Best holiday reads 2014

Whether you’re loading up your Kindle or squeezing paperbacks into your suitcase, taking a great book with you can be the finishing touch to packing for a perfect holiday.

Best holiday reads 2014

Best holiday reads 2014

Take a look at who’s recommending what this year to help inspire your choice.

The Guardian – Best holiday reads 2014

The Guardian has brought together a selection of writers from Jeanette Winterson and Colm Tóibín to Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin to tell readers what they’ll be reading this summer. Highlights include:

  • Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine, the memoir of Albertine’s punk musician days
  • A God in Every Stone ¬by Kamila Shamshie, a compelling story of history and the people who live in it.

The Observer – Best holiday reads 2014

The Observer has lined up a stellar cast of authors, historians, screenwriters and journalists to give their guide to what to read this summer. Highlights include:

  • Prince’s Boy by Paul Bailey, set in the 1920s a Romanian looks back at his time in Paris as a young man from the writer of Gabriel’s Lament.
  • A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor a novel about a young Indian woman’s struggle for freedom and desire.

The Independent – Summer reads 2014: 10 best memoirs

The Independent shines its light on the many compelling autobiographies out this summer and runs down its Top 10. Highlights include:

  • Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton, a fascinating insight into the workings of the mind of the woman and statesman that is Hillary Clinton.
  • Carsick by John Waters, a lively, highly entertaining read, this book follows Waters’ journey hitchhiking across America in 2012.
The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

Esquire – The high-brow beach-read round-up

In an attempt to avoid the summer blockbusters and political potboilers of most summer reading lists, Esquire takes a look at what’s available for those looking for something more substantial. Highlights include:

  • The True American by Anand Giridharadas, New York Times columnist Giridharadas, traces the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan a survivor of a revenge shooting for 9/11 by delusional Mark Stroman. Bhuiyan not only forgives Stroman and rebuilds his life, he also tries to save Stroman from the death penalty.
  • In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen, a novel about how we should write and think about the holocaust set at a Zen retreat in a former concentration camp.

Vogue – Summer’s buzziest beach reads

Vogue bases its summer reading list on the ‘if you liked that, you’ll love this’ approach. Highlights include:

  • I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum, a comic story of a fading Brit Pop artist trying to win back his wife.
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, a thriller set in a future in which society is rendered unable to speak by digital technology.

Red – The best summer reads

Pulling together the best of the new releases and classics from the past the Red team give their recommendations for this summer. Highlights include:

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, set on the French Riviera in the 1920s this is typical Fitzgerald jazz age glamour and heartbreak.

Half A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this Orange Prize winner is a compelling tale of the Biafran War as seen through the eyes of its characters.

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Best travel-sized beauty products 2014

Space is always an issue when you’re packing for a luxury beach getaway so here’s our guide to the best travel-sized beauty products out there right now, as recommended by some of the top bloggers in the industry.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

The smaller they are the more you can put in…

Stella McCartney – Stella Rollerball eau de parfum

As fashion blogger Vivianna Does Makeup points out there’s something very ‘90s about roll-on perfume but this small pen-sized dispenser is the perfect way to take perfume on holiday without taking up too much space.

NARS Creamy Concealer

Another beauty travel essential for Vivianna Does Makeup is the NARS Creamy Concealer which earns its place in your travel make-up bag thanks to its ability to multitask as concealer/eye cream/foundation.

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner

A must for your in-flight bag this light, aromatic hydration mist spray will revitalise skin dried out by a long-haul flight. Its instant moisture hit made it top of Popsugar’s best travel-sized skin care list.

Essie Holiday Kit – mini nail varnishes

Mini nail varnishes can give you the option of taking a range of colours to suit day and night. Make-up blogger Makeup Savvy recommends US brand Essie that does a special Holiday Kit of mini varnishes.

Dr Hauschka Daily Face Care Kit

With exposure to sun, sea and lots of late nights sipping cocktails and gazing at the stars, skincare on holiday is crucial. Dr. Hauschka’s travel-sized daily face care kit is a neat solution when travelling light. It comes with travel-sized bottles of cleansing cream, milk, toner and three different day creams all made using organic, natural ingredients.

Laura Mercier Metallic Crème Eye Colour

The problem with powdered eyeshadow can be that they get damaged in transit. This small tube of lightweight, non-greasy colour which can be applied by fingertip gives a shimmering sheen to eyes without the mess. Beauty blogger My Newest Addiction says its perfect alone or as a base layer to other shadows.

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What’s on in Mauritius 2014

The beautiful island of Mauritius is a year-round holiday destination with a climate which entices sun-worshipers and water sport-enthusiasts throughout the year.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

As the intense heat and humidity of Mauritius’ Southern Hemisphere summer begins to subside we round up the highlights of the best events on the island in the cooler, balmy days of July, August and September.

July 2014

Whether you want to get involved or just go along as a spectator you’ll be wowed by one of the most beautiful marathon routes in the world. Taking a coastal trail through villages, and even a UNESCO site, the whole event ends with fun and celebrations on the beach.

Kiteival is an annual kite surf festival open to all level of kiters. With festival venues around the island the festival organisers hope to introduce kiters from around the world to the best spots and lagoons on the island. Take part, or just enjoy the spectacle.

August 2014

Take time while in Mauritius to discover the work of pARTage, an association of Mauritian artists working together to promote contemporary art in the Indian Ocean by showcasing local artists.

