Luxury service: reuniting teddies with the children who love them

What people look for in a luxury holiday is as varied as the guests we welcome to Constance.

Reuniting teddies with the children who love them - all part of our luxury service

Reuniting teddies with the children who love them – all part of our luxury service

While an idyllic location tops many a wish list, it’s the quality of personal service that can really make or break a holiday.

So when our youngest guests leave a beloved cuddly friend behind we make it our mission at Constance to reunite these teddies, bunnies or blankets with the children who love them as quickly as possible.

When Carlotta left her ‘blankie’ at Constance Halaveli her mum sent us an email to tell us her daughter couldn’t get to sleep without her much loved blanket. We deployed our laundry department to hunt down the missing blanket – we soon found it and quick sharp sent it back to Carlotta, much to her delight.

Five year old Evi recently left her pink teddy at Halveli. We found the teddy in the room after she and her family had left, and so we’ve sent teddy on an adventure to be reunited with Evi.

Meanwhile at Constance Le Prince Maurice our staff gave a baby guest a Prince Maurice teddy as a memento of his time with us. A few years later we received an email from his mother saying it had become his favourite teddy, but through years of love he had almost worn it out.

We can’t resist a tale of love, and so we posted a new teddy to our young guest, a new friend from Mauritius.

Inspired by our passion to create experiences that our guests will remember forever, we also haven’t lost sight that sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.

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A guide to fishing in Madagascar

The remote ocean to the northwest of Madagascar with its combinations of reefs, banks and drop-offs is a haven for large numbers of pelagic and reef fish.

Fishing in Madagascar

Fishing in Madagascar

Whether you dream of saltwater fly fishing for a Marlin, trolling for Dogtooth Tuna or trying your hand at the traditional Malagasy net casting, the waters of Madagascar are an angler’s paradise.

Fishing is good almost all year round (with the exception of February and March) but April to July is the peak season when many more Sailfish and Marlin pass through the waters.

Big game fishing

Pit your wits against the giant game fish in the clear, calm waters of Madagascar and you could find yourself pulling any of the big prize fish – Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo – from the waves.

Read more about big game fishing in Madagascar.

Fly fishing

Catch of the day

Catch of the day

Fly fishing is possible from a boat, with some operators specialising in catching billfish such as Marlin and Sailfish on fly or alternatively from standing on a reef. Reef fish include GTs, snappers and grouper.

Traditional Malagasy net casting

On the private island of Constance Tsarabanjina to the northwest of Madagascar you can try your hand at traditional net casting from a pirogue (a wooden fishing boat). Fish the way the locals here have for hundreds of years and then bring your catch back to shore and the chefs at Tsarabanjina will prepare and cook it for you.

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British Airways discovers the high life at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

British Airways High Life magazine and website has raved about the excellent diving and laid back atmosphere at Constance Moofushi.

In her review Ianthe Butt described the 5* Maldivian resort as a place without stress, where ‘nothing is too much trouble for the staff’.

She says, ‘With soft sand on which to wander, plush rooms, communal areas with collapse-into-me couches, Moofushi is a truly relaxing place to stay.
When you leave you won’t step onto that seaplane, it’ll be more of a drift.’

A keen scuba diver, Ianthe Butt also noted the world class diving around the resort and the thrill of watching the marine life from the ‘gorgeous space’ of her water villa.

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Asian tapas on the menu in Mauritius

Asian tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asian tapas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice have merged Asian specialities like sushi, noodles and dim sum to create a unique ‘Asian tapas’ menu.

The blending of Asian flavours in light, delicious bite-sized treats served against the laid-back poolside vibe of the Laguna Bar has proved hugely popular with guests.

Originally the inspiration of Chef Li Junwei, who described the food prepared at the Asian Tapas Corner as, ‘a unique concept where we serve sushi, noodles, dim sum, Asian tapas and desserts all prepared in front of the guests.’

Guests can enjoy a light lunch with views over the infinity pool to the beach beyond or a sumptuous evening treat with cocktails or whiskey (yes, it’s a delicious pairing) in the evening, Asian Tapas is a light, delicious option.

Some Asian Tapas treats to try:

The Laguna Bar's chicken noodles

The Laguna Bar’s chicken noodles

Chicken Noodles

Udon noodles with a spicy sesame sauce served with vegetables and chicken is popular thanks to its lightly spicy flavour and fresh sauce.

Godzilla’s roll

This is a kind of maki combining ingredients such as papaya with shrimp. It is garnished with cashew nuts and coconut and fits perfectly with those following the Kickstart the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

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Recipe of the week: Fresh crab with saffron and coconut

Our chefs at Constance Lémuria love to create recipes combining sumptuous fresh, local seafood with fragrant Seychellois spices.

Fresh crab recipes at Constance

Fresh crab recipes at Constance

Make this an authentic Seychelles meal by accompanying it with basmati rice, tomato or mango chutney and vegetable pickles (achards).

Crab with saffron and coconut

Ingredients (serves 4–6)

  • 1.5kg (3.3 lb.) fresh Crab (we use Giraffe Crab)
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp of finely grated fresh ginger
  • 3 fresh red chilli peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • liquid from 2 grated pressed coconuts (or 1 if preferred)
  • 400g can of cream of coconut
  • a few curry leaves

1. Cut the crab into two pieces and season with salt.

2. Sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli and turmeric over a low heat until the onion begins to colour. Add the coconut milk.

3. Add the crab pieces. Stir gently, coating the crab with the sauce. Season with salt, add the cardamom and curry leaves, cover, reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Remove the lid and cook a few minutes longer until the liquid has evaporated. The sauce should be thick and creamy.

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5 great activities for kids at Constance

Whether they’re playing games and making friends at the free Constance Kids Club or having fun with you on the beach, we want our young guests to have the holiday of a lifetime.

Great activities for kids: kayaking

Great activities for kids: kayaking

Here’s a taste of 5 great activities we offer kids at Constance Hotels and Resorts.

1. A pirate’s treasure hunt

Under the watchful eyes of our friendly staff, kids love exploring the grounds of the hotels and resorts looking for clues to buried treasure. This is a great way for children to get to know their new environment as well as learn about local plants and features.

2. Ziplining in the Seychelles

Kids from 6 to 60 can experience the laugh-out-loud exhilaration of flying through the ancient forests of Mahé on one of a series of ziplines at Constance Ephélia. The SMAC Adventure park, located within Ephélia’s grounds, also has a series of climbing walls suitable for children and all equipment is provided.

3. Fun on the water

Children love the water and at Constance there’s something for all ages from pedalo, kayak and glass bottom boat trips to a variety of water sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding and windsurfing. At some resorts Kids Club staff will be available to take children to learn various water sports.

Kids' golf at Constance

Kids’ golf at Constance

4. Learning golf

At Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria kids can learn to play golf on our stunning 18-hole golf courses under the expert guidance of one of our pros. In Mauritius junior group lessons are available at our golf academy taught on our two championship courses.

5. Scuba diving

From learning to blow bubbles in the pool using oxygen tanks to actually getting out and exploring the spectacular reefs of the Indian Ocean, we offer scuba diving classes to kids of 8 and over.

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