Tsarabanjina – a special garden in the Indian Ocean

Madagascar has always been a land of promise to travellers attracted by the island’s unique natural environment. The lush tropical forests of Tsarabanjina hold many magnificent prizes for nature lovers.

Traveller's Palm, Madagascar

Traveller’s Palm, photo taken by Fabrice Rose

Highlights amongst its exotic flora include:

The Traveller’s Palm – No-one is quite sure of the origin of this nickname for the ravenala madagascariensis. One theory says that it was considered a gift for thirsty travellers because of the rainwater held in its stems. Another theory says its name came from the fact that its fans tends to grow in an east-west direction making it a crude compass for lost travellers. In fact the plant is not even a true palm but a member of the bird-of-paradise family with similar white flowers.

Vanilla – Not indigenous to the island, vanilla has become one of the island’s most important exports, its lush, tropical climate making it ideal for growing the beautiful, fragrant plant. In order to harvest the prized pods growers can wait up to 5 years for the vine to mature and flower.

Pachypodium – this thick green spiny tree is related to group of succulent spine-bearing trees and shrubs native to Africa and belongs to the dogbane family.

Come and stay with us on Tsarabanjina and let our expert guides show you around this beautiful island and introduce you to these and other fascinating species on a series of guided walks.

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Indian Ocean jewel

Imagine an island as untouched as the one Robinson Crusoe discovered. Mix that with barefoot chic and world-class facilities and you have Constance Moofushi Resort.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Myrthe Strijbos from The Style Junkies writes about discovering the Jewel Island.

As a frequent traveller I love unspoiled places where you get a taste of seclusion and sheer beauty.

The Maldives were always number one on my must-go travel list. This gorgeous country is, by most estimations, the closest you get to paradise on earth and the ideal choice for lovebirds.

In March my boyfriend and I visited the Indian Ocean jewel and discovered it for ourselves. I can easily say that for experiencing that feeling of going back to nature, indulging in sun drenched days and star studded nights, the Maldives is where it’s at.

The journey by seaplane to this barefoot idyll is a pleasure for the eye – breathtaking views of the azure blue sea, sandy little islands surrounded by turquoise reefs and glorious skies.

Diving at Constance Moofushi

Diving at Constance Moofushi

For a dive junkie, this laid-back yet luxurious resort is a paradise, and considered one of the best dive spots in the South Ari Atoll. And you can see why when you catch your first glimpse of the spectacular soft coral reefs and the giant mantas gliding by.

As you would expect, the accommodation is as spectacular as the location. A quarter of the 110 thatched villas are on the beach, while the water villas and senior water villas are on two jetties, each with a stairway down to the azure lagoon and a private deck.

At Moofushi they capture the best tropical ambiance, the beauty of the location, and the exotic flavours of the Maldives.

And they’ve rewritten the rule book on all-inclusives. Opt for the Crystal Package and you get all meals at Manta Restaurant, drinks (yes, as much cocktails and wine as you want!), mini bar, and more.

What else is there to do…

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Beach villa at Moofushi

Reach the perfect state of well being and deep relaxation at Le Spa Constance, and for yoga try a lesson from yogi Manish. Check out the water sport centre for surfing, kayaking or sailing. Meanwhile, back on dry land you can siesta on hammocks, chill by the pool or just soak up the sun… Atoll life is good.

 

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The Style Junkies 

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Diving at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Beautiful coral reefs, turtles, jack fishes, crocodile fishes, scorpion fishes, sponge gardens, balloon fish, grey and white-dotted sharks and giant loaches are just some of the vibrant ocean life you can experience off the coast of Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

There’s a range of fantastic dives to choose from, depending on your level of experience. Find out more about the Top 5 diving sites off Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of the sea creatures you’re likely to see at Tsarabanjina – with more photos on our Facebook page.

Clown fish, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Clown fish, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

 

Peroquet, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Peroquet, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Honeymoon on a paradise island

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Your honeymoon is one of the most personal holidays you’ll ever go on.

If you’re looking for a location that’s fit for the job, imagine this: white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and divine suites and villas that seem made for romance.

