Sunday Times looks at rise in über-luxury holidays

The Sunday Times lists Constance Halaveli as being one of the destinations selected by the super-wealthy to enjoy a truly luxurious holiday.

Luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Enjoy luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Rise of the 100k+ holiday

In her piece for the newspaper’s travel section Susan d’Arcy explores the rise of the £100,000+ holiday and cites Halaveli as being one of the places where such lavish experiences are possible.

D’Arcy highlights reports by UK tour operators that the number of holidays in this price bracket have doubled in the last year because, she says, people want ‘something incredible. People want privacy and remote locations, smaller, boutique hotels and amazing places’.

Top luxury holidays at Halaveli

She gives the example of a private equity director and his family who took a very special diving holiday at Halaveli.

Sparing no expense the family stayed in the lavish Presidential Villa complete with its own fitness suite, spa treatment room, pool and secluded section of beach and a personal chef on hand to create delicious meals.

They then enjoyed our most exclusive dive experience including sole use of a yacht for 24 hours with its own personal chef creating sumptuous delicacies from the finest ingredients and an on board spa therapist for massages between dives.

Luxury holidays at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

What’s on offer at Halaveli

There is, of course, plenty to enjoy at Halaveli if your budget doesn’t run to £100,000.

If the Presidential Villa is a little bit more than you’re looking for then there are the beautiful, secluded water villas with their own infinity pools dotted along the island’s jetty, or beach villas of various sizes with private pools and gardens.

Enjoy the highlife with private in-villa dining or step out and enjoy elegant fine dining at our stunningly located Jing restaurant with its panoramic ocean views.

You don’t need your own yacht to enjoy the rich marine life of the North Ari Atoll with snorkelling equipment available to guests and a variety of mesmerising dives for all levels.

And at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

D’Arcy points out that for those who are looking for something a little less expensive Constance Moofushi nearby may not be ‘quite so plush, but still pretty’.

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Fit and well: how to improve your fitness

As the season begins to change this month it’s the perfect time to make a fresh start and take a new approach to your health and wellbeing.

Yoga & meditation on the beach

Yoga & meditation on the beach

Follow the current trend away from the doctrine of thinness to a more holistic approach to fitness, which suggests that keeping fit and eating healthily will make you feel stronger, healthier and calmer of mind.

What’s on offer at Constance Hotels & Resorts

September is the perfect month to seize the opportunity to readjust your regime and embrace this new approach.

Take a holiday at one of our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean where you can combine the feel-good factors of bright sunshine, fresh air and idyllic locations with fresh, healthy food, a raft of outdoor activities, fitness suites and personal trainers.

Healthy fresh food

At Constance we believe that great cuisine begins with the freshest ingredients, locally sourced and organic where possible, carefully prepared in the healthiest ways.

With our island locations fresh seafood is at the heart of our menu, as are the very freshest fruits and vegetables which make any resolution to eat healthily not only easy to follow but deliciously satisfying.

At Constance Tsarabanjina you can watch the local fishermen bringing in the daily catch from the beach to be served at your table and at Constance Le Prince Maurice our chefs take trips daily to the local market to buy fruit and vegetables picked that morning along with the freshest herbs and spices.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

Get in shape

Our personal trainers can develop a fitness program just for you built around your needs and the time you want to dedicate to it.

Trainers are on hand throughout your stay to check your progress and give advice. They will then design a program of diet and exercise for when you leave so you can continue your good work when you get home.

At Constance Lémuria you can improve your fitness in the stunning surroundings of Praslin with health walks around the island, sunset walks to the beautiful Anse Georgette or a sunset beach work out.

Or reconnect with your inner spirit with sunrise yoga sessions on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and Constance Ephélia.

Get active

At our hotels and resorts you can try waterskiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, big game fishing or catamaran sailing.

At Constance Ephélia you can push yourself to the limit with rock climbing, or improve your golf game on the championship courses at Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage or the stunning 18-hole golf course at Lémuria.

Spa pool at Constance Lémuria

Spa pool at Constance Lémuria

Take time to detox

Let go of your old habits and cleanse your system with a full detox in one of our Spa de Constances.

Indulge in a Purity Throughout treatment at Spa de Constance, Halaveli, including an ocean purity body massage, revitalize salt glow and a rejuvenating spice wrap.

Feel the benefits of a lymphatic body drainage treatment at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice, to detox and encourage fluid circulation and cell regeneration.

Relax with a tropical stone detox at Ephélia, a two hour treatment including a green clay wrap, mini face detox and scalp and deep stone massage.

Put wellbeing at the centre of your life and you’ll feel the benefits ripple through everything you do.

