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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Top 10 spa treatments at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Soothe your mind and put a spring back in your step with our luxury spa treatments at Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Here’s a look at some of the most popular treatments our guests choose on a Constance holiday.

• Prince’s Stress Relief (Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius)

The spa’s signature treatment this is the ultimate in relaxation, a 4 hands massage using long, smooth strokes to soothe muscles and clear the mind.

• Shiseido’s Japanese Beauty Paradise (Shiseido Spa, Lémuria, Seychelles)

Welcome yourself to the elegant luxury of Lémuria with this treatment exclusively designed by Shiseido for guests of the hotel. Commencing with a Japanese foot ritual and gentle steam it ends with a sublime 75 minute Qi facial.

• Valmont’s Anti Aging UV Repair (Valmont Spa, Halaveli, Maldives)

Developed in Princess Pan Deï Palace in St Tropez this treatment from Swiss skincare specialist Valmont deeply regenerates skin repairing skin damage to the delicate face and décolleté.

Spa Village, Constance Ephelia

Spa Village, Constance Ephelia

• Green Tea Wrap Experience (Spa de Constance, Moofushi, Madives)

An invigorating wrap which purifies and restores the natural mineral balance of your skin with the exotic scents of rosemary and frankincense.

• Sisley’s Intensive Hydrating Anti-Ageing (Sisley Spa, Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius)

A rejuvenating combination of aromatherapy, anti-aging skincare and massage will leave your skin feeling refreshed and firm.

• Enchanting Wave Massage (Spa de Constance, Moofushi, Maldives)

A holistic treatment for body and mind this full body massage combines reiki, tai chi, temple Hawaiian lomi-lomi and Esalen traditions.

• Shiseido’s Nourishing Bathing Ceremony (Shiseido Spa, Ephélia, Seychelles)

Gentle lighting and Japanese fragrances of cherry blossom, green tea and silken rice will transport you to a new level of serenity in this indulgent bathing ceremony concluding with the application of Ultimate Nourishing Body Cream.

Night spa on the beach, Constance Lemuria

Night spa on the beach, Constance Lemuria

• Soulful Soothing (Spa de Constance, Halaveli Maldives)

Set to the scents of benzoin, rosewood, cedarwood, petitgrain and rose this calming treatment includes a soul soothe body massage, softening skin polish and rosewood warmth wrap.

• Tropical Stone Detox (Spa de Constance, Ephélia, Seychelles)

Pamper yourself outside and in with an all-encompassing spa treatment including a green clay wrap, a mini face detox, relaxing scalp massage and concluding in a heavenly hot stone massage.

• Shiseido’s Japanese Jet Lag Therapy (Shiseido Spa, Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius)

The perfect treatment after a long journey Shiseido uses its signature Qi therapy to relieve stress and revitalise cramped, tired muscles. This treatment includes a back, neck and shoulder massage, Japanese scalp treatment and feet and lower leg rub.

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Top 5 reasons to book a spa holiday

With daily life passing by most of us at breakneck speed, who doesn’t feel tempted by the promise of a holiday to boost energy levels, fitness and an overall sense of wellbeing.

Spa on the beach at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Spa treatments on the beach

Here are our top 5 reasons to book a spa holiday at Constance this year.

1. Make the spa a part of your luxury holiday

Our Spa de Constance, with their tranquil locations and superb facilities are there when you want them so that if the impulse hits, you can integrate them seamlessly into your dream 5* holiday.

Enjoy the unique biodiversity of Madagascar with an outdoor massage on the rocks above the beach at Tsarabanjina. Or watch the fascinating marine life swim by beneath you while you have a massage in treatment rooms floating above the lagoon at Moofushi and Halaveli.

2. Enjoy exclusive treatments from world-renowned spa specialists

  • Spa de Constance – at all our resorts
  • Sisley – at Le Prince Maurice
  • Valmont – at Constance Halaveli
  • Ila Organic –at Constance Halaveli
  • Shiseido – at Belle Mare Plage, Lémuria and Ephélia
  • Brice Nicham Health Pedicure – at Le Prince Maurice
Basil Blush fresh juice, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Basil Blush fresh juice, Constance Le Prince Maurice

3. Fun, games and discoveries

Staying fit on a luxury holiday doesn’t have to be about spending hours in the gym. Feel your energy levels soar as your body drinks in the invigorating freshness of tropical air, cool salt water and the gentle sunshine of the Indian Ocean.

Play tennis, swim in the ocean or swimming pool, try ocean fishing or water sports. Experience the rush of achievement in climbing the granite rocks at Ephélia then the rush of a zip line through the treetops. Try some morning yoga or take a sunset walk along some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

4. Bespoke spa treatments just for you

Talk to our personal trainers about an exercise routine designed for you. They’ll even give you tips and routines to adapt your new-found energy and wellbeing to life back home.

5. Amazing food and juices

Savour the tastes of the Indian Ocean with fresh, healthy seafood caught daily and grilled with a hint of local spice. Eat a light lunch of sea-fresh sushi or salad under the shade of the trees. Indulge in local cuisine cooked by top class Constance chefs. Enjoy sweet tropical fruits plucked straight from the trees and blended into healthy drinks, juices and smoothies.

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