Family fun in the Seychelles this Easter

What better way to forget about the short, cold days of winter than to plan an Easter getaway to the island idyll of the Seychelles. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit.

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

1. Weather
Lie on a beach and drink in the vitamin D your body’s been craving through the long winter months. April is the perfect time to visit the Seychelles as it marks the end of the islands’ rainy season ensuring perfect temperatures of around 29ºC. Revel in lots of warm sunshine while calm breezes gently rustle the palm trees.

2. Beaches
The Seychelles is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. At Constance Lémuria, you’ll have access to the eye-wateringly beautiful Anse Lazio, frequently cited as the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles. Unspoilt, pristine beaches lapped by warm turquoise water.

3. Family
Relax in the knowledge that your kids will love a holiday in the Seychelles as much as you. Whether you choose the elegant luxury of Constance Lémuria or the vibrant spirit of the larger Constance Ephélia there is plenty for everyone to do. Older kids will be thrilled by the choice of sports and water sports available and younger kids will love the free children’s club.

Family holidays, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Family holidays, Constance Ephelia

4. Diving
Explore the Indian Ocean in perfect conditions in April. As the waters calm after the rainy season divers can fully appreciate the vivid, colourful spectacle of the numerous dive sites around Lémuria and Ephélia. Water temperatures average around 29ºC at this time of year and visibility is often 30 meters or more. If you’re looking for something a bit different, try a thrilling night dive.

5. Fishing
Feel the rush of excitement and adrenalin of pursuing one of the great game fish through the crystal waters of the Seychelles. The deep-sea fishing season starts in April and runs through to October. Pit your wits and your strength against giants of the sea including tuna, barracuda, wahoo, sailfish and marlin.

And lastly… as recommended by The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times recommends Constance Ephélia as the perfect spot for Easter with the family this week. In the article, journalist Jeremy Lazell writes: ‘Ephelia sits in 300 acres of tropical gardens… with tennis, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking and a kids’ club free, four swimming pools and two white sand, palm fringed beaches that are worth the air fare alone.’

Rave reviews for Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Seychelles

South African blogger and Johannesburg Sunday Independent columnist, Hasmita Nair has described her holiday to Constance’s Seychelles resorts as ‘the best I’ve ever been on’.

North Beach, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

North Beach, Constance Ephelia

Hasmita’s blog, joziliciousblog, about life in Johannesburg and her extensive travels is hugely popular.

This month she’s been raving to her readers about the friendly welcome and elegant luxury she experienced at Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

‘I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a few Indian Ocean islands. I’ve been to Zanzibar, Mozambique and Mauritius (twice!)… I stayed in 5 star properties on all the above islands, but both the setting and service of all these don’t even come close to what I experienced at Constance.’

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And find out why Constance Ephélia surpassed all her expectations:

Wine and dine with two of France’s best vineyards at Ephélia and Lémuria

Guests at Ephélia and Lémuria resort can enjoy the unique opportunity to celebrate two of France’s leading vineyards this Christmas with a specially created vineyard menu.

Constance Ephélia

Gonet-Medeville at Constance Ephelia

Gonet-Medeville at Ephelia and Lemuria

Nicolas Rossignol and a representative of the Gonet-Médeville vineyard will join guests at Ephelia on the 25-27 December to introduce them to some of their famous wines and champagnes. A menu has been specifically designed to compliment the famous French wines and to create a dining event not to be missed.

From a family of winemakers Nicolas Rossignol established his own estate back in 1997 in the region of Volnay using ancient winemaking techniques.

Gonet-Médeville has also stayed true to traditional growing methods in the creation of its grand cru and premier cru champagne.

Come and taste the best of the wines they have to offer at Ephélia this Christmas.

Constance Lémuria

Guests at Lémuria resort will get a sneak preview this week when they too are visited by the Family Gonet-Médeville and Nicolas Rossignol for an exclusive wine and dine event.

