Beach-chic bridal wear hits the runways for Spring 2015

The designers at the Spring 2015 Bridal Runways clearly had destination weddings in mind with a range of beach-chic bridal wear according to Brides.com.

Beach-chic bridal wear at Constance

Beach-chic bridal wear at Constance

Designers from Oscar de la Renta to Mira Zwillinger and Encore by Watters all created summer bridal-wear with a decidedly beach feel.

Dresses of silk, lace and cotton were lightweight and loose fitting with crop tops, peekaboo lace and short or slit skirts. There was even a summery lace romper complete with shorts, a high scoop neckline and long lace sleeves by Encore by Watters.

Other trends for the season identified by Bride.com include:

  • Off-the-shoulder necklines
  • Colours – including blues, grays, taupe and green
  • Tulle skirts
  • Capes – short and sweet or dramatic and long
  • Collars, particularly lace.

For the full rundown on the Spring 2015 Bridal Runways visit Brides.com

For more information on a destination wedding with Constance in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar visit our website.

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5 must see sights in Mauritius

With its stunning coastline, dramatic mountainous interior, vibrant culture and spectacular coral reefs, Mauritius offers visitors so much to see you may need to keep coming back.

Top 5 sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Must see sites in Mauritius: the view from Le Pouce

Here are our pick of 5 must see sights in Mauritius.

1. Casela National Park

Whether you choose to hike through it, quad bike over it, take a Segway tour or fly through the air on one of the many ziplines which criss-cross the Casela National Park there is plenty to see and do here. Adventurers can try canyoning, rock climbing or just swimming in one of the many natural pools while nature enthusiasts can enjoy an African safari including a walk with lions.

2. The Coral Garden off Grand Bay

A stunning treat for keen scuba divers, large natural rock structures appear as giant underwater steps adorned by a variety of hard and soft corals including the spectacular gorgonian fan coral. This is a perfect site for spotting larger marine species including stingrays, eagle rays, titan triggerfish and even nurse sharks.

3. Port Louis Market

No trip to Mauritius would be complete without exploring the vibrant bustling life of Port Louis’ daily food market. Mix with local Mauritians as they buy fresh fish, meat, spices, fruit and vegetables and be sure to sample some of the delicious street food on sale like the famous gateaux piments (fried chilli cakes).

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

4. The view from Le Pouce (Mauritius’ tallest peak)

With 360º views around the island including a stunning view over the capital Port Louis, a hike up Le Pouce (part of the Moka mountain range) is a must for the more adventurous visitor. Despite its height of 811m, the walk is a relatively easy one, making it a perfect day trip for those looking for an alternative to lounging in the sun.

5. Rochester Falls

This stunning waterfall of clear, fresh water tumbling down dramatic lava cliffs is a perfect spot for swimming and picnicking. Those brave enough can prove themselves by diving from the falls into the deep pool below.

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5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

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A foodie journey into Indian Ocean Cuisine

The island nations of the Indian Ocean are united in a cuisine inspired by the rich scents and flavours of the spice route, the influences of their African neighbours and a variety of settlers from across the globe.

Indian Ocean cuisine

Indian Ocean cuisine

The food of Mauritius, Maldives, Madagascar and Seychelles are all infused with culinary traditions which stretch from India and Asia to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Each of these nations has drawn these rich international influences into their own unique national cuisine to create a heaven of gastronomic discovery for the foodie traveller.

Take our tour of Indian Ocean cuisine.

Mauritius

With its rich culinary history, Mauritian cuisine is inspired by the array of fresh produce which grows on this lush, fertile island as well as the seafood caught in its clear, calm waters.

Settlers from India, Africa and China and its past as a French colony mean that you are likely to enjoy croissants alongside samosas for breakfast and dim sum or fish vindaye (a curry to rival the Indian vindaloo) for lunch.

The favourite flavours in Mauritian cuisine come from the gentle heat of chillies such as the cari chilli, turmeric, garlic, tamarind, ginger and vanilla (most of which are grown on the island). Chilli is so popular in Mauritius that it is even sprinkled on pineapple and sold as a popular street food.

Seychelles

The Creole cuisine of the Seychelles is a blend of African, French, Chinese and Indian influences warm with spices and rich with flavour.

Historically the colonial producer of spices for the British Empire the Seychelles has a tradition of food flavoured by chilli, garlic, ginger and cinnamon.

The Indian Ocean also plays a central role in Creole cuisine with seafood flavoured by Seychellois spices including lemongrass (citonel), chilli (pima) and onions (la ke onyon).

Another key ingredient are the luscious tropical fruits which grow on the islands including mango, pineapple, banana and passion fruit.

