Spotlight on Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Off the North West coast of Madagascar lies the volcanic Mitsio Archipelago, home to the beautiful island of Tsarabanjina.

Beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina affords you a different type of luxury. You’ve got everything you could want from a tropical island get-away – white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, coral reefs – but its utter seclusion and tranquility give it the edge. This is a place to down tools and immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe and restful atmosphere.

Lose yourself to the quiet sound of the sea, enjoy a massage on one of the 3 delightful beaches, fish for your supper, watch the sunset from your beach bungalow while enjoying a cold glass of something, or simply lie back in your hammock and take it all in.

Wildlife on Tsarabanjina

Fish off Tsarabanjina

Waters are brimming with sealife

If you’re up for an adventure, there’s loads to do. The island and waters around Tsarabanjina are brimming with wildlife and sea creatures.

Tsarabanjina is home to many rare birds including the famous flycatcher of Madagascar, sea eagles and kingfishers.

A biologist has even come across the tiniest chameleon in the world – it barely exceeds 1 centimetre in length when fully grown.

Activities on offer

Sunset at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Sunset at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Scuba diving is a major draw here. The dive team take both beginners and qualified divers to the awe-inspiring Les Quatre Frères on the North West side of Tsarabanjina. These small islets are renowned as world-class diving sites, as well as being home to many nesting birds.

Other activities – most free of charge –  include snorkelling, water skiing, tennis, volleyball, petanque, guided walks around the island, massage and fishing trips. Catamarans and kayaks are also available for guests to freely use during their stay.

Beach bungalows

Beach bungalow

Gloriously laid back bungalows on the beach

The 25 thatched roof bungalows are set amidst trees and palms, overlooking the sea and beach just 20-30 yards from the shore.

Each comes with a private terrace, main bedroom equipped with fans and bathroom with shower.

Dining at Tsarabanjina

The restaurant is perched in the mezzanine above the bar, and overlooks the wide expanse of sea below. You can also enjoy cocktails and sundowners at the bar, where you can pad about bare foot on the fine sand floor.

Bar at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Bar at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Seafood doesn’t come much fresher or tastier than at Tsarabanjina. And if you love lobster, this is the place to come. Read our article about dining on lobster on the rocks.

Share your stories of Tsarabanjina

If you’ve been to Tsarabanjina, we’d love to hear about your experience. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, post photos to Facebook or use the comments section below.

 

Weird wildlife – send us your photos and win perfume or wine

Win wine and perfume with Constance.

Moray eel

Moray eel

Have you taken any great photos of wild creatures recently?

If the animals are exciting, endangered, deadly or just plain weird looking – we want to see them.

The photos can be taken in the UK or overseas. And your creatures can be underwater, on land or in the air.

To enter, post them on our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page and you could win our competition.

Winners will be chosen by us, so get creative. The wilder and weirder the better.

We’ll be choosing a winner on Friday 30 September. Read our competition Terms and Conditions before you enter.

Top 5 beach beauty-bag essentials

Beauty products

Beauty products

Here’s our beach beauty hot list for head-to-toe fabulousness this summer.

1.  Bobbi Brown Beach Sunscreen SPF 15

Bobbi Brown’s Beach range is hugely popular for its light fragrance, reminiscent of the sand and sea. Recommended by The Sunday Times Style magazine, this lightweight, non-greasy water-resistant sunscreen contains Vitamin E and a blend of Grapeseed, Olive and Castor Oils. Grab it while you can. £18. Find out more about Bobbi Brown Beach Sunscreen SPF 15.

2. Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm

According to London’s Evening Standard magazine, Clinique’s after sun has the last word on minimising redness and preventing peeling. You just need a tiny amount to soothe your skin after a day on the beach. £17.50. Find out more about Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm.

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

3. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

One of the best lip balms on the market. A beach must-pack for Emma Smith, ELLE and ELLEuk.com Beauty Director, Kiehl’s lip balm soothes sunburnt lips. £9.50. Find out more about Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.

4. This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle

Great name, great product. Red magazine hails this as a wonder product that lives up to its name. It should give your skin an instant glow, and help improve your skintone long after you’ve come home from the beach. £36. Find out more about This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle.

5. Indigo eyeshadows

When it comes to eyeshadow, blue is the hit colour of S/S 11. Blue eyeshadow has shed its 80s image, and the fashion pack are working it with their tan this summer. Stylist magazine dedicated its ‘Trends on trial’ to blue eyeshadow recently. Try Bourjois Smoky Eyes in Bleu Jeans (£7.99).

Best digital cameras – tips from the experts

Digital SLR camera

Digital SLR camera

Choosing the right digital camera, whether it’s a compact or SLR, can be a minefield. Check out these recent blog posts from industry experts to get the latest reviews and advice before you part with your cash.

1. PhotographyBLOG

Run by UK professional photographer Mark Goldstein, the people at PhotographyBLOG bring you the latest new product reviews and original in-depth news from the world of photography. If you’re asking ‘what’s the best digital camera?’ and ‘I have X amount of money, what’s the best digital camera in my price range?’, you need to read this blog. Round up of best and latest digital cameras

2. Electronic Lifestyle Blog

Photographer

Choose the right camera for you

Electronic Lifestyle’s contributor, Yongsheng Luo, guides you through the questions you need to ask yourself before you buy a digital camera.  Tips for the best buy digital camera.

3. Techradar

Part of the respected Future Publishing stable, Techradar claim they’re unashamedly geeky, prepared to tell you what they think without fear or favour. Find out what they say about 2011′s best compact cameras. Best compact camera 2011: 25 reviewed and rated

 

 

Weekly round-up, 1-7 August 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything. Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competition winners

Sea anemone

Sea anemone

Have you won our name the sea creature competition?

We had a fantastic response to our ‘name the sea creature’ competition. After receiving hundreds of entries, we’ve announced the 3 winners. Find out who won.

Interview with the winner of our 5* holiday of a lifetime competition

Conny Jones has won the holiday of a lifetime to Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. Read about Conny and what the holiday means to her.

Culinary

Recipe: Curry flavoured peanut and cashew bread rolls

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try these easy-to-make nutty bread rolls from Mauritius.

Spa and sport

Oils and massage at Spa Constance

Oils and massage at Spa Constance

Stress relief with Bango Bango massage

At Spa Constance, we offer the ultimate in relaxation – the Hawaiian Bango Bango massage that aims to release deep-seated tension. Find out more about this deep massage treatment.

Behind the scenes

Luxury service from our staff

Our staff at Constance Hotels Experience have earned a reputation for excellent service, and a warm and genuine approach to guests. Read more about the luxury service provided by our staff.

Luxury service from our staff

Chef with guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chef with guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice

One of the things that makes the Constance Hotels Experience so special are the people who work there. So often the staff at Constance receive a special mention in the customer reviews we get on TripAdvisor, or in feedback sent by guests.

At Constance, we put a lot of time into training. Our Constance Hotels Training Academy, based in Mauritius is the hub for all staff training. Over the last 13 years, we’ve become a leader in the hospitality training sector.

Many of our staff come through our apprenticeship scheme, and have worked with us for over 10 years.

All this helps to make the Constance Hotels Experience so unique. When you stay at a Constance hotel, the staff very quickly come to know what you like, which makes you feel you’re being personally looked after.

Housekeeper decorating a bed at Constance Hotels Experience

Housekeeper decorating a bed

For many of our guests, that’s as much a part of the luxury experience as the hotel surroundings and decor.

Find out more about what it’s like to stay at a Constance hotel, or tell us your stories about staying with Constance and what made it stand out for you.

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