Snorkelling with Manta Rays at Constance Moofushi

Manta Ray at Constance Moofushi

Majestic Manta Ray

Every year manta rays arrive to swim in the crystal clear waters around Constance Moofushi. This season, they arrived on 21 December and will stay until the end of April.

Guests at Moofushi can experience swimming alongside these incredible creatures. The Blue Tribe Diving Centre organises snorkelling trips at 3.30pm every day for guests.

Enjoy these amazing photos and facts about mantas, sent from our wonderful dive masters at Moofushi.

1. Manta Rays can be found throughout tropical waters across the world where they often congregate around coral reefs. 

 

Manta Ray and fish

Manta Ray and fish in crystal clear waters

2. It’s estimated there are around 10,000 Manta Rays living in the Maldives.

3. Manta Rays are extremely peaceful creatures and pose no threat to scuba divers. They display curiosity towards humans and enjoy swimming among scuba divers. 

4. Manta rays are easily found at various ‘cleaning stations’ around the Maldives, where they gather near the coral reef and small fish pass through their gills, feeding off dead tissue and parasites and cleaning the manta in the process.  It’s not uncommon to see groups of up to 150 Manta Rays at a cleaning station at one time.

 

 

Manta Ray

Close up with a Maldivian Manta Ray

5. When divers witness a gathering at a cleaning station, they should keep their distance and remain quiet, so as not to startle the manta rays, who will leave if disturbed.

Chinese New Year at Constance Halaveli

Fruit skewer palm tree

Fruit skewer palm tree

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

On the evening of 23 January, Constance Halaveli celebrated the Year of the Dragon for Chinese New Year – a very important holiday for our Chinese guests.

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The end of new year is celebrated on the 15th day with a nighttime Lantern Festival.

As the year of the Dragon unfolds, it promises to be one of excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity – all characteristics of the Dragon.

For travel, Dragons are often attracted by the bizarre. No self-respecting Dragon desires to walk in a tourist’s footsteps. Instead, they take a lot of pleasure in finding hidden destinations, or locations off the beaten track.

Dragons are also sentimental at heart, so taking a second honeymoon would bring immense pleasure too.

If you celebrated Chinese New Year at Constance Hotels, we’d love to see your photos. You can post them on the Constance Facebook page.

Great progress with reefscaping at Constance Halaveli Resort

Coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli

Purple tips of the new coral regrowth

Back in November 2011, our team of experts at Constance Halaveli Resort launched a reefscaping programme that aims to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the Maldives’ resort, and help repair the damage caused by the 2004 Tsunami in 2004.

Since we launched the metal cage structure into the lagoon, there has been significant growth. The purple tips of the coral are a sign that the coral is growing a very rapid rate. Great news!

The next step in the project is a delicate and very important one. Once the coral has reached a healthy size it will be removed from the metal frame and planted in the sea bed within a marked area. 

Coral growing at Constance Halaveli Resort

Great progress as the coral starts to grow

The coral will then be monitored regularly to see how it adapts to being placed back in the natural environment.

We’ll keep you posted on progress.

We’d love to hear what you think about the project – you can leave a comment on the blog below, or post to our Constance Facebook page or Twitter.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Constance Ephelia Resort

Family villa at Constance Ephelia

Spacious family villa

There’s a great article about Constance Ephelia Resort in the February edition of The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, out in newsagents now.

Journalist Jeremy Lazell takes his family to the Seychelles and discovers that 5* luxury beach resorts and children are a winning combination when you visit Constance Ephelia. 

Family holidays with Constance

Constance hotels have much to offer families looking for luxury in a paradise setting. Read this first hand account by the Guittet family about what it’s like to go on holiday to a Constance hotel.

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Top tips for what to pack when travelling with children

We recently ran a competition asking what item you always take with you when travelling with children.

Kids Club at Constance Hotels Experience

Kids Club with Constance

You sent in some great ideas. We’ve selected some of the best, both serious and funny.

All are guaranteed to help any parent when travelling with children. And some might also act a reminder to pack our sense of humour when travelling with little ones!

The winning entry came from Roleen McNeilage:

  • Balloons and pens to draw faces on them to keep them amused.

And here are some of the other great entries we received through the Constance Facebook page and our Twitter account @constancehotels. Enjoy!

