Rave reviews for Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Seychelles

South African blogger and Johannesburg Sunday Independent columnist, Hasmita Nair has described her holiday to Constance’s Seychelles resorts as ‘the best I’ve ever been on’.

North Beach, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

North Beach, Constance Ephelia

Hasmita’s blog, joziliciousblog, about life in Johannesburg and her extensive travels is hugely popular.

This month she’s been raving to her readers about the friendly welcome and elegant luxury she experienced at Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

‘I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a few Indian Ocean islands. I’ve been to Zanzibar, Mozambique and Mauritius (twice!)… I stayed in 5 star properties on all the above islands, but both the setting and service of all these don’t even come close to what I experienced at Constance.’

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World class footballer in world class luxury at Le Prince Maurice

Legendary French footballer Robert Pirès explains why he loves Constance Le Prince Maurice so much that he keeps coming back.

Robert Pires and Jessica Lemaire at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Robert Pires and Jessica Lemaire

Former captain of France and player for Arsenal Robert Pirès knows a thing or two about what it takes to be the best, and that is exactly what he is looking for in a holiday.

‘For me luxury is a hotel like Prince Maurice where I can do nothing and relax 100% knowing that the attentive staff will look after everything.’

So how does the man who captained the French International team to its win in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and enjoyed two Premier League wins during his time with Arsenal choose to spend his holiday?

‘I do nothing but relax and enjoy the service. Time stops for us when we are at this place – we simply chill out and enjoy the beautiful weather. I spend most of my time at the beach or at the pool.’

How Pirès discovered Le Prince

Pirès, now a sports commentator and broadcaster, discovered Constance Le Prince Maurice through his partner Jessica Lemarie who had done a modelling shoot at the resort years earlier.

‘She had always spoken about this hotel and wanted us to come for holidays but at the time, both of us being very busy in our professions, we never made it. Once we settled with a family we finally decided to come. As soon as we arrived we fell in love with the hotel and now we are on our third visit in one year.’

What Pirès loves about the hotel

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asked to describe what it is about the resort which keeps drawing him and his family back, Pirès explains, ‘Mauritius is well known for the kindness of its people and we feel it as we arrive at the hotel with the staff being very friendly with a natural warmth. The welcome here is exceptional and the staff charmant.’

The footballer and father says he loves the fact that at Le Prince Maurice he can relax knowing his kids are having fun and are being well taken care of. ‘My children have just as great a time here as I do, they enjoy Les Petits Princes kids club and my babysitter looks after Alessio (the baby) as if it was her own child. My children being in such good hands helps us to relax.’

Pirès describes that he likes to spend the summer in Europe and to visit St Barthelemy in the Caribbean but says, ‘In the winter time we fly to Mauritius, Le Prince Maurice, of course. Our fourth visit to the hotel won’t be far away.’

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice on our website.

Love football? Read Robert Pirès’ autobiography – available on Amazon.

Three Constance hotels named Leading Hotels of the World

Exclusive luxury hotels consortium, Leading Hotels of the World, has chosen three Constance hotels to join its prestigious ranks.

From 15 January Constance Halaveli, Constance Lémuria and Constance Le Prince Maurice will carry the accreditation of Leading Hotels of the World.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Belonging to the group is a mark that your hotel is one of the most exclusive and high functioning luxury destinations in the world.

Established in 1928,  the group today consists of 430 luxury hotels, resorts and spas across more than 80 countries.

CEO of Constance Hotels and Resorts, Jean-Jacques Vallet, said:

‘We are delighted that three of our hotels have been accredited Leading Hotels of the World. Becoming a member of this organization is a real honour and is the result of excellence, quality and team work.’

The performance of each member is evaluated every 18 months based on a strict criteria examining 1200 different elements. Of the 1000 requests for membership received each year, only 20 hotels receive the title. Selection rests on the group’s belief that the strength of each hotel resides in its capacity to distinguish itself.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Halaveli, Constance Lémuria and Constance Le Prince Maurice

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Wreck diving in the Maldives

Join TGI Dive Instructor, Natalie Skipworth, as she shares the unique adventure and exhilaration of a wreck dive at Constance Halaveli.

