World class footballer in world class luxury at Le Prince Maurice

Legendary French footballer Robert Pirès explains why he loves Constance Le Prince Maurice so much that he keeps coming back.

Robert Pires and Jessica Lemaire at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Robert Pires and Jessica Lemaire

Former captain of France and player for Arsenal Robert Pirès knows a thing or two about what it takes to be the best, and that is exactly what he is looking for in a holiday.

‘For me luxury is a hotel like Prince Maurice where I can do nothing and relax 100% knowing that the attentive staff will look after everything.’

So how does the man who captained the French International team to its win in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and enjoyed two Premier League wins during his time with Arsenal choose to spend his holiday?

‘I do nothing but relax and enjoy the service. Time stops for us when we are at this place – we simply chill out and enjoy the beautiful weather. I spend most of my time at the beach or at the pool.’

How Pirès discovered Le Prince

Pirès, now a sports commentator and broadcaster, discovered Constance Le Prince Maurice through his partner Jessica Lemarie who had done a modelling shoot at the resort years earlier.

‘She had always spoken about this hotel and wanted us to come for holidays but at the time, both of us being very busy in our professions, we never made it. Once we settled with a family we finally decided to come. As soon as we arrived we fell in love with the hotel and now we are on our third visit in one year.’

What Pirès loves about the hotel

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Asked to describe what it is about the resort which keeps drawing him and his family back, Pirès explains, ‘Mauritius is well known for the kindness of its people and we feel it as we arrive at the hotel with the staff being very friendly with a natural warmth. The welcome here is exceptional and the staff charmant.’

The footballer and father says he loves the fact that at Le Prince Maurice he can relax knowing his kids are having fun and are being well taken care of. ‘My children have just as great a time here as I do, they enjoy Les Petits Princes kids club and my babysitter looks after Alessio (the baby) as if it was her own child. My children being in such good hands helps us to relax.’

Pirès describes that he likes to spend the summer in Europe and to visit St Barthelemy in the Caribbean but says, ‘In the winter time we fly to Mauritius, Le Prince Maurice, of course. Our fourth visit to the hotel won’t be far away.’

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice on our website.

Love football? Read Robert Pirès’ autobiography – available on Amazon.

Wreck diving in the Maldives

Join TGI Dive Instructor, Natalie Skipworth, as she shares the unique adventure and exhilaration of a wreck dive at Constance Halaveli.

Wreck diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Natalie Skipworth wreck diving at Halaveli, photo by Marco Care

Stepping on the dhoni, a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretch out before me.

The sky is blue and cloudless and although it’s only a short ride to the dive site, and I’m eager to enter the water, I almost wish the journey wouldn’t end.

Arriving at the wreck

All too soon we arrive and my instructor tells me it’s time to get ready. She jumps in to check the speed and direction of the current, and surfaces with a smile, telling us the visibility is amazing and the fish are keen to see us.

We grin like idiots as we gear up and look each other over, strapping on computers, checking weight belts and air gauges, making sure nothing will ruin this perfect afternoon.

Entering the water

The first breath underwater is like coming home for me. As we swim down and across, following the guide, the wreck looms into view. It should be threatening, sinister even, but this wreck has been put here deliberately, sunk by the dive centre specifically for divers to enjoy.

What you can expect to see

The abundance of life is incredible in such a short stretch, and within the first 10 minutes we’ve spotted white tip reef sharks, stingrays, a napoleon wrasse, and even a turtle or two.

This wreck is slightly deeper than most and the first person reaches their air supply reserve within 30 minutes. The guide signals us to do a safety stop and inflates her surface marker buoy.

Blowing bubble rings through her regulator to pass the time she points out fish of every colour on the teeming reef.

We drift along for 3 minutes, almost blinded by the reds, yellows, oranges, blues and greens of the sealife, and surface together close to the dhoni. One of the many advantages to diving in the Maldives is that the boat follows you.

Handing up our equipment with the help of the instructor, we climb the ladder back onto the boat, tired but happy.

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Top tips for well being in 2013

One of our leading fitness gurus at Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, offers her top tips for well being in 2013.

Isabelle Lamant at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoga on the beach with Isabelle Lamant

Her ever-increasingly popular fitness classes have earned Isabelle a loyal following among Constance guests. Many are returning from their holiday saying they’ve never felt better.

