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.

 

 

Daily Mail discovers ‘sensational’ Constance Le Prince Maurice

‘Mauritius at its most delicious’ writes Mark Palmer of the Daily Mail about his recent visit to Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

From the tranquil setting of the resort along a sheltered bay, to the spa, two 18-hole golf courses, luxury villas and floating fish restaurant, Palmer states:

‘Constance Le Prince Maurice has just re-opened after a makeover and the results are sensational… there is a Zen-like atmosphere over the whole resort’.

Read Mark Palmer‘s article about Constance Le Prince Maurice in the Daily Mail online.

Find out more about the resort

Top 8 reasons to go to Mauritius

Mauritius has long been a favourite with honeymooners and families, and as the doors reopen at the 6* Constance Le Prince Maurice, a new generation of luxury holiday aficionados are set to discover what the island has to offer.

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here are our top 8 reasons to go to Mauritius right now.

1. Natural beauty

Palm fringed white-sand beaches, turquoise seas and vibrant coral reefs make for a tropical island paradise. Add to this mountain peaks, lush green river gorges and waterfalls, and it’s not hard to see why Mauritius stands out as a top island destination.

2. Beautiful climate

The island’s tropical climate makes Mauritius an all-year round option if you’re looking for warmth and sunshine.

From December to April, it’s hotter and more humid, while from May to November it’s cooler and drier. The best time of year for diving is November to March.

3. Indian Ocean

What better playground for water sports enthusiasts than the Indian Ocean. Warm seas, colourful reefs, and an abundance of sea creatures make this a great place for diving and snorkelling. Children aged 8 and up can learn to dive with our expert team.

At Constance we also offer wind-surfing, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing and more.

4. Family holidays

From the sheltered shoreline and stunning natural beaches to our children’s menus, spacious accommodation, new family suites at Le Prince Maurice and a huge choice of activities, Constance hotels on Mauritius are popular with families.

We offer free kids’ clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice, as well as a bookable baby sitting service.

5. Luxury golf

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

Set in a stunning location with great weather, superb food and a training academy run by golf pros, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice attract experienced and novice golfers alike.

Our 2 championship golf courses, the Legend and Links, are the setting for many tournaments throughout the year including the MCB Championship.

6. Culture and heritage

The island enjoys a multi-cultural heritage, and it shines through in the eclectic mix of food, festivals, dance, celebrations and temples you’ll find here.

7. Horse racing

Mauritius is home to the oldest race course in the southern hemisphere – The Mauritius Turf Club. Situated at Champ de Mars, Port Louis, it was first established in 1812.

Popular today with locals and tourists, entry is free and attracts crowds of up to 30,000 every Saturday.

8. Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Barachois restaurant

With its reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Le Prince Maurice has just undergone a major refurbishment.

When it first opened in the late 90s, Le Prince set the pace for luxury resorts on the island, and this latest revamp sets it apart yet again as a high-functioning delight of a hotel.

Exuding a grown-up luxury that’s hard to beat, Le Prince Maurice will draw you in from the moment you enter the gates.

Find out more

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Indian Ocean jewel

Imagine an island as untouched as the one Robinson Crusoe discovered. Mix that with barefoot chic and world-class facilities and you have Constance Moofushi Resort.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Myrthe Strijbos from The Style Junkies writes about discovering the Jewel Island.

As a frequent traveller I love unspoiled places where you get a taste of seclusion and sheer beauty.

The Maldives were always number one on my must-go travel list. This gorgeous country is, by most estimations, the closest you get to paradise on earth and the ideal choice for lovebirds.

In March my boyfriend and I visited the Indian Ocean jewel and discovered it for ourselves. I can easily say that for experiencing that feeling of going back to nature, indulging in sun drenched days and star studded nights, the Maldives is where it’s at.

The journey by seaplane to this barefoot idyll is a pleasure for the eye – breathtaking views of the azure blue sea, sandy little islands surrounded by turquoise reefs and glorious skies.

Diving at Constance Moofushi

Diving at Constance Moofushi

For a dive junkie, this laid-back yet luxurious resort is a paradise, and considered one of the best dive spots in the South Ari Atoll. And you can see why when you catch your first glimpse of the spectacular soft coral reefs and the giant mantas gliding by.

As you would expect, the accommodation is as spectacular as the location. A quarter of the 110 thatched villas are on the beach, while the water villas and senior water villas are on two jetties, each with a stairway down to the azure lagoon and a private deck.

At Moofushi they capture the best tropical ambiance, the beauty of the location, and the exotic flavours of the Maldives.

And they’ve rewritten the rule book on all-inclusives. Opt for the Crystal Package and you get all meals at Manta Restaurant, drinks (yes, as much cocktails and wine as you want!), mini bar, and more.

