Summer 2013 holiday swimwear guide

We’ve trawled the net to bring you a round-up of the very latest guides to what’s hot in swimwear for summer 2013.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

Dive in – Vogue’s guide of 45+ swimsuits for summer

This definitive guide of what’s new in swimwear from high-end designers includes the styles String Bikini, High Waist, The Maillot, Bra Top and Rash Guard. Highlights include the summery Dolce & Gabbana lemon and foulard–print string bikini, and the retro but contemporary Miu Miu swimsuit.

Net-A-Porter – The Swimwear Edit

Browse and buy from the luxury fashion site’s list of this season’s must-have items. Swimwear to die for includes Missoni’s crochet-knit swimsuits and bikinis and Hervé Léger’s bandage bandeau bikini.

Net-A-Porter – Poolside Chic

Spreading the net a little wider this is Net-A-Porter’s guide to everything from sunglasses and beach bags to cover ups and swimsuits. Everything you need to know to look gorgeous by the pool or beach this summer. The site recommends bronze and gold in the sun so use the excuse to invest in the super cool, chunky Katie brass chain-link bracelet from Marc by Marc Jacobs and a pair of Musa metallic braided leather sandals.

The Guardian discovers Pret-A-Porter MD Alison Loehnis’ top tips for summer

In an interview with The Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morley, Loehnis reveals her favourite swimwear this summer is a Mara Hoffman bikini.

Top fashion bloggers

  • Keep up-to-date with all the latest news about what’s hot in high-end fashion from blogger and Japanese Vogue’s editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo
  • Get the word from the street from street-style blogger Yvan Rodic at Face Hunter

More about Constance Hotels & Resorts

 

 

Brand new website for Constance Hotels Experience

We’ve just relaunched our Constance Hotels Experience website. Packed with great information, stunning photos and links to our online concierge and gift service – it’s one to add to your favourites’ list.

Senior Water Villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Senior Water Villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

The new website is beautifully designed to reflect the elegance of our Indian Ocean resorts.

You’ll find lots of detail to give you a real feel for each resort, and to help you decide which of our fabulous 7 resorts is perfect for your next holiday.

We give you the lowdown on: 

  • choice of accommodation
  • wedding and honeymoon packages
  • restaurants and bars including opening times
  • spa treatments
  • golf
  • children’s clubs
  • water sports
  • business facilities and lots more.

Take a look at the Constance Hotels Experience website, and don’t miss us on Facebook and Twitter @constancehotels too.

Recipe: fromage blanc with strawberries and pumpkin seeds

Enjoy this summer’s bumper crop of strawberries with a recipe from Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Star anise

Star anise

Serves 4:
Preparation time:
20 minutes
Marinating time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
600g fromage blanc
120g strawberries (keep 4 for garnishing)
3 sprigs of mint (keep 4 for garnishing)
1 star anise
2 tbsp shelled pumpkin seeds
2 tsp olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp honey

1. Toast the pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes in a 180°C oven.
2. Chop the mint leaves.
3. Coarsely crush the star anise and put it into an empty pepper mill.
4. Rinse, drain and tail the strawberries. Cut them into quarters. In a salad bowl, mix them with the olive oil, lemon juice, chopped mint. Grind a little star anise on top and let rest for about 20 minutes.
5. Mix the fromage blanc with honey and grind some more star anise onto it.
6. Divide the strawberries into four elegant glasses, add the fromage blanc, then the pumpkin seeds. Grind some star anise on top and decorate with one whole strawberry and a mint leaf. Serve chilled.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your comments and pictures of your own fromage blanc with strawberries and pumpkin seeds. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

You can also purchase the Constance Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and 50 more from our online store.

Luxe accommodation for the holiday of a lifetime

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Stunning interiors at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

If you think you know all there is to know about luxury apartments and villas, think again. From water villas on stilts to presidential suites like your own private hotel, there’s a lot more to luxury accommodation than you might think.

At Constance Hotels, all our suites and villas offer luxe or super-luxe accommodation that blends with the stunning natural landscape they’re part of – and that means each offers something a little special and unique to our visitors.

Whether you’re looking for classic tropical paradise or funky villas tucked away in the rainforest, the selection below gives you a taste of what you can expect upon arrival.

Maldives

Constance Moofushi is situated in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives archipelago. Our latest resort has won acclaim for its eco-approach and fashionable barefoot chic. All villas are exquisitely decorated using natural materials.

