Summer getaway exclusive at Constance Unique Resorts

This summer we’re making it even more tempting for you to discover our Unique Resorts in Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Book your holiday to Belle Mare Plage, Ephélia, Moofushi or Tsarabanjina and we’ll treat you to a signature massage, and either one à la carte dinner or one complimentary dive per person per stay.

To take advantage of the offer, all you need to do is book directly through our Constance Hotels & Resorts website, for a stay of a minimum of 3 nights, maximum 6 nights. The offer applies for bookings made from 1 May 2013 to 15 September 2013.

Bookings for Belle Mare Plage and Ephelia:

Bed and Breakfast Rate

  • Offer includes 1 a la carte dinner (drinks not included) and one signature 50 minute massage per person per stay.

Bookings for Moofushi and Tsarabanjina:

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

All Inclusive Rate

  • Offer includes a credit of $100  at Moofushi or €100  at Tsarabanjina per room per stay for any diving activity, and one signature 50 minute massage per person per stay.

All offers apply for bookings made from 1 May 2013 to 15 September 2013 directly through our Constance Hotels & Resorts website: book now.

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Read more about each of our Unique Resorts by following the links below, or go straight to book the offer online through our website.

Luxury family holiday at Constance Moofushi and Halaveli

Last year Maria Carlsen and her fiancé Jens Valeur, from Copenhagen, took their young family to Constance Moofushi. Here Maria tells us about their holiday experience.

Relaxing in the hammock at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Relaxing in the hammock at Moofushi beach villa

Dear Constance

In January 2012 my fiancé and I went to the Maldives with our two boys aged 3 and 7 months.

It had been a dream for our family for a long time to go to the Maldives so my fiancé did a lot of searching on the internet for the perfect resort. When he finally found Moofushi, it really looked like paradise on earth.

Arriving in paradise

Our fantastic journey began when we arrived in Malé where we were overwhelmed by the sight of all the air taxis.

The flight to Moofushi was absolutely stunning – we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw all the beautiful atolls underneath us in the water. This was also the first time we flew with a barefooted pilot.

When we came to Moofushi the excitement just grew bigger. This was the first time we ever went to a place that was more beautiful in real life than in pictures. When we arrived at Moofushi we were met by the most smiling and obliging staff, and were quickly shown the way to our villa.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi from the air

Idyllic beaches

Immediately we went to the beach, which was actually in our backyard since we were staying in a beach villa. It was by far the most beautiful beach we have ever seen.

The first thing our 3-and-a-half-year-old son said was that he wanted to stay here forever. And this was really the feeling we all got when we put our feet in the warm sand for the first time.

Fine dining

The food at the restaurants was really amazing with a wide choice. Normally we never go to all-inclusive resorts and never where they have buffets, but this buffet was on a different scale.

The chefs were so friendly and smiling, everything was clean and the food both looked and smelled fantastic. There was delicious food for all of us which was especially important for us because of our two little boys. We were also surprised at the selection of very good wines and the expert advice we were given on what to choose.

At lunch we enjoyed eating at the beach bar and were very happy to discover that if there was something we wanted that was not on the menu, the Constance staff made sure we could have it anyway.

Kayaking

Water sports

Before we left home I was wondering if it would be possible to stay at such a small island for 12 days without getting bored, but how wrong I was!

Just the fantastic water was enough. The snorkeling around the island was so beautiful we never got tired of watching the fantastic underwater world at Moofushi.

We saw a lot of small sharks and different kinds of rays. We snorkeled with turtles and big manta rays, dolphins and a lot of beautiful fish. We also enjoyed the canoe and the water-cycle.

Family friendly

The staff were amazing with our kids, a lot of them remembered our boys’ names which made our oldest son feel very special. He always ran around with a big baby scarf around his neck and the staff called him superman. When people are this attentive to kids it makes them feel very special and happy, which was exactly the feeling my son got.

