10 tips for planning a family holiday

Looking for inspiration for your next family holiday? Here are our 10 tips for planning a luxury getaway with the kids in tow.

Family holidays at Constance

Family holidays at Constance

1. Get everyone involved in picking the destination

Make children feel like it really is their holiday too by involving them in the planning. Give them a choice of destinations and then have a family vote.

2. Book family-friendly accommodation

It may sound obvious but make sure the place you want to stay genuinely welcomes chidren, and that the accommodation is spacious enough to fit you all in comfortably. A villa within a resort can be a luxurious home away from home giving everyone the space you need.

3. Check what the hotel provides before you go

Lighten your load considerably by checking what the hotel provides for children. At Constance you can ask our online concierge for everything from cots and high chairs to armbands and beach toys.

4. Get the kids inspired with fun local facts

Find out about your destination before you go. Fun facts like Mauritius was home to the Dodo, or that pirates’ treasure is still hidden in the Seychelles will help children engage with their new surroundings.

5. Give them their own travel pack

Keeping kids occupied on a long-haul flight can be a challenge so pack a special bag of engrossing goodies which you can give them as they board the plane.

6. Don’t just stick to the children’s menu

Try and encourage children to try some of the local cuisine. Pick something not too far out of their comfort zone so they’re more likely to give it a try.

7. Create a family challenge to try new things

Challenge everyone one in the family, mum and dad included, to try something new. Constance offers a range of activities from waterskiing, sports fishing and scuba diving to yoga and cookery classes.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

8. Spend some time alone

It’s great to spend time together as a family but everyone benefits from time alone too. Take advantage of the complimentary Constance Kids’ Club and spend an hour or two reading that book that’s been lying around for months, enjoy a nap without interruptions or visit the spa for some rejuvenating treatments.

9. Make time for playtime

With so much on offer it can be tempting to fill your time with planned activities but make sure you leave plenty of time to just go with the flow of the day as it unfolds.

10. Enjoy time just as adults

It can be hard for parents to share time alone on a family getaway but remember this is your holiday too. Take advantage of our babysitting service to share a cocktail in the bar and a candlelit meal for two.

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Constance guide to a family holiday in Mauritius

There’s much more to Mauritius than perfect white sand beaches and turquoise waters. For families looking for a great climate, activities aplenty and a rich cultural heritage, Mauritius makes the ideal luxury family holiday destination.

Mauritius from the air

Mauritius from the air

Here’s our run down of the top 10 adventurous family days out in Mauritius:

1. Treetop Tracks Adventure Park

This treetop adventure park set above the heart of the Mauritius jungle is an exhilarating way to see the beautiful tropical interior of the island. The park has two treetop tracks you can follow with Nepalese bridges, knotted ropes and zip lines taking you and your family through the forest with awesome views of the Chamarel valley, the Piton Mountain and the Black River Nature Reserve.

2. Zip Lines Adventure

A thrilling way to explore the beautiful scenery of Rivière des Galets in the south of Mauritius this zip line adventure takes you past waterfalls, banana and sugar plantations and forest. Seven zip lines vary in length from 60m to 250m and take you through a range of stunning scenery. The zip lines are great for families with children over 4 years old. Many tours also offer a chance to swim in the waterfall pools so remember to take a swimming costume.

3. Feed giant tortoises at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes

See giant tortoises, monkeys and crocodiles amongst other fascinating inhabitants of the Indian Ocean islands at this beautiful animal-rearing park. Follow one of the park guides through the shady, leafy nature trails and discover the unique species of the island, then feed the giant tortoises some of which are nearing 100 years old.

Walking with lions

Walking with lions

4. Take a pirate cruise to Ile aux Cerfs

Bring history alive for any children with a spirit of adventure with this trip on a wooden sailing ship, a replica of a genuine pirate ship. On board, kids will love the pirate show with live music and dance while cruising along the southeast coast of Mauritius before arriving at the beautiful island of Ile aux Cerfs where a pirate lunch is served. Other stops include a river trip up to a waterfall, and a swimming and snorkelling stop off at the stunning Ile aux Aigrettes.

5. Hiking adventure in the Yemen Natural Reserve Park

An adventurous day of walking, zip lining, climbing rope ladders and swimming in natural pools in the stunning surrounding of the Yemen Natural Reserve Park on the west coast. Swim through a canyon, take Nepalese bridges across ravines, hike through the jungle with a local guide who can tell you all about the local flora and fauna.

6. Explore the Indian Ocean in a submarine

Seize the opportunity for you and your family to become submariners for the day on a trip to the bottom of the ocean. Give your kids the chance to explore the beauty of the Mauritian reefs with all their vibrant inhabitants and explore a genuine shipwreck from the safety of a real submarine.

