Top 6 reasons to visit Mauritius with kids

With everything from jungle ziplines and quad biking to pirate cruises and crocodile parks, Mauritius is a kids’ paradise full of action and adventure.

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here are our top reasons to take your kids to Mauritius this year.

1. Experience the exotic wildlife first hand

Whether you choose to witness the feeding of the Nile Crocodiles at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes or walk with lions at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with exotic wildlife in Mauritius. Those looking for something a little less predatory can visit the Mauritius Aquarium to get close to over 200 species of fish.

2. The thrill of adrenalin-pumping activities

Mauritius has a wide range of activities from ziplines to quad biking that you can enjoy alongside your children, leaving the whole family feeling the thrill of new adventures. Glide through the air above tropical forests laced with stunning waterfalls on ziplines in Rivière des Galets. Kids aged 8 and over can get behind the wheel of their own quad bike in the beautiful surroundings of the Yemen Natural Reserve, other activities here include hiking, swimming in natural pools and ziplining. For more high-speed fun enjoy a day whizzing down the waterslides at the Le Waterpark, Belle Mare.

3. Scuba diving and submarines

Kids of 8 and above can take an introduction to scuba diving course at resorts like Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage. For younger children, or those not tempted by diving, there are other great ways to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean in Mauritius. Take an underwater walk on the seabed at Belle Mare Plage or stay dry while exploring beautiful reefs and wrecks in a submarine.

Constance Kids' Club

Constance Kids’ Club

4. Watersports galore

There’s loads to do on the water with the kids in Mauritius with water sports including everything from water skiing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking to game fishing and catamaran sailing. For more adventures on the water take a family boat trip like the Pirate Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs on a replica pirate ship with themed shows and music on board.

5. Experience different cultures

It’s great to show kids that not everyone in the world live the way they do at home and a trip to a local fishing village or to the capital of Port Louis will introduce them to the laid back, friendly way of life in Mauritius. Visit the Port Louis food market and sample the Mauritian version of ‘fast food’ with stalls selling roti chaud and alouda, a type of Mauritian milkshake. Flacq market on Sundays is an easy-going local market with clothes, hand made wooden toys and fresh produce.

6. 5* luxury and a free kids club

Let the kids enjoy the space of a private villa with its own pool within Constance Belle Mare Plage resort, with all of its family-friendly facilities close at hand. At Constance Le Prince Maurice most family villas have their own pool. Kids in the Family Suites can have fun in their own room complete with bunk beds while parents enjoy the peace and quiet of their own seating area. All Constance hotels and resorts have a complementary Constance Kids Club where children can make friends, play games, swim, put on shows and get creative under the supervision of our friendly, fully-trained staff.

What the experts say

Turning luxury travel with kids into an artform Luxury Travel Mom, aka Kim-Marie Evans, recently visited Constance Le Prince Maurice with her 8 year old son Keaton. Watch her video of the trip Where Luxe Families Getaway and read her review about the hotel where she writes ‘children aren’t just welcomed [here], they’re completely adored’.

Read more

 

What’s on in the Seychelles this Easter

Easter is the perfect time to visit the Seychelles when the weather settles to gentle sunshine, the ocean calms and the mood is one of holiday celebration.

Easter at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Easter at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

1. Easter festivities

As a predominantly Christian country Easter is celebrated with lively Seychellois flair across all the islands including local processions, festivities, feasts and religious ceremonies.

The atmosphere is one of relaxed fiesta as locals and tourists alike enjoy the warm, calm weather that April brings to the islands.

2. Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine

The end of the rainy season means consistent daytime temperatures of around 31ºC with 12 hours of daylight making it the perfect remedy for European tourists looking to put the long winter months behind them with a blast of sunshine.

3. Seychelles National Fishing Tournament

The Easter weekend is a holiday in the Seychelles so there’s plenty going on, including the annual fishing tournament held on Mahé (18-19 April). Fishing is a major part of the culture of the Seychelles and this big game trolling event offers cash prizes for selected fish categories and best teams.

For those looking for a bit of high octane adventure on the ocean, the calm waters at Easter also make this an ideal time for big game fishing with Yellow Fin Tuna, Blue Marlin and Sailfish all presenting fisherman with a lively challenge in the open water.

Fishing in the Indian Ocean

Fishing in the Indian Ocean

4. Scuba diving

Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first diving experience or an old hand, the calm, clear waters of the Seychelles at Easter make the perfect diving environment.

As the monsoon clears and before the trade winds start to blow, April is the calmest time of year for the ocean in the Seychelles. As a result the water reaches a sumptuous 29ºC with a visibility of up around 30 metres.

The high visibility means you’ll see everything as you explore the stunning granite reefs, pure coral reefs, rocky walls, gullies and wrecks that make this such an exciting diving region.

Marine life to look out for include Octopus, Spiny Lobsters, Whale Sharks, Reef Sharks, Ribbon-tailed Stingrays, Soldierfish, Napoleon Wrasse and Giant Grouper.

5. Party time

Apart from the Easter celebrations there is plenty going on in the Seychelles between March and April:

  • Semaine de la Francophonie 19 – 22 March. A week-long celebration on Mahé of the French influence on the Seychelles. It will include live music, art exhibitions and special French menus at restaurants.
  • Carnaval International de Victoria 25-27 April. A gathering of all the leading carnival groups from around the world will include floats, street parties and stalls selling traditional food.