A lovely surprise

Beach paradise in the Maldives with Constance Hotels & Resorts

Beach paradise in the Maldives

After five days enjoying Moofushi the receptionist called and asked if we would like to be transferred to Constance’s other Maldivian island hotel, Halaveli.

We had read about Halaveli when we were searching for Maldivian resorts and we remembered it looked amazing. After only a few hours we sat in a big yacht by ourselves with two members of staff on our way to Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli

When we could see Halaveli we saw maybe 8 people in white clothes waving at us from the bridge. It felt very surreal to get such an impressive reception. After the arrival we were shown around the island and taken to our new home for the next 6 days.

Luxury accommodation

The beach villa was quite spectacular. It was huge and had a big beautiful private garden with our own plunge pool and outdoor bathroom. Our son was amazed by having his own pool and was swimming in it several times each day.

Inside the villa was also fantastic, and we took special notice of the pillow menu and its many pages.

At Constance Hotels & Resorts, photo by Maria Carsen

On the beach

Relaxing in paradise

For the next few days we enjoyed the extremely beautiful pool by the restaurant and all the breathtakingly good food.

The restaurant at Halaveli was really quite amazing. Our 7-month-old son and he was served the most amazing homemade babyfood I have ever seen – delicious fish with shrimps, different kinds of mashed vegetables, all kinds of fruits.

The food in general was fantastic. Every night there was a different theme at the buffet – Japanese, Indian, Italian… The sushi was so fantastic we had it almost every day for lunch. The breakfast was also a fantastic way to start the day with all the different kinds of bread, cereals, eggs and fruits.

Friendly expert service

Everyday we had a long conversation with the sommelier at the restaurant who was so friendly and who offered us the most fantastic wines. He always remembered which kind of wines we each liked and had a lot of good suggestions as to what we should try next. He even offered to show us the wine cellar at Halaveli.

All the staff in the restaurant were extremely happy, friendly and accommodating. They always took time to talk with us and our children. Every night we were at the restaurant for at least an hour and a half (which all people with kids know can be difficult).

There was also a great ‘kindergarden’ for the kids where we could take the kids to play if they needed a break from the sun. One time we had a babysitter to look after the boys while we went to the fantastic spa. The babysitter was amazing with the kids and we felt very safe with her watching our little ones.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

We had an amazing massage from two smiling masseurs while we were looking down at all the beautiful fish swimming underneath us.

Family adventure at Halaveli

As we did at Moofushi, we also made use of all the different activities at Halaveli. My fiance went wakeboarding with a great instructor, and we all went in the boat.

Everyday we went for walks around the island and we never got tired of watching the beautiful beach and the breathtaking clear blue water.

It was amazing to watch the rays lying at the waters edge in the sunset. A few times we participated in the feeding of the fish by staff from the jetty. It gave us the chance to experience sharks, rays and tunas up close. This was incredible, especially for our 3 year old.

Both at Moofushi and Halaveli my fiancé went diving and this was a fantastic and unforgettable experience for him. He saw huge manta rays and a lot of dolphins. He also had fun with drift-diving.

Maria Carlsen and Jens Valeur holiday at Constance Moofushi and Halaveli

Barefoot in the sand

Holiday of a lifetime

Our vacation in the Maldives at Constance resorts, Moofushi and Halaveli was honestly the most fantastic and memorable vacation for all of us.

The Maldives is the most beautiful place we have ever seen in the world and we have travelled a lot in Asia, America and Europe.

We are planning to go back to the Maldives in January or February 2014 and are seriously considering going back to Constance Paradise at Moofushi or Halaveli and experiencing our paradise once again….

Maria and Jens.

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How yoga can improve your health

Yoga teacher Steve Bracken has spent the last three weeks teaching at Constance Halaveli,Maldives. Here, he writes how yoga can improve our health and wellbeing.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Finding ways to deal with life’s challenges

If we wish to keep moving forward in our lives, we need to embrace the challenges that life brings our way.

