Wiebe ‘speechless’ after dramatic Senior Open Championship win

In the longest playoff in the history of the Senior Open Championship, US golfer Mark Wiebe won his first title at Royal Birkdale on Monday morning.

The Links, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Links, Constance Belle Mare Plage

He beat German Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion, at the fifth extra hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Wiebe, the eighth American winner, said he was “speechless”, continuing: “I just was luckier today and last night than Bernie I guess. I also feel like Bernie has won, what, a couple hundred tournaments. He’s won so many, I feel like this was my turn.”

David Frost, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2012, also played well and finished 3rd in the tournament.

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Babymoons in the Indian Ocean

Your first pregnancy can be a magical time, and more and more couples are making the most of this special time by scheduling a holiday together before the baby arrives – otherwise known as babymoons.

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

What to look for in a ‘babymoon’

The babymoon is an opportunity for a last hurrah of sumptuous, grown-up living before you enter the exciting world of life with a baby. In other words it can be a time to indulge in the finer things – a luxury beach resort, spa treatments, romantic moments, and divine dining.

With locations across the Indian Ocean, Constance Hotels & Resorts are proving a popular choice for a secluded 5* getaway for just the two of you. With our emphasis on warm, attentive service we ensure that your last trip away pre-parenthood will create memories that last a lifetime, and many a baby-induced sleepless night.

Make it a romantic break for two

Savour your time together in the romantic getaway resorts of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina. Relax in the laidback vibe of these barefoot resorts where secluded hammocks swing outside your villa and it’s easy to find a quiet spot to spend time alone together.

Lounge on the beach watching movies under the stars and eating food fresh from the ocean.

Or splash out and enjoy the ultimate luxury of a beachfront villa with your own private pool at Le Prince Maurice or a water villa floating over a lagoon with its own infinity pool at Halaveli.

If you’re looking for total romantic seclusion why not try a hillside villa at Ephelia, where you can lounge in your own infinity pool overlooking glorious views of the Seychelles.

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Relax in your own infinity pool at Constance Ephelia

Indulge in 5* luxury

It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re pregnant but at Constance we will do our best to ensure that’s exactly what you get.

At Le Prince Maurice and Halaveli we will draw you a fragrant candlelit bath for you to relax in before climbing between Egyptian cotton sheets, in vast beds. Select the perfect pillow from our menu. If getting comfortable is an issue just let us know and we’ll provide as many pillows as you need to get a good night’s sleep.

Service has always been at the centre of what we do at Constance so whatever you’re needs, or cravings, we’ll do our best to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday.

Delicious, healthy food

Eating for two means making sure that what you eat is fresh and healthy for you and your baby. At Constance the 5* chefs use only the best, fresh local ingredients to create sumptuous dishes across all our restaurants.

Whether you want to indulge in elegant fine dining or just feel like a smoothie and salad by the beach, you can be sure that everything is prepared with the utmost care from the very best fresh ingredients.

For a truly memorable dining experience we can even organise dinner on a secluded section of beach or under the stars in your own villa. At Moofushi you can dine by torchlight on your own secluded sandbank.

Unwind at the Shiseido Spa, Ephélia

Unwind at the Spa

Sumptuous spa treatments for mothers-to-be

Ease tired feet and aching muscles with a trip to one of the luxurious Spa de Constance’s. Highlights of our special prenatal treatments include:

  • A Fabulous Beauty Treatment for Mothers-to-be at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice

A gentle, full massage with light, smooth movements to drain away tension from the body.

  • Valmont Mother to be Package at Valmont Spa, Halaveli

A body scrub to improve circulation, a gentle massage with moisturisation using Valmont products and a facial.

  • Prenatal massage at Spa de Constance, Lémuria

A 60-minute total body massage designed to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic system.

Reconnect with your changing body

Calm the spirit and prepare your body for childbirth with one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Discover the inner calm brought about by adopting Pranayama breathing or take time to welcome the sun with gentle sunrise yoga sessions or sunset meditation sessions at Lémuria.

Join fitness guru and personal trainer Isabelle Lamant for yoga on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and get expert advice on fitness during and after pregnancy.

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Wake boarding at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Time to play

Dads-to-be can get out on the ocean sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing or fishing, or if you’re after something a little more high-octane there are motorised water sports available at Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia, Halaveli and Prince Maurice.

All destinations offer awe-inspiring opportunities to discover the hidden beauty of the Indian Ocean with diving and snorkelling opportunities.

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All aboard: the secret to a great family holiday

Whether you want to celebrate an important birthday or anniversary or you simply want to spend time together in a neutral environment, going on holiday with kids, parents and grandparents in tow is the new luxury holiday choice for many.

Family friendly meals at Constance Hotels Experience

Family friendly meals

Choosing the right kind of holiday

Taking multi-generational holidays together offers extended families the chance to relax away from the pressures and chores of everyday life. But it’s important to choose the right type of family holiday.

Family members of different generations often have very different interests and needs.

The secret to a great multi-generational holiday is to find an environment where everybody gets a chance to relax and do the things they enjoy. The key thing to remember is that you needn’t do everything together, you just need to find somewhere that gives you space to enjoy time together as well as time apart.

Plan a luxury island getaway

Luxury resorts, like Constance Hotels & Resorts in the Indian Ocean, make for the perfect location to celebrate with all the family.

The beautiful locations of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles form the perfect backdrop. The personal 5* service Constance provides for all its guests, young and old, caters for the individual needs of each family member.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

Luxurious spacious villas with private pools or separate elegant suites with safe, beautiful beaches and a selection of swimming pools provide a playground suited to grandparents and grandchildren, in an environment both can enjoy.

Of course the more time the grandparents spend with the children, the more free time busy parents have to enjoy the 5* facilities including a wide range of water sports, activities and sumptuous spas.

The Constance Kids’ Club means children can create their own adventures, so that you can take time out with the older generation.

Indulge in a range of sumptuous treatments together at the Spa de Constance or spend the day on a champion golf course amidst the dramatic scenery of Mauritius or the stunning terraced golf course of Constance Lémuria.

Take to the ocean with older kids and grandparents with a raft of exciting activities including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding.

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Top 10 family adventures in the Seychelles

Revive your family’s spirit of adventure in the Seychelles with activities from searching for lost pirate treasure to feeding giant tortoises. Here’s our guide to the best family adventures in the Seychelles.

Zip lining at Constance Ephelia Resort

Zip lining in the Seychelles

• Search for the legendary pirates’ treasure on a trip to Moyenne Island

A short boat ride from Victoria, Mahé, is the National Park of Moyenne Island, a Robinson Crusoe-style desert island with no human inhabitants and over 100 giant tortoises. Parents will enjoy the rare biodiversity of the island while kids will adore the legend that says the two graves belong to pirates who also buried their treasure somewhere on the small island.

• Experience a thrilling zip line ride through the jungle canopy on Mahé

Based at Constance Ephélia, SMAC Adventures offer adventure sports including zip lining, rock climbing and abseiling for adults and children over 4. See the beautiful forests and mountains of Mahé in a new and exhilarating way on eight different zip lines up to 120m long. Or try scaling the island’s natural granite crags with climbing for beginners through to advanced. Check out the fun on SMAC’s Facebook page.

• Try some traditional local crafts at Domaine de Val des Près

Based around the Gran Kaz Plantation House on Mahé this National Heritage Site not only celebrates local crafts and culture but gives you the chance to get involved with a series of craft workshops for the whole family.

• Explore the ocean on Teddy’s Glass Bottom Boat

Board the boat from Beau Vallon Bay, Mahé and discover the jewels of the Indian Ocean with your family. See the vibrant corals and the rainbow colours of lush marine life that live on and around the reefs from the safety of the glass bottom boat. Then jump into the water for some snorkelling and the chance to get a closer look. The excursion then takes you to a secluded beach for a bbq and swim before heading home.

