Honeymoons at Constance hotels

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve brought you some honeymoon stories from our Constance community. Thank you to everyone for taking part.

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and I went to school together and reconnected 12 years later by chance at a mutual friends party. The rest is history!

We went to the magical Constance Halaveli in theMaldivesfor our honeymoon in April 2011.

Some of the things we loved the most about our honeymoon were snorkelling around our water villa every day, and sitting on the beach at Jahaz bar watching the sun set every afternoon while sampling all the delicious cocktails made by CJ the barman.

Every morning, we would wake up to a beautiful sunrise across theIndian Ocean, sitting on our deck and drinking coffee. We would sit for hours taking in the beauty of theMaldives. The water villas are extremely spacious and contained all the necessary amenities, plus they are so private we felt as if we were the only ones there.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Make sure you pick the right hotel. You can go to a beautiful place like theMaldivesbut if you choose the wrong hotel you’ll be completely disappointed. TheMaldivesis exceptional and if you do go, you must stay in a water villa. You seldom get the opportunity to wake up to the sound of the ocean beneath you and walk straight out of your villa and into the ocean.

To us, Constance Halaveli had the most beautiful water villa and we would highly recommend this resort to anyone. The restaurants are top class, the staff go out of their  way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The villas have everything you need, you don’t have to leave your villa if you don’t want to.

And lastly, take a tripod with you – it’s fantastic for randomly taking photos and capturing special moments together.

 

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

We met each other at university. In October 2011, we went to Constance Moofushi on our honeymoon.

One of the most fun things we did was a sunset tour with a Dhoni. We have very special memories of our whole trip to Moofushi. The beaches are wonderful and the people who work there are so nice and friendly.

Our top tip for honeymooners: Enjoy your time together! And if you go to theMaldives, do as much snorkelling as you can – it is so much fun.

 

 

Mr Dmitry and Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

We met each other at University 12 years ago.

We went on our honeymoon to Constance Moofushi in December 2011. We had our official wedding inRussiathe day before we left, but we also had a wedding ceremony at Moofushi. It was something special and only for us.

The thing we liked the most about Moofushi was the romantic atmosphere of the island. It was so lovely to lie on our villa’s terrace or on the beach, to enjoy the sounds of the sea and fresh air, to read books and drink wine.

We went snorkelling and diving where we saw sharks and small rays.  We also liked the spa very much. Special gratitude for DJ in Manta Bar. He made pictures of our wedding ceremony in secret and on the next evening he staged a slideshow with music for us and all guests at Manta Bar. It was a lovely surprise!

Our top tip for honeymooners:

If you’re looking for high quality all-inclusive service, an unforgettable wedding ceremony we really recommend Constance Moofushi. TheMaldivesis paradise on the earth.

 

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

We met when I was serving in the British Military inGermanyand Nicole came to visit an old school friend, as her father had also been in the military.  Her best friend was the girlfriend of a friend of mine, so we were introduced.

We got married at Constance Lemuria in May 2007. One of the most fun things we did on our honeymoon was learn to play golf, it was hilarious.

We loved our wedding meal – we were staying in a pool villa, and our wedding meal was served in the sunken area in the middle of the pool. It was really quite special.  The staff also made us a special wedding cake, which was delicious.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Our tip -  why stress about any of it… our wedding planner did everything while we relaxed and enjoyed our time there.

We’d love to hear from more of you

If you’ve been on honeymoon to one of ourConstanceresorts, we’d love to see your photos. You can post them onto the Constance Facebook page or tweet them using @constancehotels.

 

 

Spotlight: Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria is a 5* deluxe resort set amidst lush vegetation on the pristine island of Praslin, Seychelles.

Beach at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning beach at Constance Lemuria

The white sand beach of Anse Lazio is paradise on earth, and at Anse Kerlan you’ll find turtle nesting sites.

Award winning luxury resort

At the recent World Travel Awards, the travel equivalent of the Oscars, Constance Lémuria was voted:

  • Seychelles’ Leading Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Golf Resort (for the 4th year running)
  • Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort (for the 2nd year running)

 

Luxury accommodation

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Materials used in the sleek design of Constance Lémuria include wood, marble, stone and pink granite. The quality and originality of the buildings exceed the expectations of guests who are looking for grown-up luxury and comfort of the highest standard. All this works thrillingly with the preserved beauty of the natural environment.

  • 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 theConstance 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.

Divine dining

Beach bar and grill at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning setting for the beach bar and grill

Three restaurants located in 3 stunning locations offer a wide range of French and international cuisine blending Seychellois flavours with traditional recipes.

The gloriously inviting bars offer a great space for guests to relax and drink in the night air.

The most beautiful golf course in the world?

At Constance Lémuria you’ll also find the only golf course in Seychelles.

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.

Award winning golf course at Constance Lemuria

Award winning golf course at Lemuria

This 18-hole, a Par 70, was opened on 1 October 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.

The design by internationally renowned golf architect was also influenced by Rodney Wright and the champion Marc-Antoine Farry. Anse Georgette beach welcomes you for a refreshment after the 15th hole. The club house offers a restaurant bar and a boutique. Lessons, caddy player and rental equipment are also available.

Find out more about the Golfers’ paradise at the only golf resort in the Seychelles: Constance Lemuria.

Spa indulgence

When you’re ready to indulge your senses beyond relaxing on the beach and discovering the beauty of the island, head to the Seychelles’ leading spa where you can take your pick from the delightful Shiseido or Spa de Constance treatments.

Our turtle programme

Turtle at Constance Lemuria

Turtles at Constance Lemuria

At Constance Hotels Experience, we’re passionate about conserving the environment we live in, and at Constance Lémuria we run a turtle preservation programme.

Our Turtle Manager can take Constanceguests to see the baby turtles move down to the sea. Seeing these primal creatures take their first steps towards the ocean is a truly amazing experience. Find out more about Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Top travel destination for 2012

The Seychelles is one of the hottest travel destinations for 2012.

Read more about this Indian Ocean archipelago:

Inspired by the natural beauty of the Seychelles Islands

Natural beauty of the Seychelles islands

Natural beauty of the Seychelles islands

Bruno le Gac, our corporate chef, offers a glimpse of the natural beauty of the Seychelles. Seychellois nature leaves me speechless…

For a chef, it’s so great to have such amazing products available right in front of you.

The essence of the culinary spirit at Constance Hotels Experience is the respect of the product.

Fish so fresh it’s still moving when delivered, tropical fruits picked ripe right from the tree homemade coconut milk…

Such a source of inspiration!

A few pictures below say it all. Welcome to heaven!

 

 

 

Star fruit, fresh on the tree in Seychelles

Star fruit

 

Fresh fish, Seychelles catch of the day

Catch of the day

 

Banana tree, Seychelles

Banana tree, Seychelles

Interview: The Guittet family – on holiday with Constance

Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience
Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience

Aurélien Guittet is a Captain for a European flagcarrier. He is married to Anouk, a lawyer, who is currently a full time mum. They have 2  children – Alexandre, 4 years old and Chloé, 2 years old. They live in Luxembourg, Europe.

Here they share their experience of family holidays with Constance Hotels.

1. Tell us what your family loves most about going on holiday with Constance Hotels Experience.

We discovered Constance 11 years ago. The first resort we went to was Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius. That was such a great time!

The resort itself was like a little paradise. The restaurants were great and on top of it all, the staff make you feel at home, giving very personalised service and a lot of attention. Since that first experience, we only stay at Constance Hotels when we travel to the Indian Ocean.

2. What do your children look forward to the most about the holidays? And you and your wife?

Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles
Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles

Our kids are still very young but we agreed early on that we wanted to share our holidays with them.

Our friends and family thought we were crazy to take such small kids so far away from their home. But one of our favourite quotes from Mark Twain says it all:

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

So every time we have the opportunity, we take our kids along for the holidays. What they look forward to is to spend time with us, discover new things, enjoy sunny weather, and the beach and pools.

For us it’s about the same. But our main goal when we come to Constance is to enjoy wonderful places, have the feeling of living something exclusive and let ourselves be pampered by the very professional staff.

3. How do you and your wife get the opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, when you’re travelling with two young children?

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Well, it’s a question of organisation. Most of the time, when we go to the beach or to the pool, we take them along. But when we want to enjoy a special moment like relaxing at the spa, snorkelling or sailing, we take them to the kids club.

4. Tell us about the different resorts you’ve visited. Do you have a favourite, and why?

As said, our first visit to Constance was at Le Prince Maurice. The second visit was at Constance Lemuria. That stay proved to us that Constance was really the kind of resort we wanted for our holidays because of the location in a small paradise, because of the great service, food, and the impression that every guest is treated like an individual person.

So a few holidays later, we went back to Le Prince Maurice and got engaged there one evening, having a cup of champagne close to the pool with a musician playing flute in the background…

We returned to Le Prince Maurice to celebrate our 10 years together and that was our last trip without our kids.

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe on the beach

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe in the Seychelles

The first resort we visited with the kids was Constance Ephelia. We were a bit sceptical when we booked, as this resort was much bigger than the ones we visited before, and we were wondering how our kids would behave in such a place. But the experience was just fantastic.

Our last visit was to Constance Halaveli Resort in theMaldives. There, we also had a great experience.

Our favourite remains Le Prince Maurice due to the sentimental value it holds for us, and Ephelia is in our opinion the best for kids.

But we must say that in any Constance resort, the architecture and lighting are absolutely beautiful and well designed, making it a very peaceful place.

5. Have you stayed in different types of accommodation? If so, which type has suited you the most as a family?

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

All the suites we have had were really big and it is no problem to share it with the kids. The best was the water villa at Halaveli – very spacious, state of the art equipment, very quiet, breathtaking view and again, the impression of being alone.

