What amateur golfers can learn from the Masters 2011

Legends Championship Golf Course, Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legends Championship Golf Course, Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

After the excitement, twists and turns of last week’s Golf Masters 2011 and our award for best golf course worldwide, we spoke to our resident professional, Sebastian Pilot, Golf Manager at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

As the man in charge of not one but two 18 hole championship golf courses, he feels that if you’re going to watch one golf tournament all year, the Masters is the one not to miss.

While the Constance Belle Mare Plage doesn’t do anything specific to mark the Masters each year, Sebastian watched avidly at home. At the start, Mickelson was Sebastian’s favorite to win, but Jason Day’s performance was a pleasant surprise to him as the tournament progressed as he feels he was a worthy runner up.

While our Golf Manager felt Tiger Woods did a great job and is definitely coming back to form after recent times in this year’s Masters, he was very sad for Rory McIlroy because he played so well throughout the competition, he really felt he ought to win.

Other stand out golfers in the tournament for Sebastian were Adam Scott and of course, the eventual winner of the Masters 2011, Charl Swartzel.

So what does Sebastian think any budding or amateur golfers can learn from this year’s tournament?

“Amateurs will learn that it is a mental game,” he laughs “and that nothing is done before the last hole of the tournament.”

See also our article on what makes a good golf course.

If you are planning a luxury golf holiday in the Seychelles, our 18 hole course at Constance Lemuria is the only one in the island country.

Record breaking row across the Indian Ocean

The crew getting ready to row across the Indian Ocean

The crew getting ready to row across the Indian Ocean

Constance Hotels Experience is delighted to be on the key sponsors of the 3100 rowing race from Australia to Mauritius this year.

In just 6 days time, 11 people are going to undertake the monumental – and potentially record-breaking task of rowing boats across the Indian Ocean.

Sponsor the 3100 team here.

The team plans to row the 3100 miles from Australia to Mauritius in less than 68 days, 19 hours and 40 minutes. The scale of the challenge is immense: only eleven boats have so far successfully completed the crossing. They are also rowing without the usual aid of a support vessel.

Rowing the Indian Ocean

Some of Team Indian Ocean 3100

Starting out in Geraldton, Western Australia on 17th April, the expedition will see the four man crew suffer extreme fatigue, mental stress and intense isolation.

They risk crippling sores and the countless dangers involved in crossing a great Ocean in a small open craft. The adventurers will have minimal help from winds and currents, so will need to row in 2 hour shifts for 24 hours a day for almost ten weeks to complete their mission.

Dorset army officer James Kayll who serves with the Light Dragoons will be joined by Tom Kelly, and by brothers Oliver and Ed Wells. Capt Kayll has completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, and will be raising money for the Light Dragoons and also for the charity set up in memory of a close friend who was killed in action ‚ The Mark Evison Foundation.

Our Communications Manager, Kelly Desiree, said: ‘We are very proud to be supporting such a great challenge and at the same time helping to raise money for two worthwhile charities. We wish the team the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them to Mauritius at the end of their journey!’

Awards! We win Best Golf Course & Best Hotel Worldwide!

Award winning golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Award winning golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Given the excitement of the Masters 2011 last week, we are even more proud to announce that we have won two amazing awards for one of our fantastic resorts in Mauritius: Constance Belle Mare Plage, following on from the previous two year’s success.

We received both the bronze medal in both the ‘Best Golf course worldwide’ and ‘Best Hotel worldwide’ categories at the annual Golf Journal Travel Awards!

What makes it more special is that it was voted for by the readers of Golf Journal magazine, who placed both the hotel itself and the ‘The Legend’ golf course third in the categories ‘Best Hotel worldwide and Best Golf course worldwide’ respectively.

As Constance Lémuria Resort in the Seychelles was last years’ winner of the ‘Best Hotel worldwide’ award, it is an honour for Constance Hotels Experience to be awarded for a second year running.

Award winning golf course and hotel

Mr Patrice Binet-Décamps, Managing Director of Constance Hotels Experience, received both awards at the tourism fair ITB held in Berlin recently.

Mr Binet-Décamps said that the hotel group was happy to once again be honoured by the Golf Journal Travel Awards, as it served as confirmation that the customer’s demands were being met.

