Top 5 must see sights in the Seychelles

There are so many beautiful sites and natural wonders spread across the islands of the Seychelles that it can be hard to know where to start.

Palm trees and waterfall in Vallee de Mai, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Vallée de Mai nature reserve, Praslin Island, Seychelles

So before you plan your dream Seychelles holiday, here’s our guide to the top 5 must see sights.

1. Vallée de Mai – Praslin

Don’t miss the opportunity while in Seychelles to wander through the ancient palm forest of Vallée de Mai. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also one of the few places on earth where you can see the mysterious, endemic coco de mer grow.

2. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria – Mahé

Immerse yourself in bustling Seychelles life at the food market held daily in the capital Victoria and surrounded by local clothing and craft shops. Buy fresh local spices, fruit and street food or just take in the vibrant sights and sounds.

3. Anse Georgette – Praslin

A hidden treasure, and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Anse Georgette is a secluded bay accessible by a stunning nature walk from Constance Lémuria. Because it’s not accessible by road, expect to have the pristine white sand and gentle waves almost entirely to yourself.

4. Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden – Mahé

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Set in the hills above the beautiful Anse Royale this old colonial spice plantation has views which stretch for miles over the coast and verdant interior. Spices are still grown in the gardens here and sold in the shop. Enjoy the views from the terrace of its small restaurant, but don’t forget to book as it is very popular.

5. The Giant Aldabra Tortoises – Curieuse Island

A trip to Seychelles wouldn’t be complete without meeting some of its most famous inhabitants, the giant tortoises. While there are several places in Seychelles where visitors can interact with the tortoises (including the botanical gardens on Mahé) Curieuse offers the most natural experience where visitors can meet the tortoises wandering free on this island nature reserve.

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10 tips for planning a family holiday

Looking for inspiration for your next family holiday? Here are our 10 tips for planning a luxury getaway with the kids in tow.

Family holidays at Constance

Family holidays at Constance

1. Get everyone involved in picking the destination

Make children feel like it really is their holiday too by involving them in the planning. Give them a choice of destinations and then have a family vote.

2. Book family-friendly accommodation

It may sound obvious but make sure the place you want to stay genuinely welcomes chidren, and that the accommodation is spacious enough to fit you all in comfortably. A villa within a resort can be a luxurious home away from home giving everyone the space you need.

3. Check what the hotel provides before you go

Lighten your load considerably by checking what the hotel provides for children. At Constance you can ask our online concierge for everything from cots and high chairs to armbands and beach toys.

4. Get the kids inspired with fun local facts

Find out about your destination before you go. Fun facts like Mauritius was home to the Dodo, or that pirates’ treasure is still hidden in the Seychelles will help children engage with their new surroundings.

5. Give them their own travel pack

Keeping kids occupied on a long-haul flight can be a challenge so pack a special bag of engrossing goodies which you can give them as they board the plane.

6. Don’t just stick to the children’s menu

Try and encourage children to try some of the local cuisine. Pick something not too far out of their comfort zone so they’re more likely to give it a try.

7. Create a family challenge to try new things

Challenge everyone one in the family, mum and dad included, to try something new. Constance offers a range of activities from waterskiing, sports fishing and scuba diving to yoga and cookery classes.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

8. Spend some time alone

It’s great to spend time together as a family but everyone benefits from time alone too. Take advantage of the complimentary Constance Kids’ Club and spend an hour or two reading that book that’s been lying around for months, enjoy a nap without interruptions or visit the spa for some rejuvenating treatments.

9. Make time for playtime

With so much on offer it can be tempting to fill your time with planned activities but make sure you leave plenty of time to just go with the flow of the day as it unfolds.

10. Enjoy time just as adults

It can be hard for parents to share time alone on a family getaway but remember this is your holiday too. Take advantage of our babysitting service to share a cocktail in the bar and a candlelit meal for two.

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TripAdvisor reviewers praise Constance Hotels and Resorts

At Constance we are passionate about creating holidays that will live in our guests’ memories forever. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our guests are saying about us on TripAdvisor.

Constance Halaveli's luxurious water villa

Constance Halaveli’s luxurious water villa

Johnny G, stayed at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

‘Luxury Paradise’ – The best hotel we have ever been. Luxury without compromise, perfect service. Water villas are absolutely amazing, with own pool and sea view. Terrace with the pool on each water villa provides 100% privacy.

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Marvelmann, stayed at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

‘Constant Constance Luxury’ – This was my first visit to the Seychelles, and I chose the Constance Lemuria because I previously had such lovely experiences of their properties in Mauritius and the Maldives.

I don’t know what it is that make this small hotel chain so outstanding, apart from the locations, the staff and the attention to detail, but whatever it is, if it could be bottled, you could sell it for a fortune.

However, it is the staff that make a stay in this hotel feel as though you’ve joined part of a wonderful family where nothing is too much trouble.

Paradise comes at a price, but when the experience is this good, it’s really worth it.

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The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Steve A, stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

‘Another wonderful holiday at Belle Mare Plage’ – This was our 4th visit to the wonderful Belle Mare Plage Hotel and that says it all!!!!.

Excellent is an easy word to say but in this case it is not enough to comment on the resort, the accommodation, the food, the golf but most of all the great and caring staff who always go the extra mile, with a SMILE!!!!

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Manfred M, stayed at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

‘Robinson Crusoe in luxury’ – After 6 years of abstinence we returned to Tsarabanjina again for our 20th wedding anniversary. It is so amazing how this island and the staff there make you feel welcome.

