12 reasons to spend Christmas at Constance in the Seychelles this year

Get a taste of Christmas with these 12 highlights of the festivities at Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria this December.

Enjoy a Christmas at Constance - Cocktail lessons at the Zee Bar

Enjoy a Christmas at Constance – Cocktail lessons at the Zee Bar

  • Kick off the perfect family Christmas with the Grand Christmas family Night at Corossol at Ephélia on Christmas Eve.
  • Get in the festive spirit and join us for Christmas Carols on the Pool Deck at Lémuria.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous Christmas Gourmet Menu by Chef Kamlesh at Ephélia’s elegantly refined Cyann restaurant.
  • Learn to mix the perfect cocktail at Ephélia’s Christmas Eve cocktail mixing class at Zee Bar.
  • Savour a Christmas dinner with a difference at Lémuria’s Seahorse restaurant with its opulent Christmas Day turkey and truffles menu.
  • Let the kids stay up late on Christmas night to enjoy the North Pole pyjama party at Lémuria’s Kids Club.
  • Wake up on Boxing Day to a sweet champagne breakfast at Ephélia’s Corossol.
  • Watch the kids have the time of their lives as they put on a Constance Circus to entertain the parents at Kids Club, Lémuria.
  • Get yourself ready for the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Lémuria with a special ‘Glamour Sparkling Ritual’ at the Shiseido Spa. The treatment includes a premium facial, manicure and pedicure.
  • Enjoy the New Year’s Eve party at Lémuria with a special ‘Glamour Night’ themed dinner at the Legend restaurant followed by tunes by DJ Nicolas to welcome in 2014.
  • Start the New Year off with a flourish of luxury at Ephélia by enjoying the special New Year’s Eve white truffle discovery menu created exclusively for dinners at Cyann by Chef Cristhian Busca.
  • Enjoy a champagne fountain as you countdown to midnight at Ephélia’s lively Zee Bar.

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A-Z of Christmas at Constance

At Constance we’re getting ready for the festive season ahead. You can expect perfect beaches and breathtaking ocean views but we have plenty other treats in store for guests arriving in the coming weeks.

Christmas at Constance - Christmas dinner with a sea view

Christmas at Constance – Christmas dinner with a sea view

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect.

A is for Appetite

Whether you dream of a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings or a feast of fresh seafood cooked on the grill right in front of you, our world-class chefs will be preparing the perfect festive menu.

B is for Beautiful locations

Spend Christmas day on a white sand beach taking in stunning Indian Ocean views or stroll through verdant, lush tropical gardens at one of our luxury hotels and resorts in the Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives or Madagascar. Each island has it’s own unique features and beautiful vistas, perfect for a winter getaway.

C is for Cristal

Relax and get on with enjoying your holiday knowing everything is taken care of with our luxury Cristal all-inclusive package at Constance Moofushi and Constance Tsarabanjina.

D is for DJs

Dance under the stars, chill out with friends, or party on the beach and let our resident DJ provide the perfect vibe.

E is for Elegance

From the graceful architecture of high-rafted ceilings and traditional palm thatch to the refined decor using rich woods and polished stone, elegance is the word that best sums up the Constance style.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

F is for Fisherman’s Day

A traditional festival in the Maldives to celebrate the importance of fishing in the country, Fisherman’s Day is held on 10 December. Enjoy stalls of fresh seafood cooked in traditional Maldivian style accompanied by music and festivities.

G is for Golf

Indulge your passion for golf this Christmas with an idyllic destination complete with its own 18-hole Championship golf course (or two). At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage you can enjoy the Links and Legend courses, and watch the action at the MCB Tour Championship. Or play one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, and the only 18-hole course in the Seychelles, at Constance Lémuria.

H is for Hot Stone Massage

Indulge in this ancient massage technique at the Spa de Constance at Constance Moofushi. A combination of warm essential oils and heated stones glide over vital energy points creating a sensation of deep relaxation.

I is for Indian Ocean

Explore the beauty and rich marine life of the Indian Ocean with the help and advice of our dive centres. Whether you’re a beginner keen to try scuba diving for the first time or an old hand looking for the best local diving spots there is so much to see in the Indian Ocean in December, you won’t be disappointed.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

J is for Join the Party

One of the things all our destination islands have in common is a love for festivities so it’s no surprise that Christmas and New Year are celebrated in the traditional way with plenty of feasting, music and dancing. All our hotels will have their own Christmas parties for families as well as cocktail and beach parties so everyone can join in the fun.

K is for Kids Club

Christmas is an exciting time at the Constance Kids Club with fancy dress parties, decoration and card making, tree decorating and many other festive activities. Keep your eyes open and you might even catch a glimpse of Santa – in previous years he’s even arrived by helicopter.

L is for Luxury Accommodation

Spacious rooms, outdoor spaces, elegant en-suite bathrooms and dedicated seating areas mean that all our accommodation gives you the luxury of space. It’s up to you whether you choose to open your presents in your own suite, in the peaceful seclusion of a beach villa, or with views out across the ocean from a stilted water villa. Or perhaps you’d rather make it a private party for your family and friends in one of our Presidential Villas.

