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.

Weekly roundup: competitions, holiday inspiration and culinary delights

This new weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything. Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

13 – 19 June

Exclusive offers and competitions

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Could you win a trip with flights to Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius?

Only 2 days to go to win the holiday of a lifetime!
The deadline for entry to our Win a 5 Star Holiday to Mauritius competition is looming – if you haven’t entered yet, do so before midnight GMT on Wednesday 22 June!

New competition: the item I can’t go on holiday without is…
This week we launched a new week long competition on our blog, twitter and Facebook page. Winners can choose from a magnum of champagne, a Serge Lutens fragrance or a bottle of wine.

Competition winners announced: Most Romantic Holiday Pictures
We announced the winner’s of last week’s Twitter competition to win a bottle of Deutz Champagne – all they had to do was enter their most romantic holiday snaps to us.

Culinary

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny table decorations

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Blue Penny

Recipe: chicken and prawn fricassee, stewed Chinese bredes with boucane
Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Why not try this chicken and prawn fricassee out at your next dinner party?

Constance Star Martini
Talking of dinner parties, why not kick things off with this unique cocktail created by our very own head bartender, Guillaume Grafeuille?

Inspiration

Frog, Madagascar

Frog, Madagascar

Holiday inspiration: Madagascar – walks on the wild side
Planning the trip of a lifetime and need some inspiration? Our regular ‘holiday inspiration’ features will give you the information you need. Last week, we gave you the low down on the unique island of Madagascar, where the Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge is located.

Spa & Sports

Fish underwater in the Maldives

Snorkeling in the Maldives

Snorkeling paradise: The Maldives
Love snorkeling? Then you’ll love the Maldives. Check out our guide to what makes snorkeling in the Maldives a unique experience.

US Open Golf 2011 gets underway, 16–19 June
The US Open got underway last week and as Constance Hotels Experience has some championship golf courses of our very own, we thought we’d tell you the places you can find out all you need to know about the Open.

News and Events

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature
The winner of the 2011 Le Prince Maurice Prize was announced last week at a wonderful awards ceremony in Mauritius. Find out who won and see photos from the evening here.

BBC Good Food Show Summer 2011
A round up the BBC’s Good Food Show from Summer 2011 in the UK.

US Open Golf 2011 gets underway, 16–19 June

Golfer hitting ball

US Golf Open 2011

This year’s US Open golf championship at the Congressional Country Club in Bethseda, Maryland, 16-19 June, will see the best 156 golfers in the world playing for the $7,000,000 prize.

Tiger Woods has confirmed he won’t be playing due to left knee and achilles’ tendon injuries. Tim Clark from South Africa has also withdrawn due to an elbow injury.

  • Keep up to date with the latest action at the Congressional Country Club with the US Open website.
  • For the latest golf news and views, check out the Armchair golf blog.
  • And see what the writers at the Washington Post think about this year’s championship.

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.