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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Luxury water villas in Maldives

Imagine sun bleached wooden jetties stretching over crystal waters offering a path to secluded palm thatched villas spacious enough to really give you a chance to unwind and relax. Welcome to our luxury water villas in the Maldives.

Take a tour with our photos from Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli:

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Inside Moofushi's water villa

Inside Moofushi’s water villa

Admiring the view

Admiring the view

Constance Moofushi's senior water villa - where would you rather be?

Constance Moofushi’s senior water villa – where would you rather be?

The lagoon is just a few steps away...

The lagoon is just a few steps away…

The senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

The senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

An aerial view of Constance Halaveli's water villas

An aerial view of Constance Halaveli’s water villas

The water villa in all it's glory

The water villa in all it’s glory

Pick your favourite spot to soak up the sun

Pick your favourite spot to soak up the sun

Inside the water villa

Inside the water villa

Water villa ambience

Water villa ambience

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Top 5 must see sights in the Seychelles

There are so many beautiful sites and natural wonders spread across the islands of the Seychelles that it can be hard to know where to start.

Palm trees and waterfall in Vallee de Mai, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Vallée de Mai nature reserve, Praslin Island, Seychelles

So before you plan your dream Seychelles holiday, here’s our guide to the top 5 must see sights.

1. Vallée de Mai – Praslin

Don’t miss the opportunity while in Seychelles to wander through the ancient palm forest of Vallée de Mai. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also one of the few places on earth where you can see the mysterious, endemic coco de mer grow.

2. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria – Mahé

Immerse yourself in bustling Seychelles life at the food market held daily in the capital Victoria and surrounded by local clothing and craft shops. Buy fresh local spices, fruit and street food or just take in the vibrant sights and sounds.

3. Anse Georgette – Praslin

A hidden treasure, and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Anse Georgette is a secluded bay accessible by a stunning nature walk from Constance Lémuria. Because it’s not accessible by road, expect to have the pristine white sand and gentle waves almost entirely to yourself.

4. Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden – Mahé

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Set in the hills above the beautiful Anse Royale this old colonial spice plantation has views which stretch for miles over the coast and verdant interior. Spices are still grown in the gardens here and sold in the shop. Enjoy the views from the terrace of its small restaurant, but don’t forget to book as it is very popular.

5. The Giant Aldabra Tortoises – Curieuse Island

A trip to Seychelles wouldn’t be complete without meeting some of its most famous inhabitants, the giant tortoises. While there are several places in Seychelles where visitors can interact with the tortoises (including the botanical gardens on Mahé) Curieuse offers the most natural experience where visitors can meet the tortoises wandering free on this island nature reserve.

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10 tips for planning a family holiday

Looking for inspiration for your next family holiday? Here are our 10 tips for planning a luxury getaway with the kids in tow.

Family holidays at Constance

Family holidays at Constance

1. Get everyone involved in picking the destination

Make children feel like it really is their holiday too by involving them in the planning. Give them a choice of destinations and then have a family vote.

2. Book family-friendly accommodation

It may sound obvious but make sure the place you want to stay genuinely welcomes chidren, and that the accommodation is spacious enough to fit you all in comfortably. A villa within a resort can be a luxurious home away from home giving everyone the space you need.

3. Check what the hotel provides before you go

Lighten your load considerably by checking what the hotel provides for children. At Constance you can ask our online concierge for everything from cots and high chairs to armbands and beach toys.

4. Get the kids inspired with fun local facts

Find out about your destination before you go. Fun facts like Mauritius was home to the Dodo, or that pirates’ treasure is still hidden in the Seychelles will help children engage with their new surroundings.

5. Give them their own travel pack

Keeping kids occupied on a long-haul flight can be a challenge so pack a special bag of engrossing goodies which you can give them as they board the plane.

6. Don’t just stick to the children’s menu

Try and encourage children to try some of the local cuisine. Pick something not too far out of their comfort zone so they’re more likely to give it a try.

7. Create a family challenge to try new things

Challenge everyone one in the family, mum and dad included, to try something new. Constance offers a range of activities from waterskiing, sports fishing and scuba diving to yoga and cookery classes.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

8. Spend some time alone

It’s great to spend time together as a family but everyone benefits from time alone too. Take advantage of the complimentary Constance Kids’ Club and spend an hour or two reading that book that’s been lying around for months, enjoy a nap without interruptions or visit the spa for some rejuvenating treatments.

9. Make time for playtime

With so much on offer it can be tempting to fill your time with planned activities but make sure you leave plenty of time to just go with the flow of the day as it unfolds.