This often entails seeking new solutions to our problems that may involve a radical shift of perspective, stepping into a totally new life situation, or more often than not, just a minor tweak to get us back into the flow of our lives.

A minor tweak though still takes awareness and demonstrates a willingness not to stagnate. We  know when we are on the right track as we are rewarded by a sense of aliveness.

Expanding our awareness through yoga

This same attitude applies to our yoga practice. If we challenge ourselves by opening up to new teachers and new ways of approaching a posture we will enrich our practice. We may discover things that previously we may not have ever considered. Equally, the principles we can learn through a yoga practice can enrich other areas of our lives.

Steve Bracken at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Steve Bracken at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Some examples of this would be:

  • Acceptance - Acceptance of our body with its limitations and from this place encouraging  positive change. If we try to force our body it will create injury and discomfort. If we do nothing then there will be no improvement. If we regularly nurture it with love and compassion it will respond. Through acceptance we learn to listen to the messages of the body and respond accordingly and in doing so we can become present and enjoy the journey. We learn to work with the body and not against it.
  • Breath - If we can breathe fully we can relax, even if we are still working hard. If we are straining for breath then there is tension in the body and mind. We need to become aware of what is causing the tension and adjust ourselves accordingly and in doing so release it.  Only then can a sense of spaciousness occur that allows the breath to flow without restriction. When this occurs the body and mind are working optimally.
  • Foundation - the stronger and more rooted our foundation the less effort is required in a posture. If our foundation is unstable then the resulting strain will permeate throughout the whole structure of the body. We must always come back to our foundation to check whether it is secure and connected to the ground beneath us.
Sunset at Constance Halaveli

Sunset at Halaveli

As we work with the principles of movement and explore that which creates health and wellbeing, we find that the underlying concepts apply to all areas of our lives. In fact what is truly good for us is good for everyone and everything. We also come to know that when we work with these principles on a regular basis we feel both happier and more energised.

These are all good reasons to experience new yoga classes and new teachers wherever you find yourself in the world. To learn, to be revitalised, and to reconnect to important principles for both health and life.

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Top family holidays in the Indian Ocean

Discover a luxury resort where stylish surroundings and a family-friendly space are not mutually exclusive, and you’ll never look at family holidays in the same way again.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

At Constance hotels and resorts we blend an exuberant dash of luxury with a genuinely warm welcome to children.

Our Unique resorts – Ephélia, Moofushi, Belle Mare Plage and Tsarabanjina – have become havens for families looking for a bolt-hole where they can experience exciting new adventures together and then kick back to enjoy the kind of service you dream of when you’re back home.

The choice you make will depend on what features high on your family’s must-have list. Here’s a look at what you’ll find at our Unique resorts.

Choice of accommodation

Luxury villas
Enjoy your family holiday with plenty of space and privacy around you in one of our private villas. At Ephélia and Belle Mare Plage you can indulge in the added luxury of your very own villa master who will see to all of your family’s needs. Share breakfast in your own outside dining area, lounge by your own pool, watch the kids play in your private garden and then head down to the beach or to one of a selection of restaurants for lunch.

Spacious suites
Smaller families will relish the space of the elegant suites at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia with plenty of room to sleep two adults and a child. For bigger groups it’s also possible to book interconnecting suites where the family can enjoy the space of their own seating area, fully furnished balcony and room for everyone to relax after a day on the beach.

Kids’ clubs and babysitting service

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Take time out for yourself knowing your kids are well looked after. We offer a babysitting service at Moofushi, Ephelia and Belle Mare Plage. The kids’ clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia are a great way for your children to make friends and have adventures of their own. Activities for 4-12 year olds include:

  • Guided excursions around the island
  • Glass-bottom boat trips
  • Underwater sea walks
  • Painting and craft activities
  • Games and competitions
  • Crab hunting

Chidlren love trying new things so let them seize the opportunity. While with us they can try:

  • Cookery classes with our chefs
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Children’s spa sessions
  • Classes in traditional island dance
  • Golf lessons at Belle Mare Plage
  • Scuba diving with trained instructors

Fun and games

Zip wire at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Zip wires at Constance Ephelia

Share the fun and remember the joy of laughing out loud while you try something new with the whole family. Whether it’s the exhilaration of our zip wires and natural rock-climbing wall at Ephélia or snorkelling with the kids for the first time in the waters of Madagascar, you’ll be creating the memories of a lifetime.

