Celebrate World Environment Day with Constance in the Seychelles

This week at Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria we are proud to be part of the global celebrations for World Environment Day on 5 June 2013.

Turtle preservation at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Baby turtles make their way to the water

Eco-tourism has always been important to us and to mark this special day we have developed a programme of events exploring the precious natural resources that surround us in the Seychelles.

Minister of the Environment visits Lémuria

To help us celebrate we are pleased to welcome the Minister of the Environment who is visiting Lémuria and will take part in a tree planting ceremony to launch our World Environment Day festivities.

World Environment Day events at Ephélia

  • Tree planting
  • Nature walks
  • A special promotion at Spa de Constance including a natural detox using a coffee scrub and lemon grass oil massage and an aloe vera relaxing experience with body massage and facial
  • An organic dinner at Helios Restaurant
  • Exciting kids activities such as a zip line through the forest, a mangrove walk and exploring the island by kayak and pedalo
Zip wire at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Zip wires at Constance Ephelia

World Environment Day at Lémuria

  • A bio breakfast
  • A tree planting ceremony
  • Special ‘green’ cocktails
  • A chef’s garden dinner
  • A range of nature activities for kids including an age appropriate workshops on trees and deforestation, leaf drawing and an exploration of the island walk/ride

Protecting the local environment at Constance

Since first coming to this beautiful region our aim at Constance has been to make as little impact on the natural environment as possible and to protect the biodiversity we find here.

In Lémuria this has meant safeguarding the stunning beaches around the hotel on the island of Praslin, as well running a turtle preservation programme to protect our most precious visitors – the endangered hawksbill and green turtles.

Legend Restaurant at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Legend Restaurant at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Awards at Ephélia

From concept to design and construction of Constance Ephélia we strove to protect the natural environment on Mahé as much possible. In 2011 we were recognised for this with the prestigious Landscape Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry Award.

In 2012 we were immensely proud to have our work at Ephélia recognised by the Seychelles government with a Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Certificate, acknowledging the biodiversity and culture of the Seychelles.

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Luxury breakfasts at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Start your day at Constance with a healthy breakfast from the sumptuous buffet, or enjoy a private champagne breakfast for two on your own terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Breakfast at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Breakfast at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Lavish breakfast buffets

Visit the breakfast buffet at any of our resorts and experience the rich abundance of fresh food beautifully presented at separate stations, offering a plethora of tropical fruits, pastries and speciality cooked dishes.

Watch as world-class chefs prepare a 5 star breakfast in front of you, and breathe in the delicious smell of freshly baked pastries and bread straight from the oven.

Breakfast in bed

Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a champagne breakfast brought to you in your room or villa.

Constance Hotels & Resorts

Room service breakfast at Constance

Nothing says idyllic, paradise holiday more than lying in bed on crisp white sheets and enjoying the chill of champagne with fresh fruit and a view of the sun sparkling on the ocean.

Or sit back and relax at a home-away-from-home breakfast with your family on the terrace of your own villa. Let the kids come and go as you take your time to really enjoy that second cup of coffee.

At our hotels and resorts

Breakfasts are served daily until 10.30am, which means you can wake up at your own pace and make your first meal of the day a leisurely affair.

Enjoy the sand between your toes and the gentle sun on your face as you enjoy a 5 star breakfast outdoors at Constance Halaveli’s buffet restaurant Jahaz.

Watch the light trickle through the lush foliage as you greet the day in the open-air, cool, tiled elegance of Constance Ephelia’s Corossol or enjoy the barefoot chic and Malagasy charm of a buffet breakfast on the beach at Constance Tsarabanjina.

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Savour the freshest tropical fruit bought at the local market that morning under the shade of an umbrella on the terrace of Archipel at Le Prince Maurice and enjoy views across the infinity pool to the beach and ocean beyond, or drink in the view across to the ocean at Constance Lemuria.

At Constance Moofushi you can indulge in a private champagne breakfast for two with waiter service on your very own secluded sandbank, perfect for romantic moments.

Golfers booked in for an early tee-off time can tuck into a hearty pre-golf breakfast at the Deer Hunter restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 6.30 to 9.30am and enjoy views across the championship golf course. You might even spot the resident deer breakfasting on the greens.

Sunrise yoga

If you’re keen to kick start a new approach to healthy living, our energising early morning yoga sessions are designed for beginners through to advanced. Enjoy the feeling of awaking your senses against a backdrop of gentle sunlight, calm clear water and tropical vegetation.

