Discover the Coco de Mer at Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island, Seychelles

Lying in the heart of Praslin Island, Seychelles, is Vallée de Mai  –  a National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the highly revered Coco de Mer seed.

Coco de mer

Coco de Mer is found at Vallee de Mai nature reserve on Praslin Island in the Seychelles

Vallée de Mai is the only place in the world where you’ll find Coco de Mer  - or the sea coconut.

Believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac and fertility symbol, the Coco de Mer is famous for its size and likeness to the female reproductive area.

The seed can weigh up to 30kg and grow to nearly 20 inches in diameter.

General Gordon of Khartoum believed that the prehistoric rainforest at Vallée de Mai was the original site of the Garden of Eden, and that the Coco de Mer was its forbidden fruit.

Today, visitors to the reserve can wander along sheltered pathways beneath the giant palm trees, whose leaves can measure 6m wide and 14 m long. Vallée de Mai is also home to five other endemic palms and fauna, and the rare the Seychelles Black Parrot.

Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, were presented with a rare Coco de Mer during their recent honeymoon to the Seychelles.

Find out more about our luxury hotels in the Seychelles, the Constance Ephelia Resort and Constance Lémuria Resort.

2011 Seychelles Regatta

Jeremie Beyou has won the 3rd Seychelles Regatta. The event took place on 21-29 May 2011. Renowned Frenchman Beyou was racing on the Hyundai Boat and came in just 2 seconds ahead of Michel Desjoyeaux on his Nicholas Feuillate Yacht.

Catamaran in the Indian Ocean

Catamaran in the Indian Ocean

Catamarans race from the main island on course to some of Seychelles’ jewel islands. The annual event attracts some of the world’s most experienced sailors and skippers. They’re drawn by the idyllic location and the opportunity to test their skills against the South Easterly trade wind that cuts across the Seychelles between May and September.

Results for the 2011 Seychelles Regatta

  • First: Jeremie Beyou – Boat Hyundai
  • Second: Michel Desjoyeaux – Boat Nicholas Feuillate
  • Third: Francois Gabart – Boat

Find out more about the 2011 Seychelles Regatta

Protecting the environment at Constance Hotels

Aerial view of Constance Lemuria, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Turquoise waters and verdant green hills surrounding Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

At Constance Hotels, we are committed to protecting the stunning natural environments that surround each of our unique resorts, and the rare endemic species that can be found there.

We work closely with local environmental groups to conserve the exceptional landscape and wildlife for today’s visitors and future generations to come.

Here are some of the measures we’ve taken recently:

Design and build of Constance Moofushi – opened in November 2010

Known as the Jewel island – the island’s butterfly design and daring architecture has been developed by Jean-Michel d’Unienville (Mauritius) and Marc Hertrich (France). Careful consideration has been taken to preserve the environment through efficient and non-polluting materials.

The focus is on luxury without being flashy and the beauty of the island location is paramount. Find out more about what we did at The Jewel Island: Constance Moofushi

Enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles

We are furthering our commitment to the environment by enhancing conservation of Biodiversity at Port Launay next to the Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles, view from the North Beach

View from the North Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We are working in partnership with Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S) and aim to:

  • take pro-active measures to improve the coordinated management of the fragile mangrove ecosystem adjacent to the Constance Ephelia Resort site – balancing development with the preservation of the wetland area.
  • start looking at co-management of other adjacent natural areas such as the resort grounds and Port Launay Marine Park

Find out more about our conservation work at Constance Ephelia.

Turning tap water to bottled water at Constance Halaveli

To eliminate the need to ship in bottled water to our luxury Maldives resort, Constance Halaveli, we have recently installed our own water bottling plant. The plant purifies tap water to mineral quality. Read more about our sustainable approach at Constance Halaveli.

Serving local seasonal produce

Our restaurants serve local and seasonal produce, perfectly suited to the climate and environment surrounding each luxury hotel. Brimming with flavour and beautifully presented, guests can dine on local fish, vegetables and fruits.

Fresh salsa at Constance Hotels

Locally sourced food at Constance Hotels

Each week we publish a special recipe from one of our hotels. Find out more about our local cuisine.

