4 adrenalin sports to try in Mauritius

Wreck diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Adrenalin sports in Mauritius: Wreck diving

If you’re looking for some adrenalin-pumping action in Mauritius then check out Air Mauritius’ guide to extreme sports on the island.

A combination of hiking, climbing, jumping, sliding and abseiling make up the extreme sport of canyoning, which the blog describes as ‘not for the feint hearted’.

For those who prefer to explore the submarine world, the blog recommends exploring one of more than 100 wrecks registered in the area for a dramatic wreck dive.

Water sport is very popular on the island and Air Mauritius recommends thrill-seekers try their hand at surfing and kitesurfing.

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Luxury long haul family holidays to Mauritius

Going on holiday when you have children is one of the most precious times in the annual family calendar. Looking to escape with the whole family may start with finding the perfect location and accommodation but with kids in tow there’s a whole range of other extras you’ll be looking for.

Luxury family holidays to Mauritius

Luxury family holidays to Mauritius

Here’s our guide to what’s on offer at Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius for families in search of that much-needed holiday.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

This family-friendly luxury boutique hotel offers elegant Mauritian charm with 5* facilities for you and plenty of fun for the kids. According to blogger Luxury Travel Mom of her recent visit to Le Prince Maurice: ‘children aren’t just welcomed, they’re completely adored’.

Family suites

With thatched palm roofs and rich wood interiors, family suites feature an elegant grown-up bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a separate children’s room complete with bunk beds.

The rooms come with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players.

Things for kids to do at the hotel

As well as the complimentary kids’ club there’s a host of activities on offer for children, including:

  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 championship 18-hole golf courses (kids lessons available)
  • Snorkelling
  • Mountain biking (bikes and helmets available to borrow)
  • Kids yoga, cooking classes, fun spa treatments
  • Waterskiing, scuba diving (8 years+), kayaking, glass-bottom boat excursions.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

With so much on offer at Constance Belle Mare Plage, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to spend fun family time as well as that rare pleasure of time spent alone with your partner.

Child-friendly accommodation

Belle Mare Plage has a wide range of flexible accommodation to suit families. Some of our Prestige Rooms and Junior Suites (featuring a double bed and sofa bed) are available as interconnecting rooms. Our Deluxe Suites with separate seating and dining areas are also available to interconnect with a Prestige Room. More information on our website.

Private villas

For a luxury home away from home our 2-3 bedroom 2-storey villas come complete with their own pool and garden as well as your own Villa Master.

Fun spa treatments for kids

Fun spa treatments for kids

Things for kids to do at the resort

  • 4 swimming pools
  • 4 floodlit tennis courts
  • Table tennis
  • 9-hole mini-golf
  • 2 18-hole championship golf courses (kids lessons available)
  • Bike rental
  • Waterskiing, scuba diving (8 years+), kayaking, wind surfing.

What you won’t need to pack

Most of our hotels and resorts provide a range of equipment from highchairs, buggies and cots to nappies and baby monitors, just check with us before you travel.

Days out – things to do in Mauritius

Mauritius is a very family-friendly island with loads of exciting activities to keep the whole family busy from wildlife parks with ziplines and safaris to waterparks, submarine trips and pirate cruises.

For more to do with kids in Mauritius read our guide ‘a family holiday in Mauritius’.

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Sizzling barbecue recipes from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Nothing says summer’s on the way like the sound of friends gathered in the garden with the scent of marinated meat sizzling on the barbecue.

Sizzling barbecue recipes at Constance

Sizzling barbecue recipes at Constance

Here is a selection of our favourite BBQ marinades from our chef at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Recipe 1: Fish marinade

  • 50g grated orange zest
  • 50g grated lime zest
  • 15g dried chilli
  • 15g black pepper
  • 10g salt
  • 50ml virgin olive oil

1. Blend all the ingredients together and let it rest for one hour.

2. Put the fish into the marinade for at least two hours, then grill.

Recipe 2: Pork breast marinade

  • 100g honey from Rodrigues
  • 100g virgin olive oil
  • 20g roasted sesame seed oil
  • 50g BBQ spices (Mexican or Cajun mix)
  • 15g salt 10g coriander seeds
  • 10g Balsamic vinegar
  • 5g soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ spring onion bouquet
  • ½ chopped thyme bouquet

1. Mix the honey and spices together, add the oils and blend together to create a paste.

2. Add all other ingredients.

3. Cut the pork breast into 1cm thick slices and put them into the marinade. Make sure, that all slices are fully covered. After some hours, turn the slices.

