Tsarabanjina – a special garden in the Indian Ocean

Madagascar has always been a land of promise to travellers attracted by the island’s unique natural environment. The lush tropical forests of Tsarabanjina hold many magnificent prizes for nature lovers.

Traveller's Palm, Madagascar

Traveller’s Palm, photo taken by Fabrice Rose

Highlights amongst its exotic flora include:

The Traveller’s Palm – No-one is quite sure of the origin of this nickname for the ravenala madagascariensis. One theory says that it was considered a gift for thirsty travellers because of the rainwater held in its stems. Another theory says its name came from the fact that its fans tends to grow in an east-west direction making it a crude compass for lost travellers. In fact the plant is not even a true palm but a member of the bird-of-paradise family with similar white flowers.

Vanilla – Not indigenous to the island, vanilla has become one of the island’s most important exports, its lush, tropical climate making it ideal for growing the beautiful, fragrant plant. In order to harvest the prized pods growers can wait up to 5 years for the vine to mature and flower.

Pachypodium – this thick green spiny tree is related to group of succulent spine-bearing trees and shrubs native to Africa and belongs to the dogbane family.

Come and stay with us on Tsarabanjina and let our expert guides show you around this beautiful island and introduce you to these and other fascinating species on a series of guided walks.

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Food for thought

Foodies looking for new and exciting culinary experiences will find what they’re looking for in Mauritius.

Asian tapas, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asian tapas, Le Prince Maurice

The restaurants at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage epitomise Constance’s culinary spirit combining traditional haute cuisine with the flavours and spices of the Indian Ocean.

Our menus are based around the very freshest local produce, whether it be fish caught that day or herbs and spices grown on the island. Across our restaurants we then prepare these delicacies using a variety of local and international culinary traditions.

Guests can indulge their taste for European fine dining one evening and then shake things up with a traditional Mauritian beach barbecue the next.

At Le Prince Maurice highlights include:

  • L’Archipel – Chef Michael Scioli celebrates local Mauritian cuisine with his lunchtime barbecues and light, spice-infused evening menu.
  • Le Barachois – One of the most romantic restaurant in the Indian Ocean floating on pontoons on the lagoon, diners can enjoy fresh-from-the-sea seafood cooked in local herbs and spices.
  • Laguna Bar – fans of Asian food should visit the new Asian Tapas Corner where Chef Li Junwei prepares the freshest sushi, noodles and dim sum.

At Belle Mare Plage diners can experience:

Crab curry, Deer Hunter restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Crab curry, Deer Hunter restaurant

  • La Spiaggia – the finest Mediterranean cuisine cooked in the classic traditions of France, Italy and Spain. Once a week La Spiaggia hosts a lobster menu offering a variety of lobster dishes.
  • Deer Hunter – a celebration of Mauritian cuisine. Chef Rajesh Payanandee uses traditional recipes and cooking techniques to create a taste of Mauritius for his guests.
  • Blue Penny Café – the epitome of fine dining, head chef Frederic Goisset sets the culinary standard extremely high with his creation of elegant dishes, beautifully presented. He also frequently opens his kitchens to Michelin-star chef’s from around the world.
Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival

 

In March every year Belle Mare Plage attracts foodies from around the globe to the famous Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival. Six European Michelin-starred chefs compete in teams alongside Constance chefs to create award-winning dishes using only local produce.
Our chefs are given the opportunity to work alongside these European masters, watching and learning from the best of the best. In return the European chefs return to Europe with a hint of Mauritian spice they’ve learnt from us.

Festive fun for all

Enjoy a luxury Christmas in the Indian Ocean and let us lavish you with fine wine, food and treats aplenty.

Beach at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Beach at Lemuria

At each of our resorts, we’re planning all manner of festive cheer. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer this December.

Constance Lémuria
This Christmas we’re celebrating the ‘legend of Lémuria’, inviting guests to explore the story which first inspired our hotel. For those who want to combine Indian Ocean relaxation with some of the traditions of Christmas there will be carol singing on Christmas Eve before the grand arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter on Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve will be a treat for the senses with a gala dinner for all guests followed by a live performance by US soul singer May Palmer and fireworks on the beach at midnight.

Other highlights at Lémuria will include:

  • Legend pink champagne and frangipani welcome
  • A magic of the sea buffet
  • Takamaka barefoot happy hour exotic cocktails
  • Ocean waves treatment at the Spa de Constance
  • Tree and flower planting for kids at our Turtle Club

Constance Ephélia

Cyann restaurant, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Cyann restaurant, Ephelia

Indulge your taste buds at Ephélia with a wide variety of festive culinary treats including Michelin-starred Indian cuisine from visiting Chef Vineet Bhatia. For Christmas dinner choose from a special Christmas menu at Cyann or a try a traditional Italian Christmas at Helios.

