Luxury villa holidays in the Indian Ocean

Having the space and privacy to holiday in your own way and at your own pace, while indulging in the facilities of a 5* hotel, has seen the popularity of hotel villa holidays boom in recent years.

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

At Constance, the selection of elegant, secluded villas provides guests with their own private retreat featuring stylishly decorated, spacious bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining areas as well as the benefit of your own butler, and a pool to dip in or lounge beside.

Alongside the luxurious accommodation are the 5* benefits of the hotel itself including spas, golf courses at Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria, a range of watersports, fitness suites and classes, a choice of restaurants and vibrant bars.

Butler service

Each villa comes with a dedicated villa master/butler on hand to make sure that your every need is met.

The villa master will see that your clothes are unpacked when you arrive and will then organise everything you need throughout your holiday, from spa treatments, water sports and excursions.

Room for all the family

Luxury villas can be the perfect solution for families who want to spend time together but also crave the space to spread out. Kids can play in private gardens and swim in their own pool before venturing to the beach beyond.

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Double storey villas mean that parents can put children to bed and then spend the evening downstairs without worries of waking them.

In-villa babysitting services provide parents with the freedom and peace of mind to venture out and enjoy some grown-up time taking and the chance to take advantage of the hotel and resort 5* facilities.

Constance’s range of luxury villas

At Constance Hotels & Resorts we have a range of luxury villas to suit every need.

  • Beach villas – available at all Constance hotels and resorts
  • Water villas – available at Moofushi, Halaveli, Le Prince Maurice
  • Family villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli, Ephélia
  • Spa villas – available at Ephélia
  • Hillside villas – available at Ephélia
  • Presidential villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Lémuria, Ephélia, Halaveli

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Top beauty secrets from Net-a-Porter

Beauty editors have the very latest products and research at their fingertips, so who better to give us the best beauty secrets on how to look after our skin.

Beauty secrets

Beauty secrets

In its latest issue Net-a-Porter Magazine’s Evie Leatham got the lowdown from some of the highest profile beauty editors in the business to find out what they do to protect their skin in the sun.

Here’s a look at some of the best:

Sigourney Cantelo – Beauty Editor for Vogue Australia

Because of high skin cancer rates in Australia, Sigourney takes protection very seriously. She takes a Niacinamide supplement to boost her UVA and UVB resistance from within.

Valerie Zhang – Beauty Director for Vogue China

In China the fashion is for pale skin so high factor protection is vital. Zhang uses Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector Extra Mild SPF30 because not only does it protect skin from the sun but shields against heavy city pollution.

Christina Han – Beauty Editor for The Cut, New York

Han reminds us that UVA can penetrate glass and cloud so we need to be careful in the summer months and always wear a hat outdoors. She uses Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF50+ or Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 38 because they absorb without leaving a white residue.

Sally Matthews – Fashion and Beauty Director for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

Matthews recommends Chanel’s UV Essential Complete Sunscreen SPF50 because it can be applied over or under make-up. She also uses Crème de la Mer’s new Reparative Body Sun Lotion SPF30 because its extra moisture helps to lessen the effect of the dry desert air in Dubai.

Read the article in full on Net-a-Porter: Beauty Sun Secrets

Constance Hotels & Resorts has 7 beautiful properties in Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar. Visit our website to find out more.

Vote for Constance Halaveli in the Maldives Travel Awards

Constance Halaveli is extremely proud to have been nominated for four separate awards at this year’s MATATO Maldives Travel Awards.

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Vote now for Constance Halaveli

You can vote for Halaveli in any, or all, of the following categories:

  • Most Romantic Resort
  • Leading Luxury Resort
  • Leading Dive Resort
  • Leading Family Resort

At Halaveli, you can indulge in sumptuous spa treatments using exclusive, world famous skincare products, savour delicacies of fine-dining while enjoying stunning Indian Ocean views and most of all enjoy the time and freedom to reconnect with the people you love.

Vote now for Constance Halaveli – voting is open until 30 September 2013.

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Constance Hotels & Resorts: where luxury and golf combine

A luxury golf holiday should be a delicate combination of challenging 18-hole golf courses, stunning landscapes, luxury accommodation, 5* facilities and discreet, refined service.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

At Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius and Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles this is exactly what you can expect as luxury and golf combine.

