2011 US Open Tennis Championship gets underway

US Open Tennis 2011

US Open Tennis 2011

The last grand slam of the season is underway at Flushing Meadows, New York.

US Open

The official site of the US Open gives you daily scores, the draw and schedule of play, news and video.

Straight Sets

Check out the New York Times tennis blog for daily commentary and updates on how the top seeds are faring at this year’s championship.

Nick’s Tennis Picks

Lively commentary from tennis coach of 50 years, Nick Bollettieri.

Top tips to get your feet sandal-ready this summer

Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, has some great advice to get your feet looking sexy in this season’s hottest sandals.

Luxury foot treatment at Spa de Constance

Luxury foot treatment at Spa de Constance

Before you leave for your Indian Ocean paradise, it’s essential that you give your feet a few treatments.

1. Use a coarse-grained salt scrub twice a week in warm water to remove any hard skin.

2. Soften the skin on your feet with a thick nourishing cream, applying in circular movements until its absorbed.

3. Once you arrive at your Constance hotel, make an appointment with us at the spa and treat yourself to a foot treatment. At Constance Le Prince Maurice, the Guerlain spa offers a beauty foot break, the ultimate luxury for your feet.

Do you have any tips you can share for keeping your feet baby-soft and summer-ready? Get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Enjoy a natural facelift with our nutmeg facial massage

If you’re feeling jet-lagged and less than radiant upon arrival at Constance Le Prince Maurice, head to Spa Constance.

Deco at Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

One of our most popular beauty treatments is the nutmeg facial massage. Your beautician will massage certain points to give your face a ‘natural lift’.

Many guests are so pleased with how they look after the treatment, they return to the spa several times during a holiday.

Your beautician will also teach you some self-massage tips, using the whole nutmeg, so that you can continue the beauty treatment once you’re home.

Give it a go – the results are truly amazing.

Mauritius – top 10 ideas for a day on the water

The beautiful turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean are a big draw for most people who visit Mauritius.

Here are 10 great ways to spend the day on these sublime waters.

Diving in Mauritius

Diving in Mauritius

1. Diving and snorkelling
Undoubtedly, diving and snorkelling are on most people’s must-do list when they visit Mauritius, and it delivers in spades. There are some 23 dive centres on the island, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice. Visibility is good – the best time of year for diving is October-April, although you can still dive in calm waters for the rest of the year.

2. Blue Bay Marine Park
On the South East tip of Mauritius sits Blue Bay Marine Park – one of the best spots on the island for snorkelling. This national park is home to 38 coral species and 72 fish species including wrasse, parrotfish, goatfish, damsel fish and eeltail catfish.

Waterskiing in Mauritius

Water skiing in Mauritius

3. Head out to Ile aux Cerfs
Rent a speedboat with an experienced skipper and head out to Ile aux Cerfs off the east coast of the island. This tiny island is renowned for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and many watersport activities. Snorkel, swim or try your hand at water skiing before feasting at one of the island’s restaurants. Some speed boat tours can arrange a lobster BBQ on the beach.

4. Deep sea fishing
Mauritius is the ideal destination to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Just 1km off the coast, the water measures 70m deep. Here you can expect to catch tuna, shark, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Half day and full day trips are offered by operators – ask at your hotel for details.

 

5. Kitesurfing and kiteboarding
If you’re looking for a rush of adrenalin, this should hit the spot. There are various kitesurfing schools on Mauritius where you can pick up the basics before heading out to the surf. The warm water of the Indian Ocean is a great place to try your hand at this fast and exhilirating sport.

6. Surfing
The West coast of Mauritius, at Le Morne and Tamarin Bay, attracts surfers from around the world. If you’re a novice, there are several surf schools located here where you can give it a try. Waves can reach approximately 8 feet.

7. Sea kayaking
Glide across the water in your kayak, and visit Ile d’Ambre just off the North East coast. Tamarin on the West is also a good starting point for a kayak trip.

8. Catamaran cruises
What could be more luxurious than hiring your own catamaran and sailing out for lunch or a sunset cruise? If there aren’t enough of you to justify a private hire, jump on board a tour and you could visit Grand River North East Waterfalls, Ile aux Cerfs and Trou d’Eau Douce fishermen’s village among others.

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

9. Swimming with dolphins
Dolphins continue to inspire awe in anyone who swims with them. A pod of spinner dolphins regularly swim off the West coast, at Flic en Flac. Organised tours will take you out to where they play and some give you the option to swim with the dolphins, accompanied by experienced guides.

10. Undersea walk
Don the weird headgear, and you can walk freely underwater while fish swim around you. It’s a bit like snorkelling except you’re upright and no breathing exercises or techniques are required. Check at your hotel for details.

If you’re heading to Mauritius, get inspired with some of our other articles about the island:

Stress relief with Bango Bango massage

Bango Bango massage is an ancient Hawaiian massage technique, also known as Lomi Lomi (or ‘rub rub’).

Oils and massage at Spa Constance

Oils and massage at Spa Constance

At Spa Constance you can indulge with this utterly relaxing massage that will have you drifting off into a state of total relaxation.

Bango Bango is a deep massage that works on the basis that the body, as well as the mind, stores memories, patterns and behaviours.

Bango Bango massage aims to release any deep-seated tension caused by these habits that can cause stress, muscle pain, toxin build-up and poor posture.

The massage incorporates long, continuous strokes and the massage therapist uses oils and their fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows and arms to eek out any pain and discomfort. Bango Bango massage will set you back on course, instilled with a fabulous sense of well-being and calm.

Remember – you’ll get more from the treatment if you talk to the therapist about how much pressure you want them to use when giving you a massage.

Read our article about 5 massage therapies to soothe away stress.

Top 3 beauty tips for beautiful hands

Beauty products at Spa Constance

Beauty products at Spa Constance

Our hands and nails quickly show signs of ageing if we don’t take care of them. Hands lack fat and sebum, which makes them very sensitive to external factors including water, chemicals, sun and cold weather.

After your face, people tend to notice your hands. Get them back in top condition with these simple tips from Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

 1. Hand massage and moisturise

Use a neutral Ph soap. Dry your hands carefully and apply a moisturiser. The best way to do this is to gently massage your fingers and thumb, and then the palm of your hand. Don’t forget to relax!

Oil in glass bottles

Oil in glass bottles

2. Reinvigorating warm oil bath

If your hands are very dry or damaged, give them a treat with a warm argan oil or olive oil bath.

Model and author Sophie Dahl is a fan of argan oil – the latest beauty must-have, found in South western Morocco. Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. It also contains eight essential fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Gently warm the oil and place in a deep bowl. Rest your hands in the oil bath for at least 10 minutes. Then pat them dry with a soft towel.

3. Cellophane wrap

If your hands need some super-deluxe treatment, wrap them in cellophane after the warm oil bath and rest for a further 15-20 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the results.

We’ll be posting regular spa, beauty and health tips here so watch this space.