  • Favourite cuddly toy and blanket, with an address around the toy’s neck in case it gets lost!
  • Calpol – you never know when you might need it
  • Their favourite toys
  • A lot of patience
  • Duck Tape – works everytime
  • A portable DVD player
  • A Harry Potter CD
  • Baby wipes
  • Their own pillow
  • Sun cream
  • Crayons and drawing pad, or mini whiteboard and pen
  • Lots of activities and nibbles or alternatively… the grandparents!
  • Plasticine
  • Food - my son can’t go for more than 5 mins without eating something
  • The ultimate kid toy (for boys) for a nice vacation in a Constance beach resort is a small Hot Wheels pick-up truck on large wheels. Perfect to play in the sand. Create a crazy race track in the sand with your son, use shells, stones to decorate the roads, build bridges, tunnels… and you’re all set to enjoy a good book for a few hours.
  • Babysitter or nanny
  • Nightlight – turns a scary new bedroom into a pleasurable experience!
  • New books we know they’ll like
  • Nintendo ds and electronic games

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Spotlight: Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria is a 5* deluxe resort set amidst lush vegetation on the pristine island of Praslin, Seychelles.

Beach at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning beach at Constance Lemuria

The white sand beach of Anse Lazio is paradise on earth, and at Anse Kerlan you’ll find turtle nesting sites.

Award winning luxury resort

At the recent World Travel Awards, the travel equivalent of the Oscars, Constance Lémuria was voted:

  • Seychelles’ Leading Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Golf Resort (for the 4th year running)
  • Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort (for the 2nd year running)

 

Luxury accommodation

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Materials used in the sleek design of Constance Lémuria include wood, marble, stone and pink granite. The quality and originality of the buildings exceed the expectations of guests who are looking for grown-up luxury and comfort of the highest standard. All this works thrillingly with the preserved beauty of the natural environment.

  • Junior and Senior Suites offer intimacy and blend with the landscape, offering stunning views across the Indian Ocean. You can relax on your private terrace under the shade of the overhanging palm trees.
  • Luxurious Villas offer a bespoke service as they come complete with their own villa master who will tailor theConstance service to your individual requirements. The villas open directly on to the gardens and beach, and include lounge, dining room and swimming pool.
  • Presidential Villa at Lémuria offers all-out privacy and indulgence, more akin to staying in your own private hotel than a villa within a resort. Perched on the granite blocks of the southern tip of the Anse Kerlan, the villa comes with 3 suites, an outside Jacuzzi, study and dining room. The ultimate in decadence, there are 3 swimming pools situated at different levels, all leading to a private beach.

Divine dining

Beach bar and grill at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning setting for the beach bar and grill

Three restaurants located in 3 stunning locations offer a wide range of French and international cuisine blending Seychellois flavours with traditional recipes.

The gloriously inviting bars offer a great space for guests to relax and drink in the night air.

The most beautiful golf course in the world?

At Constance Lémuria you’ll also find the only golf course in Seychelles.

Many golfers have hailed Lémuria Golf Course as a golfers paradise and the most beautiful of its kind in the world – and with truly magnificent scenery spanning views of three spectacular beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

Award winning golf course at Constance Lemuria

Award winning golf course at Lemuria

This 18-hole, a Par 70, was opened on 1 October 2000 and covers an area of 5580 meters. With a free green fee for hotel residents, it offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

The design by internationally renowned golf architect was also influenced by Rodney Wright and the champion Marc-Antoine Farry. Anse Georgette beach welcomes you for a refreshment after the 15th hole. The club house offers a restaurant bar and a boutique. Lessons, caddy player and rental equipment are also available.

Find out more about the Golfers’ paradise at the only golf resort in the Seychelles: Constance Lemuria.

Spa indulgence

When you’re ready to indulge your senses beyond relaxing on the beach and discovering the beauty of the island, head to the Seychelles’ leading spa where you can take your pick from the delightful Shiseido or Spa de Constance treatments.

Our turtle programme

Turtle at Constance Lemuria

Turtles at Constance Lemuria

At Constance Hotels Experience, we’re passionate about conserving the environment we live in, and at Constance Lémuria we run a turtle preservation programme.

Our Turtle Manager can take Constanceguests to see the baby turtles move down to the sea. Seeing these primal creatures take their first steps towards the ocean is a truly amazing experience. Find out more about Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Top travel destination for 2012

The Seychelles is one of the hottest travel destinations for 2012.

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