Top 5 health and wellbeing apps

Turn your smart phone into a personal trainer with our rundown of the top health and wellbeing apps.

Relaxing the body & soul

Relaxing the body & soul

Yoga Studio

Available for iPhone and iPad

Comprehensive yoga app with over 16 hours of ready-made HD video – classes range from beginner to expert. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can go on to create your own class specially tailored to your needs with over 280 poses to choose from.

Nike Training Club

Available for Android and iPhone

Try out over 100 exclusive workouts including some by professional athletes such as Serena Williams and Gabby Douglas. The app will follow your progress and keep you on track with rewards and bonuses for a job well done. If you’re particularly pleased with your progress, you can even share your results on Facebook and Twitter.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Available for iPhone

The key to a sense of wellbeing can be as simple as getting a good night sleep and being allowed to wake up in your own time. The Sleep Cycle Alarm clock uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to judge by your movement what phase of sleep you are in and then gently wakes you when you are in your lightest cycle. Waking up at this point feels like waking naturally and is the perfect way to start the day.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

Digifit

Available for Android, iPhone, iPad

Monitor your fitness with this useful download which tracks activity including time, distance and speed for all your sport and training needs. But the app goes further by allowing you to connect other devises such as heart rate monitors and fitness sensors to your phone to collect real-time data and create a full picture of cardio activity, blood pressure, weight and sleep patterns. The app will monitor your body when you exercise and advise you when to push harder for cardio fitness, or weight loss and when to take important rests.

Universal Breathing: Pranayama

Available for Android and iPhone

Breathing may sound rudimentary but in a stressful modern world many of us don’t give it much thought. As a result we take quick and shallow breaths, never getting the full benefit of each breath. This app offers a guide to slower, deeper breathing to create a sense of relaxation and calm. App creator, Saagara has developed a range of other holistic health and yoga apps well worth a look.

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Note: If you are concerned about your health, please consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before using any product listed here.

Luxury fitness holidays

With a personal trainer on hand to help and guide you, your next holiday with Constance could be the perfect time to kick-start a new fitness regime.

Yoga on the beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoga on the beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Whatever shape you’re in, seize the opportunity while you’re with us of having a personal trainer design an exercise programme specifically for you.

Sometimes there’s no better motivation than having someone at your side to check your progress and help you out when you need it.

As well as offering dietary and fitness advice, our trainers will also put together a programme of exercises for you to take home so that you can keep up the good work.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

With a wealth of activities on offer during our luxury fitness holidays such as yoga, gym training and tennis, our trainers will build a programme around your interests to help you enjoy getting into peak condition.

French fitness guru Isabelle Lamant offers one-to-one training sessions to help guests target personal goals. Not only will she design the exercises specifically around your needs but she’s happy to carry out fitness sessions in your room/villa, in the fitness centre, the garden or even on the beach.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

The three dedicated personal trainers at Belle Mare Plage believe that keeping in shape raises levels of wellbeing and self-esteem. They know that for a new fitness regime to stick you need to actually enjoy it, so they increase levels slowly and always try to make sessions fun.

Work out in the gym at Constance Lémuria

Work out in the gym at Constance Lémuria

Each trainer is qualified in body tonic, body sculpt, Tai Chi, yoga, self defence/martial arts, Tae Bo, kick boxing, stretching, spinning, aquagym/swimming lessons for children, body conditioning and pilates.

Relax after a hard session in our wellness area that includes jacuzzis, sauna and steam-bath.

Constance Halaveli

Personal trainer at Halaveli, Arindam Sarkar, creates exclusive, bespoke training sessions and diet counselling for guests of all ages and fitness levels. Arindam is also able to create a rehabilitation programme for guests with specific injuries.

At Halaveli luxury is all about choice so discuss with Arindam whether you’d prefer using the fitness centre facilities including cardio equipment, weight machines, the Kinesis station, free weights or mats or whether you would like one-to-one power yoga, boot camp, body pump or kinesis sessions.

