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

Condé Nast Traveller recommends Le Prince Maurice spa

In the January edition of Condé Nast Traveller, retail editor Thea Darricotte features the spa at Le Prince Maurice in her ‘Most wanted’ column.

Suite on stilts at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Suite on stilts Le Prince Maurice

Of the recently refurbished spa, Darricotte gives it her ‘Thea loves’ seal of approval:

‘We recommend Sisleya Face & Body Exceptional Ritual which involves two and a half hours of pampering to remove signs of fatigue and leave you looking younger, healthier and ready for the sun’.

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Top 5 food blogs

It’s always fun to try something new in the kitchen and with Christmas round the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to experiment with cooking something you haven’t tried before.

Luxury food at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Culinary delights at Constance

We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 food blogs to get you inspired.

1. Cannelle et Vanille 
Produced by Basque ex-pat Aran Goyoaga, this beautiful food, life and photography blog is chock full of recipes with an emphasis on all things sweet.

2. Bon Appé Tempt 
Winner of this year’s Best Food Humour Blog Award from Saveur, Bon Appé Tempt offers a mix of recipes and humorous, edgy anecdotes from the life of blog creator Amelia.

3. Lottie + Doof 
Offering a blend of recipes, tips for entertaining guests and muses on the central role food plays in our lives.

4. Eat Like a Girl 
Popular blog by Niamh Shields offering an eclectic array of recipes inspired by well-loved recipe books and the writer’s own travels.  Also includes information, tips and advice for foodies abroad.

5. Trail of Crumbs 
A gastro travelogue, written and photographed by an American couple now living in Paris with a selection of photos, recipes and stories inspired by their travels. With regular guest authors the blog is a handy resource for foodie travellers seeking tips on culinary treats to try when overseas.

Mmm… for Mauritius and Le Prince Maurice

Style magazine Company is raving about Constance Le Prince Maurice this month.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The magazine describes the resort’s vibe as, ‘Quiet and classy, but very understated, friendly and ultra relaxed – a beautiful setting where sophistication gets together with Mother Nature to create a harmonious holiday experience.’

The highlight of journalist Michael Melis’ visit was, he says, ‘Yoga every morning with the lovely Isabelle and the food… This place is gastro heaven!’

We agree.

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice and check availability on our website, or read about trainer Isabelle Lamant’s approach to fitness at our luxury resort.

The January edition of Company magazine is on sale now, or follow on Twitter @companymagazine.