What’s on in the Seychelles this Easter

Easter is the perfect time to visit the Seychelles when the weather settles to gentle sunshine, the ocean calms and the mood is one of holiday celebration.

Easter at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Easter at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

1. Easter festivities

As a predominantly Christian country Easter is celebrated with lively Seychellois flair across all the islands including local processions, festivities, feasts and religious ceremonies.

The atmosphere is one of relaxed fiesta as locals and tourists alike enjoy the warm, calm weather that April brings to the islands.

2. Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine

The end of the rainy season means consistent daytime temperatures of around 31ºC with 12 hours of daylight making it the perfect remedy for European tourists looking to put the long winter months behind them with a blast of sunshine.

3. Seychelles National Fishing Tournament

The Easter weekend is a holiday in the Seychelles so there’s plenty going on, including the annual fishing tournament held on Mahé (18-19 April). Fishing is a major part of the culture of the Seychelles and this big game trolling event offers cash prizes for selected fish categories and best teams.

For those looking for a bit of high octane adventure on the ocean, the calm waters at Easter also make this an ideal time for big game fishing with Yellow Fin Tuna, Blue Marlin and Sailfish all presenting fisherman with a lively challenge in the open water.

Fishing in the Indian Ocean

Fishing in the Indian Ocean

4. Scuba diving

Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first diving experience or an old hand, the calm, clear waters of the Seychelles at Easter make the perfect diving environment.

As the monsoon clears and before the trade winds start to blow, April is the calmest time of year for the ocean in the Seychelles. As a result the water reaches a sumptuous 29ºC with a visibility of up around 30 metres.

The high visibility means you’ll see everything as you explore the stunning granite reefs, pure coral reefs, rocky walls, gullies and wrecks that make this such an exciting diving region.

Marine life to look out for include Octopus, Spiny Lobsters, Whale Sharks, Reef Sharks, Ribbon-tailed Stingrays, Soldierfish, Napoleon Wrasse and Giant Grouper.

5. Party time

Apart from the Easter celebrations there is plenty going on in the Seychelles between March and April:

  • Semaine de la Francophonie 19 – 22 March. A week-long celebration on Mahé of the French influence on the Seychelles. It will include live music, art exhibitions and special French menus at restaurants.
  • Carnaval International de Victoria 25-27 April. A gathering of all the leading carnival groups from around the world will include floats, street parties and stalls selling traditional food.

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Find out more about Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria or for availability and bookings visit our website: Constance Hotels and Resorts

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Baby turtles hatch on the beach at Constance Lémuria

A new generation of baby turtles found their way to the ocean under the care of Constance Lémuria’s turtle manager this month.

Baby turtles enter the Indian Ocean for the first time

Baby turtles enter the Indian Ocean for the first time

Having watched the mother turtles lay their eggs in the sand of Grande Anse Kerlan back in November, our dedicated turtle manager has been keeping a watchful eye on the progress of the eggs.

The beaches of Lémuria play host to the nests of hawksbill and green turtles that return to its shores year after year to lay their eggs.

As they hatched, the baby turtles were gently gathered together and held until the conditions were perfect to aid the babies to scramble down the beach and into the water.

At the end of the afternoon when the sea was at its calmest and the wind low Lémuria staff and guests watched from a respectful distance as the baby turtles found their way to the Indian Ocean.

Those who survive their sometimes perilous journey to adulthood will return to our shores in the years to come. It with great pride that we are able to help these turtles, and to watch the cycle of life continue.

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Daily Mail’s Carol Driver is won over by Constance Halaveli

With so many activities and such a rich marine life to explore, travel writer Carol Driver is wowed by how much there is to do at Constance Halaveli.

Giant Mantas in the Maldives

Giant Mantas in the Maldives

In her piece for Travel Mail Online, Driver admits, ‘The Maldives had never been on my radar – perhaps for all the wrong reasons. I had visions of being bored, stuck on a tiny island.

‘However, with an outdoor tennis court (which has been graced by none other than Roger Federer), and the possibility of windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing or heading out by catamaran, Halaveli has enough to keep even the most active occupied.’

What really excited Driver was the excellent diving in the area around Constance Halaveli, including the dive site Fish Head which she claims is the ‘most famous dive site in the Maldives’.

In her time at Halaveli Driver was thrilled to have her first encounter with a shark and to swim alongside a giant Manta.

She was also impressed by Halaveli’s accommodation claiming it was ‘indulgently spacious, with a bedroom, an entrance area and a bathroom that has an extravagant stand-alone bathtub.’

To read all about Carol Driver’s experience at Constance Halaveli go to the Mail Online website.

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Condé Nast Traveller describes Tsarabanjina as ‘everyone’s secret favourite’

Lisa Grainger explains the dual charm of Constance Tsarabanjina as both a luxury retreat and natural paradise in her article for the March edition of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

Condé Nast Traveller describes Tsarabanjina as ‘everyone’s secret favourite’

Condé Nast Traveller describes Tsarabanjina as ‘everyone’s secret favourite’

She writes that the remote Madagascan island location with its hills and forests, two long beaches and only 25 wooden guest beach villas, make this the perfect place for guests to ‘live out their Robinson Crusoe fantasies’.

