5 tips for taking kids on a luxury holiday

Travelling with kids can be a great experience, expanding your children’s horizons and giving you a chance to spend real quality time together.

Family fun on a luxury holiday

Family fun on a luxury holiday

So don’t let worries about safety, keeping them entertained or strange food put you off.  Here’s our round up of some of the leading bloggers who have turned travelling with children into a way of life.

1. Tips on packing for a luxury family holiday

Hip Travel Mama claims the biggest mistake we all make is to over pack, particularly when travelling with our kids. One essential she recommends is a kids ‘distraction pack’, which she gives to her children only once they’re through airport security, full of games, colouring crayons, pads and so on.

2. Encourage them to keep a travel journal

Family travel site Ciao Bambino advises getting children engaged with a trip by encouraging them to keep a travel journal. Whether it’s full of crayon pictures for younger kids, or thoughts and pictures for the older ones it’s a great memento of a family trip.

3. Get to know you hotel concierge

Julie Cohn advises Travelingmom readers to get to know the hotel concierge. She claims many parents don’t make the most of the free services the concierge offers including informing, organising and booking family activities.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

4. Book a trip to celebrate a special occasion

Kim-Marie Evans of Luxury Travel Mom has a tradition of taking her children on a luxury break on their own for their 10th birthday. Taking the children away one at a time gives an opportunity to really connect with them as individuals. Her major tip is don’t feel guilty about your other children (or your partner) – so long as they each get their own turn. She also advises getting the child involved with the planning so that the trip is one you both want.

5. Make travel an educational as well as a fun experience for kids

In an interview for This is my happiness, Paul Johnson of A Luxury Travel Blog says he believes it’s important to talk to your kids about where they’re going, find it on the map, talk about the history and culture of the place so that they get the most out of their trip.

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Smith & Family rates Constance Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli

Stylish family travel specialist Smith & Family has included Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli in its guide to the best family-friendly coastal hotels.

Smith & Family loved Halaveli's family beach villas

Smith & Family loved Halaveli’s family beach villas

Part of the Mr & Mrs Smith group, Smith & Family aims to select the very best fun, stylish hotels from around the globe to recommend to its readers with children.

Having already attracted a loyal following amongst couples seeking beautiful luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean, families are now also discovering that Constance offers much for those looking for luxury where children are also welcome.

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius and Constance Halaveli, Maldives have been included in its ‘Beach in Reach’ section, which it says looked for hotels worldwide that mixed ‘buckets of fun for children with a relaxing retreat for parents’.

At Le Prince Maurice, Smith & Family were impressed by the two-bedroom family suites with a children’s bedroom complete with bunk beds and steps to the sinks in the bathroom.

Halaveli was praised for its family beach villas, which come with what it described as ‘helpful essentials’ including pushchair, cot and bottle-sterilising unit. For older families it recommended the double storey villas with pool giving parents and teenagers plenty of space to spread out.

Both hotels were recognised for the complimentary ‘fun, friendly kids club’ Constance Kids Club.

Read more on the Smith & Family website.

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What to pack for a luxury beach holiday

Planning a luxury escape to a far-flung beach this year? Here’s our pick of the top beach chic recommendations from style gurus Net-a-porter and Vogue.

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Net-a-porter

Spring/Summer trends 2014

Bang on trend for spring/summer 2014 are exotic prints inspired by far off places and used in light, flowing kaftans, maxi dresses and tunics. Etro looked East for its wrapping designs while Valentino and Chloé use the colours and patterns of Morocco. Perfect beach and day wear for exotic locations.

Net–a–porter highlighted Maiyet’s silk-chiffon batik maxi dress as embodying the trend.

Poolside chic

In a roundup of poolside chic, Net-a-porter have chosen bold prints in light materials such as Dolce & Gabbana’s printed silk-chiffon tunic.

Meeting the current trend for wedge sandals is Kenzo’s palm tree-print leather version.

Serious swimmers and water sports enthusiasts can mix this year’s monochrome style with streamline practicality in the cut-out swimsuit from Adidas by Stella McCartney.

While those who’s priority is sunbathing and glamour will love the vibrant colours and patterns of Mara Hoffman’s Ganesh printed bikini.

Poolside chic

Poolside chic

Vogue

In it’s run down of trends for Spring/Summer 2014, the fashion magazine Vogue also highlighted the tribal influences in the ranges of many of the designers.

Other trends to look out for this season include logo and slogan emblazoned summer t-shirts, floral patterns, lots of exposed midriffs and a new wave of old school athletic wear. Monochrome is back but colour lovers shouldn’t despair as there are still many glorious colours on offer in rainbow hues.

This month’s beach must-haves

As the weather heats up Vogue is already preparing for summer with a list of the best ‘Ugly-Pretty Sandals’ which it describes as this ‘summer’s must-have shoe’.

The magazine also highlights the Beach Flamingo bikini in its March ‘We Want This…’ collection. The bikini merges sporty and boho with a tasselled patterned top and sporty bottoms.

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A guide to a luxury honeymoon in Maldives

If you’re planning a Maldives honeymoon you’ve already chosen one of the world’s most romantic spots. Here’s our guide to making sure you also get the full luxury experience.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

1. Make sure the accommodation measures up for luxury

A honeymoon is a time to indulge in the very best and that includes the accommodation. At Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi you can choose between elegant spacious water villas hovering over tranquil lagoons or beach villas tucked on the edge of white sand. Traditional Maldivian influences are found in the Dhoni shaped villas, and palm-thatched roofs of Halaveli, where all the villas come with their own private pool, and the rustic design and art featured in the villas at Moofushi. Seating areas, private terraces, spacious modern bathrooms and sumptuously comfortable beds all add to the overall feeling of understated luxury.

