Last minute World Cup escapes

If the idea of a month of World Cup football fever is too much to bear, consider an escape to a quiet corner of the Indian Ocean where you can relax on white sand beaches, escape to the spa or try your hand at watersports.

Diving Indian Ocean, Madagascar

Could the Indian Ocean provide your World Cup escape?

We’re making escaping the World Cup even more tempting with our Constance Diving Offer.

Join us for a diving holiday in Maldives, Seychelles or Madagascar and we’ll throw in a welcome cocktail, two massage treatments, diving orientation and two free dives.

Diving in the Seychelles

With 6 national marine parks and its distinctive granite rock formations and reefs, the Seychelles is one of the world’s top diving destinations.

Set on the African continental shelf the diving of most sites is to a depth of between 12 to 15 metres making it perfect for beginners and advanced divers alike.

Experience the 5* service and facilities of the family-friendly Constance Ephélia on Mahé or the ultimate luxury of the elegant Constance Lémuria, tucked away amidst some of the most beautiful beaches on Praslin.

Read more: Top 6 beaches in Seychelles

Diving in Maldives

The Maldives Ari Atoll is at the top of most divers’ wish lists thanks to its rich marine life, stunning coral reefs and spectacular year-round visibility.

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Swim with some of the ocean’s most beautiful creatures including Giant Mantas and Whale Sharks or try your hand at an exhilarating night dive or diver scooter.

Enjoy the laidback vibe at Constance Moofushi where 5* luxury meets barefoot boutique chic or the refined elegance of Constance Halaveli with its spacious deluxe beach and water villas featuring private pools.

Read more: Top 8 reasons to go scuba diving in Maldives

Diving in Madagascar

Explore waters around the private island of Constance Tsarabanjina, north of Nosy Be off the north west coast of Madagascar.

Discover underwater rock formations, coral reefs and sponge gardens home to turtles, jack fish, scorpion fish and grey and white tip sharks in this unique diving destination which has yet to be fully explored.

Chill out in the evening with traditional Malagasy cuisine created by our world-class chefs and gaze at the stars from a hammock hung beside a secluded thatched beach villa. Constance Tsarabanjina is a castaway idyll combining traditional Malagasy charm with a touch of Constance luxury.

Read more: Guide to diving in Madagascar

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Why Seychelles is a top diving destination

The Seychelles is a year-round diving destination with a rich native marine population but different seasons can bring spectacular visitors to our waters.

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

Calm waters

Probably the best time for keen scuba divers to visit is during the calm climatic periods of April-May and October-November. At these times the water temperature can reach 29ºC and visibility is excellent (up to 30 metres).

Migrating giants

Probably the most famous and awe-inspiring guests are the vast whale sharks.

Although some of these gentle giants can be found in the waters of the inner islands all year round, large numbers pass through in August and again from October to January. The whale sharks are lured by the boom in plankton caused by warmer sea temperatures.

Also lured by the abundant plankton are the giant manta rays which delight many divers at this time of year.

Turtle nesting season

From October to February you are likely to see rare green turtles and hawksbill turtles.

The hawksbill turtle

The hawksbill turtle

The endangered hawksbill and green turtles return year after year to our quiet, idyllic beaches on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles between these months.

At Constance Lémuria our Turtle Manager monitors each nest and each turtle to ensure their safety. We will continue to watch the nests for the next two months until all the eggs have hatched.

Under the supervision of our Turtle Manager, guests at Lémuria can have the unique experience of watching the females come up on the beach to lay their eggs, and then in March to April see the baby turtles move down to the sea.

Top Seychelles dive sites

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We’ve just made it easier to book a diving holiday to Seychelles with our Constance Diving Offer.

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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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