Winter sun holidays: enjoy Christmas on the beach

Sun-seekers can wake up on Christmas morning to warm sunshine, beautiful beaches and luxurious 5* service.

Christmas on the beach

Christmas on the beach

Whether you want to start the day with a glass of champagne or enjoy an early morning yoga session on the beach, spending the festive season at Constance could be just what you’re looking for.

Escape from it all

Pamper yourself at our spas with treatments that will restore your sense of well-being and help boost energy levels before indulging in seafood fresh from the ocean, or a traditional Christmas lunch on the beach.

Then relax in elegant, luxurious accommodation and spend evenings sitting back enjoying a cocktail under the stars instead of huddled in front of the TV.

A family Christmas

And if you’re travelling as a family, don’t worry Father Christmas knows exactly where we are. Last year he even made an arrival by helicopter on Christmas morning at some of our resorts, much to the kids’ excitement. Our family villas are big enough to fit three generations so you can still enjoy a full family Christmas together.

Our Children’s Clubs run a range of festive activities throughout the holiday period including parties, themed crafts and shows. Older kids and adults are well catered for too with a full range of activities offered by the hotels including water sports, diving and snorkelling.

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Mauritius: the ultimate winter getaway

For those dreaming of escaping the winter blues with a trip to sun-kissed beaches and warm balmy evenings, Mauritius is the ideal destination for a winter getaway.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Mauritius’ summer runs from November to April with temperatures of between 21-30ºC during these months.

Mauritian flowers and fruits

The Mauritian summer heralds the season for many of the island’s flowers and fruits. Visitors can enjoy succulent mangos, lychees and longans.

Those tired of the winter grey of the northern hemisphere will find themselves in a vibrant world of colourful blooms with many of the island’s trees, including the aptly named Flamboyant Tree, in full bloom from December onwards.

Perfect season for big game fishing

With the warmer weather the temperature of the ocean also rises to an average of 23-27ºC, bringing a vast array of fish to our waters. With the smaller fish come the larger predators including, throughout the Mauritius summer, the famous blue marlin as well as sailfish, barracuda, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and shark.

Diving in Mauritius

While diving is excellent all year round in Mauritius, the warmer water temperatures make this a perfect time to dive with a wealth of new marine life drawn to the area.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The increased numbers mean that divers may see a wide variety of exotic marine life including angelfish, parrot fish, moray, groupers, wrasses and sweetlips as well as a stunning array of corals and sponges.

A warm Mauritian welcome at Constance

The ultimate 5* luxury at the secluded Constance Le Prince Maurice, with its boutique feel and emphasis on personal service, is the perfect winter treat.

Or join the fun at the family-friendly Constance Belle Mare Plage where you can enjoy a raft of activities, spa facilities and water sports, enough to make even the most winter-weary bodies leap into action.

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage on our website

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Get fit with your kids

Fitness guru and personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, shares her top tips for fun workouts you can do with the kids in order to get fit.

Your children want to have fun with you and you need to stay in shape, so here is a simple and efficient routine which will keep everyone satisfied.

The key is to make it fun so I advise you set this routine to music – try picking one of your child’s favourite songs and encourage them to sing along during the movements.

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles

Pull in your navel, keep your bottom and your tummy firmly contracted. Bend to one side and stretch your arm above your head. 10 on the right – 10 on the left – 20 fast alternately on each side.

Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language

 Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language


Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language

The left knee should be above the left heel and the right knee should be under your right shoulder. Stretch your arms to the sides and squeeze your shoulder blades to create a good posture for your spine. Stay in this position until your kids finish counting to 20, in another language if possible! Then repeat with the other leg.

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips

Draw 10 circles with your hips around your feet, first in one direction then in the other. Increasing the speed, draw one circle on one side then one circle on the other for 30 seconds.

Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

 Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag


Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

4B – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

4B – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag

Bend your knees in front of your navel. Keep the left knee on the floor and lift the right one as high as you can. Encourage your child to push on your leg to create more resistance, they’ll love making you suffer! Then get your revenge by pushing their legs as they do it and work out your arms. 50 fast per side.

Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree

  Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree


Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree

Place your hands below your shoulders, stretch your arms and keep the right knee under your right hip. Quickly move the left knee up and down without moving your body. 20 per side and repeat again if you can.

Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack

 Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack


Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack

Hands under your head, open your shoulders, look at and pull in your tummy and stretch your legs up. Just keep your lower back on the floor and ask your child to do what they want on your tummy: tickling, uppercuts…everything is allowed as you attempt to hold the position. 30 seconds, 4 series.

Enjoy and have fun.

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Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, is a highlight of the international gastronomic calendar. Next year, the festival will celebrate its 9th year, taking place from 29 March to 6 April.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

The festival pairs European Michelin-starred chefs with the best island cooks from across the Constance group in a week long competition.

The festival promotes an open sharing of ideas and culinary inspiration and techniques between the acclaimed chefs and their island counterparts.

Using only fresh local produce, sourced by the teams at the vibrant Mauritian market in Port Louis, each team must come up with an exciting, creative menu. This menu is then prepared by the island chefs on the final day and judged by a panel of leading culinary professionals.

The festival, a partnership between Constance Hotels & Resorts and the Relais Bernard Loiseau, was launched in 2006 to commemorate the chef Bernard Loiseau.

Guests at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice during the festival can look forward to a week of sumptuous meals prepared by the visiting chefs, demonstrations and a celebratory awards dinner.

