot tickets across Europe.

Inside British Museum, London

Inside British Museum, London

London

The Boat Race 2013: Sunday, March 31
It may be cold outside but don’t be put off, the excitement generated by this annual race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ rowing teams will warm you up. The entire route is lined with stylish pubs and eateries.

Find out more about the boat race from Time Out London

The Easter Film Hop: March 29 – March 31
If you’re looking for an edgier weekend experience head to London’s hip Shoreditch and enjoy a very different style of movie watching. Retro musicals including Grease and Purple Rain are shown on a massive screen and the audience are given wireless headphones so they can drink, dance and party along with the film. Screenings are followed by a headphone disco.

For full details visit Experience Cinema.

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Opening at The British Museum this weekend, this fascinating exhibition features a collection of over 250 artefacts from the ill-fated towns. Pompeii and Herculaneum were both buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 and many of these items have never been seen before outside of Italy. The exhibition focuses on the lives of ordinary people and their homes.

For details or to book online visit the website for British Museum.

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Paris

Festival Cinéma du Réel: Until 31 March
The acclaimed documentary festival traditionally hosted at the Centre Pompidou has this year extended to include venues across the city. With filmmakers from across the world gathering to show their work there is something for everyone.

For details of screenings visit Cinéma du Réel

Julio Le Parc exhibition at Palais de Tokyo
Having snubbed the Musée d’Art Moderne’s proposals for a retrospective back in 1972, founder of the op art movement, Le Parc has remained relatively obscure. But now the Palais de Tokyo has succeeded in persuading the 84-year-old painter and sculptor to allow an exhibition of his work from 1950 to today. Alongside his classic op art pieces are a series of huge installations, paintings, sculptures. A rare treat.

More info from website Palais de Tokyo

Le Festival de l’Imaginaire: 27 March – 13 April
This renowned festival celebrating all forms of dance from around the world kicks off this week with Hayachine Take Kagura, Japanese masked dancing, at the Maison des Cultures du Monde.

Full details on the website Festival de l’Imaginaire

St Peter's Square, Rome

St Peter’s Square, Rome

Rome

Good Friday and Easter Sunday celebrations
Whatever your religious persuasion seize the chance to watch history in the making this weekend as the Vatican celebrates Easter with a new pope. Events include an evening procession and ritual of the Via Crucis on Good Friday in which a huge cross with burning torches lights the sky and Easter Sunday Holy Mass held in St Peter’s Square.

Helmut Newton. White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes: 6 March – 21 July
A collection of over 200 photographs make up this exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni with highlights from the prolific photogrpaher’s three volumes of photographs from 1976 to 1981. The exhibition features Newton’s provocative stylish black and white shots.

Find out more from Palazzo delle Esposizion

Tiziano: Until 16 June
The Italian name for the artist Titian, this exhibition at the Scuderie Del Quirinal traces the Italian’s work from his early days in Venice to his great commissions by Charles V. With loans from galleries across Europe this is a rare chance to see the progression of Titian’s work. There’s also an app to download so you can use your phone as an audio-guide.

More info at Scuderie Del Quirinal

Berlin

Auch Heute: until 11 April
The Kunstsaele gallery brings together the work of contemporary artists from around the world to examine the dialogue between different styles. Auch Heute, meaning today, aims to invite the viewer to see similarities in works by artists including Stephen Antonakos, Donald Judd, Sandra Peters and Dieter Kieg.

Full details on the Kunstsaele gallery website.

Dummy – Varieté 2.0: until 21 July
Billed as a futuristic variety show this cutting edge production at the Chamäleon Theatre features a fusion of modern dance, music and technology. A tilting stage, robotic puppetry and video projections by self proclaimed ‘light magician’, Frieder Weiss, this show is truly out of this world. This weekend enjoy a celebration of spring with ice-tea cocktails at the theatre bar.

Find out more at Chamaeleon Berlin

Sergej Jensen: until 17 June
An exhibition at the Berlinsche Galerie (Museum of Modern Art) celebrating the work of this year’s winner of the Fred Thieler Prize for Painting. Jensen uses materials including linen, coarse cotton and jute sacks to paint on to add texture and depth to his prize-winning work. Well worth checking out.

More info on the Berlinsche Galerie website.

Tsarabanjina sets the pace for barefoot luxury resorts

Tsarabanjina is set to reinvent barefoot luxury when it reopens after a multi-million pound revamp on 1 April.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

An idyllic retreat, Tsarabanjina is a secluded, private island far off the tourist trail. No dress-code, no formalities, just laidback luxury and friendly Malagasy charm.

Elegant thatched beachside villas
Part of the lure of this resort is its size. There are just 25 beach villas, spread across two of the island’s beautiful white sand beaches, making it an intimate and secluded hideaway.

Each boutique-style villa is nestled close to the shore. Made from rosewood and thatch, we’ve added air-conditioning and large private terraces – ideal for late-night, jaw-dropping stargazing or simply lying back and watching the sun set over the ocean.

Escape the pressure of modern life
This is one of those rare corners of the world where you can truly let the pressures of daily life slip away. Take a mental break and enjoy a digital detox – mobile phone and wifi connections are limited to the main building only.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa

Spa at Tsarabanjina
Recharge your body and mind at our newly revamped spa. The massage room comes with beach views and an outside shower carved into the island rock. Our spa therapists use many local ingredients including oils of Ravintsara (similar to eucalyptus), Ylang Ylang and Coconut.

All-inclusive Cristal package
To make the castaway experience even more complete, we offer the all-inclusive Cristal package at Tsarabanjina. This means that once you arrive, you don’t have to worry about paying for anything. It’s all included. And when we say all-included, we really mean it.

This is a place where the food tastes of sunshine – the menu changes daily depending on what the Mitsio fishermen catch, and the fruits and vegetables available at Nosy Be market on the mainland.

Each afternoon we serve tea in the main restaurant and cocktails at sunset. Or you can simply grab a perfectly chilled bottle of wine from your mini bar, stroll a few paces to the beach and watch the sun set into the ocean.

Ocean view at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Ocean view at Tsarabanjina

Breathe in an island intimately connected with nature
Discover the unique biodiversity Madagascar has to offer on a nature walk with one of our guides. Or join our dive team and be the first to swim in magical reefs which remain largely unexplored.

Tsarabanjina is a hidden gem that will blow your mind. Awe-inspiring natural beauty and a laidback vibe reminiscent of travelling days, combine with a generous splash of luxury to make this one of the most romantic resorts you can find.

Read more

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Tsarabanjina and check booking availability

The Sunday Times recently included Tsarabanjina in its ‘Guide to the 100 best holidays on the planet’. Subscribers to The Sunday Times online can read the article in full.

Discover why Susan D’Arcy of The Sunday Times rates Constance’s Cristal package as one of the world’s best all-inclusive deals.