On the green

Set over the hills and forests of Praslin with views stretching across three perfect Seychellois beaches the course at Lémuria is often described as one of the most beautiful in the world, winning the World Travel Award for Leading Golf Course in the Indian Ocean 5 years running.

The Legend and Links shared by Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice are not only beautiful golf courses stretching across landscaped woodland with stunning beach views, but they are world class championship courses annually playing host to the MCB Championship.

Improve your game

Once a week golfers at Le Prince Maurice will receive a complimentary golf clinic session with one of our pros to iron out any kinks in your game.

Relaxing at the Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Relaxing at the Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Whether you’ve come to improve your swing, challenge yourself against friends or to introduce your family to the game, our team of highly qualified pros will be on hand for advice or coaching in private or group sessions.

Begin your golfing experience with us before you even arrive by booking your preferred tee-off times online with our online concierge service.

Get in peak condition

Visit our spas and let our trained therapists stretch out and massage tired muscles in packages specially designed for golfers to ensure that you’re in the best physical condition to take on our challenging courses.

Beyond the fairway

There’s more to a luxury golf holiday than just golf and at Constance there’s a range of other activities for you to try when you’re not on the golf course. Enjoy water sports, tennis, beach volleyball, fishing and sailing or just take it easy relaxing on our stunning beaches with an ice cool drink.

Anyone who doesn’t share your passion for the game will find plenty to do to occupy themselves while you’re swinging the clubs.

Luxury and golf combine at Constance

Luxury and golf combine at Constance

Pamper yourself at the sumptuous Sisley Spa at Le Prince Maurice or a Shiseido Spa at Lémuria and Belle Mare Plage, or seize the opportunity to try something new with a personal yoga or meditation session, tennis coaching or scuba diving courses amongst others.

The 19th hole

After a round there’s nothing better than sitting back with a cool glass of champagne and surveying the course you’ve just mastered. Nowhere is this quite such a treat as at The Seahorse restaurant and bar at Lémuria overlooking the stunningly landscaped, terraced course at the 11th hole.

The Swing at the Links’ course is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer with friends and dissect every inch of the course while those playing the Legend can enjoy elegant Mauritian infused cuisine at the Deer Hunter looking over the famous course.

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Recipe: “Henan’ Omby Ritra”

This “Henan’ Omby Ritra” dish is a classic one from Madagascar’s culinary heritage, and normally contains zebu. This delicious version is served only on special order for our guests. Ask any of our chefs at Constance Tsarabanjina for it & they will put all their love and passion into preparing it.

"Henan' Omby Ritra"

“Henan’ Omby Ritra”

Ingredients

The meat:

  • 1.5kg zebu (rump, chuck or cheek). May be replaced by beef
  • 2g black pepper
  • 10g garlic
  • 10g ginger
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • Peanut oil
  • 200g sealing dough (200g flour and 100ml water)
  • Salt/pepper

1. Brown the meat in oil in a casserole for 5 minutes with the chopped onion, crushed garlic, salt chopped tomatoes and ginger slices. Cover it with 0.5 litres of water and cook it for 15 minutes.

2. When the water has completely evaporated, let the meat brown before cooking it in the tomato sauce. Pour in 3 cups of water. Add the chopped pepper and cracked black pepper. Cover and finish it in the oven and let everything cool. Keep the compote of pepper confit.

3. Once the meat is completely cool, put it into another cast iron pot, add the remaining sauce, cover it with the lid and add a strip of sealing dough to ensure the whole thing is hermetically sealed and any evaporation is reduced to a minimum.

The garnish:

  • 200g black Chinese rice (Venere)
  • 20g butter
  • 1 onion
  • 4 potatoes
  • 100g spring onions
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper

1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water. Peel them and mash them with a fork, adding the olive oil and the chopped onion tails. salt it and set it aside.

2. Sweat the chopped onion in butter. Stir in the black rice until it goes white and cook it like risotto, adding the chicken stock as you go along until it is soft.