 

 

Constance Moofushi water villa

Constance Moofushi water villa

  • Beach Villas come with private sun deck, and ocean views from the bedroom and bathroom.
  • Water Villas set on stilts offer seclusion and direct access to the sea from a private sundeck.
  • Senior Water Villas are generously sized, and include a private outdoor bath tub, unobstructed views of the sunrise and direct access to the water.

Constance Halaveli is situated in the North Ari Atoll. Designed with privacy in mind, these villas all feature private plunge pools, are decorated in wood and marble, and are located on the beach or over the water. Guests can take advantage of in-villa dining, as well enjoying the resort’s restaurants.

Constance Halaveli water villa

Sleek interiors at Constance Halaveli water villa

  • Beach Villas enjoy a tropical garden backdrop, and are decorated using wood in contemporary Maldivian style. The double storey beach villas offer more space over two floors, with indoor and outdoor showers and a furnished terrace.
  • Water Villas are set along a jetty that weaves across the calm waters below. Offering romance and privacy for some perfect castaway moments, previous guests have found it hard to drag themselves away from these beautiful villas. Read their reviews of Constance Halaveli
  • Presidential Beach Villa is the ultimate in get-away-from-it-all luxury with a larger plunge pool, dining room and private gym.

Seychelles

Constance Ephelia is situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé, overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay. Although a large resort, Ephelia enjoys a unique location and is designed to make you feel you’re the only people there.

Constance Ephelia hillside villas, bathroom

Decadent bathroom at Constance Ephelia hillside villas

  • There’s a great choice of Junior and Senior Suites, with Villas situated on the beach (all include a private pool) or atop the hillside looking across the water.
  • Spa Villas – if you need your senses pampering and a place to indulge and unwind, Ephelia’s sublime spa villas will bring harmony to your senses. They’re equipped with a large hot tub, steam shower, sauna, double treatment room for massages, spacious bedroom and tranquil gazebo area – perfect for meditation or cocktails, depending on the mood.
  • Presidential Villa is perfect for William and Kate style indulgence. The villa comes with breathtaking views across the sea, 3 bedrooms, its own gym, private spa, pool and outdoor lounge and dining area.

Constance Lémuria is set amidst lush vegetation on the pristine island of Praslin. The white sandy beaches of Anse Kerlan are turtle nesting sites, and are surrounded by rare flora and fauna.

Constance Lemuria Presidential Villa

Constance Lemuria Presidential Villa, Seychelles

Materials used in the sleek design of the resort include wood, marble, stone and pink granite.

  • Junior and Senior Suites offer intimacy and blend with the landscape, offering stunning views across the Indian Ocean. You can relax on your private terrace under the shade of the overhanging palm trees.
  • Luxurious Villas offer a bespoke service as they come complete with their own villa master who will tailor the Constance service to your individual requirements. The villas open directly on to the gardens and beach, and include lounge, dining room and swimming pool.
  • Presidential Villa at Lémuria offers all-out privacy and indulgence, more akin to staying in your own private hotel than a villa within a resort. Perched on the granite blocks of the southern tip of the Anse Kerlan, the villa comes with 3 suites, an outside Jacuzzi, study and dining room. The ultimate in decadence, there are 3 swimming pools situated at different levels, all leading to a private beach.

Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina offers a fabulous luxurious getaway on its own private island. Situated in the north-western part of Madagascar, Tsarabanjina is one of the islets of the Mitsio Archipelago.

Constance Tsarabanjina bungalow

Constance Tsarabanjina bungalow, Madagascar

If you want to play Robinson Crusoe without leaving behind your luxuries, this is the place to escape to. There’s no TV and no phones (apart from your mobile). Instead, you can enjoy the island paradise of white sandy beaches, lush tropical vegetation and coral reefs brimming with fish.

  • Each thatched roof bungalow overlooks the sea and is situated on either the north or south beach. This is 5 star luxury with the added bonus of total seclusion from the outside world.

Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice is a boutique hotel on the eastern coast of Mauritius set on a peninsula protected from the winds.

Constance Le Prince Maurice suite on stilts

Constance Le Prince Maurice suite on stilts, Mauritius

  • Décor is inspired by the spice trade. Junior Suites have thatched roofs, indoor sitting area, bedroom, bathroom and private terrace or balcony. The Senior Villas offer direct access to the beach and a private pool or outdoor soaking bath.
  • The deluxe Princely Suite combines space, superb design and privacy. Made up of two junior and one senior suite it is set in its own garden, and comes complete with two pools and 3 private terraces each with a different view across the lagoon.

