5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

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Mark Davis battles windy conditions to win SSE Scottish Senior Open

Wind was Mark Davis’ major adversary at the SSE Scottish Senior Open but the gusts of over 25 miles an hour couldn’t stop him from finishing five under par to win the title.

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The win was the Englishman’s first victory on the European Senior Tour after only three starts and makes him the sixth youngest winner in Senior Tour history.

The SSE Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St Andrews brings the European Senior Tour a step closer to its finale, the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Despite the win, Colin Montgomerie remains at the head of the European Senior Tour order of merit.

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Recipe: Red devil smoothie

The Red Devil Smoothie from Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Red Devil Smoothie from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Cool down this summer with this devilishly refreshing smoothie recipe from Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Ingredients

  • 100ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 60ml strawberry purée
  • 20ml rose syrup
  • Mint sprig
  • Grapefruit slice

1. Mix the grapefruit juice, strawberry purée and rose syrup.

2. Pour into a glass and add the mint sprig and grapefruit slice to garnish.

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Langer wins Senior Open with a record-breaking lead

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Bernhard Langer blasted his way into the record books with his victory at the Senior Open Championship in Wales.

Despite windy conditions the German managed to win the Championship and set a new record for the biggest winning margin in Senior Open Championship history.

Langer finished the event with a staggering 18-under par which is all the more impressive considering his closest rival in second position Colin Montgomerie finished with only 5-under par.

Montgomerie sportingly described his competitor’s game as ‘one of the great golfing performances’.

The dramatic action at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club only serves to heat up the competition in the Senior Tour as they head to the European Senior Tour finale at the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Despite Langer’s record-breaking win Colin Montgomerie still holds his position at the top of the European Senior Tour order of merit with Langer having to settle for second place.

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Domaine Mas Amiel & leading sommelier visit Mauritius

Guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage had the rare opportunity to enjoy a wine dinner inspired by two giants in the French wine industry last week.

The Blue Penny Cafe at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Blue Penny Cafe at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The dinner, held at Belle Mare Plage’s Blue Penny Café on 8 August, featured wine selected by special guests winemaker Nicolas Raffy of Domaine Mas Amiel and David Biraud, awarded best sommelier in France.

Nicolas Raffy is the winemaker behind the legendary Mas Amiel wines of the Roussillon region while David Biraud has won accolades as the best sommelier in France and narrowly missed out on the title of Best Sommelier in Europe.

These two prestigious wine experts worked together with our chefs at the Blue Penny Café to create a menu to bring out the very best in the wines they selected.

Highlights of the wine menu included:

  • Ocean cassolette with lemon foam served with a Côtes du Roussillon Mas Amiel Le Plaisir Blanc 2013
  • Drumfish fillet lacquered with aniseed jus, citrus marmalade with taggiasche olives and steamed baby leeks served with Côtes du Roussillon Mas Amiel Altair Blanc 2011
  • Pan seared beef fillet, Macaire potato with condiments and onion flavoured with Xérès vinegar and thyme jus served with Maury Sec Mas Amiel Altitude 433 M 2012
  • Biscuit with ‘Kumabo’ chocolate with red and black fruit nectar served with Maury Mas Amiel Charles Dupuy 2008.

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Guide to big game fishing in Mauritius

In Mauritius the glorious sunshine and warmth above water and the deep-sea nutrients under water combine to create perfect conditions for big game fishing.

Big game fishing at Constance

Big game fishing at Constance

Every year people come to our shores from around the world to pit their wits against some of the most challenging giants of the ocean – the Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Whaoo, Dorado and even big sharks like the Mako are a regular catch.

The lure of big game fishing is the epic battle put up by these elegant giants with legendary fighting ability.

Landing the famous Blue Marlin can take as long as 3 hours.

What makes Mauritius so ideal for game fishing

The Island of Mauritius is surrounded by coral reef, which creates the gentle lapping lagoon which has always attracted holiday makers. But for the big game anglers it is what lies beyond the lagoon that proves the most tempting.

Past the reefs the ocean drops off rapidly to around 3,000 metres and here ocean currents push cold water full of nutrients to the surface attracting a rich variety of marine life, which in turn attracts the large predators.

Where to fish in Mauritius

The fishing is fantastic all around the island but probably the richest waters lie off the west coast around Black River. Here the famous Le Morne drop off, with depths of around 3,000 metres, lies just 5km off shore.

Fishing operators in this area say anglers should expect to encounter six of the major game fish (Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Bonito etc) on a one-day trip during the summer season.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

In the north of the island, Grand Baie is also a popular starting point for many deep sea fishing excursions with the waters to the north teeming with rich marine life.

Fishing trips to the less exploited eastern side of Mauritius guarantee empty oceans and splendid unspoilt views for those who prefer to try their luck off the beaten track.

When to fish in Mauritius

Thanks to its warm waters and tempting sunshine big game fishing is available in Mauritius all year with many species staying in our waters throughout the year.

The increase in temperatures from October to April, however, bring with them an influx of rich marine life which in turn attracts more of the larger predators to our waters making it an ideal time for sports fishing.

Where to stay

Enjoy 5* service, luxurious accommodation and world-class cuisine while you’re onshore at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage and we’ll organise all your deep sea fishing excursions for you.

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