Win a 6* luxury holiday to Mauritius

Enter our latest competition and you could win a luxury 7-night holiday for 2 at the newly refurbished 6* Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Couple enjoying luxury beach holiday at Le Prince Maurice

Luxury beach holiday at Le Prince Maurice

As well as half-board in an exceptional luxury Junior Suite, the prize includes flights and access to 2 championship 18-hole golf courses.

Other great prizes include limited edition vanity cases from Valmont and fragrance from Shiseido.

How to enter

To enter, send us your favourite photos from your holidays at Constance Hotels, and a short caption telling us about the memory the photo evokes in you.

When to enter

Between now and 4 September 2012, you can enter your photos.

1. Decide which decade your photos are from

2. Check the dates for when you can enter for that decade, see below.

For example, if your photos are from 2006 you can enter them from 20 July – 6 August, and again in the final week from 29 August – 4 September.

Photos taken 2000-2012
Enter: 20 July – 6 August

Photos taken 1990-1999
Enter: 7-13 August

Photos taken 1980-1989

Enter: 14-20 August

Photos taken 1970-1979
Enter: 21-28 August

All decades
Enter: 29 August – 4 September

Prizes 

The best photos from each decade, as well as from each category of entry, will be awarded a prize from Valmont or Shiseido. Every entry we receive will also be included in our grand prize draw to win a luxury 7-night holiday for 2 at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Where will the photos be published?

We’ll publish the best photos and captions on our Facebook Timeline. In addition, every entry we receive will be posted on our Pinterest board and Flickr.

To enter, visit our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page.

Read our competition terms and conditions.

Sponsors of our competition

Valmont - prestigious Swiss spa now open at Constance Halaveli. Discover the luxurious Valmont spa at Constance Halaveli.

Shiseido - one of the most influential skincare houses in the world, available at Constance. Shiseido at Constance Hotels.

Save 30% on bookings at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Take advantage of our superb 30% discount on holidays to Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles.

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Beach at Constance Lemuria

Situated on the idyllic island of Praslin, this award-winning resort is a paradise for luxury holiday-goers, golf fans and spa enthusiasts.

  • Book for 7 nights or more, and receive a 30% discount, complimentary green fees and use of golf buggies
  • Offer subject to availability and valid for stays from 21 August to 26 December 2012
  • All bookings must be made by 31 August 2012
  • Book now to stay at Constance Lémuria Resort

6* luxury at leading Seychelles resort

At Lémuria there’s something for everyone. From rest and relaxation on our 3 beautiful beaches, to the challenging 18-hole golf course, rejuvenating spa and stunning diving around the granite reef.

Palm thatched suites and villas are just metres from the shoreline, designed using natural wood, marble, limestone and pink granite.

At our 3 restaurants and 4 bars you can enjoy international and contemporary Seychellois cuisine. And children aged 4-12 years can enjoy discovering a world of their own at our Turtle Club.

Find out more about Constance Lémuria Resort or book your holiday now.

Shiseido at Constance Hotels

Shiseido celebrates its 140th anniversary this year: 140 years of expertise, new discoveries, new products and new innovations.

Shiseido Eudermine

Shiseido Eudermine, original at the front

Shiseido began as a single prescription pharmacy in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1872, and has since become one of the most influential skin care houses in the world.

The products are developed with the most advanced science and uncompromising qualities, offering our guests the very best in skincare.

Eudermine elixir

To celebrate the 140th anniversary, Shiseido has brought back their first ever skin care product within its original packaging, created in 1897. Eudermine is an elixir to soothe and hydrate the skin and give a cushioned plumpness back to the complexion.

Within the skincare regime, Shiseido has always used a Japanese Beauty Secret, or ‘softener’. Once you have cleansed your skin, Shiseido recommends you use a softener to balance the skin within and allow your moisturiser to penetrate further into the skin and have a longer lasting effect.

