Awards! We win Best Golf Course & Best Hotel Worldwide!

Award winning golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Award winning golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Given the excitement of the Masters 2011 last week, we are even more proud to announce that we have won two amazing awards for one of our fantastic resorts in Mauritius: Constance Belle Mare Plage, following on from the previous two year’s success.

We received both the bronze medal in both the ‘Best Golf course worldwide’ and ‘Best Hotel worldwide’ categories at the annual Golf Journal Travel Awards!

What makes it more special is that it was voted for by the readers of Golf Journal magazine, who placed both the hotel itself and the ‘The Legend’ golf course third in the categories ‘Best Hotel worldwide and Best Golf course worldwide’ respectively.

As Constance Lémuria Resort in the Seychelles was last years’ winner of the ‘Best Hotel worldwide’ award, it is an honour for Constance Hotels Experience to be awarded for a second year running.

Award winning golf course and hotel

Mr Patrice Binet-Décamps, Managing Director of Constance Hotels Experience, received both awards at the tourism fair ITB held in Berlin recently.

Mr Binet-Décamps said that the hotel group was happy to once again be honoured by the Golf Journal Travel Awards, as it served as confirmation that the customer’s demands were being met.

He also mentioned that the awards would challenge the group to uphold and even improve their current exacting standards.

The luxurious five-star resort, which is located on the eastern coast of Mauritius, has been awarded several prizes.

  • The exceptional architecture of the Constance Belle Mare Plage blends comfortably with the exotic tropical gardens surrounding it.
  • The 92 Prestige Rooms, 137 Junior Suites and 6 Deluxe Suites of the hotel are embellished with materials like marble, wood and glass.
  • 20 private villas each have their own pool, as does the exclusive Presidential villa, which is situated directly on the beach – mere steps away from the warm sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean.

Top tips for planning your dream honeymoon

If you’re planning the perfect honeymoon, read our top 10 honeymoon tips for a successful dream break.

Before you go…

1. Location, location, location

Constance Ephilia Hotel Resort Seychelles - location shot

Luxury honeymoon location: Ephilia Hotel Resort, Seychelles

One of you loves the sun, luxury swimming pools and relaxing massages, the other enjoys diving, fine foods and exclusive bars and clubs.

Remember, your honeymoon destination needs to work for both of you. Luxury and exclusivity can take many different forms but the first and most important honeymoon tip is to choose where you go together.

Top honeymoon tip: make a list of ideal, dream destinations separately and then see if any of your ideas match.

2. Let an expert help you

The internet has made finding and booking that luxury honeymoon that bit easier and you might want to do it all yourself. But it’s always worth remembering that there are experts out there who can help. It’s a once in a lifetime holiday you’re planning, so using a travel agent or a consultant from a luxury resort might be worthwhile.

Top honeymoon tip: if you’re struggling with co-ordinating flight and hotel bookings with excursions and honeymoon activities, get professional advice to take some of the pressure off.

3. Plan your relaxation, excursions and luxury pampering in advance

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Planning a luxury poolside spa holiday?

You probably don’t want to plan too much – it is your honeymoon, after all. But scheduling in some key activities in advance can take the stress out of things.

You’re on your honeymoon – you’ll want to spend every breathing moment together, right? Actually, it’s a great idea to plan a little time apart, too. Having a massage while your husband or wife enjoys some ‘me time’ with a book will give you both a bit of relaxing space and something to look forward to – your reunion.

Top honeymoon tip: plan and book little luxuries and trips in advance – both together and separately.

While you’re there…

4. Eat well, drink well and don’t feel guilty about it

Luxury food hotel resort

Excellent food is all part of the luxury experience

If you’re planning a luxury honeymoon, remember that the luxury extends to all elements of your holiday, not just your location.

If you’re visiting a honeymoon resort, they will provide food and drink to die for – don’t feel guilty about it, dive in and enjoy everything they have to offer. Sample local cuisine, eat the luxury truffles and pastries and drink the champagne without guilt – it’s your honeymoon.

