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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Complimentary kids’ club at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Set your children free to create their own memorable holiday adventure at the newly re-launched Constance Kids’ Club.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The clubs create an exciting opportunity for your children to meet new friends of their own age (4-11 years old) from around the world, to try new things and explore their thrilling new holiday environment.

Kids’ Club staff

Our friendly, qualified staff will put the fun into exploring our unique island locations with organised scavenger and treasure hunts as well as the chance to try out making local crafts and cooking local treats.

Activities on offer at Constance Kids’ Clubs

Children can play games on the lush green lawns of the Kids’ Clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia, or have fun outdoors under the shade of the local trees in the verdant Kids’ Club outdoor play area at Lémuria.

We know that kids like to do things at their own pace so our clubs are divided into separate play areas housed in cool open-sided rooms or outside areas so that each child can decide for themselves how they want to get involved.

Areas include:

Face painting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Face painting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

  • Swimming pool – a fenced, supervised pool where kids can free play as well as take part in organised games.
  • Open play – a space where kids can interact, play games, watch movies, rehearse and put on shows.
  • Arts and crafts – a chance to get creative with local crafts or old favourites.
  • Kitchen and eating – a chance to try their culinary skills and a place to eat.
  • Computer area – a place for the kids to go online with supervised internet access as well as a place for Wii and PlayStation tournaments.
  • Quiet corner – a place for quiet time out, sleep or reading.
  • Imaginative play area – with play kitchen and work space, popular with our youngest guests.

All the Kids’ Clubs are designed to be welcoming and inviting to our younger guests with bright coloured furniture, comfortable floor cushions and soft sofa seating areas.

Each destination’s club has its own unique style that kids will love. At Lémuria they can whizz down the slide into powder soft sand under the play equipment while at Le Prince Maurice they can play on the terrace with a view of the ocean or keep cool in the various spacious open-sided palm-thatched rooms.

Meal times

Meals are served at the Kids’ Club and follow the same principles of fresh healthy ingredients lovingly prepared that is found in the restaurants throughout the resorts.

Culinary fun at Constance Lemuria

Culinary fun at Constance Lemuria

Children are encouraged to try new and exciting flavours as well as healthy takes on old favourites but any food aversions are catered for and parents are welcome to talk through their children’s needs with staff at the club.

Opening hours

Luxury is all about flexibility and that extends to the Kids’ Club. Register your child with the Kids’ Club at any point during your stay and then they can come and go whenever you want to sign them in and out. We know that some days you’ll only want to check them in for an hour or not at all but don’t be surprised when they beg you to let them stay with their new friends for the whole day.

After the clubs close in the evening parents and children are welcome to come and hang out and play on the play equipment and climbing frames.

For those who simply can’t get enough, or if you want the chance to enjoy a bit of adult company and perhaps some fine dining at the end of the day, we also run a program of evening entertainment including a weekly pyjama party.

A babysitting service is also available for later nights and for babies and younger children.

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Babymoons in the Indian Ocean

Your first pregnancy can be a magical time, and more and more couples are making the most of this special time by scheduling a holiday together before the baby arrives – otherwise known as babymoons.

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

What to look for in a ‘babymoon’

The babymoon is an opportunity for a last hurrah of sumptuous, grown-up living before you enter the exciting world of life with a baby. In other words it can be a time to indulge in the finer things – a luxury beach resort, spa treatments, romantic moments, and divine dining.

With locations across the Indian Ocean, Constance Hotels & Resorts are proving a popular choice for a secluded 5* getaway for just the two of you. With our emphasis on warm, attentive service we ensure that your last trip away pre-parenthood will create memories that last a lifetime, and many a baby-induced sleepless night.

Make it a romantic break for two

Savour your time together in the romantic getaway resorts of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina. Relax in the laidback vibe of these barefoot resorts where secluded hammocks swing outside your villa and it’s easy to find a quiet spot to spend time alone together.

Lounge on the beach watching movies under the stars and eating food fresh from the ocean.

Or splash out and enjoy the ultimate luxury of a beachfront villa with your own private pool at Le Prince Maurice or a water villa floating over a lagoon with its own infinity pool at Halaveli.

If you’re looking for total romantic seclusion why not try a hillside villa at Ephelia, where you can lounge in your own infinity pool overlooking glorious views of the Seychelles.

