Brokenwood Wines and Sanjeev Kapoor among top chefs and winemakers to visit Constance

At Constance we’re always looking for opportunities to bring the world’s most distinguished chefs and winemakers to our hotels, to offer guests the chance to enjoy their expertise first hand.

Top chefs and winemakers at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Top chefs and winemakers at Constance Hotels and Resorts

And our own chefs and sommeliers seize the opportunity to host these special events, to widen their own knowledge and skill to ensure we continue to innovate and stay at the forefront of the culinary world.

Highlights from the last few weeks include:

  • A wine dinner at Constance Moofushi hosted by Australian winemaker Geoff Krieger, General Manager of Brokenwood Wines. Read more.
  • An exciting wine menu at Constance Halaveli, designed with fine wine suppliers Gavin Dais and Bastien Gautheron of MMI Dubai, which allowed guests to compare and contrast the distinctive qualities of wines from the New and Old World. Read more.
  • Gerhard Smith of South African winery La Vierge visited Constance Ephélia to help create a sumptuous wine menu around its outstanding Pinot Noir wines and to talk to guests about the wines and how they are produced.
  • Ephélia was also thrilled to welcome leading Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor who created a stunning gala lunch for guests at the resort. Read more.
  • Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage welcomed back Danish Michelin-starred chef Thomas Rode Andersen of the acclaimed Relais et Chateaux restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Copenhagen. The chef, who visited Constance in Mauritius previously for the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, created two stunning signature dinners for guests. Read more.

Future events

At Constance we never rest on our laurels and the calendar for next month is already filling up with distinguished guest chefs and winemakers. Highlights for November will include:

  • A visit to Ephélia and Lémuria by leading South African boutique winemaker Charles Williams of De Toren.
  • A return to Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice by renowned Michelin-starred chef Robert Speth of Chesery Restaurant in Gstaad.

 

21 unique experiences in the Indian Ocean

Journey to the diverse islands of the Indian Ocean and seize your chance to try something you’ve never done before.

Discover Mauritius from the air

Discover Mauritius from the air

1. Dive with sharks in the Maldives

Discover the secrets of these beautiful creatures on a PADI shark speciality course at Moofushi. Learn about their behaviour, their group relationships and their eco-system and then watch them in the wild on two separate shark dives.

2. Meet the unique lemurs of Madagascar

Take a short boat ride from Constance Tsarabanjina to Nosy Komba and meet one of Madagascar’s most fascinating natives, the black lemur.

3. Discover Mauritius from the air on a helicopter ride

Take in the breathtaking beauty of this volcanic island with its lush mountainous interior and stunning beaches during an exhilarating helicopter ride.

4. Pit your wits against the big game fish of the Indian Ocean

Feel the thrill of the chase while sports fishing in the Seychelles where Blue Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish and Barracuda swim in the warm, calm waters.

5. Experience the deep relaxation of a 4 hand Ayurvedic massage in the Maldives

Let two therapists soothe your tired muscles and stimulate pressure points in this hour-long sumptuous aromatic massage at Spa de Constance, Moofushi.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

6. Watch the dance of the exotic marine birds of Madagascar

Take a boat trip from Tsarabanjina at sunset to witness the balletic swooping of the frigate birds, northern gannets and white-tailed tropic birds as they return to the volcanic Frères Islands at night.

7. Watch a movie on the beach under the stars in the Maldives

Lie back on comfy beanbags on the white sand of Moofushi and let our waiters bring you popcorn and cocktails while you enjoy a classic movie.

8. Try your hand at traditional Malagasy net fishing

Fish the way the people of Madagascar have for hundreds of years, then take your catch back to the resort and have your fish prepared for you by our chefs for a sumptuous dining treat.

9. Explore the depths of the Indian Ocean on a submarine ride

Be one of the few to experience the world of the submariner with a trip beneath the waves from Belle Mare Plage. See the stunning marine life of Mauritius including vibrant tropical fish and colourful reefs.

10. Zipline through tropical forests of the Seychelles

Get your adrenalin pumping with a series of exhilarating aerial ziplines at Constance Ephélia, Mahé.

A romantic dinner on the beach

A romantic dinner on the beach

11. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two on a private sandbank in the Maldives

Savour dinner under the stars on a secluded sandbank at a table lit by flaming torches and a personal butler on hand to serve you sumptuous 5* cuisine at Constance Moofushi.

12. Play golf on a championship course on a paradise island

Join the list of many golfing legends to have played the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, home to the annual MCB Tour Championship, or play at the only golf course in the Seychelles, at Constance Lémuria.