Here are Isabelle’s top tips for 2013:

1. Lie down on your back, hands under your head. Inhale 8 seconds with the nose, expanding your ribs and blowing out your stomach. Hold your breath for 5 seconds then exhale naturally. Do this 3 times to relax all the body and the brain.

2. Ask your self ‘What do I actually wish to change or improve on my body?’ Visualize mentally your ideal appearence and the way of living you would like for your wellness.

3. Stretch your arms, stretch your legs, turn on your right side then stand up.

4. Now that you know what you want for your well-being, put on your running shoes or your swimming costume and go out for one hour. Just go out and walk or swim to detox your body and your brain.

5. When you come back home, you’ll feel real satisfaction because you have taken care of yourself. That is the best tip I can give to you: think of yourself first so you have the best energy to give to others.

6. Stretch with fluent movement to allow your joints to relax. You can easily find different postures

7. I advise you to move your body 3 times per week for 1 hour each time. Choose the activity you prefer: aquagym, dance, running, walking, swimming… Stretch every day for 10 minutes, this is good for your joints and your muscles.

Find out more about Le Prince Maurice

At our Fitness Centre at Le Prince Maurice, we have personal trainers who will take you through your paces and offer classes in:  Aqyagym, Pilates, tennis, Yoga, stretching, Trx, dance and swimming.

Visit our website to find out more about the deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Times names Le Prince Maurice Spa in top 50 breaks for body and soul

If you feel in need of a personal over-haul after indulging this festive season, check into one of our top knotch spas.

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa at Le Prince Maurice

The Times has just listed the spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice in its 50 breaks for body and soul.

Highlights include the latest treatments from top brand Sisley, and pampering from Spa de Constance and podiatrist Brice Nicham.

The Constance Rum d’Esprit treatment starts with a refreshing foot soak and scrub with tamarind salts and lime, followed by a gentle exfoliation with rum, sugarcane and cinnamon to renew the skin and prepare it for exposure to the sun.

With the trend for spa travel growing, Le Prince Maurice is attracting aficionados in search of a luxury holiday that also offers a spa haven to escape into.

Subscribers to The Times can read more about their 50 breaks for body and soul.

And don’t miss our Top 6 reasons to visit Spa de Constance in Mauritius.

Jump to it

January is a time to rethink fitness and our approach to health and well being.

Diving at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Time to get active

Constance hotels offer space to escape to where you can reduce your stress levels, embrace a healthier lifestyle and enjoy some grown up play time.

We take an holistic approach to fitness – from the fresh goodness of food grown locally and prepared healthily, to the chance to exercise in a completely different type of environment.

If you’re struggling to make it down the road to the gym, here’s an idea of what you can expect to find at our 7 resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Join us at Le Prince Maurice for Aquagym or the more strenuous Fit Paddle in our infinity pool.

The fully equipped gyms at our spas feature some of the latest fitness technology such as the Kinesis Conditioning equipment at Ephélia and Halaveli which focuses on balance, flexibility and stability.

Bespoke fitness programs

Our personal training staff, including French fitness guru Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice, are on hand to create bespoke programs to help you reach your targets.

Alternatively,  have a go at one of our organised classes from Sculpt Zumba to a Beach Workout and yoga. Many of our resorts also offer tennis courts, and at Ephélia you’ll find a natural climbing wall and squash courts.

Adrenalin sports

Active holidays at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Tennis at Constance

If your idea of paradise doesn’t include the gym, try these adrenalin-filled sports available at most resorts:

  • Scuba diving
  • Water-skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Pedalos
Golf at Constance

And if golf is your game, then walking the tiered greens of Lémuria’s 18-hole golf course will give you a great work out. Or play a round on each of the two championship golf courses at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage.

Get inspired

Try GQ’s beach workout by Ren McKnight,  or visit our website to read more about each of our Constance hotels.

 

Condé Nast Traveller recommends Le Prince Maurice spa

In the January edition of Condé Nast Traveller, retail editor Thea Darricotte features the spa at Le Prince Maurice in her ‘Most wanted’ column.

Suite on stilts at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Suite on stilts Le Prince Maurice

Of the recently refurbished spa, Darricotte gives it her ‘Thea loves’ seal of approval:

‘We recommend Sisleya Face & Body Exceptional Ritual which involves two and a half hours of pampering to remove signs of fatigue and leave you looking younger, healthier and ready for the sun’.

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