Constance Moofushi

Get active in the beautiful setting of Moofushi and let our personal trainer design a programme of wellbeing including yoga and stretching on the beach and fitness activities in our fully equipped gym.

Choose high-octane cardio including running machines and exercise bikes or work specific muscles with free weights and muscle isolation machines. Or perhaps you’d rather step outside and swim some lengths in our beautiful beachside pool under clear blue skies.

Swim in the pool at Constance Moofushi

Swim in the pool at Constance Moofushi

Constance Ephélia

Personal trainer Ziad Mekdachi likes to begin a personal training programme by discovering exactly what each guest is hoping to achieve and any previous injuries or health issues which need to be worked around.

As well as advising you on which exercise will best achieve your goal, Ziad is a trained dietician who will create a dietary plan to run alongside your fitness programme to create a complete wellbeing package.

Best of all Ziad will be on hand to offer dietary and exercise advice for when you get home so that you can build on all the good work you’ve achieved.

Constance Lémuria

At Lémuria personal training is about building a programme around you whether that means training in the state-of-the art fitness centre or, if the gym isn’t your thing, taking a health walk around the resort, doing a beach work out or mountain biking around the island.

Whatever form of exercise you choose we’ll give you all the advice and support you need to carry on your new regime when you get home.

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Constance Hotels & Resorts welcomes new Corporate Spa Manager

We are delighted that Dr Chase Webber has joined Constance as our new Corporate Spa Manager. We’ll be publishing a series of articles from him over the coming weeks, looking at how you can improve your wellbeing as well as how to get the most from the spa treatments on offer.

Dr Chase Webber

Dr Chase Webber

In the first of our articles, Chase gives you some insight into his vision, and what you can expect from your Constance spa experience over the coming months.

Hi I am Dr Chase Webber ND, the Corporate Spa Manager. I qualified as a Naturopathic Doctor in 1996 and have been involved in the field of natural medicine, wellness and spa since 1990 where I started my internship in one of the original health spas called The Hydro in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the early 1990s the only spa or “hydros” were a type of retreat where you went for 1 week, were placed on a juice fast, received a daily Swedish massage and hydrotherapy. Hotels at that time had at most a swimming pool and a tennis court. At that time I dreamt of a day that we could combine a wonderful vacation destination and at the same time improve our wellbeing through the natural therapeutic methods we used in the hydro.

Spa holidays in the 21st century

Over the last 20 years the hotel industry has slowly developed in this direction with more and more interested in providing a real spa facility and services for their guests while on vacation.

During these years I became more involved as a consultant for many hotel groups to bring my knowledge in creating more authentic spa environments, treatments, products and services. Some of the major hospitality groups I have worked with over the years include One&Only, Kempinski Hotels, Veranda Hospitality & Leisure and now with Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Kick-starting change on holiday

Spa Village, Constance Ephélia

Spa Village, Constance Ephélia

I am always inspired to bring a sense of fusion to the hotel environment where during your holiday, the perfect environment and time can be used to naturally improve health and wellbeing. In my opinion a holiday is the perfect time to allow the body to naturally find its balance, heal internally and recharge in energy to become prepared for another bout of the modern life. It is always my objective to provide options for each guest to find what they need to embrace this natural need for rest and recovery.

My vision for Constance

My vision for Constance Hotels & Resorts is to update the spa treatments, services, product offerings and experience to provide a more authentic wellbeing effect whilst at the same time feeling completely easy and fun. I aim to provide experiences in our spas that are deeply therapeutic yet are simple and enjoyable.

We all want life and our experiences to feel enjoyable, light, easy and inspirational – I believe wellbeing can be the same, we can achieve health and vitality whilst having fun and enjoying every minute in a beautiful environment.

This will be the future for Constance Hotels & Resorts spa’s: inspiring experiences so enjoyable and yet so beneficial that during your vacation you feel your wellbeing blossom – a feeling of Joie de vivre returns naturally.

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Rookie Simon Brown wins Russian Open

Englishman Simon Brown celebrated his eighth senior tour appearance with a win at the Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) at the Moscow Country Club.

