World-renowned marine biologist at Halaveli

Discover the secrets of the deep, learn about mantas and whale sharks and then swim alongside them under the guidance of celebrated marine biologist Robin Aiello.

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Harvard graduate and shark and reef specialist, Robin Aiello is back at Constance Halaveli so guests can enjoy a fascinating range of guided dives, snorkel excursions, nature walks and lectures.

Winner of both EcoWarrior and Earth Ambassador Award and author of over 25 publications, Robin will share over 25-years experience studying the oceans of the world with Halaveli guests from now until 24 October 2013.

Treats for guests include:

  • Guided dives – including whale shark excursions
  • Snorkel excursions – swim with turtles and manta rays
  • Talks about local marine life – subjects include everything from crabs, starfish and urchins to whale sharks, octopus and squid
  • Guided island nature walks – see for yourself the geology which created our beautiful island, discover how early settlers survived here and meet some of the local inhabitants such as the ghost crabs
  • Kids’ Club – Robin will join the kids’ club for fun talks and marine discoveries

Throughout her stay at Halaveli, Robin will be happy to meet up and chat with guests about the fascinating marine life around Halaveli.

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore the stunning North Ari Atoll of the Maldives together with one of the world’s leading experts in her field.

For more information on availability at Halaveli, visit our website.

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Read some of Robin’s absorbing guest blogs from her last visit to Halaveli

Top 5 reasons to go to the Seychelles

Indulge in a luxury winter getaway to the Seychelles this year and swap short, cold days of the northern hemisphere for those spent soaking up warm sunshine. Temperatures average 29–31ºC with up to seven hours of sunlight a day. Here are our top reasons to go the Seychelles this year.

Relax on the beach at Constance Ephélia

Relax on the beach at Constance Ephélia

1. The perfect time to explore the ocean

Throughout October and November the winds are at their calmest around the Seychelles creating the kind of calm waters and clear visibility – up to 30 metres – that divers dream of. Water temperatures average between 27–29ºC.

A special treat for divers between October and January are sightings of the gentle giant of the ocean – the magnificent whale shark.

2. Big game fishing

Because of the calmer waters this is also the ideal time to fish the teeming waters of the Seychelles. Pit your wits against Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Blue Marlin and Sailfish in conditions perfect for this high-octane sports fishing.

3. Experience one of the miracles of nature

October to February is turtle-nesting season in the Seychelles when the rare, endangered hawksbill and green turtles return to the same beaches – including the beach at Constance Lémuria on Praslin – to lay their eggs.

Take a trip to Bird Island in December and January and experience one of the only places where the hawksbill turtle can be observed nesting during the day.

4. Celebrate Creole culture at the Festival Kreol

A turtle nesting at Constance Lémuria

A turtle nesting at Constance Lémuria

The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, has been nominated the capital of the Creole World. To celebrate the town holds an annual festival in November which attracts Creole people from across the world.

As well as food stalls, music and dancing, this year’s festival will be celebrating Creole music with a ‘serenade march’ through the streets of Victoria. Local Creole stars will sing as the procession of dancers and spectators moves through the town.

5. Constance in the Seychelles

For the ultimate Seychelles getaway, Constance Lémuria on the small island of Praslin is a tranquil paradise with access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Constance Ephélia on Mahé is a family-friendly luxury holiday resort, offering a raft of activities and set into the stunning scenery of the Port Launay National Marine Park.

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Visit our website to find out more about Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia 

Fowler triumphs at French Riviera Masters

Australian golfer Peter Fowler jumped from 11th to second place on this year’s European Senior Tour Order of Merit with a win at the French Riviera Masters.

Peter Fowler triumphs at the French Riviera Masters

Peter Fowler triumphs at the French Riviera Masters

The win, a stunning come back from being four shots back at the beginning of the final round at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, was Fowler’s first European Senior Tour victory for two years.

The prize money of €60,000 puts Fowler just behind current Order of Merit leader Paul Wesselingh, making him a realistic contender for the John Jacobs Trophy awarded at the MCB championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Fowler previously won the John Jacobs Trophy two years ago with two victories and 11 top ten finishes, with only four events remaining in this year’s European Senior Tour he is on track to repeat that success in 2013.

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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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