A romantic meal in the Maldives

Sharing a romantic meal for two, freshly prepared by world-class chefs, in an idyllic, secluded spot with views out across the Indian Ocean is the stuff that dreams are made of.

A romantic meal at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

A romantic meal at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Constance Halaveli you can choose whether you want to enjoy your food in laidback exotic luxury as you lounge on soft floor cushions on the beach or prefer the elegance of a candlelit table laid with fresh white linen.

Select your favourite idyllic location from a secluded jetty to a remote section of beach for just the two of you and your table or floor cushions will be prepared and dinner served there.

For those dreaming of perfect isolation you can even dine on your very own torch-lit sandbank or travel by boat to our private island Alikoihrah, yours alone for the entire evening.

You can book a special dining option before you arrive or once you are with us. It can even be arranged as a special gift by family and friends via our online concierge service.

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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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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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5 things you need to know about luxury all-inclusive holidays

When you book a 5* luxury all-inclusive holiday with us all-inclusive really does mean all-inclusive, so you can relax knowing everything is taken care of.

Luxury all-inclusive holidays at Constance

Luxury all-inclusive holidays at Constance

Here’s our guide to 5 things you need to know about luxury all-inclusive holidays at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar and Constance Moofushi, Maldives.

1. Relax, everything really is included

At Constance Moofushi, Maldives and Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar our Cristal Package is designed to give you the luxury holiday experience you want within one price. No hidden extras. So you can relax and experience these stunning Indian Island destinations in your own way.

2. All-inclusive luxury doesn’t mean scrimping on food and drink

With our Cristal package you can enjoy relaxed freshly prepared breakfasts, delicious light lunches by the beach and sumptuous dinners lovingly prepared by our world-class chefs. After a long day in the sun, enjoy afternoon tea or a wide range of super premium branded spirits and international beers at our bars.

3. Make yourself at home and enjoy the in-villa extras

Chill out in the luxury of your own beach or water villa and enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and even chocolate from your mini-bar with no extra charge. The mini-bars are refilled daily so you can make a glass of wine on your terrace part of your daily routine.

Beach villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

4. At Moofushi ‘all-inclusive’ extends to in-villa entertainment

While the Robinson Crusoe-style retreat of Tsarabanjina offers guests a digital detox (with the exception of the lobby) at Moofushi guests get free tech as part of the deal. Select from a wide range of movies through our Mac-mini system, surf the internet with free Wi-Fi, either on your own device or through your in-villa TV, or play music on the villa iPod docking station.

5. You can explore your exotic location at no extra cost

Borrow a catamaran, take a sunset cruise or take a guided nature walk around the beautiful island of Tsarabanjina all included in the price. At Moofushi you can take a trip on a traditional Maldivian dhoni boat and enjoy a ‘bodu meru’ Maldivian evening once a week. Both resorts offer free snorkelling equipment and group snorkelling excursions.

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Films on the beach at Constance Moofushi

Cinefushi at Constance Moofushi gives you the chance to watch a film under the stars on an idyllic Maldivian beach.

Cinefushi at Constance Moofushi

Cinefushi at Constance Moofushi

Choose your film from a selection of more than 100 to watch on a private screen, with the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore and soft powder sand beneath your feet.

Lie back on loungers or beanbags and let us create a unique luxury cinema experience complete with popcorn, ice cream, canapés, sparkling wine, beers and soft drinks served to you on the beach.

Our movie selection will have something to tempt any moviegoer from old classics to recent thrillers, comedies, horror films and much, much more.

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11 things you didn’t know about the Indian Ocean

Famed for  its idyllic beaches, crystal clear waters and year round sunshine, here are 11 facts you might not know about the Indian Ocean.

The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world, consisting of 57 island groups

The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world, consisting of 57 island groups

1. Around 36 species of whales and dolphins call the waters of the Indian Ocean home.

2. The country of the Maldives is 99% water.

3. The infamous pirate Olivier Le Vasseur is thought to have died leaving treasure worth €100,000 buried in the Seychelles.

4. The national snack of Madagascar is Koba, a patty of rice, banana and peanuts.

5. The legendary dodo was only ever found on the island of Mauritius. Despite becoming extinct less than 80 years after its discovery, it still remains on the country’s coat of arms.

6. The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world accounting for 20% of the earth’s surface. It consists of 57 island groups, borders 16 African countries, 18 Asian countries and Australia.

7. The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands making up 26 major atolls (the word ‘atoll’ comes from the Dhivehi – the Indo-Aryan language spoken in Maldives – it is the only word in English to derive from Dhivehi).

8. Madagascar is home to more than 250,000 different species of flora and fauna, over 70% of which are found nowhere else on earth.

9. The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is the smallest capital city in the world.

10. Mauritius is surrounded by more than 150km of idyllic white-sand beaches.

11. The giant tortoises of the Seychelles can live well over one hundred years. Jonathan, a giant tortoise who currently lives on Saint Helena, is thought to have been born in 1832.

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