3 amazing locations for weddings in the Indian Ocean

Weddings in the Indian Ocean - will Madagascar be your dream location?

Weddings in the Indian Ocean – will Madagascar be your dream location?

1. Madagascar – Best for barefoot weddings

If you dream of an Indian Ocean wedding off the well-worn tourist trail then look no further than Madagascar. A country of stunning, unique landscapes where discovery and adventure are still possible, the island of Madagascar offers beautiful beaches, laidback Malagasy people and an authentic island charm.

Where to stay

Add a touch of luxury to your Madagascan wedding and stay at Constance Tsarabanjina. A private island off the coast of Madagascar with just 25 wooden villas along its unspoilt beaches, Tsarabanjina epitomises barefoot charm. Let the friendly staff take care of all the wedding arrangements while you enjoy unwinding in a hammock or receiving a beachside massage. Spend the evening sipping cocktails with friends or dining alone on the rocks above the ocean.

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

2. Seychelles – Best for super luxe weddings

From Prince William and Kate to David and Victoria Beckham, the Seychelles has long been the destination of choice for the über-rich. Its romantic seclusion, perfect beaches, pristine oceans and long-standing tradition of high-end and discrete hospitality make it the perfect choice for a super luxe wedding.

Where to stay

Nestled on the northern tip of one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles is the 5* luxury hotel Constance Lémuria. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Lémuria is as much about its impeccable, friendly service as its spacious luxury accommodation, stunning, lush setting and elegant fine dining. The hotel also has its own luxury Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa for pre-wedding treatments, an 18-hole golf course and a Presidential Villa with its own private beach.

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

3. Mauritius – Best for Kids-come-too weddings

There is so much for kids of all ages to do in Mauritius from water parks and ziplines to feeding giant tortoises that your wedding trip will become an adventure for the whole family. Gentle seas make swimming and exploration below the waves suitable for all ages while older kids can take advantage of the raft of water sports available on the island.

Where to stay

The family-friendly resort of Constance Belle Mare Plage offers spacious family accommodation with interconnecting rooms or private villas with pools. The complimentary Constance Kids’ Club is open daily to keep 4-11 year olds happy. For younger children there is a babysitting service and older kids can enjoy water skiing and windsurfing to Hobie Cat sailing and quad biking. All of which leaves you and your partner time to enjoy this special holiday with walks on white sand beaches, couple’s spa treatments or the simple joy of a meal shared without interruption.

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Luxury long haul family holidays to Mauritius

Going on holiday when you have children is one of the most precious times in the annual family calendar. Looking to escape with the whole family may start with finding the perfect location and accommodation but with kids in tow there’s a whole range of other extras you’ll be looking for.

Luxury family holidays to Mauritius

Luxury family holidays to Mauritius

Here’s our guide to what’s on offer at Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius for families in search of that much-needed holiday.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

This family-friendly luxury boutique hotel offers elegant Mauritian charm with 5* facilities for you and plenty of fun for the kids. According to blogger Luxury Travel Mom of her recent visit to Le Prince Maurice: ‘children aren’t just welcomed, they’re completely adored’.

Family suites

With thatched palm roofs and rich wood interiors, family suites feature an elegant grown-up bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a separate children’s room complete with bunk beds.

The rooms come with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players.

Things for kids to do at the hotel

As well as the complimentary kids’ club there’s a host of activities on offer for children, including:

  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 championship 18-hole golf courses (kids lessons available)
  • Snorkelling
  • Mountain biking (bikes and helmets available to borrow)
  • Kids yoga, cooking classes, fun spa treatments
  • Waterskiing, scuba diving (8 years+), kayaking, glass-bottom boat excursions.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

With so much on offer at Constance Belle Mare Plage, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to spend fun family time as well as that rare pleasure of time spent alone with your partner.

Child-friendly accommodation

Belle Mare Plage has a wide range of flexible accommodation to suit families. Some of our Prestige Rooms and Junior Suites (featuring a double bed and sofa bed) are available as interconnecting rooms. Our Deluxe Suites with separate seating and dining areas are also available to interconnect with a Prestige Room. More information on our website.

Private villas

For a luxury home away from home our 2-3 bedroom 2-storey villas come complete with their own pool and garden as well as your own Villa Master.

Fun spa treatments for kids

Fun spa treatments for kids

Things for kids to do at the resort

  • 4 swimming pools
  • 4 floodlit tennis courts
  • Table tennis
  • 9-hole mini-golf
  • 2 18-hole championship golf courses (kids lessons available)
  • Bike rental
  • Waterskiing, scuba diving (8 years+), kayaking, wind surfing.

What you won’t need to pack

Most of our hotels and resorts provide a range of equipment from highchairs, buggies and cots to nappies and baby monitors, just check with us before you travel.

Days out – things to do in Mauritius

Mauritius is a very family-friendly island with loads of exciting activities to keep the whole family busy from wildlife parks with ziplines and safaris to waterparks, submarine trips and pirate cruises.

For more to do with kids in Mauritius read our guide ‘a family holiday in Mauritius’.

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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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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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5 tips for taking kids on a luxury holiday

Travelling with kids can be a great experience, expanding your children’s horizons and giving you a chance to spend real quality time together.

Family fun on a luxury holiday

Family fun on a luxury holiday

So don’t let worries about safety, keeping them entertained or strange food put you off.  Here’s our round up of some of the leading bloggers who have turned travelling with children into a way of life.

1. Tips on packing for a luxury family holiday

Hip Travel Mama claims the biggest mistake we all make is to over pack, particularly when travelling with our kids. One essential she recommends is a kids ‘distraction pack’, which she gives to her children only once they’re through airport security, full of games, colouring crayons, pads and so on.

2. Encourage them to keep a travel journal

Family travel site Ciao Bambino advises getting children engaged with a trip by encouraging them to keep a travel journal. Whether it’s full of crayon pictures for younger kids, or thoughts and pictures for the older ones it’s a great memento of a family trip.

3. Get to know you hotel concierge

Julie Cohn advises Travelingmom readers to get to know the hotel concierge. She claims many parents don’t make the most of the free services the concierge offers including informing, organising and booking family activities.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

4. Book a trip to celebrate a special occasion

Kim-Marie Evans of Luxury Travel Mom has a tradition of taking her children on a luxury break on their own for their 10th birthday. Taking the children away one at a time gives an opportunity to really connect with them as individuals. Her major tip is don’t feel guilty about your other children (or your partner) – so long as they each get their own turn. She also advises getting the child involved with the planning so that the trip is one you both want.

5. Make travel an educational as well as a fun experience for kids

In an interview for This is my happiness, Paul Johnson of A Luxury Travel Blog says he believes it’s important to talk to your kids about where they’re going, find it on the map, talk about the history and culture of the place so that they get the most out of their trip.

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Smith & Family rates Constance Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli

Stylish family travel specialist Smith & Family has included Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli in its guide to the best family-friendly coastal hotels.

Smith & Family loved Halaveli's family beach villas

Smith & Family loved Halaveli’s family beach villas

Part of the Mr & Mrs Smith group, Smith & Family aims to select the very best fun, stylish hotels from around the globe to recommend to its readers with children.

Having already attracted a loyal following amongst couples seeking beautiful luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean, families are now also discovering that Constance offers much for those looking for luxury where children are also welcome.

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius and Constance Halaveli, Maldives have been included in its ‘Beach in Reach’ section, which it says looked for hotels worldwide that mixed ‘buckets of fun for children with a relaxing retreat for parents’.

At Le Prince Maurice, Smith & Family were impressed by the two-bedroom family suites with a children’s bedroom complete with bunk beds and steps to the sinks in the bathroom.

Halaveli was praised for its family beach villas, which come with what it described as ‘helpful essentials’ including pushchair, cot and bottle-sterilising unit. For older families it recommended the double storey villas with pool giving parents and teenagers plenty of space to spread out.

Both hotels were recognised for the complimentary ‘fun, friendly kids club’ Constance Kids Club.

Read more on the Smith & Family website.

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