All aboard: the secret to a great family holiday

Whether you want to celebrate an important birthday or anniversary or you simply want to spend time together in a neutral environment, going on holiday with kids, parents and grandparents in tow is the new luxury holiday choice for many.

Family friendly meals at Constance Hotels Experience

Family friendly meals

Choosing the right kind of holiday

Taking multi-generational holidays together offers extended families the chance to relax away from the pressures and chores of everyday life. But it’s important to choose the right type of family holiday.

Family members of different generations often have very different interests and needs.

The secret to a great multi-generational holiday is to find an environment where everybody gets a chance to relax and do the things they enjoy. The key thing to remember is that you needn’t do everything together, you just need to find somewhere that gives you space to enjoy time together as well as time apart.

Plan a luxury island getaway

Luxury resorts, like Constance Hotels & Resorts in the Indian Ocean, make for the perfect location to celebrate with all the family.

The beautiful locations of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles form the perfect backdrop. The personal 5* service Constance provides for all its guests, young and old, caters for the individual needs of each family member.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious spacious villas with private pools or separate elegant suites with safe, beautiful beaches and a selection of swimming pools provide a playground suited to grandparents and grandchildren, in an environment both can enjoy.

Of course the more time the grandparents spend with the children, the more free time busy parents have to enjoy the 5* facilities including a wide range of water sports, activities and sumptuous spas.

The Constance Kids’ Club means children can create their own adventures, so that you can take time out with the older generation.

Indulge in a range of sumptuous treatments together at the Spa de Constance or spend the day on a champion golf course amidst the dramatic scenery of Mauritius or the stunning terraced golf course of Constance Lémuria.

Take to the ocean with older kids and grandparents with a raft of exciting activities including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding.

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Top 10 family adventures in the Seychelles

Revive your family’s spirit of adventure in the Seychelles with activities from searching for lost pirate treasure to feeding giant tortoises. Here’s our guide to the best family adventures in the Seychelles.

Zip lining at Constance Ephelia Resort

Zip lining in the Seychelles

• Search for the legendary pirates’ treasure on a trip to Moyenne Island

A short boat ride from Victoria, Mahé, is the National Park of Moyenne Island, a Robinson Crusoe-style desert island with no human inhabitants and over 100 giant tortoises. Parents will enjoy the rare biodiversity of the island while kids will adore the legend that says the two graves belong to pirates who also buried their treasure somewhere on the small island.

• Experience a thrilling zip line ride through the jungle canopy on Mahé

Based at Constance Ephélia, SMAC Adventures offer adventure sports including zip lining, rock climbing and abseiling for adults and children over 4. See the beautiful forests and mountains of Mahé in a new and exhilarating way on eight different zip lines up to 120m long. Or try scaling the island’s natural granite crags with climbing for beginners through to advanced. Check out the fun on SMAC’s Facebook page.

• Try some traditional local crafts at Domaine de Val des Près

Based around the Gran Kaz Plantation House on Mahé this National Heritage Site not only celebrates local crafts and culture but gives you the chance to get involved with a series of craft workshops for the whole family.

• Explore the ocean on Teddy’s Glass Bottom Boat

Board the boat from Beau Vallon Bay, Mahé and discover the jewels of the Indian Ocean with your family. See the vibrant corals and the rainbow colours of lush marine life that live on and around the reefs from the safety of the glass bottom boat. Then jump into the water for some snorkelling and the chance to get a closer look. The excursion then takes you to a secluded beach for a bbq and swim before heading home.

A giant tortoise, part of Mauritian wildlife

A giant tortoise

• Meet giant tortoises in their natural environment on Curieuse Island

A short boat ride from Praslin is Curieuse, home to a colony of hundreds of Aldabra Giant Tortoises which walk freely around the island. Tourists are encouraged to interact with these regal creatures feeding them snacks of greens and watermelon. There is even a tortoise ‘nursery’ on the island where they care for young tortoises from birth to five years. Of course, being the Seychelles there are also glorious, deserted beaches for the kids to enjoy too following a 30 minute nature walk across the island.

• Discover the interior of Mahé with a wildlife walk to Sauzier Waterfalls

Setting off from Port Glaud this beautiful forest walk will take you past traditional Creole homes and the guide’s own farm where groups can stop off to meet the resident bats and farm animals. The short walk is perfect for families – kids and (brave) adults are then rewarded at the end with a refreshing dip in the crystal pools at the foot of the beautiful waterfall.