7. View Mauritius from the air in a micro-light aircraft

See the stunning island of Mauritius from the air in a private flight in a micro-light aircraft or helicopter. Fly close enough to really see the beauty of this unique island over land and sea and create the memories of a lifetime for you and your family.

Mauritius Aquarium

Mauritius Aquarium

8. Eyeball a shark at the Mauritius Aquarium

With a unique ‘walk the ocean floor’ experience and a touch pool so that kids can experience feeling and feeding some of the local marine life this is an experience not to be missed. The aquarium houses over 200 species of fish as well as several species of shark, invertebrates, live coral and sponges all of which are found in the wild of the Indian Ocean.

9. Make a splash at Le Waterpark at Belle Mare

Take a break from the beach for a bit of high octane water fun at the 25 acre waterpark on the east coast. Rides and slides abound with such names as ‘crazy river’, ‘giant slide’, ‘mountain skull’ and the ominously titled ‘black hole’. There’s plenty here to keep the kids, and more adventurous parents, busy all day.

10. Walk with lions at the Casela Nature Park

While the walking with lions is strictly for older kids (15 years and over) youngsters can still see the big cats and other animals including giraffes and ostriches from the safety of the safari bus. This is also a wild bird sanctuary so look out for the pink pigeon and other rare birds while you’re here.

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Complimentary kids’ club at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Set your children free to create their own memorable holiday adventure at the newly re-launched Constance Kids’ Club.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The clubs create an exciting opportunity for your children to meet new friends of their own age (4-11 years old) from around the world, to try new things and explore their thrilling new holiday environment.

Kids’ Club staff

Our friendly, qualified staff will put the fun into exploring our unique island locations with organised scavenger and treasure hunts as well as the chance to try out making local crafts and cooking local treats.

Activities on offer at Constance Kids’ Clubs

Children can play games on the lush green lawns of the Kids’ Clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia, or have fun outdoors under the shade of the local trees in the verdant Kids’ Club outdoor play area at Lémuria.

We know that kids like to do things at their own pace so our clubs are divided into separate play areas housed in cool open-sided rooms or outside areas so that each child can decide for themselves how they want to get involved.

Areas include:

Face painting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Face painting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

  • Swimming pool – a fenced, supervised pool where kids can free play as well as take part in organised games.
  • Open play – a space where kids can interact, play games, watch movies, rehearse and put on shows.
  • Arts and crafts – a chance to get creative with local crafts or old favourites.
  • Kitchen and eating – a chance to try their culinary skills and a place to eat.
  • Computer area – a place for the kids to go online with supervised internet access as well as a place for Wii and PlayStation tournaments.
  • Quiet corner – a place for quiet time out, sleep or reading.
  • Imaginative play area – with play kitchen and work space, popular with our youngest guests.

All the Kids’ Clubs are designed to be welcoming and inviting to our younger guests with bright coloured furniture, comfortable floor cushions and soft sofa seating areas.

Each destination’s club has its own unique style that kids will love. At Lémuria they can whizz down the slide into powder soft sand under the play equipment while at Le Prince Maurice they can play on the terrace with a view of the ocean or keep cool in the various spacious open-sided palm-thatched rooms.

Meal times

Meals are served at the Kids’ Club and follow the same principles of fresh healthy ingredients lovingly prepared that is found in the restaurants throughout the resorts.

Culinary fun at Constance Lemuria

Culinary fun at Constance Lemuria

Children are encouraged to try new and exciting flavours as well as healthy takes on old favourites but any food aversions are catered for and parents are welcome to talk through their children’s needs with staff at the club.

Opening hours

Luxury is all about flexibility and that extends to the Kids’ Club. Register your child with the Kids’ Club at any point during your stay and then they can come and go whenever you want to sign them in and out. We know that some days you’ll only want to check them in for an hour or not at all but don’t be surprised when they beg you to let them stay with their new friends for the whole day.

After the clubs close in the evening parents and children are welcome to come and hang out and play on the play equipment and climbing frames.

For those who simply can’t get enough, or if you want the chance to enjoy a bit of adult company and perhaps some fine dining at the end of the day, we also run a program of evening entertainment including a weekly pyjama party.

A babysitting service is also available for later nights and for babies and younger children.

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Babymoons in the Indian Ocean

Your first pregnancy can be a magical time, and more and more couples are making the most of this special time by scheduling a holiday together before the baby arrives – otherwise known as babymoons.

