Beaches of the Indian Ocean

Let us take you on a visual journey as we explore the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean, located at the seven hotels and resorts of Constance.

Mauritius

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Beach at Belle Mare Plage

 

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

 The Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria

 

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia

 The Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi

 Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

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When to go: a seasonal guide to the Indian Ocean

Whether you dream of winter sunshine or warm summer sun make sure you choose the perfect Indian Ocean destination for the time of year you want to travel.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Sailing at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Indian Ocean is a year-round holiday destination with consistently warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, and each has its own unique seasonal variations worth bearing in mind.

Consider what you want to do on your paradise holiday – sunbathe, scuba dive, snorkel, surf, windsurf, big game fishing – then all you have to do is pick the island and season that’s right for you.

Mauritius

Lap up the sun in Mauritius from October to April when the island is at its hottest and the days at their longest. This may be the wettest season but rainfall is usually short and sharp, clearing to reveal blue skies and warm seas. This is also the best season for diving and sports fishing as the warm water attracts an abundance of marine life, especially large game fish.

The Mauritius winter which runs from May to September is cooler and drier with temperatures ranging from 20ºC–26ºC perfect for those who prefer gentle sunshine without too much heat. The tranquil weather conditions make this the perfect time of year for activities on and off the water from hiking to water skiing.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Stroll along the beach at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Seychelles

Wet season or dry the Seychelles has plenty of sunshine on offer all year round.

The archipelago is governed by two opposing trade winds each bringing their own unique weather patterns.

If you dream of warm, dry days with no wind then visit during the calm periods when one trade gives way to another, April/May and October/November. At these times the waters are calm and clear making it the optimum time for swimming, snorkelling and diving with visibility reaching up to 30 metres.

December to March is the Seychelles’ summer, which falls under the influence of the gentle north-westerly trade winds. This is the warmest season but also the wettest, although sunshine is still frequent. By February the rainfall begins to reduce.

From May to September the brisker south-easterly trade wind takes over during the Seychelles winter bringing cooler, windier conditions, although temperatures even at this time of year range from 24ºC–28ºC. This is the perfect season for fun on the ocean with sailing, windsurfing or surfing – the Seychelles Sailing Cup takes place in January.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Relax at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Maldives

Enjoy year-round warmth in the Maldives with average temperatures consistently between 27ºC and 30ºC.

The Maldives’ climate is divided into two monsoon seasons but don’t be fooled by the name, they don’t necessarily bring rain. In fact, the north-eastern monsoon from December to March is the Maldives’ dry season with low rainfall and lots of sun. The ideal time for sun worshippers to visit, this is also when the beautiful manta rays pass through the waters of the Ari Atoll, a stunning treat for divers and snorkelers.

The wetter south-western monsoon from May to November brings with it slightly windier conditions making it the perfect time for sailing, windsurfing and surfing. It is also a great time for divers to see whale sharks and grey reef sharks and for fishing some of the larger game fish.

April, which falls in the transition between the monsoons, is predominantly dry with hot temperatures and warm clear waters making it the optimum month for a wide range of water sports including diving and snorkelling.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Diving at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Madagascar

There is so much to do and see in Madagascar all year round that there really is no good or bad time to visit, just different things to see and do.

For those wanting to explore the island’s beautiful interior and extraordinary wildlife the cool, dry winter months from May to September are the ideal time to visit as the roads are good and the conditions are perfect for hiking.

If you’re looking for warm, dry conditions for a relaxing beach holiday then September to December is when the island begins to heat up after the cool, dry winter months but before the increased heat of the rainy season kicks in. Another great month for sunbathers is April as the cyclones of January – March recede but the summer warmth continues.

September to December is also the time on Madagascar when much of the wildlife becomes more active after the winter months. This is the breeding season for many birds as well as many species of lemur.

For divers and snorkelers the months of October to December and April and May are the best with the highest visibility. Those hoping to catch sight of a humpback or sperm whale, however, should visit during July and August.

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How to choose the right massage for you

Spa menus generally open up to a long list of massages, ranging from relaxing to more complex types and techniques.

Choose the right massage for you

Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Choosing the right massage for you is crucial if you’re to get the most from it, and improve your sense of well being. At Constance, we find that guests tend to look for the familiar that they have read about or experienced before, as a safer option.

But here’s another approach you can take to choosing the right massage for you. 

The important step is to recognise that the process needs to start with you. What is it that your body most needs in this moment?

How the body copes with stress

Our body has 3 main ways that it copes with stress in modern life: nervous tension, muscular tension or chemical tension. To put it simply we either need to relax, energise or detoxify.



1. Relax

If your body has built up mostly nervous tension you will feel the muscles are tense, you will have knots in them but it is coming from stress of the nervous system. Perhaps your sleep will also be restless or you tend to feel tired in the mornings as if you have not fully rested.

