Barefoot luxury as Constance Tsarabanjina reopens

Tsarabanjina is the sort of castaway island that travellers dream of finding. With the doors again reopen at the resort following a major refurbishment, guests are discovering that we’ve introduced a few more luxuries to make it all the more comfortable while retaining the barefoot charm of the place.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach at Tsarabanjina

Off the beaten track, this unique island get-away already enjoys a loyal following with its reputation as a place to escape from it all – a place that perfectly captures the mood for a simpler take on luxury.

Beach villas

Careful to maintain the barefoot charm and eco-friendliness, while embracing Malagasy culture, interiors have been updated using natural materials and local art and sculpture based on marine life to create a boutique feel to the beachfront villas.

What’s on offer at Tsarabanjina

Lose yourself to the quiet sound of the sea, enjoy a massage on one of the beautiful beaches, fish for your supper, watch the sunset from your beach villa while enjoying a cold glass of something or simply lie back in your hammock and take it all in.

For anyone looking to indulge in a more active holiday, diving here is second to none.  The Mitsio Archipelago has been recently classified as a marine reserve. There are dive sites here that have barely been explored by anyone before.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa

And if you’ve never snorkelled before, our experienced guides will give you a short introductory session in the lagoon before taking you on your first snorkelling excursion to discover the underwater species in this part of the Indian Ocean.

Discover Madagascar

Our team will take you on a guided nature walk where you can discover more about the endemic species of Madagascar, and take in the awe-inspiring panoramic views from the top of the hills.

We also run full moon cruises, excursions to local landmarks such as the volcanically formed Organ Pipes, trips to a deserted island or local village and more.

And then of course, there are the Lemurs. Enjoy a boat ride to the Nosy Komba’s reserve where you can feed and interact with these friendly creatures.

All inclusive Cristal package

At Tsarabanjina, we have introduced our popular all inclusive Cristal package so you don’t have to worry about a thing once you’re on the island. You can find out more about what’s included in the Cristal package at Tsarabanjina on our website and read why The Sunday Times names Tsarabanjina and Moofushi in world’s best 20 all-inclusives

Tempted? Find out more…

 

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Meyer

Take a journey of discovery across the Indian Ocean with our stunning new coffee table book, Constance: a lifestyle.

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Myer

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Meyer

Full of beautiful photographs and interviews with people whose passion has inspired Constance Hotels & Resorts, the book brings to life the colour and vitality of the Indian Ocean.

Sumptuous island food, beautiful white-sand beaches, luscious tropical landscapes and the laughter and joy of the local spirit are all captured in the photographs of Yvon Meyer, and descriptions and interviews of writer Louis Nore.

Travelling across the Indian Ocean

Nore and Meyer travelled across Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles to uncover the stories, culture and cuisine of the people which lie at the heart of everything we do at Constance. The book also includes delicious recipes from each of our resorts.

The beautiful 463-page book started life as a conversation between publishers Lydie and Christian Riehl and Constance CEO, Jean Jacques Vallet, during their stay at Halaveli.

The concept developed into a journey for Nore and Meyer to each of our 7 resorts to discover just what it is that makes Constance so unique.

Where to buy ‘Constance: a lifestyle’

Discover the secret for yourself. Constance: a lifestyle is available now from Amazon or directly from the publishers Editions du Signe.


Constance: a lifestyle book launch

Book launch with Bruno le Gac (second right) and Jean Jacques Vallet, CEO (right)

 

 

Get to know the ocean’s friendly giants at Moofushi

Experience the awe-inspiring thrill of swimming with a school of manta rays during the manta season at Moofushi.

Manta ray at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Manta ray at Moofushi 

Share the ocean with these beautiful creatures with wingspans of up to 8 metres across. The curiosity of these gentle giants suggests they positively enjoy human interaction.

Manta season at Moofushi

Manta season at Moofushi runs from December to the end of April as the elegant rays migrate through the Ari Atoll in schools following a trail of enticing plankton.

The number of rays during the season means they are regularly encountered by divers and snorkellers alike with our dive centre running trips for both.

Although we still know very little about these magnificent creatures it is known that they are capable of diving to depth of more than 1,000 meters. The rays migrate cyclically with some giant mantas recording distances of over 1,000km.

Despite manta rays coming under increasing threat as the market for their gills continues to rise, they are a protected species in the Maldives where environmental funds are invested in safeguarding their future.