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

What to look for in a ‘babymoon’

The babymoon is an opportunity for a last hurrah of sumptuous, grown-up living before you enter the exciting world of life with a baby. In other words it can be a time to indulge in the finer things – a luxury beach resort, spa treatments, romantic moments, and divine dining.

With locations across the Indian Ocean, Constance Hotels & Resorts are proving a popular choice for a secluded 5* getaway for just the two of you. With our emphasis on warm, attentive service we ensure that your last trip away pre-parenthood will create memories that last a lifetime, and many a baby-induced sleepless night.

Make it a romantic break for two

Savour your time together in the romantic getaway resorts of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina. Relax in the laidback vibe of these barefoot resorts where secluded hammocks swing outside your villa and it’s easy to find a quiet spot to spend time alone together.

Lounge on the beach watching movies under the stars and eating food fresh from the ocean.

Or splash out and enjoy the ultimate luxury of a beachfront villa with your own private pool at Le Prince Maurice or a water villa floating over a lagoon with its own infinity pool at Halaveli.

If you’re looking for total romantic seclusion why not try a hillside villa at Ephelia, where you can lounge in your own infinity pool overlooking glorious views of the Seychelles.

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Indulge in 5* luxury

It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re pregnant but at Constance we will do our best to ensure that’s exactly what you get.

At Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli we will draw you a fragrant candlelit bath for you to relax in before climbing between Egyptian cotton sheets, in vast beds. Select the perfect pillow from our menu. If getting comfortable is an issue just let us know and we’ll provide as many pillows as you need to get a good night’s sleep.

Service has always been at the centre of what we do at Constance so whatever you’re needs, or cravings, we’ll do our best to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday.

Delicious, healthy food

Eating for two means making sure that what you eat is fresh and healthy for you and your baby. At Constance the 5* chefs use only the best, fresh local ingredients to create sumptuous dishes across all our restaurants.

Whether you want to indulge in elegant fine dining or just feel like a smoothie and salad by the beach, you can be sure that everything is prepared with the utmost care from the very best fresh ingredients.

For a truly memorable dining experience we can even organise dinner on a secluded section of beach or under the stars in your own villa. At Moofushi you can dine by torchlight on your own secluded sandbank.

Unwind at the Shiseido Spa, Ephélia

Unwind at the Spa

Sumptuous spa treatments for mothers-to-be

Ease tired feet and aching muscles with a trip to one of the luxurious Spa de Constance’s. Highlights of our special prenatal treatments include:

  • A Fabulous Beauty Treatment for Mothers-to-be at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice

A gentle, full massage with light, smooth movements to drain away tension from the body.

  • Valmont Mother to be Package at Valmont Spa, Halaveli

A body scrub to improve circulation, a gentle massage with moisturisation using Valmont products and a facial.

  • Prenatal massage at Spa de Constance, Lémuria

A 60-minute total body massage designed to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic system.

Reconnect with your changing body

Calm the spirit and prepare your body for childbirth with one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Discover the inner calm brought about by adopting Pranayama breathing or take time to welcome the sun with gentle sunrise yoga sessions or sunset meditation sessions at Lémuria.

Join fitness guru and personal trainer Isabelle Lamant for yoga on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and get expert advice on fitness during and after pregnancy.

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Time to play

Dads-to-be can get out on the ocean sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing or fishing, or if you’re after something a little more high-octane there are motorised water sports available at Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia, Halaveli and Prince Maurice.

All destinations offer awe-inspiring opportunities to discover the hidden beauty of the Indian Ocean with diving and snorkelling opportunities.

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Luxury family villa: a 5* home away from home

Imagine a family holiday which combines the space and freedom of having your own private family villa with the luxury, indulgence and facilities of staying in a 5* hotel.

Double storey villa at Constance Halaveli Resort

Double storey villa at Halaveli

That illusive combination of style, space, privacy and service with the lavish facilities of a luxury hotel was the inspiration for our villas with their own exclusive butler service, private gardens and pools.

Spend days water skiing, scuba diving, sunbathing, luxuriating in the Spa de Constance.

Travelling with kids

If you’re travelling with your kids, let them experience the adventure that is the Constance Kids’ Club before returning to the peaceful haven of your own villa for precious time reconnecting as a family.

Venture out to explore the variety of delicious dining options or spend a quiet night in around your own table with the in-villa dining option.

Villa butler

Your villa butler will be on hand to organise excursions, book spa treatments, arrange meals as well as seeing to any other needs you and your family might have.

Constance Belle Mare Plage – Mauritius

Relax and unwind in the sumptuous space of our beautiful palm-thatched, two-storey villas set amidst stunning landscaped lakes and gardens close to the beach at the peaceful northern end of the resort.

