Top 5 golf blogs

As we celebrate the MCB Tour Championship this week at Constance Belle Mare Plage, gem up on all things golf with our choice of the top 5 golf blogs.

Mark Mouland, golfer

Mark Mouland, golfer

1. Golf Blogger UK
Includes all the latest news and dates of the major tours in the UK and worldwide. Also features golfing weather forecasts and Golfing World video news.

2. Sandbox8
A golf products’ review blog that goes much further to incorporate news, reviews, features and interviews as well as recommendations for other websites and blogs.

3. World Golf
Compiles some of the best bloggers writing about golf together on one site. Famous bloggers from The Accidental Golfer to Brandon Tucker are all here giving their views, news and reviews on the latest issues in the world of golf.

4. The Sand Trap
Regularly updated by different contributors, discussing everything from products and courses to whether it’s better to watch golf live or on high definition TV.

5. Life in the Rough
Popular blog by Mike Gray a passionate golfer hoping one day to fulfil his dream of becoming a golf pro. His chatty, lively style has drawn in readers from around the world to read his reviews, grumbles and tips.

 

South African fine wines at Constance Halaveli

Head sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Cedric Jacob, shares his top picks for South African wines and reveals which wines have made it onto the wine list at the resort.

Cedric Jacob, Wine Sommelier at Constance Halaveli

Cedric Jacob, Sommelier at Halaveli

Fine South African wines we’re currently serving at Halaveli are:

And soon we’ll be adding:

  • Lammershoek – La Roulette Blanche, Chenin Blanc
  • David – Aristagos, Grenache Noir

And the best way to drink them…

These wines combined with our Chef’s selection of cheeses and cold cuts in Jing and Jahaz wine cellars is a must-do experience at Halaveli.

Wines from Swartland region

Cedric, and Constance corporate sommelier Jerome Fauré, discovered new wines at an exhibition of the latest up and coming South African vintages in Cape Town.

Cedric’s other top recommendations from the Cape Wine 2012 event are:

South Africa, wine region

South Africa, wine region

He was most impressed by wines from the Swartland region. The wines from the region Swartland really stood out because of the hard work that goes into making the wine. Wine makers from this region seek to produce wines that reflect the South African Terroir starting by analyzing the soils and subsoil, the climate or even micro climate, and identify which grapes will be the most suitable for the place they are.

Find out more about South African wines from the South African Wine Information website.

Wondering which wines to buy this Christmas?

Read Jamie Goode’s online wine magazine, Wine Anorak for insights, tips and advice on what to buy this festive season.

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

Find out more about our Constance resorts on Mauritius, book now or join us on Facebook and Twitter for latest updates, news and offers.

 

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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