Top 3 Diving posts for April

Scuba Diving is a real passion of ours here at Constance Resorts Experience. We recently hi-lighted our Top 3 Diving Resorts in the Seychelles and now we would like to highlight some of our favourite blog posts from recent weeks on the subject of diving. Please let us know your thoughts and if you have any content you think we would be interested in please dont hesitate to get in contact with us via Twitter or in the comment section below. In no particular order here they are:

1. Scuba Guru – Expand your consciousness…Dive Anywhere

You don’t have to go on holiday to go diving. PADI’s diving guru gives a rundown of all the other places you can spend your time diving and honing your skills. Diving in your bath tub may not be the height of the scuba experience but it can start to prepare you for a luxurious diving holiday.

2. NDO to take the Dunker Challenge!

This really is extreme diving if ever I have seen it. Best of luck to Jeff Reed with his ‘Escape the Dunker’ Challenge. We wish him even more luck with his efforts in raising his goal of £1m to support the families of serving and former Royal Marines. You can donate to Jeff on his just giving page here.

3. Review: Sunnto D4 Wrist/Dive Computer

Scuba Diver Life have a great review of the Sunnto D4 Dive Computer. The perfect accessory for divers new and old. A great device for giving you all the vital information you will want to know when diving. It even tracks your dive so that you can analyse it later on your PC. I recommend watching the video for  closer look at the features on offer.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Video: diving in the Seychelles: underwater action!

Yesterday, our experts blogged about their top 3 diving locations in the Seychelles – today, we thought we’d whet your appetite a little more and bring you a little video clip taken by sea lovers at our Constance Ephelia Resort.

Click on the image below to visit YouTube and see the Seychelles diving video clip. I don’t know about you, but it’s making us itchy for our next dive experience!

Diving with a Manta Ray, Seychelles

Diving with a Manta Ray

Top 3 diving sites in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is one of the greatest places for diving in the world. Featuring no less than 6 national marine parks, there’s an abundance of spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Top 3 dive sites in the Seychelles

Top 3 dive sites in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is on the African continental shelf which means the sea is shallow in most dive sites (12 to 15 meters) which makes it perfect for novice divers who might be a little nervous – but it also has wildlife and wonderful diving experiences (such as wrecks) for established divers.

If you’re planning a luxury diving holiday, our diving experts at Constance Ephilia Resort, Seychelles, have come up with their top 3 dive spots, along with information about how to get there and why the dive site is so special.

1. Trois Bank

Location
Situated about 5 miles south east from Constance Ephelia Resort

How do you get to it
20 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
Experienced open water divers

Typical dive
The maximum depth at this site is 23 meters. With nice granite rocks formation, coral formation raised nearly to 4 meters to the surface; you could swim through these rocks.

Marine life
There are around 15-20 grey reef sharks most of the time. Groups of octopus, eagle rays, school of barracuda, bat fish, reef fishes and morays.

Visibility
Fantastic – most of the time 20/30 meters or more.

2. National Marine Park, Cap Ternay

Location
Next bay from Constance Ephelia Resort

How do you get to it?
12 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
Anyone from beginners to advanced qualified divers can enjoy this site.

Typical dive
Very calm bay, beautiful coral reef full of marine life, starting from its shallow reef (about 1 metre) to a maximum of 24 meters.

There is a large flat reef area with a gradual drop off from about 6 meters to 24 metres at 45 angles.

Diving with a Manta Ray, Seychelles

Diving with a Manta Ray

Marine life
Beautiful reef fishes, morays, lion fish, turtles, humphead parrot fish, trumpet fish, clown fish, and many other species.

From August to September, it is easily to meet the giant whale sharks and sometimes also the dolphins.

3. Dredger Wreck

Location
1 mile far from Bel Ombre Area, North/West coast Seychelles

How do you get to it?
20 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
This site is better suited to divers with experience of open water diving – more advanced divers are preferred.
There’s a small dredger (about 15 meters) for divers to explore. It was sunk on purpose for divers in the mid 80s. It lies at 27 meters depth near to a nice reef.

Marine life
The dredger wreck has created a nice hiding place for cat fish, morays, lobster, stone fish, lion fish, and scorpion fish. Big school of yellow snappers that cover the whole wreck.

Sometimes giant puffer fish and school of bat fish can be spotted, sting rays in the sand. In the mid water (above the wreck), there are always visitors like school of jack fish, fusilier and job fish.

Find out more about our luxury diving experiences at the Constance Ephelia Hotel, Seychelles.

Top 5 kids activities to do on a beach holiday

If you’re planning a beach holiday with your family, we’ve learned a few things about kids activities at our resorts – so here’s our top 5 to help you out:

Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience

1. Water parks

Age range: 4 years and up

Children (and adults) of all ages love water parks! First and foremost, it’s an outing, but what kids don’t love wave pools, giant slides, crazy rivers, inflatable tubes to sit in and a myriad of water slides to play on?

Many water parks also have other activities, like bumper cars. There are more relaxed pools for parents who don’t like the hustle and bustle and of course, there’s space to sunbathe.

