Top 5 reasons to choose a luxury all inclusive holiday

Imagine escaping to a luxury castaway island where from the moment you set foot on white sand you only have to think about unwinding and enjoying yourself.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Laid back luxury at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

A luxury holiday with nothing to worry about is the basis for our Cristal packages at Constance Moofushi, Maldives and Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Here are our top 5 reasons why luxury all inclusive makes all the difference at Moofushi and Tsarabanjina.

1. Fabulous food
Enjoy a lush tropical fruit salad or a full English breakfast, pop back for a light lunch then join us for our relaxed fine dining dinner menu all included in the price.

Kids and adults alike enjoy taking a break from the day for complimentary afternoon tea and pancakes served by the pool bar.

2. Sumptuous drinks on tap
Enjoy some of the finer things in life all included in the package. From a wide variety of premium branded spirits and international beers, to unlimited access to our cocktails and signature drinks menu – quality is all part of the deal.
Feel the revitalising force of juices and smoothies made from fresh-from-the-trees tropical fruit or just an ice-cold soft drink any time of the day.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Welcome to Constance Moofushi, Maldives

3. Villas complete with luxury comforts and entertainment
After a day enjoying the crystal Indian Ocean and tropical sunshine retreat to the comfort of your spacious villa and relax with a beer, soft drink, mineral water and even a chocolate bar. The free mini-bar is restocked daily. Enjoy the comforts of home with tea and coffee making facilities.

The pace at Tsarabanjina offers you the opportunity of a digital detox with free wifi only available in the main building, at Moofushi you can enjoy free wifi in your villa. Lie back in your luxury accommodation and enjoy internet-access through the TV, free movies, your own music through the iPod docking station and even a PlayStation 3 to keep the kids quiet.

4. Explore paradise for free
Seize the opportunity to explore the beautiful islands of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina while you’re with us. As part of the Cristal package you will receive free snorkelling equipment and the opportunity to join snorkelling excursions. Take a free boat ride around the stunning islands or take in some of the local customs with cultural activities run around the resorts.

Dinner at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside dining at Tsarabanjina

5. Take all the hassle out of transfers
Enjoy a stress-free arrival and departure. Relax with free wifi, snacks and water in our arrivals/departure lounges while we handle the villa check-in prior to your arrival. Whether you arrive by boat to Tsarabanjina or seaplane and private limousine bus to Moofushi we will make sure that the transfer is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

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Discover the ultimate luxury spa in Mauritius

Delight in the idyllic tranquil retreat that is Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa at Le Prince Maurice

Feel yourself begin to relax as you step into the haven of our peaceful spa set in a quiet corner of the resort gardens.

Lie back and relax on sun loungers and enjoy a drink made from a fusion of fruits and spices beside the thermal swimming pool as you browse the extensive spa menu.

Tailored spa treatments

How you choose to pamper yourself is up to you. Our spa team will design a program of treatments tailored for you, that will leave you feeling revitalised and refreshed in mind and body.

Indulge with expert care from the Spice Route-inspired Spa de Constance, the exotic sensorial world of Sisley Paris or hand and foot treatments by the world-renowned podiatrist, Brice Nicham.

Give your energy levels a boost with fitness classes designed for you by resident fitness guru Isabelle Lamant including everything from yoga to Zumba.

Current luxury spa offers

Create your own
Create a special treatment package just for you with a combination of back, neck and shoulder massage, scalp massage, hand and forearm massage and foot massage.

Time is luxury
Book a 90 minute massage and we’ll throw in a sumptuous 30 minute wrapping treatment. For those tempted by the luxurious 90-minute Sisley facial, we’ll now treat you to an eye, lip and scalp treatment as well.

Beauty package
Combine a sensorial Sisley facial treatment with a Brice Nicham pedicure and get both for a specially reduced price or indulge in a combination of Brice Nicham hand and foot treatment and receive an inviting discount.

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Marine biologist Robin Aieilo at Halaveli

Marine biologist Robin Aieilo reports on her latest diving adventures at Constance Halaveli.

Octopus at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Octopus at Halaveli

I can’t believe that my month on Halaveli is already over. How sad! The last week, like all the others, was full of adventure and fun. The diving seemed particularly good with wonderful sightings of sharks, manta rays and, with the full moon, lots of spawning fish.