Seafood in the Seychelles

Seafood in the Seychelles

Maldives

Ninety-nine per cent of the Maldives is ocean so fishing is at the heart of this nation of small islands which explains why seafood plays such a major role in Maldivian cuisine.

Largely influenced by neighbours in India and Asia, the Maldivians have embraced many traditional Indian and Asian dishes such as curries and laksas and adapted them into uniquely Maldivian dishes.

Tuna plays an important role in Maldivian cuisine with tuna curry proving one of the nation’s favourite dishes. Fresh tuna soup (garudhiya) made with hot chillies and onion is another spicy favourite.

Madagascar

The food, like the wildlife, on Madagascar is vibrant and unique with influences largely from France, Africa and Asia.

Almost every meal in Madagascar is made up of rice (vary) and an accompanying dish (known as laoka) of fresh seafood, zebu (meat from a local cattle) or vegetables.

Madagascan cuisine is flavoured with local spices including cloves, vanilla, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg and curry powder with onion, garlic and tomato added to create rich, warm flavours.

Madagascans like their food hot and often add sakay (a pepper sauce) to what they’re eating to turn up the heat.

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5 watersports to try at Constance

The warm waters and sunshine of the Indian Ocean offer the perfect conditions to try a variety of exhilarating watersports.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Get inspired with our list of some of the watersports available at Constance to get your pulse racing.

1. Big game fishing

Feel the thrill of landing some of the ocean’s great sports fish including Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Whaoo and Dorado with payable fishing trips available at all our resorts across the Indian Ocean.

2. Kitesurfing

Mauritius has become a popular kitesurfing destination in recent years, even playing host to Kiteival, an island-wide Kitesurfing event held every August. Discover the fast-paced watersport for yourself with payable lessons at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

3. Scuba diving

The Indian Ocean offers some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Whether you choose the dramatic submarine granite formations of the Seychelles, the sponge gardens of Madagascar or the stunning reefs of the Maldives and Mauritius, every island destination offers something unique for the keen diver to discover. Our highly qualified dive centre guides will introduce beginners and experienced divers alike to the wonders of the Indian Ocean.

Kayaking at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Kayaking at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

4. Hobie Cat sailing

Feel the rush of the wind and the spray of the ocean on your lips as you speed across the sparkling blue water of the Indian Ocean in one of our Hobie Cats. Free for Constance guests in Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar, these exhilarating small catamarans are a great way to explore the islands.

5. Kayaking

For a more laid back adventure why not explore your tropical island destination by kayak. Available at most Constance resorts this free activity is a great way to discover secluded beaches. At Constance Ephélia, guest are even invited to take a kayak tour through the stunning mangrove forests, a designated Ramsar site for internationally important wetlands.

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What you need to know for a holiday in Maldives

If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives then you probably already know about the white sand beaches, clear crystal waters and idyllic climate.

Arrive at Constance Moofushi by seaplane

Arrive at Constance Moofushi by seaplane

Here are some other things you need to know for a holiday in Maldives.

1. Arriving by seaplane is one of the highlights of the holiday

Make sure you’ve got your camera to hand as you board the seaplane at Malé Airport because you’re going to want it. Arriving at your resort by seaplane is one of the most stunning introductions to the nation of Maldives you can imagine with views across the Indian Ocean dotted with stunning white sand coral islands.

2. The Maldives is child-friendly

The Maldives may have a reputation as a honeymoon destination but that doesn’t mean that it’s not the perfect place to take kids for a family holiday. For younger kids try a beach or family villa rather than a stilted one over the water and relax beside your own pool while you watch the little ones play on the beach. Constance Halaveli even offers a complimentary Kids Club so the kids will have plenty to do.

3. Swim with some of the ocean’s gentle giants

The waters around the Maldives are home to a wide range of stunning marine life but few get the pulse racing as much as manta rays and whale sharks. These graceful giants pass through our waters from November to April.

Swim with Manta Rays

Swim with Manta Rays

4. Each Maldivian island has its own coral reef encircling a lagoon

The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands spread across 26 atolls covering an area of more than 90,000sq kilometres. Each island has its own coral reef and lagoon which protects it from the wind and wave action of the vast surrounding ocean. It is the islands’ uniquely isolated location that make the Maldives feel like a secluded haven away from the modern world.

5. Maldivian culture is a unique combination of global influences

With influences from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe the Maldivian culture offers a unique blend of music, tradition and cuisine. Influences can be found in the curries which are a staple in the Maldivian cuisine, music played on the traditional bodu-beru drum which resembles an African drum and the local dhoni boats used by the fishermen which are similar in design to the Arabian dows.

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