Indian Ocean jewel

Imagine an island as untouched as the one Robinson Crusoe discovered. Mix that with barefoot chic and world-class facilities and you have Constance Moofushi Resort.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Myrthe Strijbos from The Style Junkies writes about discovering the Jewel Island.

As a frequent traveller I love unspoiled places where you get a taste of seclusion and sheer beauty.

The Maldives were always number one on my must-go travel list. This gorgeous country is, by most estimations, the closest you get to paradise on earth and the ideal choice for lovebirds.

In March my boyfriend and I visited the Indian Ocean jewel and discovered it for ourselves. I can easily say that for experiencing that feeling of going back to nature, indulging in sun drenched days and star studded nights, the Maldives is where it’s at.

The journey by seaplane to this barefoot idyll is a pleasure for the eye – breathtaking views of the azure blue sea, sandy little islands surrounded by turquoise reefs and glorious skies.

Diving at Constance Moofushi

Diving at Constance Moofushi

For a dive junkie, this laid-back yet luxurious resort is a paradise, and considered one of the best dive spots in the South Ari Atoll. And you can see why when you catch your first glimpse of the spectacular soft coral reefs and the giant mantas gliding by.

As you would expect, the accommodation is as spectacular as the location. A quarter of the 110 thatched villas are on the beach, while the water villas and senior water villas are on two jetties, each with a stairway down to the azure lagoon and a private deck.

At Moofushi they capture the best tropical ambiance, the beauty of the location, and the exotic flavours of the Maldives.

And they’ve rewritten the rule book on all-inclusives. Opt for the Crystal Package and you get all meals at Manta Restaurant, drinks (yes, as much cocktails and wine as you want!), mini bar, and more.

What else is there to do…

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Beach villa at Moofushi

Reach the perfect state of well being and deep relaxation at Le Spa Constance, and for yoga try a lesson from yogi Manish. Check out the water sport centre for surfing, kayaking or sailing. Meanwhile, back on dry land you can siesta on hammocks, chill by the pool or just soak up the sun… Atoll life is good.

 

Find out more about Constance Moofushi

 

The Style Junkies 

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Win a 6* luxury holiday to Constance Le Prince Maurice

There’s still time to enter your photos in our competition to win a 6* luxury holiday at the newly refurbished Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Le Barachois

Le Barachois at Constance Le Prince Maurice

As well as half-board in an exceptional luxury Junior Suite, the prize includes flights and access to 2 championship 18-hole golf courses.

Other great prizes include limited edition vanity cases from Valmont and fragrance from Shiseido.

How to enter

To enter, send us your favourite photos from your holidays at Constance Hotels, and a short caption telling us about the memory the photo evokes in you.

When to enter

Between now and 4 September 2012, you can enter your photos.

1. Decide which decade your photos are from

2. Check the dates for when you can enter for that decade, see below.

Photos taken 1975-1989

Enter: 20-28 August

All decades
Enter: 29 August – 4 September

Prizes 

The best photos from each decade, as well as from each category of entry, will be awarded a prize from Valmont or Shiseido. Every entry we receive will also be included in our grand prize draw to win a luxury 7-night holiday for 2 at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Where will the photos be published?

We’ll publish the best photos and captions on our Facebook Timeline. In addition, every entry we receive will be posted on our Pinterest board and Flickr.

To enter, visit our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page.

Read our competition terms and conditions.

Sponsors of our competition

Valmont - prestigious Swiss spa now open at Constance Halaveli. Discover the luxurious Valmont spa at Constance Halaveli.

Shiseido - one of the most influential skincare houses in the world, available at Constance. Shiseido at Constance Hotels.

5 delicious recipes from Constance Hotels

Indulge in a foodie weekend with these 5 tasty recipes from the Indian Ocean.

Fillet of red snapper

Fillet of red snapper

1. Chicken and prawn curry

Mauritian curry served in a spicy coconut sauce.

2. Fillet of red snapper coated in a coconut chatini crust

Delicious fish served with warm lentil dhal and tamarind vinaigrette.

3. Pineapple and watermelon sandwich

Fruity sandwich served with basil and cinnamon French toast.

4. Ultimate spare ribs

Simple, finger food ideal for a weekend lunch.

5. Chicken and prawn fricasse

Spicy dish served with stewed Chinese bredes.

Find out more about the food we serve at Constance Hotels from our website.

