The best hidden beaches in the Indian Ocean

Discover the utter joy of stumbling upon a stretch of unspoilt beach where you don’t have to compete with the crowds.

Anse Georgette, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Anse Georgette, Constance Lémuria

Here’s our rundown of five of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the Indian Ocean.

Anse Georgette – Seychelles, Praslin

The beautiful, secluded beach of Anse Georgette on the northwest of Praslin delivers the Seychellois dream of white sand and calm crystal waters shaded by lush green foliage. The beach can’t be reached by car – to access it you walk through the golf course of Constance Lémuria – so there are never too many visitors and the reward for your effort is a pristine beach with very few people.

Trou d’Argent – Rodrigues

If you’re looking for that genuine Robinson Crusoe feeling then you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere more deserted than the stunning Trou d’Argent beach on the island of Rodrigues. The island itself is a remote haven lying 600km to the east of its sister island Mauritius, connected by an inter-island flight twice a week.

Betania Beach – Madagascar

The laid back vibe of the Madagascan region of Morondava makes this beach overlooking the Mozambique Channel one of the most chilled out beach venues in the Indian Ocean. The beach stretches for miles and the only things you will be sharing it with are some local livestock.

Trou d’Argent, Rodrigues

Trou d’Argent, Rodrigues

Anse Lazio – Seychelles, Praslin

Anse Lazio is another stunning beach off the beaten track on Praslin. Lazio has a road and even a couple of restaurants but its situation at the top of the island, off the main roads, means this is still a quiet spot. Trip Advisor recently declared this the best beach in Africa – head there now before the rest of the world gets in on the action.

Gris Gris – Mauritius

The south of Mauritius is home to the most dramatic and quietest beaches on the island. The one that tops the must-go list is the breathtakingly beautiful Gris Gris. From the cliffs above you can look down to the wide stretch of sand below, and the huge waves as they pound the shore. It’s not safe to swim in the water due to the currents, but take a gentle walk along the shell-filled beach and shoreline, and feel your spirit soar.

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A journey of a lifetime

Being stuck indoors in the heat of August can make us hanker for childhood summers when every day brought a new adventure and a chance to try something different.

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

This August, recreate that summer holiday feeling, revive your spirit of adventure and embark on a journey of a lifetime. Ditch the car, leave the office behind and escape on a last-minute trip abroad.

Set yourself free in the Indian Ocean

The stunning islands of the Indian Ocean are the ideal grown-ups’ playground with a climate of warm sunshine and clear waters.

Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar offer adventure and excitement a-plenty so you can rediscover the wonder of trying something new along with a host of adrenalin fuelled activities.

Revive your spirit of adventure

Reconnect with that supercharged feeling you get when you do something for the first time. Trying something new gives us a burst of energy and enthusiasm that we carry with us long after the experience itself.

Challenge yourself to try new things whether that be wine tasting in the still water off Constance Moofushi, learning traditional Seychellois dance at Constance Ephélia or learning to cook Mauritian food from our top chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Get your adrenalin pumping

If you’re looking for something a more fast-paced why not try pitting your wits against the ocean with some big game fishing or catamaran sailing.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy speeding across the ocean on water skis or wakeboards or letting the wind take them on windsurfs and kite surfs.

Scuba diving in the Indian Ocean

For those who haven’t scuba dived before, the adventure below the waves awaits you in reefs teeming with vibrant marine life and qualified instructors on hand to guide you.

In the waters off Constance Tsarabanjina you can discover reefs previously unexplored with a kaleidoscope of colourful marine life.

Even experienced divers can try something new with night dives available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage and Ephelia and heart-stopping shark dives at Moofushi and Halaveli.

Take time out for you

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

In the hectic modern world we can be so busy rushing about for other people that we don’t have time to think about our own needs. Why not make this the summer that you kick-start a new program of wellbeing for you?

For sports fans why not book a session with one of our tennis coaches or take up golf and learn from the pros at our Marc Farry Golf Academy, based on our championship golf courses in Mauritius at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

Let one of our personal trainers introduce you to one-on-one yoga sessions, or learning how to meditate and breathe to create a greater sense of inner calm.

