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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Round up from MCB Tour Championship 2012

South African David Frost duly completed his expected victory in the 2012 MCB Tour Championship yesterday.

David Frost, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2012

David Frost, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2012

But the bare facts fail to reveal the drama and tension that added spice to the closing stages of the tournament.

After holding a six-stroke lead at one time in the final round, Frost was left facing a two-putt from 25 feet for birdie at the last to secure the title.

With Australian Peter Fowler in the clubhouse on 10-under-par, England’s Barry Lane chipped in from the fringe of the 18th green for eagle to join Fowler on 10 under.

The possibility of a three-way play-off entered the conversation around the gallery as the attention turned to the 53-year-old South African. It didn’t last long, though. His long putt crept past the cup, leaving him two-foot to negotiate for the title.

Drama at the 6th tee

It was a strangely inconsistent performance from a man who had been a model of consistency for more than two rounds – until he arrived on the 6th tee. At that stage he had moved to 15 under after birdies at the first and third.

But then, inexplicably, he pulled his drive at the par-five hole and the ball disappeared into dense undergrowth. After much deliberation, Frost decided to go back to the tee but his second attempt followed a similar line and came to rest just beyond the buggy path.

A chip out onto the fairway and an approach to just short of the green took Frost’s tally at the hole to five, and an approach and a two-putt gave him an eight.

Into the lead…

Now Frost had a lead of two strokes over American Tim Thelen and three over Lane.

At the eighth it was Lane’s turn to suffer, with a double-bogey eight, and at the ninth, Thelen overshot the green with his approach but took three to get up and down from the bunker.

Frost and Lane birdied the 10th hole to restore a four-stroke advantage for the South African but he immediately dropped another shot with a bogey while Lane holed a 20-foot putt for birdie.

It got no better for Frost at the 12th when he found water with his second shot and ended with a double bogey although Thelen also dropped a stroke.

Meanwhile, news filtered back that Fowler had moved to nine-under with a birdie four at 14.

The only change among the last team at the 13th was a bogey for Lane but at the 14th, both Frost and Thelen dropped shots.

Frost made birdie at 15 to go to 10-under and Lane did the same to go to eight-under.

At the short but deceptive 17th, Fowler grabbed the birdie that took him to 10 under and into a share of the lead with Frost.

A test of nerves

Now it was a real test of nerves but after drifting right and blocking himself out with his drive at 18, Fowler had no direct route to the putting surface.

He hit the green with his third shot and two-putted for par for a 68.

Waiting down the field was Frost, who was now only in a share of the lead, and Lane, two in arrears.

Just as he had done 2 years ago against Roger Chapman in the MCB Senior Open, Frost went for the shot the moment demanded, bravely sending a four-iron approach over the lake and onto the green.

Lane, meanwhile, showed equal aggression to fly the right-hand bunker and come to rest pin high but on the fringe.

An exquisite chip never left the hole and disappeared into the cup for eagle, a round of 70 and a 10-under-par result.

Now the stage belonged to the South African and, drawing on his last reserves of composure and concentration, the moment belonged to him.

Visit the MCB Tour Championship website for player profiles, scores and news.