Coming home to nest – Turtle Watch Lémuria

At Constance Lémuria there is more to celebrate this month than Christmas, for December is the peak of the turtle-nesting season.

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

The endangered hawksbill and green turtles return year after year to our quiet, idyllic beaches on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles between October and February. This season our Turtle Manager has already had four nests of turtles hatching out.

Each female turtle can lay up to a thousand eggs a season, returning to the beach to lay as many as five times and laying up to 200 eggs at a time.

Monitoring turtle activity

At Lémuria we monitor 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 and later see the baby turtles move down to the sea.

Our Turtle Preservation Programme, run alongside the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles and with support from the local community and hotel guests, is crucial to the survival of these beautiful creatures. Ask at the resort to find out more about our nesting turtles.

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Tsarabanjina – a special garden in the Indian Ocean

Madagascar has always been a land of promise to travellers attracted by the island’s unique natural environment. The lush tropical forests of Tsarabanjina hold many magnificent prizes for nature lovers.

Traveller's Palm, Madagascar

Traveller’s Palm, photo taken by Fabrice Rose

Highlights amongst its exotic flora include:

The Traveller’s Palm – No-one is quite sure of the origin of this nickname for the ravenala madagascariensis. One theory says that it was considered a gift for thirsty travellers because of the rainwater held in its stems. Another theory says its name came from the fact that its fans tends to grow in an east-west direction making it a crude compass for lost travellers. In fact the plant is not even a true palm but a member of the bird-of-paradise family with similar white flowers.

Vanilla – Not indigenous to the island, vanilla has become one of the island’s most important exports, its lush, tropical climate making it ideal for growing the beautiful, fragrant plant. In order to harvest the prized pods growers can wait up to 5 years for the vine to mature and flower.

Pachypodium – this thick green spiny tree is related to group of succulent spine-bearing trees and shrubs native to Africa and belongs to the dogbane family.

Come and stay with us on Tsarabanjina and let our expert guides show you around this beautiful island and introduce you to these and other fascinating species on a series of guided walks.

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Foot care guru Brice Nicham visiting Le Prince Maurice

Foot care guru to the stars, Brice Nicham is currently visiting the deluxe Le Prince Maurice, and offering guests the rare opportunity to be treated by the man himself.

Brice Nicham

Brice Nicham

Brice’s approach to podiatry has earned him a reputation as one of the leading practitioners in his field.

My Posture is offered in the most famous football clubs and tennis leagues around the world, and is now available at Le Prince Maurice. Your postural check-up allows us to analyse any problem connected with a bad posture such as multiple pains in your knees and back and consequently to adapt efficient treatments tailored to your needs.

Brice’s Pedicure encompasses three areas of expertise: medical, beauty and well-being.

Read more about Brice Nicham’s spa treatments available at Le Prince Maurice.

Booking a treatment with Brice Nicham

If you are staying at the hotel during the week beginning 10 December, and would like to book an appointment with Brice Nicham, please speak to one of our team at reception.

Constance Le Prince Maurice is one of the jewels in our crown – beautifully refurbished just 2 months ago, it has become known as one of the world’s leading romantic hotels. Find out more and check availability on the Constance Le Prince Maurice website.

 

Winner of our Name the Sea Creature competition

Thank you to everyone who entered our recent competition to give pet names to the sea creatures photographed at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

We received lots of great entries, and are pleased to announce the winner is Sharon Griffiths for her chosen names Boozy Lil and Dyson. Congratulations Sharon, we’ll be in contact with you about claiming your prize.

Bar-Tail Moray Photo Carè©

Boozy Lil, the Bar-Tail Moray

 

Cleaning manta, at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Dyson, the Cleaning Manta Ray

 

We’ll be announcing a new competition very soon.

If you have any photos of sea creatures from your holidays with us, we’d love to see them. You can post them on our Facebook page or through Twitter @constancehotels.

Two years of laid back luxury at Moofushi Resort, Maldives

This month we’re celebrating the second anniversary of Constance Moofushi’s chilled out elegance.

Totem Bar at  Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Laid back vibe at Totem Bar

For two years we have been welcoming guests to their own luxury island in the Maldives where barefoot chic meets Constance sophistication, creating a unique vibe all of its own.

In that time you seem to have liked what we’ve done – awarding us two Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence and the 2012 Travellers Choice Award for Top 25 Hotels in Asia.

And even though you’re happy with us, we continue to work to make your experience at Moofushi even better. In May this year we welcomed our new General Manager, Jean François Debon, who is passionate about ensuring guests have the ultimate luxury holiday experience.

Highlights of Moofushi

Here’s a run down of what we’ve introduced in the last two years:

  • Moonlight dinners – a chance to treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic four course meal with champagne served on a candle-lit beach by your own private butler.
Sunset at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Sunset at Constance Moofushi

  • Sandbank moments – a chance to share a table for two on a sandbank of your own for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Cinefushi – lie back on a star-lit beach and watch a movie while we serve you popcorn, canapés, ice cream and cocktails.
  • Sunrise & sunset yoga – stretch and relax in the warmth of the rising or setting sun with our beach yoga sessions.
  • Special Maldivian bed decoration – as part of our turndown service

Thanks to our hugely popular all inclusive Cristal package you’ve been able to come here relaxed in the knowledge that we will look after your every need.

Diving at Moofushi

Diving has been one of our most popular activities since we opened, hardly surprising thanks to our stunning location on the South Ari Atoll, one of the best dive spots in the Maldives.

To make the diving experience even better we have invited a resident marine biologist for guests who want to learn more about what they see.

Diving scooter course at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving scooter course

With their help we run a PADI shark speciality course and from December to April, there’s snorkelling with manta rays.

For die-hard diving fans and adrenalin junkies, we’ve introduced the exciting diving scooter course climaxing with a scooter dive in Moofushi’s shark pass or one of our shark points.

Weddings and honeymoons

Over the last two years Moofushi has become a popular venue for destination weddings, and our personal wedding planner has helped make many couples’ dreams of a luxury Indian Ocean wedding come true.

Fans of Moofushi

We may have only been here for two years but some of our guests have loved their time with us so much they have returned again and again.

Guests beach dancing at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Guests beach dancing

Karine Hermelle has been to the resort five times. ‘Moofushi is more than just a vacation for me. You all have become my friends. Thanks to Bluetribe I passed my advanced open water diving within six days, Sanjeewa, the DJ, puts songs on that I like every night and the spa team pamper me. Thank you to you all.’

Find out more

See what luxury travel website Pursuitist.com has to say about Moofushi or visit our Constance Moofushi website.

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Chilled mango soup with ginger ice cream

Deliciously summery, the mango and ginger work perfectly in this recipe from the kitchens at Constance Halaveli.

Chilled mango soup, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Chilled mango soup

For chilled mango soup

  • Mango 4kg
  • Sugar syrup  (30% sugar 70% water) 75ml

For ginger ice cream

  • Single cream 125ml
  • Milk 250ml
  • Caster sugar 100g
  • Tremoline 75g
  • Fresh ginger, cut into very small pieces 50g

Mango soup

1. Peel the mangoes, cut into cubes and blend. Then mix with the syrup.
2. Keep refrigerated.

Ginger ice cream

1. Heat the fresh cream, milk, sugar, ginger and Tremoline.
2. Strain, and let it cool.
3. Then blend and freeze.

 

Wine recommendation from our sommelier at Halaveli

Gewurztraminer Frontholz Sgn (France) Fresh and floral, this wine has a harmonious and balanced personality, with aromas of candied citrus peel, mango, apricot, rose petal and smoked tea. This wine is soft and seductive.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli Resort on our website.