Weekly round-up, 29 August-4 September 2011

Sea turtle swimming in Madagascar

Sea turtle in Madagascar

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.

This week we’ve got a fabulous special offer to Constance Moofushi, an interview with one of our general managers, tips on how to take great photos, our regular delicious Friday recipe and much more.

Special Offers

  • The Moofushi Honeymoon Dream Package
    Planning your dream honeymoon? Check out this great offer for Constance Moofushi – if you book before October you receive up to 20% off rate prices.

Events

Culinary

Behind the scenes

Inspiration

Insider tips

  • How to take great photos
    Review of a new book by Bethany Salvon, ‘Getting out of auto’ that gives tips on how to take great photos.

Holiday inspiration: wildlife of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 155 islands, situated approximately 1000 miles east of Kenya.

Constance Lemuria Resort

Constance Lemuria Resort

Favoured as a top honeymoon destination, the island nation is also one of the world’s great success stories when it comes to protecting its flora and fauna.

Conservation work in the Seychelles was started in the 1960s by a group of local conservationists. Since then, the government has successfully introduced strict laws protecting the natural heritage of theSeychelles.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Seychelles is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

1. The atoll of Aldabra
The world’s largest raised coral atoll, Aldabra is isolated and uninhabited. It’s home to the Aldabra giant tortoises. The average weight of one of these male tortoises is a whopping 550lbs (250 kgs).

2. Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island
Said to be the original ‘Garden of Eden’, Vallée de Mai is home to the world’s largest nut and prized fertility symbol, the Coco de Mer.

At Vallée de Mai, you’ll also find giant endemic palm trees and the rare Seychelles Black Parrot.

Coral reefs

Fish hiding in coral

Fish hiding in coral

The Seychelles has six national marine parks and the reefs around the islands are brimming with marine life.

Over 1000 species of fish have been recorded here, including yellow snappers, jack fish, fusilier, clown fish, humphead parrot fish, rays, lion fish, scorpion fish and barracuda. You’ll also find dolphins, whale sharks and sea turtles.

Colourful soft and hard corals fill the reefs, making this one of the top destinations in the world for diving and snorkelling.

Bird life

Seychelles birdlife on Cousin Island

Seychelles birdlife on Cousin Island

The Seychelles has 12 endemic bird species. The national bird is the Seychelles Black Parrot. The Seychelles Magpie Robin and Seychelles Warbler were successfully brought back from near extinction. Other birds include the Aldabra Drongo, Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher and the Seychelles Sunbird.

The bird and marine sanctuary at Cousin Island Special Reserve has won several awards for conservation and ecotourism.

Turtle preservation in the Seychelles

The beaches at Constance Lémuria, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, are important nesting sites for the endangered hawksbill and green turtles.

Turtle at Lemuria, Praslin Island

Turtle at Lemuria, Praslin Island

The turtles return to the same beaches year after year to lay their eggs. Find out more about the work we’re doing preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Conservation work is also happening across theSeychelles to protect the sea turtles from extinction.

Find out more

Read more on our blog about the flora and fauna of the Seychelles:

Constance hotels in the Seychelles

Luxury golf holidays in paradise

Lemuria Golf Course

Take in the view at Lemuria Golf Course

If you’re looking for a luxury golf holiday in an idyllic location, Constance Hotels Experience offers 3 championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Imagine having free access to a top quality golf course, while staying at a luxury beachside resort set against a beautiful tropical backdrop.

Mauritius – two world class golf courses

Constance Belle Mare Plage is located on the East coast of Mauritius, along one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the island.

Golfers at the Legend Golf Course

Golfers at the Legend Golf Course

The Legend Golf Course is an 18 hole course with a par 72. It has superb fairways, and each of the holes has distinctive characteristics set in the heart of an indigenous forest. The greens have been rebuilt using Tif Dwarf grasses to ensure a perfect surface.

The 17th hole (par 3) is in a stunning location and can prove a test for the nerves, looking across the water and trees to the 18th.

Find out more about the holes at Legend and the course map.

The Links Golf Course

The Links Golf Course

The Links Golf Course is the second Constance Belle Mare Plage championship golf course. It was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis, and its 18 hole course measures 5,942m with a par 71. It sits beneath the West facing clubhouse, and is equipped with a practice Fairway.

It’s also the location of the MCB Tour Championship, a key tournament on the European Senior Tour calendar. This year, the championship runs from 5-11 December 2011.

Find out more about the holes at the Links and the course map.

Guests can take advantage of the excellent Marc Farry Golf Academy, where golf pros give individual and group lessons on grip, posture, alignment and ball position.
 
Lemuria Golf Course

Award winning Constance Lemuria Golf Course

 

Seychelles – award winning golf course

Golf enthusiasts can head to the only golf course in the Seychelles at Constance Lémuria Resort.

The award winning 18-hole course is a par 70, and covers an area of 5,556m. It offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

Lémuria Golf borders enchanting beaches along the Small Kerlan Cove and Grand Kerlan Cove, and incorporates a series of waterways with margins of endemic palms and broadleaf woodland.

Find out more about the holes at Lémuria Golf and the course map.

Read more about the golfers’ paradise at Constance Lémuria

Book your lessons or tee time online

Registered hotel guests can use our online concierge service to book your lessons at the golf academy in Mauritius, or your tee time for any of the courses:

 

Customer reviews: 'Heaven on earth'

Recent customers to our Constance resorts in Mauritius, the Seychelles and Maldives have posted some great feedback on Trip Advisor. Naturally, we want to share these with you.

Here are some of the most recent comments:

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli beach view, Seychelles

Breathtaking views across the beach at Constance Halaveli, Seychelles

‘Heaven on earth’ from Julieboulton5

Best holiday we have ever had and we have travelled all over the globe. Excellent in every way. Everybody should go here at least once in their life time. If you want a place to completely relax and unwind, eat and drink the best, be pampered by the best of staff, and be surrounded by beauty on this paradise island, then Constance Halaveli Resort is for you.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent you cannot go wrong

‘Heaven, peace and relaxation combined in one’ from ACS21

Excellent rooms, service. Friendly staff, comfort and you feel as you are a VIP.

Constance Moofushi dining on the beach

Beach dining at Constance Moofushi, Maldive

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

‘Nice house reef, good value for money’ from lovemoofushi

Just came back, enjoyed everything. The resort has very nice house reef. Suggest to book the seaplane schedule in advance, otherwise u might need to take the 7:00 seaplane to the resort, this is no good if u arrived Male at late flight.

Check out is 12:00pm , if u have late flight, should consider something to do for the rest of the day. The resort is quite full for the moment. The food is fine, good variety. pleasure to stay. I would highly recommend.

‘Perfect Maldivian Island’ from Tracy187

We stayed in a Water Villa on Moofushi last week, mid May. As per other reviews yes they are a good walk away from the main area but that makes them pretty private as you can snorkel straight off the steps of your water villa and we hardly saw anybody in the water there. The villas were also very luxurious with some unique design elements to it which I loved.

The food in the main restaurant was great, take lunch up on the covered area off the main restaurant and watch sharks and fish whilst eating. The staff were also lovely and even carried our plates up to our seats for us as we came back from the buffet, not that our plates were that heavy! A very sweet touch.

The pool is really lovely and relaxing with hardly anybody in it and literally a stroll away from the clearest water imaginable. The All Inclusive package is rare on 5* islands and a great idea and its lovely to be able to just grab drinks from the mini bar if you are relaxing on your decking. If you have any doubts at all, just go – you will love it as much as me!

Main building  and pool at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Main building at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

‘Enchanting’ from charlot74

We return from the Seychelles excited! After staying on Mahé (Ephélia) we spent a week at Lemuria Resort on Praslin: Top of the Top “Chateau” … beauty, charm, luxury, peace ….. Excellent reception. Exceptional location, beautiful architecture, built in granite boulders and lush vegetation, cascading infinity pool is also built into the rocks: magnificent.

Read more of this review on Trip Advisor in French or select the translate button on the Trip Advisor website.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Villas at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

‘Top service – the best hotel in Mauritius’ from Rennscheier

This was our 2nd stay at the Prince Maurice. The service and especially the good food we liked most definitely. Certainly a top destination for golfers. This was our 7th stay in Mauritius. We have stayed in many good hotels in Mauritius (Touessrok, Dinarobin, Paradise Cove ..) Our favorite is the Prince Maurice.  Tip: book half board – you will not regret it …

Beach picnic at Anse Georgette, Seychelles

Our corporate chef Bruno Le Gac regularly shares some of the great culinary experiences on offer at our Constance hotels.

This week the spotlight is on the luxury beach picnic in the Seychelles.

Anse Georgette beach at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Anse Georgette beach at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

The beach of Anse Georgette is located at Constance Lémuria Resort on Praslin in the Seychelles.

Regarded as one of the world’s top 10 beaches, Anse Georgette has been left untouched and in pristine condition.

No bar. No restaurant. No beach cabana. No loungers.

The beach is just a few minutes walk or quick golf cart ride from the main reception at Constance Lémuria, through mango and sea-coconut trees, and other tropical plants.

Fresh beach picnic at Anse Georgette, Seychelles

Fresh beach picnic at Anse Georgette, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

If want to enjoy a full day on this glorious beach, try our beach picnic experience. Delivered straight to where you’re sitting, the picnic comes in a fabulous basket and includes delicious snacks such as:

  • open sandwich with home-smoked big game fish
  • Creole style chicken kebabs
  • grilled Seychellois vegetables tossed with coriander pesto and al-dente pasta
  • local seasonal fruits.

It’s an experience not to be missed.

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.