Ultimate luxury holidays in the Seychelles

Ultimate luxury is about more than idyllic settings and elegant accommodation. At Constance we believe in creating unique personal experiences, so guests take home memories that last a lifetime.

Luxury holidays in the Seychelles: Champagne at tee time

Luxury holidays in the Seychelles: Champagne at tee time

At Constance Lémuria whether it’s putting a sun lounger in the perfect spot to capture a breathtaking view or delivering a picnic to a secluded unspoilt beach, we take the time to give our guests the perfect moments for our guests.

Champagne at tee time

Whether you play golf or not you’ll enjoy the spectacular views out over Anse Georgette and the lush, verdant hillsides of Praslin from the 15th and 18th holes of our dramatically terraced golf course.

At Lémuria we take the luxury of the experience even further with champagne and amuse-bouche served at sunset at the 15th hole so that you can enjoy one of nature’s most beautiful scenes in style.

Secluded dining with an ocean view

Hidden away amidst the rocky cliffs of Anse Kerlan are three very special tables belonging to Lémuria’s Beach Bar & Grill.

Each table has its own secluded location among the rocks with views out across the ocean where couples can enjoy a candlelit dinner and make believe they are on an island of their own under a dazzling starlit sky.

Romantic tables for two

Romantic tables for two

A romantic picnic for two

Take a short stroll from Lémuria along a path bordered by mango and sea-coconut trees to arrive at one of the world’s most beautiful, secluded beaches, Anse Georgette.

At Anse Georgette nature has created the perfect place to swim, sunbathe or simply relax and to that we have added a touch of ultimate luxury with the delivery of a lavish picnic hamper full of freshly prepared delicacies.

All these services are available on request at Constance Lémuria.

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Spotlight on Constance Tsarabanjina: Madagascar

It may only be a small, remote island off the northwest shore of Madagascar but Constance Tsarabanjina has become a by-word for barefoot chic among those seeking authentic Crusoe seclusion with a dash of luxury.

The castaway island of Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

The castaway island of Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

With perfect white sand beaches encircled by vibrant coral reefs, an interior of richly bio-diverse hills and forests, and just 25 palm-thatched villas spread over two beaches, Constance Tsarabanjina has all the ingredients for an idyllic holiday hideaway.

What the papers say

This perfect mixture of authentic castaway charm blended with discreet modern luxury has proved a popular combination.

Accolades in recent months have included awards from Tatler for Best Barefoot Adventure 2014, Harper’s Bazaar – who declared it best for a secluded honeymoon – and Condé Nast Traveller whose reviewer Jenny Zarins, described it:

‘This is a no-shoes, no-news, hang-loose place. The air-conditioned thatched bandas, newly revamped by the island’s owners, Constance Hotels and Resorts, have all the basics – hot showers, capacious wardrobes, fridges with cold drinks – as well as outdoor banquettes and hammocks for afternoon snoozes, and fragrant coconut oil to drench sunburnt skin.’

From desert island to exclusive resort

Before 1990 Tsarabanjina was completely uninhabited. The island was then only known to neighbouring islanders as the location of the tombs of their Sakalava kings (the tombs still exist today, a protected spot on the east of the island where Mitsio islanders come to bring offerings).

But in 1990 things began to change for Tsarabanjina when South African adventurer Richard Walker came to the island and fell in love with the place.

In a bid to protect the stunning unspoilt beauty of the island, Walker bought it and built a small resort of 8 bungalows so others could share the unique experience of Tsarabanjina.

A multi-million pound renovation

In 2006 he passed the mantel of protector of his beloved island on to us at Constance and in 2013 we undertook the delicate process of renovating the resort while carefully retaining its authentic castaway appeal and environmental considerations.

Beach Villas draped in Malagasy charm

Beach Villas draped in Malagasy charm

The first decision we made as part of the multi-million pound makeover was to ensure that in rebuilding the 25 beach villas to include modern luxuries such as air conditioning and spacious bathrooms, they still retained their rustic Malagasy charm.

