5 watersports to try at Constance

The warm waters and sunshine of the Indian Ocean offer the perfect conditions to try a variety of exhilarating watersports.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Get inspired with our list of some of the watersports available at Constance to get your pulse racing.

1. Big game fishing

Feel the thrill of landing some of the ocean’s great sports fish including Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Whaoo and Dorado with payable fishing trips available at all our resorts across the Indian Ocean.

2. Kitesurfing

Mauritius has become a popular kitesurfing destination in recent years, even playing host to Kiteival, an island-wide Kitesurfing event held every August. Discover the fast-paced watersport for yourself with payable lessons at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

3. Scuba diving

The Indian Ocean offers some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Whether you choose the dramatic submarine granite formations of the Seychelles, the sponge gardens of Madagascar or the stunning reefs of the Maldives and Mauritius, every island destination offers something unique for the keen diver to discover. Our highly qualified dive centre guides will introduce beginners and experienced divers alike to the wonders of the Indian Ocean.

Kayaking at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Kayaking at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

4. Hobie Cat sailing

Feel the rush of the wind and the spray of the ocean on your lips as you speed across the sparkling blue water of the Indian Ocean in one of our Hobie Cats. Free for Constance guests in Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar, these exhilarating small catamarans are a great way to explore the islands.

5. Kayaking

For a more laid back adventure why not explore your tropical island destination by kayak. Available at most Constance resorts this free activity is a great way to discover secluded beaches. At Constance Ephélia, guest are even invited to take a kayak tour through the stunning mangrove forests, a designated Ramsar site for internationally important wetlands.

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When to travel to the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean offers a year-round playground of white sand beaches, sunshine and warm waters so all you need to do is pick the season and location best for you.

Indian Ocean destinations: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Indian Ocean destinations: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Close to the equator, temperatures rarely fall below 20ºC and seasons tend to be divided into wet and dry with a wet season in which warm tropical rain usually clears to blue skies in a matter of hours.

Choosing the perfect destination and time of year to travel to the Indian Ocean can depend on what you’re looking for from your holiday. Keen divers may want to follow key migration seasons, windsurfers are looking for sea breezes while sunbathers want nothing more than to follow the warm sun.

Mauritius

October-April: summer in Mauritius, 26ºC to 32ºC

  • This is the island’s wettest season but rainfall rarely lasts long and tends to be local, the microclimate on the island means the weather can differ within a few kilometres.
  • The warm waters of the Mauritian summer bring with them a vast array of marine life so this is a great time of year for divers, snorkelers and those interested in big game fishing.

May-October: winter in Mauritius, 20ºC to 26ºC.

  • These cooler, drier months are perfect for excursions, sports, hiking and taking in the sights of this beautiful island.
Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Seychelles

Year-round temperatures approx. 24ºC-32ºC

October-April: Northwest Trade Winds bring warm weather but with it an increased risk of rainfall, although these usually occur in the form of short, sharp showers.

May-September: Southeast Trade Winds bring cooler, drier temperatures but the wind tends to be stronger creating larger waves making this the perfect time of year for surfing, windsurfing and sailing. Those looking for calmer waters at this time of year need to look for one of the many sheltered beaches on each of the islands.

April/May and October/November: the months in which one trade wind gives way to another offering calm bright dry days with no wind, creating the perfect conditions for scuba diving and big game fishing.

Maldives

Average temperatures 27ºC to 30ºC

December-March: North-eastern Monsoon. The nation’s driest season with plenty of warm sunshine. It is also a great time to get out on the water to try some water sports. Divers and snorkelers will also marvel at the migration of the Manta Rays through our waters at this time of year.

May-November: South-western Monsoon. Brings slightly more unsettled weather with a stronger wind making this the ideal time for sailing, surfing and windsurfing. There is still plenty of marine activity to enthral snorkelers and divers at this time of year including the migration of the beautiful whale shark.

April: when one monsoon gives way to another is a dry, calm month making it the ideal time to enjoy clear waters and uninterrupted sunbathing.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Madagascar

November-April: warm, wet season

May-October: cooler, drier season

Within these general seasons there is a lot of local variation in Madagascar depending on elevation and which side of the island you are on (the west coast is dryer as it is most protected from the trade winds) and the driest of all is the extreme south.

Because there is so much to see in Madagascar many people choose to visit from May to October as this is the perfect time to explore nature trails, take hikes through the national parks and explore its unique wildlife.

September to December: warm and dry

The highest visibility for divers is from October to December and April to May, although many divers and nature lovers prefer to time their visits to coincide with the sperm whales’ arrival in July and August.

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TripAdvisor reviewers praise Constance Hotels and Resorts

At Constance we are passionate about creating holidays that will live in our guests’ memories forever. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our guests are saying about us on TripAdvisor.