We often run excursions to water parks twice a week because parents and children demand it, so if you’re planning a family holiday, check out the nearest water park

2: Crab hunting!

Age range: 4 – 12 year olds

Crab hunting is a fantastic activity for children on a beach holiday. Whether you’re staying at a luxury resort or are having a quieter family holiday in the sun, kids always enjoy hunting for crabs.

For most children, crab hunting isn’t something they can do in their everyday life. It gives them a chance to play in the sand with a purpose. And crabs claws and their sideways shuffling always gets kids going!

Make it a competition if you’ve got more than one child – they love to see who can catch the most crabs. Also, you don’t always have to do it in the day – children love crab hunting by torchlight on the beach!

At Constance Hotels, we know how popular this activity is because we run crab hunting as an activity for children staying at our resorts like the Belle Mare Plage resort in Mauritius. It’s not just the children who ask for more – parents often come back and book their children in for a repeat activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Diving - fish underwater

 

 

 

3. Scuba diving!

Age range: 8 years and up

Not all beach resorts will offer this service, but it’s great to get children initiated into Scuba diving while they are still young. Discovering life underwater is both educational and fun – and they love discovering that they can breathe underwater.

At the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort, there is a dedicated Dive Master that will take maximum 5 children and the activity will take place in the pool in the shallower sections. Other beach resorts will have their own children’s dive schools and instructors, so find out before you go.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding flowers on the beach

 

 

 

4. Make flower necklaces!

Age range: 4-7 years

Children love searching for things, so how about creating a game of flower necklaces. First of all, your children need to search for flowers – preferably of different kinds. You could incorporate an educational aspect about the different flowers if you like.

Once the flowers are collected, you can then help them make them into wonderful flower necklaces for a fashion show!

At Constance Belle Mare Plage kids’ club, our hostess shows the children how to prepare their necklaces after they’ve found their flowers. For those who did not search for flowers – usually boys – the hostess will show them different tattoos. It is harmless for the skin and easily washable.

Even if you aren’t at a resort with a kids’ club, this is an activity the children love – and it’s free and easy.

5. Go local!

Ages: any age (4-12 for Dancing in Mauritius)

If you’re travelling abroad, what local customs could your children get involved with? Food, fun, dancing? Most places have local customs or traditions that are fantastic for your children to get involved with.

For example, in Mauritius, our hotels run Sega Traditional Dance of Mauritius classes. Children get to learn and rehearse a traditional Mauritian dance for a week before putting a show on for their parents – and other hotel guests! They get to dress up in traditional costume, dance and have a fantastic time. The parents love it and the children gain confidence from being in the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Kakoo kids clubs

 

 

 

More information about Constance Hotels Experience kids’ clubs

We have made the above recommendations for children’s activities on holiday because we’ve learnt from experience at our exceptional kids’ club at Constance Belle Mare Plage – these are the top activities our children love!

We have dedicated Mini club Hostess who welcomes children and parents at the club when they arrive. Everyone gets a Mini club folder explaining the opening times and activities and the interesting adventures that the children can discover.

Our Kids’ Club caters for children from 04 years to 12 years old and is open from 09h00 to 22h00. The mini club is surrounded with a nice wooden barrier where there is one access door.

Inside we have a small children’s pool, an area with partly sand and grass. There are Swings and slides where children can enjoy themselves. Terraces where children can enjoy paintings and read books and play games.

There’s a TV Corner to watch movies and another TV corner to play games. There is a small kitchen and a special air condition room for babies to sleep. There is the shower and Toilette corner specially design for children.

Parents are provided with a folder and the mini club daily activity sheet where they can see what is going on during the day.

Top tips for planning your dream honeymoon

If you’re planning the perfect honeymoon, read our top 10 honeymoon tips for a successful dream break.

Before you go…

1. Location, location, location

Constance Ephilia Hotel Resort Seychelles - location shot

Luxury honeymoon location: Ephilia Hotel Resort, Seychelles

One of you loves the sun, luxury swimming pools and relaxing massages, the other enjoys diving, fine foods and exclusive bars and clubs.

Remember, your honeymoon destination needs to work for both of you. Luxury and exclusivity can take many different forms but the first and most important honeymoon tip is to choose where you go together.

Top honeymoon tip: make a list of ideal, dream destinations separately and then see if any of your ideas match.

2. Let an expert help you

The internet has made finding and booking that luxury honeymoon that bit easier and you might want to do it all yourself. But it’s always worth remembering that there are experts out there who can help. It’s a once in a lifetime holiday you’re planning, so using a travel agent or a consultant from a luxury resort might be worthwhile.

Top honeymoon tip: if you’re struggling with co-ordinating flight and hotel bookings with excursions and honeymoon activities, get professional advice to take some of the pressure off.

3. Plan your relaxation, excursions and luxury pampering in advance

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Planning a luxury poolside spa holiday?

You probably don’t want to plan too much – it is your honeymoon, after all. But scheduling in some key activities in advance can take the stress out of things.

You’re on your honeymoon – you’ll want to spend every breathing moment together, right? Actually, it’s a great idea to plan a little time apart, too. Having a massage while your husband or wife enjoys some ‘me time’ with a book will give you both a bit of relaxing space and something to look forward to – your reunion.

