Complimentary kids’ club at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Set your children free to create their own memorable holiday adventure at the newly re-launched Constance Kids’ Club.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The clubs create an exciting opportunity for your children to meet new friends of their own age (4-11 years old) from around the world, to try new things and explore their thrilling new holiday environment.

Kids’ Club staff

Our friendly, qualified staff will put the fun into exploring our unique island locations with organised scavenger and treasure hunts as well as the chance to try out making local crafts and cooking local treats.

Activities on offer at Constance Kids’ Clubs

Children can play games on the lush green lawns of the Kids’ Clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia, or have fun outdoors under the shade of the local trees in the verdant Kids’ Club outdoor play area at Lémuria.

We know that kids like to do things at their own pace so our clubs are divided into separate play areas housed in cool open-sided rooms or outside areas so that each child can decide for themselves how they want to get involved.

Areas include:

Face painting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Face painting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

  • Swimming pool – a fenced, supervised pool where kids can free play as well as take part in organised games.
  • Open play – a space where kids can interact, play games, watch movies, rehearse and put on shows.
  • Arts and crafts – a chance to get creative with local crafts or old favourites.
  • Kitchen and eating – a chance to try their culinary skills and a place to eat.
  • Computer area – a place for the kids to go online with supervised internet access as well as a place for Wii and PlayStation tournaments.
  • Quiet corner – a place for quiet time out, sleep or reading.
  • Imaginative play area – with play kitchen and work space, popular with our youngest guests.

All the Kids’ Clubs are designed to be welcoming and inviting to our younger guests with bright coloured furniture, comfortable floor cushions and soft sofa seating areas.

Each destination’s club has its own unique style that kids will love. At Lémuria they can whizz down the slide into powder soft sand under the play equipment while at Le Prince Maurice they can play on the terrace with a view of the ocean or keep cool in the various spacious open-sided palm-thatched rooms.

Meal times

Meals are served at the Kids’ Club and follow the same principles of fresh healthy ingredients lovingly prepared that is found in the restaurants throughout the resorts.

Culinary fun at Constance Lemuria

Culinary fun at Constance Lemuria

Children are encouraged to try new and exciting flavours as well as healthy takes on old favourites but any food aversions are catered for and parents are welcome to talk through their children’s needs with staff at the club.

Opening hours

Luxury is all about flexibility and that extends to the Kids’ Club. Register your child with the Kids’ Club at any point during your stay and then they can come and go whenever you want to sign them in and out. We know that some days you’ll only want to check them in for an hour or not at all but don’t be surprised when they beg you to let them stay with their new friends for the whole day.

After the clubs close in the evening parents and children are welcome to come and hang out and play on the play equipment and climbing frames.

For those who simply can’t get enough, or if you want the chance to enjoy a bit of adult company and perhaps some fine dining at the end of the day, we also run a program of evening entertainment including a weekly pyjama party.

A babysitting service is also available for later nights and for babies and younger children.

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Sunday Times recommends a September break at Tsarabanjina and Ephélia

Tempting you to make the glorious summer months last a little bit longer, in this week’s Sunday Times Chris Haslam recommends booking a September break in the sun.

A September break at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A September break at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Resorts Haslam recommends for a last blast of warmth before autumn arrives in the Northern hemisphere include Constance Tsarabanjina in Madagascar and Constance Ephélia in the Seychelles.

Describing the laid back vibe of Tsarabanjina, basking in 25°C sunshine, Haslam declares, ‘The choice of activities is almost endless: you can lie in a hammock, go snorkeling, read a book, lie in a hammock, go snorkeling or circumnavigate the island in 45 minutes.’

He claims the Seychelles is also the perfect September getaway (average temperature 27°C with, ‘white beaches, sapphire seas, coconut palms and superb seafood.’

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Discover the exotic birds of Madagascar

Famous for its unique wildlife Madagascar has always attracted visitors keen to discover rare and exotic plants and animals. Here we take a look at the extraordinary birds of Madagascar.

Madagascar Fishing Eagle

Madagascar Fishing Eagle

Madagascar Fish-Eagle

The large Madagascar fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides) is the largest raptor in Madagascar and is one of the rarest birds of prey.

The body is a dark reddish-brown with dark brown wings. Its cheeks and throat are a whitish colour while its short tail is pure white.

The juvenile Madagascar fish-eagle has streaks on its head and pale fringes to its flight feathers. Its underparts are paler and tail darker than the adult’s. It hunts near or over water and often perches for long periods on tall trees.

The Madagascar fish-eagle has a melodious call, similar to the closely related African fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer).

