Golfer’s paradise at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Already pioneers of golf in the Indian Ocean, at Constance Hotels we’ve just launched a new deluxe golf experience at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Legends course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legends course

Visitors to this jewel in the Constance crown will know Le Prince Maurice attracts a discerning clientele, offering unparalleled service in a discreet and understated manner.

Guests can now enjoy a first class golf holiday at this idyllic boutique-style hotel.

Play on championship golf courses

Our 2 championship golf courses in Mauritius, the Legends and the Links, are recognised by the PGA and other federations.

Situated at Constance Belle Mare Plage, a short drive from Le Prince Maurice, these 2 courses have been hosting the MCB Tour Championship, one of the tournaments on the European Senior Tour calendar, since 2009.

Stay at Le Prince Maurice, and you’ll enjoy the following luxury golf services:

  • Unlimited green fees at the Legend and the Links golf courses
  • Blocked tee off times on Legend and Links – 8.30, 10.30 & 13.30
  • Unlimited advance bookings for tee-off times before guest arrival
  • Free dedicated Constance Le Prince Maurice club cars on each course (including GPS, upon reservation & availability)
  • Complimentary high quality golf material (Cleveland 2012) available for use
  • Shuttle available non-stop for resident golfers every hour from 7am to 7pm
  • Limousine transfer to golf courses (payable, upon reservation & availability)
  • 30 minutes complimentary course discovery with a local professional (upon reservation on either course – The Links or The Legend)
  • Weekly complimentary golf clinic with a golf pro on the hotel putting green
  • Welcome pack: tees, pitch remover, score cards & golf brochures
Le Barachois restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Dining at Le Barachois, Le Prince Maurice

The Legend course, the first of its kind in Mauritius, designed by South African champion Hugh Baiocchi, is the crowning achievement of Constance Belle Mare Plage, located along one of the most superb beaches on the island.

The Links, opened in November 2002 was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis.

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Top 8 reasons to go to Mauritius

Mauritius has long been a favourite with honeymooners and families, and as the doors reopen at the 6* Constance Le Prince Maurice, a new generation of luxury holiday aficionados are set to discover what the island has to offer.

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here are our top 8 reasons to go to Mauritius right now.

1. Natural beauty

Palm fringed white-sand beaches, turquoise seas and vibrant coral reefs make for a tropical island paradise. Add to this mountain peaks, lush green river gorges and waterfalls, and it’s not hard to see why Mauritius stands out as a top island destination.

2. Beautiful climate

The island’s tropical climate makes Mauritius an all-year round option if you’re looking for warmth and sunshine.

From December to April, it’s hotter and more humid, while from May to November it’s cooler and drier. The best time of year for diving is November to March.

3. Indian Ocean

What better playground for water sports enthusiasts than the Indian Ocean. Warm seas, colourful reefs, and an abundance of sea creatures make this a great place for diving and snorkelling. Children aged 8 and up can learn to dive with our expert team.

At Constance we also offer wind-surfing, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing and more.

4. Family holidays

From the sheltered shoreline and stunning natural beaches to our children’s menus, spacious accommodation, new family suites at Le Prince Maurice and a huge choice of activities, Constance hotels on Mauritius are popular with families.

We offer free kids’ clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice, as well as a bookable baby sitting service.

5. Luxury golf

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

Set in a stunning location with great weather, superb food and a training academy run by golf pros, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice attract experienced and novice golfers alike.

Our 2 championship golf courses, the Legend and Links, are the setting for many tournaments throughout the year including the MCB Championship.

6. Culture and heritage

The island enjoys a multi-cultural heritage, and it shines through in the eclectic mix of food, festivals, dance, celebrations and temples you’ll find here.

7. Horse racing

Mauritius is home to the oldest race course in the southern hemisphere – The Mauritius Turf Club. Situated at Champ de Mars, Port Louis, it was first established in 1812.

Popular today with locals and tourists, entry is free and attracts crowds of up to 30,000 every Saturday.

8. Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Barachois, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Le Barachois restaurant

With its reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Le Prince Maurice has just undergone a major refurbishment.

When it first opened in the late 90s, Le Prince set the pace for luxury resorts on the island, and this latest revamp sets it apart yet again as a high-functioning delight of a hotel.

Exuding a grown-up luxury that’s hard to beat, Le Prince Maurice will draw you in from the moment you enter the gates.

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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.

Competition: describe Constance Le Prince Maurice in 3 words

Constance Le Prince is undergoing a super-deluxe refurbishment this summer.

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Lobby at Le Prince Maurice

Already favoured by celebrities, honeymooners and luxury holiday goers, Le Prince Maurice is set to secure its reputation as one of the most desirable resorts in the Indian Ocean.

To celebrate, we’re running a string of competitions over the next 2 months.

This week, we want to know what Constance Le Prince Maurice means to you? Tell us which 3 words best describe the hotel, and you could win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine.

To enter, simply post your entry on the blog below, on our Facebook page or tweet @constancehotels.

The competition closes at midnight on Thursday 28 June. We will announce the winner on the blog, Facebook and Twitter on Friday 29 June. Read our competition terms and conditions.

Good luck!

Read more about the transformation of Constance Le Prince Maurice and find out more about the resort in our Spotlight on Constance Le Prince Maurice.

7 reasons why kids love golf

Fresh air, wide open spaces and the chance to hit a ball. These are just some of the reasons why children love playing golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Girl playing golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Chlidren’s golf at Belle Mare Plage

More and more children are trying the game while on holiday with us. Here’s why kids and golf are a perfect match.

1. Much has been written on how playing sport is good for children – it develops confidence and self-awareness, as well as respect for others.

2. Playing golf gives children the chance to spend time in beautiful natural landscapes, soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.

3. Children love to be active, and playing golf is a great way to learn how to exercise while having fun.

4. Kids love hanging out with other kids, and playing golf together is a great way to make friends.

5. Sport helps kids learn how to manage their emotions. Everyone has good and bad days on the golf course. The game teaches children to stay calm and focused on one thing at a time.

6. Golf teaches a certain etiquette – there are no referees in golf, golfers negotiate among themselves and play to the rules.

7. Holidays spent together give families many treasured moments they cherish forever. Children love sharing experiences with adults, and playing golf together is a great way to do this.

Children's golf competition at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Children playing golf at Belle Mare Plage

Golfer Bill Longmuir coaching at Belle Mare Plage 24 March-6 April

There’s a treat in store this coming week for golf enthusiasts at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice as Scottish professional golfer, Bill Longmuir, will be offering personal coaching courses to guests from 24 March to 6 April 2012.

Bill Longmuir

Bill Longmuir

Book your lesson with Bill Longmuir

If you would like to book a lesson with Bill, visit the Club House at the Links or Legend Golf courses during your stay, or pre-book by using our the contact us form on our website.

Winning titles

After joining the European Senior Tour in 2003, Bill finished runner up in the Order of Merit that same year winning 2 titles.

He has won the following European Seniors’ Tour titles:

  • 2003   De Vere PGA Seniors Championship, Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open
  • 2004   Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open, Mobile Cup  
  • 2005   Scandinavian Senior Open          
  • 2007   Midas English Seniors Open       
  • 2008   DGM Barbados Open         
  • 2010   Handa Senior Masters       

Other wins:

  • 1976 – Nigerian Open, Southland Classic (Nouvelle-Zélande)
  • 1980 -Nigeria Open
  • 1983 -Ivory Coast Open
  • 1985 -Nigeria Open
  • 1996 – British PGA Club Professional Championship

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