Octopus sighting
One of the most memorable sightings for me was a very large octopus that gave us quite a show. We found it when it was hiding in a small crevice in the reef. After a few minutes of waiting, it seemed like it wasn’t going to come out and play, so we headed off to continue our dive. But as we started to leave I looked back and saw it start to emerge. So we waited…and out it came.

Parachute feeding
It was a stunning creature, nearly a metre long. We watched as it swam over to a nearby cave, settled down and started to feed. It would position itself over a particular spot on the cave wall and then extend out its long arms, one at a time, and reach into a small nearby hole to grab prey. Sometimes it would launch itself and suddenly ‘pounce’ to one side. As it landed the skin between its arms would balloon out, trapping all small animals beneath it – this is called ‘parachute feeding’.

We must have stayed with the octopus for at least 10 minutes, fascinated by the way it would instantaneously change colour and texture to blend in with whatever background it was sitting on for the moment. It really was a spectacular sighting.

Hawskbill Turtle

Hawskbill Turtle

Communication and interpretation training course
As the time for my departure from the island approached closer and closer, it seemed like I got busier and busier. I was deeply honoured to be asked by the dive team to run a course on communication and interpretation – this is a course that I have been running for the Great Barrier Reef tourism industry staff in Australia for the past 15 years.

We actually had a lot of fun – gathering on the Dive Center jetty after work, and discussing such topics as what is the difference between education and interpretation, what makes a good nature interpreter, and what are the best body language techniques to use to get your messages across.

The Halaveli Dive Team
For me, as an educator, it was especially wonderful to watch the staff use some of these new techniques into action during the following days. The staff of Halaveli Dive Team are the most wonderful group of instructors that I have ever worked with – they are professional, friendly and nothing, I mean nothing, is too much of a hassle for them to do.

And they have incredible eyes for spotting marine life underwater.

Especially turtles. One of the most popular snorkeling activities on offer through the Dive Centre is the ‘Snorkel with Turtles’ excursion. There is a reef nearby that has 7 resident Hawksbill Turtles, so the chance of seeing these gorgeous sea creatures is very good.

Here’s some insight into these amazing creatures.

Creature Feature – the Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle, Halaveli

Hawksbill Turtle, Halaveli

There are two common species of turtles in the Maldives – Hawksbills and Greens. Around Halaveli, we see only Hawksbills.

Why don’t we see Green turtles? Because Green turtles feed almost exclusively on sea grass, and there are no seagrass beds nearby – thus, no Green turtles. However, Green turtles are seen on other reefs that have lagoons full of sea grass.

Endangered
All sea turtles are endangered and in most countries they are fully protected. Sea turtles have been harvested for centuries, mainly for their meat, but in the case of Hawksbills they were also harvested for their beautiful brown mottled shell (carapace) – known as tortoise-shell.

The shell, when cleaned and polished, is made into decorative objects like jewellry, combs and other personal ornaments. Objects made out of Hawksbill turtle shell have been found in tombs and burial sites of many Egyptian pharaohs.

Watching Turtles
Hawksbill sea turtles are beautiful rare, animals. We are lucky that the ones at the reefs near Halaveli Island are very calm and undisturbed around people.

When you see one, the best thing to do is to stop swimming and just float above it and wait. Eventually, they must come to the surface for a breath – remember, these are not fish, they are reptiles, and cannot breathe underwater. In fact, their ancestors evolved on land but returned to the sea about 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species of animals alive today that are so ancient that they were also around before, during and after the time of dinosaurs.

Normally, when feeding, turtles come up for air every few minutes, but if they are sleeping or resting, their heart rate and overall metabolism slows, and they can stay down for many hours. But they always have to come to the surface!

So it is very important that you never to try to touch or grab a turtle – if startled or scared they might drown.

Hawksbill vs Green Turltes
Telling Hawksbill and Green turtles apart is easy – there are a couple key features that distinguish them form one another.

