Mountain hiking in Mauritius

Explore a dramatic landscape hewn from volcanoes and softened by verdant nature with a trek through Mauritius’ mountainous interior.

Moka Range, Mauritius

Moka Range, Mauritius

Take a break from sun bathing and discover mountain hiking in Mauritius, exploring the stunning beauty of an island sculptured by nature into an array of mountainous peaks, waterfalls and tropical valleys, many of which are protected within national parks.

The three mountain ranges on Mauritius offer a variety of short and longer hikes, from easy to the more challenging.

These peaks aren’t high in comparison to major mountain ranges of the world but the views are breathtaking and the chance to see more of the island is one not to be missed.

Take your pick from the Moka range in the east near Port Louis, the Black River range in the south-west and the Grand Port in the south-east.

With peaks ranging from 480 to 828m many can be explored with a good map and some walking boots but some of the more challenging peaks will need a guide.

The very best mountain hikes include:

  • Le Pouce – Despite being one of the tallest peaks on the island at 811m the walk up Le Pouce is one of the easiest making it perfect for those looking for spectacular views without too much difficulty. Situated in the Moka range it overlooks the capital Port Louis with 360º views around the island.
Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

  • Lion Mountain – For those looking for more of a challenge Lion Mountain in the south east, named because locals thought the mountain resembled the creature, is only 480m but is a longer, slightly more difficult hike. The half-day trek is well worth it for the stunning views of the lagoon when you reach the summit.
  • Black River Peak – Surprisingly the highest peak on the island at 828m is also considered one of the easiest hikes and one of the most scenic. Most of the walk is along a ridge through beautiful endemic trees and plants with a stunning view across the island and the west coast from the summit.
  • The Corps de Garde – For those looking for a serious challenge a hike up this 780m peak on the west of the island will get your pulse racing. A secluded, remote hike through basalt rock and tropical plant life gives stunning views over the ocean and the mountains of the Casela Nature Park in the south.

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Top 5 most useful travel apps

Before you leave home make sure you’ve loaded up your mobile device with the very best of the latest travel apps.

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1. Gogobot (iPhone/Android)
More than just a list of interesting things to do at each destination, Gogobot serves up recommendations from friends on your social network and others who travel like you. Suggestions are made around specific needs such as family-friendly, business, outdoor, sporty. Save these activities and when you’re travelling Gogobot will find points of local interest, hotels, restaurants near to wherever you are.

2. Tripit (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows)
Keep all your travel plans together in one place with Tripit. All you need to do is send it your confirmations and it will sort them all into a travel planner complete with confirmation numbers, flight times and reminders.

3. WiFi Finder (Android, iPhone, iPad)
A simple app to help you track down free or paid-for public access wifi wherever you are in the world. This app works online or offline.

4. Kayak Mobile (Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows, Kindle Fire)
Make reservations for flights, hotels and cars while you’re on the go with this nifty app. It will update you with the very latest prices and even give you an alarm reminder to make sure you don’t miss your flight.

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Get the very latest, live currency rates while online, or store them for when your offline with this easy to use currency converter. Including every world currency the rates are updated with just a quick shake of your device.

Condé Nast Traveller names Constance Halaveli in The Spa Guide 2013

Condé Nast Traveller has named Constance Halaveli as one of the best spas in the world, in their latest Spa Guide 2013.

Spa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa at Halaveli

Just published, The Spa Guide names the crème de la crème of spas around the world. Halaveli, with its Valmont and Ila Spa, is listed as one the most sought-after spas for anti-ageing set against an idyllic island backdrop. ‘It’s as decadent as you want it to be, but the real indulgence is just stopping and letting go.’

Of the spa, they write:

‘Thrillingly, through the face hole of the massage bed, you can watch violet, jade-green and sunshine-yellow reef fish swim below you until the Balinese therapist’s hands send you into shut-eyed oblivion.’