4. Grill on the BBQ.

Recipe 3: Chicken Marinade Sohan Singh style

  • 1kg yoghurt
  • 40g coriander powder
  • 20g cumin powder
  • 10g saffron powder
  • 30g red pepper powder
  • 10g black pepper
  • 10g salt
  • 50g garlic paste
  • 50g ginger paste
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 80ml mustard oil

1. Blend all powders together. Add the garlic and ginger paste as well as the lemon juice and the oil. Add the yoghurt.

2. Cut the chicken in big pieces and marinate them for at least 5 hours.

3. Fit the chicken on to skewers and put them on the BBQ or in a Tandoor-style oven.

Recipe 4: Lamb marinade

  • 100ml virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 rosemary branches
  • 3 thyme branches
  • 3 cracked garlic cloves
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt

1. Chop the herbs and fold them into the other ingredients.

2. Marinate the lamb chops for at least 2 hours before you grill them.

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5 great activities for kids at Constance

Whether they’re playing games and making friends at the free Constance Kids Club or having fun with you on the beach, we want our young guests to have the holiday of a lifetime.

Great activities for kids: kayaking

Great activities for kids: kayaking

Here’s a taste of 5 great activities we offer kids at Constance Hotels and Resorts.

1. A pirate’s treasure hunt

Under the watchful eyes of our friendly staff, kids love exploring the grounds of the hotels and resorts looking for clues to buried treasure. This is a great way for children to get to know their new environment as well as learn about local plants and features.

2. Ziplining in the Seychelles

Kids from 6 to 60 can experience the laugh-out-loud exhilaration of flying through the ancient forests of Mahé on one of a series of ziplines at Constance Ephélia. The SMAC Adventure park, located within Ephélia’s grounds, also has a series of climbing walls suitable for children and all equipment is provided.

3. Fun on the water

Children love the water and at Constance there’s something for all ages from pedalo, kayak and glass bottom boat trips to a variety of water sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding and windsurfing. At some resorts Kids Club staff will be available to take children to learn various water sports.

Kids' golf at Constance

Kids’ golf at Constance

4. Learning golf

At Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria kids can learn to play golf on our stunning 18-hole golf courses under the expert guidance of one of our pros. In Mauritius junior group lessons are available at our golf academy taught on our two championship courses.

5. Scuba diving

From learning to blow bubbles in the pool using oxygen tanks to actually getting out and exploring the spectacular reefs of the Indian Ocean, we offer scuba diving classes to kids of 8 and over.

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Stunning swimming pools with a view

With amazing pools, beautiful vistas and sun loungers as big as your bed… here’s a poolside view of our hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Poolside at Constance Belle Mare Plage's Presidential Villa

Poolside at Constance Belle Mare Plage’s Presidential Villa

The main pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The main pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Stunning swimming pools with a view at Constance Lémuria

Stunning swimming pools with a view at Constance Lémuria

Soaking up the sun at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Soaking up the sun at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Poolside twilight at Constance Halaveli

Poolside twilight at Constance Halaveli

A mirrored view at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

A mirrored view at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

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Mauritius most popular for destination weddings

Mauritius is the most popular destination for an exotic wedding with the Maldives taking the top spot as a honeymoon destination, according to the Mail Online.

Destination weddings in Mauritius

Destination weddings in Mauritius

Based on research carried out by Kuoni, the Mail reports that Mauritius has knocked Sri Lanka off the top position thanks to recent changes which have made getting married in Mauritius much simpler.

According to the Mail report, many couples are choosing to marry in Mauritius while the Maldives was the best-selling honeymoon destination for 2013.

In a separate article the Mail Online says a new Kuoni report predicting travel trends for 2014 believes the Maldives will retain its position as the top long-haul destination for British holidaymakers.

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