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Beautiful luxury swimming pools in the Indian Ocean

Looking for some poolside luxury? Here’s a glimpse of the stunning swimming pools that sit at the heart of our hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

Constance Ephélia

Constance Ephélia

Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli

Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

A journey of a lifetime

Being stuck indoors in the heat of August can make us hanker for childhood summers when every day brought a new adventure and a chance to try something different.

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

This August, recreate that summer holiday feeling, revive your spirit of adventure and embark on a journey of a lifetime. Ditch the car, leave the office behind and escape on a last-minute trip abroad.

Set yourself free in the Indian Ocean

The stunning islands of the Indian Ocean are the ideal grown-ups’ playground with a climate of warm sunshine and clear waters.

Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar offer adventure and excitement a-plenty so you can rediscover the wonder of trying something new along with a host of adrenalin fuelled activities.

Revive your spirit of adventure

Reconnect with that supercharged feeling you get when you do something for the first time. Trying something new gives us a burst of energy and enthusiasm that we carry with us long after the experience itself.

Challenge yourself to try new things whether that be wine tasting in the still water off Constance Moofushi, learning traditional Seychellois dance at Constance Ephélia or learning to cook Mauritian food from our top chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Get your adrenalin pumping

If you’re looking for something a more fast-paced why not try pitting your wits against the ocean with some big game fishing or catamaran sailing.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy speeding across the ocean on water skis or wakeboards or letting the wind take them on windsurfs and kite surfs.

Scuba diving in the Indian Ocean

For those who haven’t scuba dived before, the adventure below the waves awaits you in reefs teeming with vibrant marine life and qualified instructors on hand to guide you.

In the waters off Constance Tsarabanjina you can discover reefs previously unexplored with a kaleidoscope of colourful marine life.

Even experienced divers can try something new with night dives available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage and Ephelia and heart-stopping shark dives at Moofushi and Halaveli.

Take time out for you

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

In the hectic modern world we can be so busy rushing about for other people that we don’t have time to think about our own needs. Why not make this the summer that you kick-start a new program of wellbeing for you?

For sports fans why not book a session with one of our tennis coaches or take up golf and learn from the pros at our Marc Farry Golf Academy, based on our championship golf courses in Mauritius at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

Let one of our personal trainers introduce you to one-on-one yoga sessions, or learning how to meditate and breathe to create a greater sense of inner calm.

Last year the trend was for staycations, but 2013 is seeing a revival in people seeking adventure beyond their home shores. Make it the year that tried something new.

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    Distinctive hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean

    Looking for somewhere with a stratospheric wow factor? Indulge your fantasies with this glimpse of the seven Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Indian Ocean.

    Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius:

    The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

    The white sandy beach of Constance Belle Mare Plage

    The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

    The famous Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

    Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius:

    The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

    The Barachois Restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

    Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

    Poolside at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

    Constance Lémuria, Seychelles:

    Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

    Enjoy the beach at Constance Lémuria

    A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

    A romantic meal for two in the Seychelles

    Constance Ephélia, Seychelles:

    A luxurious Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia

    A Spa Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

    The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

    The luxurious Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia

    Constance Halaveli, Maldives:

    The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

    The beautiful Constance Halaveli from the air

    The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

    The spacious Water Villas at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

    Constance Moofushi, Maldives:

    Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

    Ultimate beach relaxation at Constance Moofushi

    Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

    Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

    Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar:

    The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

    The secluded island of Constance Tsarabanjina

    A private spa experience in Madagascar

    A private spa experience in Madagascar

     

     

     

    Are you getting the most out of your 5 star hotel?

    Many travellers can be reticent about getting the most from a stay in a luxury 5 star hotel, according to travel writer Mark Hodson in the Huffington Post.

    Personal service at the Beach Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

    Personal service at the Beach Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

    Hodson suggests that ordinary travellers need to understand that excellent high-end service is what you’re paying for when using 5 star hotels and travellers should not be timid about taking advantage of this.

    Ways to improve your 5 star experience, according to the post, include:

    • The concierge – Hodson describes the concierge as the pinnacle of service at a 5 star hotel. ‘The concierge is a highly-trained and well-connected fixer whose services are at your disposal.’ Available for everything from theatre ticket bookings (if you contact the concierge desk before you arrive) to restaurant reservations and bookings, the concierge is there to smooth out any difficulties, fix any problems and make your stay as pleasurable as possible.
    • Get in touch before you arrive – ‘Once you’ve made your booking, contact the hotel to let staff know how they can make your stay more comfortable,’ advises Hodson. This can mean anything from ordering the perfect pillow to informing them what brand of tea you prefer in the morning.
    Expert preparation at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

    Expert preparation at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

    • Butler service – Take advantage of butler service by having your butler unpack for you, they will also iron clothes and hang them for you if required. Hodson claims a personal butler will run any errand for you during your stay, much like an executive PA.

    Read Mark Hodson’s full post on How to get the most out of a luxury hotel.

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