Beach resort bliss in quiet corner of Mahe
Opened in 2010, this luxurious resort in the sought after northern corner of Mahe, is set within 120 hectares of lush private jungle. Situated on a promontory, the hotel is flanked to the south and north by picture-postcard beaches, where you can snorkel within the National Marine Park of Port Launay. Despite having over 180 guest rooms and over 40 different private villas, amenities at the hotel have been carefully spread out so you never feel you’re in a busy hotel. A bonus for parents is the complimentary kids club for children age 4-11 years. The U Spa is immense with over 10 treatment rooms - head in this direction for ultimate relaxation.
At the lodge
The design of Constance Ephelia blends its colonial past with modern beach resort luxury. Steep thatch roofs house the main buildings with wide tiled verandas, stylish cane furniture, modern lighting and expansive infinity swimming pools. Here you’ll find Corosol Ephelia the main buffet restaurant, situated poolside.The other four restaurants each boast a unique cuisine and look and feel such as Adam & Eve, which offers casual al fresco dining with sand between your toes and Seselwa Restaurant, which offers a colourful buffet under the bedouin tent, on the shores of the north beach.
Room options at Constance Ephelia are varied from junior and senior suites to private villas with swimming pools. The suites are modern and clean with luxurious en-suite bathrooms with bath, shower and his and her basins. Each suite has air conditioning, mini bar, flat screen satellite television with an impressive movie selection, lounge, writers desk and private terrace with table and chairs. The family, spa and hillside villas come with a private butler, complimentary bicycles and an exquisite swimming pool (some have more than one). Not all rooms are near amenities so you would shuttle via golf buggy or cycle.
With all the azure water surrounding the resort (and a marine sanctuary to boot) you’ll be eager to explore. On offer is snorkelling, scuba diving, hobie cat sailing and kayaking through the mangrove lagoon, which snakes through the peninsula. There’s even a new way to experience the forest. Sure you could hike it on foot ... or you could fly though its arboreal reaches on a zip line! The Seychelles is known for its granite islands and Mahe is one of them. Novices climbers can practice on the artificial climbing wall and then graduate to the real thing, climbing the granite crags around the lodge, with a safety harness and instructor of course. Tennis, squash and golf are also available.