Top 3 festivals in the Indian Ocean this October

 

Performer at Madajazzcar

Performer at Madajazzcar

Check out our pick of the best festivals taking place in the Indian Ocean right now.

Creole Festival, Seychelles

When: 23-30 Ocotber 2011
Where: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue Islands
What: The biggest cultural event of the Seychelles calendar, this 6-day long festival celebrates the traditions and culture of Creole life on the islands. It’s a riot of colour and music with floats, art fairs, dancing, food stalls and more.   
Stay: Constance Ephelia and Constance Lemuria

 

Madajazzcar, Madagascar

When: 3-15 October 2011
Where: Venues around the capital Antananarivo, and other towns on the island.
What: Renowned jazz festival that attracts local and international artists celebrating Malagasy music – Madajazzcar Facebook page and official Madajazzcar website.
Stay: Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

 

Hay Festival, Maldives

When: October/November 2012 (biennial)
Where: Male and Aarah, offering privileged public access to the Presidential Retreat Island.
What: Part of the stable of Hay Festivals, this biennial event launched in 2010 attracts big names to debate cultural, political and social issues of our time against a stunning tropical bacdrop.
Stay: Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi (book early to avoid disappointment).

 

 

Customer reviews: thank you for a fantastic holiday

Constance Belle Mare Plage, pool and bar

Constance Belle Mare Plage, pool and bar

We recently received a thank you note from two of our guests, Tiffany and Willie, who stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage last year. They had such a great time, we wanted to share their note with you:

“We just wanted to thank you and all of your staff for a fantastic holiday, we really enjoyed every minute!

And thank you so much again for the upgrade during our stay to the Le Prince Maurice which was just idyllic!!

I know that you said to us at the time that it was a good way to see some more of what Constance Hotels has to offer and this was a fantastic opportunity.

Aerial view of Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

As a result of this we have just booked our honeymoon at the Constance Moofushi for May 2012 straight after our wedding and really cannot wait!

So again a huge thank you and we haven’t hesitated to recommend Constance Hotels to anyone and everyone!”

Movie night on the beach at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

At our Constance Moofushi resort in the Maldives, couples can now enjoy an evening under the stars watching a film of their choice.

Couple enjoying movie night on the beach at Constance Moofushi

Movie night on the beach at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

A private area is set up on the beach where you can relax on comfortable loungers in front of the screen, and enjoy snacks, popcorn and drinks.

This chilled out evening is a great way to relax after a day’s diving or snorkelling on the reef.

Snorkeling paradise: The Maldives

The islands of the Maldives are a snorkeling paradise. The warm water, incredible diversity of marine life and exceptional visibility make the Maldives one of the top spots for snorkeling and scuba diving in the world.

Marine fish in the Maldives

Snorkeling in the Maldives

The islands, or atolls, are surrounded by coral reefs. Here, you can find some 70 different species of coral, and over 700 species of fish and other marine life.

What makes the Maldives so unique for snorkeling?

One of the things that makes snorkeling in the Maldives so appealing is that you get some amazing underwater experiences without having to don a tank and go scuba diving.

This makes it perfect for people who are a bit nervous about going too deep, as well as for children and anyone just wanting to explore the waters near their resort.

The best place for snorkeling is along the coral reefs. Many resorts, including Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli, have house reefs – a coral reef surrounding each resort. Here, you can see many rare species such as the Napoleon Wrasse, sharks, turtles, octopus, manta rays and eels. Many resorts also organise boat trips to some of the finest dive sites, also suitable for snorkeling.

Where to go snorkeling

Marine fish in anemone, Maldives

Marine fish in anemone, Maldives

Both the North and South Ari Atolls offer exceptional snorkeling conditions.

Constance Moofushi is renowned as being one of the finest diving resorts in the Maldives. For snorkelers, it’s also great news. There are three large lagoons and a superb house reef where you might see lion-fish, stingrays, dolphins, whale sharks and breathtaking corals.

Off Constance Halaveli, the house reef is exceptional and home to turtles, manta rays and sharks. With a very gentle current, this snorkelling site is perfect for anyone wanting to experience the magic of snorkelling without too much effort.

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 …

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.