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Clockwise from top left: Constance Lemuria, Seychelles; Constance Moofushi, Maldives; Constance Halaveli, Maldives; and Constance Belle Mare PLage, Mauritius

The Indian Ocean has long captured imaginations and provided creative inspiration, and more recently it has proven popular with well-heeled travelleres from Asia. Home to idyllic island nations like the Maldives, the Seychelles, and Mauritius, all blessed with warm tropical climates, crystal clear waters, and charming, inviting people, the Indian Ocean is a paradise unlike any other. It’s in this heavenly location that Constance Hotels and Resorts has their unique collection of indulgent hideaways.

Constance Halaveli Maldives Marrying cloudless blue skies with clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and luxurious surrounds, Constance Halaveli is a restful retreat in the heart of the archipelago’s North Ari Atoll, a must-see destination for many affluent holidaymakers. With 86 spacious villas wreathing a lagoon teeming with green turtles and small-eyed stingrays, the property provides seclusion from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Check into an opulent Water Villa, where you can soak in private plunge pools, or lounge on expansive decks and watch the sun set with a delicious cocktail in hand. Away from the villas, the resort’s fully qualified dive operation will allow you to explore the surrounding waters, where you can dive with manta rays and shoals of Napoleon Wrasse. But if you’re here to relax, you can indulge in signature treatments at the U Spa by Constance, which not only uses the best organic products, but also features


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the Maldives’ only Valmont Spa. Wind down at the end of the day with a refreshing pre-dinner cocktail then feast on delicious fusion cuisine at Jing, the resort’s signature restaurant, or enjoy freshly grilled seafood under the star-studded sky at Meeru, the resort’s casual beach barbecue restaurant.

Constance Moofushi Maldives Tucked into the South Ari Atoll and surrounded by waters rippling with inquisitive marine life, Constance Moofushi gives guests access to what’s often considered one of the best dive spots in the world. Relaxed yet inherently elegant, Constance Moofushi boasts rustic wooden beach villas embellished with lavish touches: think thatched roof ceilings and hammocks on spacious terraces melded with stateof-the-art technology and contemporary furnishings. The array of marine life that populates the waters around the property

include eagle rays, lion fish, snapper, tuna, and other colourful tropical reef fish, and is sure to delight divers and snorkellers alike. If underwater exploration doesn’t appeal, you can still enjoy the waves with the range of water sports on offer like kayaking, windsurfing, and boat excursions. For a more relaxed option, the U Spa by Constance boasts a full treatment menu with options like the Enchanting Wave Massage, and the Hydrating & Nourishing Facial. After a full day in the sun, enjoy an aperitif at the poolside Totem Bar then head over to the casual beach restaurant, Alizee, for grilled seafood and meats, or Mantra for international fare.

Constance Lémuria Seychelles Located on the highly sought-after island of Praslin, Constance Lémuria Seychelles looks over the pristine white sands of renowned Anse Kerlan Beach. The grand dame of properties in the Seychelles, Constance Lémuria

offers the highest standards of luxury in an intimate setting that beautifully complements the natural beauty of the surrounding environment. An ideal hideaway for couples, the resort’s 88 Junior Suites are dressed in local wood, marble, stone, and pink granite, but for true indulgence, book one of the eight Luxurious Villas. Set amidst private gardens, these opulent beachfront villas come with a Villa Master, sunken alfresco dining areas, private swimming pools, and private massage pavilions, forming a tranquil romantic retreat. Spend your days exploring the surrounding seas or playing the 18- hole championship Lémuria Golf Course, which offers spectacular panoramas over three beaches, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, sate your hunger at one of the property’s three worldclass restaurants. Whatever you do, make sure you schedule some time for decadent treatments at the U Spa by Constance, which features Shiseido treatments, and Creole-inspired wellness therapies. www.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles Constance Ephelia is a resort that has a little something for every traveller. Situated on Mahé Island and with breathtaking views of Port Launay National Marine Park, this resplendent resort enjoys access to four peaceful beaches, two of which are among the most celebrated in this island nation. Guests will revel in the laidback attitude of the resort, which is perfectly complemented by a setting of coconut groves and mangrove forests, as well as attentive staff and comprehensive facilities. Everyone will feel at home at Constance Ephelia, which boasts accommodations that meet all budgets and styles. Honeymooners will appreciate the privacy and comfort of the Junior and Senior Suites, while bigger groups and families will relish the space of the Family Villas, where they can frolic in private gardens and pools. Dedicated spaophiles can enjoy being pampered at

the U Spa by Constance, the Indian Ocean’s largest spa, and then extend their spa experiences in their Spa Villas, which feature steam showers, saunas, private plunge pools, and treatment suites. For those really wanting to get away from it all, the exclusive Hillside Villas are the ideal hideaway. At Constance Ephelia, you can do as little or as much as you want. Laze poolside with a cocktail and take sunset walks on the beach, snorkel in the underwater national park, or work up a sweat at the tennis courts. Guests are also spoiled for choice when it comes to dining. Picnic on remote stretches of sand, dine in style at the Adam & Eve “Ethnic Grill,” or enjoy fine-dining at Cyann. www.

Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius Hidden amid 60 hectares of tropical landscapes and manicured gardens, Constance Le Prince Maurice is one of Mauritius’ most prestigious resorts. A sanctuary for couples looking for a romantic getaway, Constance Le Prince Maurice is ideally located at the end of a private peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches and calm lagoon waters. Designed by architect Jean Marc Eynaud, the resort is named for the prince who helped start the spice trade and boasts spacious beach villas well-suited to vacationing families. Couples seeking quality time together should look no further than the lavish Junior Suites. With thatched roofs, polished timber floors, beautifully-appointed bathrooms, and spacious private balconies with views of the lagoon, these suites are a perfect romantic bolthole. Relaxation is the aim here, and guests are encouraged to

unwind with the long list of spa treatments at the U Spa by Constance, which also incorporates a Sisley spa, or lounge by the infinity pool while sipping on cocktails served by white-gloved attendants. If you can drag yourself away, work up an appetite with the wide range of adrenaline-fuelled activities on offer, then sate your appetite at the L’Archipel Restaurant, with Oriental-inspired seafood at the Laguna Bar’s Asian restaurant, or at Le Barachois, the unique floating restaurant.

Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius Just 15 minutes from Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Belle Mare Plage is tucked into a sheltered bay on one of the island’s untouched stretches of sand. Active couples and families will love the range of exciting activities on offer here which include two 18-hole championship golf courses –

the Legend and the Links - complimentary snorkelling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing. Take a breather by simply strolling through the resort’s extensive gardens or swimming lazy laps at the multiple swimming pools. Constance Belle Mare Plage boasts 92 luxurious Prestige rooms, 137 Junior Suites, and 6 Deluxe Suites, but for larger groups and privacy, the best bet is one of the 20 Villas with Private Pools. These expansive hideaways feature two or three bedrooms, private gardens, plunge pools, access to private beaches, and poolside pavilions which are ideal for intimate alfresco dinners. Turn your dreams into reality with dedicated butlers on hand to organise day trips, make spa appointments, or set up beachfront barbecues. Kids are well provided for with the Constance Kids’ Club, allowing parents to take a load off with meals at the resort’s elegant restaurants, and couples treatments at the wellness havens. www.bellemareplagehotel.

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