Looking for some poolside luxury? Here’s a glimpse of the stunning swimming pools that sit at the heart of our hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius.
Discover the utter joy of stumbling upon a stretch of unspoilt beach where you don’t have to compete with the crowds.
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.
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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- Read our Top 10 Beaches in Mauritius
- Find out Trip Advisor’s Best Beaches in Africa
- Discover National Geographic’s Top 10 Beaches
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.
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.
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
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.
Shield your eyes from the sun without compromising on style. Taking inspiration from Vogue, here’s our guide to the best sunglasses for 2013.
1. Best 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
These 70s-style round frames make a fun stylish statement for summer.
3. Best for retro-cool
Round shades are hot right now and the retro appeal of these 60s inspired wood-effect frames put these bang on trend.
4. Best for geek chic
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
These 70s inspired frames are an inspired blend of fun and style with mother of pearl octagonal frames.
- Get more inspiration for your eyewear this summer from Vogue’s list of the 100 Best Sunglasses
- For strictly designer options take a look at A Luxury Travel Blog’s Top 10 Designer Sunglasses for Summer 2013
- Need luggage to carry your collection of sunglasses? Take a look at our Top 7 luxury luggage must-haves
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.
Embark on an adventure to the remote island of Tsarabanjina and discover the friendly people and rich culture of 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.
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.
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.
Good morning: Mbolatsara/ Salama
How are you? : Karakory/In vao vao?
Have a nice trip: Soavadia
Goodnight: Samy mandry mifoha
Enjoy your breakfast/ launch/dinner: Mazotoa misakafo
Slowly: Mora Mora
Thank you: Misaotra
Thank you so much: Misaotra Betsaka
Best wishes: Mirary soa/ Tsara tsara
- If you’d like to hear these words spoken or broaden you vocabulary check out the Learn Malagasy section on My Languages
- Find out more about the rich Malagasy culture at Visit Madagascar
- Architecture and design at Tsarabanjina
- Visit our website to find out more about Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar