Learn to play golf on a luxury holiday

Seize the opportunity on a luxury holiday with Constance to discover what it is that makes millions of people worldwide so passionate about golf.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Whether you’ve been inspired by watching McIlroy, Rose and Woods on TV or just fancy joining your friends in a friendly game, a luxury holiday is the perfect time to take the plunge and learn to play golf.

Golf in the Indian Ocean

At Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Lémuria we have golf pros on hand to introduce you to the sport and teach you the basics to get you started.

And you don’t need to worry about investing in equipment as all resorts have a range of golf equipment available to rent as you discover the game for the first time.

Marc Farry Golf Academy, Mauritius

Learn from the very best at the Marc Farry Golf Academy at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice where you will get to try out your new grip, posture and swing on two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Based on the teaching method created by championship French golfer Marc Farry, the specially selected golf pros will take you through a series of courses that will leave you feeling confident to take up the game when you get home.

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Lémuria, Seychelles

Professionals are also on hand at the stunning, terraced landscape of the golf course at Lémuria, the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles.

Book your games before you travel

You can even take the plunge and commit yourself to trying something new before you arrive at the hotel or resort by booking your tee-off times and coaching online with our online concierge.

Apres-golf

After all that exertion on the greens you’ll deserve some serious rest and relaxation and what better way to unwind than with a ‘Golfer’s Tonic’, a treatment specially designed to ease the muscles of golfers in our Spa de Constance.

Or if you have fallen so in love with the game that you don’t want to leave the greens why not enjoy a chilled glass of champagne at one of the club house restaurants to celebrate your new passion.

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Trends 2013: adventure honeymoons

Adventure honeymoons are the latest trend for newlyweds according to travel writer for the Huffington Post, Jane Anderson.

Sailing at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Sailing at Constance Belle Mare Plage

In her blog, Anderson explains the popularity for adrenalin-packed adventure honeymoons saying many couples are experienced travellers before they marry so are looking for new experiences to make their honeymoon ‘special’.

Combine thrills and romance at Constance

Create a honeymoon that perfectly blends the romance of a luxury 5* island getaway with a rush of adrenalin-fuelled excitement at Constance Hotels and Resorts.

Whether you want to start your married life off with a shark dive, a zip line adventure through tropical forests, pitting your wits against the mammoths of the ocean in big game fishing or exploring the Indian Ocean by torchlight on a night dive, Constance delivers in spades.

Scuba diving

Qualified instructors at all our hotels and resorts can teach you how to dive and then take you out to explore the stunning reefs and marine life of the Indian Ocean.

Even experienced divers will feel the rush of trying a night dive for the first time or joining a shark dive at Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli. For keen swimmers a night-time snorkel excursion is also available at Halaveli.

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

Rock climbing and mountain biking

Learn rock climbing on the challenging granite climbing walls at Constance Ephélia before zip lining back down to earth through the rich Seychelles’ foliage.

Combine the romance of exploration with the thrill of mountain biking in Mauritius and the Seychelles with bikes available at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Lémuria and Ephélia.

Sailing and out at sea

Or if you’ve been inspired by the recent adrenalin-pumping action of the America’s Cup, then you can sail on a catamaran. Fly fishing, night fishing and kite surfing also feature.

Start your married life together with the thrill of adventure and start striking a few things off your bucket list.

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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.