‘This is a no-shoes, no-news, hang-loose place,’ she says. ‘The air-conditioned thatched bandas, newly revamped by the island’s owners, Constance Hotels and Resorts, have all the basics – hot showers, capacious wardrobes, fridges with cold drinks – as well as outdoor banquettes and hammocks for afternoon snoozes, and fragrant coconut oil to drench sunburnt skin.’

While some guests spend their days relaxing in the sun on loungers or hammocks, others choose to get out to explore and experience some of the unique biodiversity of the island.

Grainger spent much of her time on Constance Tsarabanjina ‘fossil-hunting on the island’s fringe of weather-beaten, mineral-rich rocks, luminous with swirls of ochres and rusts, and cut through with black tongues of hardened lava’.

Another favourite pastime was diving the relatively unexplored waters around Tsarabanjina.

The vibrant coral reefs of Constance Tsarabanjina

The vibrant coral reefs of Constance Tsarabanjina

Grainger writes, ‘The underwater scenery is trippy in its theatricality, designed by a god inspired by Jackson Pollock and inhabited by hilariously overdressed creatures.’

Grainger also applauded the ‘simple but delicious’ food available in the restaurant at Tsarabanjina including fresh grilled seafood, handmade pastas and salads as well as drinks infused by the flavours of fresh local fruits.

Relax with the Cristal Package

Our Cristal package contributes to the laid-back vibe at Constance Tsarabanjina - from the moment you arrive you can relax knowing everything is taken care with all meals and a range of super-premium drinks included in the price.

To find out more about Constance Tsarabanjina or to make a booking visit our website: Constance Hotels and Resorts

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Recipe: Lemongrass prawns

It’s not difficult to succumb to these large lemongrass prawns, juicy, highly desired and fragrant as they are. Created in the kitchens at Constance Ephélia, the idea occurred to our chef while travelling in Thailand.

He loved the famous Tom Yam Kung, but the broth was too powerful for the European palate, and the texture of the seafood was not highlighted enough. This personal and tasty version is enjoyed by alternating a mouthful of prawns with a sip of broth.

Constance Ephélia's lemongrass prawns

Constance Ephélia’s lemongrass prawns

Ingredients (Serves 4)

The seafood:

  • 12 black tiger prawns (size U 10)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tomato
  • 200g lemongrass
  • 1 ginger root
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • Olive oil: as required
  • Salt/pepper

1. Shell the prawn tails keeping the heads for the shellfish broth. Store it.

2. Put the heads together with the orange that has been cut in half into a saucepan along with the tomato. Cover it with water and cook for 25 minutes on a low heat.

3. Sieve this broth through a cheesecloth strainer to remove the impurities.

4. Wash and slice the lemon. Peel and finely cut the ginger root. Let them steep for 5 minutes with a kaffir leaf in the shellfish consommé. Strain the consommé and keep it warm.

The garnish:

  • 1 red pepper (capsicum)
  • 100g mange-tout peas
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 white turnip
  • 1 red chilli pepper

1. Take the stalks off the mange-tout peas. Wash and chop them finely lengthways. Store them.

2. Peel the carrots then wash and cut them with a mandolin cutter into thin 3mm-thick slices, then into julienne slices. Put them in a bowl with iced water.

3. Follow the same procedure for the turnip.

4. Cut the red capsicum pepper in half and remove the seeds. Using a food processor, remove the skin and chop it finely. Store it.

5. Wash the red chilli pepper and cut it finely.

6. Drain all the vegetables and put them together in a bowl. Mix them well. Add some red pepper and serve separately in small bowls. Add a drizzle of olive oil.

Finishing and presentation

Whichever is more convenient for you, grill or pan-fry the prawns.

Serve the lemongrass tea in a teapot, and the bowls of crispy salad vegetables separately.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Pernand-Vergelesses, 1er Cru “Sous-Frétilles”, Deux Montille, 2008 France
  • Chablis 1er Cru “Vaucoupin”, Corinne et Jean-Pierre Grossot, 2008 France.

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Pursuitist rates luxury family holidays at Le Prince Maurice

Premier luxury website Pursuitist applauds Constance Le Prince Maurice’s family-friendly credentials.

Family fun at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Family fun at Constance Le Prince Maurice

In her review for the trend-setting website Kim-Marie Evans, Luxury Travel Mom, says Le Prince Maurice makes the perfect family holiday destination.

‘A glance at the images of the ultra luxe Le Prince Maurice on the island of Mauritius might make you think this exclusive paradise is not kid friendly. Nothing could be further from the truth.’

Evans visited Mauritius with her 8 year old son who enjoyed a raft of activities under the experienced guidance of the staff of the Constance Kids’ Club including learning to water ski, a trip on a glass bottom boat and exploring the island.

‘Families can enjoy ocean front villas with private pools or swoon worthy thatched roof huts perched over the water on stilts.’

‘While the parents enjoy the world-class spa or water sports in the bathtub warm ocean, children enjoy their own fun in the complimentary kids’ club. Little ones have their own village including a shallow swimming pool, mini sun loungers and trampoline all within a safe picket fenced enclave.’

To read Kim-Marie Evans’ full review and have a gander through her beautiful photographs of the hotel and Mauritius, visit the Pursuitist website.

More information on Constance Le Prince Maurice