13. Indulge in an oriental bathing ceremony in the Seychelles

Wash all your tension away with a Shiseido Nourishing Bathing Ceremony at the stunning Shiseido Spa, Ephélia.

14. Visit a traditional Maldivian fishing village

Take a boat trip from Moofushi to a local fishing village and experience the laid back charm of the Maldivian people and culture.

15. Reconnect with a couple’s spa treatment

Indulge together in a Zen Ritual for couples at the Spa de Constance, Belle Mare Plage. Relax with a body scrub, wrap and ylang ylang massage in our special couple’s treatment room.

Relax at Spa de Constance

Relax at Spa de Constance

16. Explore the unique flora and fauna with a guided walk around Tsarabanjina

Take in the breathtaking views from the hilltops of Tsarabanjina and allow our guides to introduce you to the unique biodiversity of the wildlife on our island.

17. Take a romantic Dhoni ride at sunset in the Maldives

Sail around the beautiful waters of the South Ari Atoll on a traditional Maldivian wooden sail boat and watch the sun turn the ocean and sky to amber.

18. Stroll beneath the waves in Mauritius

Walk the ocean floor and meet the varied and vivid marine life of Mauritius in just your swimsuit, with the aid of a weight belt and a diver’s helmet.

19. Take a night dive in the Seychelles

Experience the Indian Ocean at night when many of the fish and corals change colour and witness the stunning display of phosphorescent plankton on a night dive at Ephélia.

20. Eat fresh lobster served at a secluded table on rocks overlooking the ocean in Madagascar

Try this unique culinary experience where local lobster caught off the shores of Tsarabanjina is prepared and grilled just for you before being served at a secluded table beside the beach.

21. Traditional night fishing in the Maldives

Experience the unique tranquillity of being on the ocean at night under the stars as you try your hand fishing the night waters from a traditional Maldivian Dhoni.

 

Constance Moofushi guide to barefoot luxury

Constance Moofushi, set in the Maldives stunning South Ari Atoll, is a castaway island with a generous dash of Constance luxury.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Barefoot luxury at Moofushi

From bars with sumptuous sofas on the beach to restaurants on the sand where you can savour delicious seafood fresh from the ocean, the vibe at Moofushi is one of laid back boutique-style chic.

Time for romance

Take a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian sailboat, enjoy a secluded torch-lit dinner for two on a private sandbank with your own butler, or simply feel the joy of walking hand in hand down perfect white sand beaches. At Moofushi, thanks to the beautiful setting and peaceful ambience, romance permeates everything we do.

Savour the luxury

Enjoy the luxury of our personalised service with staff always on hand, happy to help ensure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday. Savour the sumptuous food, stylish surroundings and top notch facilities of our 5* resort.

Water and beach villas

Float above the turquoise lagoon in our secluded, spacious water villas with uninterrupted views out across the Indian Ocean, or retreat to the privacy of a beach villa with hammock strung across your private terrace.

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance

Everything’s included with Cristal

With the generous Cristal all-inclusive package everything from chocolates in your villa to sumptuous fine dining experiences are all part of the deal. If you’re looking to add something unique to your holiday, a special experience just for you, there are opportunities to add extras.

Wine

Moofushi shares the Constance passion for excellent wine. The wine cellar forms an impressive centrepiece to our Manta restaurant, and our professional sommeliers are on hand to guide and advise your choices.

Unwind at the Spa de Constance

Indulge yourself with sumptuous massages, invigorating scrubs, nourishing wraps and hydrating facials in the stunning palm-thatched treatment rooms of our spa floating tranquilly above the lagoon.

Or reconnect with yourself and reboot your energy reserves with our one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Explore the stunning underwater world of Moofushi

Often described as one of the best diving spots in the world, the South Ari Atoll is rich with marine life including migrating species such as whale sharks, giant manta rays and turtles.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Explore the Indian Ocean directly from your water villa

There are 32 major dive sites around Moofushi including the world famous Maaya Thila with its grey reef sharks and the caves of Fish Head. Surrounded by its own house reef, guests can also enjoy amazing snorkelling from the beach.

Guest reviews on Trip Advisor

A recent guest wrote on TripAdvisor, ‘From the moment we landed… we were in a different world, a world of fantasy. Our initial thoughts were, what will we do for 4 nights here? But when the day came we had to return we had only one regret… why didn’t we stay here for 10 nights?’

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8 reasons why Madagascar should be on your bucket list

Still relatively undiscovered, Madagascar is a unique destination of warm sunshine, rich biodiversity, culture and stunning scenery.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

Here are our top 8 reasons why Madagascar deserves a top spot on your bucket list.

Perfect ‘holiday’ temperatures all year round

With average temperatures of around 30ºC, warm clear waters and an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine a day, Madagascar is an ideal holiday destination. The cooler drier ‘winter’ season runs from May to October while the warmer, wetter ‘summer’ season runs from November to April.

Laid back luxury

Although still relatively unexplored by tourists, it is possible to find a splash of luxury in Madagascar. Enjoy the laidback charm of Constance Tsarabanjina with a vibe of barefoot relaxation blended with low-key luxury.

Chill out on a hammock slung outside your own secluded beach villa on the tiny private Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina. Watch the dazzling array of stars from your own furnished terrace or stroll barefoot down to the restaurant and enjoy traditional Malagasy food with a touch of Constance flair.

Combine luxury and exploration with a guided nature walk around the island by hotel staff.

Be the first to dive waters teeming with rare marine life

Diving is spectacular in Madagascar all year round, particularly around the Mitsio Archipelago, including the island of Tsarabanjina.

Much of the ocean here is previously unexplored making it a fresh new territory for divers.

Some of Madagascar’s most spectacular marine sightings include:

Relax in a hammock at Constance Tsarabanjina

Relax in a hammock at Constance Tsarabanjina

Humpback whales – the whales travel to the warm waters around Madagascar to breed from August to October creating an awe-inspiring spectacle and a rare treat for visitors

Sperm whales – experience the majesty of these magnificent creatures first-hand throughout July and August

Manta rays – see these graceful giants as they migrate through the warm waters of Madagascan waters from May to October

Whale sharks – swim with the gentle giants of the ocean from September through to December.

Explore a completely stunning landscape like nowhere else on earth

From rich rainforests to startling deserts sprinkled with rare, exotic wildlife a trip to Madagascar is like discovering a forgotten land. Pick your way through the granite needle forests of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bermaraha or experience the other-worldliness of a forest of Baobab trees. There are 20 National Parks in Madagascar for visitors to explore on foot.

Savour the warm spice of Malagasy cuisine

With influences from many of the nations whose people settled here including Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East and France, Madagascan food is a rich, delicious mix of flavours. Local spices and herbs such as chillies, cloves, garlic, vanilla and black pepper are a feature of Malagasy cuisine as is the wide variety of freshly caught seafood and locally grown succulent fruits and vegetables.

Discover Madagascar’s unique wildlife

With around 80 per cent of Madagascar’s wildlife unique to the country, including 150 endemic mammal species, it’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in the gems of the natural world.

One of the most treasured sightings for many visitors to Madagascar are the 100+ lemur species found nowhere else on the planet. Visitors during October and November may even be lucky enough to see newly-born baby lemurs.

Join the party

The Malagasy Kingfisher

The Malagasy Kingfisher

Enjoy the hospitality of the Malagasy people at a range of year-round festivals. Highlights include:

Anniversary of the Republic – Celebrated on 30 December this is a key date in the festivities of Madagascar.

Alahamady Be, 11 – 12 March – Two days of music, dancing and feasting are all part of the program for the celebration of the Malagasy New Year.

Santabary Festival, end of April/beginning of May – A festival celebrating the first rice harvest of the year with events across the island including feasting, music and dancing.

Feria Oramena, June – a carnival-like celebration of one of the nation’s favourite seafood, Lobster.

Hiragasy, July – a traditional Malagasy cultural event involving a competition with five-themed entertainments including oratory, dance, music, drinking and eating.

Madajazzcar, 1 – 12 October – A 2 week jazz festival held in the country’s capital attracting famous jazz musicians from around the globe.

Witness the spectacular birds of Madagascar

For anyone interested in bird-watching Madagascar is a must-see destination with over 100 endemic bird species including fish eagles, jacana, ground rollers and paradise flycatchers, as well as a vast array of migratory birds.

September to mid-December is the breeding season when many species don their finest plumage to attract mates. There are a number of bird watching safaris on offer, usually including lemur sightings as part of the deal.

 

13 things to do in the Seychelles

Dream about the Seychelles and you imagine picture perfect beaches. Head to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean and you’ll discover plenty of those, along with a host of other delights.

Anse Lazio

Take a stroll along the beautiful Anse Lazio

Here are our 13 ideas for things to do in the Seychelles.

1. Take a hike

Whichever island you are staying on you will find the verdant interior criss-crossed with trails for walkers where you can trek through stunning Jurassic forests and spot tropical birds and wildlife. One of the most spectacular is through the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé. A 45 minute walk will take you to the summit of Morne Blanc with stunning views across the island and the Indian Ocean.

