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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  • Discover the latest trend for adventure honeymoons
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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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Etihad Guest members earn miles by staying at Constance Hotels

Etihad Guest members can earn miles on accommodation and extras at all participating Constance Hotels and Resorts whereby for each US $ spent, they are entitled to 1 mile. Terms and conditions apply.

Presidential Villa, Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Continuing our strategic partnership with Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty program of Etihad Airways, we aim to enhance Etihad guest members’ privileges.

Etihad Airways covers the Indian Sub-Continent, North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia as well as Indian Ocean.

Voted World’s Leading Airline and the World’s Best First Class consecutively for three years at World Travel Awards 2011, 2010 and 2009, Etihad Airways has gained the trust and confidence of guests worldwide.

Jean–Jacques Vallet, CEO of Constance Hotels and Resorts has declared:

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Etihad Airways’ loyalty programme Etihad Guest. The airline offers today direct routes from Abu Dhabi to both the Seychelles and the Maldives and it also offers access to Mauritius through their partner Air Seychelles. This new partnership is highly beneficial for our valued mutual guests and it reinforces the positioning of the Constance Hotels and Resorts brand in the Middle East as one of our top source markets.”

Find out more about joining Etihad Guest and read more about our partnership with Etihad Guest on the Etihad Airways website.

Visit our website for more information on our seven hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean – Constance Hotels and Resorts.

 

Top spa retreats in the Indian Ocean

Sketch a scene in your mind of palm-thatched treatment rooms floating above turquoise lagoons or tucked into secluded verdant gardens. The spas at Constance Hotels & Resorts are tranquil oases far removed from the melee of everyday life.

spa retreats in the Indian Ocean

Tend to the soul body & mind at our spa retreats in the Indian Ocean

Flop on vast daybeds, relax by soothing plunge pools and enjoy a huge range of treatments from our top team of therapists.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Choose between sensual, holistic treatments at Spa de Constance or the renowned Phyto-Aromatic treatments at our Sisley Spa.

Give your feet and hands a health and beauty makeover with an out-of-this-world pedicure or manicure designed by leading podiatrist, Brice Nicham. Or enjoy a session of one-to-one yoga on the beach as part of our Pure Fitness offering with Isabelle Lamant.

Highlights include:

  • Sisley Spa’s Restorative Phyto-Aromatic Facial – An intensely rich, balancing treatment for damaged or irritated skin
  • Spa de Constance’s Princes’ Stress Relief – one of our ‘signature’ treatments this ultimate 4-hand massage uses long strokes to relax muscles and relieve stress.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Book a massage at dusk in the secluded beach treatment pavilion, or visit the Shiseido Spa and experience holistic treatments combining Oriental traditions such as Japanese hot towels with modern innovations to balance your body’s vital energy.

Add to this yoga and meditation sessions held on the beach as well as health walks and sunset beach workouts, and you’ll leave here grinning from ear to ear.

Highlights include:

  • Shiseido’s signature treatment exclusively designed for Lémuria featuring Japanese foot rituals, invigorating back scrub, gentle steam, deep back, neck and shoulder massage and a 75 minute Qi facial
  • Spa de Constance’s Priadara Thai Ritual – an enriching aromatic treatment combining a warm-oil herbal massage and Thai herb compress.
Spa retreats in the Indian Ocean

Unwind at Spa de Constance

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Set on a secluded section of Halaveli’s beautiful jetty, our therapists will give a Wellness Consultation to create a program that’s exactly right for you.

We use hand blended, organic, natural ingredients, many of which are gathered locally, alongside the Ila range of products and treatments also 100% organic.

At the Valmont Spa, the Swiss skin-care specialists have created a range of treatments that combine the latest scientific discoveries with pure, natural ingredients to revive your skin’s natural radiance.

Highlights include:

  • Valmont’s Complete Energy Ritual – Revive dull skin with a treatment that promotes cellular renewal leaving your skin looking radiant
  • Spa de Constance’s Soulful Soothing – Over 2 hours of blissful nurturing massage, skin polish and a rosewood wrap.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

The Spa Village at Ephélia is a luxurious commune of wellbeing in a secluded area of the resort.

The vast Spa Village includes a Shiseido Spa with a private garden and Japanese bath as part of each room, 14 treatment rooms, a yoga pavilion, three pools and hammam.

Highlights include:

  • Shiseido’s Zen Bathing Ceremony – Over 2 and a half hours with Japanese foot bath, invigorating body exfoliation and hydro-therapy bath
  • Ephélia’s Signature 4 hands massage – Based on traditional Ayurvedic massage techniques.
Spa Village, Constance Ephelia

The Spa Village, Constance Ephélia

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Enjoy the serene ambiance of the Spa de Constance or the Oriental tranquillity of the Shiseido Spa.

Highlights include:

  • Spa de Constance’s Serenity package – volcanic clay body scrub and relaxing green tea wrap
  • Shiseido’s Kuroho Body Bliss – body exfoliation, cleanse and polish followed by a heavenly Qi body massage

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Savour the castaway chic of Moofushi as you lose yourself in an underwater world while our therapists ease your troubles away with windows in the floor so that guests can see down to the ocean below.

Highlights include:

• The rainforest rejuvenation ritual – 100% natural ingredients are used to draw deep toxins from the cells to improve circulation of the lymphatic system and promote healing of the body’s energy
• Couples’ massage workshop – Learn the pleasure of giving and receiving massages. We teach the basic strokes which promote harmony and wellbeing

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