Constance Hotels & Resorts launches new U Spa experience

Constance has launched a new spa experience across all our hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean. U Spa uses an holistic approach to guests’ needs, creating a wellbeing program specifically tailored to meet each guest’s needs, preferences and goals.

U Spa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

U Spa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Our U Spa offering includes a range of updated treatments, fitness activities and nutrition to create a full sense of wellbeing and happiness for our spa guests.

Each guest will have the chance to meet with a spa host to discuss potential treatments and approaches, before creating a unique U Experience Card to ensure your U Spa experience is designed specifically for you.

The U Spa team

U Spa is run by a team of international, highly skilled therapists, spa hosts and spa managers, overseen by Naturopathic Doctor and Corporate Spa Manager, Dr Chase Webber.

Dr Webber – who previously ran a Naturopathic practice for 12 years incorporating therapeutic bodywork, massage, nutrition, herbal medicine and exercise to treat patients – believes the U Spa philosophy sits at the heart of a great spa experience, where the whole person is considered.

Enjoy Classic or Deluxe U Spa treatment

If you’re looking for a goal-orientated massage to help you relax, detox and rejuvenate, our Classic U Spa treatments will meet your needs.
If, however, your needs are better served by an authentic traditional massage we also offer Balinese, Ayurvedic, Thai-Shiatsu and Swedish as well as sophisticated pedicure and manicure treatments and even a Kids’ Spa.

Embrace wellbeing

Embrace wellbeing

For the ultimate in specialised skin care we also offer a range of Deluxe treatments from some of the best international spa brands including Shiseido, Valmont, Sisley and Brice Nicham depending on the resort.

U Spa products inspired by the Indian Ocean

Using the finest quality, 100% natural botanical ingredients combined with the latest advances in scientific research, our U Spa products have been exclusively developed for us.

Scents of the Indian Ocean including ylang-ylang, vanilla, coconut, sweet orange, frangipani and aloe vera are used for their therapeutic properties as well as to create an exotic aromatic backdrop for your treatment.

Guests can purchase the range of cream exfoliators, hydrators and body oils to take home with them.

The U Spa Wellness Experience

Guests can embrace the holistic U Spa approach to create a full wellness program during their stay at Constance, which includes spa treatments, fitness activities and nutrition.

Those looking to improve their fitness can choose from a new bodyweight program to strengthen, stretch and tone their body as well as yoga to improve fitness, postural awareness and wellbeing. Personal Training is also available for a personalised fitness approach.

Relaxing the mind, body and soul

Relaxing the mind, body and soul

Wellness Nutrition

Nutrition is vital to an overall feeling of wellbeing so in addition to the nutritional advice available from our spa hosts and personal trainers, we have created a range of delicious, nutritious meal options available across all restaurants and in-villa dining.

Marked with a ‘W’ on our menus our Wellness Cuisine embraces delicious authentic dishes of fresh vegetables, fish and meat prepared using healthy cooking methods.

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Vote for Constance Hotels & Resorts in World Golf Awards

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria have both been nominated to win the accolade Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 in the inaugural World Golf Awards.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Battling it out for the top spot both Constance hotels offer dramatic courses spread over verdant, tropical landscapes with breathtaking ocean views so it’s up to you now to vote for your favourite. Vote now.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

With its two championship 18-hole golf courses it’s no surprise that the European Senior Tour has chosen Belle Mare Plage to host the tour’s dramatic finale the MCB Tour Championship since 2009.

Guests are able to play both the Links and Legend golf courses with limitless free green fees. Caddies, club cars, rental clubs and tuition from our resident Marc Farry Golf Academy pros are all available to guests.

After a day on the golf course guests can relax and unwind with a special sports massage at the sumptuous U Spa where our experienced therapists will revive and restore tired muscles.

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria is proud to boast the Seychelles only 18-hole golf course. Hewn into the stunning, mountainous terrain of Praslin island, it is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.

The front 12 holes lie on the flat land behind the beach while the back 6 holes climb steadily through the hilly jungle terrain to terraced tees dropping to perfectly manicured greens.

The 15th hole is something of a legend as golfers tee-off from a beautiful hillside spot with views over the stunning Anse Georgette and the Indian Ocean beyond, and watch their ball fall 50 metres to the green below. It’s a golf course that will live in the memory.