He also mentioned that the awards would challenge the group to uphold and even improve their current exacting standards.

The luxurious five-star resort, which is located on the eastern coast of Mauritius, has been awarded several prizes.

  • The exceptional architecture of the Constance Belle Mare Plage blends comfortably with the exotic tropical gardens surrounding it.
  • The 92 Prestige Rooms, 137 Junior Suites and 6 Deluxe Suites of the hotel are embellished with materials like marble, wood and glass.
  • 20 private villas each have their own pool, as does the exclusive Presidential villa, which is situated directly on the beach – mere steps away from the warm sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean.

Video: diving in the Seychelles: underwater action!

Yesterday, our experts blogged about their top 3 diving locations in the Seychelles – today, we thought we’d whet your appetite a little more and bring you a little video clip taken by sea lovers at our Constance Ephelia Resort.

Click on the image below to visit YouTube and see the Seychelles diving video clip. I don’t know about you, but it’s making us itchy for our next dive experience!

Diving with a Manta Ray, Seychelles

Diving with a Manta Ray

Top 3 diving sites in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is one of the greatest places for diving in the world. Featuring no less than 6 national marine parks, there’s an abundance of spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Top 3 dive sites in the Seychelles

Top 3 dive sites in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is on the African continental shelf which means the sea is shallow in most dive sites (12 to 15 meters) which makes it perfect for novice divers who might be a little nervous – but it also has wildlife and wonderful diving experiences (such as wrecks) for established divers.

If you’re planning a luxury diving holiday, our diving experts at Constance Ephilia Resort, Seychelles, have come up with their top 3 dive spots, along with information about how to get there and why the dive site is so special.

1. Trois Bank

Location
Situated about 5 miles south east from Constance Ephelia Resort

How do you get to it
20 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
Experienced open water divers

Typical dive
The maximum depth at this site is 23 meters. With nice granite rocks formation, coral formation raised nearly to 4 meters to the surface; you could swim through these rocks.

Marine life
There are around 15-20 grey reef sharks most of the time. Groups of octopus, eagle rays, school of barracuda, bat fish, reef fishes and morays.

Visibility
Fantastic – most of the time 20/30 meters or more.

2. National Marine Park, Cap Ternay

Location
Next bay from Constance Ephelia Resort

How do you get to it?
12 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
Anyone from beginners to advanced qualified divers can enjoy this site.

Typical dive
Very calm bay, beautiful coral reef full of marine life, starting from its shallow reef (about 1 metre) to a maximum of 24 meters.

There is a large flat reef area with a gradual drop off from about 6 meters to 24 metres at 45 angles.

Diving with a Manta Ray, Seychelles

Diving with a Manta Ray

Marine life
Beautiful reef fishes, morays, lion fish, turtles, humphead parrot fish, trumpet fish, clown fish, and many other species.

From August to September, it is easily to meet the giant whale sharks and sometimes also the dolphins.

3. Dredger Wreck

Location
1 mile far from Bel Ombre Area, North/West coast Seychelles

How do you get to it?
20 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
This site is better suited to divers with experience of open water diving – more advanced divers are preferred.
There’s a small dredger (about 15 meters) for divers to explore. It was sunk on purpose for divers in the mid 80s. It lies at 27 meters depth near to a nice reef.

Marine life
The dredger wreck has created a nice hiding place for cat fish, morays, lobster, stone fish, lion fish, and scorpion fish. Big school of yellow snappers that cover the whole wreck.

Sometimes giant puffer fish and school of bat fish can be spotted, sting rays in the sand. In the mid water (above the wreck), there are always visitors like school of jack fish, fusilier and job fish.

Find out more about our luxury diving experiences at the Constance Ephelia Hotel, Seychelles.

Great deals on our Luxury Villas with last minute super deal

Le Prince Maurice resort

Our luxurious Le Prince Maurice resort

Looking for a last minute luxury get away? You should take advantage of our Last Minute Super Deal. There are only a few rooms left and the offer ends on the 12th April so you will need to act fast to ensure you do not miss out.

Enjoy discounted rates on Junior Suite and Villa for all last minute booking. This offer includes halfboard, i.e. breakfast and dinner.

This special offer isn’t compatible with any of our other offers.

Find out more about this last minute discount offer, along with terms and conditions.