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Indulge in 5* luxury

It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re pregnant but at Constance we will do our best to ensure that’s exactly what you get.

At Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli we will draw you a fragrant candlelit bath for you to relax in before climbing between Egyptian cotton sheets, in vast beds. Select the perfect pillow from our menu. If getting comfortable is an issue just let us know and we’ll provide as many pillows as you need to get a good night’s sleep.

Service has always been at the centre of what we do at Constance so whatever you’re needs, or cravings, we’ll do our best to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday.

Delicious, healthy food

Eating for two means making sure that what you eat is fresh and healthy for you and your baby. At Constance the 5* chefs use only the best, fresh local ingredients to create sumptuous dishes across all our restaurants.

Whether you want to indulge in elegant fine dining or just feel like a smoothie and salad by the beach, you can be sure that everything is prepared with the utmost care from the very best fresh ingredients.

For a truly memorable dining experience we can even organise dinner on a secluded section of beach or under the stars in your own villa. At Moofushi you can dine by torchlight on your own secluded sandbank.

Unwind at the Shiseido Spa, Ephélia

Unwind at the Spa

Sumptuous spa treatments for mothers-to-be

Ease tired feet and aching muscles with a trip to one of the luxurious Spa de Constance’s. Highlights of our special prenatal treatments include:

  • A Fabulous Beauty Treatment for Mothers-to-be at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice

A gentle, full massage with light, smooth movements to drain away tension from the body.

  • Valmont Mother to be Package at Valmont Spa, Halaveli

A body scrub to improve circulation, a gentle massage with moisturisation using Valmont products and a facial.

  • Prenatal massage at Spa de Constance, Lémuria

A 60-minute total body massage designed to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic system.

Reconnect with your changing body

Calm the spirit and prepare your body for childbirth with one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Discover the inner calm brought about by adopting Pranayama breathing or take time to welcome the sun with gentle sunrise yoga sessions or sunset meditation sessions at Lémuria.

Join fitness guru and personal trainer Isabelle Lamant for yoga on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and get expert advice on fitness during and after pregnancy.

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Time to play

Dads-to-be can get out on the ocean sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing or fishing, or if you’re after something a little more high-octane there are motorised water sports available at Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia, Halaveli and Prince Maurice.

All destinations offer awe-inspiring opportunities to discover the hidden beauty of the Indian Ocean with diving and snorkelling opportunities.

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All aboard: the secret to a great family holiday

Whether you want to celebrate an important birthday or anniversary or you simply want to spend time together in a neutral environment, going on holiday with kids, parents and grandparents in tow is the new luxury holiday choice for many.

Family friendly meals at Constance Hotels Experience

Family friendly meals

Choosing the right kind of holiday

Taking multi-generational holidays together offers extended families the chance to relax away from the pressures and chores of everyday life. But it’s important to choose the right type of family holiday.

Family members of different generations often have very different interests and needs.

The secret to a great multi-generational holiday is to find an environment where everybody gets a chance to relax and do the things they enjoy. The key thing to remember is that you needn’t do everything together, you just need to find somewhere that gives you space to enjoy time together as well as time apart.

Plan a luxury island getaway

Luxury resorts, like Constance Hotels & Resorts in the Indian Ocean, make for the perfect location to celebrate with all the family.

The beautiful locations of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles form the perfect backdrop. The personal 5* service Constance provides for all its guests, young and old, caters for the individual needs of each family member.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious spacious villas with private pools or separate elegant suites with safe, beautiful beaches and a selection of swimming pools provide a playground suited to grandparents and grandchildren, in an environment both can enjoy.

Of course the more time the grandparents spend with the children, the more free time busy parents have to enjoy the 5* facilities including a wide range of water sports, activities and sumptuous spas.

The Constance Kids’ Club means children can create their own adventures, so that you can take time out with the older generation.

Indulge in a range of sumptuous treatments together at the Spa de Constance or spend the day on a champion golf course amidst the dramatic scenery of Mauritius or the stunning terraced golf course of Constance Lémuria.

Take to the ocean with older kids and grandparents with a raft of exciting activities including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding.

