19th Hole blog rates Belle Mare Plage as top honeymoon destination

When Oliver Gunning of Your Golf Travel chose Belle Mare Plage as his honeymoon destination, he was looking for a resort that ticked all the boxes for his non-golf playing wife, as well as offering the opportunity for him to indulge in his passion for the sport.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Legend golf course

Legend golf course

Writing on the 19th Hole blog, Oliver writes of the 5* Mauritian resort:

‘… if you are looking to take your golf clubs on honeymoon, it is hard to find a better place to do so than Belle Mare Plage. The varied activities, stunning beach side location and exceptional golf on offer make it very clear why so many come here for their golf holidays in Mauritius.’

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Tips for maintaining health and fitness

Personal trainer and fitness instructor at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, gives her tips for maintaining a healthy body and mind.

Isabelle Lamant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice

Hi everyone,

Today I would like to talk about my own personal health regime, and what I’ve learned along the way to keep myself fit and well.

As I love food but also love to feel healthy, I strive to find a good balance between pleasure and fitness.

At 31, I’m proud of the balance I have achieved but I know it is something that will become more difficult as I get older. I always tell clients, the biggest challenge of our life is finding a balance which makes you feel good both mentally and physically. For me it’s very important for my self-esteem and self-confidence to enjoy life and keep control on my body.

Good health is about paying attention to the exercise I do and what I eat.

My approach to healthy eating
Breakfast
I change my breakfast depending on what I’ve eaten and drunk the night before. If I have indulged in a lovely big meal then I will only take a small plate of fruits and a tea or coffee.

If I had a light dinner, I will have some milk (not cow’s milk) with something I love to eat such as biscuits or chocolate. My secret is to indulge in good quality treats but never in large quantities.

Lunch
I eat only what my body needs and only what fits on one plate. I don’t eat bread, or only very occasionally. I also never take dessert after lunch, I take it 2 hours later so it’s better for my digestion.

Isabelle Lamant exercise classes at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Aqua fitness with Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice

Dinner
This is often only a light meal because the body stocks fat during the night. If we eat a lot in the evening, we give the liver too much work to do which can affect our sleep and cause fat retention.

It can be difficult to have light dinners every night but I try to have 4 per week to stay healthy and have a beautiful shape. Mashed vegetables with mashed potatoes or lentils is my favourite because it stabilises my hunger. The day after I can really feel the benefit on my skin and my tummy.

Exercise workouts
Just because I’m a fitness coach it doesn’t mean that I exercise for hours each day. I guide my clients and teach them but I don’t do each exercise because my body has limits and doing too much is not good.

When I work I do some exercises like abs, butts and arms with my clients and then on my own I often walk a minimum of 45 minutes a day.

I spend 20 minutes in the sea not only swimming, sometimes just standing in the waves meditating. I also do housework. It is the best exercise to tone up the whole body: cleaning, sweeping, polishing…. exhausting but a good workout!

I hope that my experience gives you inspiration to create your own balance. Remember the key is not to get frustrated. Eat what you like but in small quantities and always make sure you are eating good quality meat, fish and vegetables.

Good luck.

I’ll see you next month for a range of exercises in pictures.

I wish you all the best until then.
Isabelle

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Try making one of our healthy detox juices and crunchy salad & fresh Basil Blush juice

Read more about Isabelle’s fitness classes at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius and her top tips for wellbeing in 2013.

Top 5 golf championships for 2013

For all golf fans and those just curious to learn more, here are the dates for the top 5 golfing events in the second half of 2013.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legend golf course, Mauritius

1. The US Open – June 13-16
The second big major of 2013, the US Open will be held at The Merion Course, Pennsylvania in June. Watch Webb Simpson defend his title after his dramatic victory last year.

2. The Open Championship – July 18-21
Played this year at Muirfield, Scotland, this will be the sixteenth time the 142-year-old tournament will be played at the East Lothian club. Ernie Els will defend his title on the Muirfield course, the same course on which he won the Open back in 2002.

3. Women’s British Open – August 1-4
One of only two tournaments classified as majors by both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour, the Ricoh Women’s British Open will be played at the historic Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland.

4. PGA Championship – August 8-11
One of golf’s four major championships the PGA Championship, hosted by the PGA of America, will be played at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY. This year Rory McIlroy will be defending his runaway victory from 2012.

18-hole championship golf course, Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Championship golf course

5. The Evian Championship – September 12-15
Elevated to major championship status by the LPGA this year, the Evian Championship is one of the highest paying tournaments in women’s golf. The event is played on the shores of Lake Geneva at the stunning Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France.

Golf at Constance Hotels & Resorts
In December, we’ll be hosting the annual MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius at the Constance Legend and Links golf courses.

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Guide to big game fishing in Madagascar

Feel the thrill of a tug from a big game fish at the end of your line as you float above waters so clear you can make eye contact with your catch.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina

April to June is the perfect time for fishing the idyllic, teaming waters around Constance Tsarabanjina in Madagascar. Here are our top 5 reasons for game fishing in the area.

1. The experience of a lifetime
Pit yourself against the great giants of the sea as you cast a line into waters teeming with exotic sea-life. Feel the sun on your face as you explore northern Madagascar’s deserted bays, headlands, rocky outcrops and remote islands. The beauty of the location combined with the high density of big game fish means fishing here is like nowhere else on earth.

2. Perfect conditions
The ideal climate and the calm, clear waters off Madagascar’s northwest coast with few shore breaks ensure visibility is extremely high. It makes it the perfect place for first timers and experienced fishermen alike.

3. High density waters
Game fishing in the area is still a fairly new activity so the density of fish including giant trevally, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, kingfish, barracouda, wahoos, sailfish and Marlins is high. From April through to July over 100 sailfish a day, many more than 100lbs, have been seen near the surface.

Beach view at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach view at Tsarabanjina

4. Live a life of adventure
Game fishing in the ocean around Tsarabanjina will deliver thrills and excitement unlike any other. Venture out with our expert guides who will help beginners and experienced fishermen feel the thrill of the chase. For those looking to try something new, why not seize the opportunity to try the different types of fishing available at Tsarabanjina including traditional Malagasy fishing with drag nets and even a full moon hand-line fishing excursion.

5. Finish the day in 5 star luxury
At the end of an adrenalin-pumping day on the ocean come home to the luxury of your own private beach villa designed in boutique Malagasy style with air-conditioning. Relax and unwind on your own sundeck as you watch the sun set over the ocean and dream about what adventures you’ll encounter there tomorrow.

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Yoga instructor Steve Bracken reveals how to maintain good health naturally

Yoga and movement therapist Steve Bracken is sharing his expertise with guests at Constance Halaveli this month. Here, Steve outlines health tips we can all follow.

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Movement therapy
My approach to health, yoga (movement therapy), fitness and bodywork was influenced greatly by the work of KRI Jagadish when I volunteered at his clinic in Mysore, India.

In his clinic people are treated with soft tissue manipulation, massage, yoga therapy and only food is used as the medicine. There I literally saw miracles of recovery on a daily basis and I came to realise the importance of treating health in a holistic manner.

Holistic approach & the health mandala
With the knowledge I gained there, combined with what I already knew, I put together the health mandala – a holistic approach to improving health that looks at the areas of exercise, diet, vitality/energy levels and our attitude. If we want to improve our health we need to look at all of these areas in relation to our health goal.

However, to begin we first must check that we are not coming from a place of self-blame or recrimination for any health or body issues we may have. If we attempt to make war on our body to force it into a healthier state we will ultimately fail. We need to accept but not necessarily like that we are in our present condition due to our unique life history.

Positive thinking
The next step is to focus on positive outcomes and understand the benefits of those outcomes. We can visualise living a healthier life and enjoying the benefits. We also need to have a highest goal that is not dependent on outside validation or an ideal image of ourselves. For example, instead of trying to lose weight we can focus on feeling healthier, lighter and more energised.

This is a goal that is growth orientated and flexible. It does not set us up for failure if we don’t reach our specific goal. We may still aim to lose weight, for example, but it should not be our highest goal. When we feel good about ourselves it is easier to treat ourselves well.

Steve Bracken at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Steve Bracken at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Stress relief
Another tip is to learn to listen to the messages of the body. The body will respond to any unhealthy stresses, especially if they are chronic, that are placed upon it in a negative way whether it is from food or drug toxins, nutritional deficiency, harmful physical activity or inactivity, emotional or psychological stress and so on.

The body is hard wired for health and happiness and lets us know when we are going against its best interests. Hence, an awareness of what causes us stresses and a willingness to deal with the cause through this mindfulness will change them or our attitude to them, and guide us to a healthier and happier way of living.

Steve’s holistic health tips

  • Exercise regularly and do something you enjoy but generally work to only 70% of your maximum capacity.
  • Eat less meat and that includes chicken. People generally consume far too much protein.
  • Watch less news and television in general. It is mostly negative, generally not the truth and does nothing for relaxation.
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Visit his website to find out more about Steve Bracken’s approach to yoga and movement

Get Steve’s expert tuition online with his Simple Mobilisation video 

Read Tanya Kemp’s guide to improving your health through yoga

Discover the ultimate luxury spa in Mauritius

Delight in the idyllic tranquil retreat that is Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa at Le Prince Maurice

Feel yourself begin to relax as you step into the haven of our peaceful spa set in a quiet corner of the resort gardens.

Lie back and relax on sun loungers and enjoy a drink made from a fusion of fruits and spices beside the thermal swimming pool as you browse the extensive spa menu.

Tailored spa treatments

How you choose to pamper yourself is up to you. Our spa team will design a program of treatments tailored for you, that will leave you feeling revitalised and refreshed in mind and body.

Indulge with expert care from the Spice Route-inspired Spa de Constance, the exotic sensorial world of Sisley Paris or hand and foot treatments by the world-renowned podiatrist, Brice Nicham.

Give your energy levels a boost with fitness classes designed for you by resident fitness guru Isabelle Lamant including everything from yoga to Zumba.

Current luxury spa offers

Create your own
Create a special treatment package just for you with a combination of back, neck and shoulder massage, scalp massage, hand and forearm massage and foot massage.

Time is luxury
Book a 90 minute massage and we’ll throw in a sumptuous 30 minute wrapping treatment. For those tempted by the luxurious 90-minute Sisley facial, we’ll now treat you to an eye, lip and scalp treatment as well.

Beauty package
Combine a sensorial Sisley facial treatment with a Brice Nicham pedicure and get both for a specially reduced price or indulge in a combination of Brice Nicham hand and foot treatment and receive an inviting discount.

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