A giant tortoise, part of Mauritian wildlife

A giant tortoise

• Meet giant tortoises in their natural environment on Curieuse Island

A short boat ride from Praslin is Curieuse, home to a colony of hundreds of Aldabra Giant Tortoises which walk freely around the island. Tourists are encouraged to interact with these regal creatures feeding them snacks of greens and watermelon. There is even a tortoise ‘nursery’ on the island where they care for young tortoises from birth to five years. Of course, being the Seychelles there are also glorious, deserted beaches for the kids to enjoy too following a 30 minute nature walk across the island.

• Discover the interior of Mahé with a wildlife walk to Sauzier Waterfalls

Setting off from Port Glaud this beautiful forest walk will take you past traditional Creole homes and the guide’s own farm where groups can stop off to meet the resident bats and farm animals. The short walk is perfect for families – kids and (brave) adults are then rewarded at the end with a refreshing dip in the crystal pools at the foot of the beautiful waterfall.

• Spend the day swimming and hanging out at Beau Vallon Beach

While the Seychelles has a plethora of beautiful, deserted beaches sometimes it’s fun to hang out amidst the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists. Beau Vallon Beach on the North Coast of Mahé is a beautiful white sand beach with restaurants, bars, craft shops and cafés lining its shores. Water sports abound and the cafés have a great selection of ice creams and smoothies to keep the kids happy. The best time to visit is on a Wednesday when the evening Bazar Labrin market brings fresh food stalls, live music and an authentically local vibe to the beach.

• Explore the unique biodiversity of the UNESCO World Heritage site Vallée de Mai

Famous for its unique coco de mer seeds, legend has it that this Nature Reserve on Praslin island was the site of the original Garden of Eden. Kids will love exploring the nature trails through the national park and discovering the rare endemic plants and wildlife here. Set them a challenge to catch sight of the rare, endangered Black Parrot.

Family fun at the beach

Family fun at the beach

• Horse riding in the Seychelles

Available on most of the islands, horse riding is a thrilling way to explore the local area. Whether you’ve done it before and want to gallop down a white sand beach or if you’re just trying it for the first time and want a gentle nature trek, local guides will ensure the experience is unforgettable. Riding in the Seychelles is popular so it is worth contacting your hotel before you arrive so that they can book the excursion for you.

• Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

The National Botanical Gardens is a perfect way to spend the afternoon in Victoria, Mahé, with all the family, particularly if you want to see one of the islands’ giant tortoises. Meet the tortoises and check out the colony of fruit bats feeding and roosting in the trees, then while away the afternoon exploring the beautiful tropical gardens.

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Top tips for getting over jet lag

Revive aching muscles and stiff bones after a long flight with a range of full body stretches devised by personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant.

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Open arms and keep shoulder blades on the floor. Relax your legs on the side. Inhale for 8 seconds with the nose – exhale naturally through the mouth. Repeat 5 times.

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Exercise 1 – Relax the lower back

Exercise 2 – Stretch your bottom to avoid pain in the lower back

Put your right foot on your left knee, right arm between your legs, cross your fingers on or under the left knee. Press your knee in the direction of your chest until you feel the muscle stretch. Hold for 20/30 seconds per leg.

Exercise 2 – Stretch your bottom to avoid pain in the lower back

Exercise 3 – Stretch your hamstrings with a towel

Hold a towel with both hands and stretch your right leg as far as you can. Hold for 20 seconds. To avoid curving the back, bend the opposite (left) leg and put the left foot on the floor before changing legs.

Exercise 3 – Stretch your hamstrings with a towel

Exercise 4 – Stretch the outside of your legs (abductors)

Hold the towel in your left hand and place it under the right foot. Keep your left leg flat on the floor, turn your head and stretch out the right arm on the right side. Put the left elbow on the floor and pull your hand gently until you feel the stretch on the outside of the right leg. 20/30 seconds per side.

Exercise 4 – Stretch the outside of your legs (abductors)

Exercise 5 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors)

Place the towel under your right foot and hold in the right hand. Keep your left leg flat on the floor, turn your head to the left. Put the right elbow on the floor and pull your hand gently until you feel the stretch on the inside of the right leg. 20/30 seconds per side.

Exercise 5 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors)

Exercise 6 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors), hands and forearms

We never think of stretching of our hands but they can really need it. Bend your knees, bring your big toes together and sit down as far as you can on your heels. Point your fingers in the direction of your hips and then press the palms of your hands on the floor. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 6 – Stretch inside of your legs (adductors), hands and forearms

Exercise 7 – Stretch quads and improve the flow of blood circulation in your hips

Position your right knee above the right heel, stretch the left leg back and raise your spine. 20 seconds per leg.

Exercise 7 – Stretch quads and improve the flow of blood circulation in your hips

Exercise 8 – Stretch your hamstrings and shoulders

With your legs close together, cross your fingers behind your back and bend forward. Stretch your arms above your back as far as you can. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 8 – Stretch your hamstrings and shoulders

Exercise 9 – Stretch your arms and chest and open the thorax

Put your fingers on a wall, stretch your arm and twist your body in the opposite direction. 5 deep breaths per side.

Exercise 9 – Stretch your arms and chest and open the thorax

Exercise 10 – Stretch your Legs, back, shoulders and arms

Press your hand against a wall. Stretch your arms and legs and keep your back parallel to the floor. Hold for 20 seconds.

Exercise 10 – Stretch your Legs, back, shoulders and arms

After this routine of 10 exercises you will immediately feel the benefit. These are stretches you can do every day without moderation.

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Indulge in the ultimate spa holiday at Halaveli

Indulge in a spa holiday at Constance Halaveli and you’ll enter a world where the relentless pace of life gently slips away.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

This haven in the North Ari Atoll offers a huge range of treatments to pamper and revive your senses.

In its 2013 Spa Guide, Condé Nast Traveller described the spa at Constance Halaveli:

‘At the overwater spa… rejuvenate your jaded spirit and zap negative energy…’

Personal consultation

Indulge in a Wellness Consultation in which one of our team of qualified therapists will design a series of treatments specifically for you as part of a holistic journey of healing which may include everything from massage, nutrition, skincare and fitness.

Treatment rooms

Whatever treatment combo is devised for you, you’ll feel an innate sense of relaxation in the cool mahogany treatment rooms, where the open sides invite the ocean breeze and the massage table looks down to a glass panel below so you can watch the marine life swimming beneath you.

Ila at Halaveli

The organic, natural products created by Ila are sourced from plants or minerals carefully selected from around the world such as the Himalayan rock salt from Kashmir, rosehip seed oil from Southern Andes and Babassu oil from the Amazon.

Relax in the private spa pool overlooking the ocean

Relax in the private spa pool overlooking the ocean

Highlights include:

The Ila experience

Combining facial techniques, a Himalayan rock salt body scrub, Manipura massage, reflexology and lymphatic-drainage this complete experience aims to re-awaken the body and spirit inviting a sense of euphoric calm.

The Valmont Spa

Exclusive Swiss skincare and anti-ageing specialist Valmont has its own spa at Halaveli offering treatments that blend the purity of Swiss ingredients with the very latest scientific breakthroughs in skincare treatment.

Highlights include:

Snow Bright Radiance Ritual

Restoring the natural uniformity of youthful skin this treatment uses vitamin C and white lupine extract to blend away small vascular anomalies and larger pigmentary spots leaving the skin with a radiant glow.

Spa de Constance

‘From skin to within’ is our maxim at Spa de Constance, Halaveli. We use only handcrafted natural ingredients, many sourced locally in the Maldives, blended into our own custom made oils, scrubs and wraps to create an enveloping sensory experience for your body and mind.

Foot treatments at Spa de Constance

Foot treatments at Spa de Constance

Pamper your senses with a full body massage, scrub, bath soak or wrap – or why not combine all three in one of our Skin to Within Experiences.

Highlights include:

Meditative Indulgence

A sumptuous 4-hand massage featuring oils of frankincense, rosewood and lime inducing a deep-level of relaxation.

Relax after your treatments

Feel your body detox in our sauna and steam room and then rejuvenate your senses with a refreshing dip in the spa’s outdoor hot and cool pools with views out across the turquoise waters, or take the wooden steps down and bathe in the ocean below.

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