Highlights of the menu will include:

  • Pan fried foie gras with semi-ripe papaya chutney served with ginger bread puree, salty nut crunch and balsamic jus to be accompanied by a Champagne Gonet Médeville Blanc de Noirs 1er cru
  • Roasted red snapper fillet in a red wine sauce, crispy leeks and sautéed ‘patole’ accompanied by a Volnay 2011
  • Roasted duck breast with sweet spices and honey crust pumpkin gratin and wilted local spinach with tamarind jus accompanied by a Volnay 1er cru Santenots 2009
  • Duo pineapple-vanilla with red berries coulis accompanied by a Château Gilette ‘Crème de tête’

Find out more about Nicolas Rossignol and Gonet-Médeville or visit the Constance Ephélia website to check availability.

Brewed to perfection

At Ephélia we strive for perfection and for our tea-drinking guests nowhere is this more important than in their teacups.

Theodor tea at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Theodor tea at Constance Ephelia

For that reason we have chosen luxury French tea house Theodor to supply our signature restaurant Cyann. Established in 2002 by Frenchman Guillaume Leleu, Theodor has become synonymous with prestigious, high quality fair trade teas from around the world.

With an emphasis on taste and artistry in blending, the house has become a standard in excellence throughout the world.

Even the teapots in which the teas are brewed are considered part of the process, and Theodor teapots are made of Japanese cast iron using ancient Japanese casting techniques. Each teapot is unique with the cast broken after casting and then remoulded in a constant striving for perfection.

Theodor teas available at Cyann

  • The famous white tea Yin Zen from China
  • The Rooibos from South Africa – a theine-free infusion
  • Classic black teas including – English breakfast and Daarjeling
  • Flavoured green teas including – Jasmine, Peché Mignon, J’aime
  • Flavoured black teas including – Earl Grey Royal, Place Saint Marc, Travel to India
  • Tête à tête – a herbal tea
  • Teas we plan to offer soon:
  • The unique Matcha green tea from Japan
  • The semi-fermented tea from Taiwan
  • The green Pu Ehr from Laos
  • The black Pu Ehr from Laos
  • The Kenyan black tea
Find out more

Visit the Theodor tea website to learn more about the art of brewing the perfect cup of tea.

And if you prefer your tea with a kick read the Independent’s guide on how to pep up your daily brew.

Discover more about the beautiful resort of Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

A taste of India in the Seychelles

We’re thrilled to announce that world-renowned Indian chef and restaurateur, Vineet Bhatia will be visiting Constance Ephélia this December.

Chef Vineet Bhatia, Constance Hotels & Resorts

Chef Vineet Bhatia

The first Indian chef ever to receive a Michelin Star, Bhatia’s approach puts a contemporary twist on traditional Indian cuisine.

Vineet Bhatia’s influence

Bhatia’s global influence as a restaurateur now spreads from Mumbai to Geneva, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Mauritius.

‘I would describe myself as a global Indian whose inspiration is deeply rooted in India with an ever-burning desire to put Indian cuisine on the forefront,’ he says.

Events at Ephélia

Bhatia will run special dining events at Cyann Restaurant, Constance Ephélia from 29th December to 1st January.

  • 29-30th December – A glimpse of Vineet Bhatia’s A La Carte including three starters, three main courses and two desserts
  • New Year’s Eve & New Years Day – A five course taster menu
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Discover fruits and spices of the Seychelles

One of the most pleasurable ways to immerse yourself in island culture is by sampling delicious local cuisine, flavoured by locally grown fruits, vegetables and spices.

Fresh produce, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Fresh produce at Ephelia

At our two Seychelles resorts, Constance Lemuria and Constance Ephelia, you’ll discover the fusion inherent in Creole cooking where traditions of many nations blend to create the distinctive dishes on offer. Influences include African, European, Chinese and Indian cuisines.

Fruits such as mango, passion fruit, banana and pineapple are combined with local fish to make light refreshing dishes while spices such as lemongrass (‘citronel’), chilli (‘pima’), and onions (la ke onyon) give the food its heat.

Fruit and spice discovery at Ephelia

Our team at Constance Ephelia are passionate about the luscious local fruits and exotic Seychellois spices served in the resort’s restaurants.

Every Saturday guests can enjoy a special fruit and spice discovery evening, where you can learn more about the island’s delicacies.

Find out more

If you’ve been inspired by a visit to the Seychelles and would like to try to recreate the exciting flavours back home, take a look at the recipes in our culinary section.