The Sunday Times Travel Magazine recommends Constance Hotels & Resorts

The Sunday Times Travel magazine recommends Constance Hotels and Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles.

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Their Total Guide to the Indian Ocean, February edition, looks at the finest that the region has to offer.

In Gemma Taylor’s fascinating article on wildlife in the Seychelles she describes how even while staying in the luxury hotel of Constance Lémuria on Praslin, it is possible to engage with the beautiful wildlife of the country.

‘Look past the (admittedly breathtaking) golf course here and you’ll find a Jurassic paradise, with curvaceous pools sculpted Thunderbirds-style into granite.’

Taylor recommends, ‘Come in January and you can coo over turtle hatchlings scampering to the sea. Book yourself villa four or five – fabulously described as ‘the maternity ward’ – at Constance Lémuria and you may even spy some of the leathery tots in your garden.’

She also recommends visiting nearby Cousin island, a 10 minute boat-ride from Praslin, which she describes as ‘an aviary Eden’.

The magazine’s Total Guide to Mauritius describes Constance Le Prince Maurice as a grown-up hotel with some of the friendliest staff on the island. It goes on to say ‘the hotel’s beach is one of the most sheltered on Mauritius’.

Constance Moofushi also gets a recommendation in the magazine’s guide to the Maldives with its luxurious all-inclusive Crystal package. The magazine says, ‘Once you’ve factored in arranging and paying for transfers, it really does make sense to go with an inclusive package.’

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5 tips for travel inspiration 2014

Get inspired for 2014 and find out what you could look forward to in the coming months at Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Travel inspiration - Diving at Constance Moofushi

Travel inspiration – Diving at Constance Moofushi

1. Challenge yourself to a wild adventure in dramatic locations

Take yourself out of your comfort zone and try diving with sharks in the Maldives at Constance Moofushi, rock climbing in the Seychelles at Constance Ephélia or landing a marlin off the shores of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

2. Take a digital detox

The appeal of a digital detox continues to gather pace. At the Robinson Crusoe style island of Constance Tsarabanjina, you can cast yourself away and escape the buzz of modern technology. Turn off your mobile phone, leave your iPad in your suitcase and don’t even think about checking your emails. This is a place where you can really reconnect with yourself and feel the absolute peace that comes from being offline to the rest of the world.

3. Discover a new passion

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn everything there is to know about wine or you’re interested in the vast world of marine biology, make 2014 the year you start your journey of discovery.

Our expert sommeliers are always happy to talk guests through our wine lists before you take a tour of the extensive cellars at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli followed by a wine tasting.

Travel inspiration - Constance Tsarabanjina

Travel inspiration – Constance Tsarabanjina

If action’s your thing, take a specialist diving course in the Maldives, or learn to play golf in Mauritius or the Seychelles.

And if gastronomy is your passion, you can learn to cook using local ingredients under the expert guidance of our chefs.

4. Enjoy time with those you love

Let this be the year you make time to hang out, talk and laugh with your loved ones. Book a villa big enough for all the family from grandparents to grandchildren like the family villas at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli and Ephélia or splash out on the über luxury of one of our Presidential villas.

5. Treat yourself to life’s simple pleasures

Take the time to enjoy the pleasure of trying a new spa treatment, reading a book on a sun lounger, or just exploring a beautiful spot while letting your thoughts meander. You can take a break from it all at one of our Spas de Constance where our therapists can create a personalised plan for you while on holiday.

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Top escapes in the Indian Ocean

Discover what makes people return to the Indian Ocean time and again with some of our favourite photos from our 7 hotels and resorts in Maldives, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Top escapes in the Indian Ocean - Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Top escapes in the Indian Ocean – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Top escapes in the Indian Ocean - Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

 

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

 

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

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Growing trend for luxury exotic minimoons

The minimoon has come of age. What used to be a credit crunching short break after a wedding has become the latest trend in short luxury getaways.

Minimoons at Constance Ephélia

Minimoons at Constance Ephélia

The new minimoons aren’t for those who can’t afford the cash but rather for those who can’t afford the time but still want all the luxury and glamour of an exotic 5* break after the frenetic activity of a wedding.

These short breaks often include a range of couples’ activities which make the minimoon special and memorable such as secluded beach dinners served by candlelight, sensual couples’ massages and romantic sunset cruises.

The idea of fitting all the romance and excitement of a honeymoon into a short luxury minimoon is a response to the fact that many couples now choose to take time off before the wedding and so can’t justify the traditional two weeks honeymoon after.

The minimoon is not, however, the end of the story. Among the cash rich, time poor newlyweds it is a short celebration of the marriage with all the sparkle of a traditional honeymoon which is then followed by a more extensive prolonged honeymoon at a later date.