Top travel apps 2012

If you’re ready to jet off on holiday, get the lowdown on the best travel apps for your phone and iPad.

iPhone screen

iPhone apps

From Mashable Lifestyle

1. 15 iPhone apps for your summer getaway

Includes:

  • Hear Planet – discover landmarks, historic sites and more with guided audio tours via your iPhone
  • OffMaps2 – avoid data roaming charges when viewing maps with this app that lets you download maps offline

2. 10 free must-have travel apps for android

Includes:

  • Kayak – one stop shop for organising and booking your travel plans
  • Expensify – ideal for business travellers, allowing you to scan or log receipts so you can create expense reports

 

From CNN Money 

3. 7 best travel apps

Includes:

  • TripIt – to keep track of your travel plans
  • Hotel Tonight – to make last minute hotel reservations

 

From Huffington Post

4. Top 10 iPad travel apps

List brought together by Skyscanner and includes:

  • Kindle – turns your iPad into an e-reader
  • HG2 – Hedonists Guide – for city breaks, gives info on best bars, hotels and hip spots in 41 cities

Want to know more about Constance hotels?

Find out more about staying at Constance Hotels Experience from our website.

 

How to improve your golf game with pilates

If you’re looking to improve your golf game, pilates can help you to build core stability, develop better balance, flexibility and mental focus. Golf pros including Tiger Woods, David Duval and Annika Sörenstam all incorporate pilates into their regular training regimes.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Playing golf at the Legend, Belle Mare Plage

Guest blogger, Nicole Bausch – registered physiotherapist, MCSP, certified pilates instructor and golf enthusiast – gives an insight into using pilates to improve your game.

Pilates is the ideal partner for all golfers looking to improve their performance and stay healthy on the greens.

Over the last century the golf swing has changed and a modern swing requires a wide shoulder turn while restricting turn in the hips, building torque in the muscles of the lower back and shoulders. Any physical restrictions that impact on ability to swing the club efficiently will limit your ability to improve your game.

Golf and Pilates share the same basic principles, both requiring flexibility and strength.

Golf at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lemuria

Pilates can help to:

  • increase flexibility of the hips to allow the rotation of the trunk over the hips in the backswing and the follow-through
  • increase flexibility in the upper back to allow the torso to rotate over a fixed, stable lower body
  • build strength in the posterior hip muscles to provide a stable lower body for the trunk to rotate over in the backswing, and to allow a firm lead side for the golfer to hit against in the follow-through
  • build strength of the deep abdominal and core stabilising muscles to stabilise the spine and dissipate the forces that are generated during the swing, as well as helping the golfer maintain the posture during the swing to help them keep the swing on the correct plane
  • build strength in the muscles that stabilise the shoulder girdle, which includes the shoulder joint itself and the shoulder blades. This will allow the golfer to keep the arms connected to the trunk, which allows efficient transfer of energy from the body to the arms and ultimately to the club head.

Right to the core
Having a strong core allows a golfer to achieve better positioning over the ball, giving an improved swing. When the golfer emphasises initiating from the core through peripheral limbs, power is generated from the ground up, which leads to an increase in club head speed so the golfer will drive the ball further.

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Combine a luxury holiday with playing golf

Preventing injury
Pilates is not only beneficial for golfers who want to improve their performance, it is also effective in reducing the risk of injuries. Lower back pain is the most common complaint followed by elbow and shoulder injuries.

Lower back pain can occur as a result of the increased rotation and extension in the modern golf swing. Pilates can help increase the range of motion in the trunk and hips, to decrease the incidence of golf related low back pain. Pilates can also help to enhance core stability and strength to decrease the risk of fatigue.

Preparation
Warming up before golfing has been shown to decrease the incidence of golf injuries. Pilates exercises and stretching can be integrated before hitting the green.

Golfer’s tonic at Constance Hotels

After a few rounds on the green at Constance hotels, treat yourself to a wonderful massage. Our Golfer’s Tonic is a stimulating massage which aids in relaxing and preparing muscles, preventing injuries, improving suppleness and reducing the risk of inflammation before and after golf. Find out more about the golfer’s tonic massage.

Playing golf at Constance

We have 3 18-hole championship golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria.

Find out more about golf at Constance Hotels Experience.
Our guest blogger, Nicole Bausch teaches Pilates at the Natural Fitness Centre, Eastbourne, UK.

Chilled mango soup with ginger ice cream

Deliciously summery, the mango and ginger work perfectly in this recipe from the kitchens at Constance Halaveli.

Chilled mango soup, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Chilled mango soup

For chilled mango soup

  • Mango 4kg
  • Sugar syrup  (30% sugar 70% water) 75ml

For ginger ice cream

  • Single cream 125ml
  • Milk 250ml
  • Caster sugar 100g
  • Tremoline 75g
  • Fresh ginger, cut into very small pieces 50g

Mango soup

1. Peel the mangoes, cut into cubes and blend. Then mix with the syrup.
2. Keep refrigerated.

Ginger ice cream

1. Heat the fresh cream, milk, sugar, ginger and Tremoline.
2. Strain, and let it cool.
3. Then blend and freeze.

 

Wine recommendation from our sommelier at Halaveli

Gewurztraminer Frontholz Sgn (France) Fresh and floral, this wine has a harmonious and balanced personality, with aromas of candied citrus peel, mango, apricot, rose petal and smoked tea. This wine is soft and seductive.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli Resort on our website.