Student plays golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage to raise money for charity

Student Matt Balmer raised over 2600 Euro for a Mauritian charity when he played at the Mauritius Golf Open in December 2011.

Matt Balmer and family presenting charity donation to Centre Joie de Vivre, Mauritius

Matt presents his donation to Centre Joie de Vivre

This summer, Matt returned to Constance Belle Mare Plage with his family to donate the money to Joie de Vivre, a special educational needs centre on the island.

In his own words, here’s Matt’s inspiring story.

I have been coming to Mauritius on holiday for the last 15 years with my family. We always stay at Belle Mare Plage.

Since I was 5 years old I have wanted to play in the Pro Am at the Mauritius Golf Open and in December 2011 my dream came true.

When I knew I was coming to the MGO, I decided to try to raise some money for charity – the Berkshire Autistic Society in the UK, and the Centre Joie de Vivre in Mauritius because my Mum was part of the Pink Ladies golf team that raised money for the centre 8 years ago.

Raising sponsorship

I got sponsorship from friends and family, and Constance Hotels kindly donated a 5 night stay at Constance Belle Mare Plage at auction.

I raised a good amount of money and donated 2,600 Euros to the centre in Mauritius while on holiday this summer.

I currently attend Cranleigh School in Surrey, UK and am studying for my A levels. I hope to go to Birmingham University to follow my passion for golf, and do an Applied Golf Management degree.

When I leave school next year, I want to take a gap year and hope to come back to Mauritius with a friend to do some voluntary work for Centre Joie de Vivre.

Find out more about golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Harper’s Bazaar escapes to Constance Le Prince Maurice

The latest edition of Harper’s Bazaar showcases Mauritius as one of the most luxurious destinations in the world, famous for its top-end hotels and high rate of return holidaymakers.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

In this month’s magazine, Lydia Bell reveals the delights of the newly refurbished Constance Le Prince Maurice – a ‘grown-up paradise where adults can indulge a sense of romance’ amidst a world of pampering and exceptional service.

Find out more on the Harper’s Bazaar website or buy the October issue from quality news stands now.

Tempted to book a late break or winter sun holiday?

Visit our website to find out more about availability at Constance Le Prince Maurice and rooms at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Family fun at Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you’re hankering after a family holiday, take a look at what Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius has to offer.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

The view as you enter Belle Mare Plage

Set on an idyllic 2km stretch of the softest white sand, this resort comes with a fabulous choice of suites and villas, 4 swimming pools and 6 restaurants serving family-friendly food at times when children are hungry.

If you’re looking to enjoy a few rounds on our 2 championship golf courses, take time out at the spa or simply relish in some treasured time spent with your partner, our free all-day kids’ club offers a space where children can immerse themselves in a world of wonder.

The KaKoo Club

The KaKoo Club welcomes children from 4-12 years. Children under 4 are also welcome, accompanied by parents or through our chargeable babysitter service.

Under the care of our friendly expert team, your children can explore, make new friends and try out sports and activities.

What’s on offer at KaKoo and beyond

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

We offer a large outdoor playground, both lawned and sandy as well as a shaded, heated swimming pool, climbing frame and swings. Kids can join in group games like hide and seek, ball and catch me if you can or get creative indoors trying out vegetable printing, necklace and mask making, and more. Our indoor facilities include a wide range of books, board games, a TV lounge with video games, and a secluded toddler play area.

Beyond the club, your children can try out diving, golf and water skiing and enjoy days out with our staff to the water park, lions’ park, and many other interesting places on Mauritius.

All that activity will make them hungry, so we provide special children’s meals at lunch, while for dinner we take them to our main restaurant where they can choose from the sumptuous buffet just like the grown ups. We also provide special menus for babies and toddlers.

Find out more about Constance Belle Mare Plage

Blending luxury and comfort, with space aplenty to roam, Constance Belle Mare Plage is hard to beat if you want a resort that ticks all the boxes for every member of your family.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Belle Mare Plage.

How to improve your golf game with pilates

If you’re looking to improve your golf game, pilates can help you to build core stability, develop better balance, flexibility and mental focus. Golf pros including Tiger Woods, David Duval and Annika Sörenstam all incorporate pilates into their regular training regimes.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Playing golf at the Legend, Belle Mare Plage

Guest blogger, Nicole Bausch – registered physiotherapist, MCSP, certified pilates instructor and golf enthusiast – gives an insight into using pilates to improve your game.

Pilates is the ideal partner for all golfers looking to improve their performance and stay healthy on the greens.

Over the last century the golf swing has changed and a modern swing requires a wide shoulder turn while restricting turn in the hips, building torque in the muscles of the lower back and shoulders. Any physical restrictions that impact on ability to swing the club efficiently will limit your ability to improve your game.

Golf and Pilates share the same basic principles, both requiring flexibility and strength.

Golf at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lemuria

Pilates can help to:

  • increase flexibility of the hips to allow the rotation of the trunk over the hips in the backswing and the follow-through
  • increase flexibility in the upper back to allow the torso to rotate over a fixed, stable lower body
  • build strength in the posterior hip muscles to provide a stable lower body for the trunk to rotate over in the backswing, and to allow a firm lead side for the golfer to hit against in the follow-through
  • build strength of the deep abdominal and core stabilising muscles to stabilise the spine and dissipate the forces that are generated during the swing, as well as helping the golfer maintain the posture during the swing to help them keep the swing on the correct plane
  • build strength in the muscles that stabilise the shoulder girdle, which includes the shoulder joint itself and the shoulder blades. This will allow the golfer to keep the arms connected to the trunk, which allows efficient transfer of energy from the body to the arms and ultimately to the club head.

