Top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius

Ever since the first golf course was built here by Royal Navy officers in 1844 people with a passion for golf have been drawn to Mauritius to play the game. And here’s why…

Golf in Mauritius

Golf in Mauritius

1. Championship courses

There are no less than six 18-hole championship courses for keen golfers to play in Mauritius including the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, home to the annual MCB Tour Championship, the conclusion to the PGA European Senior Tour.

2. First rate pros on hand to improve your game

Take advantage of the high quality golf pros in Mauritius on hand to improve all aspects of your game. Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage can take group or individual lessons at the on-site Marc Farry Golf Academy where the golf coaches specialise in improving grip, posture, alignment and ball position.

3. A choice of 5* hotels and resorts

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly resort with a variety of sporting and leisure facilities or a luxury boutique hotel with a world-class spa, Mauritius is the place to head. Enjoy the understated elegance of Constance Le Prince Maurice with sumptuous spa and excellent fine dining or the relaxed vibrancy of Constance Belle Mare Plage with its 7 restaurants, 5 bars, spa and a raft of fun activities. Both share access to our two spectacular 18-hole golf courses, the Links and Legend.

4. Plenty of après-golf to enjoy

Enjoy superb gastro experiences, scuba diving, water sports or just lounging on the beach with a cocktail. After a hard day on the fairways golfers can soothe tired muscles with a special ‘Sports Massage’ at our relaxing spa.

5. Warm Mauritius sunshine

Last but not least it is the sublime weather in Mauritius that attracts golfers to our shores all year round. The Mauritian summer (October to April) brings long hot days (26ºC to 32ºC) with the occasional rainfall coming in short, sharp bursts that clear to reveal beautiful blue skies. Winter (May to September) brings drier, cooler days with temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 26ºC, perfect for long leisurely days on the golf course.

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Madagascar uncovered

Madagascar offers visitors a world of adventure and discovery with its unique wildlife and stunning, diverse scenery.

The unique lemurs of Madagascar

The unique lemurs of Madagascar

Here are 5 things you may not know about this beautiful, mysterious island.

1. Lemurs are protected as they are considered reincarnations of ancestors

The Malagasy people are guided by fady or taboos passed down from generation to generation. One such fady protects the country’s lemurs as it is believed they are reincarnations of ancestors.

Read more about Wildlife of Madagascar.

2. The Malagasy word for eating is literally translated as ‘to eat rice’

Rice is the core staple at the heart of Malagasy cuisine so the Malagasy word mihinam-bary which means ‘to eat’ is literally translated as ‘to eat rice’. The culinary influences of settlers from Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe have combined to form a national cuisine of rich flavours and warm spices with curries and dishes based around fish or ‘zebu’, a kind of African cattle.

Discover 5 unusual foods of Madagascar.

3. The first settlers of Madagascar were from Indonesia

Settlers from the Sunda Islands of Indonesia arrived on Madagascar by canoe around 350BC. They were joined 500 years later by settlers from Africa and then more from Asia and Europe, each bringing their own culture and cuisine which over time have combined to form the completely unique Malagasy culture and people.

Read more about the rich culture of Madagascar

Baobab Trees: a stunning and diverse landscape

Baobab Trees: a stunning and diverse landscape

4. Washing black pots in the rivers of Andringitra National Park is forbidden

Often described as one of Madagascar’s most scenic national parks with areas of deep valley rainforest, mountains and highland forest, Andringitra is also a sacred region where the washing of black pots or mourning clothes is forbidden.

Read about Top 5 walks in Madagascar

5. Prior to colonisation Madagascar was ruled by a queen

Queen Ranavalona III (1883-1897) followed in the footsteps of Queen Ranavalona I (1828-1861) in attempting to ward off foreign influence but in 1897 she was deposed by French colonialists. Visitors can explore the royal palace at Ambohimanga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the queen’s quarters.

See more: Madagascar in photos

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Recipe: Pineapple citrus blast

Put a zing into your step this summer with this refreshing iced fruit drink from Constance Ephélia, Seychelles.

The Pineapple Citrus Blast

The Pineapple Citrus Blast

Ingredients

  • 40ml fresh pineapple (diced in to cubes)
  • 40ml fresh orange (diced in to cubes)
  • 10ml honey
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • Small scoop of crushed ice

Method

1. Measure out ingredients.

2. Pour into a blender.

3. Blend on a low speed for 15 seconds.

4. Slowly pour juice into a tall glass and add a small scoop of crushed ice on top.

5. Add straw and garnish with a quarter of a pineapple.

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Constance Belle Mare Plage welcomes French pastry chef Yann Menguy

La Spaiggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spaiggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

This weekend, we’re delighted to welcome the talented young French pastry chef Yann Menguy to Constance Belle Mare Plage for an exceptional culinary event.

‘Yann is like dynamite, a free electron who creates stylish pastries with elegance and humility,’ says his mentor, world champion of pastry Christophe Michalak.