6. Do your children enjoy the special kids’ activities that are on offer?

Yes they do! As said before, we sometimes leave them there when we want to do activities that are not suitable for them. They like to play with other kids, use the facilities (games, swimming pools) and they get on very well with the friendly and professional staff from the kids club.

7. Is the food at Constance ‘family friendly’?

Guittet family dining at Constance Hotels Experience

Guittet family dining at Constance

For us, being French, food and wine is of great importance during our holidays.

At Constance, this is just fabulous. Eating at the restaurant is a real pleasure when you can taste high quality products prepared with passion, with the perfect matched wine.

In every Constance hotel we have been, there was always a great choice of restaurants. At the beginning with the kids, we were afraid that they would find the time at the table long and disturb the other guests, but they behaved really well, and the staff are so friendly that it really makes you feel at home.

I was so pleased to discover the wine menu at Halaveli, and to visit their great wine cellar with the chief sommelier. Amazing wine list, especially when you remember that you’re on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean!

We also love to order breakfast for delivery in our room. Being a family and having breakfast on your terrace with your kids, watching the endless ocean and observing the fish hunting is priceless.

8. Would you share some highlights from your family holidays with Constance?

Our kids are very lucky. By travelling with us, they have already seen different cultures, different people, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

They have fed sharks and rays, played with giant turtles, learned to swim in the nicest places and the nicest pools. They came with us deep sea fishing, tried kayaking and had a go in a paddle boat. What else can you dream of to develop their curiosity?

And when they get tired, put them on the bed – the in-room video on demand system has many cartoons that they will enjoy…

9. Do you have any tips for travelling with young children that you’d like to share with other Constance fans?

For the flights, night flights are great as the kids can sleep during travel.

The only ‘enemy’ will be the sun, never let them out without sun protection…

Top 5 Seychelles islands for bird lovers

Well known as a haven for honeymooners, the stunning islands of the Seychelles archipelago are also a magnet for ornithologists the world over.

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria

The 155 granite and coral islands are home to 12 endemic bird species, and the largest sea bird colonies in the world.

For all bird enthusiasts out there, here’s our top 5 run down of must-see Seychelles’ islands.

1. Praslin Island

The rare endemic Seychelles Black Parrot is the national bird. Visitors to the exotic Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island, are likely to see the Black Parrot as well as the Seychelles Bulbul, Seychelles Swiflet and Fruit Pigeon.

2. Mahé

Seychelles Kestrel

Seychelles Kestrel

Mahé is the largest of the islands, and there are a number of beautiful walks you can take into the tropical hills to spot the Seychelles Kestrel, Seychelles White-eye and Seychelles Scops-owl.

3. Bird Island

Bird Island is situated some 60 miles north of Mahé.  It’s a tiny flat coralline island where over 400,000 pairs of Sooty Terns breed every year between May – November.

There are viewing platforms where you can enjoy the sight of the terns incubating their eggs and caring for newborn chicks. Other birds found on the island include Curlew Sandpipers, Fairy Terns and Turnstones.

4. Cousin Island

Seychelles Magpie Robin

Seychelles Magpie Robin

Cousin Island, just 2km from Praslin Island, is home to a bird and marine sanctuary that has won several awards for conservation and ecotourism.

The endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin was successfully reintroduced on the island. You’ll also find other endemic birds including the Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Fody and Seychelles Blue Pigeon.

There’s also a massive seabird colony here with 7 different species nesting at different times of year. Expect to see Fairy Terns, Bridled Terns, Lesser Noddies, Audubon’s Shearwater and the Wedge-tailed Shearwater.

5. Aride Island

Close to Cousin Island, Aride is the only place in the archipelago where you’ll find Red-tailed Tropicbirds. The world’s only hilltop colony of Sooty Terns are also found here, living alongside White-tailed Tropicbirds, Roseate Terns, Seychelles Sunbird and the Seychelles Fody.

When to visit

Sooty terns

Sooty terns

The main breeding season for birds in the Seychelles is April, while Sooty Terns nest from May-September.

October is migration time, where numbers peak across the islands. Visitors at this time of year can expect some stunning sights across the sky.

Where to stay

Combine all this with a wonderfully relaxing holiday at one of our luxury 5* resorts in the Seychelles.

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Constance Lémuria – villa BBQ experience

Constance Lemuria, villa BBQ

Constance Lemuria, villa BBQ

If you’re heading to one of our beautiful villas at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles, why not plan a delicious in-villa BBQ prepared by us?   

While relaxing in the peaceful and private surroundings of your villa, the villa butler and the kitchen team will set up the BBQ experience in your garden.

At sunset you can enjoy a passionfruit and vanilla Constance Star Martini, shaken just for you.

And we’ll serve you some of the superb local produce of the Seychelles – fresh line-caught snapper, green papaya prepared in tangy chutney, jumbo prawns in lemongrass marinade.