Customer Reviews: the team were absolutely wonderful

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip:

The hotel is located on the best part of the island

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Luxury beach holiday: the best part of the island

“The hotel is located on the best part of the island (in our opinion – after driving around the island for a day we concluded that we were definitely on the best location).”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

I treated myself to a massage while I was there

Massage Luxury Spa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Treat yourself to a massage

I also treated myself to a massage while I was there. There are actually two different spas – the hotel’s own one, and the Shiseido one which I tried – but I’m sure they’d both be lovely. Just depends on which treatment you fancy.

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

The wedding co-ordinator and team were absolutely wonderful

“We chose this hotel after a lot of searching to get married in. The wedding coordinator and team were absolutely wonderful, you could not fault them. Special mention to the photographer they appointed, he was excellent. We had a minor problem with the time of the wedding and as a gift they gave us a night in private villa with butler service.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

You have a pool and a bar on your doorstep

Constance ephilia Resort Seychelles pool view

Luxury poolside apartments

“I’d go for one near the Adam and Eve restaurant, thereby you have a pool and bar on your doorstep and a nice alternative for an evening meal too!”

Read this review of the Constance Ephelia Resort on Trip Advisor website.

It is certainly their fine dining restaurant… the food and service was top notch

fine dining at Belle Mare Plage Hotel Resort - Constance Hotels

Fine dining restaurants and excellent food!

“The Blue Penny cafe is actually far from being a cafe! It is certainly their fine dining restaurant – not cheap, but food and service was top notch. We treated ourselves to one meal here – however, look out for theme nights as they are excellent value. They only seat 40, so get in quick for those – they are snapped up!”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

Top 5 kids activities to do on a beach holiday

If you’re planning a beach holiday with your family, we’ve learned a few things about kids activities at our resorts – so here’s our top 5 to help you out:

Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience

1. Water parks

Age range: 4 years and up

Children (and adults) of all ages love water parks! First and foremost, it’s an outing, but what kids don’t love wave pools, giant slides, crazy rivers, inflatable tubes to sit in and a myriad of water slides to play on?

Many water parks also have other activities, like bumper cars. There are more relaxed pools for parents who don’t like the hustle and bustle and of course, there’s space to sunbathe.

We often run excursions to water parks twice a week because parents and children demand it, so if you’re planning a family holiday, check out the nearest water park

2: Crab hunting!

Age range: 4 – 12 year olds

Crab hunting is a fantastic activity for children on a beach holiday. Whether you’re staying at a luxury resort or are having a quieter family holiday in the sun, kids always enjoy hunting for crabs.

For most children, crab hunting isn’t something they can do in their everyday life. It gives them a chance to play in the sand with a purpose. And crabs claws and their sideways shuffling always gets kids going!

Make it a competition if you’ve got more than one child – they love to see who can catch the most crabs. Also, you don’t always have to do it in the day – children love crab hunting by torchlight on the beach!

At Constance Hotels, we know how popular this activity is because we run crab hunting as an activity for children staying at our resorts like the Belle Mare Plage resort in Mauritius. It’s not just the children who ask for more – parents often come back and book their children in for a repeat activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Diving - fish underwater

 

 

 

3. Scuba diving!

Age range: 8 years and up

Not all beach resorts will offer this service, but it’s great to get children initiated into Scuba diving while they are still young. Discovering life underwater is both educational and fun – and they love discovering that they can breathe underwater.

At the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort, there is a dedicated Dive Master that will take maximum 5 children and the activity will take place in the pool in the shallower sections. Other beach resorts will have their own children’s dive schools and instructors, so find out before you go.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding flowers on the beach

 

 

 

4. Make flower necklaces!

Age range: 4-7 years

Children love searching for things, so how about creating a game of flower necklaces. First of all, your children need to search for flowers – preferably of different kinds. You could incorporate an educational aspect about the different flowers if you like.

Once the flowers are collected, you can then help them make them into wonderful flower necklaces for a fashion show!

At Constance Belle Mare Plage kids’ club, our hostess shows the children how to prepare their necklaces after they’ve found their flowers. For those who did not search for flowers – usually boys – the hostess will show them different tattoos. It is harmless for the skin and easily washable.

Even if you aren’t at a resort with a kids’ club, this is an activity the children love – and it’s free and easy.

5. Go local!

Ages: any age (4-12 for Dancing in Mauritius)

If you’re travelling abroad, what local customs could your children get involved with? Food, fun, dancing? Most places have local customs or traditions that are fantastic for your children to get involved with.

