Constance Moofushi guide to barefoot luxury

Constance Moofushi, set in the Maldives stunning South Ari Atoll, is a castaway island with a generous dash of Constance luxury.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Barefoot luxury at Moofushi

From bars with sumptuous sofas on the beach to restaurants on the sand where you can savour delicious seafood fresh from the ocean, the vibe at Moofushi is one of laid back boutique-style chic.

Time for romance

Take a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian sailboat, enjoy a secluded torch-lit dinner for two on a private sandbank with your own butler, or simply feel the joy of walking hand in hand down perfect white sand beaches. At Moofushi, thanks to the beautiful setting and peaceful ambience, romance permeates everything we do.

Savour the luxury

Enjoy the luxury of our personalised service with staff always on hand, happy to help ensure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday. Savour the sumptuous food, stylish surroundings and top notch facilities of our 5* resort.

Water and beach villas

Float above the turquoise lagoon in our secluded, spacious water villas with uninterrupted views out across the Indian Ocean, or retreat to the privacy of a beach villa with hammock strung across your private terrace.

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance

Everything’s included with Cristal

With the generous Cristal all-inclusive package everything from chocolates in your villa to sumptuous fine dining experiences are all part of the deal. If you’re looking to add something unique to your holiday, a special experience just for you, there are opportunities to add extras.

Wine

Moofushi shares the Constance passion for excellent wine. The wine cellar forms an impressive centrepiece to our Manta restaurant, and our professional sommeliers are on hand to guide and advise your choices.

Unwind at the Spa de Constance

Indulge yourself with sumptuous massages, invigorating scrubs, nourishing wraps and hydrating facials in the stunning palm-thatched treatment rooms of our spa floating tranquilly above the lagoon.

Or reconnect with yourself and reboot your energy reserves with our one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Explore the stunning underwater world of Moofushi

Often described as one of the best diving spots in the world, the South Ari Atoll is rich with marine life including migrating species such as whale sharks, giant manta rays and turtles.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Explore the Indian Ocean directly from your water villa

There are 32 major dive sites around Moofushi including the world famous Maaya Thila with its grey reef sharks and the caves of Fish Head. Surrounded by its own house reef, guests can also enjoy amazing snorkelling from the beach.

Guest reviews on Trip Advisor

A recent guest wrote on TripAdvisor, ‘From the moment we landed… we were in a different world, a world of fantasy. Our initial thoughts were, what will we do for 4 nights here? But when the day came we had to return we had only one regret… why didn’t we stay here for 10 nights?’

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8 reasons why Madagascar should be on your bucket list

Still relatively undiscovered, Madagascar is a unique destination of warm sunshine, rich biodiversity, culture and stunning scenery.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

Here are our top 8 reasons why Madagascar deserves a top spot on your bucket list.

Perfect ‘holiday’ temperatures all year round

With average temperatures of around 30ºC, warm clear waters and an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine a day, Madagascar is an ideal holiday destination. The cooler drier ‘winter’ season runs from May to October while the warmer, wetter ‘summer’ season runs from November to April.

Laid back luxury

Although still relatively unexplored by tourists, it is possible to find a splash of luxury in Madagascar. Enjoy the laidback charm of Constance Tsarabanjina with a vibe of barefoot relaxation blended with low-key luxury.

Chill out on a hammock slung outside your own secluded beach villa on the tiny private Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina. Watch the dazzling array of stars from your own furnished terrace or stroll barefoot down to the restaurant and enjoy traditional Malagasy food with a touch of Constance flair.

Combine luxury and exploration with a guided nature walk around the island by hotel staff.

Be the first to dive waters teeming with rare marine life

Diving is spectacular in Madagascar all year round, particularly around the Mitsio Archipelago, including the island of Tsarabanjina.

Much of the ocean here is previously unexplored making it a fresh new territory for divers.

Some of Madagascar’s most spectacular marine sightings include:

Relax in a hammock at Constance Tsarabanjina

Relax in a hammock at Constance Tsarabanjina

Humpback whales – the whales travel to the warm waters around Madagascar to breed from August to October creating an awe-inspiring spectacle and a rare treat for visitors

Sperm whales – experience the majesty of these magnificent creatures first-hand throughout July and August

Manta rays – see these graceful giants as they migrate through the warm waters of Madagascan waters from May to October

Whale sharks – swim with the gentle giants of the ocean from September through to December.

