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.

Top 5 extreme sports in the Seychelles

 
Watersports in the Seychelles

Watersports in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is renowned for its tropical beauty and that enticing sense of getting-away-from it all. What this archipelago also offers in spades is extreme sports for thrill seekers and novices alike.

Here’s our top 5 pick of the crop.

1. Surfing

 

Excellent surfing conditions are on offer for beginners right through to those with years of experience. On Praslin, you’ll find beach breaks for all levels at Anse Georgette and Anse Kerlan. Experienced surfers should head to La Farine Reef and Villa Reef for reef breaks.

Surfing in the Seychelles

Heading out to catch a wave

On the largest island of Mahe, there are plenty of potential surfing spots. If you’re looking for a point-break, head to Anse Poules Bleues. There are also many reef breaks. Check out Anse Bourgainville, Anse Gaulette, Misfit Bay and North East Point. Beginners should head to Beau Vallon beach and Carana beach for gentle beach breaks.

For a more complete rundown of surf spots in the Seychelles, wave direction, skill level and frequency visit the great website Wannasurf.

2. Windsurfing

Clear and warm waters make the Seychelles idyllic for windsurfing. If you’re looking for stronger winds, head out there from May-September although it’s possible to windsurf all year round.

Windsurf boards are free to hire at both our beautiful resorts Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

3. Scuba diving

Scuba diving Seychelles

Amazing underwater world of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is one of the greatest places for diving in the world. Featuring an impressive 6 national marine parks, there’s an abundance of spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Our experts at Constance Ephélia have recommended their top 3 diving sites – Trois Bank, National Marine Park at Cap Ternay and Dredger Wreck.

Find out more about the top 3 diving sites in the Seychelles, and watch an video of diving in the Seychelles.

4. Mountain biking

There are a number of paths as well as rough terrain tracks for mountain biking in the Seychelles. While the islands are edged with powdery white sand beaches, the 42 granite islands in the inner area of the archipelago are hilly and rocky. Here, the hills can rise to just under 3000 feet, making for some thrilling mountain biking conditions.

5. Climbing

At Constance Ephélia, we’ve opened a climbing wall for guests of all climbing abilities from 6 years to 60+. The wall offers a beautiful climbing experience with both artificial and natural routes.

Instructors are at hand to teach you the basics or help improve your techniques, depending on your skill level.

Find out more about the climbing wall at Constance Ephélia.

Beauty tip: make your summer glow last longer

Sophie Demaret

Sophie Demaret

After the summer break, keep your skin glowing for longer with this easy beauty tip from Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

To make your summer tan from your Mauritius trip last, I suggest you
combine delight and wellness with this home-made scrub recipe.

1. In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of coconut powder with a tablespoon of honey.

2. Apply to your face. Avoiding
the delicate area around your eyes, massage gently from the inside to the outside for 1 minute, then rinse in cold water.

3. Make sure not to forget your neck and cleavage.

4. Finally, apply your usual beauty products.

Top mid-priced diving fins – reviewed by Sport Diver

 

Crystal clear waters off Madagascar

Crystal clear waters off Madagascar

If you’re going on a diving holiday and want a new pair of fins for under £100, check out the reviews of mid-price fins on Sport Diver.

Their experts have reviewed 8 pairs of fins costing from £50-£99.

These are:

  • Aqualung Express
  • Beuchat Powerjet
  • IST Talaria
  • Mares Avanti Quattro
  • Northern Diver Coda
  • Oceanic V16
  • Scubapro Twin Jet Max
  • Soprassub Fusion

And if you think there’s a better pair of fins on the market in the same price range, let us know.

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