Last year the trend was for staycations, but 2013 is seeing a revival in people seeking adventure beyond their home shores. Make it the year that tried something new.

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    Best sunglasses for Summer 2013

    Shield your eyes from the sun without compromising on style. Taking inspiration from Vogue, here’s our guide to the best sunglasses for 2013.

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Dolce & Gabbana

    1. Best Aviators

    Ray-Ban Aviators

    Ray-Ban have taken their classic Aviators and given them a new twist this summer with new colours not just for the frames but for the lenses too. Colours include funky blue, pink, green and brown.

    2. Best round frames

    Linda Farrow Luxe – Perfect Teashades

    These 70s-style round frames make a fun stylish statement for summer.

    3. Best for retro-cool

    Emporio Armani

    Round shades are hot right now and the retro appeal of these 60s inspired wood-effect frames put these bang on trend.

    Cutler & Gross

    Cutler & Gross

    4. Best for geek chic

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Trust Dolce & Gabbana to bring some fun to the current trend for heavy, thick-rimmed glasses with shades in a number of vibrant colours including pink, plum and powder blue.

    5. Best for oversized

    Victoria Beckham – Metal Drop Temple

    Arguably the queen of oversized eyewear, Victoria Beckham has created these beautiful handmade silver frames with dark rose lenses. Perfect for hiding behind, pretending to hide or just shielding from the sun in style.

    6. Best for making a statement

    Cutler and Gross – Mother of Pearl

    These 70s inspired frames are an inspired blend of fun and style with mother of pearl octagonal frames.

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    Distinctive hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean

    Looking for somewhere with a stratospheric wow factor? Indulge your fantasies with this glimpse of the seven Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Indian Ocean.

    Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

    The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

    The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

    The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

    The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

    Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

    The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

    The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

    Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

    Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

    Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

    Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

    Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

    A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

    A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

    Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

    A luxurious Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia

    A Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

    The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

    The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

    Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

    The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

    The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

    The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

    The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

    Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

    Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

    Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

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

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

    Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar:

    The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

    The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

    A private spa experience in Madagascar

    A private spa experience in Madagascar

     

     

     

    The rich culture of Madagascar

    Embark on an adventure to the remote island of Tsarabanjina and discover the friendly people and rich culture of Madagascar.

    Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

    Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

    Take advantage of the one-night stopover on the mainland before travelling on to Constance Tsarabanjina to immerse yourself in the colourful local customs and traditions of Madagascar.

    Ethnic groups in Madagascar

    The diverse ethnic groups which make up the Malagasy people, divided into 18 ‘tribes’, are united around the common Malagasy language and traditional beliefs in the importance of kinship and the veneration of their ancestors.

    Local crafts

    Crafts including raffia weaving, woodcarving and silk weaving – particularly the weaving of the silk lamba, the island’s national dress – can be traced back to the very first inhabitants of the island and are central to the island’s cultural history.

    The traditional woodwork of the Zafimaniry people of Madagascar were considered so important that in 2008 UNESCO included them on its List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    Music of Madagascar

    Music plays an important role in the lives of the Malagasy people with beats and rhythms echoing the music of Africa and Indonesia and often played on traditional instruments or sung with only hand clapping accompaniment.

    Lemur in Madagascar

    Lemur in Madagascar

    Learn Malagasy

    Seize the opportunity on the mainland or on Tsarabanjina to really get a sense of what makes the people of this region so special. Here are some Malagasy phrases you might find useful during your visit.

    Welcome: Tongasoa

    Good morning: Mbolatsara/ Salama

    How are you? : Karakory/In vao vao?

    Goodbye: Veloma/Samitsara

    Have a nice trip: Soavadia

    Goodnight: Samy mandry mifoha

    Enjoy your breakfast/ launch/dinner: Mazotoa misakafo

    Slowly: Mora Mora

    Local Mitsio fishermen in Madagascar

    Local Mitsio fishermen in Madagascar

    Thank you: Misaotra

    Thank you so much: Misaotra Betsaka

    Best wishes: Mirary soa/ Tsara tsara

    Island: Nosy

    Fish: Laoko

    Rice: Vary

    Lemurs: Komba/Maki

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    Babymoons in the Indian Ocean

    Your first pregnancy can be a magical time, and more and more couples are making the most of this special time by scheduling a holiday together before the baby arrives – otherwise known as babymoons.

    Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

    Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

    What to look for in a ‘babymoon’

    The babymoon is an opportunity for a last hurrah of sumptuous, grown-up living before you enter the exciting world of life with a baby. In other words it can be a time to indulge in the finer things – a luxury beach resort, spa treatments, romantic moments, and divine dining.

    With locations across the Indian Ocean, Constance Hotels & Resorts are proving a popular choice for a secluded 5* getaway for just the two of you. With our emphasis on warm, attentive service we ensure that your last trip away pre-parenthood will create memories that last a lifetime, and many a baby-induced sleepless night.

    Make it a romantic break for two

    Savour your time together in the romantic getaway resorts of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina. Relax in the laidback vibe of these barefoot resorts where secluded hammocks swing outside your villa and it’s easy to find a quiet spot to spend time alone together.

    Lounge on the beach watching movies under the stars and eating food fresh from the ocean.

    Or splash out and enjoy the ultimate luxury of a beachfront villa with your own private pool at Le Prince Maurice or a water villa floating over a lagoon with its own infinity pool at Halaveli.

    If you’re looking for total romantic seclusion why not try a hillside villa at Ephelia, where you can lounge in your own infinity pool overlooking glorious views of the Seychelles.

    Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

    Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

    Indulge in 5* luxury

    It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re pregnant but at Constance we will do our best to ensure that’s exactly what you get.

    At Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli we will draw you a fragrant candlelit bath for you to relax in before climbing between Egyptian cotton sheets, in vast beds. Select the perfect pillow from our menu. If getting comfortable is an issue just let us know and we’ll provide as many pillows as you need to get a good night’s sleep.

    Service has always been at the centre of what we do at Constance so whatever you’re needs, or cravings, we’ll do our best to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday.

    Delicious, healthy food

    Eating for two means making sure that what you eat is fresh and healthy for you and your baby. At Constance the 5* chefs use only the best, fresh local ingredients to create sumptuous dishes across all our restaurants.

    Whether you want to indulge in elegant fine dining or just feel like a smoothie and salad by the beach, you can be sure that everything is prepared with the utmost care from the very best fresh ingredients.

    For a truly memorable dining experience we can even organise dinner on a secluded section of beach or under the stars in your own villa. At Moofushi you can dine by torchlight on your own secluded sandbank.

    Unwind at the Shiseido Spa, Ephélia

    Unwind at the Spa

    Sumptuous spa treatments for mothers-to-be

    Ease tired feet and aching muscles with a trip to one of the luxurious Spa de Constance’s. Highlights of our special prenatal treatments include:

    • A Fabulous Beauty Treatment for Mothers-to-be at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice

    A gentle, full massage with light, smooth movements to drain away tension from the body.

    • Valmont Mother to be Package at Valmont Spa, Halaveli

    A body scrub to improve circulation, a gentle massage with moisturisation using Valmont products and a facial.

    • Prenatal massage at Spa de Constance, Lémuria

    A 60-minute total body massage designed to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic system.

    Reconnect with your changing body

    Calm the spirit and prepare your body for childbirth with one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

    Discover the inner calm brought about by adopting Pranayama breathing or take time to welcome the sun with gentle sunrise yoga sessions or sunset meditation sessions at Lémuria.

    Join fitness guru and personal trainer Isabelle Lamant for yoga on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and get expert advice on fitness during and after pregnancy.

    Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

    Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

    Time to play

    Dads-to-be can get out on the ocean sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing or fishing, or if you’re after something a little more high-octane there are motorised water sports available at Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia, Halaveli and Prince Maurice.

    All destinations offer awe-inspiring opportunities to discover the hidden beauty of the Indian Ocean with diving and snorkelling opportunities.

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