Explore a completely stunning landscape like nowhere else on earth

From rich rainforests to startling deserts sprinkled with rare, exotic wildlife a trip to Madagascar is like discovering a forgotten land. Pick your way through the granite needle forests of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bermaraha or experience the other-worldliness of a forest of Baobab trees. There are 20 National Parks in Madagascar for visitors to explore on foot.

Savour the warm spice of Malagasy cuisine

With influences from many of the nations whose people settled here including Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East and France, Madagascan food is a rich, delicious mix of flavours. Local spices and herbs such as chillies, cloves, garlic, vanilla and black pepper are a feature of Malagasy cuisine as is the wide variety of freshly caught seafood and locally grown succulent fruits and vegetables.

Discover Madagascar’s unique wildlife

With around 80 per cent of Madagascar’s wildlife unique to the country, including 150 endemic mammal species, it’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in the gems of the natural world.

One of the most treasured sightings for many visitors to Madagascar are the 100+ lemur species found nowhere else on the planet. Visitors during October and November may even be lucky enough to see newly-born baby lemurs.

Join the party

The Malagasy Kingfisher

The Malagasy Kingfisher

Enjoy the hospitality of the Malagasy people at a range of year-round festivals. Highlights include:

Anniversary of the Republic – Celebrated on 30 December this is a key date in the festivities of Madagascar.

Alahamady Be, 11 – 12 March – Two days of music, dancing and feasting are all part of the program for the celebration of the Malagasy New Year.

Santabary Festival, end of April/beginning of May – A festival celebrating the first rice harvest of the year with events across the island including feasting, music and dancing.

Feria Oramena, June – a carnival-like celebration of one of the nation’s favourite seafood, Lobster.

Hiragasy, July – a traditional Malagasy cultural event involving a competition with five-themed entertainments including oratory, dance, music, drinking and eating.

Madajazzcar, 1 – 12 October – A 2 week jazz festival held in the country’s capital attracting famous jazz musicians from around the globe.

Witness the spectacular birds of Madagascar

For anyone interested in bird-watching Madagascar is a must-see destination with over 100 endemic bird species including fish eagles, jacana, ground rollers and paradise flycatchers, as well as a vast array of migratory birds.

September to mid-December is the breeding season when many species don their finest plumage to attract mates. There are a number of bird watching safaris on offer, usually including lemur sightings as part of the deal.

 

How to get the most from your spa experience

So you’re finally on holiday…. and finally away from the stresses and time pressures of modern life. 


Relax with a spa experience at Constance

Relax with a spa experience at Constance

With a holiday comes the chance to relax both body and mind, and a spa treatment or three is the perfect way to target stress and tension that has been accumulating in your body for months.

Whether you’re a spa aficionado or newbie, Constance Spa Manager Dr Chase Webber reveals his tips for making your spa experience the best for your body, one where true healing and rejuvenation can begin.



1.  Give yourself enough time

The tension and stress has been building up in your body for many weeks, months, years even – so really give your body the time to let go. Plan for the longer massages especially for your first massage.

If you have a good long massage of 90min your therapist has time to really get to know all your muscles, find the tension areas and work on them. Your body also has time to really relax and allow your therapist to work deeper gradually. It is always better to work deeper gradually to clear tension than try to force the muscles which will only feel painful.

Even before you arrive for your massage I recommend that you take some extra time to have a warm shower, or spend 5 to 10 minutes in the steam or sauna facilities to begin the relaxation and prepare your body for treatment.  Then after the treatment spend some more time just relaxing as much as possible.

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

2.  Talk to your therapist before the massage begins

Take the time to tell your therapist about any particular areas of tension, or an area of sensitivity or where you prefer no massage. If your therapist understands your needs they can better customise the massage and spend extra time on important zones. If during the massage you need more pressure, or less if it is too tender, ask your therapist to adjust. At Constance our therapists are trained to note your preferences and check if you are comfortable but they often need your feedback to adjust if necessary.

3.  Allow yourself to relax and get absorbed in the treatment

Touch is one of the most important senses to communicate with the brain and nervous system. The touch and pressure signals activate the brain and nerves to update the body tissues. More and more research is starting to show the benefits of regular massage on all parts of the body and not just muscle tension. Blood Pressure improves, digestion improves, general circulation improves.  So allow your awareness to scan the body to see where there is an area of high tension. These areas may need follow up massage to fully improve them which leads to my last point.