Shiseido at Constance Hotels

At Shiseido spas, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia and Lemuria, guests can enjoy the newly created 140th Anniversary Spa Experiences. These are  3 different packages, offering the very best in spa treatments and massage discoveries. A Spa must have.

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Family delights at Constance Ephélia

Looking for a family holiday destination that combines 5* luxury with a relaxed atmosphere?

Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia

Constance Ephélia Resort is a haven for families, offering space aplenty for your kids to run around yet exuding the sort of boutique-feel you’d expect from a much smaller hotel.

And as a destination, the Seychelles is ideal for families – beautiful beaches to play on, calm warm water brimming with sea-life, delicious fresh food, great weather… the list goes on.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the services we offer for families staying at Ephélia:

Gecko Club
For children aged 4-12 years, our vibrant kids’ club offers a space where children can make new friends, enjoy a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, with an emphasis on fun, creativity and discovery. The club is open from 9am-9pm.

Babysitting service
Ideal for parents with younger children as well as those hankering for some alone time together, our babysitting service is available 24 hours a day.

Kids fun on the beach at Constance Ephelia Resort

Kids playing on the beach at Ephelia

Equipment
Travelling long haul with children can be tiring, so we provide the equipment you need so you can cut back on what you have to pack.

  • Beach toys are available for children to use free of charge, to be returned at the end of each day
  • Nappies available, make your request with reservations prior to arrival
  • Highchairs, buggies, cots and bed linen, reading books, baby monitors and walkie talkies all provided where needed
  • Same day laundry service

Dining
Children’s menus are available in each of our 5 restaurants, along with family friendly eating times. For babies, we make fresh purée.

Children’s activities
Ephélia is situated on a pristine beach, with calm seas ideal for children who want to swim and paddle.

Kids climbing wall at Constance Ephelia Resort

Climbing wall

Even very young children love to try on a snorkel and look at the fish swimming around their toes. Older children can try their hand at diving at our professional dive centre.

Our climbing wall and zip lines are brilliant fun for daring kids, and the centre is open from 9am-4pm.

To top it off, we also have 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, kayaks, pedalloes, fishing trips, and special children’s activities and shows during festive seasons.

Find out more about Constance Ephélia Resort on our website.

Sustainable tourism at Constance Hotels

At Constance Hotels we work hard to protect the environment, natural resources and local cultures of the islands where our resorts are located.

Beach at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We incorporate sustainable thinking into decision-making at all levels throughout our business. Here’s an insight into the way we work:

Local producers

We support local industries and producers including buying locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and other foodstuff.

Read Bruno Le Gac’s interview with Visit Mauritius about regional and sustainable food at Constance.

Landscaping – Constance Ephélia

In October 2011, we were awarded the prestigious Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry awards ceremony, recognising the landscape design of our resort. No small feat when you consider Ephélia is situated in 120 hectares of lush tropical vegetation, perched on a pristine beach, and adjacent to Port Launay Marine National Park.

Find out more about the Landscape Gold Award for Constance Ephélia.

Conserving water and reefscaping at Halaveli

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we produce our own-label still and sparkling mineral water.

Since March 2011, we have been turning tap water into mineral water using our own bottling plant. This has reduced the need for plastic bottles on the resort.

And late last year, we started our coral regrowth programme - to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the resort, and help repair the damage caused by the Tsunami in 2004.

Find out more about our reefscaping programme at Halaveli.

Design at Moofushi

Since it opened in November 2010, Moofushi has been wowing guests with its eco-design and barefoot chic approach to luxury holidaying.

The island’s butterfly design and daring architecture was developed by Jean-Michel d’Unienville (Mauritius) and Marc Hertrich (France). Careful consideration has been taken to preserve the environment through efficient and non-polluting materials.

Find out more about Architecture and Design at Constance Moofushi.

Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria

We run a turtle preservation programme at Constance Lémuria, Praslin Island,Seychelles. The beaches here are important nesting sites for endangered hawksbill and green turtles, who return to the beaches year after year.

