Top dive sites in Mauritius

The warm waters surrounding the island of Mauritius make it an ideal year-round diving destination.

Fish in Indian Ocean

Underwater world of the Indian Ocean

Here’s a look at some of the top dive sites on the East and North West coasts of the island.

Belle Mare Plage

The dive school at Constance Belle Mare Plage caters for beginners right through to qualified divers.

Small numbers go out on the boat to the reef that’s a short distance off Belle Mare Plage, or the lagoon off Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Here, you can expect to see beautiful corals and large shoals of colourful fish. You may get a chance to see the rare stone fish, dolphins, guitar shark and turtles, as well as whales further out to sea during the winter months.

In addition to the incredible underwater creatures you’ll see, the service you get both diving and on board the boat is everything you’d expect from a 5* luxury hotel.

Ile Aux Cerfs

Scuba diver and shoal of fish

Incredible underwater world of diving

The tiny island of Ile Aux Cerfs is renowned for its sandy beaches and calm waters. The coral reef is beautiful and brimming with marine life.

You can arrange diving trips to the island either from your hotel, or once you arrive at Ile Aux Cerfs.

Grand Baie and Trou aux Biches

If you’ve already explored the East coast, and want to see more of the underwater world of Mauritius, head to the North West coast, where you’ll find some great dive sites including Whale Roc, Lost City, The Tube and Waterlilly.

Expect to see huge numbers of fish, corals, rays and sharks. There’s a wreck of a Japanese fishing boat at Stella Maru, just in front of the reef. Here, an abundance of sea life have made this their home over the last 15 years.

Share your dive experience

And if you’ve got photos from a diving experience in Mauritius, you can post them to our Constance Facebook page. We’d love to see them!

Top beauty tips for winter weddings

Winter weddings can be thrillingly romantic. If you’re getting married soon, take inspiration from our round up of beauty and make up blog articles to help guarantee you look radiant on your special day.

Newly married couple
Romance of a winter wedding

Inspiration for winter brides
Make up, dresses, hair styles – it’s all in here from Beauty for Brides.

 AW 2011 make up trends
Looking at the hottest make up trends from MAC, and how to adapt them for your wedding day from the Modern Wedding Blog.

Beauty tips
Seasonal, on trend beauty tips from The Knot.

Hair tips
Up-do’s, on-trend pony tails or romantic wavy tresses… there are ideas here for everyone from the Modern Salon.

And don’t miss our articles on getting married or honeymooning at Constance Hotels:

Top beauty tips from expert, London Beauty Queen

If you’re looking for beauty tips, the blog from London Beauty Queen is full of great insider advice on everything from holiday sun care to the best make-up on the market right now.

London Beauty Queen

London Beauty Queen

LBQ, as she’s affectionately known, has worked in the beauty industry for the past 7 years, testing thousands of products so she can share her successes and failures with her fans – turning you all, as she says, into beauty queens.

We chatted to her about her work and her must-have beauty list for the Autumn.

How it all began

The success of the LBQ blog has taken its creator by surprise. “It began as a way for me to mix my marketing experience, love of writing and passion for beauty. At uni I did a work placement at an agency, and that really helped me to get a job in the industry after I left.”

Tips on best beauty products

Eyeshadow pots

Tips to help you choose the best make up

The online community following her tips and tricks has steadily grown. “I write about stuff that I like. You’ll find tips on luxury products as well as best-buys like the best lipgloss or mascara for under £5. People love that.”

Followers of LBQ’s blog also get an insight into high profile events such as London Fashion Week. “I can post a photo from backstage to Facebook or my blog about what’s happening right at that very moment.”

Luxe beauty must-have for A/W 2011

As for this Autumn’s luxury must-have beauty products, just launched are these two lovelies from luxury brand Rodial:

  • Glam balm lip – promising to plump your lips, and fill fine lines it includes rose wax, shea butter and vitamin E.
  • Glam balm hand – chock full with fab ingredients to give a youthful touch to your hands: olive leaf extract, vitamins C & E, grapeseed extract and Shea Butter.

Check out LBQ’s blog

Don’t miss some of the latest reviews on the London Beauty Queen blog including:

Are there any beauty tips you want to know?

And if there are any beauty tips you’d love to know about, get in touch. You can contact us via Twitter, post to Facebook or use the comments section below.

Top 5 fashion tips for holiday evening chic

Leather bag

What to pack?

