Is it time for a digital detox?

As we look forward to some time off, many of us are thinking about clocking-off and going on holiday. But in our permanently switched-on society, it’s become the norm to check emails from the beach while trying to make the most of our time away from the office.

North Beach, Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

North Beach, Constance Ephelia Resort

So it’s no surprise that one of the biggest trends of 2012 is for a digital detox – people seeking out ‘cold spots’ where technology doesn’t reign and you can’t use your phone.

In an article for The Sunday Times Style Magazine, Martin Raymond co- founder of the trend forecasting think tank The Future Laboratory says, ‘Increasingly, we’re seeing that people are craving more time to contemplate and meditate. The brain needs to think and relax, to find head space to come up with solutions and be creative… Being constantly connected is proving to be a problem. We need to give people time alone to get off the grid.’

If this sounds familiar, and makes you anxious just thinking about it, use some of your downtime to find the perfect holiday escape.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Our Constance hotels offer the ideal bolt hole, where you can immerse yourself in a world of natural beauty. While we won’t ask you to check in your laptop and iPhone, you will be able to indulge in walking barefoot on powder soft sand, swimming in the ocean with brightly coloured marine life, and dining al fresco under beautiful star-lit skies.

And these treasured moments will last a lifetime in your memory.

While making changes to your everyday life can significantly reduce your stress levels, taking a break from it all can make it easier to instigate that change.

Find out more about our 7 resorts in 4 stunning locations from our Constance Hotels Experience website.

Top 5 reasons to head to Constance Lémuria

If you’re looking for 5* luxury and romance in a breathtaking location, Constance Lémuria is the place to be.

Beach at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Beautiful setting for Lemuria

Here are our 5 top reasons to head to Lémuria this year.

1. Enjoy the Seychelles’ leading resort

At the most recent World Travel Awards – the industry equivalent of the Oscars – Lémuria was voted the Seychelles’ Leading Resort. And with good reason.

All suites and villas are situated right on the beach, just metres from the shoreline. Chic contemporary design throughout makes this a place where you’ll feel utterly indulged.

2. Play golf in paradise

Boasting the only golf course in the Seychelles, many golfers hail the 18-hole championship course as one of the most beautiful in the world.

With a Par 70, it offers a challenge to all level of players. Coaching is available, and we offer complimentary green fees and golf buggies to all hotel guests.

18-hole championship golf course, Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Championship golf course

Find out more about golf at Lémuria.

3. Explore some of the world’s finest beaches

Set on the island of Praslin, you’ll have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world as your playground. Anse Georgette, Anse Kerlan and Anse Lazio all regularly feature on must-see lists. Powder soft sand, crystal clear waters, turtle nesting sites, palm trees, and not a beach bar in sight. Pure, natural wonder.

4. Indulge at our first-rate spa

Our award-winning spa offers a fabulous range of pampering treatments, from both Spa de Constance and Shiseido. Treat yourself to time out from the hectic pace of everyday life and restore some inner equilibrium. Popular treatments include hot stone massage, hydrotherapy, Indian, Thai, Ayurvedic and Shiatsu massages, Golfer’s Tonic Treatment and our special honeymoon spa package. Find out more about our spa menu.

5. Savour the cuisine at our world-class restaurants

Beach Bar Grill, Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Beach Bar Grill

At Lémuria, we blend traditional Seychellois flavours with fine international cusine. The locations for our 3 restaurants create an intimate dining experience, and our 4 bars offer a wonderful space to sip on a few sundowner cocktails and breathe in the night air.

Looking for a great deal?

Take advantage of our late deal offer to Constance Lémuria - book before 31 August 2012 for 7 nights or more, and we’ll give you a 30% discount on your holiday. Subject to availability. Check dates and book your holiday on our Constance website.

Taking the seaplane to Constance Halaveli and Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Constance Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Moofushi

After a lengthy flight to get to Maldives International Airport, the thrill of taking the sea plane to reach Halaveli and Moofushi is like an elixir to the soul.

Upon arrival at the international airport, guests are welcomed by our airport team and taken to the private Constance lounge. Here you can freshen up before heading to the seaplane departure gates.

Arriving by seaplane gives you a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of your resort before you arrive.

First hand account from local barefoot pilot

Here, one of the barefoot pilots, Hamdhan Mohamed, gives us an insight into this incredible experience.

As a local barefoot pilot, I may be biased when I say this but I’m always mesmerised by the beauty of the Maldives from the air. The sparkling shades of blue and jade green that capture the heart. There isn’t another place in the world that comes close to the majestic pearls of the Indian Ocean. They’re truly breathtaking.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

When guests first spot Halaveli or Moofushi from the air they get very excited. Some move from one window to the other, pointing and showing the island to their family while others take out their cameras and capture the memory that way. 

Total joy are the words that come to mind when I’m describing the guests’ experience of seeing the resorts from the air.

Have you taken the sea plane?

If you’ve got photos from your sea plane flight to Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, we’d love to see them.

You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them  to us @constancehotels.

Wedding bliss at Constance Moofushi

If you’re looking for a beautifully romantic location for your wedding, Constance hotels offer a luxury experience in some of the most breathtaking locations in the world.

Mr and Mrs Smazhenny

Mr and Mrs Smazhenny at Moofushi

Mr and Mrs Smazhenny spent a wonderful month at Moofushi, in our fabulous beach and water villas. During their stay they organised their wedding and then enjoyed the utter bliss of the resort on their wedding day.