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Top 10 family adventures in the Seychelles

Revive your family’s spirit of adventure in the Seychelles with activities from searching for lost pirate treasure to feeding giant tortoises. Here’s our guide to the best family adventures in the Seychelles.

Zip lining at Constance Ephelia Resort

Zip lining in the Seychelles

• Search for the legendary pirates’ treasure on a trip to Moyenne Island

A short boat ride from Victoria, Mahé, is the National Park of Moyenne Island, a Robinson Crusoe-style desert island with no human inhabitants and over 100 giant tortoises. Parents will enjoy the rare biodiversity of the island while kids will adore the legend that says the two graves belong to pirates who also buried their treasure somewhere on the small island.

• Experience a thrilling zip line ride through the jungle canopy on Mahé

Based at Constance Ephélia, SMAC Adventures offer adventure sports including zip lining, rock climbing and abseiling for adults and children over 4. See the beautiful forests and mountains of Mahé in a new and exhilarating way on eight different zip lines up to 120m long. Or try scaling the island’s natural granite crags with climbing for beginners through to advanced. Check out the fun on SMAC’s Facebook page.

• Try some traditional local crafts at Domaine de Val des Près

Based around the Gran Kaz Plantation House on Mahé this National Heritage Site not only celebrates local crafts and culture but gives you the chance to get involved with a series of craft workshops for the whole family.

• Explore the ocean on Teddy’s Glass Bottom Boat

Board the boat from Beau Vallon Bay, Mahé and discover the jewels of the Indian Ocean with your family. See the vibrant corals and the rainbow colours of lush marine life that live on and around the reefs from the safety of the glass bottom boat. Then jump into the water for some snorkelling and the chance to get a closer look. The excursion then takes you to a secluded beach for a bbq and swim before heading home.

A giant tortoise, part of Mauritian wildlife

A giant tortoise

• Meet giant tortoises in their natural environment on Curieuse Island

A short boat ride from Praslin is Curieuse, home to a colony of hundreds of Aldabra Giant Tortoises which walk freely around the island. Tourists are encouraged to interact with these regal creatures feeding them snacks of greens and watermelon. There is even a tortoise ‘nursery’ on the island where they care for young tortoises from birth to five years. Of course, being the Seychelles there are also glorious, deserted beaches for the kids to enjoy too following a 30 minute nature walk across the island.

• Discover the interior of Mahé with a wildlife walk to Sauzier Waterfalls

Setting off from Port Glaud this beautiful forest walk will take you past traditional Creole homes and the guide’s own farm where groups can stop off to meet the resident bats and farm animals. The short walk is perfect for families – kids and (brave) adults are then rewarded at the end with a refreshing dip in the crystal pools at the foot of the beautiful waterfall.

• Spend the day swimming and hanging out at Beau Vallon Beach

While the Seychelles has a plethora of beautiful, deserted beaches sometimes it’s fun to hang out amidst the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists. Beau Vallon Beach on the North Coast of Mahé is a beautiful white sand beach with restaurants, bars, craft shops and cafés lining its shores. Water sports abound and the cafés have a great selection of ice creams and smoothies to keep the kids happy. The best time to visit is on a Wednesday when the evening Bazar Labrin market brings fresh food stalls, live music and an authentically local vibe to the beach.

• Explore the unique biodiversity of the UNESCO World Heritage site Vallée de Mai

Famous for its unique coco de mer seeds, legend has it that this Nature Reserve on Praslin island was the site of the original Garden of Eden. Kids will love exploring the nature trails through the national park and discovering the rare endemic plants and wildlife here. Set them a challenge to catch sight of the rare, endangered Black Parrot.

Family fun at the beach

Family fun at the beach

• Horse riding in the Seychelles

Available on most of the islands, horse riding is a thrilling way to explore the local area. Whether you’ve done it before and want to gallop down a white sand beach or if you’re just trying it for the first time and want a gentle nature trek, local guides will ensure the experience is unforgettable. Riding in the Seychelles is popular so it is worth contacting your hotel before you arrive so that they can book the excursion for you.

• Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

The National Botanical Gardens is a perfect way to spend the afternoon in Victoria, Mahé, with all the family, particularly if you want to see one of the islands’ giant tortoises. Meet the tortoises and check out the colony of fruit bats feeding and roosting in the trees, then while away the afternoon exploring the beautiful tropical gardens.

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