World class footballer in world class luxury at Le Prince Maurice

Legendary French footballer Robert Pirès explains why he loves Constance Le Prince Maurice so much that he keeps coming back.

Robert Pires and Jessica Lemaire at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Robert Pires and Jessica Lemaire

Former captain of France and player for Arsenal Robert Pirès knows a thing or two about what it takes to be the best, and that is exactly what he is looking for in a holiday.

‘For me luxury is a hotel like Prince Maurice where I can do nothing and relax 100% knowing that the attentive staff will look after everything.’

So how does the man who captained the French International team to its win in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and enjoyed two Premier League wins during his time with Arsenal choose to spend his holiday?

‘I do nothing but relax and enjoy the service. Time stops for us when we are at this place – we simply chill out and enjoy the beautiful weather. I spend most of my time at the beach or at the pool.’

How Pirès discovered Le Prince

Pirès, now a sports commentator and broadcaster, discovered Constance Le Prince Maurice through his partner Jessica Lemarie who had done a modelling shoot at the resort years earlier.

‘She had always spoken about this hotel and wanted us to come for holidays but at the time, both of us being very busy in our professions, we never made it. Once we settled with a family we finally decided to come. As soon as we arrived we fell in love with the hotel and now we are on our third visit in one year.’

What Pirès loves about the hotel

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asked to describe what it is about the resort which keeps drawing him and his family back, Pirès explains, ‘Mauritius is well known for the kindness of its people and we feel it as we arrive at the hotel with the staff being very friendly with a natural warmth. The welcome here is exceptional and the staff charmant.’

The footballer and father says he loves the fact that at Le Prince Maurice he can relax knowing his kids are having fun and are being well taken care of. ‘My children have just as great a time here as I do, they enjoy Les Petits Princes kids club and my babysitter looks after Alessio (the baby) as if it was her own child. My children being in such good hands helps us to relax.’

Pirès describes that he likes to spend the summer in Europe and to visit St Barthelemy in the Caribbean but says, ‘In the winter time we fly to Mauritius, Le Prince Maurice, of course. Our fourth visit to the hotel won’t be far away.’

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice on our website.

Love football? Read Robert Pirès’ autobiography – available on Amazon.

Top tips for well being in 2013

One of our leading fitness gurus at Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, offers her top tips for well being in 2013.

Isabelle Lamant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoga on the beach with Isabelle Lamant

Her ever-increasingly popular fitness classes have earned Isabelle a loyal following among Constance guests. Many are returning from their holiday saying they’ve never felt better.

Here are Isabelle’s top tips for 2013:

1. Lie down on your back, hands under your head. Inhale 8 seconds with the nose, expanding your ribs and blowing out your stomach. Hold your breath for 5 seconds then exhale naturally. Do this 3 times to relax all the body and the brain.

2. Ask your self ‘What do I actually wish to change or improve on my body?’ Visualize mentally your ideal appearence and the way of living you would like for your wellness.

3. Stretch your arms, stretch your legs, turn on your right side then stand up.

4. Now that you know what you want for your well-being, put on your running shoes or your swimming costume and go out for one hour. Just go out and walk or swim to detox your body and your brain.

5. When you come back home, you’ll feel real satisfaction because you have taken care of yourself. That is the best tip I can give to you: think of yourself first so you have the best energy to give to others.

6. Stretch with fluent movement to allow your joints to relax. You can easily find different postures

7. I advise you to move your body 3 times per week for 1 hour each time. Choose the activity you prefer: aquagym, dance, running, walking, swimming… Stretch every day for 10 minutes, this is good for your joints and your muscles.

Find out more about Le Prince Maurice

At our Fitness Centre at Le Prince Maurice, we have personal trainers who will take you through your paces and offer classes in:  Aqyagym, Pilates, tennis, Yoga, stretching, Trx, dance and swimming.

