Stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship

Top golfers are arriving in Mauritius as they gear up to play in the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage next weekend.

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legend golf course

Events begin from 3 December, with the main championship taking place from 7-9 December.

Top players from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean will be lining up at the Constance Legend course for a shot at Tom Lehman’s crown.

Among the field of 48 who will tee off for the first round on Friday 7 December will be a host of title winners from the past 12 months, two order-of-merit champions, a past Open Championship victor and five former Ryder Cup selections.

We’ll be bringing you updates, stories and scores from the championship as the event unfolds.

Read more about the championship and find out who’ll be playing in Mauritius:

Dare to live a life without walls

A holiday with Constance Hotels is an ideal time to break down the walls of routine and try something new and exciting.

Diving with manta rays in Indian Ocean

Diving with manta rays

Get your pulse racing by shark diving in the Maldives, big game fishing in Mauritius or catamaran sailing in the Seychelles.

Trying something new

Set yourself a physical challenge on your next holiday to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and it might just change the way you see yourself and your future when you get back home.

More and more people are seeking out holiday experiences where they can try something completely new, increase the flow of endorphins along the way, and return home with exciting stories to tell and a renewed state of mind.

What’s on offer at our resorts

Some of our adrenalin-pumping activities, available at most resorts, include:

  • Diving and snorkeling – the ultimate buzz, explore the underwater world of the Indian Ocean
  • Waterskiing – feel the wind and ocean spray in your face with this high-speed sport
  • Windsurfing and kite surfing – master the skill of harnessing the wind’s power to carry you across the water
  • Wakeboarding – take water-sports to the extreme
Wakeboarding in Madagascar

Wakeboarding in Madagascar

  • Catamaran sailing – sail across the ocean at speeds of up to 20mph in one of our Hobie Cats
  • Mountain biking – heart-thumping off-road experiences through wild and rough terrain

Sometimes trying something new can be as simple as doing the familiar in a different way. So if you’re already a keen diver or angler why not try the experience of doing it at night?

Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia all offer night dives while Halaveli, Moofushi, Lémuria and Tsarabanjina offer night fishing or big game fishing trips with experienced fishing guides. At Tsarabanjina you can even enjoy a full moon hand line fishing experience.

From tackling the climbing wall and zipwire at Ephélia to dolphin-spotting by speedboat at Halaveli through to diving in Halaveli’s ‘shark pit’, with Constance a change in pace could leave you mentally refreshed and physically rebooted.

Get inspired to start a new adventure

 

A delight for the senses

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice can now enjoy the exotic scent of our new fragrance, Stance.

Infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Infinity pool at Le Prince Maurice

Blended by the celebrated French perfumier Michèle Gay, the fragrance evokes the heady, spice-filled ambience of the Mauritian resort.

The perfume combines the exotic scents of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, grapefruit and ginger used in traditional Mauritian cuisine with base notes of myrrh, patchouli and vetiver creating a delight for the senses.

A member of Société Française des Parfumeurs, Gay made her name creating the concept of culinary perfumery, pairing essential oils of the perfume world with those of the culinary world.

Fans of her work include Céline Dion, Patricia Kaas and Aude de Thuin.

 

Enjoy this poem written by Michèle Gay to celebrate the launch of Stance:

As rare and unique
as the Constance-Prince Maurice,
stance is its new fragrance.

stance,
a rare word describing a poem,
a set of verses with full and flawless meaning
whose rhythm is found
in and twixt every line.

stance,
perfect poetry of the Constance-Prince Maurice,
found in every time and place
of a holiday that delights our senses.

Yet this perfume has suspension and silences
that bring us greater appreciation of life…
so very like the Constance-Prince Maurice

allowing us to truly be.
At the very heart of ourselves,
far from simply seeming, just being.

stance,
is an indulgence that we give
and that we encounter
and which always surprises us.
It is a different approach to perfume.
Never overwhelming,
it exudes the harmony of the Constance-Prince Maurice,
welcomes us, winks at us,
stays with us and keeps us reaching for its rarity.

stance,
is a rite of perfume.

stance,
is an indulgence ….
born of the meeting of place and nose
following the Culinary Perfumery path.

Michèle Gay
daringly flavours our dishes
and here captures Mauritian curry in perfume.

Her Culinary Perfumery
leads us to a cuisine-perfume
where, in head, heart and base notes,
myrrh, patchouli and vetiver meet and mingle…
that which French luxury has embraced with passion…

stance,
presents us the reflection
A spice-essence heart,
clove, cinnamon, cardamom,
the ginger opening,
the sandalwood base of molasses magic,
sweep us away to the Grapefruit Garden
on the sugar plantations of Constance.

stance,
takes us back to the roots
and values of Constance
and reminds us of the very best…
the Constance-Prince Maurice.