Simon Brown wins the Russian Open

Simon Brown wins the Russian Open

In constant driving rain Brown held off runners-up Mike Harwood and Carl Mason with a 12 under par 204 total.

Having spent most of his golfing career as a professional at Rhein-Sieg Golf Club in Germany, the 55-year-old Brown described his win in Moscow as ‘life changing’.

Thanks to the €97,305 winner’s prize at Moscow, Brown moves from 51st to fifth in the European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Martin and Steen Tinning made up a three-way tie for third place.

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European Senior Tour celebrates a second Scottish victory

Gordon Brand Jnr claimed the second Scottish Senior Tour victory in consecutive weeks at the Winston Golf Senior Open in Germany.

Gordon Brand Jnr

Gordon Brand Jnr

The win was Brand’s second European Senior Tour title and was a cause of celebration for Scottish supporters as it came hot on the heels of Colin Mongomerie’s win at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.

Brand left it to the final round to seal his victory with six birdies to come in 12 under par on a day which looked like belonging to fellow Scot, Andrew Oldcorn, who’d racked up an impressive 11 birdies.

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Top 8 reasons to go scuba diving in the Maldives

The Maldives is considered to offer some of the best scuba diving in the world, with the Ari Atoll topping many people’s lists as the go-to spot in the islands.

Dive scooter courses at Constance Moofushi

Dive scooter courses at Constance Moofushi

Ari Atoll, Maldives

The unique location of the Ari Atoll, with Constance Moofushi located in the South Ari Atoll and Constance Halaveli in the North, means that it is perfect for diving all year round. Visibility is usually between 20-25 metres and currents slow to moderate.

Here are our top 8 reasons why scuba diving in the Maldives is one of life’s great experiences.

1. Learn more about sharks

For those divers fascinated by these beautiful creatures the PADI Shark Speciality Courses offered at Moofushi and Halaveli will teach you more about them and their habits before taking you out to swim among them in a spectacular shark pass. Read more about shark diving in the Maldives.

2. Swim with manta rays

Swim with these giants of the oceans during the season at Moofushi or Halaveli. At Halaveli guests can also learn more about these elegant fish with a course written by PADI Manta Awareness Diver Alexis Vincent.

Diving with Manta Rays

Diving with Manta Rays

3. Night dives

Discover what the ocean looks like at night where fish sleep and others change colour in the darkness. Experience the thrill when the group turn off their torches and play in the ocean’s stunning phosphorescence. Find out more about night dives in the Maldives.

4. Nitrox dive

Swim more often and for longer with this enriched air option at Halaveli.

5. Wreck diving

Explore wrecks on the ocean floor teeming with stunning marine life at sites around the Ari Atoll. Learn more about wreck diving in the Maldives.

6. Photography diving

Learn how to take stunning underwater photographs, so you can relive the memories once you’re back home. Our course is followed by a series of dives designed to give you the best opportunities for taking beautiful underwater shots. More about underwater photography courses at Moofushi.

7. Diver scooter courses at Moofushi

Experience the exhilaration of diving with a diver scooter allowing you to travel greater distances during your dive. The course at Moofushi includes three dives, the first on the home reef to learn the basics and the last as part of a shark dive.

A Moray Eel in the Indian Ocean

A Moray Eel in the Indian Ocean

8. The ultimate exclusive dive experience at Halaveli

Indulge in the ultimate dive experience at Halaveli with a day and night on your own yacht with your own crew, chef and spa therapist to take care of you while you explore the beautiful reefs of the Ari Atoll. Tempted? Find out more

When is the best time to go diving in Maldives?

Both Moofushi and Halaveli have a great choice of local dives to keep even the keenest divers hungry for more. From November to April the northeast monsoon pushes currents to the west bringing schools of manta rays and whale sharks and from May to October the oceanic currents push from the southwest making the water incredibly clear for diving.

Winter sun offer with Constance

If you’re tempted to book a holiday to explore the Maldives, take a look at our Winter Sun Offer or visit our website for more information on all Constance Hotels & Resorts.