Guide to a winter getaway in the Indian Ocean

Summer may be fading in the northern hemisphere but it’s the perfect time to start planning a winter getaway to warmer climates.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

According to The Sunday Times, with the early signs of an economic recovery taking hold, people are re-prioritising their winter holiday, and travel companies are reporting an increase in bookings of over 30%.

So as the fresher mornings take hold, take the time to imagine yourself on warm beaches, swimming in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean amidst the 5* luxury of an exclusive hotel or resort.

Choices, choices…

At our hotels and resorts in the Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar and Mauritius, take your pick from water villas floating over peaceful lagoons beach villas, elegant boutique-style suites or the castaway chic of a private island.

Adrenalin sports

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Seize the opportunity of winter sunshine to get outdoors and try something you haven’t done before from waterskiing, wake boarding and scuba diving to big game fishing, catamaran sailing, shark and night diving and even rock climbing and zip lining at Constance Ephélia.

Golf in Seychelles and Mauritius

Our 18-hole championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles offer the chance to enjoy a luxury golf holiday amidst stunning landscapes, luxury accommodation and great personal service.

Luxury spa treatments

Indulge in the very latest beauty and relaxation therapies at our Spa de Constance with treatments designed around natural local ingredients including healing massages, rejuvenating wraps and softening skin polishes.

Relax at Spa de Constance

Relax at Spa de Constance

Treat yourself to the ultimate beauty treatments with our partner spas including Swiss skincare specialist Valmont at Constance Halaveli, Sisley Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Shiseido at Constance Lémuria, Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia.

Take time to reconnect with yourself and your body with one-to-one or group yoga and meditation classes or take part in a sunset beach work out amidst the idyllic island setting of Lémuria.

Tempted?

Tempted to start planning your winter escape? Visit our website to find out more about our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean, each with their own character and atmosphere.

Winter sun holiday offer

Boost your levels of vitamin D and bask in warm sunshine on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Buy the winter sun package when you book to stay at any Constance hotel or resort in Maldives, Mauritius or Seychelles from September 2013 to April 2014 for at least 5 nights and you can enjoy a:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • 30 minute jet lag massage
  • Complimentary dinner on the beach (excluding drinks)
  • Complimentary spa treatment, up to 45 minutes
  • Diving orientation for beginners + 1 excursion

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Terms and conditions

Accommodation is on Bed & breakfast basis, and all-inclusive at Moofushi

All complimentary spa treatments to be taken within first 3 days of stay

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Jet lag massage to be taken on 1st or 2nd morning

For 5 night minimum stay with possibility to extend, extra nights will be charged at best available rate

All complimentary activities and offers are for 2 persons only, extra activities are charged extra

To arrange diving or excursion, please contact hotel at least 7 days before arrival

To schedule spa treatments, book upon arrival

Offer not applicable to Tsarabanjina

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Barefoot beach experience in the Maldives and Madagascar

Retreat to a castaway island in the Indian Ocean for an all-out escape from the pace of everyday living and gain the ultimate barefoot beach experience.

Senior Water Villa, Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Senior Water Villa, Constance Moofushi

The small, remote islands of Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar and Constance Moofushi, Maldives exude a laidback, barefoot vibe where you can indulge in warm sunshine, white sand and crystal clear waters by day, before enjoying balmy nights under star-filled skies.

The all-inclusive Cristal package means you can enjoy everything that’s on offer, without sparing a thought for needing to settle the final bill at the end of your holiday.

Stay in a beach or water villa

At Tsarabanjina each secluded beach villa has its own hammock hung in the shade of the trees, perfect for taking time out to cool off from the sun and let time drift away.

The villas themselves exude a rustic charm with palm thatch, Malagasy crafts and woven furniture. We’ve thrown in a few modern day luxuries to make sure this is barefoot living at its finest including air-conditioning, vast beds and mini bars stocked with a superb selection of drinks and snacks.

At Moofushi the laid back charm of the beach villas’ are echoed in the palm-thatched water villas, accessed by wooden jetties warmed by the sun. The villas’ expansive wooden terraces have their own steps leading down to the clear waters of the lagoon where you can swim and snorkel.

Constance Tsarabanjina

Constance Tsarabanjina

Spa indulgence

Feel your pulse slow to the more gentle rhythm with a range of spa treatments that reflect the environment you’re in.

The therapy rooms at Moofushi are open sided so that the ocean view is part of the experience – so much so that we’ve even put glass panels in the floor so you can see marine life passing by beneath you.

At Tsarabanjina we’ve gone a step further with an indoor and outdoor natural spa set on a secluded shelf of ocean rock. Watch the sun set while breathing in the scent of natural locally-sourced remedies and oils during a massage and feel reconnected with yourself and the world around you.

Fish for your dinner

At Tsarabanjina and Moofushi try fishing in the traditional way, on a Malagasy pirogue or Maldivian dhoni. Bring your catch back to shore and our chefs will prepare it for you so that you can experience the joy of eating your own freshly caught fish, with your barefeet in the sand.

Castaway by night

At Moofushi’s Manta bar, lounge on beanbags on a beach lit by natural torchlight while enjoying a glass of chilled champagne, or watch a classic movie under the stars.

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

For those seeking true Robinson Crusoe-style seclusion a private dinner for two on your very own sandbank at Moofushi will make you feel that you have truly escaped the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

And at Tsarabanjina, fresh seafood and vegetables bought at the local daily market are served in the main beachside restaurant, combining a boutique boho feel with delectable food and wine. Then walk along the shoreline to the quiet and intimacy of your beach villa.

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Fresh juice recipes

If the mercury’s rising where you are, quench your thirst with this selection of our healthy fresh juice recipes from Constance Halaveli.

