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?

Well travelled with a passion for seeking out the coolest places to drink in a city. Let us know where’s your favourite bar in the world. Post a comment here or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

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.

Find out more

 

Guide to big game fishing in Madagascar

Feel the thrill of a tug from a big game fish at the end of your line as you float above waters so clear you can make eye contact with your catch.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina

April to June is the perfect time for fishing the idyllic, teaming waters around Constance Tsarabanjina in Madagascar. Here are our top 5 reasons for game fishing in the area.

1. The experience of a lifetime
Pit yourself against the great giants of the sea as you cast a line into waters teeming with exotic sea-life. Feel the sun on your face as you explore northern Madagascar’s deserted bays, headlands, rocky outcrops and remote islands. The beauty of the location combined with the high density of big game fish means fishing here is like nowhere else on earth.

2. Perfect conditions
The ideal climate and the calm, clear waters off Madagascar’s northwest coast with few shore breaks ensure visibility is extremely high. It makes it the perfect place for first timers and experienced fishermen alike.

3. High density waters
Game fishing in the area is still a fairly new activity so the density of fish including giant trevally, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, kingfish, barracouda, wahoos, sailfish and Marlins is high. From April through to July over 100 sailfish a day, many more than 100lbs, have been seen near the surface.

Beach view at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach view at Tsarabanjina

4. Live a life of adventure
Game fishing in the ocean around Tsarabanjina will deliver thrills and excitement unlike any other. Venture out with our expert guides who will help beginners and experienced fishermen feel the thrill of the chase. For those looking to try something new, why not seize the opportunity to try the different types of fishing available at Tsarabanjina including traditional Malagasy fishing with drag nets and even a full moon hand-line fishing excursion.

5. Finish the day in 5 star luxury
At the end of an adrenalin-pumping day on the ocean come home to the luxury of your own private beach villa designed in boutique Malagasy style with air-conditioning. Relax and unwind on your own sundeck as you watch the sun set over the ocean and dream about what adventures you’ll encounter there tomorrow.

Find out more

Top 5 reasons to choose a luxury all inclusive holiday

Imagine escaping to a luxury castaway island where from the moment you set foot on white sand you only have to think about unwinding and enjoying yourself.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Laid back luxury at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

A luxury holiday with nothing to worry about is the basis for our Cristal packages at Constance Moofushi, Maldives and Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Here are our top 5 reasons why luxury all inclusive makes all the difference at Moofushi and Tsarabanjina.

1. Fabulous food
Enjoy a lush tropical fruit salad or a full English breakfast, pop back for a light lunch then join us for our relaxed fine dining dinner menu all included in the price.

Kids and adults alike enjoy taking a break from the day for complimentary afternoon tea and pancakes served by the pool bar.

2. Sumptuous drinks on tap
Enjoy some of the finer things in life all included in the package. From a wide variety of premium branded spirits and international beers, to unlimited access to our cocktails and signature drinks menu – quality is all part of the deal.
Feel the revitalising force of juices and smoothies made from fresh-from-the-trees tropical fruit or just an ice-cold soft drink any time of the day.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Welcome to Constance Moofushi, Maldives

3. Villas complete with luxury comforts and entertainment
After a day enjoying the crystal Indian Ocean and tropical sunshine retreat to the comfort of your spacious villa and relax with a beer, soft drink, mineral water and even a chocolate bar. The free mini-bar is restocked daily. Enjoy the comforts of home with tea and coffee making facilities.

The pace at Tsarabanjina offers you the opportunity of a digital detox with free wifi only available in the main building, at Moofushi you can enjoy free wifi in your villa. Lie back in your luxury accommodation and enjoy internet-access through the TV, free movies, your own music through the iPod docking station and even a PlayStation 3 to keep the kids quiet.

4. Explore paradise for free
Seize the opportunity to explore the beautiful islands of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina while you’re with us. As part of the Cristal package you will receive free snorkelling equipment and the opportunity to join snorkelling excursions. Take a free boat ride around the stunning islands or take in some of the local customs with cultural activities run around the resorts.

Dinner at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside dining at Tsarabanjina

5. Take all the hassle out of transfers
Enjoy a stress-free arrival and departure. Relax with free wifi, snacks and water in our arrivals/departure lounges while we handle the villa check-in prior to your arrival. Whether you arrive by boat to Tsarabanjina or seaplane and private limousine bus to Moofushi we will make sure that the transfer is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Find out more

 

 

Night dives in the Maldives

Discover the lush vibrant colours of the ocean by night with a night dive at Constance Moofushi or Halaveli in the Maldives.

Alimatha night dive at Constance Halaveli, photo copyright Marco Care

Alimatha night dive

Experienced divers and beginners alike will be amazed by the differences visible on a night dive from those taken during the day.

What you see diving at night

Although some divers may initially feel nervous about the unfamiliarity and limited visibility of a night dive, these worries are quickly replaced by the exhilaration of discovering an entirely new nocturnal world.

The ocean at night is a riot of colour with many of the corals opening up after dark and becoming more vibrant. Many fish also feel safer coming out to eat at night so there is always a wide variety including some you won’t see during the day like the moray eel and octopus.

Some fish even change colour at night. Other fish sleep and you can see them nestled into their sea-floor or coral beds. It’s not unusual to see a reef shark lying quietly on the bottom of the ocean.

A highlight of any night dive is the moment when the dive lights are turned out and divers are able to see the phosphorescent plankton light up the water like ocean fireworks. A treat which will inspire awe in even the most experienced divers.

Where to night dive at Constance Halaveli

Trigone, night dive in Maldives, photo copyright Marco Care

Trigone, photo copyright Marco Care

Night dives are held in relatively shallow waters where the reef top is no deeper than five metres making for a safe, enjoyable exploration.

Favourite sites for night diving at Halaveli include Bathala House Reef, Bodu Thila and Ellaidhoo Thila.

Find out more

Constance – where family and luxury go together

Take time to reconnect with those you love most with a holiday in paradise in one of our luxurious villas.

Family villa

Spacious family villa, Halaveli

Having the luxury of space, your own garden, plunge pool and villa master gives you the perfect combination of independence to do your own thing, while having 5* services right on your doorstep.

Travelling long haul with your family at least once is part of the magic that holiday memories are made of. Once you arrive, here’s a glimpse of what you can expect.

Meal times at Constance

Have breakfast together on your own terrace, laze in the sun while the kids play in your own private pool and let the villa master take care of everything.

Then dine out with all the family, or enjoy a cosy dinner at ‘home’, prepared to any special requirements you have by our chefs.

We’ll even look after the kids with our in-villa babysitting service so that you can enjoy that rare pleasure of a drink or dinner shared without any interruptions.

Activities for all the family

Family holidays, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Family holidays at Ephelia

We know sometimes it can feel like a juggling act to keep your brood happy when there are different ages and generations together.

But at Constance, we think we’ve got it covered. From complimentary kids’ clubs and Playstations and Wii’s in some villas to a huge choice of watersports, gym, spa, restaurants, bars and the beautiful natural playground of the powder soft beach.

Seize the opportunity to share your passions with your little ones. Whether it be kids’ sessions in golf, yoga and diving or simply hanging out at our and enjoying some pampering, there’s plenty of choice.

Live, learn and laugh together in a place where there’s space to breathe and time to remember what makes you all smile.

Find out more

Read our 8 reasons to take your kids to Constance hotels

Get advice and tips for travelling with children from Parenting Support Centre website.

Visit our website to find out more about each of our resorts and hotels in the Indian Ocean – Constance Hotels & Resorts