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Inspire the kids or just go along to witness some breathtaking tennis from the next generation of tennis stars at this International Tennis Federation event.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi – 29 August – 8 September

The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a vibrant spectacle on the island. Commemorating the birth of the god Ganesh, the festival is celebrated for 10 days. On the last day, Anant Chaturdashi, Hindus carry an idol of Ganesh in a procession through the streets to local rivers and beaches to immerse him in water before sunset.

September 2014

Champ de Mars is the historic racecourse in Port Louis belonging to The Mauritius Turf Club (the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere). Always worth a visit to rub shoulders with local Mauritians and VIP visitors alike, the Maiden’s Cup is a popular event in the racecourse calendar.

  • Father Laval Day – 9 September

A celebration of the birth of Jacques Désiré Laval, a French missionary and doctor who came to Mauritius in 1841 and became the protector of the slave community, many of whom believed he had miraculous healing powers. On this day thousands of Mauritians visit his tomb in Sainte Croix, Port Louis which is still believed to possess healing powers.

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Luxury Travel Blog offers guide to quirky sights in Seychelles

Coco de mer

The rare Coco de Mer is found at Vallee de Mai on Praslin Island in the Seychelles

The sights and sounds of the Seychelles come alive in Matthew Coe’s article for A Luxury Travel Blog.

Highlights of the stunning Indian Ocean archipelago described by Coe include the iconic Coco de Mer. He suggests visiting UNESCO World Heritage site Valle de Mai on Praslin to see the unusual palm seed in its natural surroundings.

Other quintessentially Seychellois experiences suggested by Coe include visiting Cousin and Curieuse Island to witness its stunning wildlife and climbing Nid d’Aigle for a breath-taking view of La Digue.

Read the full article ‘top quirky sight in the Seychelles’ on A Luxury Travel Blog.

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Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli boasts a wine list to rival many European Michelin-starred restaurants and head sommelier Florian David is rightly proud of the extensive wine cellar that features some of the world’s best wines.

Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

Wine recommendations from Constance Halaveli

With more than a thousand fine wines mainly from Europe, South Africa and New Zealand, Florian considers that Halaveli has the best selection of wines in the Maldives.

One of the things which makes Halaveli’s selection so unique is that many of the wines are sourced from the winemakers directly by our sommeliers.

Our teams visit vineyards across the new and old world to search out the very best wines from traditional as well as innovative new winemakers.

Florian’s top wine recommendations

Of all the fine wines in our cellar, here are Florian’s top recommendations.

Florian says, ‘We at Halaveli have the best winemakers from France.’

  • De Montille – the lively legend of Volnay and Pommard
  • Raveneau – the king of Chablis
  • Lucien Lemoine – one of the most talented Burgundian winemaker of the past 10 years
  • La Grange des Peres – the most elegant of all the Languedoc wines
  • Domaine de Trevallon – the ultimate proof that there is great wine in Provence

‘We also have the very best vintage of the grand Bordeaux wines.’

  • Pauillac, Château Lynch Bages, 5th Cru Classé 1990 – the best vintage of the past 30 years
  • Pauillac, Château Pichon Baron Longueville, 2nd Cru Classé 1989 – less famous than 1990 but beautifully well-balanced
  • Margaux, Château Margaux, 1st Cru Classé 1990 – simply a legend
  • Bordeaux, Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1945 – the most feminine vintage ever and also the most difficult to find (although not, of course, at Halaveli)
  • Sauternes ‘Creme de Tête’, Château Gilette 1961 – an amazing vintage from an amazing producer

‘To finish, we also have the finest and most exclusive Champagne.’

  • Dom Perignon 2003 and 2004 – the shining star of Champagne
  • Cristal 2005 – the Champagne Tsar
  • Cristal Rose 2005 – probably the most exclusive Rose Champagne
  • Salon 1997 – The Grand Cru of Champagne
  • Billecart Salmon, ‘Clos St Hilaire’, Blanc de Noirs 1998 – a Champagne with a sensitive soul of Pinot Noir

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Why Seychelles is a top diving destination

The Seychelles is a year-round diving destination with a rich native marine population but different seasons can bring spectacular visitors to our waters.

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

Calm waters

Probably the best time for keen scuba divers to visit is during the calm climatic periods of April-May and October-November. At these times the water temperature can reach 29ºC and visibility is excellent (up to 30 metres).

Migrating giants

Probably the most famous and awe-inspiring guests are the vast whale sharks.

Although some of these gentle giants can be found in the waters of the inner islands all year round, large numbers pass through in August and again from October to January. The whale sharks are lured by the boom in plankton caused by warmer sea temperatures.

Also lured by the abundant plankton are the giant manta rays which delight many divers at this time of year.

Turtle nesting season

From October to February you are likely to see rare green turtles and hawksbill turtles.

The hawksbill turtle

The hawksbill turtle

The endangered hawksbill and green turtles return year after year to our quiet, idyllic beaches on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles between these months.

At Constance Lémuria our Turtle Manager monitors each nest and each turtle to ensure their safety. We will continue to watch the nests for the next two months until all the eggs have hatched.

Under the supervision of our Turtle Manager, guests at Lémuria can have the unique experience of watching the females come up on the beach to lay their eggs, and then in March to April see the baby turtles move down to the sea.

Top Seychelles dive sites

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We’ve just made it easier to book a diving holiday to Seychelles with our Constance Diving Offer.

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