Future articles

We’ll be publishing more articles about what we’re doing to protect the local environment. Coming soon…

  • interview with our turtle manager in the Seychelles
  • discover the coral reef with our diving instructor at Constance Moofushi

Enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles

Constance Hotels Experience is furthering its commitment to the environment by

Ephelia North Beach

A view of Ephelia's North Beach

enhancing conservation of Biodiversity at Port Launay next to the Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles.

In partnership with Sustainability of Seychelles (S4S), we have submitted a full project proposal with the aim of:

  • Taking pro-active measures to improve the coordinated management of the fragile mangrove ecosystem adjacent to the Constance Ephelia Resort site
  • To start looking at co-management of other adjacent natural areas such as the resort grounds and Port Launay Marine Park

The project has three main objectives and these are to:

  1. Enhance collaboration between the resort and community partners for conservation of the natural areas adjacent to the resort
  2. Improve conservation management of the mangrove swamp in Port Launay
  3. Raise awareness of our resort team members, clienteles and community on the importance of the natural areas adjacent to the resort and how to protect them.

We hope the above project will lead to greater awareness of biodiversity conservation issues amongst our resort team members, clients of our resorts and the local community.

The aim is that all visitors and residents increase their participation in actions that will contribute to the improvement of biodiversity conservation in the resort and surrounding area.

Top 3 Diving posts for April

Scuba Diving is a real passion of ours here at Constance Resorts Experience. We recently hi-lighted our Top 3 Diving Resorts in the Seychelles and now we would like to highlight some of our favourite blog posts from recent weeks on the subject of diving. Please let us know your thoughts and if you have any content you think we would be interested in please dont hesitate to get in contact with us via Twitter or in the comment section below. In no particular order here they are:

1. Scuba Guru – Expand your consciousness…Dive Anywhere

You don’t have to go on holiday to go diving. PADI’s diving guru gives a rundown of all the other places you can spend your time diving and honing your skills. Diving in your bath tub may not be the height of the scuba experience but it can start to prepare you for a luxurious diving holiday.

2. NDO to take the Dunker Challenge!

This really is extreme diving if ever I have seen it. Best of luck to Jeff Reed with his ‘Escape the Dunker’ Challenge. We wish him even more luck with his efforts in raising his goal of £1m to support the families of serving and former Royal Marines. You can donate to Jeff on his just giving page here.

3. Review: Sunnto D4 Wrist/Dive Computer

Scuba Diver Life have a great review of the Sunnto D4 Dive Computer. The perfect accessory for divers new and old. A great device for giving you all the vital information you will want to know when diving. It even tracks your dive so that you can analyse it later on your PC. I recommend watching the video for  closer look at the features on offer.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Golfers paradise at the only golf course in Seychelles: Lemuria

Lemuria: the only golf course in the Seychelles

Lemuria: the only golf course in the Seychelles

With Prince William and Kate Middleton rumoured to be honeymooning in the beautiful Seychelles this year, this beautiful island country is increasingly popular with those hunting for a luxury holiday destination – and that includes golf enthusiasts.

We’ve won awards for having the best golf courses in the world – and the Constance Lémuria is the only golf course in Seychelles.

This 18-hole, a Par 70, was opened on 1October 2000 and covers an area of 5580 meters. With a free green fee for hotel residents, it offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

 

Lemuria, Seychelles: the most beautiful golf course in the world?

Lemuria: the most beautiful golf course in the world?

Many golfers have hailed Lémuria Golf Course as a golfers paradise and the most beautiful of its kind in the world – and with truly magnificent scenery spanning views of three spectacular beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

The design by internationally renowned golf architect was also influenced by Rodney Wright and the champion Marc-Antoine Farry. It incorporates a series of waterways with margins of endemic palms and broadleaf woodland.

Palm trees allow the light to intermittently filter through, fringing the first 12 holes. From the 13th hole, the course extends over the steep slopes of a thickly forested hill, with breathtaking vistas.

Anse Georgette beach welcomes you for a refreshment after the 15th hole. The club house offers restaurant bar and a boutique. Lessons, caddy player and rental equipment are also available.

Find out more about golf in the Seychelles at Constance Lemuria.