Interview: The Guittet family – on holiday with Constance

Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience
Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience

Aurélien Guittet is a Captain for a European flagcarrier. He is married to Anouk, a lawyer, who is currently a full time mum. They have 2  children – Alexandre, 4 years old and Chloé, 2 years old. They live in Luxembourg, Europe.

Here they share their experience of family holidays with Constance Hotels.

1. Tell us what your family loves most about going on holiday with Constance Hotels Experience.

We discovered Constance 11 years ago. The first resort we went to was Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius. That was such a great time!

The resort itself was like a little paradise. The restaurants were great and on top of it all, the staff make you feel at home, giving very personalised service and a lot of attention. Since that first experience, we only stay at Constance Hotels when we travel to the Indian Ocean.

2. What do your children look forward to the most about the holidays? And you and your wife?

Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles
Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles

Our kids are still very young but we agreed early on that we wanted to share our holidays with them.

Our friends and family thought we were crazy to take such small kids so far away from their home. But one of our favourite quotes from Mark Twain says it all:

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

So every time we have the opportunity, we take our kids along for the holidays. What they look forward to is to spend time with us, discover new things, enjoy sunny weather, and the beach and pools.

For us it’s about the same. But our main goal when we come to Constance is to enjoy wonderful places, have the feeling of living something exclusive and let ourselves be pampered by the very professional staff.

3. How do you and your wife get the opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, when you’re travelling with two young children?

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Well, it’s a question of organisation. Most of the time, when we go to the beach or to the pool, we take them along. But when we want to enjoy a special moment like relaxing at the spa, snorkelling or sailing, we take them to the kids club.

4. Tell us about the different resorts you’ve visited. Do you have a favourite, and why?

As said, our first visit to Constance was at Le Prince Maurice. The second visit was at Constance Lemuria. That stay proved to us that Constance was really the kind of resort we wanted for our holidays because of the location in a small paradise, because of the great service, food, and the impression that every guest is treated like an individual person.

So a few holidays later, we went back to Le Prince Maurice and got engaged there one evening, having a cup of champagne close to the pool with a musician playing flute in the background…

We returned to Le Prince Maurice to celebrate our 10 years together and that was our last trip without our kids.

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe on the beach

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe in the Seychelles

The first resort we visited with the kids was Constance Ephelia. We were a bit sceptical when we booked, as this resort was much bigger than the ones we visited before, and we were wondering how our kids would behave in such a place. But the experience was just fantastic.

Our last visit was to Constance Halaveli Resort in theMaldives. There, we also had a great experience.

Our favourite remains Le Prince Maurice due to the sentimental value it holds for us, and Ephelia is in our opinion the best for kids.

But we must say that in any Constance resort, the architecture and lighting are absolutely beautiful and well designed, making it a very peaceful place.

5. Have you stayed in different types of accommodation? If so, which type has suited you the most as a family?

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

All the suites we have had were really big and it is no problem to share it with the kids. The best was the water villa at Halaveli – very spacious, state of the art equipment, very quiet, breathtaking view and again, the impression of being alone.

6. Do your children enjoy the special kids’ activities that are on offer?

Yes they do! As said before, we sometimes leave them there when we want to do activities that are not suitable for them. They like to play with other kids, use the facilities (games, swimming pools) and they get on very well with the friendly and professional staff from the kids club.

7. Is the food at Constance ‘family friendly’?

Guittet family dining at Constance Hotels Experience

Guittet family dining at Constance

For us, being French, food and wine is of great importance during our holidays.

At Constance, this is just fabulous. Eating at the restaurant is a real pleasure when you can taste high quality products prepared with passion, with the perfect matched wine.

In every Constance hotel we have been, there was always a great choice of restaurants. At the beginning with the kids, we were afraid that they would find the time at the table long and disturb the other guests, but they behaved really well, and the staff are so friendly that it really makes you feel at home.

I was so pleased to discover the wine menu at Halaveli, and to visit their great wine cellar with the chief sommelier. Amazing wine list, especially when you remember that you’re on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean!

We also love to order breakfast for delivery in our room. Being a family and having breakfast on your terrace with your kids, watching the endless ocean and observing the fish hunting is priceless.

8. Would you share some highlights from your family holidays with Constance?

Our kids are very lucky. By travelling with us, they have already seen different cultures, different people, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

They have fed sharks and rays, played with giant turtles, learned to swim in the nicest places and the nicest pools. They came with us deep sea fishing, tried kayaking and had a go in a paddle boat. What else can you dream of to develop their curiosity?

And when they get tired, put them on the bed – the in-room video on demand system has many cartoons that they will enjoy…

9. Do you have any tips for travelling with young children that you’d like to share with other Constance fans?

For the flights, night flights are great as the kids can sleep during travel.

The only ‘enemy’ will be the sun, never let them out without sun protection…

Competition: When travelling with children, the item I always pack for them is…

 

Girl on beach at Constance Halaveli

Girl on beach at Constance Halaveli

Win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine.

To take the stress out of packing as the festive holidays get underway, we want you to share your top tip for what to pack when travelling with children.

