Barefoot luxury as Constance Tsarabanjina reopens

Tsarabanjina is the sort of castaway island that travellers dream of finding. With the doors again reopen at the resort following a major refurbishment, guests are discovering that we’ve introduced a few more luxuries to make it all the more comfortable while retaining the barefoot charm of the place.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach at Tsarabanjina

Off the beaten track, this unique island get-away already enjoys a loyal following with its reputation as a place to escape from it all – a place that perfectly captures the mood for a simpler take on luxury.

Beach villas

Careful to maintain the barefoot charm and eco-friendliness, while embracing Malagasy culture, interiors have been updated using natural materials and local art and sculpture based on marine life to create a boutique feel to the beachfront villas.

What’s on offer at Tsarabanjina

Lose yourself to the quiet sound of the sea, enjoy a massage on one of the beautiful beaches, fish for your supper, watch the sunset from your beach villa while enjoying a cold glass of something or simply lie back in your hammock and take it all in.

For anyone looking to indulge in a more active holiday, diving here is second to none.  The Mitsio Archipelago has been recently classified as a marine reserve. There are dive sites here that have barely been explored by anyone before.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa

And if you’ve never snorkelled before, our experienced guides will give you a short introductory session in the lagoon before taking you on your first snorkelling excursion to discover the underwater species in this part of the Indian Ocean.

Discover Madagascar

Our team will take you on a guided nature walk where you can discover more about the endemic species of Madagascar, and take in the awe-inspiring panoramic views from the top of the hills.

We also run full moon cruises, excursions to local landmarks such as the volcanically formed Organ Pipes, trips to a deserted island or local village and more.

And then of course, there are the Lemurs. Enjoy a boat ride to the Nosy Komba’s reserve where you can feed and interact with these friendly creatures.

All inclusive Cristal package

At Tsarabanjina, we have introduced our popular all inclusive Cristal package so you don’t have to worry about a thing once you’re on the island. You can find out more about what’s included in the Cristal package at Tsarabanjina on our website and read why The Sunday Times names Tsarabanjina and Moofushi in world’s best 20 all-inclusives

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Shiseido offers new taster spa collection at Constance

World renowned Japanese beauty brand Shiseido introduces a collection of taster spa treatments for guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Ephélia and Lémuria.

Shiseido spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Shiseido spa at Constance

These treatments provide relaxation and visible results, using Shiseido’s award winning products and formulas.

The taster collection is already available at Belle Mare Plage, and will be on offer at Ephélia and Lémuria in the Seychelles from June.

Guests can choose from the following:

Shiseido Deluxe Facial Experience
45 minutes

Shiseido Express Facial Experience
30 minutes

Shiseido Relaxing Body Experience
60 minutes

Shiseido Relaxing Back Massage
30 minutes

Find out more

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Meyer

Take a journey of discovery across the Indian Ocean with our stunning new coffee table book, Constance: a lifestyle.

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Myer

Constance: a lifestyle by Louis Nore and Yvon Meyer

Full of beautiful photographs and interviews with people whose passion has inspired Constance Hotels & Resorts, the book brings to life the colour and vitality of the Indian Ocean.

Sumptuous island food, beautiful white-sand beaches, luscious tropical landscapes and the laughter and joy of the local spirit are all captured in the photographs of Yvon Meyer, and descriptions and interviews of writer Louis Nore.

Travelling across the Indian Ocean

Nore and Meyer travelled across Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles to uncover the stories, culture and cuisine of the people which lie at the heart of everything we do at Constance. The book also includes delicious recipes from each of our resorts.

The beautiful 463-page book started life as a conversation between publishers Lydie and Christian Riehl and Constance CEO, Jean Jacques Vallet, during their stay at Halaveli.

The concept developed into a journey for Nore and Meyer to each of our 7 resorts to discover just what it is that makes Constance so unique.

Where to buy ‘Constance: a lifestyle’

Discover the secret for yourself. Constance: a lifestyle is available now from Amazon or directly from the publishers Editions du Signe.


Constance: a lifestyle book launch

Book launch with Bruno le Gac (second right) and Jean Jacques Vallet, CEO (right)

 

 

Yoga and bodywork specialist Steve Bracken to visit Halaveli

Rejuvenate your body and mind at Halaveli this Spring with guest yoga teacher and bodyworker, Steve Bracken.

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Feel the stress of daily life slip away, loosening muscles and easing the mind through Steve’s holistic approach to body and spirit.

Offering both private and group sessions, Steve will be at Halaveli from 30 March – 23 April.

Yoga style draws from Iyengar and Scaravelli

Steve’s own yoga teaching style draws from the Iyengar and the Scaravelli tradition focusing on the physical poses which improve suppleness, build strength, create inner relaxation and promote general health and well-being.

While teaching at Halaveli, Steve will be offering two yoga classes per day. For guests, your first yoga group class is complimentary. Private classes and massage/sports therapy treatments are also available.

Bodywork with Steve Bracken
As well as yoga, Steve specialises in bodywork and injury healing. He combines massage along with structural bodywork and soft tissue manipulation to address any injuries, chronic tension or pain. The range of treatments include:

  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Structural bodywork
  • Sports therapy
  • Deep tissue energy release
Steve Bracken, yoga teacher

Steve Bracken

Steve describes his treatments as offering a profound difference to people’s lives. ‘To have pain, injury, tension, stress or trapped emotion released from our body is like the dropping of a great burden. It is joyful and life enhancing.’

As well as teaching yoga around the world, Steve runs workshops and courses on his holistic approach to bodywork. His treatments are effective for healing a range of common complaints.

