Ironman Steen Tinning wins his first European Senior Tour title

Danish golfer Steen Tinning celebrated his sixth appearance on the European Senior Tour with a win at the Berenberg Masters last week.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Following a flawless round of 69 giving him an aggregate of nine under par at Refrath, Germany, he was able to hold off German golfer and home favourite Bernhard Langer.

Tinning made his debut at the end of last year’s tour at the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

After a career plagued by accidents and injuries in his youth, Tinning has put his current Ironman training to good use to raise his fitness and as a result was able to join the European Senior Tour last year.

Bernhard Langer is currently leading the European Senior Tour Order of Merit 2013 and looks well placed for a place at the MCB Tour Championship this December.

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The best hidden beaches in the Indian Ocean

Discover the utter joy of stumbling upon a stretch of unspoilt beach where you don’t have to compete with the crowds.

Anse Georgette, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Anse Georgette, Constance Lémuria

Here’s our rundown of five of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the Indian Ocean.

Anse Georgette – Seychelles, Praslin

The beautiful, secluded beach of Anse Georgette on the northwest of Praslin delivers the Seychellois dream of white sand and calm crystal waters shaded by lush green foliage. The beach can’t be reached by car – to access it you walk through the golf course of Constance Lémuria – so there are never too many visitors and the reward for your effort is a pristine beach with very few people.

Trou d’Argent – Rodrigues

If you’re looking for that genuine Robinson Crusoe feeling then you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere more deserted than the stunning Trou d’Argent beach on the island of Rodrigues. The island itself is a remote haven lying 600km to the east of its sister island Mauritius, connected by an inter-island flight twice a week.

Betania Beach – Madagascar

The laid back vibe of the Madagascan region of Morondava makes this beach overlooking the Mozambique Channel one of the most chilled out beach venues in the Indian Ocean. The beach stretches for miles and the only things you will be sharing it with are some local livestock.

Trou d’Argent, Rodrigues

Trou d’Argent, Rodrigues

Anse Lazio – Seychelles, Praslin

Anse Lazio is another stunning beach off the beaten track on Praslin. Lazio has a road and even a couple of restaurants but its situation at the top of the island, off the main roads, means this is still a quiet spot. Trip Advisor recently declared this the best beach in Africa – head there now before the rest of the world gets in on the action.

Gris Gris – Mauritius

The south of Mauritius is home to the most dramatic and quietest beaches on the island. The one that tops the must-go list is the breathtakingly beautiful Gris Gris. From the cliffs above you can look down to the wide stretch of sand below, and the huge waves as they pound the shore. It’s not safe to swim in the water due to the currents, but take a gentle walk along the shell-filled beach and shoreline, and feel your spirit soar.

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New General Manager Bruno Le Gac brings passion to Constance Lémuria

New General Manager at Constance Lémuria, Bruno Le Gac brings his passion for warm hospitality and impeccable service to his role at the luxury hotel in the Seychelles.

Bruno Le Gac, General Manager at Constance Lémuria

Bruno Le Gac, General Manager at Constance Lémuria

Bruno joins Lémuria from his position as Resident Manager of Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

He describes his decision to leave Mauritius as a chance to begin a new adventure in the Seychelles. ‘After more than 10 years in Mauritius it was time for me to take on a new challenge. And what a challenge… I am very happy and I feel very privileged to be in such an amazing place.’

Ultimate luxury at Constance Lémuria

With its elegantly luxurious design, 18-hole golf course and stunning location on the Seychelles island of Praslin, Lémuria is one of Constance’s ‘ultimate’ hotels and a member of the elite Leading Hotels of the World group.

‘Constance Lémuria is a legend,’ Bruno explains. ‘The site is simply unique, one of the most incredible hotel sites in the world. There is a feeling of freedom for the guest in our resort, you can walk from one place to the other, everything is close. A true hassle-free vacation.’

With more than 10 years experience working for Constance Hotels & Resorts, Bruno began his career with Constance as Executive Chef moving up to become Corporate Chef for the company.

What makes Constance different

He describes Constance as being unique in the luxury holiday sector. ‘As a Mauritian company Constance promotes the values of the legendary Mauritian hospitality.’

‘I fell in love with this company the minute I entered the gates of Belle Mare Plage some 11 years ago. It’s not a secret that we have one of the highest rates of repeating guests in the industry. Working with Constance I feel as if I am living a passionate human adventure, we are doing business with soul.’

Trends in the luxury holiday market

Now Bruno is bringing that passion to his first role as General Manager at Lémuria and he feels it’s important to keep on top of current trends in the luxury holiday market.

Sunset dinner at Constance Lémuria

Sunset dinner at Constance Lémuria

‘Guests no longer want to adapt to hotel services so our challenge is to anticipate and personalise our service to them as much as possible. Guests are also now more savvy about the good things in life – food, design, architecture and so on.

‘As a result we have to do more, faster and better, even in a tropical paradise like the Seychelles, and this requires strong organisation, lots of planning and anticipation.’

How new technology is changing travel

In the age of social media and new technology Bruno understands that a hotel needs to be the very best it can to meet the increasingly high expectations of its guests.

‘Everybody checks the internet before choosing their hotel and everyone travels with connected devices. Information is immediate and with the social media every guest is now a potential auditor, journalist, critic. Hoteliers are getting sharper because the guests are.’