We worked with architects who understood local Malagasy design and the importance of using sustainable local materials from the mainland.

We then employed local tradespeople with a tradition of Malagasy construction techniques and local craftsmen specialising in traditional weaving, art and sculpture to create items to decorate the villas.

In supporting the local Malagasy trades we are upholding traditions in building and crafts that have been handed down from generation to generation.

A boutique hotel with laidback Malagasy charm

The result – simple, stylish rosewood villas with traditional palm-thatching, large comfortable terraces, decorated with Madagascan art and sculptures inspired by the island itself.

In keeping with the laidback vibe of the island, each villa has its own private hammock slung by the trees surrounding the villa and its own sandy path leading down to the beach.

While the idyllic setting of crystal waters and lush, verdant interior have always been an important part of Tsarabanjina’s appeal, we believe that the special charm of the place comes from its people too.

At Tsarabanjina there is no dress code, shoes can be kicked off on arrival and put away for the duration of your holiday and the service is friendly and relaxed.

Time for a digital detox

Guests tired of the hustle and bustle of modern life can seize the opportunity on Tsarabanjina to undergo a digital detox.

With WiFi only available in the main building you can leave your phones and modern technology in your suitcase and begin to move at the slower pace of island life.

Creating unique, fresh dishes for all our guests

Creating unique, fresh dishes for all our guests

Traditional Malagasy cuisine

Even dining is a laidback island affair with seafood caught by local fishermen and delivered by fishing boat to the shore in front of Tsarabanjina’s only restaurant.

The fishermen of Mitsio, the only other inhabited island in the Mitsio Archipelago, still fish the same way their ancestors have for many generations.

Using hollowed out wooden boats called pirogues, they cast their nets over the water and only when they’re satisfied with their catch do they travel the 3 or 4 hours to Tsarabanjina to hand over their catch to our chefs.

Our local chefs create a unique menu based around what the fishermen have caught together with the fresh fruit and vegetables they were able to find that day in the market at Nosy Be.

Using local herbs and spices to create dishes of warm curries, grilled fish and other delicious treats, our chefs understand the delicate blend of Southeast Asian, African, European and Chinese flavours which go into creating sumptuous Madagascan cuisine.

Explore the underwater ocean life

Guests are even encouraged to try their hand at fishing the local waters themselves from a traditional pirogue. In true island style, whatever you catch can then be handed over to the chefs to prepare Malagasy-style for your dinner that night.

Those searching for a little more high-octane excitement can pit their wits against the giant sports fish that call the waters around Tsarabanjina home.

Marlins, giant trevally, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, wahoos and sailfish can all be caught in our waters making the area a Mecca for sports fishermen.

The other ocean pastime which continues to bring visitors to our shores is the opportunity to dive in waters still largely unexplored by scuba divers. One of the last accessible places where you can discover virgin reefs rarely dived before, sponge gardens few but you have ever seen.

The waters around Tsarabanjina offer a rich variety of dive sites for scuba divers of all levels from beginners exploring the house reef to more experienced divers swimming through the tunnels at the Tétons.

The unique bird life of Madagascar

The unique bird life of Madagascar

The rich biodiversity of Madagascar

Of course nature lovers have always been drawn to the appeal of Madagascar with its famously unique biodiversity, a trait Tsarabanjina shares with the mainland.

Walk around the island and you’ll discover Madagascar’s famous Traveller’s Palm, the Pachypodium and a wide variety of birds including the dazzling fody bird, the beautiful long-tailed Madagscan flycatcher (the emblem of the island) and fish eagles. Biologists even claim to have found the world’s smallest chameleon species on Tsarabanjina.

Our staff share our passion for the island and are happy to give guided nature walks with an explanation of the local flora and fauna to interested guests.

Bird enthusiasts can take a boat ride to the neighbouring Quatre Frère, a series of rocks in the ocean which are home to a rich colony of seabirds including northern gannets, frigate birds and white-tailed tropic birds.