• Spend the day swimming and hanging out at Beau Vallon Beach

While the Seychelles has a plethora of beautiful, deserted beaches sometimes it’s fun to hang out amidst the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists. Beau Vallon Beach on the North Coast of Mahé is a beautiful white sand beach with restaurants, bars, craft shops and cafés lining its shores. Water sports abound and the cafés have a great selection of ice creams and smoothies to keep the kids happy. The best time to visit is on a Wednesday when the evening Bazar Labrin market brings fresh food stalls, live music and an authentically local vibe to the beach.

• Explore the unique biodiversity of the UNESCO World Heritage site Vallée de Mai

Famous for its unique coco de mer seeds, legend has it that this Nature Reserve on Praslin island was the site of the original Garden of Eden. Kids will love exploring the nature trails through the national park and discovering the rare endemic plants and wildlife here. Set them a challenge to catch sight of the rare, endangered Black Parrot.

Family fun at the beach

Family fun at the beach

• Horse riding in the Seychelles

Available on most of the islands, horse riding is a thrilling way to explore the local area. Whether you’ve done it before and want to gallop down a white sand beach or if you’re just trying it for the first time and want a gentle nature trek, local guides will ensure the experience is unforgettable. Riding in the Seychelles is popular so it is worth contacting your hotel before you arrive so that they can book the excursion for you.

• Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

The National Botanical Gardens is a perfect way to spend the afternoon in Victoria, Mahé, with all the family, particularly if you want to see one of the islands’ giant tortoises. Meet the tortoises and check out the colony of fruit bats feeding and roosting in the trees, then while away the afternoon exploring the beautiful tropical gardens.

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Top tips for getting over jet lag

Revive aching muscles and stiff bones after a long flight with a range of full body stretches devised by personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant.

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Open arms and keep shoulder blades on the floor. Relax your legs on the side. Inhale for 8 seconds with the nose – exhale naturally through the mouth. Repeat 5 times.

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Exercise 2 – Stretch your bottom to avoid pain in the lower back

Put your right foot on your left knee, right arm between your legs, cross your fingers on or under the left knee. Press your knee in the direction of your chest until you feel the muscle stretch. Hold for 20/30 seconds per leg.

Exercise 2 – Stretch your bottom to avoid pain in the lower back

Exercise 3 – Stretch your hamstrings with a towel

Hold a towel with both hands and stretch your right leg as far as you can. Hold for 20 seconds. To avoid curving the back, bend the opposite (left) leg and put the left foot on the floor before changing legs.

Exercise 3 – Stretch your hamstrings with a towel

Exercise 4 – Stretch the outside of your legs (abductors)

Hold the towel in your left hand and place it under the right foot. Keep your left leg flat on the floor, turn your head and stretch out the right arm on the right side. Put the left elbow on the floor and pull your hand gently until you feel the stretch on the outside of the right leg. 20/30 seconds per side.

Exercise 4 – Stretch the outside of your legs (abductors)

Exercise 5 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors)

Place the towel under your right foot and hold in the right hand. Keep your left leg flat on the floor, turn your head to the left. Put the right elbow on the floor and pull your hand gently until you feel the stretch on the inside of the right leg. 20/30 seconds per side.

Exercise 5 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors)

Exercise 6 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors), hands and forearms

We never think of stretching of our hands but they can really need it. Bend your knees, bring your big toes together and sit down as far as you can on your heels. Point your fingers in the direction of your hips and then press the palms of your hands on the floor. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 6 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors), hands and forearms

Exercise 7 – Stretch quads and improve the flow of blood circulation in your hips

Position your right knee above the right heel, stretch the left leg back and raise your spine. 20 seconds per leg.

Exercise 7 – Stretch quads and improve the flow of blood circulation in your hips

Exercise 8 – Stretch your hamstrings and shoulders

With your legs close together, cross your fingers behind your back and bend forward. Stretch your arms above your back as far as you can. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 8 – Stretch your hamstrings and shoulders

Exercise 9 – Stretch your arms and chest and open the thorax

Put your fingers on a wall, stretch your arm and twist your body in the opposite direction. 5 deep breaths per side.