Constance Lemuria Presidential Villa

Constance Lemuria Presidential Villa, Seychelles

The two double bedrooms are laid-out over two floors so that once you’ve put the kids to bed you can come downstairs and enjoy your evening in the spacious living quarters and outside dining areas without disturbing them.

Children enjoy the private garden with a terrace and pool while older kids can venture out to explore the beach beyond.

Constance Le Prince Maurice – Mauritius

Choose between the ultra luxe space of the beachside villas at Le Prince Maurice or the spacious Family Suites with an extra kids’ bedroom.

High-rafted ceilings, elegant colonial-style decoration and vast, spacious rooms full of light create a stylish boutique vibe. In the villas, kids can play in the private pool or a few steps beyond and they’re on the perfect white sand beach and the calm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Constance Halaveli – Maldives

Enjoy the peace and seclusion of your own two-storey palm-thatched villa set in a garden of verdant palms and tranquil pools. The spacious, cool accommodation is set over two floors giving you and your family room to spread out.

Located on the quiet southern side of the island, all family villas are set on the beautiful beach, a short walk from the hotel’s amenities and Kids’ Club.

Hillside villa at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Hillside villa at Ephelia

Constance Ephélia – Seychelles

Set in the lush hills and stunning mangrove forest to the west of the resort and close to the beach, the family villas at Ephélia have two or three bedrooms, sleeping up to six people.

The large gardens with pristine pools and cool, spacious living space laid out in sleek modern woods and stone give the villa an elegant, laid back, welcoming feel.

Presidential villas – for an extra touch of luxury

Experience a little extra luxury in the ultra luxe Presidential Villas at Constance Lémuria, Halaveli, Ephélia, Le Prince Maurice or Belle Mare Plage.

All Presidential Villas include up to three double bedrooms, two swimming pools and staff on hand to look after all you and your family’s needs.

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Luxury holiday kids’ clubs

We’re upping the stakes in the luxury family holidays sector with the makeover of our complimentary Constance Kids’ Club.

Girl on beach at Constance Halaveli

Girl on beach at Constance Halaveli

With a new name, comes new discovery and memorable experiences to last a lifetime.

Our younger guests aged 4-11 are invited to unleash their spirit and adventure at Constance Kids’ Club, where discovery will be a key part of each daily theme.

Fully trained and enthusiastic Coordinators will be leading trips of island exploration, local crafts, culinary activities and scavenger hunts to name a few, encouraging kids to engage with their exciting, exotic holiday location.

The facility and activities will provide opportunities for children from various countries to interact and play with other children in or around their own age group.

Space to play and be

Our new Kids’ Club areas will give children the space they need to be themselves and take part in what they’re interested in. The clubs will be divided into separate areas to help children feel comfortable and encourage them to take part in the complimentary activities.

The reception area will welcome parents and children to register for the program whether the kids are ready to join in on the fun right then, or come back at another time. Cubbies will be provided for all children.

An open play space will host dance parties, talent shows and even a place to perform a circus for parents. A new theme day will use this space as well as the culinary kitchen where the children will create their own pizzas, make ice cream and enjoy some smoothie sweets and treats.

Children on trampoline at Le Prince Maurice

Family friendly Le Prince Maurice

Arts and Crafts

In the new Arts and Crafts space, the Constance destination will help determine what local crafts the children will be creating. From palm frond weaving to bamboo rain sticks by way of traditional favourites such as decorating cookies and cupcakes.

Computers, Wii and PlayStation

What children’s space wouldn’t be complete without a little technology?

The computer station allows children supervised internet access where they can play games and participate in creative projects. Gamers will also have fun when it comes time for Wii play and PlayStation tournaments.

Outdoor space

For our younger guests whose imagination is at their peak, there is even a space to create their own fun.

Children can enjoy the outdoor space and swimming pools, which provides fun for all ages from swimming relays to tag games.

Opening hours and evenings

Most of our hotels and resorts provide playground equipment that’s available after the club has closed for the day, allowing parents to join in playtime with their children.

The newly remodelled Kids’ Club will be open every day so you can choose whether you would prefer to book the kids in by the hour or for the full day.

You can also indulge in some grown-up time in the evenings with our babysitting service. Or if the kids just want to have more fun then we have a programme of evening entertainment so they can hang out with their friends while you hang out with yours. Kids’ evening programs include Food Frenzy, Minute Madness and a Pajama Party.

Kids club at Constance Hotels  & Resorts

Kids club at Constance

Constance Kids’ Clubs at our hotels and resorts

With an official launch at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius during the first week in July, the new Constance Kids’ Club will be available at:

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