Open throughout the festive season, our kids’ Gecko club will run a range of festive activities designed specifically for each age group from toddlers to teenagers. If you’re looking for family adventure why not discover the island together by mountain bike, take one of our treks or kayak through the mangroves.

And once you’ve had your fill of Christmas fun lie, back and relax with some of our detox treatments and de-stressing massages at the Shiseido Spa at Spa de Constance.

Other festive treats include:

  • Champagne cocktails at Zee Bar on New Year’s Eve.
  • Wine tasting and special wine dinners.
  • Learn about the local culture through classes in dance, music, cooking and even cocktails.
  • Rise and shine yoga on the beach.
  • Daily tortoise feeding.

Constance Halaveli

Luxury service from staff at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury service at Halaveli

Join us for a Christmas eve party on the beach before dinner under the stars and dance to the sounds of our resident DJ.

Sit back and enjoy champagne cocktails before choosing whether to enjoy Christmas dinner under the stars at Meeru Beach or to join the festive fun at Jahaz.

Other treats for Christmas and New Year include:

  • Night beach cinema for when you want to lie back and relax.
  • Culinary treats – executive chef, Glen Cooper, has created themed menus including a delectable lobster feast, and wine tasting with head sommelier, Cedric Jacob.
  • Champagne cocktail New Year’s Eve party and dancing on the beach til dawn to a live Maldivian band.
  • Special festive spa treatments from Valmont, Ila and Spa de Constance.
  • Daily events at our Kids Club from mini-Olympics to pirate treasure hunts and meeting Santa.

Constance Moofushi

Champagne bar on the beach at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Champagne bar on the beach at Moofushi

On Christmas Eve the whole family can join us for a festive treasure hunt and kids’ party before the adult fun begins with a beach cocktail party.

Choose how you want to enjoy your Christmas dinner from the relaxed ‘back to childhood’ buffet at Manta or a more traditional Christmas Eve menu at the elegant Alizée. Then head to the beach for barefoot dancing and music, hosted by resident DJ Sanjeewa.

Other festive highlights include:

  • A movie for all the family on the beach
  • A Petanque tournament
  • New Year’s Eve cocktail party on the beach
  • A choice of New Year’s Eve gala buffet at Manta Restaurant or a special New Year’s Eve Menu at Alizée
  • A New Year’s Eve party on the beach including a champagne raffle with a star prize of a week’s stay at Constance Moofushi
Mauritius
Spa for children at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa for children at Le Prince Maurice

We also have a host of festive events taking place at our 2 luxury resorts in Mauritius,  Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

See out the old year and bring the new one in with a bang at Belle Mare Plage. From a personal visit from Santa Claus on Christmas day to a Tropical New Year’s Eve party on the beach there is something for everyone no matter what your age.

Highlights for the festive season include:

  • Kids Christmas card making and tree decoration
  • Christmas buffet at La Citronnelle
  • Champagne, oysters and urchins evening at La Spiaggia
  • Kid’s New Year’s Eve disco
  • New Year’s Eve beach party with fireworks at midnight.

Read more about the Island romance of Mauritius.

Dare to live a life without walls

A holiday with Constance Hotels is an ideal time to break down the walls of routine and try something new and exciting.

Diving with manta rays in Indian Ocean

Diving with manta rays

Get your pulse racing by shark diving in the Maldives, big game fishing in Mauritius or catamaran sailing in the Seychelles.

Trying something new

Set yourself a physical challenge on your next holiday to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and it might just change the way you see yourself and your future when you get back home.

More and more people are seeking out holiday experiences where they can try something completely new, increase the flow of endorphins along the way, and return home with exciting stories to tell and a renewed state of mind.

What’s on offer at our resorts

Some of our adrenalin-pumping activities, available at most resorts, include:

  • Diving and snorkeling – the ultimate buzz, explore the underwater world of the Indian Ocean
  • Waterskiing – feel the wind and ocean spray in your face with this high-speed sport
  • Windsurfing and kite surfing – master the skill of harnessing the wind’s power to carry you across the water
  • Wakeboarding – take water-sports to the extreme
Wakeboarding in Madagascar

Wakeboarding in Madagascar

  • Catamaran sailing – sail across the ocean at speeds of up to 20mph in one of our Hobie Cats
  • Mountain biking – heart-thumping off-road experiences through wild and rough terrain

Sometimes trying something new can be as simple as doing the familiar in a different way. So if you’re already a keen diver or angler why not try the experience of doing it at night?

Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia all offer night dives while Halaveli, Moofushi, Lémuria and Tsarabanjina offer night fishing or big game fishing trips with experienced fishing guides. At Tsarabanjina you can even enjoy a full moon hand line fishing experience.

From tackling the climbing wall and zipwire at Ephélia to dolphin-spotting by speedboat at Halaveli through to diving in Halaveli’s ‘shark pit’, with Constance a change in pace could leave you mentally refreshed and physically rebooted.

Get inspired to start a new adventure

 

Two years of laid back luxury at Moofushi Resort, Maldives

This month we’re celebrating the second anniversary of Constance Moofushi’s chilled out elegance.

Totem Bar at  Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Laid back vibe at Totem Bar

For two years we have been welcoming guests to their own luxury island in the Maldives where barefoot chic meets Constance sophistication, creating a unique vibe all of its own.

In that time you seem to have liked what we’ve done – awarding us two Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence and the 2012 Travellers Choice Award for Top 25 Hotels in Asia.

And even though you’re happy with us, we continue to work to make your experience at Moofushi even better. In May this year we welcomed our new General Manager, Jean François Debon, who is passionate about ensuring guests have the ultimate luxury holiday experience.

Highlights of Moofushi

Here’s a run down of what we’ve introduced in the last two years:

  • Moonlight dinners – a chance to treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic four course meal with champagne served on a candle-lit beach by your own private butler.
Sunset at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Sunset at Constance Moofushi

  • Sandbank moments – a chance to share a table for two on a sandbank of your own for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Cinefushi – lie back on a star-lit beach and watch a movie while we serve you popcorn, canapés, ice cream and cocktails.
  • Sunrise & sunset yoga – stretch and relax in the warmth of the rising or setting sun with our beach yoga sessions.
  • Special Maldivian bed decoration – as part of our turndown service

Thanks to our hugely popular all inclusive Cristal package you’ve been able to come here relaxed in the knowledge that we will look after your every need.

Diving at Moofushi

Diving has been one of our most popular activities since we opened, hardly surprising thanks to our stunning location on the South Ari Atoll, one of the best dive spots in the Maldives.

To make the diving experience even better we have invited a resident marine biologist for guests who want to learn more about what they see.

Diving scooter course at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving scooter course

With their help we run a PADI shark speciality course and from December to April, there’s snorkelling with manta rays.

For die-hard diving fans and adrenalin junkies, we’ve introduced the exciting diving scooter course climaxing with a scooter dive in Moofushi’s shark pass or one of our shark points.

Weddings and honeymoons

Over the last two years Moofushi has become a popular venue for destination weddings, and our personal wedding planner has helped make many couples’ dreams of a luxury Indian Ocean wedding come true.

Fans of Moofushi

We may have only been here for two years but some of our guests have loved their time with us so much they have returned again and again.

Guests beach dancing at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Guests beach dancing

Karine Hermelle has been to the resort five times. ‘Moofushi is more than just a vacation for me. You all have become my friends. Thanks to Bluetribe I passed my advanced open water diving within six days, Sanjeewa, the DJ, puts songs on that I like every night and the spa team pamper me. Thank you to you all.’

Find out more

See what luxury travel website Pursuitist.com has to say about Moofushi or visit our Constance Moofushi website.

And here are some more articles you may have missed:

Shark diving at Constance Moofushi

Sharks have long held a fascination for divers, and at Constance Moofushi we offer guests the opportunity to learn much more about these majestic creatures.

Diving with sharks at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving with sharks at Constance Moofushi

What you’ll learn

On our PADI shark speciality course, Moofushi’s shark specialist Valentina will teach you about their behaviour, their group relationships and their eco-system.

You then have the chance to go on 2 shark dives where you’ll encounter these creatures in their natural environment.

Rare ocean species at Moofushi

At Moofushi – situated on the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives -we are lucky enough to be on the migration route of many rare ocean species including whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea.

This shark diving course is run at our Blue Tribe Diving Centre and guests who complete the course will receive a PADI shark diver certification card as well as books and materials used during the course.

Find out more

For more information about the resort, visit our Constance Moofushi website or read our article about protecting sharks at Moofushi.

Also, take a look at the Dive the world website to learn about shark diving in the Maldives  and Shark Diver Magazine online.