First – look at the head and beak. Hawksbill turtles have long, curved strong beaks for tearing the reef apart to get to sponges, soft coral and corallimorphs. Green turtles, on the other hand, have a very stubby, short beak that it used like a lawnmower to cut the seagrass. Remember, turtles do not have teeth – instead they cut the food with thier sharp boney beaks and swallow the chunks without chewing.

Second – look at the back end of the shell. Hawksbill shells are jagged and serrated whereas Greens have a smooth shell edge.

Male vs Female
It is easy to tell male from female turtle apart just by looking at their tails. Males have longer tails that extend out past the edge of their shell, while females have shorter tails that do not stick out past their shell.

A Final Note
So, the next time you see a turtle diving or snorkeling, take your time and wait. The ones around Halaveli are so used to divers and snorkellers that they do not swim away. In fact, they will usually come up to the surface right next to you. It is an amazing experience to have one of these special creatures so close and so curious. Sometimes they will even approach you and look right into your mask.

Enjoy!

Robin.

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Director Magazine describes Moofushi and Halaveli as ‘luxury escapism’

In a glowing review of our Maldives resorts, Lisa Stokes writing in Director Magazine says Moofushi and Halaveli offer guests their own ‘little piece of paradise’.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

The review, which appears in the April edition of the magazine for business leaders, describes Moofushi’s appeal as being its ‘clear turquoise waters and Crusoe-chic elegance’.

Constance Halaveli

In Halaveli it’s the luxurious accommodation with private deck and pool which blew Stokes away. ‘The vast accommodation is so spectacular that you needn’t venture out.’

Spa in the Maldives

She did however manage to pull herself away from the luxury of her villa to sample the spas at both resorts, where she enjoyed the serene, stress-relieving environment of the tranquil treatment rooms floating on stilts above the lagoon.

Of particular note, Stokes praises the couple’s massage followed by champagne and strawberries at Moofushi, and the soothing Valmont treatments at Halaveli.

‘Each open-sided treatment room offers sea views and a glass-floor peephole so that you can spot tropical fish as any stress or tension is soothed away.’

In conclusion Stokes describes the resorts as the perfect place to ‘completely escape the stress of a busy working life.’

Read the full review online at Director magazine.

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Visit our website to find out more about Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli and check booking availability.

Night dives in the Maldives

Discover the lush vibrant colours of the ocean by night with a night dive at Constance Moofushi or Halaveli in the Maldives.

Alimatha night dive at Constance Halaveli, photo copyright Marco Care

Alimatha night dive

Experienced divers and beginners alike will be amazed by the differences visible on a night dive from those taken during the day.

What you see diving at night

Although some divers may initially feel nervous about the unfamiliarity and limited visibility of a night dive, these worries are quickly replaced by the exhilaration of discovering an entirely new nocturnal world.

The ocean at night is a riot of colour with many of the corals opening up after dark and becoming more vibrant. Many fish also feel safer coming out to eat at night so there is always a wide variety including some you won’t see during the day like the moray eel and octopus.

Some fish even change colour at night. Other fish sleep and you can see them nestled into their sea-floor or coral beds. It’s not unusual to see a reef shark lying quietly on the bottom of the ocean.

A highlight of any night dive is the moment when the dive lights are turned out and divers are able to see the phosphorescent plankton light up the water like ocean fireworks. A treat which will inspire awe in even the most experienced divers.

Where to night dive at Constance Halaveli

Trigone, night dive in Maldives, photo copyright Marco Care

Trigone, photo copyright Marco Care

Night dives are held in relatively shallow waters where the reef top is no deeper than five metres making for a safe, enjoyable exploration.

Favourite sites for night diving at Halaveli include Bathala House Reef, Bodu Thila and Ellaidhoo Thila.

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New collection from designer Gordana Gasparovic at Constance Le Prince Maurice

French designer Gordana Gasparovic has created a stunning new necklace collection for us at Constance Le Prince Maurice. Re-using beautiful vintage fabrics such as Chanel and Hermes silk scarves, Gordana is famed for creating bold and stylish necklaces.

The necklaces will be available to buy at the spa at Le Prince Maurice from mid-April.

Necklaces by Gordana Gasparovic at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Necklaces by Gordana Gasparovic

 

Necklace by Gordana Gasparovic, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Vintage fabric necklace by Gordana Gasparovic