Right to the core
Having a strong core allows a golfer to achieve better positioning over the ball, giving an improved swing. When the golfer emphasises initiating from the core through peripheral limbs, power is generated from the ground up, which leads to an increase in club head speed so the golfer will drive the ball further.

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Combine a luxury holiday with playing golf

Preventing injury
Pilates is not only beneficial for golfers who want to improve their performance, it is also effective in reducing the risk of injuries. Lower back pain is the most common complaint followed by elbow and shoulder injuries.

Lower back pain can occur as a result of the increased rotation and extension in the modern golf swing. Pilates can help increase the range of motion in the trunk and hips, to decrease the incidence of golf related low back pain. Pilates can also help to enhance core stability and strength to decrease the risk of fatigue.

Preparation
Warming up before golfing has been shown to decrease the incidence of golf injuries. Pilates exercises and stretching can be integrated before hitting the green.

Golfer’s tonic at Constance Hotels

After a few rounds on the green at Constance hotels, treat yourself to a wonderful massage. Our Golfer’s Tonic is a stimulating massage which aids in relaxing and preparing muscles, preventing injuries, improving suppleness and reducing the risk of inflammation before and after golf. Find out more about the golfer’s tonic massage.

Playing golf at Constance

We have 3 18-hole championship golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria.

Find out more about golf at Constance Hotels Experience.
Our guest blogger, Nicole Bausch teaches Pilates at the Natural Fitness Centre, Eastbourne, UK.

Eco kids at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Mauritius is an ideal family holiday destination, and at Constance Belle Mare Plage our exciting new eco kids programme gives your children the chance to appreciate what this unique island has to offer.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

KaKoo Club, our free all-day kids club, is a haven for younger visitors where your children will make new friends and build adventures of their own.

We offer excursions to the botanical garden, bird park and lion park. We’ll introduce your children to the underwater world with trips on our glass bottom boat and underwater sea-walks – helping to create some very special holiday memories for them.

Back at Kakoo camp, your children can capture these memories through painting, crafts and games. You can be sure they’ll have plenty to talk about when you rendezvous at the end of the day, and will regale you with endless bed time stories about their adventures.

Constance Belle Mare Plage walks the line perfectly between larger family resort, and an indulgent grown-up space that offers you the total resort experience for all ages.

Find out more on the Constance Belle Mare Plage website.

Golf championships at Legend and Links courses

The Legend and Links golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage set the scene for two exciting championships in the last month.

Winners of Mid Amateur, Senior and Ladies Open 2012, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Winners of Mid Amateur, Senior and Ladies Open

Mid Amateur Championship, Senior Open and Ladies Open

In July, the Legend hosted the Mid Amateur Championship, Senior Open and Ladies Open.

This 18-hole championship golf course was the site for a day of exciting golf and celebrations. The championship was co-sponsored by State Bank of Mauritius and L’Atelier by William.

Winners:

Ladies Open

  • Valerie Raffray (Score 38 – 1st Net)
  • Josiane Rey (Score 38 – 2nd Net)
  • Marie Anne Martin (Score 36 – 3rd Net)
  • Francine Delloye (Score 32 – Gross)
Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

Senior Open

  • Gautum Saddul (Score 42 – 1st Net)
  • Nand Sooredoo (Score 41 – 2nd Net)
  • Fran Read (Score 38 – 3rd Net)
  • Paul Lim Fat (Score 24 – Gross)

Mid Amateur

  • Herbert de Robillard (Score 40 – 1st Net)
  • Emmanuel Corneillet (Score 40 – 2nd Net)
  • Thierry Koenig (Score 36 – 3rd Net)
  • Patrick Chui Wan Cheong (Score 30 – Gross)

Kyocera Open

At the end of June, the Kyocera Open was played at the Links course.  Sixty golfers entered the 4th edition of the tournament, sponsored by Kyocera and their Mauritian supplier Central Business Equipment.

Kyocera Open, Constance Belle Mare Plage Udish Ramsaha (1st Net)

Kyocera Open, Udish Ramsaha winner of men’s

Winners:

Men

  • Udish Ramsaha (Score 39 – 1st Net)
  • Jean Pierre Mamet (Score 39 – 2nd Net)
  • Dhanish Binda (Score 34 – 1st in Gross)

Seniors 

  • Gawtum Saddul (Score 43 – 1st Net)
  • Michel Coutureau (Score 31 – 2nd Net)
  • Paul Schweers (Score 20 – 1st in Gross)

Ladies

  • Ginger Delacretaz (Score 40 – 1st Net)
  • Marie Anne Martin (Score 35 – 2nd Net)
  • Valerie Raffray (Score 30 – 1st in Gross)

For full results and more information about tournaments in Mauritius, visit Mauritius Golf Federation.

 

MCB Tour Championship 2012

This international golf championship takes place 7-9 December at the Legend golf course.

Find out more from the MCB Tour Championship 2012, and watch this space for updates.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Find out more about the beautiful 5* Belle Mare Plage, situated on a 2km stretch of perfect white sand beach.