For example, in Mauritius, our hotels run Sega Traditional Dance of Mauritius classes. Children get to learn and rehearse a traditional Mauritian dance for a week before putting a show on for their parents – and other hotel guests! They get to dress up in traditional costume, dance and have a fantastic time. The parents love it and the children gain confidence from being in the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Kakoo kids clubs

 

 

 

More information about Constance Hotels Experience kids’ clubs

We have made the above recommendations for children’s activities on holiday because we’ve learnt from experience at our exceptional kids’ club at Constance Belle Mare Plage – these are the top activities our children love!

We have dedicated Mini club Hostess who welcomes children and parents at the club when they arrive. Everyone gets a Mini club folder explaining the opening times and activities and the interesting adventures that the children can discover.

Our Kids’ Club caters for children from 04 years to 12 years old and is open from 09h00 to 22h00. The mini club is surrounded with a nice wooden barrier where there is one access door.

Inside we have a small children’s pool, an area with partly sand and grass. There are Swings and slides where children can enjoy themselves. Terraces where children can enjoy paintings and read books and play games.

There’s a TV Corner to watch movies and another TV corner to play games. There is a small kitchen and a special air condition room for babies to sleep. There is the shower and Toilette corner specially design for children.

Parents are provided with a folder and the mini club daily activity sheet where they can see what is going on during the day.

What our customers are saying: reviews of our luxury hotels

Lobster, luxurious food

Lobster, delicious food

A true paradise
“I spent one week at the Lemuria Resort last year and it was a true paradise. I saw a lot of 5 and even 6 star resorts in my life and this resort made it definitively in the top10.

I tried all three restaurants and the food was always delicious. The Service during my stay was on a very high level without many flaws and reflects the 6 star standard of the resort.

One of the best things about this resort is its setting: The Lemuria has 3 private (and in this case they are really private – not like the Anse Intendance of the Banyan Tree) beaches.

So is it worth the money? Yes every cent as long as you love the nature of the Seychelles. Would I recommend this resort? Yes without a doubt.”

Read the full Constance Lemuria Resort review on  Trip Advisor:.

Le Prince Maurice, main entrance hall

Le Prince Maurice, main entrance hall

Very Luxurious and elegant
“Le Prince Maurice is an absolutely wonderful hotel. It is stunningly beautiful as you enter its reception area and look across its infinity pool to end your gaze in its lagoon with white sand beach and calm water. Rooms are beautiful and well equipped with e.g. Mac computer (MacTV I believe).”

Read the full Constance Le Prince Maurice review on  Trip Advisor.

Golfing in Lemuria

Lumuria Golf Course

Truly relaxing!
“Right from arrival at LeMuria both my boyfriend and I were impressed with the customer service. We were greeted, bags taken straight off us and we didnt see them until we were taken (by golf buggy) to our room by member of conceirge. The room was big, with a lovely balcony and a bathroom that had shutters so you could see the TV from the bath! (a real plus by my other halfs estimation!)

Read the full Constance Lemuria Resort review on  Trip Advisor.

Relax in a luxury spa

Relax in a luxury spa

Beautiful, the staff were attentive and I felt totally relaxed
“Had a week here and had the most enjoyable stay. The staff were very attentive and I felt totally relaxed. Lots of water sports all included in the stay my husband learnt how to sail. Stunning location and the rooms were spacious and luxurius.

Read the full Constance Le Prince Maurice review on  Trip Advisor.

Simply Perfect
“To begin with, just in a nutshell: The Constance Le Prince Maurice is simply perfect and one of the two best beach resorts, I have ever spent my vacation in. My spouse and myself stayed for one week in the Constance Le Prince Maurice in September 2009 and we loved it. Both restaurats are simply amayzing.”

Luxury Beach

Luxury beach holidays

Very Luxurious and elegant
“Le Prince Maurice is an absolutely wonderful hotel. It is stunningly beautiful as you enter its reception area and look across its infinity pool to end your gaze in its lagoon with white sand beach and calm water. Rooms are beautiful and well equipped with e.g. Mac computer (MacTV I believe).”

Read the full Constance Le Prince Maurice review on  Trip Advisor.

Improving on paradise: top travel gadgets for your holiday

Luxury beach loungers

What travel gadgets can enhance paradise?

So you’re planning a luxury holiday somewhere exotic and want to know some of the latest travel gadgets to take along to make your trip that little bit more special? Here’s a roundup of some of the essentials:

Kindle (ebook reading device)
The Amazon Kindle is fast becoming the ebook reading device. Small, lightweight and not backlit like tablets, it is the perfect travel gadget for bookworms. You can store more books on your Kindle than you could ever get through on one holiday – and with built in wireless and contrast control, it’s means you can leave the bulky printed books at home and travel light.