2. Secluded places to be alone

A luxury Maldives’ honeymoon is all about sharing private moments in a beautiful setting and at Halaveli and Moofushi there is no shortage of spaces where you can be alone. At Moofushi you can spend a romantic evening under the stars enjoying a candlelit dinner for two on your very own sandbank. In-villa dining is the perfect option if you want to enjoy sumptuous fine-dining alone. If you want total seclusion take a boat trip to a deserted island for just the two of you and spend the day lying on your own beach, swimming alone in crystal waters and breathing in the romance of the Maldives.

A luxury honeymoon in the Maldives

A luxury honeymoon in the Maldives

3. Plan some once in a lifetime moments

Take the time in the Maldives to create memories that will last a lifetime. After a few days spent lying back in the sun, there’s plenty on offer beyond the beach. At both Moofushi and Halaveli you can take a sunset cruise in a traditional Maldivian Dhoni, or visit a local fishing village. For something a bit more adrenalin-charged you could explore the stunning Ari Atoll scuba diving. Meet the vibrant local marine life from colourful corals to blue-striped snappers.

4. First-class cuisine

Whether you’re enjoying sushi or salads by the beach or romantic candle-lit dinners for two, great food is an integral ingredient in the perfect luxury honeymoon. At Halaveli and Moofushi our world-class chefs use only the freshest, high quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible. Inspired by European traditions with Maldivian ingredients and flare, fine dining is given a local twist. Enjoy extensive wine lists with wines sourced from around the globe by our expert sommeliers.

5. Choose whether to go all-inclusive

There are benefits either way. For those who like the freedom to build their own holiday in their own way, a non-inclusive holiday can be the best option. Alternativley, our Cristal Package at Moofushi offers a luxury all-inclusive option with everything from super-premium spirits, international wine list and meals to snorkelling equipment and a Dhoni boat excursion.

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A guide to luxury weddings in Mauritius

Mauritius has been ranked top location in the world for destination weddings in a recent report from Kuoni.

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious villas at Constance Belle Mare Plage

On Mauritius, nature has created a perfect backdrop of white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush tropical foliage, and at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, we’ve added a special dash of Constance luxury.

Your own dedicated wedding planner

Relax in the knowledge that someone understands exactly what you want and is working hard to make it happen.

Our wedding planners will contact you before you set off to discuss exactly what you want for your special day, and ensure it’s ready for you when you arrive.

On arrival your wedding planner will show you around the hotel or resort so that you can select exactly where you would like your ceremony to take place.

Create the wedding of your dreams

Our luxury wedding package includes everything you’ll need for a perfect day but if you want to add some personal elements or details just let us know.

If you dream about sailing off together into an Indian Ocean sunset, dining at a private table for two in a secluded spot, having your own DJ spin your favourite tunes or enjoying a pre-wedding couple’s spa treatment, we’ll take care of all the details.

Relax at the bar

Relax at the bar

Luxury accommodation

Whether you choose a secluded private villa with its own pool or an elegant, spacious suite, the luxury accommodation will give you the perfect relaxed space to retreat to for some precious time alone.

In-villa dining and 24-hour room service gives you the opportunity to really enjoy the seclusion of your accommodation.

Fine dining

Enjoy candle-lit meals of sumptuous gourmet dishes lovingly prepared by our world-class chefs and pair them with some of the world’s best wines from our extensive cellars in our fine-dining restaurants.

Enjoy the very freshest local and international ingredients whether you are looking for 5* dining or sushi on the beach.

Things for newly-weds to do in Mauritius:

1. Take a helicopter ride around the island

See the dramatic landscape of this beautiful tropical island from the air with an exhilarating helicopter ride.

The Legend golf course

The Legend golf course

2. Play golf on a championship golf course

Both Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage have access to our two championship 18-hole courses. Whether you are a novice and need coaching by the pros at our Golf Academy or you’re an old-hand you’ll love the challenges set by our courses.

3. Ziplining through the mountainous countryside

Feel the rush of adrenalin as you cruise through the air on a course of ziplines over plantation land and lush tropical forests.

4. Explore the Indian Ocean

Whether you enjoy life above or below the waves there’s plenty do in Mauritius from water skiing and wind surfing to scuba diving and snorkelling.

5. Visit Port Louis

The island’s bustling capital is a fast-track into the Mauritian way of life. Barter for a bargain in the busy central market, rub shoulders with the Mauritians at the famous Champ de Mars race course or just buy a coffee and people watch along the Caudan Waterfront.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice or Constance Belle Mare Plage or to make a booking.

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Pursuitist rates luxury family holidays at Le Prince Maurice

Premier luxury website Pursuitist applauds Constance Le Prince Maurice’s family-friendly credentials.

Family fun at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Family fun at Constance Le Prince Maurice

In her review for the trend-setting website Kim-Marie Evans, Luxury Travel Mom, says Le Prince Maurice makes the perfect family holiday destination.

‘A glance at the images of the ultra luxe Le Prince Maurice on the island of Mauritius might make you think this exclusive paradise is not kid friendly. Nothing could be further from the truth.’

Evans visited Mauritius with her 8 year old son who enjoyed a raft of activities under the experienced guidance of the staff of the Constance Kids’ Club including learning to water ski, a trip on a glass bottom boat and exploring the island.

‘Families can enjoy ocean front villas with private pools or swoon worthy thatched roof huts perched over the water on stilts.’

‘While the parents enjoy the world-class spa or water sports in the bathtub warm ocean, children enjoy their own fun in the complimentary kids’ club. Little ones have their own village including a shallow swimming pool, mini sun loungers and trampoline all within a safe picket fenced enclave.’

To read Kim-Marie Evans’ full review and have a gander through her beautiful photographs of the hotel and Mauritius, visit the Pursuitist website.

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