With only 24 cabins (all recently renovated) set ecologically-friendly just up the North beach and the South beach you get the feeling that you are almost alone on here.

The white beaches and turquoise waters are very tempting and the coral reefs invite you to snorkel or scuba dive at leisure directly from the beach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are welcome breaks to meet other guests in the completely informal atmosphere of the bar and restaurant.

Staff is very friendly and helpful and does not bother you if you just want your peace.

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The secret to finding the perfect luxury golf and beach holiday

Planning a luxury getaway can be a challenge when one of you is dreaming about white sand and turquoise sea while the other is longing for smooth greens and challenging fairways.

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Belle Mare Plage

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Nobody wants to compromise when it comes to booking their once in a lifetime luxury holiday so the trick is to find somewhere that genuinely offers you both exactly what you’re dreaming of.

Combine an elegant 5* hotel in an idyllic location with a hotel with one (or maybe two) challenging 18-hole golf courses and the result is Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria.

At our 5* hotels and resorts, golfers can spend their days on beautifully maintained 18-hole, championship golf courses while non-golfers relax in luxury on pristine beaches and sumptuous spas or try a culinary class with local flavours.

The perfect beach holiday

Our luxury spas offer sumptuous treatments using natural ingredients in secluded, idyllic locations so that you can truly escape the cares and stresses of every day life.

Those looking for something a bit more active can visit our fitness suites and check in with their very own personal trainer or join one of our yoga or meditation classes on the beach.

For the ultimate fun in the sun we offer an extensive range of activities and water sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing and deep sea fishing

Golfers’ paradise

We’re passionate about golf at Constance, and that’s why our two 18-hole, golf courses in Mauritius (accessed from either Belle Mare Plage or Le Prince Maurice) have been selected to host the European Senior Tour final, the MCB Championship, since 2009.

Golf holidays at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf holidays at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The beautiful Links and Legend courses are also the home to the Marc Farry Golf Academy.

The Lémuria course, built into the beautiful hilly jungle terrain of Praslin, is the Seychelles’ only 18-hole golf course. It’s stunning terraced greens, including the jaw-dropping 15th in which you tee off from a mountain peak and watch the ball fall 50m to the green below, have made this one of the ‘must-play’ golf courses of the world.

Take a lesson with one of our resident golf pros or explore the stunning terrain with friends and after a challenging round we’ll bring you a chilled glass of champagne to enjoy at the 15th so that you can relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view.

Share the luxury 5* experience

While taking a bit of ‘me time’ on a luxury holiday to indulge a favourite pastime is important, it is also a time for reconnecting with the people you love in elegant, sumptuous surroundings.

At Constance there is always time for private moments and romance whether that be sharing a delicious sundown cocktail, walking together on the beach, taking a sunset cruise, or indulging in a couple’s massage at the spa.

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What’s on in Mauritius 2014

The beautiful island of Mauritius is a year-round holiday destination with a climate which entices sun-worshipers and water sport-enthusiasts throughout the year.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

As the intense heat and humidity of Mauritius’ Southern Hemisphere summer begins to subside we round up the highlights of the best events on the island in the cooler, balmy days of July, August and September.

July 2014

Whether you want to get involved or just go along as a spectator you’ll be wowed by one of the most beautiful marathon routes in the world. Taking a coastal trail through villages, and even a UNESCO site, the whole event ends with fun and celebrations on the beach.

Kiteival is an annual kite surf festival open to all level of kiters. With festival venues around the island the festival organisers hope to introduce kiters from around the world to the best spots and lagoons on the island. Take part, or just enjoy the spectacle.

August 2014

Take time while in Mauritius to discover the work of pARTage, an association of Mauritian artists working together to promote contemporary art in the Indian Ocean by showcasing local artists.

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Inspire the kids or just go along to witness some breathtaking tennis from the next generation of tennis stars at this International Tennis Federation event.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi – 29 August – 8 September

The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a vibrant spectacle on the island. Commemorating the birth of the god Ganesh, the festival is celebrated for 10 days. On the last day, Anant Chaturdashi, Hindus carry an idol of Ganesh in a procession through the streets to local rivers and beaches to immerse him in water before sunset.

September 2014

Champ de Mars is the historic racecourse in Port Louis belonging to The Mauritius Turf Club (the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere). Always worth a visit to rub shoulders with local Mauritians and VIP visitors alike, the Maiden’s Cup is a popular event in the racecourse calendar.

  • Father Laval Day – 9 September

A celebration of the birth of Jacques Désiré Laval, a French missionary and doctor who came to Mauritius in 1841 and became the protector of the slave community, many of whom believed he had miraculous healing powers. On this day thousands of Mauritians visit his tomb in Sainte Croix, Port Louis which is still believed to possess healing powers.

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Luxury Travel Blog offers guide to quirky sights in Seychelles

Coco de mer

The rare Coco de Mer is found at Vallee de Mai on Praslin Island in the Seychelles

The sights and sounds of the Seychelles come alive in Matthew Coe’s article for A Luxury Travel Blog.

Highlights of the stunning Indian Ocean archipelago described by Coe include the iconic Coco de Mer. He suggests visiting UNESCO World Heritage site Valle de Mai on Praslin to see the unusual palm seed in its natural surroundings.

Other quintessentially Seychellois experiences suggested by Coe include visiting Cousin and Curieuse Island to witness its stunning wildlife and climbing Nid d’Aigle for a breath-taking view of La Digue.

Read the full article ‘top quirky sight in the Seychelles’ on A Luxury Travel Blog.

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