What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Snorkeling, diving, windsurfing or fishing in bathtub-temp ocean waters, just off Port Launay's Marine National Park
- Shiseido treatments at the spa, where the tropical garden and pool are as soothing as the facials
What To Know
- A car is necessary for exploring the island's other beaches and nightlife
- Family-friendly offerings include a kids club, gourmet baby food and babysitting services
- Most of the restaurants have a dress code; ladies, pack a dress, and gents, bring long pants
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Tropical chic. Spanning 300 acres, the resort is a mix of fulsome greenery and gardens, Balinese-style pavilions and African conical thatch roofs. The villas blend in with their natural surroundings, with pale yellow stucco walls, mahogany louvered shades, dark hardwoods and private outdoor spaces.
Bed & Bath
The 267 suites and villas overlook Port-Launay’s turquoise waters and the verdant hills of Marine National Park. Each has its own living and dining area and an outdoor deck with a private pool, some which dangle above Port-Launay’s emerald bay. Spa Villas are equipped with a private hammam and treatment area for two, while Beach Villas feature spacious bathrooms with his-and-hers sinks, walk-in showers and separate tubs.
Mangrove-fringed pathways lead to the five oceanfront restaurants, which offer everything from wood oven pizzas and grilled seafood to Creole specialties and Mediterranean cast iron dishes. Fly above the native takamaka trees on one of the resort’s eight zip lines from the North Beach to the poolside deck at Cyann for fresh sushi and such classic French-Asian dishes as the salmon with fennel cream. Cruise the nature trail on one of the free bikes, stopping for a treatment at the huge Shiseido spa, a round on the tennis courts, a night diving course at the PADI-certified dive center or a glass of aged rum at one of the four oceanfront bars.
How to Get There
We had a great stay at Ephelia. It is a large resort, which sometimes shows through, but the overall experience was really good.
A few positives:
- Port Launey is a great beach, and the complementary snorkling equipment made it a perfect place to go snorkling several times during our stay.
- Housekeeping did a great job, and we really liked our rooms. (We stayed in the Junior Suites.)
- The buffet was great, both breakfast and dinner (especially the Italian themed day).
A few negatives:
- I _really_ didn't like that thety had tortoises in captivity. We visited the large tortoise "farm" on Curieuse Island, where they walked around freely, and which was amazing. On Ephelia they have very little room, and it's sad to see them in their small enclosure. Magnificent animals like this deserves more than this.
- It's hard to get a reservation in the restaurants. We probably should have done this before we arrived, but didn't know that. The options were severely limited when we tried to make reservations during checkin.
- The spa isn't the largest, and is only complementary for visiting before 2 PM.
- Eating and drinking here is pretty pricy, even for the Seychelles.
We spent 7 nights at Constance Ephelia and was the first time for us to spend most of the time in the resort. This was possible thanks to the size of the resort (even small hikes are possible without leaving the resort) the number of activities offered (many water sports, some free of charge) and most importantly the superb beach, among the best I’ve ever seen.
Positive: almost everything, the big and clean room with large terrace, beautiful nature, the fact that at full occupancy you have plenty of space, never felt crowded, the attention and care of employees, the food. I could mention many situations when we felt well taken care of but will just say thanks to Brandon from Adam and Eve who was very pleasant and attentive and immediately arranged for our bottle of wine to be brought from another restaurant.
Not so positive: long waiting time to check in and when finally in the room took another hour for the luggage to arrive. But even this inconvenience was compensated with a lunch voucher.
Tips and things to consider: mosquitos, plenty of them that bite even after using enough repellent. The hotel makes efforts to reduce them but given the size and plenty of nature it’s unavoidable. Also all restaurants are outside which makes a very pleasant dining experience but consider long light trousers or long dresses to avoid getting bitten. We booked all dinners in advance to avoid disappointment as we read that they quickly get booked. We enjoyed a la carte dinner 6 out of 7 nights which makes a very good value for money of the half board. Booking a few days in advance booking was enough to get confirmations. One night we wanted to try the Corosol, which is buffet. Food was of good quality with plenty of choice but it feels less special than the other a la carte restaurants. We didn’t try the fine dining Cyan as the quality of food at the other restaurants was high and we preferred to pay extra for the Creole fiesta at Seselwa which was great.
To sum up, we are happy to have chosen Constance Ephelia and will consider Constance hotels in other destinations across the Indian Ocean! And ofcourse hoping to come back one day!
We only stayed for 2 nights, so we had only limited experience of the resort, but in that time it highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the resort. It is a very large resort for the Seychelles and this leads to the service being not as friendly as you find elsewhere. It is 'by the book' and at times it is even surly. The 'buggy service' is also not as slick as in smaller resorts. It had more akin to a bus service. The restaurants are patchy. Seselwa was poor, the food was cold and seemed to have stood around along time. This is in contrast to Cyan & Adam & Eve where we had excellent meals. The villas we stayed in were very nice and a good size. The only strange thing was that each of the villa bedrooms and the hall had key card access, so you had to have your key card to get from the lounge to the bedroom or from a child's bedroom to the main bedroom. This we found inconvenient. There are a lot of activities for children, but it would be wise to book them in advance as they were mainly booked up for us. The high point of this resort is North Beach (the villa area) which is a lovely shallow cove that is excellent for children to play in and swim.