Escape to a beach retreat this Christmas

Imagine spending this Christmas walking barefoot down a white sandy beach beside the Indian Ocean instead of battling down a cold, rainy high street.

North Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

North Beach at Ephelia, Seychelles

Imagine sitting laughing and chatting with those you love while enjoying your Christmas dinner under a clear, star-lit sky.

At each of our luxury Indian Ocean resorts we’ve been busy planning this festive season to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime.

What’s on this Christmas?

Whether you’re looking for a party atmosphere or the chance to restore your equilibrium, you can take your pick from fine dining events with Michelin star chefs, beach barbecues, cocktail evenings, live music, beach cinema, seafood feasts, yoga on the beach, special spa treatments from Shiseido, Valmont and Sisley, beach sports, water sports and more.

Our resorts are also a haven for families. Plenty of space and the natural playground of the beach mix with our vibrant complimentary kids’ clubs and child friendly restaurants to provide an environment where you can relax and indulge in the luxury of a 5* resort knowing every member of your family is taken care of.

Want to find out more?

Children's water skiing at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Kids’ water skiing at Belle Mare Plage

Visit our Constance Hotels & Resorts website for more information about each resort, and watch this space as we’ll shortly be publishing more articles on our blog about what’s happening at our resorts this festive season.

Meantime, here are some articles you may have missed:

And if you’re staying at home, and looking for ways to reduce the pressure this time of year can bring, The Huffington Post has some great tips on how to avoid the stresses of Christmas.

 

Time to play – escape to the Indian Ocean

At Constance we understand how important it is to take time out to kick back and relax. Whether you enjoy listening to a DJ spinning tunes, dining in elegant surroundings, chilling out by the beach or deep-sea diving, at Constance we’ve got it covered.

Diving at Constance Moofushi, photo by Dan Thompson

Diving at Moofushi, photo by Dan Thompson

Get active

If you’re looking for a physical challenge all our resorts offer a raft of activities including waterskiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, catamaran and laser sailing, diving and beach volleyball.

In the Seychelles, Constance Ephélia even challenges guests with a natural climbing wall and zip wires.

If golf is your passion then we’ve got the perfect playground for you at our two 18-hole championship golf courses in Mauritius shared by Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, and the only golf course in the Seychelles at Lémuria.

Enjoy some fun golfing frolics at the Belle Mare Plage clubhouse where, during our golf evenings, guests are challenged to putt the ball from the bar.

Music and laid-back fun

Sometimes playing can be more about chilling out than sport and adventure, and for those times we offer a combination of good music, stunning locations and an atmosphere of laid-back fun.

Weddings at Constance Hotels & Resorts, photo by Marat Gimatdinov

Wedding joy, photo by Marat Gimatdinov

Dance the night away under the stars with our resident DJ at Constance Halaveli’s Jahaz Lounge on a Saturday night, while at Le Prince Maurice guests will soon be able to enjoy the new floating bar at Le Barachois with cocktails, DJs and more.

Live life on the beach

Playing hard can be tiring so why not take it down a notch with a barefoot dining experience right on the beach – eating good food outdoors can really feed the soul.

At Tsarabanjina and Moofushi we offer guests a chance to unwind with films on the beach on selected evenings. Grab a sun lounger and chill in front of a modern classic.

Keep the laid back vibe going with a beach massage on the beautiful Anse Georgette at our Lémuria resort, or on the rocks above the sea at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

If a spa is your way to play, come and let us look after you in any of our Spa de Constance, available in all resorts.

Kids clubs at Constance

Constance Belle Mare Plage, photo by Christina Barrett

Kids’ fun at Belle Mare Plage, photo by Christina Barrett

At Constance playtime isn’t just for kids. But if you do find yourself thinking of their needs above your own, we run kids’ clubs to keep them entertained while you have your very own, grown-up kind of fun.

For more information about playtime in the Indian Ocean read the Guardian article ‘In with the in crowd’ by Jill Crawshaw.

Or find out more about why Constance Halaveli and Moofushi have been listed in the top 3 resorts in the Maldives by A Luxury Travel Blog.

The photos you see here

All the photos in this article are taken by our guests. We think you’ll agree they look like they’re having a great time. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos sent in by people who love a Constance holiday, in our Constance Memories competition photo album.

Constance Ephelia, photo taken by Michel Phou

Constance Ephelia, photo taken by Michel Phou

 

Constance Halaveli, photo by Morton Norby

Constance Halaveli, photo by Morton Norby

 

Honeymoon at Constance Hotels & Resorts, photo by Yury Razduev

Honeymoon at Constance, photo by Yury Razduev

Island romance of Mauritius

It’s not hard to see why Mauritius is consistently described as one of the most romantic places in the world.

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Le Barachois, Le Prince Maurice

Its stunning palm-lined white sand beaches and turquoise seas set against a dramatic mountain backdrop make it the perfect destination for a romantic Indian Ocean getaway.

That’s why at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice we’ve woven romance into the very heart of what we offer.

We have staff who are attentive but discreet, restaurants which make the most of our breathtaking location, secluded areas for relaxation around the resort and accommodation built for seduction.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

The grown-up elegance of Le Prince Maurice sets the mood for quiet romance, designed to offer guest peace and seclusion. From it’s luxurious accommodation to its quiet beaches and infinity pool, there’s plenty to enthral here.