Fuji Power

Fuji Power

For each recipe, use fresh fruit and juice where possible. Add all ingredients to the blender before adding ice if preferred.

Lemon cooler

2 stalks Lemongrass, cut into pieces
125 ml Grapefruit juice
125 ml Watermelon juice
20ml Honey & saffron syrup

Fuji power

125 ml Orange juice
125 ml Pineapple juice
10cm Ginger
20-30g Fuji berries

Watermelon breakfast smoothie

Watermelon breakfast smoothie

Carrot cocktail

125ml Carrot juice
125 ml Pineapple juice
125ml Orange juice
2 tsp Honey

Watermelon breakfast smoothie

720g Chopped watermelon
2tsp Lime juice
1-2 cm Ginger
10-15 Fresh mint leaves

Try our detox juices and find out more about Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Top 7 luxury luggage must-haves

Luxury holidays and luxury luggage go hand-in-hand. Here is our selection of some of the finest luggage you could invest in.

Brics luxury travel trolley

Brics luxury travel trolley

1. Best hardcase holdall

The Rimowa Topas Titanium Multiwheel

This lightweight aluminium case is tough German engineering at its finest. The hard outer casing and TSA combination locks will ensure the safety of anything inside and the neat ‘add a bag’ clip mean you can combine Rimowa luggage into one item. Inside the multiple shoe, garment and laundry bags help keep clothes neatly separated.

2. Most stylish carry-on

Formal calf leather ‘country’ bag from Brunello Cucinelli

This beautiful calf leather carry on from Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli is an instant classic echoing a Hemmingway age of travelling adventurers. Beautiful, tough and endlessly useful.

3. The hippest of holdalls

Brics 30” trolley with spinners

Toted by the likes of Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston, high-end Italian luggage brand Brics is the current luggage of choice for Hollywood A-listers. This lightweight, large trolley will stylishly fit all your holiday luggage and, of course, comes with a range of matching accessories.

4. Ultimate luxury travel wallet

Noble Macmillan calfskin travel wallet

Noble Macmillan calfskin travel wallet

Noble Macmillan classic travel wallet

Available in a range of funky colours this soft calfskin leather travel wallet with a silk lining is hand made in Spain. The interior includes separate compartments marked with leather tabs for passport, travel documents etc. Noble Macmillan will even personalise it with your initials or a message of your choice.

5. Best hardcore carry-on

Victorinox Spectra extra-capacity carry-on

From the makers of the Swiss Army Knife comes the ultimate in hard case hand luggage guaranteed to keep all your possessions safe from knocks and drops at the airport. Available in a range of colours including Swiss Army red.

6. Most opulent toiletry case

Louis Vuitton Case with Mirror

There’s just something about Louis Vuitton luggage that exudes old-school glamour and this stunning, durable hard-shell case is no exception. With the traditional LV monogramed canvas and gold brass outside, and mirror and 14 bottle holder on the inside, this will keep all your lotions and creams safe for your journey and then look beautiful in your hotel bathroom throughout your holiday.

Mulberry adjustable iPad sleeve

Mulberry adjustable iPad sleeve

7. Best luxury iPad cover

Mulberry adjustable iPad sleeve

This stylish, functional leather iPad cover from Mulberry is made to house an iPad 2 or 3. The leather case can be flipped over to create a useful display stand, perfect for watching movies or making video calls. Classically unfussy the leather case is bare apart from the Mulberry tree logo. Available in a range of colours.

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Top 5 music apps and accessories for travelling

If you like your holiday to be set to your own soundtrack, here are 5 essential music apps and accessories to pack or download before you go.

Relaxing at Constance Tsarabanjina

Relaxing at Constance Tsarabanjina

1. For the love of music

Spotify – At home or abroad this music-streaming app is a must-have for music lovers. Not only does it supply free music on demand streamed direct to your mobile device from its vast catalogue (for a small fee you can download music to play offline) but it also manages your existing library, syncing it with its own. The perfect way to access a huge range of music.

2. For the impromptu party
Beats Pill – So you’ve got all this music on your mobile device but what happens when you want to share it with friends?

You simply plug in your Beats Pill, a compact Bluetooth speaker from the inimitable Dr Dre. With four separate speaker drivers fitted inside its compact design the sound on this speaker is crystal clear. As always with Beats by Dre products this one is slick and comes in an choice of three colours.

3. For the music geek

Traktor DJ – For those who aren’t happy just listening to music but want to mix and and make their own, there’s the Traktor DJ for the iPad and iPhone. Mix tracks from your own iTunes library and add effects to produce a cool sound of seriously high quality. This app is sophisticated enough for professionals but simple enough to use for enthusiastic beginners – it even includes tips and teaching techniques and can suggest tunes from your library to pair up to improve your mixes.

Sunlounger on the beach at Constance Lemuria

Sunlounger on the beach at Constance Lemuria

4. For discovering new music

Shazam – You’re sitting in a bar on a foreign shore and the DJ plays the perfect song, capturing the mood of sunshine and good times.

With Shazam you can capture the moment and the song, simply press the button and the app will tell you the song title and band name, it will even connect you to iTunes so you can buy it. Other features include song tagging and a new map so you can see what music is trending around the world.

5. Best for kids

Bloom HD – From ambient musicians Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers comes this beautiful and creative app for kids combining making music and visual art.

Available for the iPad and iPhone the user simply touches the screen to create a musical sound and a corresponding circle of colour appears, they can then mix this with other sounds and other colours. As you would expect from Eno the sound is calm and chilled, there’s even a sleep mode so kids can fall asleep to their own chill out tracks.