I enjoyed my honeymoon in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world – the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. You can read more about my 12-day itinerary here.
We stayed the first 7 nights in Mahe, in Hotel Constance Ephelia. It was a big resort but somehow, it never felt like it was busy or commercial.
The hotel is a mere 45 minutes’ drive or 25km from the airport with very narrow roads to reach the hotel. As we arrived early, we had breakfast while they were getting our room ready. We then checked in, booked some activities and explored the resort!
Here are some of the highlights of this hotel that I think really makes this resort special and unique from the other resorts in Mahe.
The resort’s 313 suites and villas are divided into two sides of the peninsula – north beach (226 suites) and south beach (87 villas). The north beach is more secluded and quieter than the south, but the south was where most of the facilities were including the sports centre (which I never used – ooops!), the spa, restaurants and the pools.
We booked a junior suite in the south beach. All junior suits are housed in 4 horseshoe-shaped clusters of 6 to 7 two-story pavilions, each housing 4 suits (2 on the ground floor and 2 on the first floor). Luckily, we were on the first floor which had a great sea-view. Each cluster of pavilions is catered around a shared swimming pool.
My suite featured a king-size bed with amazing high-quality cotton linen plus a small sitting area to watch TV. It also included an open-plan bathroom equipped with twin basins, deep bath tub, toilet and a shower. My favourite was our terrace facing the sea
However, it is easy to access both sides of the hotel via buggies that are always on rotation (and fun to ride on!). The worst-case scenario is waiting 10 minutes for the next buggy but even if you start walking – you can get a ride on the way.
Guys… I can’t even tell you how amazing the food was here. Constance Ephelia has 5 restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. Each restaurant has its own design and culinary concept.
The main dining venue, Corossol is located in the South Beach near the lobby. This is where breakfast is also served for suite guests and international dinner buffets. Each night had a theme – from tandoori, to pizza and pasta.
This is Helios Restaurant located in South Beach offering a Mediterranean buffet. Its super casual and chic. The food was SO good!
Adam and Eve restaurant was also located in South Beach, right next to our suite. It serves East Asian flavours with a focus on Malay, Singaporean and Indonesian cuisine. It was so delicious and the dessert… omg the dessert – it was amazing.
My favourite restaurant was Seselwa, on the North Side, which a la carte dining with a focus on Creole cuisine. It was my first time trying a bat curry! Don’t judge me but its their national dish – so I had to give it a go. It was very bony, but tasted delicious.
There is also Cyann, the resort’s signature restaurant serving elegant dinners focussing on French-Asian fusion cuisine. We didn’t actually end up going to this one as we wanted to enjoy the buffet
The first thing I think about when I think Constance Ephelia is the resort’s luxuriant tropical garden spa – “U Spa by Constance”. It is the largest spa village in the Indian ocean.
We had a one hour full-body spa session and it was the most sophisticated one I had in my life. It was just so heavenly…
We loved just hanging in the reflective pool.
There are so many different activities and water sport you could try at the resort, most of which are offered at North Beach. We tried pedal boating and my hubs kept getting caught in the rocks, while I happily sunbathed on the boat :p Its quite scary how fast you can find yourself in the deep end.
We also used the hotel snorkling gear to look at the coral and fish.
Constance Ephelia is the only place in the Seychelles where this is available and what a memorable experience it was.
The resort grounds are huge. I really loved the interior design of the hotel – particular the lobby which is basically a long open-sided walkway under a steep wooden roof. The main area is sounded by a reflecting water pond. It was just an airy design and crated this free space between the interior and exterior. When not eating in the main restaurant, we were sitting by the lively bar singing and dancing to live music or having shisha in the outdoor bar.