Exercise 9 – Stretch your arms and chest and open the thorax

Exercise 10 – Stretch your Legs, back, shoulders and arms

Press your hand against a wall. Stretch your arms and legs and keep your back parallel to the floor. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 10 – Stretch your Legs, back, shoulders and arms

After this routine of 10 exercises you will immediately feel the benefit. These are stretches you can do every day without moderation.

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Indulge in the ultimate spa holiday at Halaveli

Indulge in a spa holiday at Constance Halaveli and you’ll enter a world where the relentless pace of life gently slips away.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

This haven in the North Ari Atoll offers a huge range of treatments to pamper and revive your senses.

In its 2013 Spa Guide, Condé Nast Traveller described the spa at Constance Halaveli:

‘At the overwater spa… rejuvenate your jaded spirit and zap negative energy…’

Personal consultation

Indulge in a Wellness Consultation in which one of our team of qualified therapists will design a series of treatments specifically for you as part of a holistic journey of healing which may include everything from massage, nutrition, skincare and fitness.

Treatment rooms

Whatever treatment combo is devised for you, you’ll feel an innate sense of relaxation in the cool mahogany treatment rooms, where the open sides invite the ocean breeze and the massage table looks down to a glass panel below so you can watch the marine life swimming beneath you.

Ila at Halaveli

The organic, natural products created by Ila are sourced from plants or minerals carefully selected from around the world such as the Himalayan rock salt from Kashmir, rosehip seed oil from Southern Andes and Babassu oil from the Amazon.

Relax in the private spa pool overlooking the ocean

Relax in the private spa pool overlooking the ocean

Highlights include:

The Ila experience

Combining facial techniques, a Himalayan rock salt body scrub, Manipura massage, reflexology and lymphatic-drainage this complete experience aims to re-awaken the body and spirit inviting a sense of euphoric calm.

The Valmont Spa

Exclusive Swiss skincare and anti-ageing specialist Valmont has its own spa at Halaveli offering treatments that blend the purity of Swiss ingredients with the very latest scientific breakthroughs in skincare treatment.

Highlights include:

Snow Bright Radiance Ritual

Restoring the natural uniformity of youthful skin this treatment uses vitamin C and white lupine extract to blend away small vascular anomalies and larger pigmentary spots leaving the skin with a radiant glow.

Spa de Constance

‘From skin to within’ is our maxim at Spa de Constance, Halaveli. We use only handcrafted natural ingredients, many sourced locally in the Maldives, blended into our own custom made oils, scrubs and wraps to create an enveloping sensory experience for your body and mind.

Foot treatments at Spa de Constance

Foot treatments at Spa de Constance

Pamper your senses with a full body massage, scrub, bath soak or wrap – or why not combine all three in one of our Skin to Within Experiences.

Highlights include:

Meditative Indulgence

A sumptuous 4-hand massage featuring oils of frankincense, rosewood and lime inducing a deep-level of relaxation.

Relax after your treatments

Feel your body detox in our sauna and steam room and then rejuvenate your senses with a refreshing dip in the spa’s outdoor hot and cool pools with views out across the turquoise waters, or take the wooden steps down and bathe in the ocean below.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage win new awards

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage have been named as winners in the prestigious Ile Maurice Tourisme Awards.

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The awards are given to the finest hotels and resorts in Mauritius, and we are proud to have won in the following categories:

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Luxury spa experience in the Seychelles

Step into the quiet sanctuary of the Spa Village at Constance Ephélia and discover the latest treatments from Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa.

Spa at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Spa at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

At Ephélia, you can blend a holiday of luxury living with a 5* pampering spa experience to help tackle stress, anxiety and poor digestion leaving you feeling reinvigorated and ready to face the world again.

Our spa therapists will design a program of body and skincare treatments around your specific needs.

Shiseido and Spa de Constance

Shiseido specialise in Eastern-inspired skincare treatments while at Spa de Constance you can choose from an extensive menu of massages including hot stone, aromatherapy and shiatsu, through to body scrubs and clay wraps, a full range of beauty treatments and early morning yoga and meditation on the beach.

Special spa promotion in July

During July 2013, you can treat yourself to a Mystic Sea Ceremony as part of a special month-long promotion.

The 90-minute treatment will help prepare your skin for the sunshine of the Seychelles. The sea salt therapy will relieve your skin from heat and sun damage while the coconut oil massage will restore your body’s natural glow.

To book this special offer, visit our Spa Village during your stay or talk to our guest relations manager.

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