If this is what your body is feeling like then what you should choose is a long deeply relaxing slow type of massage. You need a massage that will take time to calm the nervous system, and help your body to switch into a state of rest. The sign of a good relaxing massage is that you find yourself dreaming or drifting off to sleep without realising it.

2. Energise

If your body has stored a lot of physical and muscular tension you will feel aching in the muscles, stiffness and knots that are a result from overuse and tension of the muscular system. You may find that you wake up with stiffness, or muscles get tense in certain postures such as at your desk or computer.

When your body is feeling like this you need to choose an energising and circulation-stimulating massage. The objective of the massage is to bring a lot of fresh circulation to the muscle fibres, and warm up the connective tissue so that you feel more flexible and relaxed. The sign of a good energising massage is that you find the muscles feeling warm, flexible to the massage strokes, with a deep feeling of relaxation physically.

3. Detox

In modern life we have so many factors that overwhelm our body with excess. Too much pollution, chemicals, toxins, sugar, alcohol, junk food, stress, emotional tension – all of these lead the body to develop a toxic load and can leave you feeling tired, heavy, bloated, puffy and generally overwhelmed.

Choose the right massage for you

Spa de Constance, Halaveli

If your body has just had enough of modern living conditions and toxins it is time to detoxify. You need to choose a draining and cleansing massage. The massage focus will be on draining the muscles and circulation by focusing on the lymphatic system and circulation system together.

The sign of a good detoxifying massage is that you feel the muscles relax and become light whilst the skin feels tighter and less puffy as excess water is draining. Drink enough water and natural foods after your massage to help replenish with the right chemicals.

Taking the next step



So for your next visit to our spas at Constance Hotels & Resorts, take time to see what message your body is telling you and then choose a massage with the focus that you need.

Sometimes you may even feel that you need all 3 to fully rejuvenate, in this case start with the most urgent feeling and then progress over the next few days as your body re-adjusts.

I always find 3 massages is the ideal to really improve the state of the body. So I start with a good Detox Massage to get the system clear and drained, then move on to either deep relaxing or energising massage depending on the need.

Dr Chase Webber

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Top tables with a view

Looking for the perfect place to enjoy a fabulous dinner? Here are some of our favourite views from restaurants at our hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Tables with a view

The Swing at Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Tables with a view

Seselwa at Constance Ephélia

 

Tables with a view

La Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

 

Tables with a view

Manta at Constance Moofushi

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Constance Honeymoon Offer

Few regions on earth provide such wonderful honeymoon destinations as the Indian Ocean. Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar read like a definitive list of romantic hot spots and at Constance we have hotels and resorts on all these islands.

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoons at Constance Hotels and Resorts

If you’re deciding where to go on your honeymoon, we’ve just come up with another great reason to tempt you to spend it at Constance, with our special honeymoon package.

Stay for a minimum of 3 nights on our half board honeymoon package from 1 November 2013 to 22 December 2014 (excluding 23 Dec 2013-6 January 2014) and you’ll enjoy:

  • Bottle of sparkling wine, canapes and a beach bag upon arrival
  • One 50 minute massage from Le Spa de Constance per person

And as an added incentive, book to stay at one of our Ultimate hotels – Constance Halaveli, Le Prince Maurice or Lemuria – between 28 April and 15 September 2014 and you’ll receive a daily resort credit of Euro 100 per room per night to be spent on food and drink, and spa.

Offer not available at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar. Terms & conditions apply. See website for more details.

Book now

  • Visit our website to book your Constance honeymoon package. Book now.
  • Alternatively telephone our Central Reservation Office on (230) 402 2777 / 402 2772

 

Winter sun holidays: enjoy Christmas on the beach

Sun-seekers can wake up on Christmas morning to warm sunshine, beautiful beaches and luxurious 5* service.

Christmas on the beach

Christmas on the beach

Whether you want to start the day with a glass of champagne or enjoy an early morning yoga session on the beach, spending the festive season at Constance could be just what you’re looking for.

Escape from it all

Pamper yourself at our spas with treatments that will restore your sense of well-being and help boost energy levels before indulging in seafood fresh from the ocean, or a traditional Christmas lunch on the beach.

Then relax in elegant, luxurious accommodation and spend evenings sitting back enjoying a cocktail under the stars instead of huddled in front of the TV.

A family Christmas

And if you’re travelling as a family, don’t worry Father Christmas knows exactly where we are. Last year he even made an arrival by helicopter on Christmas morning at some of our resorts, much to the kids’ excitement. Our family villas are big enough to fit three generations so you can still enjoy a full family Christmas together.

Our Children’s Clubs run a range of festive activities throughout the holiday period including parties, themed crafts and shows. Older kids and adults are well catered for too with a full range of activities offered by the hotels including water sports, diving and snorkelling.

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To find out more about each of our hotels and resorts, or to check availability, visit our website.