The team at Lémuria

As the new General Manager Bruno is keen to welcome new and old guests to his resort.

‘We have an incredible team of professionals of more than 25 nationalities which is looking forward to welcoming you and extending the legendary Constance service.’

‘We have a pollution-free environment, no traffic jams and huge mango trees full of ripe fruits so remember, your next holiday is just a click away.’

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A journey of a lifetime

Being stuck indoors in the heat of August can make us hanker for childhood summers when every day brought a new adventure and a chance to try something different.

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

This August, recreate that summer holiday feeling, revive your spirit of adventure and embark on a journey of a lifetime. Ditch the car, leave the office behind and escape on a last-minute trip abroad.

Set yourself free in the Indian Ocean

The stunning islands of the Indian Ocean are the ideal grown-ups’ playground with a climate of warm sunshine and clear waters.

Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar offer adventure and excitement a-plenty so you can rediscover the wonder of trying something new along with a host of adrenalin fuelled activities.

Revive your spirit of adventure

Reconnect with that supercharged feeling you get when you do something for the first time. Trying something new gives us a burst of energy and enthusiasm that we carry with us long after the experience itself.

Challenge yourself to try new things whether that be wine tasting in the still water off Constance Moofushi, learning traditional Seychellois dance at Constance Ephélia or learning to cook Mauritian food from our top chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Get your adrenalin pumping

If you’re looking for something a more fast-paced why not try pitting your wits against the ocean with some big game fishing or catamaran sailing.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy speeding across the ocean on water skis or wakeboards or letting the wind take them on windsurfs and kite surfs.

Scuba diving in the Indian Ocean

For those who haven’t scuba dived before, the adventure below the waves awaits you in reefs teeming with vibrant marine life and qualified instructors on hand to guide you.

In the waters off Constance Tsarabanjina you can discover reefs previously unexplored with a kaleidoscope of colourful marine life.

Even experienced divers can try something new with night dives available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage and Ephelia and heart-stopping shark dives at Moofushi and Halaveli.

Take time out for you

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

In the hectic modern world we can be so busy rushing about for other people that we don’t have time to think about our own needs. Why not make this the summer that you kick-start a new program of wellbeing for you?

For sports fans why not book a session with one of our tennis coaches or take up golf and learn from the pros at our Marc Farry Golf Academy, based on our championship golf courses in Mauritius at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

Let one of our personal trainers introduce you to one-on-one yoga sessions, or learning how to meditate and breathe to create a greater sense of inner calm.

Last year the trend was for staycations, but 2013 is seeing a revival in people seeking adventure beyond their home shores. Make it the year that tried something new.

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    Best sunglasses for Summer 2013

    Shield your eyes from the sun without compromising on style. Taking inspiration from Vogue, here’s our guide to the best sunglasses for 2013.

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Dolce & Gabbana

    1. Best Aviators

    Ray-Ban Aviators

    Ray-Ban have taken their classic Aviators and given them a new twist this summer with new colours not just for the frames but for the lenses too. Colours include funky blue, pink, green and brown.

    2. Best round frames

    Linda Farrow Luxe – Perfect Teashades

    These 70s-style round frames make a fun stylish statement for summer.

    3. Best for retro-cool

    Emporio Armani

    Round shades are hot right now and the retro appeal of these 60s inspired wood-effect frames put these bang on trend.

    Cutler & Gross

    Cutler & Gross

    4. Best for geek chic

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Trust Dolce & Gabbana to bring some fun to the current trend for heavy, thick-rimmed glasses with shades in a number of vibrant colours including pink, plum and powder blue.

    5. Best for oversized

    Victoria Beckham – Metal Drop Temple

    Arguably the queen of oversized eyewear, Victoria Beckham has created these beautiful handmade silver frames with dark rose lenses. Perfect for hiding behind, pretending to hide or just shielding from the sun in style.

    6. Best for making a statement

    Cutler and Gross – Mother of Pearl

    These 70s inspired frames are an inspired blend of fun and style with mother of pearl octagonal frames.

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    Recipe: Halaveli’s Shrimp Laksa

    Laksa is the traditional dish that comes from the Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. With the recipe originating in Singapore, our team at Halaveli has adapted it to our customers’ palates. An explosion of flavours and tastes!

    Shrimp Laska

    Shrimp Laksa

    Ingredients

    The Laksa broth:

    • 400g vermicelli
    • 500ml coconut milk
    • 50g chopped ginger
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 4 or 5 chopped shallots
    • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander, washed
    • 1 teaspoon tumeric
    • 3 teaspoons curry powder
    • 12 shrimps (about 100g each), peeled and deveined
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 3 or 4 cumbava leaves
    • 1 litre chicken stock
    • 160g Silken Tofu

    1. Boil a large pot of water. Add the vermicelli and cook them until they are tender.

    2. Drain and rinse them to prevent them from sticking. Set them aside.

    3. In a wok, bring the coconut milk to a boil until the coconut oil separates and forms a layer on top.

    4. Finely chop all the spices and fry them until they fill the air.

    5. Add the shrimp, soy sauce, cumbuva leaves and chicken broth. Boil them and adjust the seasoning.

    Finishing and presentation

    Divide the vermicelli into 4 bowls, then add the broth and arrange the prawns and tofu, cut into large cubes.

    Garnish each bowl with fresh coriander and fried shallots. Our chefs add some lemon, a small endive and some pear slices.