Top 7 places to propose this Valentine’s Day

Here’s our pick of 7 romantic spots in the Indian Ocean for a last minute romantic getaway and proposal this Valentine’s Day.

Panoramic views of the Seychelles

Panoramic views of the Seychelles

1. A deserted island in the Maldives

Imagine a day on an island inhabited by just the two of you. Swim, sunbathe, snorkel, enjoy a picnic on the beach and when the moment’s right, ask your partner to marry you. Perfection. Day trips to your own deserted island are available from Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi.

2. A panoramic view in the Seychelles

Drive through the lush dense forest of Mahé’s interior to reach the colonial spice plantation, Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden with knock-your-socks-off panoramic views across the island and out to the ocean beyond. Have lunch in the restaurant and then meander down to the stunning Anse Royal below.

3. A high-octane, adrenalin-pumping proposal in Mauritius

If ziplining and quad biking is more your thing then why not stage your proposal at the Casela Nature and Leisure Park in Mauritius. With the longest zipline circuit in the Indian Ocean you could pop the question while flying through the air above stunning Mauritian jungle. Other activities include mountain biking, jeep safaris to see a range of animals including lions and monkeys, Segway and quad biking.

4. Barefoot and laidback on a private Madagascan island

Indulge in a slice of romantic perfection amidst the laidback charm of Constance Tsarabanjina with a hammock slung outside your beach villa just steps from the shoreline. When the time comes to pop the question staff can arrange a secluded table for two on the rocks above the beach where you can enjoy fresh lobster under a blanket of stars.

Is Madagascar on you short list of places to propose?

Is Madagascar on you short list of places to propose?

5. A floating restaurant on a beautiful Mauritian lagoon

Wind your way through mangrove trees, down a torch-lit gangplank and you’ll discover one of the world’s most romantic restaurants. Le Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice is situated across five decks floating on the picturesque lagoon. Watch the sun set over the still waters as stars fill the sky then open the champagne and tuck into some world-class cuisine.

6. On one of the world’s most beautiful beaches

Take a walk around the shore from the Seychelles resort Constance Lémuria and you’ll reach Anse Lazio, frequently voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Sheltered by granite boulders with talc-soft sand and shallow waters, Anse Lazio epitomises the image of Seychelles’ beaches that we dream of. Closer to Lémuria along the same shore is Anse Georgette, just as beautiful but less well known and more secluded.

7. Romance of the Coco de Mer in the Seychelles

The Coco de Mer has long been said to have aphrodisiac properties and although you can’t buy or take one of the suggestively shaped nuts off the island you can visit one of the only places on earth that they grow at the Vallée de Mai on Praslin. Walk in the stunning ancient forest and see these beautiful palm nuts growing in the wild.

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Domaine de la Citadelle to visit Constance Ephélia

Constance Ephélia has invited winemakers from the prestigious French Domaine de la Citadelle to create a perfectly paired wine menu for guests on 10 February at Cyann Restaurant.

The Cyann Restaurant at Constance Ephélia

The Cyann Restaurant at Constance Ephélia

Domaine De la Citadelle was created in 1989 from the passion of Yves Rousset-Rouard to produce a grand vin that fully reflected the Côtes du Luberon region.

Embracing the region’s traditions, variety of soil types (clay-limestone, clay-sandstone, stony and marl), aspect and climate, Yves and his son Alexis have been able to create one of the top domaines in the region.

Having planted 14 different grape varieties (Syrah and Grenache forming the majority), they have worked in traditional ways in order to maintain the balance between caring for the vines and the environment.

Each year the yield is carefully limited with a removal of a percentage of buds in spring and a ‘green harvest’ in July to ensure the grapes which remain are the very healthiest and sweetest. These are then picked, by hand, at the perfect moment to ensure optimum maturity.

Wine event at Constance Ephélia

Guests at Constance Ephélia will be able to enjoy a range of wines from Domaine de la Citadelle, alongside a menu created by our world-class chef to bring out the best in each wine, on 10 February.

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3 romantic villas for Valentine’s Day

Secluded, blissfully peaceful and offering a perfect slice of romantic heaven, here are three beautiful villas to escape to this Valentine’s Day.

The Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Could this be your Valentine’s Day surprise?

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

Spa Villa, Constance Ephélia

The Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

Water Villa, Constance Halaveli

The perfect romantic setting?

The Beach Villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Treat your loved one to the barefoot chic of Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Constance Tsarabanjina

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Travel inspiration 2014: Madagascar

If you dream of a Robinson Crusoe-style island, deserted beaches, walks through landscapes unchanged for thousands of years and close encounters with rare wildlife then Madagascar should be top of your wish list this year.