Visit our website to find out more about the deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Huffington Post on Constance Moofushi and Halaveli

Spa Spy, Lisa Stokes, escapes to the Maldives to discover the magic of Constance Moofushi and Halaveli.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Featured in The Huffington Post, Stokes writes:

“I glance down to the sign at my feet. ‘No shoes, no news beyond this point’. I’d arrived in paradise and it was way better than the brochure.

In the coming week I would discover hidden corals with fantasias of tropical fish, turtles and stingrays. Gaze idly at white sand, turquoise waters, incredible sunsets and rainbows. Oh, and experience my first spa treatment whilst watching a shark…”

Read more about Spa Spy: Escape to Paradise – The Maldives, in The Huffington Post blog.

And find out why A Luxury Travel Blog names Moofushi and Halaveli top luxury resorts.

Visit our website to get the lowdown and check booking availability at Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli.

 

Diving deep into scuba blogging

Discovering diving is to discover a new world of glorious colours and beautiful sea creatures. Here’s a round-up of the best scuba-diving blogs out there right now.

Diving Indian Ocean, Madagascar

Diving off the coast of Madagascar

Aquaviews – this blog makes up part of the Aquaviews online magazine and takes a global view of scuba diving. Posts include news, reviews, features and photos from around the world. An informative all-rounder.

Divescover – Divescover is a destination guide site for divers and its blog features posts on everything from ocean conservation and dive site reviews to information about some of the amazing species divers are likely to see all featuring beautiful photos.

Dive in – An on-line scuba diving magazine with a blog covering diving tips and safety issues, review and fun features as well as species spotlights.

Dive – Including guest bloggers such as comedienne turned clinical psychologist Pamela Stephenson, this is a site which takes a lively, edgy and informed look at the world of diving. Follow Pamela Stephenson on Twitter @PamelaStephensn.

Something for everyone at Lémuria

We’d agree with Richard Green of The Sunday Times Travel Clinic who advised a reader looking for a resort to cater for her love of diving and her husband’s love of golf to visit Constance Lémuria.

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Green wrote, ‘The mountainous Seychelles aren’t golf country, but there is an extraordinary course on Praslin island, at the Constance Lémuria Resort. It features remarkable perched greens, and guests can play free. The hotel’s dive centre runs trips to granite reefs and wreck sites.’

Subscribers to The Sunday Times online can read the full article on The Sunday Times website, Your travel section or visit our Constance Lémuria website.

The best apps of 2012

From providing entertainment to sourcing information that helps us manage our day, tablets and smartphones are a central part of modern life.

iPhone user,

iPhone user, photo taken by Yago Veith

Here we round up our favourite apps from 2012:

1. Barclays Pingit – iPhone/iPad/Android/Blackberry (Free)

All the signs seem to point to the fact that in the future we will move away from cash and cards to using mobile devices to transfer cash. This innovative app gets the ball rolling, allowing users to send money to friends simply and electronically.

2. Airbnb – iPhone/iPad/Android/Blackberry (Free)

Are you looking for an apartment to rent for a couple of nights in Paris or a loft in New York? This clever app puts you in touch with people with properties to rent all over the world. With reviews, maps and guides this travel app proved so popular it was voted iPhone App of the Year by Apple.

3. Radioplayer – iPhone/Android (Free)

Home or abroad now you never need miss the sounds of your favourite radio station with this free app. Radioplayer streams hundreds of UK radio stations including all of the BBC’s.

4. Barefoot World Atlas – iPhone/iPad (£2.99)

Forget the printed atlases of your childhood this is the very best in new interactive, digital information with an illustrated globe you can spin and tap zooming in and out. With a tap of your finger you can access facts and photos of any region you’re interested in. A treat for children and parents alike.

5. The Room– iPhone (Free) iPad (£1.49) Voted Apple’s Best Game

of the Year for the iPad this intricate puzzle with stunning graphics and challenging mysteries will keep you enthralled for hours.

Read more reviews about the best apps for 2012