5* luxury in the Seychelles

Find out more about Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria or for availability and bookings visit our website: Constance Hotels and Resorts

Read more

 

Daily Mail’s Carol Driver is won over by Constance Halaveli

With so many activities and such a rich marine life to explore, travel writer Carol Driver is wowed by how much there is to do at Constance Halaveli.

Giant Mantas in the Maldives

Giant Mantas in the Maldives

In her piece for Travel Mail Online, Driver admits, ‘The Maldives had never been on my radar – perhaps for all the wrong reasons. I had visions of being bored, stuck on a tiny island.

‘However, with an outdoor tennis court (which has been graced by none other than Roger Federer), and the possibility of windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing or heading out by catamaran, Halaveli has enough to keep even the most active occupied.’

What really excited Driver was the excellent diving in the area around Constance Halaveli, including the dive site Fish Head which she claims is the ‘most famous dive site in the Maldives’.

In her time at Halaveli Driver was thrilled to have her first encounter with a shark and to swim alongside a giant Manta.

She was also impressed by Halaveli’s accommodation claiming it was ‘indulgently spacious, with a bedroom, an entrance area and a bathroom that has an extravagant stand-alone bathtub.’

To read all about Carol Driver’s experience at Constance Halaveli go to the Mail Online website.

Read more

 

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Warm seas, calm waters and superb visibility make the Indian Ocean a diver’s paradise.

At our hotels and resorts in Maldives, Madagascar, Seychelles and the Maldives, you’ll find dives to suit an absolute beginner through to wreck dives and night dives. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Swim with turtles at Constance Moofushi

Swim with turtles at Constance Moofushi

Diving in the Indian Ocean - An explosion of colour

An explosion of colour

Explore the vibrant reefs

Explore the vibrant reefs

Diving at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

But don’t get too close…

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Schools of fish

Manta rays at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Manta rays at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Read more

 

 

 

Mimi Spencer: the Kickstart Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Mimi Spencer, co-author of number-one best-seller The Fast Diet, introduces a new way to inspire healthy living and weight loss: the Kickstart The Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel in Mauritius.

Mimi Spencer

Mimi Spencer

It’s blissfully warm outside. Gentle waves lap upon the white sand. Excuse another cliche, but palm trees really do sway in the tropical breeze. Life at Constance Le Prince Maurice, as anyone who has visited will know, is pretty special – relaxed, cosseted, sophisticated. Heaven. It’s also a place dedicated to the senses, with its fabulous food, exceptional spa and staff who seem to know what you want before you even realise it. Smudged sunglasses? There’s someone on hand to polish them. A pillow menu, madam? A personalised pedicure? Not a problem.

Where better, then, to embark on a new and healthy lifestyle? The service and attention to detail you find in all the Constance resorts – dotted across the Indian Ocean like so many pearls – is precisely why Constance Le Prince Maurice works so brilliantly as a place to Kickstart the Fast Diet. As many of you will know, the Fast Diet and the 5:2 method have been the hot topic of 2013; the simple and enticing idea behind it all is that for two non-consecutive days each week, you slash calories to a quarter of your usual daily intake. For a woman, this means 500 calories over the course of a Fast Day; for a man, it’s 600. But for the other five days, there is no dieting, no fretting, no real concern for calories at all. Which makes it the ideal fit for the Prince Maurice, devoted as it is to good living.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

But there’s so much more at the hotel to dovetail with the 5:2 approach. The Spa de Constance offers indulgent treatments, an ideal complement to a health and weight-loss regime. While I was in Mauritius to develop the Kickstart programme, I saw Dajee for shiatsu and reflexology – an excellent, grounding experience and a great boost on a Fast Day. The Sisley facial was another hit – cleansing, invigorating, rejuvenating – and all in the calm embrace of one of the world’s finest spas. There’s personal fitness instruction here too, and sunset yoga or stretching sessions with Isabelle Lamant, one of those teachers who somehow inspire you to stretch that little bit further, reach that inch more.

Guests who wish to follow the Fast Diet during their stay can try a low-calorie cooking lesson with chef Al Youhn (Constance Le Prince Maurice prides itself on its people power) and, of course, eat delicious Fast Diet dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Michael Scioli. We’ve worked on the menus together to offer plenty of low-calorie, nutritious Fast Day options – sashimi, salads, fish fresh from the lagoon – and healthy choices for days when you don’t want to fast, but you do want to eat well. Days, perhaps, when you might order the odd glass of champagne and take in that glorious view…

  • The Fast Diet by Mimi Spencer and Dr Michael Mosley, The Fast Diet Recipe Book by Mimi Spencer with Dr Sarah Schenker, and Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley are all published by Short Books and available on Amazon.
  • Mimi’s new book, Fast Cook, comes out on March 6th 2014.
  • For more in-depth information about the Fast Diet, go to Michael and Mimi’s website, The Fast Diet
  • The Kickstart Fast Diet is available at the Constance Le Prince MauriceBook now.

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean

Take a break from the frenzy of daily life and reboot your system with a spa break in the Indian Ocean.

Here’s a glimpse inside some of our spas in the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

 

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Read more