With the merest wafting,
wherever you might be,
stance
always brings you back
to Maurice’s perfect poetry…

 
Find out more about Michèle Gay on the French Entre Autre Choses blog or visit our Constance Le Prince Maurice website.

Winner of our Name the Sea Creature competition

Thank you to everyone who entered our recent competition to give pet names to the sea creatures photographed at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

We received lots of great entries, and are pleased to announce the winner is Sharon Griffiths for her chosen names Boozy Lil and Dyson. Congratulations Sharon, we’ll be in contact with you about claiming your prize.

Bar-Tail Moray Photo Carè©

Boozy Lil, the Bar-Tail Moray

 

Cleaning manta, at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Dyson, the Cleaning Manta Ray

 

We’ll be announcing a new competition very soon.

If you have any photos of sea creatures from your holidays with us, we’d love to see them. You can post them on our Facebook page or through Twitter @constancehotels.

Two years of laid back luxury at Moofushi Resort, Maldives

This month we’re celebrating the second anniversary of Constance Moofushi’s chilled out elegance.

Totem Bar at  Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Laid back vibe at Totem Bar

For two years we have been welcoming guests to their own luxury island in the Maldives where barefoot chic meets Constance sophistication, creating a unique vibe all of its own.

In that time you seem to have liked what we’ve done – awarding us two Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence and the 2012 Travellers Choice Award for Top 25 Hotels in Asia.

And even though you’re happy with us, we continue to work to make your experience at Moofushi even better. In May this year we welcomed our new General Manager, Jean François Debon, who is passionate about ensuring guests have the ultimate luxury holiday experience.

Highlights of Moofushi

Here’s a run down of what we’ve introduced in the last two years:

  • Moonlight dinners – a chance to treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic four course meal with champagne served on a candle-lit beach by your own private butler.
Sunset at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Sunset at Constance Moofushi

  • Sandbank moments – a chance to share a table for two on a sandbank of your own for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Cinefushi – lie back on a star-lit beach and watch a movie while we serve you popcorn, canapés, ice cream and cocktails.
  • Sunrise & sunset yoga – stretch and relax in the warmth of the rising or setting sun with our beach yoga sessions.
  • Special Maldivian bed decoration – as part of our turndown service

Thanks to our hugely popular all inclusive Cristal package you’ve been able to come here relaxed in the knowledge that we will look after your every need.

Diving at Moofushi

Diving has been one of our most popular activities since we opened, hardly surprising thanks to our stunning location on the South Ari Atoll, one of the best dive spots in the Maldives.

To make the diving experience even better we have invited a resident marine biologist for guests who want to learn more about what they see.

Diving scooter course at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving scooter course

With their help we run a PADI shark speciality course and from December to April, there’s snorkelling with manta rays.

For die-hard diving fans and adrenalin junkies, we’ve introduced the exciting diving scooter course climaxing with a scooter dive in Moofushi’s shark pass or one of our shark points.

Weddings and honeymoons

Over the last two years Moofushi has become a popular venue for destination weddings, and our personal wedding planner has helped make many couples’ dreams of a luxury Indian Ocean wedding come true.

Fans of Moofushi

We may have only been here for two years but some of our guests have loved their time with us so much they have returned again and again.

Guests beach dancing at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Guests beach dancing

Karine Hermelle has been to the resort five times. ‘Moofushi is more than just a vacation for me. You all have become my friends. Thanks to Bluetribe I passed my advanced open water diving within six days, Sanjeewa, the DJ, puts songs on that I like every night and the spa team pamper me. Thank you to you all.’

Find out more

See what luxury travel website Pursuitist.com has to say about Moofushi or visit our Constance Moofushi website.

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Top luxury gifts for Christmas 2012

Get inspired with our round-up of some of the finest luxury gifts available this Christmas.

Gift wrapping, photo by Mags Cat

Ribbons, photo by Mags Cat

Vanguards of luxury style, Harper’s Bazaar bring you the ultimate Christmas gift guide, featuring the sought-after soft tote bag by Victoria Beckham and a special bottle of Bollinger vintage 2000.

Condé Nast Traveller has filled its digital hamper with some of the most covetable and quirky travel accessories for this festive season.

Net-a-Porter comes up trumps with its fabulous new gift guide, edited by those in the know including supermodel Claudia Schiffer, fashion director Caroline Issa and personal trainer to the A-list, Tracy Anderson.

And if you’ve got somewhere to go and nothing to wear, head to Style by Kling produced by Elin Kling, one of the most influential fashion bloggers around right now.