Travel inspiration: Madagascar

Travel inspiration: Madagascar

Off the well-worn tourist trail, Madagascar remains a relatively untouched paradise with rich cultural traditions and landscapes teeming with unique biodiversity.

Madagascan landscapes

Spend time on the mainland and go trekking in the breathtaking national parks (including the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bermaraha with its startling landscape of limestone needles) and visiting the country’s many vibrant bustling markets before heading to the beach for a little R&R.

Culinary traditions of Madagascar

In Madagascar even relaxation can feel like a cultural adventure with meals of fresh seafood still caught in the traditional way and prepared with the warm spices of the island in the same way it has been for hundreds of years.

At Constance Tsarabanjina guests will see local fishermen turning up on the beach to sell their catch to the hotel’s restaurant. Our chefs create delicious Madagascan dishes with an elegant twist.

Guests who want to immerse themselves in the island’s fishing heritage further can even take a trip on a pirogue (a traditional wooden fishing boat) and try Madagascan net fishing for themselves.

Bring home your catch and the chefs at the resort will prepare and cook it for you to enjoy in the evening.

Unique biodiversity of Madagascar

Of course, one of the main reasons people visit Madagascar is to encounter the unique biodiversity, more than 80 per cent of the flora and fauna here is not found anywhere else on Earth.

Landscapes range from tropical rainforest to spiny deserts, reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests. Species include the unique lemurs, endangered serpent eagle as well as rare chameleons and geckos.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

4 Deserts race, Madagascar

This year Madagascar has been selected to host the Roving Race section of the 4 Deserts race, the world’s leading endurance footrace. In August around 250 runners from more than 40 countries will take on the island’s varied terrain racing over 250km in seven days.

Scuba diving in Madagascar

Once you’ve seen the sights on land dive in to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and discover a submarine world still largely unexplored. The relatively recent growth of tourism in the region means that much of the ocean around the island has not been dived extensively before.

Off the coast of Tsarabanjina you can be among the first to discover vibrant coral reefs, stunning sponge gardens and a plethora of colourful marine life. The many dive sites include exciting tunnels, caves, overhangs, cliff-faces and beautiful reefs, providing something for divers of all levels.

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Global Adventuress praises Constance Hotels & Resorts in Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Global Adventuress visits Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Travel website Global Adventuress has described Constance as ‘a hotel group that offers incredible luxury resorts, spas and golf courses throughout the Indian Ocean’.

Travel writer and consultant Patricia Stone visited Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles, a trip which, she said, created many ‘wonderful memories’.

Writing for Global Adventuress, Stone says of her time at Constance Ephélia, ‘We found lots to do and stayed active bicycling around the resort property, exploring the beaches, working out at the fully equipped gym and even challenged ourselves to rock climb and zip line with onsite SMAC Adventures’.

Stone describes Constance Lémuria as a ‘family friendly resort set on the northwest side of Praslin with three of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world’.

Global Adventuress is a website dedicated to female travellers encouraging its readers to share their experiences, photos and advice.

Read more about Stones time in the Seychelles at Global Adventuress.

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Constance culinary spirit

The annual Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, brings together leading Michelin-starred chefs and Constance chefs in a week-long event of sharing ideas, skills and culinary traditions.

The Constance culinary spirit

The Constance culinary spirit

At the heart of the festival lies the Constance culinary spirit. Our hotels and resorts have built their reputation on the exceptional culinary experience that we offer guests.

Each of our talented chefs has their own style and character while following the philosophy that underpins this culinary spirit:

  • using fresh, top-quality produce to create a sophisticated, international cuisine
  • working together as a team to create culinary delights for the pleasure of our guests.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Since 2006 we have worked closely with Relais Bernard Loiseau to create a festival that demonstrates our passion for culinary adventure, delicious fresh ingredients and sophisticated international cuisine.

We showcase the best of the produce and culinary wonders of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. One of the basic rules of the competition is to use local produce and spices as much as possible.

To date, we’ve created a high profile event that exudes warmth and humanity.

The Michelin-starred chefs at this year’s festival, taking place from 31 March to 7 April, will include:

Mirto Marchesi – Relais & Châteaux le Chalet d’Adrien, La Table d’Adrien, Verbier, Switzerland
Jacob Holmström, Gastrologik Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden
Nicolas Massé, Les Sources de Caudalie, La Grand Vigne, Bordeaux-Martillac, France
Tim Allen, Launceston Place, London, England
Jens Rittmeyer, Budersand Hotel – Golf & Spa, Sylt, Restaurant Kai 3, Hörnum, Germany

Visit the website for more information on this event : Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Book our Passion of Gastronomy Package in Mauritius

Guests can experience food created by all of these prestigious chefs at a special 6 star dinner held at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice during the culinary festival as part of our 7 Nights Passion of Gastronomy Package.

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