Again, guests can experience a special sports massage at the beautiful, secluded U Spa after a tiring round.

Vote for your favourite

If you share our passion for golf, we hope you will take the time to vote.

Vote for Constance Belle Mare Plage or Constance Lémuria as the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 on the World Golf Awards website.

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Recipe: Fish tartare with coconut milk

Dream about the Indian Ocean as you try this light tropical fish dish from Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Try our fish tartar and coconut milk recipe

Try our fish tartare and coconut milk recipe

Ingredients

  • 600g white fish fillet
  • 2 pieces lime
  • 150g white onion
  • 40g fresh coriander
  • ½ can of coconut milk
  • 1tsp of crushed ginger
  • 1 piece of endive or leaves of iceberg lettuce
  • 3tbsp of sliced chives
  • 3tbsp of olive oil
  • 2tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Method

1. Cut the fish into small dices.

2. Add salt, pepper, grated lime zest and juice from 1½ limes. Keep in the fridge for 20 minutes.

3. Peel the tomato, remove the seeds and cut the quarters in to small slices.

4. Slice the onion and add to the tomatoes. Add the juice from the remaining ½ lime, 2 tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of mustard, salt and pepper.

5. Take the fish out of the fridge, add the remaining olive oil, the coconut milk, the remaining mustard, chopped coriander, ginger and chives. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Put a layer of tomato and onion salad on the plate, place the fish tartare on top.

7. Decorate with the endives or lettuce, coconut shavings and fresh herbs. Bon appétit

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Beach-chic bridal wear hits the runways for Spring 2015

The designers at the Spring 2015 Bridal Runways clearly had destination weddings in mind with a range of beach-chic bridal wear according to Brides.com.

Beach-chic bridal wear at Constance

Beach-chic bridal wear at Constance

Designers from Oscar de la Renta to Mira Zwillinger and Encore by Watters all created summer bridal-wear with a decidedly beach feel.

Dresses of silk, lace and cotton were lightweight and loose fitting with crop tops, peekaboo lace and short or slit skirts. There was even a summery lace romper complete with shorts, a high scoop neckline and long lace sleeves by Encore by Watters.

Other trends for the season identified by Bride.com include:

  • Off-the-shoulder necklines
  • Colours – including blues, grays, taupe and green
  • Tulle skirts
  • Capes – short and sweet or dramatic and long
  • Collars, particularly lace.

For the full rundown on the Spring 2015 Bridal Runways visit Brides.com

For more information on a destination wedding with Constance in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar visit our website.

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5 must see sights in Mauritius

With its stunning coastline, dramatic mountainous interior, vibrant culture and spectacular coral reefs, Mauritius offers visitors so much to see you may need to keep coming back.

Top 5 sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Must see sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Here are our pick of 5 must see sights in Mauritius.

1. Casela National Park

Whether you choose to hike through it, quad bike over it, take a Segway tour or fly through the air on one of the many ziplines which criss-cross the Casela National Park there is plenty to see and do here. Adventurers can try canyoning, rock climbing or just swimming in one of the many natural pools while nature enthusiasts can enjoy an African safari including a walk with lions.

2. The Coral Garden off Grand Bay

A stunning treat for keen scuba divers, large natural rock structures appear as giant underwater steps adorned by a variety of hard and soft corals including the spectacular gorgonian fan coral. This is a perfect site for spotting larger marine species including stingrays, eagle rays, titan triggerfish and even nurse sharks.

3. Port Louis Market

No trip to Mauritius would be complete without exploring the vibrant bustling life of Port Louis’ daily food market. Mix with local Mauritians as they buy fresh fish, meat, spices, fruit and vegetables and be sure to sample some of the delicious street food on sale like the famous gateaux piments (fried chilli cakes).

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

4. The view from Le Pouce (Mauritius’ tallest peak)

With 360º views around the island including a stunning view over the capital Port Louis, a hike up Le Pouce (part of the Moka mountain range) is a must for the more adventurous visitor. Despite its height of 811m, the walk is a relatively easy one, making it a perfect day trip for those looking for an alternative to lounging in the sun.

5. Rochester Falls

This stunning waterfall of clear, fresh water tumbling down dramatic lava cliffs is a perfect spot for swimming and picnicking. Those brave enough can prove themselves by diving from the falls into the deep pool below.

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5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

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