Top 6 reasons to visit Mauritius with kids

With everything from jungle ziplines and quad biking to pirate cruises and crocodile parks, Mauritius is a kids’ paradise full of action and adventure.

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here are our top reasons to take your kids to Mauritius this year.

1. Experience the exotic wildlife first hand

Whether you choose to witness the feeding of the Nile Crocodiles at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes or walk with lions at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with exotic wildlife in Mauritius. Those looking for something a little less predatory can visit the Mauritius Aquarium to get close to over 200 species of fish.

2. The thrill of adrenalin-pumping activities

Mauritius has a wide range of activities from ziplines to quad biking that you can enjoy alongside your children, leaving the whole family feeling the thrill of new adventures. Glide through the air above tropical forests laced with stunning waterfalls on ziplines in Rivière des Galets. Kids aged 8 and over can get behind the wheel of their own quad bike in the beautiful surroundings of the Yemen Natural Reserve, other activities here include hiking, swimming in natural pools and ziplining. For more high-speed fun enjoy a day whizzing down the waterslides at the Le Waterpark, Belle Mare.

3. Scuba diving and submarines

Kids of 8 and above can take an introduction to scuba diving course at resorts like Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage. For younger children, or those not tempted by diving, there are other great ways to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean in Mauritius. Take an underwater walk on the seabed at Belle Mare Plage or stay dry while exploring beautiful reefs and wrecks in a submarine.

Constance Kids' Club

Constance Kids’ Club

4. Watersports galore

There’s loads to do on the water with the kids in Mauritius with water sports including everything from water skiing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking to game fishing and catamaran sailing. For more adventures on the water take a family boat trip like the Pirate Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs on a replica pirate ship with themed shows and music on board.

5. Experience different cultures

It’s great to show kids that not everyone in the world live the way they do at home and a trip to a local fishing village or to the capital of Port Louis will introduce them to the laid back, friendly way of life in Mauritius. Visit the Port Louis food market and sample the Mauritian version of ‘fast food’ with stalls selling roti chaud and alouda, a type of Mauritian milkshake. Flacq market on Sundays is an easy-going local market with clothes, hand made wooden toys and fresh produce.

6. 5* luxury and a free kids club

Let the kids enjoy the space of a private villa with its own pool within Constance Belle Mare Plage resort, with all of its family-friendly facilities close at hand. At Constance Le Prince Maurice most family villas have their own pool. Kids in the Family Suites can have fun in their own room complete with bunk beds while parents enjoy the peace and quiet of their own seating area. All Constance hotels and resorts have a complementary Constance Kids Club where children can make friends, play games, swim, put on shows and get creative under the supervision of our friendly, fully-trained staff.

What the experts say

Turning luxury travel with kids into an artform Luxury Travel Mom, aka Kim-Marie Evans, recently visited Constance Le Prince Maurice with her 8 year old son Keaton. Watch her video of the trip Where Luxe Families Getaway and read her review about the hotel where she writes ‘children aren’t just welcomed [here], they’re completely adored’.

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5 wedding flowers of the Indian Ocean

An Indian Ocean wedding is brought alive by the scents and colours the vibrant tropical flowers used in the bridal bouquet.

Tropical wedding flowers: Frangipani

Tropical wedding flowers: Frangipani

Here is our guide to 5 of the most popular tropical wedding flowers.

1. Frangipani

Popular across the Indian Ocean, nothing sums up the warm sunlit days and balmy nights of a tropical location like the sweet scent and beautiful waxy bloom of a frangipani. Traditionally thought of in white or yellow they come in a range of vibrant tropical colours adding a splash to any bouquet.

2. Tropical orchids

The national flower of the Seychelles, the beauty and rarity of the orchid has made it a special choice in many tropical wedding bouquets. There are many different genus of orchids of different colours and sizes, the dendrobium and phalaenopsis are particularly popular in bouquets in Mauritius.

3. Crimson bougainvillea

This vibrantly coloured tropical flower is closely associated with the Maldives and is a traditional flower used to celebrate weddings and wedding bouquets.

4. Madagascar Jasmine

This beautiful, small white flower with its delicate fragrance has long been used as a wedding flower in Madagascar. Recently its popularity has spread to use in wedding bouquets around the world.

5. Pink rose

Don’t be afraid to go down the traditional route just because you’re in the tropics, the pink rose is the national flower of the Maldives and looks gorgeous combined with more tropical blooms such as orchids or frangipani.

At Constance we offer guests their own wedding planner who will work with you, to make sure your wedding day lives up to your dreams.

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Recipe: Maldives chapatti and banana puri

The chapatti is from the same family as the rotis, the famous Indian breads eaten on every street corner of the subcontinent. These loaves emerged in the sixteenth century in Indian and their recipe has hardly changed since.

Constance Halavel's chapatti & banana puri recipe

Constance Halavel’s chapatti & banana puri recipe

This recipe from Constance Halaveli, is a modernised version of the original classic.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Chapatti:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 pinch of salt

1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt, and using a wooden spatula, stir it while adding the olive oil and hot water. You will get a soft elastic dough, but not sticky.

2. On a lightly-floured worktop, knead the dough until it is smooth and fluffy.

3. Divide it into 10 equal portions, or fewer if you want larger loaves. Roll them into balls and let them rest for a few minutes.

Banana puri:

  • 30g flour
  • 30g salt
  • 20g pepper
  • 40g ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 60ml milk
  • Ghee vegetable butter plant: to taste

1. Make a firm but pliable dough and cover it with a damp cloth for 30 minutes.

2. Knead the dough gently. it should be firm enough to be able to spread without sticking.

3. Divide it into small balls and cover them with a damp cloth.

4. take a ball of dough, dip at an angle in a mixture of Ghee and oil and spread it into a round 13cm diameter shape. Do the same with the rest of the puris.

Finishing and presentation

The chapattis:

Heat a griddle and lightly grease it. Using a rolling pin, roll out the balls. They must be quite thin, like tortillas. When the griddle starts to smoke, add the chapatti and cook for about 30 seconds to produce a brown colour. Turn it over and cook it in the same way. Continue with the rest of the dough.

Banana puris:

Heat a wok filled with oil to 200˚C. Dip the puris in the oil. Using a slotted spoon, and while shaking them, make the puris rise by covering them with hot oil. This operation lasts only a few seconds. Turn the puris over and continue cooking then so that they go a nice golden brown colour.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

White aromatic wine:

  • Alsace Pinot blanc, “Mise de Printemps”, Josmeyer, 2009 France
  • Stellenbosch Neethlingshof, Gewürztraminer, 2010 South Africa.

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Elle South Africa includes Constance Ephélia on its travel bucket list

South African Elle magazine has created their bucket list of places to go and stay around the world including Mahé, Seychelles and Constance Ephélia.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Alongside destinations like Rajastan and the Chaweng Buri Resort in Koh Samui, Mahé is selected for its ‘little secluded beaches dotted along the entire coastline and lush, green forest as you move more inland.’

Assistant editor Lynette Botha recommends, ‘If you have the budget – Constance Ephélia is literally a slice of heaven, with its own private beach, 5-star service and the most magnificent setting.’

To read the full list of destinations and hotels recommended by the Elle team visit the South African Elle website.

Visit our website for more information on Constance Ephélia or to make a booking.

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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.

5* luxury in the Seychelles

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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