Constance Halaveli's luxurious water villa

Constance Halaveli’s luxurious water villa

Johnny G, stayed at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

‘Luxury Paradise’ – The best hotel we have ever been. Luxury without compromise, perfect service. Water villas are absolutely amazing, with own pool and sea view. Terrace with the pool on each water villa provides 100% privacy.

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Marvelmann, stayed at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

‘Constant Constance Luxury’ – This was my first visit to the Seychelles, and I chose the Constance Lemuria because I previously had such lovely experiences of their properties in Mauritius and the Maldives.

I don’t know what it is that make this small hotel chain so outstanding, apart from the locations, the staff and the attention to detail, but whatever it is, if it could be bottled, you could sell it for a fortune.

However, it is the staff that make a stay in this hotel feel as though you’ve joined part of a wonderful family where nothing is too much trouble.

Paradise comes at a price, but when the experience is this good, it’s really worth it.

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The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Steve A, stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

‘Another wonderful holiday at Belle Mare Plage’ – This was our 4th visit to the wonderful Belle Mare Plage Hotel and that says it all!!!!.

Excellent is an easy word to say but in this case it is not enough to comment on the resort, the accommodation, the food, the golf but most of all the great and caring staff who always go the extra mile, with a SMILE!!!!

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Manfred M, stayed at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

‘Robinson Crusoe in luxury’ – After 6 years of abstinence we returned to Tsarabanjina again for our 20th wedding anniversary. It is so amazing how this island and the staff there make you feel welcome.

With only 24 cabins (all recently renovated) set ecologically-friendly just up the North beach and the South beach you get the feeling that you are almost alone on here.

The white beaches and turquoise waters are very tempting and the coral reefs invite you to snorkel or scuba dive at leisure directly from the beach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are welcome breaks to meet other guests in the completely informal atmosphere of the bar and restaurant.

Staff is very friendly and helpful and does not bother you if you just want your peace.

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Turkish Airlines’ customers earn bonus miles at Constance

Put your bonus miles towards a trip to Constance Le Prince Maurice

Earn bonus miles at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Turkish Airlines loyalty program members can now earn bonus miles for qualifying stays at Constance Hotels and Resorts thanks to a new strategic partnership.

Members of the airline’s loyalty program Miles & Smiles can earn bonus miles at any of Constance’s seven hotels and resorts across the Indian Ocean including Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar.

Elite Card and Elite Card Plus members are also entitled to early check-in and late check-out at Constance destinations where available.

From 1 June 2014, Miles & Smiles members can earn 1 bonus mile for every US$1 spent in a Constance hotel or resort.

Jean-Jacques Vallet, CEO of Constance, said, ‘We are delighted to start a partnership with Turkish Airlines, more precisely the loyalty programme of the airline: Miles & Smiles. This new partnership will be highly beneficial for our valued mutual guests.’

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Top restaurants in the Indian Ocean

Looking for inspiration for where to eat on your next Indian Ocean holiday? Take a look at some of the restaurants at our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

Legend, Constance Lémuria

Legend, Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

Main Bar, Constance Ephélia

Main Bar, Constance Ephélia

Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

Jing, Constance Halaveli

Jing, Constance Halaveli

Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

Manta, Constance Moofushi

Manta, Constance Moofushi

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar:

Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Indulge in exclusive fine dining and wine events at Constance

Constance’s diary of exciting food and wine events is filling up with visitors from some of the world’s top kitchens as well as leading winemakers from across the continents.

Brokenwood Wines serving guests at Constance Moofushi

Brokenwood Wines serving guests at Constance Moofushi

Guests at Constance Moofushi last week were treated to a wine dinner at the resort’s Blue Lounge restaurant hosted by Australian winemaker Geoff Krieger of Brokenwood Wines.

With over 30 years experience in the wine industry in Australia, including 10 at Brokenwood where he is General Manager, Krieger was more than happy to share his experiences and expertise with guests at the luxurious Maldives resort.

Our chefs worked with Krieger to create a menu delicately balanced to perfectly pair the food with the best of Brokenwood’s wines.

Highlights of the wine menu and its pairings included:

  • Terrine of foie gras, fig marmalade and apple salad paired with Brokenwood Oaky Creek Road Semillon (Semillon 2004)
  • Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay (Chardonnay 2007)
Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay (Chardonnay 2007)

Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay 2007

  • Grilled Maldivian jobfish, cauliflower puree and chorizo paired with Brokenwood Pinot Noir Beechworth (Pinot Noir 2012)
  • Brie and truffle tian, camembert samosa, pear and raisin chutney paired with Brokenwood Cricket Pitch (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion 2011)
  • Mango and passion fruit parfait, coconut sorbet and orange tuille paired with Brokenwood Semillon Sticky Wicket (Semillon 2008)

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At each of our hotels and resorts we are hosting some fabulous events in the coming events for food and wine lovers. Take a look at the selection here, and watch this space for more announcements.