Top honeymoon tip: plan and book little luxuries and trips in advance – both together and separately.

While you’re there…

4. Eat well, drink well and don’t feel guilty about it

Luxury food hotel resort

Excellent food is all part of the luxury experience

If you’re planning a luxury honeymoon, remember that the luxury extends to all elements of your holiday, not just your location.

If you’re visiting a honeymoon resort, they will provide food and drink to die for – don’t feel guilty about it, dive in and enjoy everything they have to offer. Sample local cuisine, eat the luxury truffles and pastries and drink the champagne without guilt – it’s your honeymoon.

Top honeymoon tip: indulge without guilt!

5. Take lots of photographs

You’ve paid a fortune for an exclusive honeymoon of a lifetime – don’t forget to document it . Take lots and lots of photographs.

Top honeymoon tip: ask other people to take photographs of you together – you’ll cherish these when you look back on your honeymoon together.

6. Remember to pamper each other

Remember to pamper yourself and each other. Find out what your honeymoon resort or location offers in the way of pampering, but remember that pampering isn’t only about the luxuries you can pay for.

Your honeymoon will probably be somewhere extraordinary, so remember to enjoy it together. Take a beach walk at sunset, have breakfast by the sea, enjoy cliff top walks while discussing your future together, your hope and dreams.

Top honeymoon tip: remember that massages can also be a private pampering experience, so pack some oil and pamper each other in the privacy of your own room.

7. Tell everyone you’re on your honeymoon

You’ll be surprised at the extra special service you’ll get when people realise you’re on your honeymoon.

As a newly married couple, you could enjoy provide free champagne, food or other exclusive treats and discounts.

Top honeymoon tip: tell everyone you’re on honeymoon – you’re allowed to be proud of each other and you never know what extra luxuries you might get as a result.

8. Forget about everyone and everything at home

Just for once, forget about family, friends and work back at home. This is about the two of you and your new life together.

Top honeymoon tip: Enjoy yourself and each other and live in the moment.

9. Don’t let sunburn spoil things

One sensible suggestion to make sure you make the most of each other and your once in a lifetime honeymoon – remember your suncream. Sunburn can mean being touched is agonising. Is that what you want on your honeymoon?

Top honeymoon tip: Use high factor suncream, even if it looks overcast.

10. Allow some time back at home before you go back to work

If it’s possible, allow a few days to readjust when you get back home from honeymoon. If you have to go back to work straight away, your luxury break might seem like a distant memory all too soon.

Top honeymoon tip: Book a couple of extra days to enjoy being home together before the real world starts up again.

Create your own luxury spa experience

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Luxury spa hot stones: don't try this at home!

Can’t wait for your luxury spa holiday to start? Just back from a luxury spa holiday and suffering withdrawal symptoms?

We’ve put together some tips for you to enjoy the pampering of a spa holiday from the comfort of your own home. Okay, so it’s not going to be quite the same exclusive experience, but it’s a start.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

If you’re going to enjoy the spa experience at home, make sure you have some time alone and that nobody is going to disturb you. This is your day and you need time to enjoy it.

Candles, bath oils, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, nail polish, nail files, face packs, bath robes, slippers – there’s a lot of planning to do to make your home spa experience complete. Preparation is everything!

Have a relaxing bath

Choose the right bath foam or oil for you – scented oil, a bath bomb, bath salts or aromatherapy oils. Why not have some scented candles in the room, or for a real sense of the luxury spa experience, use some floating candles and petals in the bath water.

Don’t rush this part of your spa experience – get a bath pillow, sit back and enjoy a precious few moments of calm. If the water cools down, top it up with more hot water and take a few more minutes.

Take a shower

Yes, you’ve had a bath, but that was for relaxation purposes. Now shower yourself off and shampoo and condition your hair. Why not choose more luxurious products that your usual ones for that extra special sheen?

While you’re relaxing, shave your legs and armpits then use a body scrub or loofah to exfoliate before using a scented bodywash before rinsing and towelling yourself down.

Cleanse, tone and moisturise

If you want to, now’s the time for a facemask. Otherwise, now you’re relaxed and clean, cleanse and tone your face. Either use your favourite cleanser and toner or get one you haven’t tried before that suits your skin type.  Now it’s time to moisturise – not just your face but your entire body. Don’t rush it – take your time and enjoy it.

Now, put on your bath robe and comfy slippers. Your ready for hair and nails.

Hair

Before getting to your hair, pluck your eyebrows while your pores are still open. Brush and style your hair – why not try something different – if you normally wear your hair up, let it down – or vice versa.

Nails

Clean off any nail polish from your hands, moisturise and file your nails before painting them. Why not choose a different shade to normal?

While your doing your finger nails, why not soak your feet in a salt water bath, before rubbing on some foot balm and painting your toe nails?

Other luxuries

Get some of your favourite magazines in – while you’re waiting for your toenails to dry, sit down with a cup of tea – or a glass of wine – and read. Enjoy the peace and quiet.