Find out more about the Amazon Kindle

iPad, Motorola Xoom or other tablets
Since it came on the market less than a year ago, the iPad has taken the world by storm and a host of android tablets followed, like the Motorola Xoom.

The perfect travel gadget, tablets can store your favourite movies and TV shows, let you browse the web to find out more about the local area and can house your music collection.

Portable, cool and functional, tablets have finally come of age. The new iPad2 even has a built in camera and video recorder and a new, slimmer and lighter casing.

Find and more about the iPad or the Motorola Xoom

Apps, apps, apps
If you’re taking a tablet away on holiday with you, you’ll need to know the best travel apps to download. Here’s just a few ideas:

  1. XE – a free app providing simple, live currency conversion. A must have app. Just search for XE in your tablet or phone app store. The website is www.xe.com
  2. Flight Status (£2.99) – this app allows you to check on the status of flights in real time, so you’ll be the first to know about delays or cancellations. Just search for flight status in your table or phone app store.
  3. Weather checker – there are a number of free weather apps for androids and Apple products that will tell you local weather worldwide. Just search on weather in your app store.
  4. Phrase books – from Lonely Planet to myLanguage Pro, there are a number of phrasebook apps available. Most cost between £2 and £5, but are well worth it if you want to try out the local language.

3D Camera
Everyone takes a camera or a video camera on their special holiday – but how about a 3D camera? For example, the Sony MHS-FS3 Bloggie 3D HD Camera is a handheld camcorder and can shoot up to 240 minutes of high definition 3-D footage. If people were impressed by your luxury holiday snaps before, just think how amazed they’ll be when they see you diving and golfing in 3D!

Find out more about the Sony Bloggie 3D

Franklin 12-language global translator TGA-490
With 12 languages, over 450,00 words and 12,000 phrases, this hand-held translator is the ideal travel communicator. It speaks back over 115,000 words in a recorded human voice and allows you to record custom words and phrases. The future really has arrived.

Find out more about the Franklin Global Translator

Travel chargers
Travel chargers might not be top of your list for luxury travel gadgets, but they are an essential piece of travel kit for the modern holidaymaker… and they’re not what they used to be.

Travel chargers come in all different shapes and sizes, from solar chargers for laptops, mobiles and tablets, to universal chargers that will adapt for Blackberries, iPhones and other mobile devices.

Find out more about travel chargers on the Powertraveller website.

*Photograph credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaba

Customer Reviews: there's free wifi and internet

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip:

If you’re lying on the beach loungers, they bring food and/or drink to you

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Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Mauritius

“If you’re lying on the beach loungers, they will bring food and /or drink to you – just put the blue flag into your parasol pole, next to the number sign – this actually works very well.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

There is free internet and wifi in the cocktail lounge

“There is free internet in the courtesy lounge at the front of the hotel, and also wi-fi in the cocktail bar if you have your I-pod etc with you.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

We’ve enjoyed walks along the beach

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Luxury beach holidays in the sun

“We also enjoyed a couple of walks along the beach – South to the public beach to take photos of the sunset over the hotel, and also North to the One & Only Hotel, which is a really nice walk (if the tide is out!)”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

Free, twice daily trip for both snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat.

“The hotel do a free twice-daily trip for both snorkelling and glass-bottomed boat. There are tennis courts, but you need to hire racquets and buy balls.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

Happy hour!

“Happy hour is every day between 7pm-8pm and 9pm-10pm at the main bar with selected drinks included (look out for the red dots).”

Read this review of the Constance Ephilia Resort on Trip Advisor website.

We arrived early on the first day and jumped in a taxi to the supermarket

“While we were waiting for our room to be prepared when we arrived early on the first day, we jumped into a taxi and headed to the Winners Supermarket in Flacq (about 10 minute drive away). We paid 900 Rupees (£20) for a return trip but found it was well worth it. I’m not sure if you can haggle with the taxi drivers outside the hotel – I’ve heard differing opinions on that! We stocked up on water, soft drinks, wine and beer and that worked perfectly.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

My husband thoroughly enjoyed games of golf

luxury golf holidays

Luxury golfing holidays

“We had chosen the CBMP primarily because of the two golf courses attached to the hotel. Golf is free but you are obliged to take a buggy at 990 Rupees/ £21. My husband thoroughly enjoyed two games on each of the courses, and would return without question!”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.