The rise of luxury villa holidays

As more and more families choose an all-out holiday where grandparents go too, luxury villas are becoming a popular choice.

The presidential villas at Constance are just the ticket, with plenty of space and seclusion, giving them the feel of your very own private hotel within a luxury hotel.

And each luxury villa comes with its own Villa Master to make sure all your needs are met during your stay, with no request too big or too small.

Presidential Villas at Constance

Constance Le Prince Maurice:

Set on a secluded section of beach with dual-aspect views out across the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other, the Princely Suite is made up of 2 junior suites and 1 villa and comes with 2 private swimming pools and 3 separate terraces.

Luxury villa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Al fresco luxury at Le Prince Maurice

Constance Belle Mare Plage:

This beachfront villa has 3 bedrooms one of which has its own private sitting room and luxury bathroom including a private outdoor bathing area for baths under the stars. It has its own pool with a dining pavilion and terrace all with ocean views.

Presidential Villa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Presidential Villa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Lémuria:

Nestled into the granite rocks of a private beach the villa at Lémuria includes 3 suites, one complete with a terrace and hot tub with stunning ocean views, and a variety of spacious outdoor and indoor dining and relaxation areas. With 3 swimming pools spread across 3 separate terraces and a full staff, including a chef, to see to all your needs this is luxury on the grandest scale.

Presidential Villa, Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia:

Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from this 3 bedroom Seychellois villa perched in perfect isolation in the lush hillside above a secluded white-sand beach. Rich wooden floors merge seamlessly with the wraparound wooden terrace with its own infinity pool with views out across the ocean. The villa also features its own private gym and spa.

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

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Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, is a highlight of the international gastronomic calendar. Next year, the festival will celebrate its 9th year, taking place from 29 March to 6 April.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at Constance Hotels & Resorts

The festival pairs European Michelin-starred chefs with the best island cooks from across the Constance group in a week long competition.

The festival promotes an open sharing of ideas and culinary inspiration and techniques between the acclaimed chefs and their island counterparts.

Using only fresh local produce, sourced by the teams at the vibrant Mauritian market in Port Louis, each team must come up with an exciting, creative menu. This menu is then prepared by the island chefs on the final day and judged by a panel of leading culinary professionals.

The festival, a partnership between Constance Hotels & Resorts and the Relais Bernard Loiseau, was launched in 2006 to commemorate the chef Bernard Loiseau.

Guests at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice during the festival can look forward to a week of sumptuous meals prepared by the visiting chefs, demonstrations and a celebratory awards dinner.

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Luxury villa holidays in the Indian Ocean

Having the space and privacy to holiday in your own way and at your own pace, while indulging in the facilities of a 5* hotel, has seen the popularity of hotel villa holidays boom in recent years.

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The luxurious villa at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

At Constance, the selection of elegant, secluded villas provides guests with their own private retreat featuring stylishly decorated, spacious bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining areas as well as the benefit of your own butler, and a pool to dip in or lounge beside.

Alongside the luxurious accommodation are the 5* benefits of the hotel itself including spas, golf courses at Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria, a range of watersports, fitness suites and classes, a choice of restaurants and vibrant bars.

Butler service

Each villa comes with a dedicated villa master/butler on hand to make sure that your every need is met.

The villa master will see that your clothes are unpacked when you arrive and will then organise everything you need throughout your holiday, from spa treatments, water sports and excursions.

Room for all the family

Luxury villas can be the perfect solution for families who want to spend time together but also crave the space to spread out. Kids can play in private gardens and swim in their own pool before venturing to the beach beyond.

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Relax in your own spa villa at Constance Ephélia

Double storey villas mean that parents can put children to bed and then spend the evening downstairs without worries of waking them.

In-villa babysitting services provide parents with the freedom and peace of mind to venture out and enjoy some grown-up time taking and the chance to take advantage of the hotel and resort 5* facilities.

Constance’s range of luxury villas

At Constance Hotels & Resorts we have a range of luxury villas to suit every need.

  • Beach villas – available at all Constance hotels and resorts
  • Water villas – available at Moofushi, Halaveli, Le Prince Maurice
  • Family villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli, Ephélia
  • Spa villas – available at Ephélia
  • Hillside villas – available at Ephélia
  • Presidential villas – available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Lémuria, Ephélia, Halaveli

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Vote for Constance Halaveli in the Maldives Travel Awards

Constance Halaveli is extremely proud to have been nominated for four separate awards at this year’s MATATO Maldives Travel Awards.

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Vote now for Constance Halaveli

You can vote for Halaveli in any, or all, of the following categories:

  • Most Romantic Resort
  • Leading Luxury Resort
  • Leading Dive Resort
  • Leading Family Resort

At Halaveli, you can indulge in sumptuous spa treatments using exclusive, world famous skincare products, savour delicacies of fine-dining while enjoying stunning Indian Ocean views and most of all enjoy the time and freedom to reconnect with the people you love.

Vote now for Constance Halaveli – voting is open until 30 September 2013.

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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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