Whether it’s the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles or Madagascar, each hotel is set amidst a tropical landscape that’s vast enough to offer you a delicious sense of seclusion, combined with the personal service we’re renowned for.

Special honeymoon packages

Beach service at Le Prince Maurice

Beach service at Le Prince Maurice

Our honeymoon packages vary between each resort.

They include excellent savings on the cost of your honeymoon, flowers in your room upon arrival, candles in the bathroom at bedtime, candlelit gourmet dinners and gifts before departure.

Check the Constance Hotels Experience website for details of current special honeymoon offers.

Fun and games

One of the great things about staying in a 5* luxury hotel is you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. There are plenty of activities from watersports and diving, to spa treatments and golf on championship courses. 

And if that all sounds too much like hard work, you can simply lounge by the pool, enjoy the beach service, or hunker down in your suite and take in the view.

Senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

Senior water villa at Moofushi

If you want to know more about what it’s like to stay with Constance, read our post on the essence of the Constance Hotels experience.

Did you go on honeymoon with Constance?

If you went on honeymoon to one of our resorts, we’d love to hear from you.

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Mauritius – top 10 ideas for a day on the water

The beautiful turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean are a big draw for most people who visit Mauritius.

Here are 10 great ways to spend the day on these sublime waters.

Diving in Mauritius

Diving in Mauritius

1. Diving and snorkelling
Undoubtedly, diving and snorkelling are on most people’s must-do list when they visit Mauritius, and it delivers in spades. There are some 23 dive centres on the island, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice. Visibility is good – the best time of year for diving is October-April, although you can still dive in calm waters for the rest of the year.

2. Blue Bay Marine Park
On the South East tip of Mauritius sits Blue Bay Marine Park – one of the best spots on the island for snorkelling. This national park is home to 38 coral species and 72 fish species including wrasse, parrotfish, goatfish, damsel fish and eeltail catfish.

Waterskiing in Mauritius

Water skiing in Mauritius

3. Head out to Ile aux Cerfs
Rent a speedboat with an experienced skipper and head out to Ile aux Cerfs off the east coast of the island. This tiny island is renowned for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and many watersport activities. Snorkel, swim or try your hand at water skiing before feasting at one of the island’s restaurants. Some speed boat tours can arrange a lobster BBQ on the beach.

4. Deep sea fishing
Mauritius is the ideal destination to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Just 1km off the coast, the water measures 70m deep. Here you can expect to catch tuna, shark, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Half day and full day trips are offered by operators – ask at your hotel for details.

 

5. Kitesurfing and kiteboarding
If you’re looking for a rush of adrenalin, this should hit the spot. There are various kitesurfing schools on Mauritius where you can pick up the basics before heading out to the surf. The warm water of the Indian Ocean is a great place to try your hand at this fast and exhilirating sport.

6. Surfing
The West coast of Mauritius, at Le Morne and Tamarin Bay, attracts surfers from around the world. If you’re a novice, there are several surf schools located here where you can give it a try. Waves can reach approximately 8 feet.

7. Sea kayaking
Glide across the water in your kayak, and visit Ile d’Ambre just off the North East coast. Tamarin on the West is also a good starting point for a kayak trip.

8. Catamaran cruises
What could be more luxurious than hiring your own catamaran and sailing out for lunch or a sunset cruise? If there aren’t enough of you to justify a private hire, jump on board a tour and you could visit Grand River North East Waterfalls, Ile aux Cerfs and Trou d’Eau Douce fishermen’s village among others.

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

9. Swimming with dolphins
Dolphins continue to inspire awe in anyone who swims with them. A pod of spinner dolphins regularly swim off the West coast, at Flic en Flac. Organised tours will take you out to where they play and some give you the option to swim with the dolphins, accompanied by experienced guides.

10. Undersea walk
Don the weird headgear, and you can walk freely underwater while fish swim around you. It’s a bit like snorkelling except you’re upright and no breathing exercises or techniques are required. Check at your hotel for details.

If you’re heading to Mauritius, get inspired with some of our other articles about the island: