Constance Lémuria coral reef restoration project declared a huge success

We are thrilled to report that our coral reef replanting project off the beach at Constance Lémuria has been declared a huge success by Nature Seychelles.

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

The replanting project run by Nature Seychelles and funded by USAID-UNDP, GEF and Constance Lémuria, was completed only three months ago but already the reef has been declared 100% healthy.

The success is hugely exciting as this was a pilot scheme involving the first large-scale active reef restoration using ‘coral gardening’ in the region.

The project involved growing healthy coral in a coral farm off Cousin Island and transplanting it to the reef at Petite Anse Kerlan which was damaged by the effects of El Niño.

A recent inspection of the reef by Nature Seychelles, headed up by Sarah Frias-Torres, found that the transplanted coral is thriving in its new environment.

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Constance Ephélia film celebrates resort’s environmental work

A new film about the stunning natural environment around Constance Ephélia celebrates the resort’s work to protect and sustain the region’s precious biodiversity.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

In what the film describes as the delicate balance between the economic benefits of tourism and conservation, Ephélia is shown as a successful example of sustainability.

With a national nature reserve, marine park and ancient mangrove forests all on its doorstep, Ephélia was built with the idea of actively protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the region.

As such all the plants in the resort are endemic to the region and the raft of water sports on offer are non-motorised to protect the stunning marine park.

The film highlights daily activities at Ephélia, like making its own compost and recycling waste water, as well as monthly environmental projects such as ‘greenday’ when guests, staff and locals work together to clear rubbish from the mangrove forest and plant seedlings.

You can view the full video below.

Behind the scenes Constance Ephélia also offers educational workshops to local schools and groups to help share their environmental message.

Having worked so hard to preserve its stunning biodiversity, guests at Ephélia are encouraged to experience it. Jogging trails, guided nature walks, hikes, rock climbing, kayak tours of the mangroves and diving and snorkelling give guests the chance to get close to this precious environment.

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Inspired by passion: Head sommelier at Constance Moofushi

Our staff are inspired by their passion to give guests exceptional experiences while on holiday at Constance, and Head Sommelier of Moofushi, Nash Kanyangarara is no exception.

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi's Manta Restaurant

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi’s Manta Restaurant

Nash joined us in 2009 and thanks to his friendly approach, infatuation with all things relating to wine and dedication, he was promoted to head sommelier this year.

Nash says, ‘My passion is my job. I love everything about what I do.’ Nash is inspired by others who share this passion and creative approach to their work including Yuko and Shin Kibayashi, Manga cartoonists from Japan. Their weekly comic strip is based on the adventures of Shizuku as he takes a voyage of discovery through the great wines of today.

‘Yuko and Shin Kibayashi have transformed the Asian wine industry and put wine-drinking numbers up across Asia with their comic featuring authentic wines,’ enthuses Nash. ‘Who would have thought that someone coming from a country that does not produce a lot of wine could change so much!’

For him Constance was a perfect fit to his own passion and motivation. He explains, ‘In Constance there’s a saying “elegance comes naturally” because as a brand we don’t need to push too much, everything about Constance relates to its surroundings, the staff, service and the beauty. That is the definition of natural elegance that our guest will always remember.’

Nash’s wine recommendation

Sadie Family Columella 2000 Swartland, South Africa Red Wine A nose of fresh dark fruits and bright berries, the palate is firm and quite tannic with just a hint of earth and spice. This wine has a well balanced spicy structure with a hint of gravel and appealing berry fruits, still fresh and elegant.

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Endangered green turtle eggs rescued at Grand Anse Kerlan

At Constance Lémuria we rescued 135 green turtle eggs from Grande Anse Kerlan to protect them from natural predators.

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

The rescue formed part of our turtle preservation program which we run in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.

The eggs, collected by turtle manager Robert Matombe and landscape manager Adrian, have been placed in a box and covered with sand so that they can safely hatch some time in the next 8 weeks.

As soon as they hatch, Robert will release the baby turtles safely on to the beach so they can find their way to the ocean.

Endangered green and hawksbill turtles regularly visit the beaches of Constance Lémuria between June and September to lay eggs so our turtle manager patrols every day to make sure mother, eggs (and eventually hatchlings) are safe from natural predators like crabs and rats.

A mother green turtle can return to the same spot up to five times at two week intervals to lay so Roger and Adrian plan to camp on the beach to see the mother and collect any future eggs.

Roger was able to identify the eggs as belonging to a green turtle from the markings the female left on the beach which are larger than those of a hawksbill.

Get involved

Roger welcomes guest interest and involvement at Constance Lemuria showing guests how to help and observe these splendid creatures without causing them any harm or distress.

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Constance Halaveli involved in major project to protect reefs in Maldives

Constance Halaveli is thrilled to be involved in an important IUCN Maldives Marine Project aimed at helping resorts manage and protect their precious reefs.

IUCN Maldives Marine Project helps resorts manage & protect reefs

IUCN Maldives Marine Project helps resorts manage & protect reefs

The IUCN Maldives Marine Project, endorsed by the government of Maldives, hopes to develop a framework to help resorts manage their marine environment by establishing Marine Managed Areas.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the oldest and largest global non-profit environmental organisation in the world and it has selected Ari Atoll as the demonstration atoll for this project. We at Halaveli are excited to have been chosen as one of the resorts taking part.

This week Senior Project Officer, Patrick Svensson PhD, and Marine Biologist, Barbara, will be arriving at Halaveli. They will be working closely with our dive centre to conduct extensive house reef and resort reef system surveys.

The data collected will then be used to create a reef habitat map to illustrate areas of coral cover, diversity and resilience to aid us in managing and maintaining our precious reefs.

Protecting the environment of Halaveli

At Halaveli looking after the natural wonders of our environment is very important to us so that we can pass this beautiful region on to the next generation in tact.

That is why we are also currently working with Valmont and Water Solutions on a coral growth program in the waters around Constance Halaveli.

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Constance Creatives: Water sports at Constance Halaveli

Water sports at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water sports at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

As one of our long standing members of staff, Ibrahim Amir has been working at Constance Halaveli for more than 30 years, long before it became part of the Constance group, and he’s loved every minute of it.

It was in 1990 that he discovered his true passion for water sports, and changed his job from barman to water sports instructor.

So what inspires him after all these years?

Ibi explains, ‘This job gives me the opportunity to combine the place, which has been my home for so many years, with my big passion: water sports in all regards.’

He describes how important it is to be easily approachable for guests and to give them the best service possible. Behind the scenes, Ibi keeps all the water sports equipment at Halaveli up to date and in great condition.

Ibi’s enthusiasm for water sports is infectious, and he’s our man on the ground at Constance Halaveli making sure we’re up to speed with the hottest new trends out on the water.

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