Thanks to our turtle programme, and the work of our Turtle Manager, the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles and the local community and hotel guests, we’re seeing an increase in the number of nests each year.

Find out more about our work preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria.

Environmental charter at Constance

Our environmental charter sets out how we work to minimise the impact we have on the surrounding ecosystems and cultures while improving biodiversity, cultural heritage and community development. Here are a few of the ways we are working on this:

Energy

  • use eco-friendly oil and batteries
  • recover energy from air-conditioning systems
  • install solar panels for heating swimming pools

Water

Clearing mangroves at Constance Moofushi Resort

Clearing mangroves and landscaping at Moofushi

  • install water flow regulators on showers
  • recycle grey water for gardening, toilets etc
  • preserve scarce water supply by using a desalination plant

Waste

  • recycle glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic
  • recycle restaurant organic waste and garden green waste
  • support urban and rural clean-up

Biodiversity

  • use organic fertilizers
  • use plants and trees locally adapted
  • take part in local action for the environment

Social responsibility

  • employ local people where possible
  • support local community development projects with funding, time and human resources
  • provide ways for guests to volunteer for local conservation or community development projects

Marine life and reefs

  • inform guests about responsible snorkelling and dive practices towards unique coral reef life
  • improve staff and guest awareness and concern towards littering beach and sea
  • keep boats clean and in proper working order, including regular cleaning of propellers to reduce amount of underwater sound emitted

Want to know more?

Visit our Constance Hotels Experience website to find out more, or tell us what you think. You can post a comment below, or visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @constancehotels.

 

Constance Hot List: London’s coolest restaurants

With the Olympics just round the corner, the spotlight falls on London this summer. Here’s our pick of the hippest new restaurants in the capital.

1. Tramshed

Tramshed, photo by Fairly buoyant

Inside the Tramshed

Situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building is the latest venture from Mark Hix, former chef director of Caprice Holdings.

Bang on trend with its pared-back menu of chicken and steak, this is a simple idea delivered to perfection.

Highlights include the perfect roast chicken (served head down, tail up) and dry-aged steak, served on its own or over salad. The massive Damien Hirst ‘Cock and Bull’ sculpture hangs above the centre of the room.

Visit the Tramshed website or follow them on Twitter @the_tramshed. And read the review by Time Out of Hix’s Tramshed.

2. Burger and Lobster

Heading up the trend for simple menus is the massively successful Burger and Lobster in Mayfair. The stripped-back menu in this buzzing, tightly packed spot has been a huge hit since it opened at the end of last year.

Highlights include actually getting a table – expect a long wait although you can head to a nearby bar and they’ll text you when there’s space. It’s worth the wait though – dine on whole lobster, lobster rolls or delectable burgers.

Follow them on Twitter @Londonlobster

3. Mari Vanna

Opulent in a kitsch kind of way, Mari Vanna serves up the sort of Russian food your grandmother would cook.

This new Russian restaurant in Knightsbridge is scoring high with those hankering after a taste of home, and fashionistas looking for the next big thing. Take your pickings from the lunch or à la carte menus.

Visit the Mari Vanna website to find out more, or follow them on Twitter @marivannalondon.

4. Shrimpy’s

Contributing to the revival of King’s Cross is this latest opening from the folk behind the hugely successful Bistrotheque.

Situated at The Filling Station in N1, highlights at Shrimpy’s include the soft shell crab burger and snacks way above the norm – chicharrons with guacamole and plantains chips and dips.

Find out more from Shrimpy’s website.

5. Bubbledogs

If champagne and hot dogs sound like an odd combination, hold your judgement until you’ve checked out the hottest new opening this month on Charlotte Street – Bubbledogs.

Run by husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang (both have worked at The Berkeley, Nomo and Per Se) the menu includes 10 hot dog options served with lashings of champagne.

Find out more on Bubbledogs website or follow them on Twitter @bubbledogsuk.

Do you have a recommendation we’ve missed?

Tell us where we should be eating right now. Post your comment below, on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @constancehotels.