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.

Luxury golf holidays in paradise

Lemuria Golf Course

Take in the view at Lemuria Golf Course

If you’re looking for a luxury golf holiday in an idyllic location, Constance Hotels Experience offers 3 championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Imagine having free access to a top quality golf course, while staying at a luxury beachside resort set against a beautiful tropical backdrop.

Mauritius – two world class golf courses

Constance Belle Mare Plage is located on the East coast of Mauritius, along one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the island.

Golfers at the Legend Golf Course

Golfers at the Legend Golf Course

The Legend Golf Course is an 18 hole course with a par 72. It has superb fairways, and each of the holes has distinctive characteristics set in the heart of an indigenous forest. The greens have been rebuilt using Tif Dwarf grasses to ensure a perfect surface.

The 17th hole (par 3) is in a stunning location and can prove a test for the nerves, looking across the water and trees to the 18th.

Find out more about the holes at Legend and the course map.

The Links Golf Course

The Links Golf Course

The Links Golf Course is the second Constance Belle Mare Plage championship golf course. It was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis, and its 18 hole course measures 5,942m with a par 71. It sits beneath the West facing clubhouse, and is equipped with a practice Fairway.

It’s also the location of the MCB Tour Championship, a key tournament on the European Senior Tour calendar. This year, the championship runs from 5-11 December 2011.

Find out more about the holes at the Links and the course map.

Guests can take advantage of the excellent Marc Farry Golf Academy, where golf pros give individual and group lessons on grip, posture, alignment and ball position.
 
Lemuria Golf Course

Award winning Constance Lemuria Golf Course

 

Seychelles – award winning golf course

Golf enthusiasts can head to the only golf course in the Seychelles at Constance Lémuria Resort.

The award winning 18-hole course is a par 70, and covers an area of 5,556m. It offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

Lémuria Golf borders enchanting beaches along the Small Kerlan Cove and Grand Kerlan Cove, and incorporates a series of waterways with margins of endemic palms and broadleaf woodland.

Find out more about the holes at Lémuria Golf and the course map.

Read more about the golfers’ paradise at Constance Lémuria

Book your lessons or tee time online

Registered hotel guests can use our online concierge service to book your lessons at the golf academy in Mauritius, or your tee time for any of the courses:

 

Team Indian Ocean 3100 arrives in Mauritius

The four-man crew that set out on a record breaking row across the Indian Ocean from arrived at Constance Belle Mare Plage on Thursday 8 July.

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100 after arriving in Mauritius

James Kayll, Ollie and Ed Wells, and Tom Kelly were all given a great welcome by their families and friends, journalists and our Constance staff.

This marked the end of an epic journey across the Indian Ocean, one that only 11 boats had previously completed.

Find out more about the charities the team were supporting, and how Constance Hotels Experience sponsored Team Indian Ocean 3100.

A day in the life of a Spa Manager

At Constance Hotels Experience, our spas offer an oasis of calm where guests can restore a sense of equilibrium to their mind and body.

Sophie Demeret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius

Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius

Sophie Demaret is our Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius. Take a look at her typical day spent running the spa on this tropical island.

I wake up at 6.30 am. The first thing I do is open the window. No music, only birdsong. I live in a single-storey house surrounded by exotic trees. It’s a pleasant and peaceful place to live.

I go and wake up my son, gently tickling his head. His name is Hugo, he’s 11. He inspired me to develop the kids’ spa range of treatments at Constance Hotels.

I take a shower – I love this moment of wellbeing, feeling the warmth of the water. Then I feed my two cats who are patiently waiting next to their dish!

For breakfast I enjoy a violet black tea, toast and orange juice. I listen to the news on France Info, and then I get ready for work.

I live just 15 minutes away from work, which is pure luxury. To reach the hotel, I pass along an amazing winding road that weaves through a forest and takes me close to nature; the heart of Mauritius. On this island, nature surrounds us.

I get to work at 8.15am. A few members of the team are already setting up the treatment rooms, fitness centre, golf, tennis and reception desk.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, main entrance

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

I check my email and schedule. Then I prepare for our morning meeting at 8.45am.
Before I leave, I check the appointments and write down things we need to do that might help our guests have an unforgettable stay.

After the meeting, I go around the rooms with a therapist in order to check hygiene, the set up, the flowers. The Spa Constance offers a natural approach where treatments include Ayurvedic massage, reflexology, shiatsu, aromatherapy and Thai massage.

I never take anything for granted. The team and I spend a lot of time trying to improve what we do and to find new ideas. We’re developing new treatments at the moment which is very exciting. I love the idea that each person takes part and expresses him or herself.

Our team is diverse: Creoles, Hindus and Tamuls. It’s a fascinating melting pot, and we have to adjust to each other. Our guests are international so it makes our work really interesting and multi-cultural.

 

During the week, I don’t have a break from work. From time to time, I allow myself a foot reflexology massage with a therapist. It helps me regenerate, and increases my energy levels.

Treatment room at Spa de Constance

Treatment room at Spa de Constance

Throughout the day I spend my time with the team on the ground, meeting with clients and discussing with them about their stay and their expectations.

This job involves perpetual self-questioning and lots of patience. We’re dealing with human beings - both therapists and clients.

I love my job, and everyday I get to learn new things.

My day finishes late at night. I clean my office before leaving so that everything is in order for the following day.

When I get home, my family is waiting for me. I put some music on, and light some incense. Sandalwood is one of my favourites. Then we cook a light meal together, while talking about our day.

Find out more about 5 massage therapies to soothe away stress and the spa for children and teenagers at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

A day at the races – horse racing Mauritian style

Situated at Champ de Mars, Port Louis, on the west coast of Mauritius is the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere.

Race course in Port Louis, Mauritius
Horse racing in Port Louis, Mauritius

Set against a stunning backdrop with mountains on one side and sea on the other, the racecourse at Champ de Mars was established in 1812.

Today, it’s open from May to November each year. Crowds of up to 30,000 gather every Saturday, and the races start at approximately 12.30pm until 4.30pm.

The atmosphere is electrifying as the horses set off around the course. In between the races, loud music keeps the mood upbeat and spectators can mill about.

Entry is free or there’s a small charge to sit at the Lodge for a bird’s eye view of the finishing line. Alternatively, drive up to the Citadel that overlooks the racecourse. From here you can look down on the action, and take in the view across the mountains and out to sea.

To find out more, visit the Mauritius Turf Club website that includes the latest results and news from Champ de Mars.