Guide to diving in Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the hottest destinations for 2013 and if you love diving, it’s a hidden gem. Off the coast of the world’s fourth largest island, you’ll find waters that have never been dived in before, and underwater rock formations that add a special thrill to the whole diving experience.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

Explore stunning coral reefs and gardens of huge sponges that are home to turtles, jack fish, scorpion fish, sting rays, moray eels, and grey and white tip sharks.

Constance Tsarabanjina reopened earlier in 2013 after a major refurbishment. Barefoot luxury set on its own castaway island, it’s the perfect place to stop a while as you explore the oceans off the island.

Highlights of diving off Tsarabanjina

1. The Tétons

These stunning towers of rock off the coast of Constance Tsarabanjina are covered under the waves with vibrant corals and tunnels that divers can swim through, lined with colourful sponges and sweetlips.

2. South Beach

Beginners can explore the beautiful reef just off the shores of Tsarabanjina, where you’ll discover the beauty of reef diving and the colourful creatures who live there.

3. Kassimo

Good for divers of all levels this long underwater barrier is home to snapper, diagramme voiliers, grouper, giant sting ray, giant loach and grey or white-dotted sharks.

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Guide to yoga classes on a luxury holiday

Imagine welcoming the sun as it rises over the waters of the Indian Ocean with a yoga salutation.

Yoga at Belle Mare Plage

Yoga at Belle Mare Plage

Whether you’re new to yoga or it’s already a crucial part of your life, here’s a rundown of the different yoga classes on offer at Constance.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Join fitness guru Isabelle Lamant for morning yoga on the beach. Feel your body strengthen and experience a deeper sense of calm after a session of Vinyasa yoga.

Get the kids involved with our ‘Yog’animals’ kids’ yoga sessions where your little ones can learn up to 10 positions and stretches while having fun and making new friends.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Join our yoga classes for a fun group session. For a more dedicated approach, book a private yoga session just for you. Those who enjoy yoga might also like to try our meditation and T’ai Chi classes.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Reconnect with your body through a series of yoga options at Lémuria including a ‘silent awakenings’ morning beach yoga session, ‘body balance’ incorporating yoga and meditation techniques, Inyangar Flex to improve flexibility and yoga therapy, a holistic class to strengthen body and mind.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Visit our tranquil Spa Village set in a secluded area of our lush tropical gardens and enjoy the relaxing, strengthening experience of our one-to-one yoga sessions.

Yoga on the beach at Ephélia

Yoga on the beach at Ephélia

Combine yoga, meditation and massage in one luxurious package or enjoy a private session with our fully trained yoga instructor. Deepen the experience with an individual class in Pranayama breathing and learn how to use the power of your breath to its fullest.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Practice yoga at our Spa de Constance on the stunning Halaveli jetty while looking out across the crystal waters of our lagoon. Breathe in the idyllic setting in one-to-one sessions with our expert yoga instructor or make it part of your Spa Journey, a spa package which includes a private consultation, spa treatments and individual fitness and yoga classes.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Improve your health and wellbeing by incorporating yoga into your luxury holiday at Moofushi. Feel the benefit of individual yoga sessions or include mediation and stretching as well. One-to-one sessions are also available for Pranayama breathing practice.

Connect with yourself and your partner with a Thai-yoga massage workshop. Help each other improve flexibility while having fun in this imaginative class.

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Danish Iron Man Steen Tinning wins again

Danish golfer Steen Tinning secured his second victory of the season at the English Senior Open last weekend.

Legend Golf Course, Mauritius

Legend Golf Course, Mauritius

The win takes him to the top of the Order of Merit with only three events remaining making him a serious contender for first place at the MCB Championship held at Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius in December.

This is Tinning’s first season in the European Tour but being a rookie didn’t stop him fending off Santiago Luna of Spain for a one stroke victory at Rockliffe Hall.

Tinning claimed his Iron Man training gave him an edge helping him to stay focused and finish at 17 under par in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 spectators.

Read the full story of Tinning’s exciting victory on the European Tour website.

Top restaurants in the Indian Ocean

Looking for inspiration for where to eat on your next Indian Ocean holiday? Take a look at some of the restaurants at our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

Legend, Constance Lémuria

Legend, Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

Main Bar, Constance Ephélia

Main Bar, Constance Ephélia

Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

Jing, Constance Halaveli

Jing, Constance Halaveli

Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

Manta, Constance Moofushi

Manta, Constance Moofushi

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar:

Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Mauritius: the ultimate winter getaway

For those dreaming of escaping the winter blues with a trip to sun-kissed beaches and warm balmy evenings, Mauritius is the ideal destination for a winter getaway.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Mauritius’ summer runs from November to April with temperatures of between 21-30ºC during these months.

Mauritian flowers and fruits

The Mauritian summer heralds the season for many of the island’s flowers and fruits. Visitors can enjoy succulent mangos, lychees and longans.

Those tired of the winter grey of the northern hemisphere will find themselves in a vibrant world of colourful blooms with many of the island’s trees, including the aptly named Flamboyant Tree, in full bloom from December onwards.

Perfect season for big game fishing

With the warmer weather the temperature of the ocean also rises to an average of 23-27ºC, bringing a vast array of fish to our waters. With the smaller fish come the larger predators including, throughout the Mauritius summer, the famous blue marlin as well as sailfish, barracuda, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and shark.

Diving in Mauritius

While diving is excellent all year round in Mauritius, the warmer water temperatures make this a perfect time to dive with a wealth of new marine life drawn to the area.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The increased numbers mean that divers may see a wide variety of exotic marine life including angelfish, parrot fish, moray, groupers, wrasses and sweetlips as well as a stunning array of corals and sponges.

A warm Mauritian welcome at Constance

The ultimate 5* luxury at the secluded Constance Le Prince Maurice, with its boutique feel and emphasis on personal service, is the perfect winter treat.

Or join the fun at the family-friendly Constance Belle Mare Plage where you can enjoy a raft of activities, spa facilities and water sports, enough to make even the most winter-weary bodies leap into action.

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage on our website

Book now and take advantage of our fabulous Winter Sun Offer

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Danish chef Thomas Rode Andersen returns to Mauritius

Constance is thrilled to welcome Danish Michelin-star chef Thomas Rode Andersen to Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage this October.

Danish Michelin-star chef Thomas Rode Andersen

Danish Michelin-star chef Thomas Rode Andersen

Head Chef at the acclaimed Relais et Chateaux restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Copenhagen, Rode Anderson will be creating two signature dinners for Constance guests to enjoy.

  • 15 October at Deer Hunter, Belle Mare Plage
  • 19 October at Le Prince Maurice

What’s on the menu

The menus for the signature dinners will be based around the classic traditions of French gastronomy with Chef Rode Anderson’s own personal twist and an emphasis on fresh, high quality ingredients.

Chef Rode Anderson returns to Mauritius having taken part in the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau here in 2008. He returned in 2011 to film the Festival for Danish TV channel SBS.

As well as running a Michelin-starred kitchen at Kong Hans Kaelder, Rode Anderson has written a book, Three Stars, about restaurants awarded the prestigious 3 stars and his own cookbook En Kogebog.

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