Top 5 cameras to take on holiday this summer

Want to make sure you capture your holiday memories with some perfect images this summer?

Constance Halaveli, Maldives photo by Marek Kluznick

Constance Halaveli, Maldives photo by Marek Kluznick

Here’s a selection of some of the best cameras on the market as chosen by Red Magazine this month:

1. The best budget buy – Fujifilm FinePix AX350

With a price tag under £100 this is perfect for taking holiday snaps. Features include 16MP, 5x optical zoom and HD movie. It also has a simple web upload feature so you can easily share your pics on social media.

2. The best for active photography – Olympus Tough TG-310

Childproof, waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof this really is the ultimate holiday camera for anyone who likes to take pictures while on the move. With 14MP, 4x optical zoom, HD movie and 3D stills.

3. The best investment – Nikon D90

More than just a digital SLR camera, the D90 allows you to film movies in Motion Jpeg with exceptional D-SLR image quality. It has a high-resolution 3” LCD monitor and advanced retouch functions so you can take photos and edit them in the camera. Other features include 12.3MP, CMOS image sensor, 65-millisecond shutter release time lag, scene recognition with face detection.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives, photo by Ming Lok Kwok

Constance Moofushi, Maldives, photo by Ming Lok Kwok

4. Best for vintage style – Lomography DianaF+

This is a return to the golden age of analogue photography celebrating the lo-fi, colour saturated photographs of the 1960s Diana original. Lomography has kept the lightweight body, simple shutter and soft-focus lens and added a pinhole and Endless Panorama option. For photography fans, other features include colour gel filters, removable super-wide-angle and pinhole lenses and variable shutter.

5. Best for family holidays – GE DVZ

Perfect for a family holiday adventure this pocket video camera can take anything you throw at it whether that’s white water rafting or playing in the sand. Waterproof to 5m, dust proof, it’s even freeze proof. Features include 3x optical zoom, full HD movie, CMOS sensor, image stabilisation, face detection and 2.5” LCD screen.

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Vintage Lifestyle magazine describes Ephélia as a ‘slice of heaven’

South African magazine Vintage Lifestyle has described Constance Ephélia as the ‘crème de la crème of Seychellois island style and hospitality’.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

On a recent visit to the resort the magazine describes the Seychelles as an idyllic holiday destination and Ephélia as the perfect place to stay.

5 star luxury in Seychelles

‘We stayed at the breathtakingly beautiful 5 star Constance Ephélia Resort on the island of Mahé. Here we enjoyed swimming in our private pool at our private villa where all you can hear are birds singing, the rustling of leaves in the coconut palms and small waves washing onto the North Beach just a few steps away.’

The magazine team was amazed by the number of activities on offer at the resort and tried their hands at everything from rock climbing and zip lining to trail hiking and spa treatments. They even took time out to feed the resort’s 110-year-old tortoise, Dusty.

Other highlights outlined by the magazine were the tantalising, 5 star food served at the resort’s five restaurants and the friendliness of all the hotel staff. ‘The staff are like a family at Constance Ephélia Resort, even though there are 800 of them!’

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Read the full article and check out the stunning photographs of Constance Ephélia taken during the trip: Vintage Lifestyle Magazine.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Ephélia and check booking availability.

The best markets in Mahé, Seychelles

Breathing in the scents of local foods and spices amidst the vibrant colours and frenetic hustle and bustle of a street market is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the spirit of a place.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Here’s our round up of the best street markets on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles.

1. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria – Daily (especially good on Saturdays)

Set at the bustling heart of the island’s capital Victoria, this daily food market is frequented by locals buying everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to spices, herbs and fish. If the market whets your appetite for shopping then visit the local clothing and craft boutiques that surround the market place.

2. Victoria Bazaar, Victoria – Every Friday

A lively weekly bazaar held beside the capital’s iconic clock tower with everything from snacks of fresh grilled fish to local arts and crafts all set to the sound of live Seychellois music. A vibrant treat for all the senses.

3. Bazar Labrin, Beau Vallon Beach – Every Wednesday (and last Saturday of the month)

Probably the most famous of Mahé’s bazaars, stalls are set out along the beautiful, popular beach of Beau Vallon. The weekly market is a big draw for locals and tourists alike and is guaranteed to be buzzing from 4pm to around 8.30pm. Here you can buy everything from fresh produce, fish and spices to local arts and crafts. Highlights include the barbeques selling fresh fish, grilled breadfruit, banana St Jaques fritters and local dishes such as mango salad, papaya chutney and red lentils and rice. Live music comes from impromptu bands of musicians and sound systems.

Fresh passionfruit in market

Fresh passionfruit in market

4. Bazar Ovan, Baie Lazare – Last Sunday of every month

This vibrant bazaar offers visitors the chance to mingle with the locals on the quieter southern side of the island. The beach-side market specialises in local produce and artefacts. As always where groups of Seychellois gather for fun, you’ll find live music and dancing.

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Top 6 luxury travel accessories

Here’s our round up of the finest luxury travel accessories you won’t want to leave home without.

Constance Hotels and Resorts

Constance Hotels and Resorts

1. Blackbox C20 Active Noise Cancelling Earphones £109.99

These ergonomically designed ear bud headphones will not only deliver perfect sound from whatever device you are listening to but will block out ambient noise of airline chatter or machinery. These also offer a telephony option so you can use them with your mobile phone.