We’ll publish all the tips that we receive, and the best one will win a bottle of fabulous Art de Vignes wine.

How to enter

All you have to do is send us your top tip for what to pack when travelling with children - you can comment on the blog below, tweet us @constancehotels or post on our Constance Facebook page.

Competition ends on Thursday 22 December at 12 noon GMT. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Remember, either post to the comments section below, or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter.

Good luck!

Beautiful family villas at Constance Halaveli Resort

Family villa

Spacious family villa

If you’re planning a family trip to the Indian Ocean, Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives has just upped the stakes as the ultimate family holiday get-away.

Launch of family villas

From January 2012, Halaveli is launching 8 beautifully designed family villas, sleeping 2 adults and 2 children under 18 years. A further 4 villas will be available from mid-2012.

These spacious villas offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury, and feature their own private plunge pool and terrace or balcony.

 

Inside the villas

Measuring 358 m², all family villas are air conditioned, and comfortably furnished with wood and marble.

They come complete with LCD TV 42’ /satellite channels, DVD, WIFI Internet access free of charge through Imac system, Ipod connection, telephone with voice mail, mini-bar, mini wine cooler with a selection of wine, tea and coffee facilities, sitting area and 24 hour room service.

 

We think of everything so you can travel light

Child on beach at Constance Halaveli Resort

Family fun at Halaveli

We understand how many things families need to pack when travelling with children. So we’ve thought of just about everything you could need on your holiday, which means you can travel light.

In your villa, you’ll find small bathrobes, a pushchair, bottle sterilising unit, baby cot linen, sponges, nail clippers, baby toothbrush, baby toilet seat… the list goes on

And if there’s something we haven’t thought of, you just need to ask.

 

 

Family friendly in-villa dining

Delicious breakfast at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Delicious meals for the family

There’s a massive choice of dishes available for families, and all can be enjoyed in the privacy of your villa.

Our chef can also meet with you to plan a customised menu for a special evening on the beach.

Tasty kids’ treats include:

  • cheesy soldiers
  • banana, mango and pineapple sushi
  • fish, chips and dip
  • thai fishballs
  • lamb korma
  • banana berry split
  • oreo cookie cheesecake

Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy a huge range of appetisers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, noodles and curries, as well as meat and fish dishes from the grill.

Kuda club for children

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives, Kuda club for children

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives, Kuda club for children

When your children tire of the private plunge pool and paddle friendly shoreline, you can relax knowing Constance Halaveli Resort offers a host of kids’ activities at its Kuda Club, fun spa treatments, delicious children’s menus and a range of toys for loan. Children love the walk out to sea on the 854m long jetty, the longest in the Maldives.

 

 

 

Kids spa

Younger visitors to our spa are given cookies, and rose and vanilla ice tea before enjoying one of our delightful children’s spa treatments that include:

Children on the beach at Constance Halaveli Resort

Exploring on the beach

  • foot bath with lavender oil and flower petals
  • scalp massage with nourishing olive oil
  • hair braiding
  • henna tattoo painting
  • nail art

 

 

What else is on offer at the resort

At Constance Halaveli Resort, the emphasis is on offering families everything they need for an altogether more relaxed family holiday.

Beach BBQ at Constance Halaveli Resort

Beach BBQ

Our 5* resort has 3 restaurants:

  • Jahaz – the main buffet
  • Jing – South East Asian dining in a beautiful location over the water
  • Meeru – relaxed al fresco dining on the beach

Every Friday night we host a Beach BBQ with live music and the freshest seafood imaginable.

Read about Halaveli in our article Spotlight: Constance Halaveli Resort Resort, Maldives

And find out more:

Summer 2012 special – children stay free at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Children on trampoline at Prince Maurice

Family friendly Le Prince Maurice

Why not treat your family to a fabulous holiday at the 5* deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice. One child under 12 years stays free of charge when sharing adults’ room in a single or double Junior Suite or Villa.

The offer is valid from 15 April – 20 October 2012, with a minimum of 2 nights stay. The package includes daily breakfast and dinner for adult and child.

Find out more including terms and conditions from the Constance Hotels Experience website.

Offers: Summer 2012 special – save 25% at Constance Halaveli

Water villa at Halaveli

Water villa at Halaveli

Next summer, why not treat you and your family to a luxury holiday at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, and save a fabulous 25% on your stay.

Offer is valid from 21 June to 31 October 2012. Minimum 7 nights stay. Perfect for the summer holidays.

Find out more about reservations for this offer on our Constance Hotels Experience website.

Constance Belle Mare Plage – one child stays free

Constance Belle Mare Plage is an ideal family resort - offering plenty of space, 4 swimming pools, a paddle friendly beach and a great choice of family-friendly dining.

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

With our special offer, one child under the age of 12 years goes free when sharing with adults in single or double Prestige Room, Junior or Deluxe Suite.

The offer is valid until 19 October 2011, with a minimum of 2 nights stay.

Package includes:

  • Daily breakfast and dinner for adults and children

Find out more about this special deal for one child to stay free of charge at Constance Belle Mare Plage, including terms and conditions.