Top honeymoon tip: indulge without guilt!

5. Take lots of photographs

You’ve paid a fortune for an exclusive honeymoon of a lifetime – don’t forget to document it . Take lots and lots of photographs.

Top honeymoon tip: ask other people to take photographs of you together – you’ll cherish these when you look back on your honeymoon together.

6. Remember to pamper each other

Remember to pamper yourself and each other. Find out what your honeymoon resort or location offers in the way of pampering, but remember that pampering isn’t only about the luxuries you can pay for.

Your honeymoon will probably be somewhere extraordinary, so remember to enjoy it together. Take a beach walk at sunset, have breakfast by the sea, enjoy cliff top walks while discussing your future together, your hope and dreams.

Top honeymoon tip: remember that massages can also be a private pampering experience, so pack some oil and pamper each other in the privacy of your own room.

7. Tell everyone you’re on your honeymoon

You’ll be surprised at the extra special service you’ll get when people realise you’re on your honeymoon.

As a newly married couple, you could enjoy provide free champagne, food or other exclusive treats and discounts.

Top honeymoon tip: tell everyone you’re on honeymoon – you’re allowed to be proud of each other and you never know what extra luxuries you might get as a result.

8. Forget about everyone and everything at home

Just for once, forget about family, friends and work back at home. This is about the two of you and your new life together.

Top honeymoon tip: Enjoy yourself and each other and live in the moment.

9. Don’t let sunburn spoil things

One sensible suggestion to make sure you make the most of each other and your once in a lifetime honeymoon – remember your suncream. Sunburn can mean being touched is agonising. Is that what you want on your honeymoon?

Top honeymoon tip: Use high factor suncream, even if it looks overcast.

10. Allow some time back at home before you go back to work

If it’s possible, allow a few days to readjust when you get back home from honeymoon. If you have to go back to work straight away, your luxury break might seem like a distant memory all too soon.

Top honeymoon tip: Book a couple of extra days to enjoy being home together before the real world starts up again.

Create your own luxury spa experience

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Luxury spa hot stones: don't try this at home!

Can’t wait for your luxury spa holiday to start? Just back from a luxury spa holiday and suffering withdrawal symptoms?

We’ve put together some tips for you to enjoy the pampering of a spa holiday from the comfort of your own home. Okay, so it’s not going to be quite the same exclusive experience, but it’s a start.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

If you’re going to enjoy the spa experience at home, make sure you have some time alone and that nobody is going to disturb you. This is your day and you need time to enjoy it.

Candles, bath oils, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, nail polish, nail files, face packs, bath robes, slippers – there’s a lot of planning to do to make your home spa experience complete. Preparation is everything!

Have a relaxing bath

Choose the right bath foam or oil for you – scented oil, a bath bomb, bath salts or aromatherapy oils. Why not have some scented candles in the room, or for a real sense of the luxury spa experience, use some floating candles and petals in the bath water.

Don’t rush this part of your spa experience – get a bath pillow, sit back and enjoy a precious few moments of calm. If the water cools down, top it up with more hot water and take a few more minutes.

Take a shower

Yes, you’ve had a bath, but that was for relaxation purposes. Now shower yourself off and shampoo and condition your hair. Why not choose more luxurious products that your usual ones for that extra special sheen?

While you’re relaxing, shave your legs and armpits then use a body scrub or loofah to exfoliate before using a scented bodywash before rinsing and towelling yourself down.

Cleanse, tone and moisturise

If you want to, now’s the time for a facemask. Otherwise, now you’re relaxed and clean, cleanse and tone your face. Either use your favourite cleanser and toner or get one you haven’t tried before that suits your skin type.  Now it’s time to moisturise – not just your face but your entire body. Don’t rush it – take your time and enjoy it.

Now, put on your bath robe and comfy slippers. Your ready for hair and nails.

Hair

Before getting to your hair, pluck your eyebrows while your pores are still open. Brush and style your hair – why not try something different – if you normally wear your hair up, let it down – or vice versa.

