Luxury Travel Blog offers guide to quirky sights in Seychelles

Coco de mer

The rare Coco de Mer is found at Vallee de Mai on Praslin Island in the Seychelles

The sights and sounds of the Seychelles come alive in Matthew Coe’s article for A Luxury Travel Blog.

Highlights of the stunning Indian Ocean archipelago described by Coe include the iconic Coco de Mer. He suggests visiting UNESCO World Heritage site Valle de Mai on Praslin to see the unusual palm seed in its natural surroundings.

Other quintessentially Seychellois experiences suggested by Coe include visiting Cousin and Curieuse Island to witness its stunning wildlife and climbing Nid d’Aigle for a breath-taking view of La Digue.

Read the full article ‘top quirky sight in the Seychelles’ on A Luxury Travel Blog.

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6 spa trends for 2014

In 2014 spas are no longer just about pampering and indulgence. Today’s sophisticated spa goers are looking for a more personal approach.

Spa trends 2014: destination spa breaks

Spa trends 2014: destination spa breaks

One of the major spa trends this year are destination spa breaks where you can combine travelling and exploring new cultures with improving your wellbeing.

Guests visiting Constance spas in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar can immerse themselves in the local culture of these beautiful islands then take time out to enjoy treatments based on local plants and traditional methods.

1. Treatments designed around you

‘Personalised wellness’ is big news this year in the spa world. At our spas, trained therapists will take the time to sit with you and listen to what you want from your spa experience. Whether your goal is to improve your health, de-stress, address a problem area or just lie back and relax, our therapists will create a program specifically for you.

2. Medi-spa and anti-ageing treatments

Spa treatments that address health problems or ageing issues with a holistic approach are becoming increasingly popular.

Brice Nicham’s medical manicures and pedicures at Constance Le Prince Maurice are proving on the of the must-book treatments at the hotel. While at Constance Halaveli, the Valmont Spa combines latest scientific breakthroughs in skincare with the purest natural Swiss ingredients to create a range of highly effective anti-ageing treatments.

3. Peace of body and mind

‘Mindfulness’ is the key word for those seeking wellbeing in 2014 and it is something that has led to a growing interest in meditation and yoga at spas over the last year.

Those seeking mental restoration at Constance can experience the calm and serenity of sunrise yoga or sunset meditation sessions on the beach, as well as mastering techniques of pranayama breathing.

Constance Halaveli and Constance Lémuria offer one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Whether you choose a class or an individual session, our instructors will help you learn what you need to carry on your journey to mindfulness when you get home.

Spa de Constance at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Spa de Constance at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

4. Taking new wellbeing skills home

The desire to return from a spa break with new knowledge and skills is another trend for 2014, with guests wanting to make a spa visit the starting point for a new healthier way of life.

Our personal trainers will offer guidance on health and nutrition and can devise fitness routines tailored to your day-to-day lifestyle.

5. Enjoying the great outdoors

Spas are moving outside in 2014 so that guests can reconnect with their environment and nowhere is this more inspiring than in our idyllic island locations.

Greet the morning sun with fitness guru Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice, take a health nature walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles at Lémuria or experience yoga in the fresh air of the yoga pavilion at Constance Ephélia.

6. Nutrition and weight-loss

Weight-loss has become a science in recent years balancing healthy eating and exercise to create sustainable results. In 2014 spa-goers are looking for nutrition and lifestyle advice to improve wellbeing.

Constance Le Prince Maurice has worked alongside Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer to create an integrated approach to weight-loss which includes working with a personal trainer, special menus in the restaurants and dedicated spa treatments.

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Last minute World Cup escapes

If the idea of a month of World Cup football fever is too much to bear, consider an escape to a quiet corner of the Indian Ocean where you can relax on white sand beaches, escape to the spa or try your hand at watersports.

Diving Indian Ocean, Madagascar

Could the Indian Ocean provide your World Cup escape?

We’re making escaping the World Cup even more tempting with our Constance Diving Offer.

Join us for a diving holiday in Maldives, Seychelles or Madagascar and we’ll throw in a welcome cocktail, two massage treatments, diving orientation and two free dives.

Diving in the Seychelles

With 6 national marine parks and its distinctive granite rock formations and reefs, the Seychelles is one of the world’s top diving destinations.

Set on the African continental shelf the diving of most sites is to a depth of between 12 to 15 metres making it perfect for beginners and advanced divers alike.

Experience the 5* service and facilities of the family-friendly Constance Ephélia on Mahé or the ultimate luxury of the elegant Constance Lémuria, tucked away amidst some of the most beautiful beaches on Praslin.

Read more: Top 6 beaches in Seychelles

Diving in Maldives

The Maldives Ari Atoll is at the top of most divers’ wish lists thanks to its rich marine life, stunning coral reefs and spectacular year-round visibility.

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Swim with some of the ocean’s most beautiful creatures including Giant Mantas and Whale Sharks or try your hand at an exhilarating night dive or diver scooter.

Enjoy the laidback vibe at Constance Moofushi where 5* luxury meets barefoot boutique chic or the refined elegance of Constance Halaveli with its spacious deluxe beach and water villas featuring private pools.