Constance Belle Mare Plage is set on the eastern coast of Mauritius, along a 2km white sand beach against a backdrop of 15 hectares (37 acres) of tropical gardens and protected by a coral reef.

Constance Belle Mare Plage junior suite bathroom

Constance Belle Mare Plage junior suite bathroom, Mauritius

  • Junior Suites, some beachfront, are equipped with private balcony or terrace. The Deluxe Suites face the sea, and include a living room and option to connect to a Prestige Room, ideal for families.
  • The Villas come with private pool, and evoke romance and tranquillity surrounded by small lakes, frangipani flowers and coconut groves.
  • The Presidential Villa is set in its own garden area, offering total privacy. The villa comes with lounge, dining room, kitchen, private pool and large veranda. Two villa masters attend to the needs of guests, making sure your stay is tailor-made for you.

Protecting the environment at Constance Hotels

Aerial view of Constance Lemuria, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Turquoise waters and verdant green hills surrounding Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

At Constance Hotels, we are committed to protecting the stunning natural environments that surround each of our unique resorts, and the rare endemic species that can be found there.

We work closely with local environmental groups to conserve the exceptional landscape and wildlife for today’s visitors and future generations to come.

Here are some of the measures we’ve taken recently:

Design and build of Constance Moofushi – opened in November 2010

Known as the Jewel island – the island’s butterfly design and daring architecture has been developed by Jean-Michel d’Unienville (Mauritius) and Marc Hertrich (France). Careful consideration has been taken to preserve the environment through efficient and non-polluting materials.

The focus is on luxury without being flashy and the beauty of the island location is paramount. Find out more about what we did at The Jewel Island: Constance Moofushi

Enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles

We are furthering our commitment to the environment by enhancing conservation of Biodiversity at Port Launay next to the Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles, view from the North Beach

View from the North Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We are working in partnership with Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S) and aim to:

  • take pro-active measures to improve the coordinated management of the fragile mangrove ecosystem adjacent to the Constance Ephelia Resort site – balancing development with the preservation of the wetland area.
  • start looking at co-management of other adjacent natural areas such as the resort grounds and Port Launay Marine Park

Find out more about our conservation work at Constance Ephelia.

Turning tap water to bottled water at Constance Halaveli

To eliminate the need to ship in bottled water to our luxury Maldives resort, Constance Halaveli, we have recently installed our own water bottling plant. The plant purifies tap water to mineral quality. Read more about our sustainable approach at Constance Halaveli.

Serving local seasonal produce

Our restaurants serve local and seasonal produce, perfectly suited to the climate and environment surrounding each luxury hotel. Brimming with flavour and beautifully presented, guests can dine on local fish, vegetables and fruits.

Fresh salsa at Constance Hotels

Locally sourced food at Constance Hotels

Each week we publish a special recipe from one of our hotels. Find out more about our local cuisine.

Future articles

We’ll be publishing more articles about what we’re doing to protect the local environment. Coming soon…

  • interview with our turtle manager in the Seychelles
  • discover the coral reef with our diving instructor at Constance Moofushi

Golfers paradise at the only golf course in Seychelles: Lemuria

Lemuria: the only golf course in the Seychelles

Lemuria: the only golf course in the Seychelles

With Prince William and Kate Middleton rumoured to be honeymooning in the beautiful Seychelles this year, this beautiful island country is increasingly popular with those hunting for a luxury holiday destination – and that includes golf enthusiasts.

We’ve won awards for having the best golf courses in the world – and the Constance Lémuria is the only golf course in Seychelles.

This 18-hole, a Par 70, was opened on 1October 2000 and covers an area of 5580 meters. With a free green fee for hotel residents, it offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

 

Lemuria, Seychelles: the most beautiful golf course in the world?

Lemuria: the most beautiful golf course in the world?

Many golfers have hailed Lémuria Golf Course as a golfers paradise and the most beautiful of its kind in the world – and with truly magnificent scenery spanning views of three spectacular beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

The design by internationally renowned golf architect was also influenced by Rodney Wright and the champion Marc-Antoine Farry. It incorporates a series of waterways with margins of endemic palms and broadleaf woodland.

Palm trees allow the light to intermittently filter through, fringing the first 12 holes. From the 13th hole, the course extends over the steep slopes of a thickly forested hill, with breathtaking vistas.

Anse Georgette beach welcomes you for a refreshment after the 15th hole. The club house offers restaurant bar and a boutique. Lessons, caddy player and rental equipment are also available.

Find out more about golf in the Seychelles at Constance Lemuria.