The resort also boasts one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, Le Barachois, serving freshly caught seafood. The romance begins as you wind your way through mangrove trees down a lantern-lit wooden gangplank to reach a restaurant which floats on the moonlit lagoon.

Even the pampering luxury of the Spa de Constance need not separate you from your loved one. Skincare specialist Sisley offers a special treatment for couples enticingly called ‘In the mood for love’.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Romantic dinners at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Romantic dinners at Belle Mare Plage

Spa de Constance at Belle Mare Plage also offers couples’ treatments such as the Zen Ritual and Honeymoon massage, and the resort offers plenty of opportunities for romance.

You can dine in style at the Mediterranean-inspired La Spiaggia, tucked away from the main resort with stunning views across the ocean. And if you’re looking for something less formal, the beachside Indigo restaurant and bar has a romance all of its own.

Complimentary kids’ clubs

Couples with children can take advantage of the kids’ clubs and babysitting service available at both resorts, to take the little ones off your hands so you have time and space for romance.

Weddings and honeymoons

Wedding of Mr & Mrs Billam at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Wedding of Mr & Mrs Billam at Le Prince

Both Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice are popular wedding and honeymoon destinations offering romantic extras like secluded dinners on the beach and 24-hour room service.

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Constance Ephelia gains Seychelles Sustainable Tourism certificate

Constance Ephelia has recently been certified as a sustainable tourism resort, and now carries the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

North Beach, Constance Ephelia

This certificate is awarded to hotels that incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday business operations, to help safeguard the biodiversity and culture of the Seychelles.

Opened in 2010, Constance Ephelia has been recognised as a leader in the Seychelles for working to conserve the biodiversity of the natural landscape around which it’s built.

In 2011, Ephelia was awarded the prestigious Landscape Gold Award, in recognition for its superior landscape construction.

The resort is situated on 2 of the most breathtaking beaches on Mahé, and overlooks the marine national park of Port Launay.

There are 7 different types of accommodation including hillside and spa villas, 5 restaurants and 6 bars, 4 swimming pools, a fully equipped gym, tennis and squash courts, climbing wall, zip wires and a dive centre.

The choice you’ll find at Ephelia has made it a haven for families, offering plenty of space to run around. Yet the resort exudes a boutique-feel you’d expect from a smaller hotel, and many couples choose to get married and honeymoon here.

Find out more about Constance Ephelia on our website.

 

Secret corners of the world – Constance Tsarabanjina

For those searching for a remote hideaway far from the noise and bustle of modern life, Constance Tsarabanjina off the coast of Madagascar is a dream come true.

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Secluded beach bungalow at Tsarabanjina

Relaxation and nature are the main attractions at this exclusive island retreat, named Madagascar’s Leading Luxury Lodge at this month’s World Travel Awards. Whale watching, snorkelling and nature walks can be combined with sampling seafood pulled fresh from the ocean and massages are given on the beach at sunset.

Barefoot living combines with Constance luxury

A vision of laid-back luxury, Constance Tsarabanjina combines the barefoot charms of beach living with the luxury of Constance Hotels to create a truly unique holiday experience.

Tsarabanjina, with it’s 25 thatched rosewood bungalows, spaced out over the island’s two main beaches, is all about creating comfort and luxury in a relaxed back-to-nature environment.

At Tsarabanjina you can revel in a simpler way of life, so you won’t find any televisions or other noises to disturb your island retreat and even the staff are well practised at being on hand when needed, without intruding into your space or the peace of this beautiful island.

Diving at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Diving with yellow snapper

The barefoot living carries through to the sand-floored bar, a perfect space to meet up with friends and unwind. To fit with the laid-back vibe board games are provided.

And in keeping with the resort’s elegant rustic charm, meals of fresh seafood are served in the restaurant at communal tables or if you prefer a seafood platter can be served to you on the beach.

Exploring the island

The staff at the Tsarabanjina are passionate about the island and its environment and will be on hand to take you on guided walks around the island, on boat trips to discover the local area or to help you explore the teeming underwater world.

Whether you want to discover the unique natural world Madagascar offers or simply enjoy the seclusion of your own beach bungalow looking out over the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, Tsarabanjina offers a tranquil idyll of laid back luxury.

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Visit Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina from August to November, and you stand a good chance of spotting humpback whales as they make their way to one of their favoured breeding grounds off the Malagasy mainland.

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Whale watching at Lodge Tsarabanjina

Every year, these majestic creatures leave the cold waters of the Antarctic seeking out the warmer waters closer to the Equator. Many humpback whales swim to the channel between Ile Sainte-Marie off the East coast of Madagascar to breed.

It’s estimated there are only 10,000-15,000 humpback whales in the world. An endangered species, they have a life expectancy of 45-50 years.

Have you seen a whale in the wild?

If you’ve spotted a whale in the wild, we’d love to see any photos you have of the experience – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook page or tweet them using Twitter, mentioning @constancehotels.

Tips for observing whales

Learn more about how to observe whales from Wild Whales.

Find out more about Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina