3 amazing locations for weddings in the Indian Ocean

Weddings in the Indian Ocean - will Madagascar be your dream location?

Weddings in the Indian Ocean – will Madagascar be your dream location?

1. Madagascar – Best for barefoot weddings

If you dream of an Indian Ocean wedding off the well-worn tourist trail then look no further than Madagascar. A country of stunning, unique landscapes where discovery and adventure are still possible, the island of Madagascar offers beautiful beaches, laidback Malagasy people and an authentic island charm.

Where to stay

Add a touch of luxury to your Madagascan wedding and stay at Constance Tsarabanjina. A private island off the coast of Madagascar with just 25 wooden villas along its unspoilt beaches, Tsarabanjina epitomises barefoot charm. Let the friendly staff take care of all the wedding arrangements while you enjoy unwinding in a hammock or receiving a beachside massage. Spend the evening sipping cocktails with friends or dining alone on the rocks above the ocean.

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

2. Seychelles – Best for super luxe weddings

From Prince William and Kate to David and Victoria Beckham, the Seychelles has long been the destination of choice for the über-rich. Its romantic seclusion, perfect beaches, pristine oceans and long-standing tradition of high-end and discrete hospitality make it the perfect choice for a super luxe wedding.

Where to stay

Nestled on the northern tip of one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles is the 5* luxury hotel Constance Lémuria. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Lémuria is as much about its impeccable, friendly service as its spacious luxury accommodation, stunning, lush setting and elegant fine dining. The hotel also has its own luxury Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa for pre-wedding treatments, an 18-hole golf course and a Presidential Villa with its own private beach.

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

3. Mauritius – Best for Kids-come-too weddings

There is so much for kids of all ages to do in Mauritius from water parks and ziplines to feeding giant tortoises that your wedding trip will become an adventure for the whole family. Gentle seas make swimming and exploration below the waves suitable for all ages while older kids can take advantage of the raft of water sports available on the island.

Where to stay

The family-friendly resort of Constance Belle Mare Plage offers spacious family accommodation with interconnecting rooms or private villas with pools. The complimentary Constance Kids’ Club is open daily to keep 4-11 year olds happy. For younger children there is a babysitting service and older kids can enjoy water skiing and windsurfing to Hobie Cat sailing and quad biking. All of which leaves you and your partner time to enjoy this special holiday with walks on white sand beaches, couple’s spa treatments or the simple joy of a meal shared without interruption.

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5 things you need to know about luxury all-inclusive holidays

When you book a 5* luxury all-inclusive holiday with us all-inclusive really does mean all-inclusive, so you can relax knowing everything is taken care of.

Luxury all-inclusive holidays at Constance

Luxury all-inclusive holidays at Constance

Here’s our guide to 5 things you need to know about luxury all-inclusive holidays at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar and Constance Moofushi, Maldives.

1. Relax, everything really is included

At Constance Moofushi, Maldives and Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar our Cristal Package is designed to give you the luxury holiday experience you want within one price. No hidden extras. So you can relax and experience these stunning Indian Island destinations in your own way.

2. All-inclusive luxury doesn’t mean scrimping on food and drink

With our Cristal package you can enjoy relaxed freshly prepared breakfasts, delicious light lunches by the beach and sumptuous dinners lovingly prepared by our world-class chefs. After a long day in the sun, enjoy afternoon tea or a wide range of super premium branded spirits and international beers at our bars.

3. Make yourself at home and enjoy the in-villa extras

Chill out in the luxury of your own beach or water villa and enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and even chocolate from your mini-bar with no extra charge. The mini-bars are refilled daily so you can make a glass of wine on your terrace part of your daily routine.

Beach villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

4. At Moofushi ‘all-inclusive’ extends to in-villa entertainment

While the Robinson Crusoe-style retreat of Tsarabanjina offers guests a digital detox (with the exception of the lobby) at Moofushi guests get free tech as part of the deal. Select from a wide range of movies through our Mac-mini system, surf the internet with free Wi-Fi, either on your own device or through your in-villa TV, or play music on the villa iPod docking station.

5. You can explore your exotic location at no extra cost

Borrow a catamaran, take a sunset cruise or take a guided nature walk around the beautiful island of Tsarabanjina all included in the price. At Moofushi you can take a trip on a traditional Maldivian dhoni boat and enjoy a ‘bodu meru’ Maldivian evening once a week. Both resorts offer free snorkelling equipment and group snorkelling excursions.