Find out more

Read about shark diving at Constance Moofushi

Visit our website to find out more about diving holidays at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Watch a stunning close encounter with manta rays at Moofushi from our Blue Tribe Dive Center

Discover what happened when The Telegraph’s Tim Ecott visited the Maldives to swim with manta rays

Tsarabanjina sets the pace for barefoot luxury resorts

Tsarabanjina is set to reinvent barefoot luxury when it reopens after a multi-million pound revamp on 1 April.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

An idyllic retreat, Tsarabanjina is a secluded, private island far off the tourist trail. No dress-code, no formalities, just laidback luxury and friendly Malagasy charm.

Elegant thatched beachside villas
Part of the lure of this resort is its size. There are just 25 beach villas, spread across two of the island’s beautiful white sand beaches, making it an intimate and secluded hideaway.

Each boutique-style villa is nestled close to the shore. Made from rosewood and thatch, we’ve added air-conditioning and large private terraces – ideal for late-night, jaw-dropping stargazing or simply lying back and watching the sun set over the ocean.

Escape the pressure of modern life
This is one of those rare corners of the world where you can truly let the pressures of daily life slip away. Take a mental break and enjoy a digital detox – mobile phone and wifi connections are limited to the main building only.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa

Spa at Tsarabanjina
Recharge your body and mind at our newly revamped spa. The massage room comes with beach views and an outside shower carved into the island rock. Our spa therapists use many local ingredients including oils of Ravintsara (similar to eucalyptus), Ylang Ylang and Coconut.

All-inclusive Cristal package
To make the castaway experience even more complete, we offer the all-inclusive Cristal package at Tsarabanjina. This means that once you arrive, you don’t have to worry about paying for anything. It’s all included. And when we say all-included, we really mean it.

This is a place where the food tastes of sunshine – the menu changes daily depending on what the Mitsio fishermen catch, and the fruits and vegetables available at Nosy Be market on the mainland.

Each afternoon we serve tea in the main restaurant and cocktails at sunset. Or you can simply grab a perfectly chilled bottle of wine from your mini bar, stroll a few paces to the beach and watch the sun set into the ocean.

Ocean view at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Ocean view at Tsarabanjina

Breathe in an island intimately connected with nature
Discover the unique biodiversity Madagascar has to offer on a nature walk with one of our guides. Or join our dive team and be the first to swim in magical reefs which remain largely unexplored.

Tsarabanjina is a hidden gem that will blow your mind. Awe-inspiring natural beauty and a laidback vibe reminiscent of travelling days, combine with a generous splash of luxury to make this one of the most romantic resorts you can find.

Read more

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Tsarabanjina and check booking availability

The Sunday Times recently included Tsarabanjina in its ‘Guide to the 100 best holidays on the planet’. Subscribers to The Sunday Times online can read the article in full.

Discover why Susan D’Arcy of The Sunday Times rates Constance’s Cristal package as one of the world’s best all-inclusive deals.

Ultimate luxury hotels in a super-league of their own

Experience luxury on a whole new level at our ultimate high-end hotels – Le Prince Maurice, Halaveli and Lémuria. Distinctive, indulgent and utterly more-ish, these gems offer a new take on luxury that make them hard to resist.

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Escape to the idyllic islands of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles and you’ll discover for yourself why the Leading Hotels of the World Group include our three Ultimate hotels in their exclusive club.

Presidential villas

If space and seclusion are high on your wish list – as well as your own garden, gym, jacuzzi, pool and office - then try one of our Presidential Villas or the Princely Suite at Le Prince Maurice.

Take a break with your family or friends and let our staff, including butler, look after all your holiday needs. Whether it’s a quiet dinner for two on the beach, a private excursion or just a PlayStation to keep the kids entertained, we’ve thought of just about everything. And if there’s something we haven’t anticipated – you just need to ask.

Sumptuous spas

Head to the tranquil environment of one of our spas, and discover the restful serenity of Spa de Constance. Indulge in the holistic properties of the best new and traditional treatments from around the world or put yourself in the gentle hands of skincare specialists Shiseido, Sisley, Valmont and Ila.

Isabelle Lamant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Isabelle Lamant, Le Prince Maurice

If you want to kick start a new health regime, or just refind that glorious self from yester-year, why not hire one of our personal trainers? They will create a fitness program specially for you, so you can take that sense of reinvigoration and focus back home with you. Renowned fitness guru, Isabelle Lamant is proving a huge hit at Le Prince Maurice, getting guests back on track and feeling better than they have in years.

Luxury on the greens

One of the world’s most beautiful golf courses is located at Lémuria, and one of life’s rare pleasures can be enjoyed here: a chilled glass of champagne overlooking the ocean and terraced greens at the 15th hole.

