Top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now

Enjoy a holiday to the Maldives and take advantage of the archipelago’s glorious dry season.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

If beautiful sugar-white sand and crystal lagoons aren’t enough of a temptation, here are our top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now.

1. The best season for uninterrupted sunshine

From December to March the idyllic islands bathe in the sunshine of the North East Monsoon bringing with it low rainfall, low humidity and plenty of sun – weather which continues into the transitional month of April.

For those looking to escape the dull, cold greyness of a northern hemisphere winter the calm, crystal waters, consistent 30ºC temperature and 12 hours of daylight could be the perfect remedy.

2. Swim in beautiful warm waters

While the Maldives is undoubtedly a year-round destination the shift from the South West Monsoon in November brings with it gentle breezes and calmer waters making it the perfect time of year to enjoy water sports. From water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and pedal boating to swimming and snorkelling this time of year equals tranquil, clear waters to relax and play in.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

3. Dive in clear, calm waters with heightened visibility

The gentler winds and calmer waters mean that this is a time for outstanding visibility when diving. From November many glorious species pass through the eastern side of the Maldives including large numbers of whale sharks and grey reef sharks. December to April is Manta season in the Ari Atoll where both Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli are located. Join us at this time of year and swim with these elegant, beautiful giants as large schools migrate through our waters.

4. Big game fishing

During the winter season the Ari Atoll sees an increase in the number and size of pelagic species making it the perfect time to come and fish our waters. Thanks to the increased warmth and calmness of the ocean at this time of year we see more large yellowfin tuna and swordfish, among others, as well as the marlin and sailfish which are caught here all year round.

5. Festivals

Time your holiday to coincide with one of the many festivals celebrated at this time of year, and enjoy traditional feasts and festivities in Maldivian style.

• Hay Festival Maldives, 1 – 31 October
An offshoot of the famous English literary festival, the Hay Festival in the Maldives celebrates Maldivian culture and is a chance to discuss the challenges climate change creates for the archipelago.

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli

• Al’h'aa Eid Day, 6 November
Join in a day of celebration and feasting in most areas of the Maldives on this important religious holiday.

• Republic Day, 11 November
A celebration of the day the Maldives became a republic which usually includes local festivities including street parades, local food stalls, music and dancing.

• Fishermen’s Day, 10 December
Celebrate the important role of fishing in the Maldives with a day of feasting on the very freshest seafood including tuna, mackerel and may other locally caught delicacies.

Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Add a touch of ultimate luxury to your winter break with a stay at Halaveli with its water villas complete with private plunge pools and beach villas set on crystal white sand. Enjoy the very best of 5* dining at our selection of restaurants and pamper yourself in the Spa de Constance and Valmont spa.

Or kick off your shoes and enjoy the laid-back vibe and castaway chic of Moofushi. Drink cocktails on beanbags underneath the stars, dine with your loved one on your very own sandbank, watch movies on the beach and enjoy the sumptuous seclusion of your own water villa in this relaxed 5* resort.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi on our website.

Fruits and spices in Mauritian cuisine

The island of Mauritius has a unique blend of different ethnicities that have all had an influence on the island’s cuisine.

Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

The African, Indian, Asian and European influences are evident in the delicious, spicy cuisine of the region. Creole pickles and fried vegetables sit alongside spicy Indian curries, Chinese noodles and European inspired dishes.

Here is our run down of 5 of the most popular fruits and spices used in Mauritian cuisine and some inspirational recipes created by our Constance Chefs.

1. Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the many fruits that grows all year round in the tropical climate of Mauritius. Freshly picked pineapple is always available at local markets and street stalls on the island, and pineapple sprinkled with chilli salt is a popular Mauritian snack. Watch our video for how to peel a pineapple and add the chilli salt.

2. Mango

There are over 50 different varieties of mango in Mauritius, the most common being the Maison Rouge, Baissac and Dauphine. Each has a slightly different flavour and colour and all are enjoyed as snacks or ingredients in local recipes.

Pan-fried sea bass with mild spices, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries

Pan-fried sea bass with mild spices, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries

3. Turmeric

A popular spice in Indian and Pakistani cuisine, turmeric has become an important spice in Mauritius. The island also provides the perfect conditions for growing the spice, which is part of the ginger family.

4. Chillies

The gentle heat of chillies, including the cari chilli, permeates much of Mauritian cooking. With influences from the spice-rich foods of India, Asia and Africa, chilli plays an important role in both savoury and sweet dishes.

5. Cardamom

One of the world’s most expensive spices by weight, cardamom is native of India, Nepal and Bhutan and is often used to add a rich warmth to curries.

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Guide to diving in Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the hottest destinations for 2013 and if you love diving, it’s a hidden gem. Off the coast of the world’s fourth largest island, you’ll find waters that have never been dived in before, and underwater rock formations that add a special thrill to the whole diving experience.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

Explore stunning coral reefs and gardens of huge sponges that are home to turtles, jack fish, scorpion fish, sting rays, moray eels, and grey and white tip sharks.

Constance Tsarabanjina reopened earlier in 2013 after a major refurbishment. Barefoot luxury set on its own castaway island, it’s the perfect place to stop a while as you explore the oceans off the island.

Highlights of diving off Tsarabanjina

1. The Tétons

These stunning towers of rock off the coast of Constance Tsarabanjina are covered under the waves with vibrant corals and tunnels that divers can swim through, lined with colourful sponges and sweetlips.

2. South Beach

Beginners can explore the beautiful reef just off the shores of Tsarabanjina, where you’ll discover the beauty of reef diving and the colourful creatures who live there.

3. Kassimo

Good for divers of all levels this long underwater barrier is home to snapper, diagramme voiliers, grouper, giant sting ray, giant loach and grey or white-dotted sharks.

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Guide to yoga classes on a luxury holiday

Imagine welcoming the sun as it rises over the waters of the Indian Ocean with a yoga salutation.

Yoga at Belle Mare Plage

Yoga at Belle Mare Plage

Whether you’re new to yoga or it’s already a crucial part of your life, here’s a rundown of the different yoga classes on offer at Constance.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Join fitness guru Isabelle Lamant for morning yoga on the beach. Feel your body strengthen and experience a deeper sense of calm after a session of Vinyasa yoga.

Get the kids involved with our ‘Yog’animals’ kids’ yoga sessions where your little ones can learn up to 10 positions and stretches while having fun and making new friends.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Join our yoga classes for a fun group session. For a more dedicated approach, book a private yoga session just for you. Those who enjoy yoga might also like to try our meditation and T’ai Chi classes.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Reconnect with your body through a series of yoga options at Lémuria including a ‘silent awakenings’ morning beach yoga session, ‘body balance’ incorporating yoga and meditation techniques, Inyangar Flex to improve flexibility and yoga therapy, a holistic class to strengthen body and mind.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Visit our tranquil Spa Village set in a secluded area of our lush tropical gardens and enjoy the relaxing, strengthening experience of our one-to-one yoga sessions.

Yoga on the beach at Ephélia

Yoga on the beach at Ephélia

Combine yoga, meditation and massage in one luxurious package or enjoy a private session with our fully trained yoga instructor. Deepen the experience with an individual class in Pranayama breathing and learn how to use the power of your breath to its fullest.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Practice yoga at our Spa de Constance on the stunning Halaveli jetty while looking out across the crystal waters of our lagoon. Breathe in the idyllic setting in one-to-one sessions with our expert yoga instructor or make it part of your Spa Journey, a spa package which includes a private consultation, spa treatments and individual fitness and yoga classes.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Improve your health and wellbeing by incorporating yoga into your luxury holiday at Moofushi. Feel the benefit of individual yoga sessions or include mediation and stretching as well. One-to-one sessions are also available for Pranayama breathing practice.

Connect with yourself and your partner with a Thai-yoga massage workshop. Help each other improve flexibility while having fun in this imaginative class.

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Top restaurants in the Indian Ocean

Looking for inspiration for where to eat on your next Indian Ocean holiday? Take a look at some of the restaurants at our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

Legend, Constance Lémuria

Legend, Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

Main Bar, Constance Ephélia

Main Bar, Constance Ephélia

Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

Jing, Constance Halaveli

Jing, Constance Halaveli

Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

Manta, Constance Moofushi

Manta, Constance Moofushi

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar:

Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Learn to play golf on a luxury holiday

Seize the opportunity on a luxury holiday with Constance to discover what it is that makes millions of people worldwide so passionate about golf.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Whether you’ve been inspired by watching McIlroy, Rose and Woods on TV or just fancy joining your friends in a friendly game, a luxury holiday is the perfect time to take the plunge and learn to play golf.

Golf in the Indian Ocean

At Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Lémuria we have golf pros on hand to introduce you to the sport and teach you the basics to get you started.

And you don’t need to worry about investing in equipment as all resorts have a range of golf equipment available to rent as you discover the game for the first time.

Marc Farry Golf Academy, Mauritius

Learn from the very best at the Marc Farry Golf Academy at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice where you will get to try out your new grip, posture and swing on two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Based on the teaching method created by championship French golfer Marc Farry, the specially selected golf pros will take you through a series of courses that will leave you feeling confident to take up the game when you get home.

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Lémuria, Seychelles

Professionals are also on hand at the stunning, terraced landscape of the golf course at Lémuria, the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles.

Book your games before you travel

You can even take the plunge and commit yourself to trying something new before you arrive at the hotel or resort by booking your tee-off times and coaching online with our online concierge.

Apres-golf

After all that exertion on the greens you’ll deserve some serious rest and relaxation and what better way to unwind than with a ‘Golfer’s Tonic’, a treatment specially designed to ease the muscles of golfers in our Spa de Constance.

Or if you have fallen so in love with the game that you don’t want to leave the greens why not enjoy a chilled glass of champagne at one of the club house restaurants to celebrate your new passion.

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