The latest June edition of Condé Nast Traveller is on sale now, and includes The Spa Guide 2013.

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19th Hole blog rates Belle Mare Plage as top honeymoon destination

When Oliver Gunning of Your Golf Travel chose Belle Mare Plage as his honeymoon destination, he was looking for a resort that ticked all the boxes for his non-golf playing wife, as well as offering the opportunity for him to indulge in his passion for the sport.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Legend golf course

Legend golf course

Writing on the 19th Hole blog, Oliver writes of the 5* Mauritian resort:

‘… if you are looking to take your golf clubs on honeymoon, it is hard to find a better place to do so than Belle Mare Plage. The varied activities, stunning beach side location and exceptional golf on offer make it very clear why so many come here for their golf holidays in Mauritius.’

Read the full review on the 19th Hole blog:

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Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013

We’re so proud of the unique elegance and luxury we’ve created at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, that this year we’re entering the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we’ve woven luxury into the fabric of everything we do. Nature, admittedly, gave us a helping hand to create the perfect backdrop with a tranquil lagoon of turquoise waters lapping against crystal white sand beaches.

So we enhanced the beauty, with a jetty off which you’ll discover secluded water villas, a tranquil sequestered spa, and peaceful restaurants and bars in intimate settings.

Luxury accommodation

With a range of luxury accommodation including romantic water villas, large family beach villas and an expansive 5 star presidential villa, Halaveli has a deluxe offering for every kind of holiday.

Diving features high on many people’s wish list when they come to Halaveli, and the spa that offers prestigious Valmont and Ila treatments is a major draw.

Voting in World Luxury Hotels Awards 2013

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Voting for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 – described as ‘the pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels and spas worldwide’ – opens in June.

Watch this space, and we’ll let you know when you can cast your vote for the luxurious island idyll of Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

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Madagascar 2013: island luxury at Constance Tsarabanjina

Escape to an island beyond the hustle of the modern world where luxury is laid back and informal and even time seems to move more slowly.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Madagascar is a country of discovery, off the tourist trail. In keeping with its remote, bio-diverse location the private Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina has a unique blend of barefoot Crusoe chic and Constance elegance.

Step out of the air-conditioned luxury of one of only 25 beach villas on the island’s North and South beaches and discover a world you thought no longer existed. An ocean teeming with rare marine life ready to explore, diverse wildlife found nowhere else on earth, and service with traditional Madagascan charm.

Madagascan tradition meets Constance luxury
Watch the local Mitsio fishermen bringing in their daily catch to be expertly prepared and served at our beachside restaurant.
Lie back in a gently swaying hammock and bask in the warmth of the setting sun as our bar staff mix you one of our signature cocktails using local fruits fresh from the market.

The Constance Cristal all-inclusive package means you can let yourself relax and unwind without worrying about tabs or bills. Savour excellent Malagasy cuisine, fine wines and in-villa refreshments, or explore the island with complimentary excursions and snorkelling equipment – all as part of the deal.

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villa at Tsarabanjina

Digital detox
Digital detox is all the rage right now, and Tsarabanjina makes the perfect outpost for leaving the hectic world behind. This is a place where life can be lived at a pace that fits more comfortably with the body’s own natural rhythms.

Discover a natural paradise
At Tsarabanjina, our staff hold guided walks showing you the unique bio-diversity Tsarabanjina has to offer. Breathe in the rare scents of plants which grow nowhere else on earth, walk through forests unchanged for thousands of years and meet creatures that have evolved in total isolation.

Diving at Tsarabanjina is second to none, where giant rays, migrating humpback whales and a variety of turtles are the norm.

After a day of activity, sit back to watch the sunset, then gaze at a night sky so full of stars you won’t believe your eyes.

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

Restaurant at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Restaurant at Tsarabanjina

 

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villa at Tsarabanjina

 

Mitsio fishermen, Madagascar

Mitsio fishermen, Madagascar

 

North Beach, Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

North Beach, Tsarabanjina