2. Hermès Calèche-express £4,520

This stylish canvas and calfskin carry on has the perfect dimensions (l. 35 cm x h. 55 cm x d. 25 cm) for hand luggage with the added benefit of a telescopic handle and wheels so you don’t have to carry it through the airport. A selection of pockets for all your documents and gadgets means you’ll never need to rummage for your passport again.

3. Cowshed Cashmere Travel Set £147.50

Travel in luxurious comfort with this Cashmere Travel Set made from 100 per cent pure Mongolian cashmere by holistic skincare specialist Cowshed. The set includes snuggly Cashmere socks, eye mask, hot water bottle and a blanket to keep you warm on those long-haul flights.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach lunch at Le Prince Maurice

4. Mulberry Travel Adapter £125

As you might expect Mulberry’s travel adapter comes in a sleek leather case in a selection of colours with the luxury brand’s signature brass zip. The adapter itself will fit sockets in the UK, US, Australia, China and Europe, and also comes with a USB connection.

5. Griffin Survivor case for the iPad (2,3,4) £51.46

Tested by the US military the light super-tough rubber case will protect your iPad from splashes, sand, dirt, drops from 6ft and for when your children decide to play with it. Easy to use with the protective shell in place this is perfect if you want to take your device on the beach. Visit Griffin’s website to design your own case in a variety of colours and designs.

6. Nikon StabilEyes14x40 binoculars £1,355.99

Whether you’re into big game fishing, bird watching or you just want to watch your loved ones while they’re out enjoying any kind of water sport these are the perfect holiday binoculars. Featuring two vibration reduction modes, one for on land the other for when you’re on a boat they will keep any image steady making it easy to track something moving at speed. They are also waterproof and fog-free.

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Top 5 most useful travel apps

Before you leave home make sure you’ve loaded up your mobile device with the very best of the latest travel apps.

Smartphone

1. Gogobot (iPhone/Android)
More than just a list of interesting things to do at each destination, Gogobot serves up recommendations from friends on your social network and others who travel like you. Suggestions are made around specific needs such as family-friendly, business, outdoor, sporty. Save these activities and when you’re travelling Gogobot will find points of local interest, hotels, restaurants near to wherever you are.

2. Tripit (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows)
Keep all your travel plans together in one place with Tripit. All you need to do is send it your confirmations and it will sort them all into a travel planner complete with confirmation numbers, flight times and reminders.

3. WiFi Finder (Android, iPhone, iPad)
A simple app to help you track down free or paid-for public access wifi wherever you are in the world. This app works online or offline.

4. Kayak Mobile (Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows, Kindle Fire)
Make reservations for flights, hotels and cars while you’re on the go with this nifty app. It will update you with the very latest prices and even give you an alarm reminder to make sure you don’t miss your flight.

5. XE Currency (Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows)
Get the very latest, live currency rates while online, or store them for when your offline with this easy to use currency converter. Including every world currency the rates are updated with just a quick shake of your device.

Tips for maintaining health and fitness

Personal trainer and fitness instructor at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, gives her tips for maintaining a healthy body and mind.

Isabelle Lamant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice

Hi everyone,

Today I would like to talk about my own personal health regime, and what I’ve learned along the way to keep myself fit and well.

As I love food but also love to feel healthy, I strive to find a good balance between pleasure and fitness.

At 31, I’m proud of the balance I have achieved but I know it is something that will become more difficult as I get older. I always tell clients, the biggest challenge of our life is finding a balance which makes you feel good both mentally and physically. For me it’s very important for my self-esteem and self-confidence to enjoy life and keep control on my body.

Good health is about paying attention to the exercise I do and what I eat.

My approach to healthy eating
Breakfast
I change my breakfast depending on what I’ve eaten and drunk the night before. If I have indulged in a lovely big meal then I will only take a small plate of fruits and a tea or coffee.

If I had a light dinner, I will have some milk (not cow’s milk) with something I love to eat such as biscuits or chocolate. My secret is to indulge in good quality treats but never in large quantities.

Lunch
I eat only what my body needs and only what fits on one plate. I don’t eat bread, or only very occasionally. I also never take dessert after lunch, I take it 2 hours later so it’s better for my digestion.

Isabelle Lamant exercise classes at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Aqua fitness with Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice

Dinner
This is often only a light meal because the body stocks fat during the night. If we eat a lot in the evening, we give the liver too much work to do which can affect our sleep and cause fat retention.

It can be difficult to have light dinners every night but I try to have 4 per week to stay healthy and have a beautiful shape. Mashed vegetables with mashed potatoes or lentils is my favourite because it stabilises my hunger. The day after I can really feel the benefit on my skin and my tummy.

Exercise workouts
Just because I’m a fitness coach it doesn’t mean that I exercise for hours each day. I guide my clients and teach them but I don’t do each exercise because my body has limits and doing too much is not good.

When I work I do some exercises like abs, butts and arms with my clients and then on my own I often walk a minimum of 45 minutes a day.

I spend 20 minutes in the sea not only swimming, sometimes just standing in the waves meditating. I also do housework. It is the best exercise to tone up the whole body: cleaning, sweeping, polishing…. exhausting but a good workout!

I hope that my experience gives you inspiration to create your own balance. Remember the key is not to get frustrated. Eat what you like but in small quantities and always make sure you are eating good quality meat, fish and vegetables.

Good luck.

I’ll see you next month for a range of exercises in pictures.

I wish you all the best until then.
Isabelle

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Try making one of our healthy detox juices and crunchy salad & fresh Basil Blush juice

Read more about Isabelle’s fitness classes at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius and her top tips for wellbeing in 2013.