Don’t forget to take your snorkel and discover the plethora of marine life living in the reefs below the waves.

A dash of luxury Crusoe wouldn’t have had

Of course we wouldn’t be a favourite exclusive retreat without a little hint of luxury but on Tsarabanjina luxury is delivered in unique laidback style. So our massage room is a rustic beach villa with a stunning outdoor shower hewn into the rock of the island itself.

Or if you prefer you can have a massage on the beach as you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

The question of how the tiny island of Tsarabanjina became one of the world’s most desirable hotels is difficult to answer. It has a lot to do with the beauty of the island itself, a little to do with the luxury we were able to add, but most of all, it’s down to the spirit of the island itself, a spirit of laidback charm, slow island living and warm welcomes.

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Constance Hotels golf courses recognised in new MCB Championship deal

Constance Belle Mare Plage will continue to host the thrilling MCB Championship, the finale to the European Senior Tour, for a further three years.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

The announcement follows a renewal agreement between event partners Constance Hotels & Resorts, the European Senior Tour and sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank.

The MCB Championship has been held on Constance’s Legend golf course for the last four years.

It is a testament to the high quality design and maintenance of the course that the Europe Senior Tour has chosen to retain it as the stage for the final leg of their annual tour where the John Jacobs Trophy is awarded to the Tour leader.

Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, Andy Stubbs, said, ‘The idyllic island setting of Mauritius is the perfect place for the Senior Tour to bring our season to a close, and the hospitality shown to us by the Constance Group, at their hotels Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, has ensured the strongest possible fields over the past three years.’

He continued, ‘The Legend Course is a great examination for the leading Senior Tour players and has ensured that the contest for the John Jacobs Trophy comes to a fitting finale.’

The event has in recent years included golfing legends such as Tom Lehman, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and David Frost.

Jean-Jacques Vallet, CEO of Constance, said, ‘Our promise is not only to continue raising the level of the quality of Constance Hotels & Resorts’ golf courses and accommodation, but also to do our best to be the perfect ambassador of golf and inevitably boost the country’s image as a premier golf destination.’

This year’s MCB Tour Championship will take place at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 12-14 December.

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3 amazing locations for weddings in the Indian Ocean

Weddings in the Indian Ocean - will Madagascar be your dream location?

Weddings in the Indian Ocean – will Madagascar be your dream location?

1. Madagascar – Best for barefoot weddings

If you dream of an Indian Ocean wedding off the well-worn tourist trail then look no further than Madagascar. A country of stunning, unique landscapes where discovery and adventure are still possible, the island of Madagascar offers beautiful beaches, laidback Malagasy people and an authentic island charm.

Where to stay

Add a touch of luxury to your Madagascan wedding and stay at Constance Tsarabanjina. A private island off the coast of Madagascar with just 25 wooden villas along its unspoilt beaches, Tsarabanjina epitomises barefoot charm. Let the friendly staff take care of all the wedding arrangements while you enjoy unwinding in a hammock or receiving a beachside massage. Spend the evening sipping cocktails with friends or dining alone on the rocks above the ocean.

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

2. Seychelles – Best for super luxe weddings

From Prince William and Kate to David and Victoria Beckham, the Seychelles has long been the destination of choice for the über-rich. Its romantic seclusion, perfect beaches, pristine oceans and long-standing tradition of high-end and discrete hospitality make it the perfect choice for a super luxe wedding.

Where to stay

Nestled on the northern tip of one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles is the 5* luxury hotel Constance Lémuria. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Lémuria is as much about its impeccable, friendly service as its spacious luxury accommodation, stunning, lush setting and elegant fine dining. The hotel also has its own luxury Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa for pre-wedding treatments, an 18-hole golf course and a Presidential Villa with its own private beach.

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

3. Mauritius – Best for Kids-come-too weddings

There is so much for kids of all ages to do in Mauritius from water parks and ziplines to feeding giant tortoises that your wedding trip will become an adventure for the whole family. Gentle seas make swimming and exploration below the waves suitable for all ages while older kids can take advantage of the raft of water sports available on the island.