Soak up the luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Soak up the luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Couples looking for exotic minimoon ideas could consider:

  • Private dining by torchlight on your own secluded sandbank in the Maldives at Constance Moofushi
  • Spending the day on your own deserted Maldives island with a delicious picnic lunch prepared by a world-class chef at Constance Halaveli
  • An afternoon massage with your new spouse on a secluded beach in Mauritius followed by champagne and macaroons at Constance Le Prince Maurice
  • A helicopter trip around the island of Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage
  • Watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean while enjoying a candlelit meal in a restaurant perched above one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles at Constance Lémuria.

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“On the golf course I have two legs” – An interview with Manuel de los Santos

The annual Dunhill Links Championship is one of the highlights of the European Tour season. It takes place on three great golf courses in and around St Andrews (the home of golf) and it features not only the finest players on tour, but also movie stars, comedians, musicians and sportsmen (plus a handful of businessmen no-one has heard of).

Manuel de los Santos - “On the golf course I have two legs”

Manuel de los Santos

But back in 2009 a very different amateur took part in the event and immediately caught the attention of the watching fans, both on the courses and on television. His name was Manuel de los Santos, he hails from the Dominican Republic and he plays golf with only one leg.

Despite his disability Manuel plays to a handicap of four, thanks to powerful hitting and a delicate touch around the greens.

This week in the run up to the MCB Tour Championship, Manuel has played in both the Air Mauritius Trophy and the Constance Hotels Pro-am, after qualifying via an event in Reunion which he won with his playing partner George Necs.

The prize for that win included transport from Reunion, but Manuel lives in Paris. When MCB and Constance Hotels & Resorts discovered this, they upgraded the prize, a generous offer which has proved popular, not only with the hotel staff – who have followed his group around the course all week – but with locals too.

“It is amazing,” Manuel told me. “I was playing on the Links course and a girl came up to me. She told me that people in the local towns were saying a man plays golf on one leg and so she had to come to see it with her own eyes. I was very pleased to show her!”

It’s pretty clear that Manuel not only inspires other people, but is inspired himself by their interest. And the young girl is not alone: Manuel has many fans across the world, including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who has given Manuel a 20-minute long-game lesson.

These remarkable encounters were far beyond his imagination ten years ago when, as a promising baseball player, he was hit by a car whilst on his motorbike. Waking from a coma four days later he discovered his left leg had been amputated.

He relocated to Paris with his wife Elena and one night watched the golf movie ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’. Next day he visited a driving range and was hooked: he had found something he could throw his heart into; which offered the prospect of improvement, competition and achievement.

“It also gives me a release,” he said after the first round of the pro-am. “Out on the course, when I am playing golf, I feel peace.”

In addition to travelling the world he competes on the European Disabled Golf Association Tour and hopes one day, like all other disabled golfers, that the sport is included in the Paralympics (there is currently a divergence between disabled golf categories and those of the Paralympic organisation).

He also loves the effect his story has on others. His wife Elena said: “Manuel is very competitive on the golf course, but it is also very important to him to let people know that we can all have our problems and yet all is not lost.”

His latest trip has offered yet more proof of what golf has given him. He and Elena are grateful to MCB and Constance Hotels for the chance to play, but also the opportunity to meet fellow golfers in the tournaments, the staff who have supported him and that young girl who wanted to witness his talent first-hand. “I love golf and I like these courses,” he said, “but those experiences are special.”

Manuel says he has a simple philosophy: “Out on the golf course I have two legs, off it I have one.”

He smiles, shakes my hand and says in farewell: “Remember, my friend – golf is my second leg.”

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Google Art Project showcases Constance photographer Bamba Sourang

Photographer Bamba Sourang, who has been working with Constance Hotels & Resorts for a number of years, has been chosen to feature in the launch of the latest phase of the Google Art Project.

Bamba Sourang's beach photography

Bamba Sourang’s beach photography

The Google Cultural Institute analysed the work of thousands of artists from across Europe and selected just 45 to launch this new phase, including Sourang. With this new phase, the Google Art Project will now include all aspects of the art world.

Bamba Sourang’s work with Constance

Born in Senegal and living in France, Sourang has dedicated his life to travelling the world and capturing images which embody the places he’s visited.

It is this unique vision which led us to commission the young photographer, and he has captured moments of pure beauty across each of our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar.

Alongside his photography, Sourang has developed a uniquely personal artistic style to create beautifully abstract and emotive works and it is these works which have caught the attention of the Google Cultural Institute.

Bamba Sourang captures the luxury of the Constance villas

Bamba Sourang captures the luxury of the Constance villas

Constance Hotels & Resorts will be supporting Sourang when he exhibits his work in Mauritius next year.

Google Art Project

The Google Art Project, which already includes all the major museums and cultural centres, is now looking to include a database of all artists, galleries, collectors and patrons across the world.

This latest phase, launched on 11 December 2013 in Paris, is to make arts from around the world accessible to everyone through the Google Art Project portal to include virtual tours, photos, videos and a range of other interactive media.

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