If you’re looking to up your game, then the two championship golf courses at Le Prince Maurice should help. Enjoy the deluxe golf experience including guidance from one of our pros at the Marc Farry Academy.

The ultimate in fine dining

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

No luxury holiday would be complete without a selection of gourmet fare. Enjoy the very best in modern haute-cuisine with a hint of island flare in our exclusive, fine-dining restaurants.

  • Jing at Halaveli
  • Legend at Lémuria
  • Le Barachois at Le Prince Maurice

Experience the finest wines from around the world under the guidance of our highly trained sommeliers. Wine lovers can even enjoy a guided tour of our extensive cellars and special tastings with the head sommelier.

Want to know more?

Take a look at our website to find out more about what’s on offer at our Ultimate hotels – Constance Hotels & Resorts

And catch up on another article you may have missed: Secluded hotels and resorts with passion

Diving and underwater adventures at Halaveli

Here’s the second installment from marine biologist Robin Aiello, with tales of her escapades and adventures underwater at Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Some of my best moments this week…

It has been another wonderful week at Halaveli Resort. I’m getting into the routine of diving most mornings, then maybe a snorkel, and every Monday and Thursday night I give a talk on the weird and wonderful marine creatures found here in the Maldives.

The weather has been absolutely perfect with bright sunny days and a slight breeze. As wonderful as the days are, it is the evenings that I really look forward to because of the sunsets. Since I have been here, every sunset has been different. Seriously, no two sunsets have been the same so far – one evening the sky will be lit a vivid orange, then another night the sky will be glimmering yellow, and yet another night the sky will be glowing a soft pink. Incredible!

I cannot describe the beauty of sitting on the beach at sunset with the shifting colours of the skies as a backdrop to the nightly frenzy of dive-bombing seabirds (terns) as they finish their evening feeding session – just perfect.

Diving conditions this week

Diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Diving at Halaveli

The TGI Dive Center has been very busy. This week has been full of great dives, snorkels and cruising excursions. The tides have been perfect, so in the mornings the visibility has been fantastic – we had about 30 metres this morning. And, the currents have also been good.

Current diving

I love current diving for one main reason – the fish life is extraordinary. The waters above the reef become packed full of all sorts of fish. A majority of the fish are the plankton feeders including small neon blue fusiliers, black surgeon fish, red-toothed trigger fish and unicorn fish, which, by the way, love to hover over your head playing in the bubbles.

They seem to get a real ‘kick’ out of the jacuzzi-like blasts of bubbles as we exhale. But there are also the less abundant, but eye-catching predatory fish, such as the giant trevallies (jacks), blue trevallies (jacks), dogtooth tuna, black snappers and, of course, the whitetip and grey reef sharks.

One memorable dive the other day was at a reef where the current was a good ‘medium – plus’ (according to our dive guide). We made our way along the reef to a spectacular look out point, where we hooked in with our reef hooks and looked out into the blue water ahead of us.

Baby whitetip reef sharks

White tip reef shark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

White tip reef shark, photo copyright Marco Care

There we were – the six divers flying like kites a few feet above the reef. Suddenly, to my left, a motion caught my eye – there was a very young (not more than a few months old) whitetip reef shark hovering right next to me, looking right at me. Just beyond was another one. They were so cute and perfect without a scratch or scar on them – perfect little sharks.

But the funny thing was that they obviously had not quite mastered the skill of swimming in such strong currents. For several minutes at a time they would be hovering just fine, barely moving their tail, but maintaining perfect position beside me. But then, the baby shark would start drifting closer and closer to me, until it was a mere few inches from my face.

Then, suddenly it seemed to realize that it was too close and would try to quickly maneuver away, but it didn’t quite have the skill to do it gracefully. Instead, it would tumble and get tossed by the current and become totally out-of-control -discombobulated – before regaining control, position and composure. It would then take up position next to me again and the whole sequence would start all over again. Hilarious!

Napoleon Wrasse

One of the dive’s highlights appeared without notice, slowly appearing out of the murky distance. The large shadow came closer and it was revealed to be a huge male Napoleon (or Humphead) Wrasse. He was magnificent – about 1.5m long and 1m deep. This dark green giant swam so easily against the current making it seem like there was no current at all. He simply drifted past in front of us and then off again into the distance.

Robin.

Find out more

Read Robin’s first instalment from Halaveli including Creature Feature #1: Redtooth Triggerfish

Read more about check booking availability on our website: Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Coming soon: Creature Feature #2: Starfish of the Maldives