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Luxury villa holidays in the Indian Ocean

Having the space and privacy to holiday in your own way and at your own pace, while indulging in the facilities of a 5* hotel, has seen the popularity of hotel villa holidays boom in recent years.

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

At Constance, the selection of elegant, secluded villas provides guests with their own private retreat featuring stylishly decorated, spacious bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining areas as well as the benefit of your own butler, and a pool to dip in or lounge beside.

Alongside the luxurious accommodation are the 5* benefits of the hotel itself including spas, golf courses at Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria, a range of watersports, fitness suites and classes, a choice of restaurants and vibrant bars.

Butler service

Each villa comes with a dedicated villa master/butler on hand to make sure that your every need is met.

The villa master will see that your clothes are unpacked when you arrive and will then organise everything you need throughout your holiday, from spa treatments, water sports and excursions.

Room for all the family

Luxury villas can be the perfect solution for families who want to spend time together but also crave the space to spread out. Kids can play in private gardens and swim in their own pool before venturing to the beach beyond.

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Double storey villas mean that parents can put children to bed and then spend the evening downstairs without worries of waking them.

In-villa babysitting services provide parents with the freedom and peace of mind to venture out and enjoy some grown-up time taking and the chance to take advantage of the hotel and resort 5* facilities.

Constance’s range of luxury villas

At Constance Hotels & Resorts we have a range of luxury villas to suit every need.

  • Beach villas – available at all Constance hotels and resorts
  • Water villas – available at Moofushi, Halaveli, Le Prince Maurice
  • Family villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli, Ephélia
  • Spa villas – available at Ephélia
  • Hillside villas – available at Ephélia
  • Presidential villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Lémuria, Ephélia, Halaveli

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Constance guide to a family holiday in Mauritius

There’s much more to Mauritius than perfect white sand beaches and turquoise waters. For families looking for a great climate, activities aplenty and a rich cultural heritage, Mauritius makes the ideal luxury family holiday destination.

Mauritius from the air

Mauritius from the air

Here’s our run down of the top 10 adventurous family days out in Mauritius:

1. Treetop Tracks Adventure Park

This treetop adventure park set above the heart of the Mauritius jungle is an exhilarating way to see the beautiful tropical interior of the island. The park has two treetop tracks you can follow with Nepalese bridges, knotted ropes and zip lines taking you and your family through the forest with awesome views of the Chamarel valley, the Piton Mountain and the Black River Nature Reserve.

2. Zip Lines Adventure

A thrilling way to explore the beautiful scenery of Rivière des Galets in the south of Mauritius this zip line adventure takes you past waterfalls, banana and sugar plantations and forest. Seven zip lines vary in length from 60m to 250m and take you through a range of stunning scenery. The zip lines are great for families with children over 4 years old. Many tours also offer a chance to swim in the waterfall pools so remember to take a swimming costume.

3. Feed giant tortoises at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes

See giant tortoises, monkeys and crocodiles amongst other fascinating inhabitants of the Indian Ocean islands at this beautiful animal-rearing park. Follow one of the park guides through the shady, leafy nature trails and discover the unique species of the island, then feed the giant tortoises some of which are nearing 100 years old.

Walking with lions

Walking with lions

4. Take a pirate cruise to Ile aux Cerfs

Bring history alive for any children with a spirit of adventure with this trip on a wooden sailing ship, a replica of a genuine pirate ship. On board, kids will love the pirate show with live music and dance while cruising along the southeast coast of Mauritius before arriving at the beautiful island of Ile aux Cerfs where a pirate lunch is served. Other stops include a river trip up to a waterfall, and a swimming and snorkelling stop off at the stunning Ile aux Aigrettes.

5. Hiking adventure in the Yemen Natural Reserve Park

An adventurous day of walking, zip lining, climbing rope ladders and swimming in natural pools in the stunning surrounding of the Yemen Natural Reserve Park on the west coast. Swim through a canyon, take Nepalese bridges across ravines, hike through the jungle with a local guide who can tell you all about the local flora and fauna.

6. Explore the Indian Ocean in a submarine

Seize the opportunity for you and your family to become submariners for the day on a trip to the bottom of the ocean. Give your kids the chance to explore the beauty of the Mauritian reefs with all their vibrant inhabitants and explore a genuine shipwreck from the safety of a real submarine.

7. View Mauritius from the air in a micro-light aircraft

See the stunning island of Mauritius from the air in a private flight in a micro-light aircraft or helicopter. Fly close enough to really see the beauty of this unique island over land and sea and create the memories of a lifetime for you and your family.

Mauritius Aquarium

Mauritius Aquarium

8. Eyeball a shark at the Mauritius Aquarium

With a unique ‘walk the ocean floor’ experience and a touch pool so that kids can experience feeling and feeding some of the local marine life this is an experience not to be missed. The aquarium houses over 200 species of fish as well as several species of shark, invertebrates, live coral and sponges all of which are found in the wild of the Indian Ocean.

9. Make a splash at Le Waterpark at Belle Mare

Take a break from the beach for a bit of high octane water fun at the 25 acre waterpark on the east coast. Rides and slides abound with such names as ‘crazy river’, ‘giant slide’, ‘mountain skull’ and the ominously titled ‘black hole’. There’s plenty here to keep the kids, and more adventurous parents, busy all day.

10. Walk with lions at the Casela Nature Park

While the walking with lions is strictly for older kids (15 years and over) youngsters can still see the big cats and other animals including giraffes and ostriches from the safety of the safari bus. This is also a wild bird sanctuary so look out for the pink pigeon and other rare birds while you’re here.

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