Nails

Clean off any nail polish from your hands, moisturise and file your nails before painting them. Why not choose a different shade to normal?

While your doing your finger nails, why not soak your feet in a salt water bath, before rubbing on some foot balm and painting your toe nails?

Other luxuries

Get some of your favourite magazines in – while you’re waiting for your toenails to dry, sit down with a cup of tea – or a glass of wine – and read. Enjoy the peace and quiet.

The Jewel Island: Constance Moofushi

 

moofushi resort, maldivesMoofushi in the Maldives is one of the jewels in Constance Hotels Experience’s crown. Situated on the western Ari Atoll, the resort is widely regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world. It combines the “Crusoe-Chic” barefoot elegance of a deluxe resort with the exceptional standards of Constance Hotels Experience.

One of its core appeals is the fact that Constance Moofushi Resort offers an all-inclusive package that starts at lunch time on day of arrival and ends after breakfast on day of departure.

With 110 land and water villas to choose from set in an intimate location of pure lagoons, sandbanks and woodlands, it offers a rare experience for its visitors.

If you choose our stilted accommodation, you’ll get privileged access to the sea and much longed for privacy – especially if you’re on honeymoon.

A true pearl in the middle of the Maldives Archipelago, the island of Moofushi Hotel is called The Jewel Island. The exclusive luxury island offers bars and restaurants as well as exclusive spas on the water.

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.

moofushi lanternThe intimate green jewel is strewn with coconut trees extending along pontoons leading to incredible and luxurious suites built above the ocean. The focus is on luxury without being flashy. The beauty of the island location is paramount.

Think luxury and simplicity – wood, ropes, hanging bottles for an original light effect, lamps in the spirit of the marine lanterns, huge trunks like wardrobes in the villas and many other surprises.

The suites and the rooms have sculpted wooden furniture with bamboo bed heads and panels of worked-out wood, basins in rough stone, linen and other weft material, ropes and wrought vegetal fibres.

The resort opened in November 2010 and it has already become a favourite location with Constance Hotels Experience customers.

Find out more information about the Constance Moofushi Resort in Maldives.

5 new summer looks for your home

At Constance Hotels we know that attention to detail helps to create wonderfully luxurious interiors. Here are some tips on this season’s big trends so you can blend classic chic with the latest looks for your own home and garden.

Colours
Paint chart showing yellows, greens and blues

Spring/Summer 2011 paints are inspired by the colours of nature

Spring/Summer 2011 and everyone’s looking to nature for inspiration. The hottest colours this season are:

  • neutral nudes (from champagne to setting plaster)
  • sky blue and aquamarine
  • bold, textured florals with a vintage feel

Don’t be afraid to mix more vibrant colours with your neutral background, or add colour where you wouldn’t expect it. Painting skirting boards and doors in soft blue-greys is bang on trend.

Tiles

Tiles in vivid colours, graphic patterns and bright florals are being used throughout the home. They can add interest to small spaces such as in bathrooms or on study floors, or work well as statement pieces in hallways and kitchens.

Kitchen/dining areas

The open plan kitchen/diner has become the main social room in family homes and urban flats. Open plan rooms are ideal for socializing, and this trend continues to evolve with the latest hi-tech audio visual systems and comfortable lounge areas being incorporated into the space.

Flowers

White flowers

Romantic flowers in whites and greens

Think British, seasonal and sustainable. Take your cue from the royal wedding of William and Kate, where the flowers and trees came from the Queen’s garden at Windsor Great Park. Romantic white blooms are big this season. Experiment with garden jasmine, roses, peonies, sweet peas, delphiniums and hydrangeas. Add green foliage from trees and shrubs for a woodland note.

Outdoor living rooms

A comfortable, well planned outdoor seating area adds a luxurious note to summer entertaining. Outdoor living rooms with sofas and low coffee tables are big in garden design right now, and they work well in contemporary settings as well as country gardens. Simply adjust the look and symmetry of the furniture according to the backdrop.