4.  Always book a follow up massage

Total relaxation at Ephélia's Spa Village

Total relaxation at Ephélia’s Spa Village

It is virtually impossible to clear all the tension and stress from the body in one massage, normally the muscles that have been really tight may even be a little more tender the day after a massage and it is at this time that a follow up massage is most beneficial to bring more fresh circulation into these areas and continue the deep relaxation. I always recommend to plan for at least 3 massages during a week, this way the first massage starts the process and clears most of the superficial tension, the second massage works to clear out any deeper tension and then in the third massage you are completely checking the entire body and integrating the new body awareness.

Next time I’ll be writing on how to exercise to get the best results and latest scientific findings for spa and fitness.

Yours in health
Chase

Spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At our hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean, we offer a range of spa treatments. Our Spa More Smile More package is designed so you can enjoy multiple treatments at a discount, and our Welcome Offer is a 90 minute massage so you get the most from your first treatment.

 

13 things to do in the Seychelles

Dream about the Seychelles and you imagine picture perfect beaches. Head to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean and you’ll discover plenty of those, along with a host of other delights.

Anse Lazio

Take a stroll along the beautiful Anse Lazio

Here are our 13 ideas for things to do in the Seychelles.

1. Take a hike

Whichever island you are staying on you will find the verdant interior criss-crossed with trails for walkers where you can trek through stunning Jurassic forests and spot tropical birds and wildlife. One of the most spectacular is through the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé. A 45 minute walk will take you to the summit of Morne Blanc with stunning views across the island and the Indian Ocean.

2. Visit a local market

Immerse yourself in Seychellois life at one of its vibrant, bustling markets. Visit the famous daily food market in Victoria and see colourful fish of all shapes and sizes, a fragrant array of local herbs and spices, and luscious fresh fruit and vegetables. Experience the laid back local vibe at the beach market at Beau Vallon every Wednesday. Part market, part social gathering you’ll find live bands and dancing along side street food and local craft stalls.

3. Ride a horse down one of the world’s most photographed beaches

Visit the traditional plantation house L’Union Estate on La Digue which doubles as a riding centre and you get the unique opportunity of riding down the stunning beach of Source d’Argent. Ride on powder white sand and splash in perfect clear waters as you pass the stunning granite boulders that are such a feature of this beach.

4. Eat traditional Creole food in a national monument

The restaurant Marie-Antoinette is not only one of the best places to savour traditional Creole food on Mahé, it is also located in a colonial mansion declared a national monument in 2011. The colonial architecture, dating back to the 1800s remains unchanged, but while the building may be colonial the vibe in the restaurant is entirely Creole.

Bird watching in the Seychelles

Bird watching in the Seychelles

5. Birdwatching on Aride Island

One of the finest tropical island nature reserves in the world, a trip to Aride is like stepping back in time to the Seychelles before human habitation. A mecca for bird watchers, Aride is the breeding place for 18 different species of native birds, including five that are only found in the Seychelles.

6. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai 

This stunning palm forest at the heart of Praslin Island survives in its original state from prehistoric times, virtually untouched by human influence. Its most famous palm is the endemic coco-de-mer with its distinctive shaped seeds. Visitors will find easily accessible trails through the forest with guides on hand to help and advise. More on Vallée de Mai.

7. Play golf on the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles

Play golf on the stunning 18-hole golf course at Constance Lémuria with views over three of Praslin’s most beautiful beaches. The terraced landscape of greens spanning the breathtaking scenery of Praslin’s hills and forests make this one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Celebrate your round with a glass of chilled champagne and views across the island to the beach below.

8. Explore the wildlife of Cousin Island Nature Reserve

Just 2km off the shores of Praslin lies this idyllic island nature reserve. With a rich variety of endemic wildlife and seabirds it is also considered the most important breeding site for the endangered Hawksbill turtle in the Western Indian Ocean. As well as the island itself the reef around it is also protected and boast rich marine life including nurse sharks, lion fish and redbanded grouper. More on Cousin Island Nature Reserve.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Golf in the Seychelles

9. Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Regularly featured in lists of the world’s top beaches Anse Lazio on Praslin is a stretch of perfect sugar-white sand shaded by takamaka trees and enclosed at each end by striking granite boulders. Great for swimming and snorkelling.

10. Connect with Creole culture at the Domaine de Val de Près

This pretty recreation of a Creole village on Mahé is set in the grounds of the Gran Kaz Plantation House and provides a fascinating insight into Creole history and culture. Its 12 craft workshops sell traditional arts and crafts while the quirky ‘Maison de Coco’ is a house built entirely of coconut products. More on Domain de Val de Près.

