Interview with Marc Farry on golf in Mauritius

When golfers visit Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius the resort has one major advantage over others on the island: two golf courses.

The Legend - The training ground for the Marc Farry Golf Academy

The Legend – The training ground for the Marc Farry Golf Academy

It’s a key factor in the decision-making for many because it offers plenty of variety – and more tee times – over the length of their stay.

But there is another tick in the box: the on-site Marc Farry Golf Academy, which gives golfers of all standards the opportunity to improve their game.

Farry, winner of the European Tour’s 1996 BMW International Open and a two-time Senior Tour winner, is aware that his love of the sport fits the Constance theme because he is inspired by his passion for golf.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” he said during the 2013 MCB Tour Championship, where he finished in a tie for ninth. “I’m deeply in love with the game and I’m passionate about learning new things, or remembering things I may have forgotten”.

“Golf is an amazing sport because you don’t stop. You can play so long and you can always keep improving. You know the guys out on the Senior Tour could have stopped trying to get better, but we never do – we’re always looking to enhance our game and that should apply to everyone, whatever their standard.”

Farry knows that guests want to enjoy their golf, but that they will especially do so if they play well – which is where the academy can offer assistance.

“The academy is a great support for the golf clientele. We have a very good teaching staff who can deal with the fundamentals of the swing and guests have the option of group, individual or on-course lessons.

“I’m passionate about the evolution of the golf swing. It has changed over the last 25 years. What I was taught when I took up the game has changed. That is not because it was wrong but because we have learned more, it is an evolution towards the best methods. It’s an exciting process.”

Farry is keen to stress what is distinct about his teaching methods.

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

“The academy staff use my vision of the importance of on-course strategy.

“At the launch press conference for the MCB Tour Championship we discussed what we, as senior golfers, have learned over the years. Perhaps the most important lesson is to be more patient and more smart with our game plans – and that fits directly with my way of teaching.

“In the early 1980s, as a young man, I hit the ball a long way. I was desperate to play well and I attacked every pin. But it was costly to be honest. In time I learned to be more patient and maybe not always take the driver off the tee.

“That remains the same with all players of all standards – anyone can play simple golf and score much better. When guests ask for lessons I show them that they don’t need to be aggressive to score well. Some are amazed until they see the results.

Legend and Links golf courses

“The two courses we have at Constance Belle Mare Plage are excellent layouts to prove my point.

“At the Legends it is tight and you can miss the fairway and lose a ball. The Links is more open but there are many shortish par fours. So on both courses the sensible play might be to hit for position from the tee.

“Some golfers think they are limiting themselves this way, but they are not. They are actually often opening up more opportunities, just not in ways they expected.

“When you see golfers understand this lesson it is so much fun.”

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The Times recommends Le Prince Maurice in 50 best spa holidays 2014

The Times has rated Constance Le Prince Maurice, with its special Kick Fast Diet program, as one of the best places to go to lose weight in 2014.

Kick start The Fast Diet at one of the best spa holidays of 2014

Kick start The Fast Diet at one of the best spa holidays of 2014

In its round up of the 50 best spa holidays for 2014, Caroline Sylger-Jones writing for The Times says:

‘What better place to get the hang of the intermittent fasting proposed by the best-selling The Fast Diet than at a cosseting tropical hotel? Co-author Mimi Spencer has devised a ‘Kick-start the Fast Diet’ pack for guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice with nutritious and tasty menus.’

The article points out that at this 5* hotel in Mauritius, you can also enjoy treatments at the Sisley Spa, sunrise and sunset yoga, Pilates and sessions with a personal trainer.

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3 tips to building a new health and fitness regime

January is the perfect time to get back in control of your health and fitness after the blow out of the festive season.

Health and fitness - Yoga on the beach

Health and fitness – Yoga on the beach

Kick-starting that change and then maintaining motivation are two major barriers to success.

Consider taking a break from it all and give your energy levels a boost with a blast of winter sun at one of our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

With fresh, healthy food prepared daily, fully equipped fitness suites, personal trainers, sumptuous spas and adrenalin-pumping water sports a Constance holiday can provide the ideal environment to take a new approach to your wellbeing.

Guidance from a personal trainer

Talk to one of our personal trainers about your health and fitness needs and goals. They can then design a program specifically for you and will be on hand throughout your stay to guide you through it.

You decide whether you want a program based in our high tech fitness suites, in the privacy of your villa or out in the open air with a beach workout, tennis or swimming.

Team spirit

Wellbeing can be about more than fitness – it can be about making connections with others and having fun too. Our fitness classes offer the opportunity to make friends and have fun while you get fit.

Watersports at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Watersports at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Join Isabelle Lamant for aquagym classes in the pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice or try Inyangar Flex classes at Constance Lémuria. And for couples, strengthen your bond with a Thai-yoga massage workshop at Constance Moofushi.

Outdoor adventure

Just being outside in the sunshine boosts your vitamin D levels and gives you more energy. At Constance you can try a range of adrenalin activities including water-skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, scuba diving, catamaran sailing and windsurfing.

Staff at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar offer guided nature walks around the island or you can take in the breathtaking beauty of world renowned Anse Georgette with a guided sunset walk at Constance Lémuria. Guests at Constance Ephélia can take a kayak tour of the mangrove forests surrounding the resort.

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The Sunday Times Travel Magazine recommends Constance Hotels & Resorts

The Sunday Times Travel magazine recommends Constance Hotels and Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles.

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The turtles of Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Their Total Guide to the Indian Ocean, February edition, looks at the finest that the region has to offer.

In Gemma Taylor’s fascinating article on wildlife in the Seychelles she describes how even while staying in the luxury hotel of Constance Lémuria on Praslin, it is possible to engage with the beautiful wildlife of the country.

‘Look past the (admittedly breathtaking) golf course here and you’ll find a Jurassic paradise, with curvaceous pools sculpted Thunderbirds-style into granite.’

Taylor recommends, ‘Come in January and you can coo over turtle hatchlings scampering to the sea. Book yourself villa four or five – fabulously described as ‘the maternity ward’ – at Constance Lémuria and you may even spy some of the leathery tots in your garden.’

She also recommends visiting nearby Cousin island, a 10 minute boat-ride from Praslin, which she describes as ‘an aviary Eden’.

The magazine’s Total Guide to Mauritius describes Constance Le Prince Maurice as a grown-up hotel with some of the friendliest staff on the island. It goes on to say ‘the hotel’s beach is one of the most sheltered on Mauritius’.

Constance Moofushi also gets a recommendation in the magazine’s guide to the Maldives with its luxurious all-inclusive Crystal package. The magazine says, ‘Once you’ve factored in arranging and paying for transfers, it really does make sense to go with an inclusive package.’

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  • Visit our website to find out more about all 7 of our hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar and to check booking availability – Constance Hotels and Resorts.

 

Lux Traveller review says Halaveli is ‘absolutely perfect’

Luxury travel website Lux Traveller has described Constance Halaveli as a ‘true 6 star experience in the Maldives’.

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The review, written by Lux Traveller CEO Marina Noble, gives Halaveli a glowing score of 10/10 for service, rooms, spa, attention to detail, wow factor, location, generosity and value.

Noble also points out that all the villas at Halaveli come with their own pool, something which she says is, ‘quite rare in the Maldives and sets Halaveli above others’.

As well as the individual pools, Noble praises the luxurious, ‘no expense spared’ design of the villas and their technological features including Apple TV with a wide range of free movies, Nespresso coffee machine and iPod docks.

She goes on to say how impressed she was with the range of activities on offer at the hotel including snorkelling, excursions and the wellness-focused spa with its traditional and modern treatments.

Noble took her two young children to Halaveli and was struck by how child-friendly the hotel was, with everyone from the restaurant staff to the Constance Kids Club (which she describes as, ‘a great addition to an already child friendly resort) making them feel welcome.

Noble reserves her strongest praise for the staff at Halaveli, ‘The best service ever throughout the hotel.’

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5 tips for travel inspiration 2014

Get inspired for 2014 and find out what you could look forward to in the coming months at Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Travel inspiration - Diving at Constance Moofushi

Travel inspiration – Diving at Constance Moofushi

1. Challenge yourself to a wild adventure in dramatic locations

Take yourself out of your comfort zone and try diving with sharks in the Maldives at Constance Moofushi, rock climbing in the Seychelles at Constance Ephélia or landing a marlin off the shores of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

2. Take a digital detox

The appeal of a digital detox continues to gather pace. At the Robinson Crusoe style island of Constance Tsarabanjina, you can cast yourself away and escape the buzz of modern technology. Turn off your mobile phone, leave your iPad in your suitcase and don’t even think about checking your emails. This is a place where you can really reconnect with yourself and feel the absolute peace that comes from being offline to the rest of the world.

3. Discover a new passion

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn everything there is to know about wine or you’re interested in the vast world of marine biology, make 2014 the year you start your journey of discovery.

Our expert sommeliers are always happy to talk guests through our wine lists before you take a tour of the extensive cellars at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Halaveli followed by a wine tasting.

Travel inspiration - Constance Tsarabanjina

Travel inspiration – Constance Tsarabanjina

If action’s your thing, take a specialist diving course in the Maldives, or learn to play golf in Mauritius or the Seychelles.

And if gastronomy is your passion, you can learn to cook using local ingredients under the expert guidance of our chefs.

4. Enjoy time with those you love

Let this be the year you make time to hang out, talk and laugh with your loved ones. Book a villa big enough for all the family from grandparents to grandchildren like the family villas at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli and Ephélia or splash out on the über luxury of one of our Presidential villas.

5. Treat yourself to life’s simple pleasures

Take the time to enjoy the pleasure of trying a new spa treatment, reading a book on a sun lounger, or just exploring a beautiful spot while letting your thoughts meander. You can take a break from it all at one of our Spas de Constance where our therapists can create a personalised plan for you while on holiday.

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