M is for Meditation

Take time out this Christmas to discover your own inner sanctuary with one-to-one meditation sessions. Guest at Constance Lémuria can meet with our yogi and decide whether to enjoy group Sunset Meditation sessions or private lessons for couples or individuals.

Diving at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Diving at Constance Hotels and Resorts

N is for Night Diving

Try something new this Christmas with night dives available at most hotels and resorts. Diving at night is a treat for the senses when the ocean changes to a tranquil bed for many daytime marine species and others come out to hunt. Dive by torchlight and then turn your torch off and watch the phosphorescent plankton dance in the moonlight.

O is for Open-air Movies

Watch festive movies under the stars at Moofushi. Lie on loungers or beanbags on the sand and enjoy a film on the beach while we deliver cocktails or fresh fruit juices and popcorn right to your seat.

P is for Private Dining

Whether you want to enjoy a meal in the privacy of your luxury accommodation or something more memorable, at Constance there are a range of private dining experiences available. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner for two on your own private sandbank at Moofushi. At Constance Halaveli you can enjoy a picnic lunch or candle-lit dinner on your own deserted island. Savour the fruits of the ocean with a fresh lobster prepared in front of you and served at a private table on rocks overlooking the ocean at Constance Tsarabanjina.

Q is for Quick Tension Release

The Quick Tension Release treatment for men at the Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia concentrates on the key stress areas of the neck, shoulders and back leaving you to enjoy a totally relaxed, stress-free Christmas.

spa retreats in the Indian Ocean

Tend to the soul body & mind at Constance

R is for Relax

With a high ratio of staff to guests we are here to make sure your holiday is relaxed and stress free. Our friendly, attentive staff are always on hand to ensure you have everything you need for a perfect stay from arranging once-in-a-lifetime excursions to running you a aromatic, candle-lit bath.

S is for Shiseido Spa

Indulge in Oriental-inspired beauty treatments designed to promote a holistic sense of wellbeing at the Shiseido Spas at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Lémuria and Ephélia. Set in secluded, tranquil areas of the resorts’ lush, verdant gardens beside our own Spas de Constance, the Shiseido Spas offer you an oasis of calm in the festive season.

T is for Tennis

Get active for the New Year with a range of sporting activities at Constance. Enjoy a game of tennis with friends at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli and Ephélia or start your resolutions early in the fitness suites and gyms at our resorts featuring all the latest equipment.

U is for Ultimate Luxury

For something extra special this Christmas why not indulge in the luxury of one of our Ultimate Hotels. All members of The Leading Hotels of the World group, Le Prince Maurice, Lémuria and Halaveli offer the ultimate in stylish elegance and luxury holidays.

Waterskiing at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Waterskiing at Constance Hotels and Resorts

V is for Valmont Spa

Pamper your skin this Christmas at the Valmont Spa at Halaveli. The Swiss skincare expert specialises in treatments to rejuvenate your skin and restore its youthful glow through a combination of innovative scientific techniques and natural products.

W is for Water Sports

Enjoy a high-octane Christmas with a range of adrenalin-pumping water sports on offer at Constance resorts. Feel the thrill of the wind in your hair and ocean spray on your lips as you water ski, wakeboard, windsurf, kite surf or try your hand at sailing your own catamaran.

X is for ‘X’ Marks the Spot

Enjoy a festive treasure hunt with the whole family around one of our paradise island locations with the Kids’ Club and uncover the hidden treasure.

Y is for Yoga on the Beach

Join fitness guru Isabelle Lamant for morning yoga session on the beach at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius and revive your body and soul this Christmas. Make your salutation to the sun as it rises over the breath-taking ocean views and feel yourself reconnected to the world you live in.

Z is for Zip Lining

Experience the Seychelles in a completely new way as you zip line through the stunning jungles of Mahé. Get the rush of excitement as you climb the granite rocks of Ephélia before taking on a series of zip lines criss-crossing the breath-taking countryside.

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The rise of luxury villa holidays

As more and more families choose an all-out holiday where grandparents go too, luxury villas are becoming a popular choice.

The presidential villas at Constance are just the ticket, with plenty of space and seclusion, giving them the feel of your very own private hotel within a luxury hotel.

And each luxury villa comes with its own Villa Master to make sure all your needs are met during your stay, with no request too big or too small.

Presidential Villas at Constance

Constance Le Prince Maurice:

Set on a secluded section of beach with dual-aspect views out across the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other, the Princely Suite is made up of 2 junior suites and 1 villa and comes with 2 private swimming pools and 3 separate terraces.

Luxury villa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Al fresco luxury at Le Prince Maurice

Constance Belle Mare Plage:

This beachfront villa has 3 bedrooms one of which has its own private sitting room and luxury bathroom including a private outdoor bathing area for baths under the stars. It has its own pool with a dining pavilion and terrace all with ocean views.

Presidential Villa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Presidential Villa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Lémuria:

Nestled into the granite rocks of a private beach the villa at Lémuria includes 3 suites, one complete with a terrace and hot tub with stunning ocean views, and a variety of spacious outdoor and indoor dining and relaxation areas. With 3 swimming pools spread across 3 separate terraces and a full staff, including a chef, to see to all your needs this is luxury on the grandest scale.

Presidential Villa, Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia:

Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from this 3 bedroom Seychellois villa perched in perfect isolation in the lush hillside above a secluded white-sand beach. Rich wooden floors merge seamlessly with the wraparound wooden terrace with its own infinity pool with views out across the ocean. The villa also features its own private gym and spa.

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

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Sunday Times looks at rise in über-luxury holidays

The Sunday Times lists Constance Halaveli as being one of the destinations selected by the super-wealthy to enjoy a truly luxurious holiday.

Luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Enjoy luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Rise of the 100k+ holiday

In her piece for the newspaper’s travel section Susan d’Arcy explores the rise of the £100,000+ holiday and cites Halaveli as being one of the places where such lavish experiences are possible.

D’Arcy highlights reports by UK tour operators that the number of holidays in this price bracket have doubled in the last year because, she says, people want ‘something incredible. People want privacy and remote locations, smaller, boutique hotels and amazing places’.

Top luxury holidays at Halaveli

She gives the example of a private equity director and his family who took a very special diving holiday at Halaveli.

Sparing no expense the family stayed in the lavish Presidential Villa complete with its own fitness suite, spa treatment room, pool and secluded section of beach and a personal chef on hand to create delicious meals.

They then enjoyed our most exclusive dive experience including sole use of a yacht for 24 hours with its own personal chef creating sumptuous delicacies from the finest ingredients and an on board spa therapist for massages between dives.

Luxury holidays at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

What’s on offer at Halaveli

There is, of course, plenty to enjoy at Halaveli if your budget doesn’t run to £100,000.

If the Presidential Villa is a little bit more than you’re looking for then there are the beautiful, secluded water villas with their own infinity pools dotted along the island’s jetty, or beach villas of various sizes with private pools and gardens.

Enjoy the highlife with private in-villa dining or step out and enjoy elegant fine dining at our stunningly located Jing restaurant with its panoramic ocean views.

You don’t need your own yacht to enjoy the rich marine life of the North Ari Atoll with snorkelling equipment available to guests and a variety of mesmerising dives for all levels.

And at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

D’Arcy points out that for those who are looking for something a little less expensive Constance Moofushi nearby may not be ‘quite so plush, but still pretty’.

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iafrica.com discovers paradise in the Seychelles with Constance

Travel writer Richard Holmes claims to have discovered Paradise at Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia in his review for South African portal iafrica.com.

Holmes describes paradise as the combination of perfect beach locations with a range of exciting activities.

A keen golfer, Holmes was inspired and challenged by the stunning 18-hole course at Lémuria but says there are also plenty of other things to do.

‘Aside from the golf and the seafront restaurants – expect plenty of fresh seafood and a stellar winelist – and the gourmet beach picnics and the body treatments in the Spa de Constance, the ocean is a major draw card here.’

Golfers paradise in the Seychelles

Golfers paradise in the Seychelles

Holmes describes Lémuria as an idyllic destination for honeymooners and ‘island escape artists’ while he feels the gentle beaches and exciting activities of Ephélia make it a more family-friendly resort.

He raves about the beauty of Ephélia’s Hillside Villas and its ‘outstanding dining options’ but the draw for him are the activities including kayaking through mangroves and zip-lining through the jungle.

Holmes sums up his time with Constance saying, ‘Whether your paradise is on a white beach of fine powdery sand, a tee box gazing off into a manicured golf course, or sitting down to gourmet meal after gourmet meal, you’ll certainly find your own personal paradise in the Seychelles.’

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

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Guide to the best luxury gifts for 2013

Put a little luxury under the tree this Christmas with our round up of what this year’s best luxury gifts guides are advising you to buy.

Best luxury gifts: Givenchy’s shark tooth necklace

Best luxury gifts: Givenchy’s shark tooth necklace

Net-a-porter

Harpers Bazaar

Esquire

Best luxury gifts: Dinosaur Bone Cufflinks

Best luxury gifts: Dinosaur Bone Cufflinks

Vanity Fair

CN Traveler

  • Always a classic Liberty’s classic prints never go out of style and now you can wrap you modern classic, the iPad in a 1960s lanthe design Liberty iPad case
  • Iconic camera brand Leica is on many people’s wish list this Christmas so why not treat someone you love to the lightweight, WiFi enabled Leica C
  • For globetrotting friends why not encourage them to follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary with the stylish vintage ‘Everest Edition’ Globe-Trotter suitcase. This was the kind of case used by Hillary and is still made of the same material.

If you’re still looking for more gift inspiration Luxurytopics.com has links to all the major luxury brands with hundreds of gift ideas.

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