11. Snorkel around Ile Cocos Marine National Park

This collection of 3 small islets off the coast of Praslin may look like classic ‘desert islands’ but in the waters off their shores is some of the best snorkelling in the Seychelles archipelago. A shallow reef, protected from fishing and tourism, has provided a haven for the rare marine life that thrives in these waters. More on Ile Cocos Marine National Park.

12. Breathe in the fragrant air of Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden

Perched above the beautiful beach of Anse Royale on Mahé is this renovated plantation growing spices such as vanilla, citronella, cinnamon and nutmeg. Visitors can buy fresh produce at the plantation shop or eat at the stunning outdoor restaurant with views over the plantation and the beach below. Find out more about Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden.

13. Meet the giant tortoises of Curieuse Island

Meet and feed the giant tortoises who wander free on this island nature reserve (it is estimated there are more than 500), walk through the stunning mangrove forest and keep your eyes open for the hawksbill and green turtles which come here to breed. Visitors to the island are usually greeted off-shore by the hundreds of giant hump-head parrotfish which live in its waters and can grow up to 1.2 meters long. More about Curieuse Island.

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Visit our website to find out more about Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

For more ideas of things to do in the Seychelles visit Virtual Seychelles

Recipe: Samosas and chilli cake, mint chutney and “love-apple” tomato chutney

The most popular “ti gad jak” are not very easy to make, but very easy to eat…

Samosas and chilli cake, mint chutney and "love-apple" tomato chutney

Samosas and chilli cake, mint chutney and “love-apple” tomato chutney

They must be prepared in advance and stored in the freezer. Warning: these nibbles are very addictive!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

The samosa dough:

  • 110g wheat flour
  • 6ml sunflower oil
  • 80ml warm water
  • 2g salt
  • 10g butter

1. Mix all ingredients by hand and work into a smooth paste. Cover in cling film and keep cold.

The potato curry:

  • 300g potatoes
  • 50g onion
  • 10g mixed garlic
  • 10g mixed ginger
  • 100g shelled peas
  • 25g tomato
  • 10g coriander
  • 10g cumin
  • 7g tumeric
  • 5g cayenne pepper
  • 10g chopped fresh coriander
  • 20ml sunflower oil
  • 5g salt

1. Peel and cut the potatoes coarsely, slice the onions, chop the tomatoes.

2. Sweat the onions with oil, add the ginger and garlic puree, the spices and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Stir in the potatoes, tomatoes and salt. Cook until the potatoes are soft. add the peas and remove from heat. Store in a cool place.

Making the samosas:

  • Flour
  • Water

1. Make twenty samosas. Roll out the dough and cut into strips that are 24cm long and 6cm wide.

2. Place the cold potato curry in the bottom of each strip and roll it to obtain triangular-shaped samosas.

3. Paste down the edges with a little flour mixed in water. Keep them cool.

The chilli cakes:

  • 250g peas
  • 50g chopped onion
  • 2g dried chilli chopped
  • 25g onion chopped tail
  • 25g chopped fresh coriander
  • 50g watercress leaves
  • 2g karipulay
  • 5g cumin seeds

1. Soak the peas for 30 minutes. Drain and mash with a mixer or blender, then mix them in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Season them.

2. Roll out twenty balls and freeze them.

The love-apple tomato chutney:

1. Mix all the ingredients and store them in a cool place.

The mint chutney:

  • 125g natural yogurt
  • 25g fresh mint
  • 25g coriander
  • 5g caster sugar
  • 5g salt
  • 2g pepper

1. Mix all the ingredients and store them in a cool place.

Finishing and presentation

Fry the samosas and the chilli cakes. Arrange them and serve with the sauces.

Chef’s comment

Samosas can be made with all kinds of fillings. The important thing is to keep a starchy base that allows the ingredients to bind to each other and makes it easier when you are putting them together.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Côtes du Lubéron, Château du Mille, 2010 France
  • Swartland Badenhorst, 2010 South Africa

 

Discover the best food markets in Mauritius

Travel writer and photographer Sarah Duff has given her rundown of the best food markets in Mauritius.

Food markets in Mauritius

Food markets in Mauritius

In a piece for the South African travel site, Getaway Blog, Duff has listed markets for their vibrancy and range of goods, as well as the friendliness of the stall owners.

Check out Duff’s beautiful photographs and helpful reviews for markets including the famous covered market in Port Louis, Rose Hill, Flacq and Vacoas.

Do you love food and cooking?

Take a look at our cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

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