Top 3 Diving posts for April

Scuba Diving is a real passion of ours here at Constance Resorts Experience. We recently hi-lighted our Top 3 Diving Resorts in the Seychelles and now we would like to highlight some of our favourite blog posts from recent weeks on the subject of diving. Please let us know your thoughts and if you have any content you think we would be interested in please dont hesitate to get in contact with us via Twitter or in the comment section below. In no particular order here they are:

1. Scuba Guru – Expand your consciousness…Dive Anywhere

You don’t have to go on holiday to go diving. PADI’s diving guru gives a rundown of all the other places you can spend your time diving and honing your skills. Diving in your bath tub may not be the height of the scuba experience but it can start to prepare you for a luxurious diving holiday.

2. NDO to take the Dunker Challenge!

This really is extreme diving if ever I have seen it. Best of luck to Jeff Reed with his ‘Escape the Dunker’ Challenge. We wish him even more luck with his efforts in raising his goal of £1m to support the families of serving and former Royal Marines. You can donate to Jeff on his just giving page here.

3. Review: Sunnto D4 Wrist/Dive Computer

Scuba Diver Life have a great review of the Sunnto D4 Dive Computer. The perfect accessory for divers new and old. A great device for giving you all the vital information you will want to know when diving. It even tracks your dive so that you can analyse it later on your PC. I recommend watching the video for  closer look at the features on offer.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Golfers paradise at the only golf course in Seychelles: Lemuria

Lemuria: the only golf course in the Seychelles

Lemuria: the only golf course in the Seychelles

With Prince William and Kate Middleton rumoured to be honeymooning in the beautiful Seychelles this year, this beautiful island country is increasingly popular with those hunting for a luxury holiday destination – and that includes golf enthusiasts.

We’ve won awards for having the best golf courses in the world – and the Constance Lémuria is the only golf course in Seychelles.

This 18-hole, a Par 70, was opened on 1October 2000 and covers an area of 5580 meters. With a free green fee for hotel residents, it offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

 

Lemuria, Seychelles: the most beautiful golf course in the world?

Lemuria: the most beautiful golf course in the world?

Many golfers have hailed Lémuria Golf Course as a golfers paradise and the most beautiful of its kind in the world – and with truly magnificent scenery spanning views of three spectacular beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

The design by internationally renowned golf architect was also influenced by Rodney Wright and the champion Marc-Antoine Farry. It incorporates a series of waterways with margins of endemic palms and broadleaf woodland.

Palm trees allow the light to intermittently filter through, fringing the first 12 holes. From the 13th hole, the course extends over the steep slopes of a thickly forested hill, with breathtaking vistas.

Anse Georgette beach welcomes you for a refreshment after the 15th hole. The club house offers restaurant bar and a boutique. Lessons, caddy player and rental equipment are also available.

Find out more about golf in the Seychelles at Constance Lemuria.

Art de Vignes – Moofushi's Wine Promotion

Art de Vignes Wine Makers enjoying Moofushi

Art de Vignes Wine Makers enjoying Moofushi

From 21 to 23 March this year, Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives welcomed the wine growers of Art de Vignes for a wine promotion.

In collaboration with Jerome Faure (Head Sommelier of Constance Hotels Experience), Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives and his Sommeliers Team organised wine tasting and special evenings for our guests.

What is art de vignes?

Art de vignes is an association of passionate, dedicated wine growers. They follow tradition while supporting the evolution of the world of wine:

  • Marie-Therese & Jacky Barthelme – Albert Mann (Alsace)
  • Anne et Olivier Decelle – Chateau Jean Faure (Saint Emilion) and Mas Amiel (Maury)
  • Alphonse Mellot – Domaine de la Moussiere & Alphone Mellot Wines (Sancerre)
  • Stephanie & Thomas Perrin – Chateau de Beaucastel (Chateauneuf Du Pape)
  • Marie & Thierry Germain – Domaine des Roches Neuves (Saumur)
  • Jean Marc Boillot (Burgundy);
  • Christine Vernay & Paul Amsellem – Domaine Georges Vernay (Condrieu, Cote Rotie)

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.