10. Enjoy time just as adults

It can be hard for parents to share time alone on a family getaway but remember this is your holiday too. Take advantage of our babysitting service to share a cocktail in the bar and a candlelit meal for two.

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TripAdvisor reviewers praise Constance Hotels and Resorts

At Constance we are passionate about creating holidays that will live in our guests’ memories forever. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our guests are saying about us on TripAdvisor.

Constance Halaveli's luxurious water villa

Constance Halaveli’s luxurious water villa

Johnny G, stayed at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

‘Luxury Paradise’ – The best hotel we have ever been. Luxury without compromise, perfect service. Water villas are absolutely amazing, with own pool and sea view. Terrace with the pool on each water villa provides 100% privacy.

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Marvelmann, stayed at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

‘Constant Constance Luxury’ – This was my first visit to the Seychelles, and I chose the Constance Lemuria because I previously had such lovely experiences of their properties in Mauritius and the Maldives.

I don’t know what it is that make this small hotel chain so outstanding, apart from the locations, the staff and the attention to detail, but whatever it is, if it could be bottled, you could sell it for a fortune.

However, it is the staff that make a stay in this hotel feel as though you’ve joined part of a wonderful family where nothing is too much trouble.

Paradise comes at a price, but when the experience is this good, it’s really worth it.

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The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Steve A, stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

‘Another wonderful holiday at Belle Mare Plage’ – This was our 4th visit to the wonderful Belle Mare Plage Hotel and that says it all!!!!.

Excellent is an easy word to say but in this case it is not enough to comment on the resort, the accommodation, the food, the golf but most of all the great and caring staff who always go the extra mile, with a SMILE!!!!

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Manfred M, stayed at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

‘Robinson Crusoe in luxury’ – After 6 years of abstinence we returned to Tsarabanjina again for our 20th wedding anniversary. It is so amazing how this island and the staff there make you feel welcome.

With only 24 cabins (all recently renovated) set ecologically-friendly just up the North beach and the South beach you get the feeling that you are almost alone on here.

The white beaches and turquoise waters are very tempting and the coral reefs invite you to snorkel or scuba dive at leisure directly from the beach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are welcome breaks to meet other guests in the completely informal atmosphere of the bar and restaurant.

Staff is very friendly and helpful and does not bother you if you just want your peace.

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The secret to finding the perfect luxury golf and beach holiday

Planning a luxury getaway can be a challenge when one of you is dreaming about white sand and turquoise sea while the other is longing for smooth greens and challenging fairways.

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Belle Mare Plage

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Nobody wants to compromise when it comes to booking their once in a lifetime luxury holiday so the trick is to find somewhere that genuinely offers you both exactly what you’re dreaming of.

Combine an elegant 5* hotel in an idyllic location with a hotel with one (or maybe two) challenging 18-hole golf courses and the result is Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria.

At our 5* hotels and resorts, golfers can spend their days on beautifully maintained 18-hole, championship golf courses while non-golfers relax in luxury on pristine beaches and sumptuous spas or try a culinary class with local flavours.

The perfect beach holiday

Our luxury spas offer sumptuous treatments using natural ingredients in secluded, idyllic locations so that you can truly escape the cares and stresses of every day life.

Those looking for something a bit more active can visit our fitness suites and check in with their very own personal trainer or join one of our yoga or meditation classes on the beach.

For the ultimate fun in the sun we offer an extensive range of activities and water sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing and deep sea fishing

Golfers’ paradise

We’re passionate about golf at Constance, and that’s why our two 18-hole, golf courses in Mauritius (accessed from either Belle Mare Plage or Le Prince Maurice) have been selected to host the European Senior Tour final, the MCB Championship, since 2009.

Golf holidays at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf holidays at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The beautiful Links and Legend courses are also the home to the Marc Farry Golf Academy.

The Lémuria course, built into the beautiful hilly jungle terrain of Praslin, is the Seychelles’ only 18-hole golf course. It’s stunning terraced greens, including the jaw-dropping 15th in which you tee off from a mountain peak and watch the ball fall 50m to the green below, have made this one of the ‘must-play’ golf courses of the world.

Take a lesson with one of our resident golf pros or explore the stunning terrain with friends and after a challenging round we’ll bring you a chilled glass of champagne to enjoy at the 15th so that you can relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view.

Share the luxury 5* experience

While taking a bit of ‘me time’ on a luxury holiday to indulge a favourite pastime is important, it is also a time for reconnecting with the people you love in elegant, sumptuous surroundings.

At Constance there is always time for private moments and romance whether that be sharing a delicious sundown cocktail, walking together on the beach, taking a sunset cruise, or indulging in a couple’s massage at the spa.

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