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Wine training from Domaine Marcel Lapierre

Last week saw the exciting visit of Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre to Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage for a wine tasting evening and fine wine training event.

Wines from Marcel Lapierre

Wines from Marcel Lapierre

Marie was accompanied by her daughter Camille, and together they introduced us to their stunning reds from the Château Cambon and the Vin de France Raisin Gaulois 2012.

Marie explained to our team of Constance sommeliers how the Domaine vines have been cultivated organically since 1981, and about how the wines are made in carbonic maceration.

The wines are light and fruity and can be enjoyed with fish, chicken, goats cheese, charcuterie or as an aperitif. Guests joined our sommeliers to taste the wines and find out more about Domaine Marcel Lapierre.

Find out more about the wine evening: Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre visits Mauritius

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Discover more about the wines from the website: Domaine Marcel Lapierre

Visit Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Wine training with Marie Lapierre at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Sommelier wine training with Marie Lapierre

 

Delores Malin tasting Morgon of Domaine Lapierre

Delores Malin tasting Morgon of Domaine Lapierre

Working with local fishermen at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar you can enjoy fresh fish caught from the ocean in the same traditional way it has been for hundreds of years.

Local fisherman in his pirogue

Local fisherman in his pirogue

One of the many delights you’ll discover on the remote Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina is watching the daily arrival of the local fishermen delivering their catch to our chefs.

Mitsio fishermen

The fishermen live on the neighbouring island of Mitsio, the only other inhabited island in the archipelago, and they travel and fish in traditional boats called pirogues.

The pirogues are hollowed out wooden boats powered by oars. It’s from here that the fishermen cast their nets into the waters around the archipelago. Following the catch they make the 3 to 4 hour journey to Tsarabanjina.

Fishing in pirogues has been a way of life in Madagascar for hundreds of years with fishermen teaching the family craft to their children, and passing their skills down through the generations.

We at Constance are proud to support such a long held tradition and our guests enjoy the freshest fish caught from just beyond our own shores.

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Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013

We’re so proud of the unique elegance and luxury we’ve created at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, that this year we’re entering the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we’ve woven luxury into the fabric of everything we do. Nature, admittedly, gave us a helping hand to create the perfect backdrop with a tranquil lagoon of turquoise waters lapping against crystal white sand beaches.

So we enhanced the beauty, with a jetty off which you’ll discover secluded water villas, a tranquil sequestered spa, and peaceful restaurants and bars in intimate settings.

Luxury accommodation

With a range of luxury accommodation including romantic water villas, large family beach villas and an expansive 5 star presidential villa, Halaveli has a deluxe offering for every kind of holiday.

Diving features high on many people’s wish list when they come to Halaveli, and the spa that offers prestigious Valmont and Ila treatments is a major draw.

Voting in World Luxury Hotels Awards 2013

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Voting for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 – described as ‘the pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels and spas worldwide’ – opens in June.

Watch this space, and we’ll let you know when you can cast your vote for the luxurious island idyll of Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

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Marine biologist reveals what’s underwater at Halaveli

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Valmont supports coral reef regeneration programme in Maldives

Valmont has extended its partnership with Constance Halaveli to support reef health and biodiversity on the beautiful Maldivian island.

Marine life at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Marine life at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Having opened the Valmont spa at Halaveli in 2012, the leading Swiss skincare brand is now backing an ambitious sustainable initiative to support rehabilitating the coral reef in the Maldives.

Creating an artificial reef to promote marine life

To encourage the coral reef to grow quickly and provide shelter for other marine animals, we have created a man-made underwater structure, where broken coral fragments can be attached.

Seduced by the regeneration programme that began a year ago at Halaveli, Didier Guillon CEO of Valmont Group has chosen to donate $5,000 per year, to buy and maintain these structures. This move is a reflection of the brand’s commitment to global sustainable co-operation initiatives.

How Constance manages the Reefscaping program

The initiative was originally started in 2011, backed by Mr. Vallet, CEO of the Constance Group, himself heavily committed to sustainable development projects.

The Constance Halaveli Spa team now manage the program, backed by the support, enthusiasm and deep involvement of Halaveli resort General Manager Renato W Chizzola.

Valmont Spa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Valmont Spa at Halaveli

Valmont spa at Constance Halaveli

With immaculate white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise lagoon, Constance Halaveli naturally blends into the idyllic setting of the South Ari Atoll.

It’s in this magnificent setting, that Valmont opened their spa a year ago. One of the exclusive treatments on offer here is the popular Valmont After Diving Treatment.

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