Wreck diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Natalie Skipworth wreck diving at Halaveli, photo by Marco Care

Stepping on the dhoni, a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretch out before me.

The sky is blue and cloudless and although it’s only a short ride to the dive site, and I’m eager to enter the water, I almost wish the journey wouldn’t end.

Arriving at the wreck

All too soon we arrive and my instructor tells me it’s time to get ready. She jumps in to check the speed and direction of the current, and surfaces with a smile, telling us the visibility is amazing and the fish are keen to see us.

We grin like idiots as we gear up and look each other over, strapping on computers, checking weight belts and air gauges, making sure nothing will ruin this perfect afternoon.

Entering the water

The first breath underwater is like coming home for me. As we swim down and across, following the guide, the wreck looms into view. It should be threatening, sinister even, but this wreck has been put here deliberately, sunk by the dive centre specifically for divers to enjoy.

What you can expect to see

The abundance of life is incredible in such a short stretch, and within the first 10 minutes we’ve spotted white tip reef sharks, stingrays, a napoleon wrasse, and even a turtle or two.

This wreck is slightly deeper than most and the first person reaches their air supply reserve within 30 minutes. The guide signals us to do a safety stop and inflates her surface marker buoy.

Blowing bubble rings through her regulator to pass the time she points out fish of every colour on the teeming reef.

We drift along for 3 minutes, almost blinded by the reds, yellows, oranges, blues and greens of the sealife, and surface together close to the dhoni. One of the many advantages to diving in the Maldives is that the boat follows you.

Handing up our equipment with the help of the instructor, we climb the ladder back onto the boat, tired but happy.

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Recipe: Vanilla Iced Tea

Refresh your taste buds this month and enjoy our delicious Vanilla Iced Tea.

Vanilla iced tea at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Vanilla iced tea

The recipe makes one litre of iced tea.

  • 5 tea bags of Vanilla tea
  • 3cl Vanilla Essence
  • 20cl Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 litre of hot water

Infuse all ingredients for approximately 30 minutes. Let the infusion cool down then place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Served chilled with three slices of lemon and ice.

Top tips for well being in 2013

One of our leading fitness gurus at Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, offers her top tips for well being in 2013.

Isabelle Lamant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoga on the beach with Isabelle Lamant

Her ever-increasingly popular fitness classes have earned Isabelle a loyal following among Constance guests. Many are returning from their holiday saying they’ve never felt better.

Here are Isabelle’s top tips for 2013:

1. Lie down on your back, hands under your head. Inhale 8 seconds with the nose, expanding your ribs and blowing out your stomach. Hold your breath for 5 seconds then exhale naturally. Do this 3 times to relax all the body and the brain.

2. Ask your self ‘What do I actually wish to change or improve on my body?’ Visualize mentally your ideal appearence and the way of living you would like for your wellness.

3. Stretch your arms, stretch your legs, turn on your right side then stand up.

4. Now that you know what you want for your well-being, put on your running shoes or your swimming costume and go out for one hour. Just go out and walk or swim to detox your body and your brain.

5. When you come back home, you’ll feel real satisfaction because you have taken care of yourself. That is the best tip I can give to you: think of yourself first so you have the best energy to give to others.

6. Stretch with fluent movement to allow your joints to relax. You can easily find different postures

7. I advise you to move your body 3 times per week for 1 hour each time. Choose the activity you prefer: aquagym, dance, running, walking, swimming… Stretch every day for 10 minutes, this is good for your joints and your muscles.

Find out more about Le Prince Maurice

At our Fitness Centre at Le Prince Maurice, we have personal trainers who will take you through your paces and offer classes in:  Aqyagym, Pilates, tennis, Yoga, stretching, Trx, dance and swimming.

Visit our website to find out more about the deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice