Major winner Tom Lehman to join MCB Tour title contest

Former Major Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman will join a star-studded cast in Mauritius when he makes a welcome appearance on the European Senior Tour for the 2011 season-ending event, the MCB Tour Championship from 9-11 December.

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

American Tom Lehman is the highest profile entry for this year’s MCB Senior Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Lehman said, ‘I have always wanted to go to Mauritius and getting this opportunity is something that I am looking forward to with much excitement and anticipation.

I can’t think of a better way to finish the 2011 season than by competing in the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius.’

The 52-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, will be the first winner of the British Open Championship to appear in what has been the most prestigious professional tournament on Mauritius for the last 18 years.

Constance Belle Mare Plage attracts top players

Over the years, Belle Mare Plage has played host to a number of promising young golfers who have gone on to make their mark at the highest level.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Players such as Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Gregory Havret and Jamie Donaldson – the last winner of the original Mauritius Open – have all experienced the delights and the frustrations that the unique Legend course can deliver.

In 2009, when the European Senior Tour arrived on the island, it was the turn of more established names in the world of golf – the likes of Sam Torrance, David Frost, Costantino Rocca, Jose Rivero and Manuel Pinero – to take centre stage.

But Tom Lehman will be the biggest winner to have visited Mauritius in the tournament’s history.

Lehman will undoubtedly start as favourite for the MCB Tour Championship, but with most of the top 60 Seniors Tour order-of-merit competing, plus defending Tour champion Mike Cunning, Lehman is certain to find the rivalry intense.

Find out more about the MCB Tour Championship

  • Watch this space for more information about the tournament, and don’t miss our daily blog posts during the championship – keeping you up-to-date with all the latest action.
  • If you missed our previous article, find out who else is playing this year at the 2011 MCB Tour Championship
  • Visit the official MCB Tour Championship website.

Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.

The secret to beautiful shiny hair

Our Spa Manager at Le Prince Maurice, Sophie Demaret, shares one of her beauty insights.

Sophie Demaret

Sophie Demaret

Today, I want to let you know about an amazing hair product – amla oil.

Amla oil

Amla oil is one of the world’s oldest natural hair conditioners. Used widely in India, it turns your hair into a piece of finery that swirls in the air and shines in the sunlight!

Amla oil is made from the Indian gooseberry (or amla). It comes from the Phyllanthaceae family of flowering plants, other members of which also produce fine and precious oils.

Rich in vitamins A and C, it works like a hair pack on your scalp and your hair. It helps fight dandruff, strengthens your hair and aids hair growth – basically it’s a total hair-care must have.

From the moment you apply it to dry hair, you’ll experience a very pleasant fresh sensation, and you’ll quickly feel the benefits of an oxygenated scalp.

How to use it

When I tried it, I gave my hair a thorough soaking with the oil after a good scalp massage. I left it on for 4 hours, although ideally it’s best left on overnight. After the treatment, I shampooed my hair and – hey presto – it had performed its magic.

After just 4 hours, the results are amazing – beautiful, soft, shining hair.

Luxurious spa treatments at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi spa
Constance Moofushi spa

The treatments at Spa de Constance, Moofushi instil an equilibrium to mind and body that will leave your senses singing for days.

The spa is perched above the water, with views of theIndian Ocean from every room.

Here are some of the treatments on offer in October:

Treatment room at Moofushi

Treatment room at Moofushi

Rainforest Facial

60 minutes

This relaxing facial has two parts:

  • deep lymphatic drainage warm herbal compress massage, to help the skin absorb the serum, and to rejuvenate and regenerate skin cells
  • an Amazonian mud mask

Enchanting Wave Massage

75 minutes

This exclusive full body massage combines Reiki, Tai Chi,Temple Hawaiian lomi-lomi and Esalen massage. It promises to give a sensual experience that will guarantee you a perfect night’s sleep.

Massage at Spa de Constance

Massage at Spa de Constance

Manipura Full Body Massage

60 minutes

This treatment works by stimulating and balancing the solar ‘sun’ vitality within us, through marma massage, lymphatic drainage and applying Himalayan herb poultices.

Green Tea Wrap Experience

45 minutes

Invigorate yourself with a re-mineralising and purifying body wrap while the senses experience the exotic aroma of rosemary and frankincense essential oils. Utter bliss for body and mind.

Read more about The Jewel Island: Constance Moofushi

Golf: MCB Senior Tour Championship 2011

The countdown to this year’s season-ending European Senior Tour Championship in Mauritius is well under way. Constance Belle Mare Plage is preparing to add another chapter to its distinguished history.

Legend at Belle Mare Plage

Legend at Belle Mare Plage

The 54-hole MCB Senior Tour Championship takes place from 9-11 December 2011. It provides the climax to a week-long programme of golf competition that includes a pro-am and a number of amateur tournaments.

Who’ll be playing this year?

The closing date for entry to the tournament is late November. Among those who have already confirmed their attendance are:

  • David Frost – last year’s MCB Open champion
  • Roger Chapman – runner-up
  • Peter Fowler – current European Senior Tour order-of-merit leader
  • Mike Cunning – the winner of the 2010 Tour Championship
  • Sam Torrance – successful Ryder Cup player and captain
  • Carl Mason – the Senior Tour’s leading career earner
  • Boonchu Ruangkit – last season’s order-of-merit winner
  • Kevin Sturgeon – 2009 MCB Open champion.

In addition, Welshman Mark Mouland, a recent winner in Portugal in his first year on the Senior Tour, will be relishing a return to the Legend course where, in 2002 and 2003, he won the Mauritius Open in its original format as an end-of-year invitation event.

History of the event

Legend golf course

Legend golf course

It’s just 2 years since Constance Hotels Experience and the Mauritius Commercial Bank joined forces to stage the first of 2 hugely successful Senior Tour events on the Belle Mare Plage Legend golf course.

This year, the partnership is hosting the lucrative MCB Senior Tour Championship - the season’s finale. Entry is restricted to the leading earners on this year’s European Senior Tour and past winners of a major or seniors’ major.

Adding extra interest this year will be the presentation of the prestigious John Jacobs Trophy to the player who finishes top of the Senior Tour order-of-merit.

Twelve months ago that honour went to Boonchu Ruangkit from Thailand, but this year’s recipient may not be decided until the final putt has been sunk in the Tour Championship.

The Legend

The Legend

Not that the Legend course is any stranger to final round drama. It has a long history of producing the unexpected, as Roger Chapman, Welshman Phillip Price and a number of other players will testify.

Results and news from the tournament

During the event, we’ll be posting up-to-the-minute news on this blog and the Constance Facebook page.

Results, reports and features will also appear each day on the official MCB Tour Championship website.

Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.

Ayurvedic massage at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At Constance Le Prince Maurice we offer some wonderful Ayurvedic treatments, to help restore equilibrium to your mind, body and spirit.

Spa de Constance treatment room

Spa de Constance treatment room

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India that aims to prevent illness. It emphasises re-establishing balance in the body through diet, lifestyle, exercise and body cleansing.

Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of 5 elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by 3 doshas, or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

The three doshas

When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas.

  • Vata relates to air and ether elements. Vata is seen as the force that directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination.
  • Kapha relates to water and earth elements. Kapha is responsible for growth and protection - the cerebral-spinal fluid that protects the brain and spinal column are examples of Kapha.
  • Pitta relates to fire and water elements. Pitta governs metabolism – the transformation of foods into nutrients, as well in the organ and tissue systems.

Treatments at Le Prince Maurice

Massage oils used at Spa de Constance

Massage oils

If you’re heading to Le Prince Maurice, visit our spa and indulge your senses with one of these Ayurvedic treatments:

Shirodhara massage

Warm, herbalised sesame oil is dripped in a stream onto the forehead to profoundly relax the nervous system and balance the prana vata – the dosha that exerts control over the brain.

Shirobhyanga massage

A head and scalp massage, using warm oil, to help relieve tension.

Abhyanga massage

This four hands massage tones and relieves tension so you can regain energy and vitality.

If you want to know more this resort, read our article – Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. 

 

 

A day in the life of a spa trainer

Ajay Kishtoo, spa trainer, Le Prince Maurice

Ajay Kishtoo

Ajay Kishtoo’s working day as a spa trainer is varied and exciting. Here’s a look at a typical day for Ajay at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

I wake up at 6am and have a light breakfast. I have to be ready to catch the hotel bus by 7am. Once I arrive at the hotel, I check the schedule for the day, help the therapists with the set up and organise training with the staff.

Launching a new treatment

Today, I’ve got a long day ahead of me as we’re finalising the last assessment for a new treatment we’ll be offering – Fusion Massage. Fusion full body massage is inspired by occidental and oriental massages like Thai, shiatsu and Swedish.

The treatment launches tomorrow, and we have to make sure that all our therapists understand the benefits of the treatment and are able to use the different movements confidently.  

Massage at Spa de Constance

Massage at Spa de Constance

Before we launch a new treatment, our therapists and receptionists experience the massage themselves so they really understand what they’re selling.

My inspiration

It was my mother who inspired me to get into this type of work. She has a real gift for healing people who suffer from back pain. She’s never trained formally but she’s helped so many people during her life.

Seeing my mother doing something that makes her so happy has inspired me and my brothers. We used to pretend to do massage on each other. Little did we know that later in life we’d develop a real passion for our work as therapists. Together, we’ve created a school for youngsters who want to train in this type of work.

What I really love about my job

What I really love about my job is the notion that I’m sharing my knowledge with people but also learning from others. All therapists have slightly different techniques and views, and it’s good to take these on board and to share our thoughts with each other.

I enjoy every moment of my day in the spa – particularly the sharing, and seeing the satisfaction of a client after their treatment.