Read more: Top 8 reasons to go scuba diving in Maldives

Diving in Madagascar

Explore waters around the private island of Constance Tsarabanjina, north of Nosy Be off the north west coast of Madagascar.

Discover underwater rock formations, coral reefs and sponge gardens home to turtles, jack fish, scorpion fish and grey and white tip sharks in this unique diving destination which has yet to be fully explored.

Chill out in the evening with traditional Malagasy cuisine created by our world-class chefs and gaze at the stars from a hammock hung beside a secluded thatched beach villa. Constance Tsarabanjina is a castaway idyll combining traditional Malagasy charm with a touch of Constance luxury.

Read more: Guide to diving in Madagascar

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Why Seychelles is a top diving destination

The Seychelles is a year-round diving destination with a rich native marine population but different seasons can bring spectacular visitors to our waters.

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

The Seychelles is a magnificent diving destination

Calm waters

Probably the best time for keen scuba divers to visit is during the calm climatic periods of April-May and October-November. At these times the water temperature can reach 29ºC and visibility is excellent (up to 30 metres).

Migrating giants

Probably the most famous and awe-inspiring guests are the vast whale sharks.

Although some of these gentle giants can be found in the waters of the inner islands all year round, large numbers pass through in August and again from October to January. The whale sharks are lured by the boom in plankton caused by warmer sea temperatures.

Also lured by the abundant plankton are the giant manta rays which delight many divers at this time of year.

Turtle nesting season

From October to February you are likely to see rare green turtles and hawksbill turtles.

The hawksbill turtle

The hawksbill turtle

The endangered hawksbill and green turtles return year after year to our quiet, idyllic beaches on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles between these months.

At Constance Lémuria our Turtle Manager monitors 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 their eggs, and then in March to April see the baby turtles move down to the sea.

Top Seychelles dive sites

Tempted to book a holiday?

We’ve just made it easier to book a diving holiday to Seychelles with our Constance Diving Offer.

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Vote for Constance in the International Hotel and Property Awards

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Ephélia have been nominated in the esteemed International Hotel and Property Awards 2014.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, nominated at the International Hotel and Property Awards 2014

Constance Le Prince Maurice, nominated at the International Hotel and Property Awards 2014

Hosted by leading UK design magazine, design et al, the awards celebrate ‘the best in hospitality interior design and architecture from across the globe’.

The International Hotel and Property Awards are unique within the design world is decided by votes from industry professionals, design et al readers and you, the guests who have experienced the hotels first hand.

The awards aim to reward innovative luxe design and creative interior and architectural thinking. Le Prince Maurice has been nominated in the Hotel 50-200 room category, while Ephélia is nominated in the Beach Hotel category.

Voting has already begun and will be open until 4.30pm, Friday 13 June. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 20 June at Hotel Cipriani, Venice.

Vote now and help us to win one of these prestigious rewards.

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Top 6 beaches in the Seychelles

Top beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

Top beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

Visitors to Seychelles will be enchanted by its powder white beaches shaded by lush takamaka trees and crystal waters.

Here’s our guide to 6 of the very best of the Seychelles’ many heavenly beaches.

1. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

A mixture of white and pink sand surrounded by sea-smoothed granite boulders nestled against verdant palms have made this beach one of the most photographed in the world. A short boat ride from Praslin, La Digue is an island with a friendly laidback vibe which only adds to the beach’s charm.

2. Anse Georgette, Praslin

Nestled into a secluded bay sheltered from view by glorious foliage and dramatic granite boulders is the beautiful Anse Georgette. Accessible via a beautiful nature trail from Constance Lémuria, Anse Georgette was voted the world’s second most beautiful beach by Condé Nast Traveller.

3. Ile Cache Beach, Cerf Island

If you’re looking for your own remote slice of paradise search out Ile Cache (literally ‘hidden island’). Situated at the southern tip of Cerf Island it is possible to walk from Cerf to Ile Cache at low tide. Follow the island’s only path to its secluded beach, a stunning spot with views out across the ocean and towards Mahé.

Anse Georgette, Praslin

Anse Georgette, Praslin

4. Anse Beau Vallon, Mahé

If you’re looking for a little more action then Anse Beau Vallon is the answer with shaded beach bars and restaurants, water sports and a weekly street market selling crafts, souvenirs and local food. Locals and tourists alike come to Beau Vallon for the social vibe but, this being the Seychelles, there are still plenty of quiet areas to call your own.

5. Anse Lazio, Praslin

No list of the top beaches of Seychelles would be complete without Anse Lazio with its powder-white sand sloping gently down to calm, clear water. Perfect for swimming and snorkelling or just kicking back and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.

6. Pirates Cove, Moyenne Island

This is another perfect spot for those dreaming of Robinson Crusoe-style seclusion. Take the stunning boat trip to Moyenne and then from the jetty walk along the path past the beautiful Coral Cove to Pirate’s Cove. Virtually hidden by lush jungle, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled but the reward is 60m of perfect, untouched white sand with views out towards Sainte Anne.

Anse Lazio, Praslin

Anse Lazio, Praslin

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