Finishing and presentation

Bake the sealed casserole in a hot oven at 160/170˚C for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove it from the oven and, using a small pairing knife, open the lid of the pot in front of the guests. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Accompany everything with the mashed potatoes and black rice. Serve the pepper compote with a spoon.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Strong fruity red wine:

  • Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Château Monbousquet, 2008 France
  • Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône, Domaine de Trévallon, 2008 France

Constance guide to a family holiday in Mauritius

There’s much more to Mauritius than perfect white sand beaches and turquoise waters. For families looking for a great climate, activities aplenty and a rich cultural heritage, Mauritius makes the ideal luxury family holiday destination.

Mauritius from the air

Mauritius from the air

Here’s our run down of the top 10 adventurous family days out in Mauritius:

1. Treetop Tracks Adventure Park

This treetop adventure park set above the heart of the Mauritius jungle is an exhilarating way to see the beautiful tropical interior of the island. The park has two treetop tracks you can follow with Nepalese bridges, knotted ropes and zip lines taking you and your family through the forest with awesome views of the Chamarel valley, the Piton Mountain and the Black River Nature Reserve.

2. Zip Lines Adventure

A thrilling way to explore the beautiful scenery of Rivière des Galets in the south of Mauritius this zip line adventure takes you past waterfalls, banana and sugar plantations and forest. Seven zip lines vary in length from 60m to 250m and take you through a range of stunning scenery. The zip lines are great for families with children over 4 years old. Many tours also offer a chance to swim in the waterfall pools so remember to take a swimming costume.

3. Feed giant tortoises at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes

See giant tortoises, monkeys and crocodiles amongst other fascinating inhabitants of the Indian Ocean islands at this beautiful animal-rearing park. Follow one of the park guides through the shady, leafy nature trails and discover the unique species of the island, then feed the giant tortoises some of which are nearing 100 years old.

Walking with lions

Walking with lions

4. Take a pirate cruise to Ile aux Cerfs

Bring history alive for any children with a spirit of adventure with this trip on a wooden sailing ship, a replica of a genuine pirate ship. On board, kids will love the pirate show with live music and dance while cruising along the southeast coast of Mauritius before arriving at the beautiful island of Ile aux Cerfs where a pirate lunch is served. Other stops include a river trip up to a waterfall, and a swimming and snorkelling stop off at the stunning Ile aux Aigrettes.

5. Hiking adventure in the Yemen Natural Reserve Park

An adventurous day of walking, zip lining, climbing rope ladders and swimming in natural pools in the stunning surrounding of the Yemen Natural Reserve Park on the west coast. Swim through a canyon, take Nepalese bridges across ravines, hike through the jungle with a local guide who can tell you all about the local flora and fauna.

6. Explore the Indian Ocean in a submarine

Seize the opportunity for you and your family to become submariners for the day on a trip to the bottom of the ocean. Give your kids the chance to explore the beauty of the Mauritian reefs with all their vibrant inhabitants and explore a genuine shipwreck from the safety of a real submarine.

7. View Mauritius from the air in a micro-light aircraft

See the stunning island of Mauritius from the air in a private flight in a micro-light aircraft or helicopter. Fly close enough to really see the beauty of this unique island over land and sea and create the memories of a lifetime for you and your family.

Mauritius Aquarium

Mauritius Aquarium

8. Eyeball a shark at the Mauritius Aquarium

With a unique ‘walk the ocean floor’ experience and a touch pool so that kids can experience feeling and feeding some of the local marine life this is an experience not to be missed. The aquarium houses over 200 species of fish as well as several species of shark, invertebrates, live coral and sponges all of which are found in the wild of the Indian Ocean.

9. Make a splash at Le Waterpark at Belle Mare

Take a break from the beach for a bit of high octane water fun at the 25 acre waterpark on the east coast. Rides and slides abound with such names as ‘crazy river’, ‘giant slide’, ‘mountain skull’ and the ominously titled ‘black hole’. There’s plenty here to keep the kids, and more adventurous parents, busy all day.

10. Walk with lions at the Casela Nature Park

While the walking with lions is strictly for older kids (15 years and over) youngsters can still see the big cats and other animals including giraffes and ostriches from the safety of the safari bus. This is also a wild bird sanctuary so look out for the pink pigeon and other rare birds while you’re here.

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