2. Visit a local market

Immerse yourself in Seychellois life at one of its vibrant, bustling markets. Visit the famous daily food market in Victoria and see colourful fish of all shapes and sizes, a fragrant array of local herbs and spices, and luscious fresh fruit and vegetables. Experience the laid back local vibe at the beach market at Beau Vallon every Wednesday. Part market, part social gathering you’ll find live bands and dancing along side street food and local craft stalls.

3. Ride a horse down one of the world’s most photographed beaches

Visit the traditional plantation house L’Union Estate on La Digue which doubles as a riding centre and you get the unique opportunity of riding down the stunning beach of Source d’Argent. Ride on powder white sand and splash in perfect clear waters as you pass the stunning granite boulders that are such a feature of this beach.

4. Eat traditional Creole food in a national monument

The restaurant Marie-Antoinette is not only one of the best places to savour traditional Creole food on Mahé, it is also located in a colonial mansion declared a national monument in 2011. The colonial architecture, dating back to the 1800s remains unchanged, but while the building may be colonial the vibe in the restaurant is entirely Creole.

Bird watching in the Seychelles

Bird watching in the Seychelles

5. Birdwatching on Aride Island

One of the finest tropical island nature reserves in the world, a trip to Aride is like stepping back in time to the Seychelles before human habitation. A mecca for bird watchers, Aride is the breeding place for 18 different species of native birds, including five that are only found in the Seychelles.

6. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai 

This stunning palm forest at the heart of Praslin Island survives in its original state from prehistoric times, virtually untouched by human influence. Its most famous palm is the endemic coco-de-mer with its distinctive shaped seeds. Visitors will find easily accessible trails through the forest with guides on hand to help and advise. More on Vallée de Mai.

7. Play golf on the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles

Play golf on the stunning 18-hole golf course at Constance Lémuria with views over three of Praslin’s most beautiful beaches. The terraced landscape of greens spanning the breathtaking scenery of Praslin’s hills and forests make this one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Celebrate your round with a glass of chilled champagne and views across the island to the beach below.

8. Explore the wildlife of Cousin Island Nature Reserve

Just 2km off the shores of Praslin lies this idyllic island nature reserve. With a rich variety of endemic wildlife and seabirds it is also considered the most important breeding site for the endangered Hawksbill turtle in the Western Indian Ocean. As well as the island itself the reef around it is also protected and boast rich marine life including nurse sharks, lion fish and redbanded grouper. More on Cousin Island Nature Reserve.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Golf in the Seychelles

9. Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Regularly featured in lists of the world’s top beaches Anse Lazio on Praslin is a stretch of perfect sugar-white sand shaded by takamaka trees and enclosed at each end by striking granite boulders. Great for swimming and snorkelling.

10. Connect with Creole culture at the Domaine de Val de Près

This pretty recreation of a Creole village on Mahé is set in the grounds of the Gran Kaz Plantation House and provides a fascinating insight into Creole history and culture. Its 12 craft workshops sell traditional arts and crafts while the quirky ‘Maison de Coco’ is a house built entirely of coconut products. More on Domain de Val de Près.

11. Snorkel around Ile Cocos Marine National Park

This collection of 3 small islets off the coast of Praslin may look like classic ‘desert islands’ but in the waters off their shores is some of the best snorkelling in the Seychelles archipelago. A shallow reef, protected from fishing and tourism, has provided a haven for the rare marine life that thrives in these waters. More on Ile Cocos Marine National Park.

12. Breathe in the fragrant air of Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden

Perched above the beautiful beach of Anse Royale on Mahé is this renovated plantation growing spices such as vanilla, citronella, cinnamon and nutmeg. Visitors can buy fresh produce at the plantation shop or eat at the stunning outdoor restaurant with views over the plantation and the beach below. Find out more about Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden.

13. Meet the giant tortoises of Curieuse Island

Meet and feed the giant tortoises who wander free on this island nature reserve (it is estimated there are more than 500), walk through the stunning mangrove forest and keep your eyes open for the hawksbill and green turtles which come here to breed. Visitors to the island are usually greeted off-shore by the hundreds of giant hump-head parrotfish which live in its waters and can grow up to 1.2 meters long. More about Curieuse Island.

Find out more

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

For more ideas of things to do in the Seychelles visit Virtual Seychelles

Discover the best food markets in Mauritius

Travel writer and photographer Sarah Duff has given her rundown of the best food markets in Mauritius.

Food markets in Mauritius

Food markets in Mauritius

In a piece for the South African travel site, Getaway Blog, Duff has listed markets for their vibrancy and range of goods, as well as the friendliness of the stall owners.

Check out Duff’s beautiful photographs and helpful reviews for markets including the famous covered market in Port Louis, Rose Hill, Flacq and Vacoas.

Do you love food and cooking?

Take a look at our cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

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