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11 things you didn’t know about the Indian Ocean

Famed for  its idyllic beaches, crystal clear waters and year round sunshine, here are 11 facts you might not know about the Indian Ocean.

The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world, consisting of 57 island groups

The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world, consisting of 57 island groups

1. Around 36 species of whales and dolphins call the waters of the Indian Ocean home.

2. The country of the Maldives is 99% water.

3. The infamous pirate Olivier Le Vasseur is thought to have died leaving treasure worth €100,000 buried in the Seychelles.

4. The national snack of Madagascar is Koba, a patty of rice, banana and peanuts.

5. The legendary dodo was only ever found on the island of Mauritius. Despite becoming extinct less than 80 years after its discovery, it still remains on the country’s coat of arms.

6. The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world accounting for 20% of the earth’s surface. It consists of 57 island groups, borders 16 African countries, 18 Asian countries and Australia.

7. The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands making up 26 major atolls (the word ‘atoll’ comes from the Dhivehi – the Indo-Aryan language spoken in Maldives – it is the only word in English to derive from Dhivehi).

8. Madagascar is home to more than 250,000 different species of flora and fauna, over 70% of which are found nowhere else on earth.

9. The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is the smallest capital city in the world.

10. Mauritius is surrounded by more than 150km of idyllic white-sand beaches.

11. The giant tortoises of the Seychelles can live well over one hundred years. Jonathan, a giant tortoise who currently lives on Saint Helena, is thought to have been born in 1832.

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Top dive spots in the world: Madagascar

Take a look at the unspoilt waters off Madagascar teeming with rich marine life and with the added bonus of being largely unexplored by modern divers.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

Barracudas in the Indian Ocean

Barracudas in the Indian Ocean

The Scorpion Fish

The Scorpion Fish

The incredible stingray

The incredible stingray

A symbiotic relationship

A symbiotic relationship

The majestic turtles of the Indian Ocean

The majestic turtles of the Indian Ocean

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‘Paradise indeed’: House & Garden recommends Constance Tsarabanjina

House & Garden magazine describes Constance Tsarabanjina as the perfect ‘pampered introduction’ to the unique island of Madagascar.

Home & Garden Magazine rates Constance Tsarabanjina

Home & Garden Magazine rates Constance Tsarabanjina

Teresa Levonian Cole started her exploration of Madagascar with a stay at Tsarabanjina where she experienced the rich biodiversity of the tiny island resort.

During her stay Teresa tried her hand at deep-sea fishing (landing a sailfish which was then prepared and cooked for her by the hotel chefs), snorkelling and bird watching around the stunning basalt rocks of the Four Brothers diving site.

Teresa describes, ‘I was at Tsarabanjina, a private, barefoot island resort of just 25 beachfront wooden bungalows… Tsarabanjina, with its forested volcanic slopes, ringed by white sands and turquoise waters that teem with fish edible and decorative, is a paradise indeed.’

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A guide to fishing in Madagascar

The remote ocean to the northwest of Madagascar with its combinations of reefs, banks and drop-offs is a haven for large numbers of pelagic and reef fish.

Fishing in Madagascar

Fishing in Madagascar

Whether you dream of saltwater fly fishing for a Marlin, trolling for Dogtooth Tuna or trying your hand at the traditional Malagasy net casting, the waters of Madagascar are an angler’s paradise.

Fishing is good almost all year round (with the exception of February and March) but April to July is the peak season when many more Sailfish and Marlin pass through the waters.

Big game fishing

Pit your wits against the giant game fish in the clear, calm waters of Madagascar and you could find yourself pulling any of the big prize fish – Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo – from the waves.

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Fly fishing

Catch of the day

Catch of the day

Fly fishing is possible from a boat, with some operators specialising in catching billfish such as Marlin and Sailfish on fly or alternatively from standing on a reef. Reef fish include GTs, snappers and grouper.

Traditional Malagasy net casting

On the private island of Constance Tsarabanjina to the northwest of Madagascar you can try your hand at traditional net casting from a pirogue (a wooden fishing boat). Fish the way the locals here have for hundreds of years and then bring your catch back to shore and the chefs at Tsarabanjina will prepare and cook it for you.

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