The chef – who was runner-up on the French reality TV Show Qui Sera le Prochain Grand Pâtissier (Who will be the next big pastry chef) – will be creating magic in the Constance kitchen from 2–5 August, which includes an ‘Around the Chocolate’ gala dinner paired with a global selection of wines at La Spiaggia restaurant on Saturday 2 August. On the menu will be some very special desserts and pastries, so don’t forget to mark the date.

Gala dinner guests can expect a rich and exciting dining experience, with a sea scallop starter accompanied by a 2008 Marcalberto Millesimo from Piedmont, Italy, fish or beef fillet to follow with a 2011 New Zealand Chardonnay or 2011 South African Syrah Carignan respectively, plus a 1980 vintage from the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon to accompany the Cocoa Crystalline dessert.

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Inspired by passion: Head sommelier at Constance Moofushi

Our staff are inspired by their passion to give guests exceptional experiences while on holiday at Constance, and Head Sommelier of Moofushi, Nash Kanyangarara is no exception.

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi's Manta Restaurant

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi’s Manta Restaurant

Nash joined us in 2009 and thanks to his friendly approach, infatuation with all things relating to wine and dedication, he was promoted to head sommelier this year.

Nash says, ‘My passion is my job. I love everything about what I do.’ Nash is inspired by others who share this passion and creative approach to their work including Yuko and Shin Kibayashi, Manga cartoonists from Japan. Their weekly comic strip is based on the adventures of Shizuku as he takes a voyage of discovery through the great wines of today.

‘Yuko and Shin Kibayashi have transformed the Asian wine industry and put wine-drinking numbers up across Asia with their comic featuring authentic wines,’ enthuses Nash. ‘Who would have thought that someone coming from a country that does not produce a lot of wine could change so much!’

For him Constance was a perfect fit to his own passion and motivation. He explains, ‘In Constance there’s a saying “elegance comes naturally” because as a brand we don’t need to push too much, everything about Constance relates to its surroundings, the staff, service and the beauty. That is the definition of natural elegance that our guest will always remember.’

Nash’s wine recommendation

Sadie Family Columella 2000 Swartland, South Africa Red Wine A nose of fresh dark fruits and bright berries, the palate is firm and quite tannic with just a hint of earth and spice. This wine has a well balanced spicy structure with a hint of gravel and appealing berry fruits, still fresh and elegant.

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Top 10 beach gadgets for 2014

From e-readers to waterproof cases for phones and tablets, this summer all your tech can be beach-ready. Take a look at our pick of this year’s top beach-friendly gadgets.

Top beach gadgets: ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

Top beach gadgets: ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

1. Waterfi Waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation)

The clever folk at Waterfi have enhanced the latest Kindle Paperwhite to make it waterproof, sandproof, even suntan lotion proof so now you can enjoy your summer books anywhere and everywhere.

2. Mophie Powerstation

Using your smartphone or tablet on the beach as e-reader, games console, MP3-player and more can be a drain on its battery but pop one of these portable power stations in your beach-bag and you can charge your device twice over.

3. ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

Available on Amazon this cool waterproof case is designed to make any smartphone (including iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android handsets) waterproof. Plug in a standard audio jack and it doubles up as an on-the-go waterproof speaker.

4. Misfit Shine

Want to track your fitness levels as you swim out to sea or do laps in the hotel pool? Then strap on this sleek activity tracker. The device will gather all the data from your swim and then sync to an easy to use app on your smartphone. It can also be used for out of the water activities.

5. Sony Action Cam

Capture all the adventure of a beach holiday in stunning Sony quality with this neat point-of-view camera. Waterproof casing means you can capture waterskiing, sailing or big game fishing moments without worrying about damaging the camera. An ultra-wide lens and low-light sensor allows you to capture stunning images other cameras would miss.

Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

6. LifeProof Cases

These cool sleek cases in a range of colours (or customise your own) make your beloved digital devices waterproof, dirt-proof, shock-proof and snow proof so you can literally take them anywhere on earth. Available for iPhones, iPads, iPods and Galaxy S3,4,5.

7. Samsung Galaxy S5

The all-singing-all-dancing new Galaxy S5 from Samsung is water, sand and dust resistant. Add to this its 16mp camera and energy saver setting and you have the perfect all-purpose beach smartphone.

8. Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

Allow friends and family back home to share in your scuba diving or snorkelling experiences as if they were with you with this high-tech dive mask with HD camcorder built in. The mask’s camera can take stills or video with audio at depths up to 40m.

9. Finis Neptune Underwater MP3 Player

Using revolutionary bone conduction audio transmission this MP3 player allows you to listen to music underwater without ear buds. Instead it transmits audio through your cheekbone directly into your inner ear.

10. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 32GB Wifi

This latest tablet from Sony is waterproof and dust proof, with its lightweight design (it’s only 0.25 inches thick and weighs 439.42g) it’s perfect for the beach and won’t weigh down your hand luggage.

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