Snorkeling paradise: The Maldives

The islands of the Maldives are a snorkeling paradise. The warm water, incredible diversity of marine life and exceptional visibility make the Maldives one of the top spots for snorkeling and scuba diving in the world.

Marine fish in the Maldives

Snorkeling in the Maldives

The islands, or atolls, are surrounded by coral reefs. Here, you can find some 70 different species of coral, and over 700 species of fish and other marine life.

What makes the Maldives so unique for snorkeling?

One of the things that makes snorkeling in the Maldives so appealing is that you get some amazing underwater experiences without having to don a tank and go scuba diving.

This makes it perfect for people who are a bit nervous about going too deep, as well as for children and anyone just wanting to explore the waters near their resort.

The best place for snorkeling is along the coral reefs. Many resorts, including Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli, have house reefs – a coral reef surrounding each resort. Here, you can see many rare species such as the Napoleon Wrasse, sharks, turtles, octopus, manta rays and eels. Many resorts also organise boat trips to some of the finest dive sites, also suitable for snorkeling.

Where to go snorkeling

Marine fish in anemone, Maldives

Marine fish in anemone, Maldives

Both the North and South Ari Atolls offer exceptional snorkeling conditions.

Constance Moofushi is renowned as being one of the finest diving resorts in the Maldives. For snorkelers, it’s also great news. There are three large lagoons and a superb house reef where you might see lion-fish, stingrays, dolphins, whale sharks and breathtaking corals.

Off Constance Halaveli, the house reef is exceptional and home to turtles, manta rays and sharks. With a very gentle current, this snorkelling site is perfect for anyone wanting to experience the magic of snorkelling without too much effort.

2011 Epsom Derby

Horses racing at the 2011 Epsom Derby

2011 Epsom Derby

At the 2011 Epsom Derby on Saturday 4 June, 13 racehorses ran. There was a thrilling finish as Pour Moi came up from last to win, just beating Treasure Beach over the line. Carlton House came in third.

Royal couple William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, spent the day at the races. Ladies day took place on Friday 3 June.

Find out more about the 2011 Epsom Derby.

Latest action in week 2 at the French Open 2011

The French Open 2011 is well into its second week at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

Tennis player at French Open 2011, Roland Garros stadium

French Open 2011 at Roland Garros stadium, Paris

The men’s world no 1, Rafael Nadal is through to the semi finals and will face Andy Murray (4) on Friday 3 June.  In the other men’s semi, Roger Federer (3) comes up against Novak Djokovic (2).

In the women’s semis playing on Thursday 2 June, Maria Sharapova (7) faces Na Li (6) and Francesca Schiavone (5) will play Marion Bartoli (13).

5 massage therapies to soothe away stress

At Constance Hotels, we offer luxury spa treatments that help restore equilibrium and a sense of well being to your body, mind and spirit.

Hand in spa pool with flower

Luxury treatments at Spa Constance for total relaxation

Our spas provide a sanctuary in which you can escape for a while and indulge in a range of relaxing and rejuvenating health and beauty treatments.

Here’s a taste of the massage therapies on offer, guaranteed to release tension and promote relaxation.

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system that aims to maintain the health of the mind and spirit, tailored to each individual depending on their dosha – vata, pitta and kapha  (or unique mix of energies).

Shirodhara and Shirobhyanga massage are two examples of this powerful massage technique that we offer. Using sesame oil and herbs, the massage therapist will focus on the marma points, similar to pressure points used in reflexology and acupuncture.

This type of massage relaxes the whole nervous system, balancing your energy and leaving you with renewed vigour.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is an ancient massage technique originating from Japan. The therapist uses their thumbs to massage the acupressure points along the body’s meridians (invisible channels through which qi circulates around the body).

The massage stimulates this flow of energy around your body, leaving you feeling more balanced and in a state of total relaxation. For shiatsu massage, you lie on a futon fully dressed.

Traditional Thai massage

Traditional Thai massage combines stretching the body with deep massage along the meridian channels.

You start by lying on your back, fully clothed. The stretching techniques used by the therapist are similar to yoga but it’s the therapist who does most of the work, easing you into each position. This is combined with deep massage strokes. By the end, you’ll feel revitalized, energized and totally relaxed.

Spa treatment room with client and therapist

Relax in the tranquil setting of Spa Constance

Fusion massage

This massage technique combines Thai, Shiatsu and Swedish massage. It works alternately on the muscles and nervous system to soothe away stress, and leave you feeling serene and invigorated.

Sports massage

Sports massage is ideal for anyone wanting to recover from an injury or enhance their sports performance.

The technique is particularly effective if you have chronic pain or restricted movement. This is a deep massage, and the therapist will either focus on the problem area (for example frozen shoulder) or the whole body.

Follow the action at the French Open 2011

The 2011 French Open  has entered its second week (17 May-5 June).

Tennis player at French Open 2011

French Open 2011 at the Roland Garros stadium, Paris

Follow the action at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, and find out who the most likely contenders are for this year’s trophy.

Roland Garros 2011 official website

The official website for the French Open tournament. Get the latest scores, daily schedules of play, and watch or listen to the matches as they unfold.

BBC

Watch the latest action on BBC iPlayer.

Straight sets

Tennis blog offering from the New York Times, with lively and detailed articles by coaches and journalists.

Tennis X

The blog’s tagline is dysfunctional tennis blogging at its finest. Informed articles including video, keeping you up-to-date on the latest action at the Roland Garros stadium.

Spa for children and teenagers at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Children enjoy the spa experience

Enjoying a rose milk foot bath and massage

At Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius, the luxury spa is now offering fun and relaxing treatments for children and teenagers.

With the emphasis on fun rather than all-out indulgence, our younger guests can now enjoy a range of treatments tailored to suit their particular age group.

Children aged 3 to 10 years can choose from three 30 minute treatments.

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At the end of the session, they can take away a surprise present or enjoy a fizzy drink with popcorn.

For the girls, there is The Little Mermaid:

  • Flowers in the hair
  • Rose milk foot bath
  • Rose foot massage
  • A surprise to take away

For the boys, there’s The Little Prince:

  • Bubble foot bath
  • Cocofoot massage
  • A surprise to take away

There’s also the dreamy Head in the Stars for children to enjoy:

  • Wheat face massage and head massage
  • Fizzy drink and popcorn

Teenagers also love the new range of treatments. If you’re looking for a change from sunbathing and water sports, or simply want to enjoy some pampering time, the spa offers a space to relax and rejuvenate.

Having a relaxing head massage

Having a relaxing head massage

  • First facial treatment – 45 minutes
  • Toning massage – 30 minutes
  • Coco exfoliation – 30 minutes
  • Candy nail manicure – 30 minutes
  • Glam feet – 30 minutes
  • Light make up – 30 minutes

All treatments are given by our fully trained beauty and health therapists in the tranquil tropical surroundings of Spa Constance.

Yoganimals

Children can now enjoy yoga classes based around animal poses. The essence of Yogani’mals is to awaken children’s senses, and teach them about yoga through simple, fun exercises.

Find out more about yoga classes for younger guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice.