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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BA High Life reveals 5 top dive sites in the Maldives

Discover five of the best dive sites in the Maldives on British Airways’ High Life website.

Top dive sites in the Maldives

Top dive sites in the Maldives

Journalist Ianthe Butt visited Constance Halaveli at the end of November, and explored the crystal clear waters around the north and south Ari Atolls with the dive team from TGI Maldives.

Highlights include diving with reef sharks at Hafsa Thila and manta rays at Madivaru Lagoon, both in the north Ari Atoll.

At Maamigili Kandu, in the south Ari Atoll, Butt writes:

‘Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, have to be on every diver’s wildlife bucket list…The currents and plankton-rich waters along the channel in this Marine Protected Area regularly attract these gentle giants.’

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Fitness tips for an aquagym workout

Fitness guru and personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, describes her secret to getting the most from a swimming pool workout.

Aquagym fitness tips from Isabelle Lamant

Aquagym fitness tips from Isabelle Lamant

Thursday 19th December

It’s 10.40am and I prepare for my 45-minute outdoor Aquagym class.

I have my water noodles to work legs and my plastic gloves to tone up arms and chest!

Today I want my guests to learn the hypopressive technique to benefit the abdomen. I will ask them to focus on the breath, on the movement of their ribcage and on the contraction of the abdomen during their postures and motions.

This is an efficient workout for a flat tummy and safe lower back.

Then we will deeply stretch all muscles in a pool with a beautiful background and the lovely sound of water and birds…

The goal: a fit and healthy body working in a peaceful and beautiful atmosphere.

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2013 MCB Tour Championship winner – Paul Wesselingh

As Paul Wesselingh wins the 2013 MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, it marks the latest chapter in the late rise of this remarkable player.

Paul Wesselingh wins MCB Tour Championship 2013

Paul Wesselingh wins MCB Tour Championship 2013

Back in 2001 Wesselingh was a club professional whose success on the regional golf circuit earned him a rare start in a European Tour event at the Belfry.

That tournament was the Benson and Hedges International Open. Wesselingh shot 78 in round one and then retired with a bad back; the winner that week was Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

To say that both men have had quite a journey since that week is something of an understatement. Stenson has lost form, found it again, lost it again and then, this year, won both the European Tour’s end-of-season event, the DB World Championship, and the Race to Dubai as well (effectively that tour’s order of merit).

Wesselingh, by contrast, returned home to his family, continued to give lessons, sell Mars bars and tee pegs, and play the odd minor tour event. Then six years ago he began to think of the European Senior Tour.

He had first played golf aged seven but his handicap never dipped below three so he became an accountant, but desk work was not for him and he turned pro off five, happy to become a club professional. “I did give the European Tour School a couple of goes,” he said, “but I wasn’t anywhere near good enough.”

He and his wife Tracy had three young boys and Wesselingh preferred to see them grow up than travel the world chasing a golf dream. But by his late-forties he recognised that his golf swing had matured so he began to improve his fitness and get his game in tournament mode.

When he earned a card through tour school he finished second in his first event and won on his fourth start, at the 2012 PGA Seniors Championship at Slaley Hall. By the end of the year he had added another six top ten finishes and was crowned Rookie of the Year.

Many take the foot off the gas after such success, but Wesselingh had been waiting for this opportunity for years and was in no mood to coast.

He started the 2013 season by successfully defending his PGA Seniors Championship title and followed it up with victory in the Bad Ragaz Open.

“It was going so well that a few of the guys suggested I give Champions Tour Qualifying School a go,” he said. “But I decided to focus on the Order of Merit, headed to Taiwan and won the Fubon Open there.”

He arrived in Mauritius confident. The deep confidence that comes from long term success.

“I’ve trusted myself. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have attacked the 18th like I did in round two. You have to go for it at this level.

“The first year I was a little nervous and aware of being in the presence of some great players.”

But this year he has blossomed and when he faced his hero Colin Montgomerie in the final round of the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage he was ready to prove how far he had come.

Montgomerie is one of the Ryder Cup’s greatest ever singles performers. His ability to go head-to-head with an opponent and win is legendary. It meant that most of the gallery on the final day expected Monty to thrive and Wesselingh to wilt.

But neither happened. Well, they did, but the wrong way round. The Englishman had that deep confidence in his game and he remained patient on the early holes when the more famous golfer did the opposite. It was a stellar performance and all the more remarkable because he knew he was not just winning an event, but the Order of Merit.

That second trophy proves he has taken on so many of the players he had watched from afar throughout his 30s and 40s … and he had beaten them over the entire season. This was no flukey week, but one year of excellence. Little wonder he was emotional when the scale of the achievement hit him afterwards.

After victory there were scores to check, ceremonies to attend, photos to be taken, interviews to be had. It was a blur of activity, watched by his proud wife (who caddied for him all week) and his three sons.

When it was done, Wesselingh breathed a sigh of relief and asked if he could go now.

“You know what I’m going to do?” he smiled. “Same as I’ve done all week. Every morning I’ve swam in the sea, every night I’ve thrown myself in the plunge pool. I love this place.”

It’s a long way from the Belfry in 2001. 

Stenson and Wesselingh had very different weeks that year. But they’ve had very similar 2013s.

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Tension mounts for final round of MCB Tour Championship 2013

Golf journalist Matt Cooper is reporting on the final day of the MCB Tour Championship 2013 at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. As play begins, here’s how things are looking.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course, Mauritius

It would be foolish to entirely discount all but the top two on the leaderboard, but it does seem likely that the winner will come from the final group and the battle is an intriguing one.

Leading the tournament by three shots on 11-under-par is Englishman Paul Wesselingh, a three-time winner on tour this year and the current holder of top spot in the Order of Merit.
 
Up against him, on eight-under-par and three shots clear of third, is Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, an eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner and eight-time Ryder Cup player.
 
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