What else is there to do…

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Beach villa at Moofushi

Reach the perfect state of well being and deep relaxation at Le Spa Constance, and for yoga try a lesson from yogi Manish. Check out the water sport centre for surfing, kayaking or sailing. Meanwhile, back on dry land you can siesta on hammocks, chill by the pool or just soak up the sun… Atoll life is good.

 

Find out more about Constance Moofushi

 

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Top travel apps 2012

If you’re ready to jet off on holiday, get the lowdown on the best travel apps for your phone and iPad.

iPhone screen

iPhone apps

From Mashable Lifestyle

1. 15 iPhone apps for your summer getaway

Includes:

  • Hear Planet – discover landmarks, historic sites and more with guided audio tours via your iPhone
  • OffMaps2 – avoid data roaming charges when viewing maps with this app that lets you download maps offline

2. 10 free must-have travel apps for android

Includes:

  • Kayak – one stop shop for organising and booking your travel plans
  • Expensify – ideal for business travellers, allowing you to scan or log receipts so you can create expense reports

 

From CNN Money 

3. 7 best travel apps

Includes:

  • TripIt – to keep track of your travel plans
  • Hotel Tonight – to make last minute hotel reservations

 

From Huffington Post

4. Top 10 iPad travel apps

List brought together by Skyscanner and includes:

  • Kindle – turns your iPad into an e-reader
  • HG2 – Hedonists Guide – for city breaks, gives info on best bars, hotels and hip spots in 41 cities

Want to know more about Constance hotels?

Find out more about staying at Constance Hotels Experience from our website.

 

How to improve your golf game with pilates

If you’re looking to improve your golf game, pilates can help you to build core stability, develop better balance, flexibility and mental focus. Golf pros including Tiger Woods, David Duval and Annika Sörenstam all incorporate pilates into their regular training regimes.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Playing golf at the Legend, Belle Mare Plage

Guest blogger, Nicole Bausch – registered physiotherapist, MCSP, certified pilates instructor and golf enthusiast – gives an insight into using pilates to improve your game.

Pilates is the ideal partner for all golfers looking to improve their performance and stay healthy on the greens.

Over the last century the golf swing has changed and a modern swing requires a wide shoulder turn while restricting turn in the hips, building torque in the muscles of the lower back and shoulders. Any physical restrictions that impact on ability to swing the club efficiently will limit your ability to improve your game.

Golf and Pilates share the same basic principles, both requiring flexibility and strength.

Golf at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lemuria

Pilates can help to:

  • increase flexibility of the hips to allow the rotation of the trunk over the hips in the backswing and the follow-through
  • increase flexibility in the upper back to allow the torso to rotate over a fixed, stable lower body
  • build strength in the posterior hip muscles to provide a stable lower body for the trunk to rotate over in the backswing, and to allow a firm lead side for the golfer to hit against in the follow-through
  • build strength of the deep abdominal and core stabilising muscles to stabilise the spine and dissipate the forces that are generated during the swing, as well as helping the golfer maintain the posture during the swing to help them keep the swing on the correct plane
  • build strength in the muscles that stabilise the shoulder girdle, which includes the shoulder joint itself and the shoulder blades. This will allow the golfer to keep the arms connected to the trunk, which allows efficient transfer of energy from the body to the arms and ultimately to the club head.

Right to the core
Having a strong core allows a golfer to achieve better positioning over the ball, giving an improved swing. When the golfer emphasises initiating from the core through peripheral limbs, power is generated from the ground up, which leads to an increase in club head speed so the golfer will drive the ball further.

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Combine a luxury holiday with playing golf

Preventing injury
Pilates is not only beneficial for golfers who want to improve their performance, it is also effective in reducing the risk of injuries. Lower back pain is the most common complaint followed by elbow and shoulder injuries.

Lower back pain can occur as a result of the increased rotation and extension in the modern golf swing. Pilates can help increase the range of motion in the trunk and hips, to decrease the incidence of golf related low back pain. Pilates can also help to enhance core stability and strength to decrease the risk of fatigue.

Preparation
Warming up before golfing has been shown to decrease the incidence of golf injuries. Pilates exercises and stretching can be integrated before hitting the green.

Golfer’s tonic at Constance Hotels

After a few rounds on the green at Constance hotels, treat yourself to a wonderful massage. Our Golfer’s Tonic is a stimulating massage which aids in relaxing and preparing muscles, preventing injuries, improving suppleness and reducing the risk of inflammation before and after golf. Find out more about the golfer’s tonic massage.

Playing golf at Constance

We have 3 18-hole championship golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria.

Find out more about golf at Constance Hotels Experience.
Our guest blogger, Nicole Bausch teaches Pilates at the Natural Fitness Centre, Eastbourne, UK.