"You can either choose to stay in the resort and make use of all the facilities on offer (of which there are plenty), or borrow bicycles to explore the island and its 5 beaches however you choose."
The Seychelles – an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, known for their turquoise waters, award-winning beaches, fiery sunsets and exceptional marine and jungle biodiversity. When having to choose just one island to escape to feels like an impossible task, let Carrier organise a twin-centre itinerary combining Constance Ephelia on Mahé with Constance Lemuria on Praslin. Our Luxury Travel Expert Francessca Harding shares why this is the perfect way to maximise your luxury escape to the Seychelles.
Once our plane touched down in Mahé, it was only a scenic 45 minute drive until we arrived at Constance Ephelia. Overlooking Port Launay Marine National Park amidst acres of lush mangrove vegetation, both the north and south sides of the resort tumble down onto the kinds of white sand beaches holiday dreams are made of.
The first thing that struck me about Ephelia was how family friendly the resort appeared to be – expansive Family Villas with private courtyard gardens and swimming pools cater to the needs of both parents and their children, while offerings of rock climbing, water sports, snorkelling and adrenaline-inducing zip-line trails set between rock faces are sure to keep even the hardest-to-please entertained. The complimentary Kids Club for youngsters aged 4 to 11 also has a plethora of activities to keep the children busy, including arts and crafts, films, themed cooking days and scavenger hunts – perfect for those days when you just need some adult-only time to revive.
One of the greatest things about Ephelia is that you can either choose to stay in the resort and make use of all the facilities on offer (of which there are plenty), or borrow bicycles - complimentary, of course - to explore the island and its 5 beaches however you choose. This freedom is something that not every island in the Seychelles offers, and is not to be underrated.
Assuming you haven’t exuded all your energy partaking in the seemingly endless array of activities at Ephelia, there is also a fully equipped gym, 4 tennis courts and a squash court available to cater for all workout and training desires. However, if an action packed holiday is not your idea of heaven, there’s also plenty of alternative pursuits at Ephelia to help you unwind, relax and revive.
I also experienced the best body massage I have ever had in the Seychelles here at U Spa by Constance, an incredible spa village set in the tranquil heart of the resort’s tropical gardens. Offering a dry heat sauna, steam room, thermal pool, Jacuzzi, still pool, kneipp foot path (barefoot walking encouraged), reflective pool and its very own Yoga Pavilion - should you still be craving more activity - the spa itself is a place you could easily lose yourself in for hours at a time every day.
Families that are looking for a resort with a little more to do, although Ephelia is also an excellent first option for couples who are new to the Seychelles and looking for a cost effective alternative to the Four Seasons.
Kayaking around the mangroves – an excellent way to explore and uncover the scintillating natural habitat surrounding you.
A highlight of mine was sipping on a delicious Caipirinha whilst recuperating around the pool - the intensely fresh flavour of the passion fruit was delicious and an absolute must try.