We worked with them to make sure it was a magical experience for them and their guests. Highlights of their wedding day included:

  • a delicious breakfast, followed by a morning spa in a spa treatment double room, including a massage and facial for bride and groom
  • a romantic ceremony at the Manta Bar, specially decorated for the occasion
  • a tree planting ceremony so that they could commemorate their special day on Moofushi Island, and see how it has grown when they next return 
  • a special candlelit dinner at Alizée Beach restaurant, with wine chosen by our sommelier
  • delicious wedding cake – vanilla and chocolate with fruit topping
  • rose petal turndown in their villa on wedding night
  • fishing with our diving centre
  • watching a film of their wedding day on the beach later that night.

Check out the great photos of Mr and Mrs Smazhenny’s wedding day that we’ve posted in a photo album on the Constance Facebook page.

And don’t miss our article about The Jewel Island: Constance Moofushi

Create your dream destination wedding at one our luxury hotels

Wedding day on the beach at Constance Lemuria

Wedding day on the beach at Constance Lemuria

Whatever your hopes and dreams for your future life together, everyone wants a wedding day that’s as all-out perfect as it can be.

Choosing the right location is one of the biggest decisions you need to make, as it sets the mood for your whole day.

Get married in paradise

Imagine being in a place so romantic, you feel punch drunk with delight. At Constance, our hotels are nestled on 4 paradise islands in the Indian Ocean.

Our wedding packages

We offer special 5* wedding packages designed to give you a personalised luxury experience. Our wedding planners work with you to organise your day exactly how you want it.

Wedding day boat trip in the Maldives

Wedding day boat trip in the Maldives

We can arrange the ceremony, flowers, music, photos, champagne, romantic meals, wedding cake, and transport.

We also offer a huge range of wedding-day extras such as boat trips, special spa treatments, candlelit and flower baths, a night under the stars, wedding breakfasts and more.

Each Constance resort offers its own package to suit the location and style of hotel. At Constance Halaveli, you can opt to sleep under the stars on your wedding night, while at Constance Moofushi, if you’re a certified diver, you can get married underwater.

Online gift service

Couple getting married on boat

Wedding day romance

Our online gift service means your loved ones can buy you gifts that you can use while staying at Constance – spa and beauty treatments, special meals, excursions around the islands are just a few.

Find out more

Check out the hotel websites below for more information, and start imagining yourselves romancing in a tropical paradise.

Mauritius

Seychelles

Maldives

Madagascar

Did you get married at one our hotels? We’d love you to share your experience or send us your photos. You can contact us or send photos via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Top 10 highlights of Madagascar

The varied landscape and unique wildlife are undoubtedly the highlights of the vast and remote island of Madagascar.

Local Mitsio fishermen in Madagascar

Local Mitsio fishermen in Madagascar

Here you’ll find 32 different types of lemurs, all endemic to Madagascar and 250 bird species - 106 of which are only found on the island.

We’ve put together our must-see list of the island for a truly epic experience, with links to more useful information.

And, we want to know what you think – do you have an all-time favourite place in Madagascar that should have made it onto our list? Or photos you want to share? You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

North Madagascar

1. Ankarana National Park

This national park is formed of a limestone massif with caves and canyons that have become home to many lemur and bird species.

2. Montagne d’Ambre National Park

This stunning landscape combines rainforest, volcanic massif and waterfalls. The park gets its name from the amber-coloured resin that drips from the trees here. You’ll find the crowned lemur, aye-aye, dwarf and rufous mouse lemurs. The reserve is also home to at least 11 species of chameleon including the tiny Brookesia minima.

3. Antsiranana

Gateway to both Montagne d’Ambre and Ankarana National Parks, Antsiranana is a brightly coloured port that retains a sense of its colonial past, with crumbling architecture and a deep water harbour.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa at Constance Tsarabanjina

4. Constance Tsarabanjina

Constance Tsarabanjina is situated in the Nosy Bé archipelago off the North-West coast. With unspoilt beaches and superb diving, Tsarabanjina offers a total get-away experience where barefoot luxury is the order of the day.  Hunker down or use it as a base for your Madagascan adventure.

East Madagascar

5. Ile Sainte Marie

This small tropical island sits off the east coast of Madagascar. The channel between the island and Madagascar is a great spot for whale watching as large groups of humpback whales come here to breed between July and October. Diving is also superb. Protected from sharks, the waters off Ile Sainte Marie are brimming with colourful corals and fish. Orchid lovers should head here in September, when the flowers are at their peak.

South West Madagascar

6. The Spiny Desert

Thorny trees make navigating this area very difficult for animals, and the wildlife here has had to adapt to survive in this hostile landscape. Visit the spiny desert and you’ll find the ring-tailed lemur, sifaka, Madagascar radiated tortoise and Grandidier’s mongoose.

7. Avenue of the Baobabs

Baobab trees in Madagascar

Baobab trees in Madagascar

Some of the tallest baobab trees are found along the avenue of trees near Morondava, a small beach town in the south west of Madagascar. Six of the world’s 8 baobab species are endemic to the island, and they can grow up to 30-40 metres.

8. Kirindy Reserve

This reserve is just north of Morondava. Madagascar’s dry tropical deciduous forest is under threat and this 10,000 hectare reserve offers a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the landscape. Here you’ll find several species of lemur including the pygmy mouse and nocturnal lemurs, as well as reptiles and amphibians.

9. Ifaty

This popular, laid back beach resort is renowned for its long beaches, surfing and whale spotting sites. If you’re up for an adrenalin shot, there’s also the opportunity to dive with sharks.

Central Highlands

10. Antananarivo

The lively Malagasy capital is surrounded by hills and rice paddy fields. You can enjoy some buzzing local city life, and visit museums, botanical gardens, markets, churches and restaurants.