When to go whale watching in Madagascar

Every year between June and November more than 7,000 humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to the waters of Madagascar to breed and calve.

Whale watching in Madagascar

Whale watching in Madagascar

During the mating season the male will put on dramatic displays of physical dominance and acrobatic stunts to vie for the attention of the females making for a truly awe-inspiring experience for spectators.

The government of Madagascar has put in place regulations to ensure that the whales are not disturbed or stressed by boats in the area. As a result most trips are hosted by experienced guides with a wealth of specialist knowledge.

One of the most amazing experiences for visiting whale watchers can be listening to the male’s unique whale song, one of the most complex vocal displays in the animal kingdom, via an on-board hydrophone.

Whale watching at Ile Ste Marie (June to September)

Situated on the Eastern shore of Madagascar this is an ideal place from which to watch the stunning mating rituals and calving of the whales.

Whale watching at Tsarabanjina/Nosy Be (August to November)

The migration through the waters off the North West coast of Madagascar is slightly later but you are still likely to see mothers with their calves and pods of whales showing off their breath-taking acrobatics.

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Constance Hotels triumphs in social media report of luxury hotels

Constance Hotels & Resorts has been placed first in the Top Small Luxury Hotel Brand category in the Top Luxury Hotel and Brand Report announced by ReviewPro, the leading provider of online reputation and social media analytics for the hospitality industry.

Luxury hotels: Constance Tsarabanjina

Luxury hotels: Constance Tsarabanjina

ReviewPro awarded Constance the top position in its Top 25 Best Performing Small Luxury Brands category based on a study of 839,593 guest reviews from sites including TripAdvisor, Booking, Expedia, Hotels.com and Google.

In a breakdown of the reviews analysed Constance was awarded:

  • Constance Hotels & Resorts is No 1 on the List of the 25 Top Performers in the Small Brands Category (hotel chains with less than 20 hotels), ahead of brands such as One & Only, Raffles Hotels, Six Senses Hotels and Dorchester Collection.
  • Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar is ranked 17th with a score of 96.9% among the best worldwide on the list of Individual Hotels 25 Top Performers. Tsarabanjina also ranked 8th out of 25 in terms of Guest Satisfaction with its location.
  • ReviewPro also positioned Constance Hotels & Resorts 7th in terms of Customer Service on the list of the Top 25 Performers in the Small Brands Category ahead of brands such as Peninsula, O&O, Leela Palace Hotels and Six Senses.

Putting our customers at the heart of social media

CEO of Constance Hotels & Resorts, Jean Jacques Vallet said “The continued growth of our social media activity means we are able to build deeper relationships with our guests through engaging content on our blog and social media platforms, as well as our website. This leads to more personalised luxury experiences.”

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5 unusual foods from Madagascar

Food in Madagascar is a gently spiced fusion of African, European and Asian culinary traditions creating a national cuisine unlike any other.

Foods from Madagascar: Royal romazava

Foods from Madagascar: Royal romazava

Here are 5 Malagasy dishes you’re unlikely to find beyond its beautiful shores.

Romazava

This is the national dish of Madagascar – a kind of stew made from zebu (beef), and sometimes pork. The meat is sautéed with ginger, garlic, tomato and onion and then left to simmer until ready to serve. It is usually served with a vary (rice) dish and sakay (a hot red pepper sauce). Check out our recipe for Royal Romazava, served at Constance Tsarabanjina.

Lasopy

This is a rich vegetable soup flavoured with veal bones. The bones are taken out before serving and the soup pureed and served in thick earthenware bowls.

Varenga

This delicious meat dish is made from slowly boiling beef with garlic and onion until it can be easily shredded and then roasted.

Vary amid ‘anana

A lightly spiced rice and vegetable dish in which the rice is cooked at the same time as a variety of vegetables, it may also sometimes include meat or fish. Again the Madagascans like to eat this with sakay pepper sauce.

Salady Voankazo

This is a popular dessert in Madagascar taking advantage of any fruit which happens to be in season including bananas, mangos, pineapples as well as strawberries and lychees. The fruit is cut up and served with a sweet syrup and vanilla extract.

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Condé Nast Traveller describes Tsarabanjina as ‘everyone’s secret favourite’

Lisa Grainger explains the dual charm of Constance Tsarabanjina as both a luxury retreat and natural paradise in her article for the March edition of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

Condé Nast Traveller describes Tsarabanjina as ‘everyone’s secret favourite’

Condé Nast Traveller describes Tsarabanjina as ‘everyone’s secret favourite’

She writes that the remote Madagascan island location with its hills and forests, two long beaches and only 25 wooden guest beach villas, make this the perfect place for guests to ‘live out their Robinson Crusoe fantasies’.

‘This is a no-shoes, no-news, hang-loose place,’ she says. ‘The air-conditioned thatched bandas, newly revamped by the island’s owners, Constance Hotels and Resorts, have all the basics – hot showers, capacious wardrobes, fridges with cold drinks – as well as outdoor banquettes and hammocks for afternoon snoozes, and fragrant coconut oil to drench sunburnt skin.’

While some guests spend their days relaxing in the sun on loungers or hammocks, others choose to get out to explore and experience some of the unique biodiversity of the island.

Grainger spent much of her time on Constance Tsarabanjina ‘fossil-hunting on the island’s fringe of weather-beaten, mineral-rich rocks, luminous with swirls of ochres and rusts, and cut through with black tongues of hardened lava’.

Another favourite pastime was diving the relatively unexplored waters around Tsarabanjina.

The vibrant coral reefs of Constance Tsarabanjina

The vibrant coral reefs of Constance Tsarabanjina

Grainger writes, ‘The underwater scenery is trippy in its theatricality, designed by a god inspired by Jackson Pollock and inhabited by hilariously overdressed creatures.’

Grainger also applauded the ‘simple but delicious’ food available in the restaurant at Tsarabanjina including fresh grilled seafood, handmade pastas and salads as well as drinks infused by the flavours of fresh local fruits.

Relax with the Cristal Package

Our Cristal package contributes to the laid-back vibe at Constance Tsarabanjina - from the moment you arrive you can relax knowing everything is taken care with all meals and a range of super-premium drinks included in the price.

To find out more about Constance Tsarabanjina or to make a booking visit our website: Constance Hotels and Resorts

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Trip Advisor recognises Constance at 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

We are thrilled that Trip Advisor has listed Constance Hotels and Resorts in its Top 10 Hotels awards for Mauritius, Maldives and Madagascar.

Constance Halaveli - Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Constance Halaveli – Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Our hotels were recognised in the Trip Advisor 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards in both the luxury and romance sector.

Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage have been named in:

Maldives

Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli have been named in the:

Madagascar

To see the full list of award winners or to share your Constance experience by writing your own review, visit the Trip Advisor website.

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Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean

Take a break from the frenzy of daily life and reboot your system with a spa break in the Indian Ocean.

Here’s a glimpse inside some of our spas in the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

 

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

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