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Chronic tension
  • Disc problems
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Emotional detox
  • Physical trauma

Find out more

Read more on Steve Bracken’s website

Discover more about Constance Halaveli and check booking availability

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Queen of Retreats visits Constance Halaveli

Queen of Retreats, Caroline Sylger Jones, visited Constance Halaveli last month.

Spa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa at Constance Halaveli

After a week of  fresh food, rejuvenating spa treatments from Valmont and Ila, snorkelling, star gazing and wandering barefoot, she returned home feeling ‘far more serene. Reconnected. Happy.’

In her Diary of a Maldivian Retreat

‘I am treated to a divine four handed massage with Ayu and Yulia in the spa, which they call the Meditative Indulgence – it’s an hour, but they add on an extra 20 minutes for heads and feet.

What is about these Asian therapists – their hands make the treatment feel like it goes on forever and forever, whereas in the UK an hour and a half goes so quickly. Is it their hands, the heat, the fact I’m already relaxed? They also have real power, no matter how slim or slight they are.’

And what of Halaveli itself?

‘We lie in a white rope hammock for ages together under the trees, legs entwined, and remember what it felt like to be together before we had our child. There are others about, but it doesn’t feel like it – we feel cocooned and undisturbed in our own little world. There 57 water villas here, and 29 beach villas, but really you wouldn’t know it.’

Read the full review of Caroline’s stay at Constance Halaveli on her website: Queen of Retreats

Visit our website to find out more about the deluxe Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance hot list: The best of what’s on in Europe this weekend

Make the most of the long Easter weekend with our list of hot tickets across Europe.

Inside British Museum, London

Inside British Museum, London

London

The Boat Race 2013: Sunday, March 31
It may be cold outside but don’t be put off, the excitement generated by this annual race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ rowing teams will warm you up. The entire route is lined with stylish pubs and eateries.

Find out more about the boat race from Time Out London

The Easter Film Hop: March 29 – March 31
If you’re looking for an edgier weekend experience head to London’s hip Shoreditch and enjoy a very different style of movie watching. Retro musicals including Grease and Purple Rain are shown on a massive screen and the audience are given wireless headphones so they can drink, dance and party along with the film. Screenings are followed by a headphone disco.

For full details visit Experience Cinema.

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Opening at The British Museum this weekend, this fascinating exhibition features a collection of over 250 artefacts from the ill-fated towns. Pompeii and Herculaneum were both buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 and many of these items have never been seen before outside of Italy. The exhibition focuses on the lives of ordinary people and their homes.

For details or to book online visit the website for British Museum.

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Paris

Festival Cinéma du Réel: Until 31 March
The acclaimed documentary festival traditionally hosted at the Centre Pompidou has this year extended to include venues across the city. With filmmakers from across the world gathering to show their work there is something for everyone.

For details of screenings visit Cinéma du Réel

Julio Le Parc exhibition at Palais de Tokyo
Having snubbed the Musée d’Art Moderne’s proposals for a retrospective back in 1972, founder of the op art movement, Le Parc has remained relatively obscure. But now the Palais de Tokyo has succeeded in persuading the 84-year-old painter and sculptor to allow an exhibition of his work from 1950 to today. Alongside his classic op art pieces are a series of huge installations, paintings, sculptures. A rare treat.

More info from website Palais de Tokyo

Le Festival de l’Imaginaire: 27 March – 13 April
This renowned festival celebrating all forms of dance from around the world kicks off this week with Hayachine Take Kagura, Japanese masked dancing, at the Maison des Cultures du Monde.

Full details on the website Festival de l’Imaginaire

St Peter's Square, Rome

St Peter’s Square, Rome

Rome

Good Friday and Easter Sunday celebrations
Whatever your religious persuasion seize the chance to watch history in the making this weekend as the Vatican celebrates Easter with a new pope. Events include an evening procession and ritual of the Via Crucis on Good Friday in which a huge cross with burning torches lights the sky and Easter Sunday Holy Mass held in St Peter’s Square.

Helmut Newton. White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes: 6 March – 21 July
A collection of over 200 photographs make up this exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni with highlights from the prolific photogrpaher’s three volumes of photographs from 1976 to 1981. The exhibition features Newton’s provocative stylish black and white shots.

Find out more from Palazzo delle Esposizion

Tiziano: Until 16 June
The Italian name for the artist Titian, this exhibition at the Scuderie Del Quirinal traces the Italian’s work from his early days in Venice to his great commissions by Charles V. With loans from galleries across Europe this is a rare chance to see the progression of Titian’s work. There’s also an app to download so you can use your phone as an audio-guide.

More info at Scuderie Del Quirinal

Berlin

Auch Heute: until 11 April
The Kunstsaele gallery brings together the work of contemporary artists from around the world to examine the dialogue between different styles. Auch Heute, meaning today, aims to invite the viewer to see similarities in works by artists including Stephen Antonakos, Donald Judd, Sandra Peters and Dieter Kieg.

Full details on the Kunstsaele gallery website.

Dummy – Varieté 2.0: until 21 July
Billed as a futuristic variety show this cutting edge production at the Chamäleon Theatre features a fusion of modern dance, music and technology. A tilting stage, robotic puppetry and video projections by self proclaimed ‘light magician’, Frieder Weiss, this show is truly out of this world. This weekend enjoy a celebration of spring with ice-tea cocktails at the theatre bar.

Find out more at Chamaeleon Berlin

Sergej Jensen: until 17 June
An exhibition at the Berlinsche Galerie (Museum of Modern Art) celebrating the work of this year’s winner of the Fred Thieler Prize for Painting. Jensen uses materials including linen, coarse cotton and jute sacks to paint on to add texture and depth to his prize-winning work. Well worth checking out.

More info on the Berlinsche Galerie website.