Family activities at our Unique resorts include:

  • Tennis
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking and Hobby Cat
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Cycling
  • Table tennis

Kids food

Family meals at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Family meals at Constance

There’s nothing like watching your kids devour a plate of delicious, fresh cooked food, particularly when you don’t have to cook it yourself. All our Unique resorts offer children’s menus at times when your kids are hungry. Designed to appeal to young appetites our kids’ menus are created with fresh, healthy ingredients which will keep you and your little ones happy.

All inclusive

Older kids love the independence of hanging out at the bar with their friends ordering fruit smoothies and snacks, watching movies in the villa or challenging friends to various games. At Tsarabanjina and Moofushi our all inclusive Cristal package means you can give them the freedom of the resort without worrying about the bill. They may even reward you for their new independence by delivering fruit juices to you on your sunbed.

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Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina

Visit our website to find out more about each of our Constance hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Our Ultimate Hotels offer high-end luxury in beautifully designed spaces. Families return year after year to experience the delights on offer. Find out more about holidays at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Halaveli and Constance Lémuria.

Take a look at our Constance readers’ tips for what to take on a family holiday

Visit us on Facebook for lots more ideas about holidays with Constance, and to see more photos of our resorts.

Insider’s guide to the top bars in Europe

Find the perfect bar with our insider’s guide to the top drinking spots in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona.

Trailer Happiness, London

Trailer Happiness, London

Bars in London

Best for vibe
5CC
Upstairs in a great East End pub, this buzzing bar serving pints and fresh oysters but it’s downstairs in the cocktail club where things really get going. Low ceilings, dim lighting and arched alcoves give this place a speakeasy cool in the heart of London’s Shoreditch.

Best for business
The booking office
Set in the grand Victorian elegance of St Pancras Station the bar is literally based in the magnificent vast ceilinged, wooden floored former booking office. Nowadays the space is decked out with stylish modern sofas and armchairs.

Best for design
Trailer Happiness
The design here celebrates 1950s lounge bar kitsch while at the same time managing to feel modern and cutting edge. Enjoy perfectly concocted cocktails from the comfort of sleek vintage furniture.

Bars in Paris

Island Bar, Mama Shelter, Paris

Island Bar, Mama Shelter, Paris

Best for vibe
Island Bar, Mama Shelter
This vibrant, bustling hotel bar is also the hotel lobby, library and restaurant. A great energetic ambiance with live music at the weekends. Very bobo Parisian.

Best for business
Le Bar, Park Hyatt Vendôme
This chic, sophisticated hotel bar blends traditional elegance with stunning works of modern art. The bar menu boasts an extensive list of champagne available by the glass and tapas created by the hotel’s executive chef.

Best for glamour
Le Bar, Shangri-La Hotel
A small, elegant space in the heart of 5 star luxury. The bartender here rustles up some fantastic creations including the bar’s signature cocktail Pink Lady.

Bars in Berlin

Tausend, Berlin

Tausend, Berlin

Best for  vibe
Tausend
A large iron door is the only outward sign of this hip high-end bar. Those in the know will find a wide range of cocktails being sipped by über-cool Berliners inside.

Best for business
Reingold
Combining an old speakeasy charm with stylish modern retro fittings this place exudes a lounge bar cool. With a warm ambiance and an extensive cocktail menu it’s a good place to meet colleagues or friends.