Where to stay

The family-friendly resort of Constance Belle Mare Plage offers spacious family accommodation with interconnecting rooms or private villas with pools. The complimentary Constance Kids’ Club is open daily to keep 4-11 year olds happy. For younger children there is a babysitting service and older kids can enjoy water skiing and windsurfing to Hobie Cat sailing and quad biking. All of which leaves you and your partner time to enjoy this special holiday with walks on white sand beaches, couple’s spa treatments or the simple joy of a meal shared without interruption.

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Constance Halaveli: Ultimate luxury hotel in the Maldives

For the discerning traveller, luxury is a perfect balance of idyllic location, elegant surroundings and accommodation and friendly, discreet service.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At the intimate hotel of Constance Halaveli, situated on a beautiful, secluded island at the heart of the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll, we combine these elements with world-class cuisine and 5* facilities.

Spacious, secluded accommodation

With just 86 villas spread out along Halaveli’s picturesque wooden-slatted jetty and perfect white-sand beach, there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy this luxury hideaway.

Based on the shape of a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, our elegant villas offer luxurious bedrooms with a choice of pillow for the perfect night’s sleep, large, modern bathrooms, spacious seating areas and terraces with breathtaking ocean views.

All our villas include their own private pool whether that be on the deck of a water villa suspended above the lagoon or in the seclusion of your own private garden leading to the beach.

Delicious food and wine

Choose whether to enjoy delicious dining at Meeru, our evening beach restaurant where you eat by torch-light under the stars, pr wind your way to the end of our jetty and take in the ocean views at Jing or enjoy the buzz at our buffet restaurant Jahaz.

Jing Restaurant

Ocean views from the Jing Restaurant

Enjoy a selection of fine wines from our extensive wine cellar, one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, with a team of sommeliers on hand to offer advice or talk through your choices.

Indulge in me-time at the luxury spa

At a secluded spot along the sun-baked jetty you’ll find the spa with both Spa de Constance and Valmont Spa treatment rooms looking out over the ocean.

Meet with one of our qualified therapists for a wellness consultation so that we can create a program of treatments tailored specifically around your needs and goals.

Then breathe in the tranquillity of treatment rooms and private terrace areas floating above the lagoon. Then let your mind float away as your body unwinds by watching the marine life below through one of our floor windows.

Explore the ocean

Divers come from around the world to explore the waters of Maldives’ legendary North Ari Atoll. With an amazing, colourful array of marine life living and feeding around the area’s stunning reefs this really is a diver’s paradise.

For a truly unique experience take a private yacht, complete with guide, chef and personal spa therapist and discover the secrets of the Indian Ocean at your own pace.

Constance Halaveli

Create memories of a lifetime at Constance Halaveli

Create the memories of a lifetime

Take a boat to your very own deserted island and spend the day enjoying the solitude of Robinson Crusoe with a modern luxury twist – we’ll deliver a delicious lunch or dinner by boat for you to enjoy.

If you crave a beach holiday but want to do more than lie in the sun then why not sail off into the sunset on a traditional dhoni cruise, search for dolphins or try your hand at traditional night fishing.

Get your pulse racing with a raft of water sports including water skiing and wakeboarding, tennis and a fully equipped fitness suite.

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4 adrenalin sports to try in Mauritius

Wreck diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Adrenalin sports in Mauritius: Wreck diving

If you’re looking for some adrenalin-pumping action in Mauritius then check out Air Mauritius’ guide to extreme sports on the island.

A combination of hiking, climbing, jumping, sliding and abseiling make up the extreme sport of canyoning, which the blog describes as ‘not for the feint hearted’.

For those who prefer to explore the submarine world, the blog recommends exploring one of more than 100 wrecks registered in the area for a dramatic wreck dive.

Water sport is very popular on the island and Air Mauritius recommends thrill-seekers try their hand at surfing and kitesurfing.

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