Madagascar Kingfisher

The Malagasy Kingfisher

The Malagasy Kingfisher

The Malagasy Kingfisher or Madagascar Kingfisher (Alcedo vintsioides) is a member of the Alcedinidae family. It is found in Madagascar, and Mayotte (Comoros). Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

The Malagasy Kingfisher is found in all types of wetlands, as well as along the island’s coastline. Both sexes are similar.

White throated rail

The Aldabra rail is the last surviving flightless bird in the western Indian Ocean.

It has a slender build with a long, fairly slender neck, legs and feet. The plumage is well defined, being largely bright chestnut except for the striking white throat.

The fairly long, straight bill is dark with, in females, a bright pink base, and in males, a dull or dark red base. Juveniles generally have duller plumage than adults.

Being a flightless bird, the wings are short and are often held close to the body where they blend in with the rest of the plumage.

Many consider the Aldabra rail a subspecies of the white-throated rail (Dryolimnas cuvier).

Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher

Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher

Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher

The symbol of Constance Tsarabanjina, the Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher is a medium-sized passerine, measuring 18cm in length and weighing about 12.2g.

Males have long tail plumes, which can add as much as 18cm to their overall length.

The female is largely rufous orange, with a black head and nape. The flight feathers on her wings are black with rufous edges, and she has a thin, light blue eyelid wattle.

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Sunday Times Travel Magazine praises Halaveli

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine has included Constance Halaveli in its round up of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives.

The luxurious water villa at Constance Halaveli

The luxurious water villa at Constance Halaveli

The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Maldives

Entitled The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Maldives, the Sunday Times was impressed by the way Halaveli welcomed families with its child-friendly facilities.

The guide describes ‘Constance Halaveli has children’s bunks within its family villas, a free kids’ club and diving for eight-year-olds plus.’

Ultimate hotel

As one of Constance’s Ultimate hotels, Halaveli oozes über luxury in a stunning natural setting with powder white sand beaches and the longest jetty in the Maldives.

Our Spa de Constance featuring natural, organic ila products is paired with an exclusive Valmont Spa for the ultimate pampering indulgence. Our 5* dining experience covers everything from light beach snacks to fine dining at the dramatic Jing restaurant located on the jetty above Halaveli’s stunning lagoon.

Activities at the hotel include everything from one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions to water skiing and, of course, diving and snorkelling in the stunning waters of the North Ari Atoll.

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Beautiful luxury swimming pools in the Indian Ocean

Looking for some poolside luxury? Here’s a glimpse of the stunning swimming pools that sit at the heart of our hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

Constance Ephélia

Constance Ephélia

Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli

Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

Recipe: Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Seychellois spices and tropical fruits combine to bring out the delicious flavour of duck in this popular recipe from Constance Ephelia.

Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Ingredients

The meat:

  • 8 duck legs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5g honey
  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 1 litre duck stock
  • 1 long pepper

1. Prepare, trim and season the duck legs with salt and pepper.

2. Brown them in a cast iron pan with a little oil, adding the garlic, cinnamon stick, long pepper, chopped onion and cloves. Let it all sweat for 5 minutes.

3. Take the grease off and add the honey, deglazing with the soy sauce and moistening with the duck stock.

4. Boil it and skim off the impurities. put the lid on and put it in the oven at 160˚C for about an hour and a half.

5. At the end of the cooking, take the meat out and reduce the braising liquid to three-quarters in order to obtain a syrupy sauce.

6. Put the duck legs in the sauce and keep them hot.

The garnish:

  • 2 Victoria pineapples
  • Dark Muscovado sugar
  • 200g smoked bacon/lard
  • 4 medium onions
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • Five Pepper Mixture: as required
  • Flat leaf parsley

1. Boil the smoked bacon/lard for an hour. Drain it and set it aside.

2. peel and cut the pineapple into quarters and trim the ends. Put the trimmings in a juicer to obtain some fresh juice.

3. Heat the Muscovado sugar in a pan, caramelise them in a pan, salt the quarters and deglaze them with pineapple juice. Then glaze them once more with some good juice. Store them.

4. Cut the onions into quarters, caramelise them in a pan, salt them and moisten them with the chicken stock and put them in the oven at 160˚C for about 25 minutes. Store it all.

5. Fry the parsley sprigs and set them aside.

Finishing and presentation

Put two duck legs on each plate. Add two pineapple wedges, two pieces of smoked bacon and reduce the braising liquid and finish off with the mixture of five peppers and fried parsley.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold dry white wine:

  • Alsace Sonnenglanz Grand Cru, Trapet Gewurtztraminer, 2007 France
  • Hermitage blanc, Domaine Marc Sorrel, 2005 France