Best for design
Bar Lounge 808
Fantastic 70s retro furniture, complete with fish-tanks set into the walls and sleek wood panelling, with a vibe so bang on beat it’s classic Berlin cool.

 

Bars in Barcelona

Bambú Lounge Bar, Barcelona

Bambú Lounge Bar, Barcelona

Best for vibe
Bambú Lounge
S
ituated in the Gracia district, this is where Barcelona’s It crowd head for killer cocktails and an atmosphere so deliciously electrifying you’ll never want to leave.

Best for business
Sky Bar, Grand Hotel Central
Enjoy the views across Barcelona from this elegant rooftop bar above the Grand Hotel Central. Spend the day lounging in the sun and swimming in the infinity pool then settle by the bar for cocktails into the night.

Best for design
Boutique Bar, Ohla Hotel 
Sleek modern design and sharp clean lines combined with warm woods and stone  make this a stylish place to stop for an award-winning cocktail. For a change of scenery, try the roof terrace for stunning views across the city.

What do you think?

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Top 5 wildlife adventures in the Seychelles

The beautiful tropical islands of the Seychelles are a paradise of biodiversity ripe for discovery.

Pink  pigeon, Seychelles

Pink pigeon

Rare birds, plants, marine life and animals abound on these idyllic islands. Seize the opportunity to explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as extensive national and marine parks.

Conservation in the Seychelles
Conservation is taken seriously across the archipelago and eco-tourism is actively encouraged by local and government conservation groups. As a result over the last 40 years access to areas of ecological interest have been improved making exploration easy and fun for tourists of all ages.

1. Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
An ideal place to see some of the rare species of flora and fauna of the Seychelles is the Botanical Gardens in Victoria, Mahé.

Come and discover the beautiful collection of exotic and endemic plants, and meet some of the local inhabitants including a population of giant tortoises – some of which are over 150 years old – and a colony of fruit bats.

2. Birds of paradise
Bird lovers flock to the Seychelles to see the nearly 250 different species, including 12 endemic to the islands. Many can be found on Mahé but for keen ornithologists an exhilarating boat trip to Aride or Cousin island is a must. Read more about the Top 5 Seychelles islands for bird lovers.

Some notable birds to watch out for:

  • Seychelles magpie robin and Seychelles warbler, both brought back from the edge of extinction by local conservationists
  • Sunbird
  • Blue pigeon
  • Scops owl
  • Frigatebirds
  • Terns, sandpipers and herons are particularly prevalent with more than 60 different species
Diving in the Seychelles

Diving in the Seychelles

3. Discover the ocean
The whole family can enjoy the wonders of discovering over 1,000 species of fish that are found in the six national marine parks and crystal waters around the archipelago.

Whether you decide to try scuba diving at Constance for adults and children over 8 years, or you prefer snorkelling there is plenty to discover.

The vibrant coral reefs around our shores are home to a wide variety of marine life including the rare hawksbill turtle, yellow snappers, clown fish, humphead parrot fish and manta rays.

4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
For those who fancy travelling a bit further afield an excursion to the World Hertiage Sites are a real treat. The Atoll of Aldabra is the largest raised coral atoll in the world and home to the Aldabra giant tortoise.

The Vallée de Mai on Praslin, rumoured to be the original ‘Garden of Eden’, is home to the famous Coco de Mare the largest seed in the world. Wandering into the Vallée is like discovering an ancient world of giant palms with leaves measuring 6 meters across and an abundance of rare flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for the national bird, the Seychelles Black Parrot, which is only found here.

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

5. Constance turtle conservation
Budding conservationists and naturalists alike should visit Constance Lémuria to meet our turtle manager.

Dedicated to protecting the endangered hawksbill and green turtles who return to our beaches year after year, he will be happy to show you any currently nesting or hatching turtles and is always keen to share his knowledge on these rare, beautiful creatures.

Whether you’re looking for intrepid exploration or just to immerse yourself in the dramatic biodiversity the Seychelles has to offer there are plenty of discoveries to be made here.

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