Up the style stakes and pack yourself a fabulous evening wardrobe, inspired by the latest resort collections from top designers.

1. Hawaiian prints and florals

2011 has seen even more interest in the resort collections than previous years. Big trends for this season include hawaiian prints and colourful florals. Stella McCartney’s feminine dresses and skirts with moonlit waves and palm prints are a guaranteed sell-out.

2. Dresses

They’re easy to pack, and easy to wear. Hunt down Roberto Cavalli’s silk dresses, or try Temperley London’s crepe kaftans and Chloe’s gorgeous embellished jersey dresses.

3. Lace

Huge this season – dresses, blouses, skirts, wide-legged trousers – you name it, you’ll find it in lace in the shops right now.

4. Fringed and long earrings

Perfect accessorising – think long feathers and beaded earrings.

5. Bags 

The clutch is the number one style to have right now. Not so good for the beach but perfect in the evening when you don’t more than a room key and a lipstick to pop into it.

Check out the Vacation Boutique on Net-a-porter for style tips and beautiful clothes.

'Paradise' Constance hotels featured in Sunday Times Travel magazine

Constance Ephelia hillside villas

Constance Ephelia hillside villas

For Indian Ocean inspiration, check out the October edition of The Sunday Times Travel magazine.

With special features on the Indian Ocean, as well as hotel reviews, Constance Ephélia, Constance Moofushi and Constance Lémuria are all tipped as paradise perfection.

Head to your local newsagent for a copy or visit The Sunday Times website to find out more.

 

Top 5 diving sites at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

If you’re looking for a tropical island escape, served up with some of the best diving in the world, up-the-ante and head to Constance Tsarabanjina off the North West coast of Madagascar.

Swimming with turtles, off Madagascar

Swimming with turtles at Tsarabanjina

Tsarabanjina is a by-word for laid-back luxury – it’s a place to hunker down and immerse yourself in the surrounding natural beauty.

The area offers superb diving sites for all levels. Currents can be strong at times but dive masters will always assess conditions.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect.

1. The 4 Frères

Four small volcanic islets are situated a 15 minute boat ride away from Tsarabanjina.

  • First Frère - offers a succession of slabs paving a gradual slope stretching between 5-18 metres deep. For divers of all levels, but the current could make things difficult for inexperienced divers at times. Here you’ll find great varieties of soft corals and sponges with dotted-blue rays, crayfish, groupers of all sizes, turtles and moray eels.
  • Second Frère - offers an impressive dip, descending some 27 metres and lined with big oysters and soft corals. Sea creatures include turtles, jack fish, king mackerel, yellow snappers and grunt fishes around slabs lying deep down at the bottom. Reserved for level 2 divers.
  • Fourth Frère – more slabs of all sizes lying on a 45° slope, going as deep as 25 metres. A refuge for huge shoals of yellow snappers, groupers, crocodile fishes, scorpion fishes and colourful corals. A great experience for divers of all levels.

2. The Tétons

Beautiful coral

Beautiful coral

Two small rocky peaks which peer out of the surface, close to the 4 Frères. Below the surface, you move through a labyrinth of slabs, corridors, and grottoes between 5-22 metres deep.

You’re likely to see huge groupers, crocodile and scorpion fish, and friendly platax fish. There’s also a very beautiful sponge garden. Accessible for divers of all levels.

3. Vatobe

A few minutes off Tsarabanjina, 2 underwater reefs on a sandy plateau at about 14 metres deep. It’s a descent in deep blue waters on a very colourful reef.

You’ll see an impressive shoal of yellow snappers, fusiliers, angel fishes, groupers, balloon fish, jack fish and crocodile fish. Accessible for divers of all levels.

4. Kassimo

Some 15 minutes north of Tsarabanjina, this is a long underwater barrier lying between 5-15 metres deep, covered with corals of extraordinary colours.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

There’s rich and abundant fauna of snappers, diagramme voiliers, grunt fish, groupers, fusiliers, and enormous sting rays. Occasionally you’ll see a grey or white-dotted shark and a giant loach. Accessible for divers of all levels.

5. The 2 Soeurs

Two tiny islets facing Tsarabanjina, on a sandy plateau lying 10 metres deep. Here there are some beautiful potato-shaped corals inhabited by variegated fauna made up of grunt fish, snappers, fusiliers, groupers and angel fishes. An easy dive for all levels.