from Maribor, Slovenia
Submitted on 21-07-2016
We stayed in Constance Ephelia as part of our honeymoon trip. Upon arrival we were offered a drink and one of the staff came to greet us and explain everything to us. Then we were driven to our room by a buggy driver. When we came into the room (Tropical Garden View Room in the South), our luggage was already waiting for us. The room was spacious enough, with A/C, big shower (optional see through possibility), double sinks (his and hers), a sofa, an armchair and a nice patio outside. There were ...
We stayed in Constance Ephelia as part of our honeymoon trip. Upon arrival we were offered a drink and one of the staff came to greet us and explain everything to us. Then we were driven to our room by a buggy driver. When we came into the room (Tropical Garden View Room in the South), our luggage was already waiting for us. The room was spacious enough, with A/C, big shower (optional see through possibility), double sinks (his and hers), a sofa, an armchair and a nice patio outside. There were beautiful fresh flowers on the bed and in the bathroom. Every day we were also given complimentary bottle of water.
FOOD: We had a full board service which I would highly recommend because the meals are really expensive and you could end up paying 50 to 70 euros for lunch for 2 people. And there are also supplementa if you only have a B and B or Hb. Also, the drinks are expensive: 3,5 euros for cappucino, 3 euros for 1 liter of bottled water, cocktails from 7 to 15 euros. There are 5 different restaurants you can choose from: Corossol which serves above excellent brekfast buffet (from different types of bread, cakes, tarts, omlettes, eggs, exotic fruits, yoghurts, pancakes, waffles....). I would especially like to praise one of the servers by the name of Ranjit who was really efficient and very friendly. You can also go to Corossol for dinner, every evening they have a different cuisine buffet: French, Arabic, Asian, American... We also tried Adam and Eve which is Chinese, but we are not really fans of Chinese so cannot really tell, but the food was good, especially the dessert Green Tea Cappuccino. Helios has Mediterranean food, Seselva is local cusine, also worth trying. They also have their signature restaurant Cyan which is Japanese, but did not try it. All in all, the food is really excellent, a variety of choices, and also a feast for the eyes, especially the desserts which were really the best I ever had.
Service: We were quite satisfied with the making up of our room, although one day no one came and we had to call there reception. Otherwise, you get fresh towels and also beach towels every day. Someone also comes in the evening to prepare your bed for sleeping which is kind of nice, never had that before. They also have buggy service from 7 am to midnight, and they can take you to north Beach or South Beach or any place you want to go.
Facilities: They have a well equipped gym and pool for those who like to swim as part of their recreational routine. They offer yoga and meditation in the afternoon, giant turtle feeding, hikes on trails, you can play squash, table tennis, free water sports, ut have to pay extra for diving, snorkeling, fishing, zip line. There is also a spa, but the prices are just crazy, very overpriced, so we did not try it. There are also hotel shops offering polo shirts, maxi dresses, swimwear, Beach bags, mosquito repellents, sunscreen, but everything again is very pricy. You could get it for way less out of the resort. If you want to buy souvenirs, you have to go the capital Victoria.
Beaches: There are 2 beaches, the south and the north side. The north one is much nicer, but usually quite crowded, whereas the south one is less crowded, vers idyllic if you want to take nice pics, when there is low tide you can even walk over to the small island in the bay. The water is clean and refreshing.
Trips and excursions: One day we went to a whole day trip to Praslin And La Digue (much nicer island than Mahe) with the company Mason's Travel. The trip was ok, we saw a lot of things (coconut and vanilla plantation, Valle De May (tropical rainforest experience), bathed on two beaches (Anse L'Surgent - a dream came true, very crystal clear turqouise water, Anse Lazio - very strong waves and currents), there were 4 boat trips (very rough sea, not recommended if you are seasick). But the price per person was also very exaggerated, 200 euros per person. I would recommend making inquiries before booking because surely you could get it cheaper with some other agency.
Weather: We were there in the first half of July and the temperatures were around 28 degrees Celzius, but very high humidity level, around 80 % each day. The weather was quite changeable, from being sunny to raining heavily the next minute. But it was ok, it was refreshing.
All in all, a beautiful location, we had a nice and relaxing holiday, so I would definitely recommend the visit.