Guide to a winter getaway in the Indian Ocean

Summer may be fading in the northern hemisphere but it’s the perfect time to start planning a winter getaway to warmer climates.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

According to The Sunday Times, with the early signs of an economic recovery taking hold, people are re-prioritising their winter holiday, and travel companies are reporting an increase in bookings of over 30%.

So as the fresher mornings take hold, take the time to imagine yourself on warm beaches, swimming in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean amidst the 5* luxury of an exclusive hotel or resort.

Choices, choices…

At our hotels and resorts in the Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar and Mauritius, take your pick from water villas floating over peaceful lagoons beach villas, elegant boutique-style suites or the castaway chic of a private island.

Adrenalin sports

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Seize the opportunity of winter sunshine to get outdoors and try something you haven’t done before from waterskiing, wake boarding and scuba diving to big game fishing, catamaran sailing, shark and night diving and even rock climbing and zip lining at Constance Ephélia.

Golf in Seychelles and Mauritius

Our 18-hole championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles offer the chance to enjoy a luxury golf holiday amidst stunning landscapes, luxury accommodation and great personal service.

Luxury spa treatments

Indulge in the very latest beauty and relaxation therapies at our Spa de Constance with treatments designed around natural local ingredients including healing massages, rejuvenating wraps and softening skin polishes.

Relax at Spa de Constance

Relax at Spa de Constance

Treat yourself to the ultimate beauty treatments with our partner spas including Swiss skincare specialist Valmont at Constance Halaveli, Sisley Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Shiseido at Constance Lémuria, Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia.

Take time to reconnect with yourself and your body with one-to-one or group yoga and meditation classes or take part in a sunset beach work out amidst the idyllic island setting of Lémuria.

Tempted?

Tempted to start planning your winter escape? Visit our website to find out more about our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean, each with their own character and atmosphere.

Santiago Luna relives past glories with a win at St Andrews

Spanish golfer Santiago Luna won the SSE Scottish Senior Open at the Fairmont Resort, St Andrews, last weekend, one point ahead of Sam Torrance.

Santiago Luna victorious at St Andrews

Santiago Luna victorious at St Andrews

Despite a determined battle from former Ryder Cup Captain and designer of the Fairmont course, Torrance, Luna finished on five under par taking the victory by only one stroke.

The win marks a dramatic return to St Andrews for Luna who famously beat Tiger Woods on the same course in the Alfred Dunhill Cup back in 1998 to put Spain through to the final.

For Torrance the SSE Scottish Senior Open marks his first top five finish since the MCB Tour Championship, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, in 2011.

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Constance Hotels & Resorts: where luxury and golf combine

A luxury golf holiday should be a delicate combination of challenging 18-hole golf courses, stunning landscapes, luxury accommodation, 5* facilities and discreet, refined service.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

At Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius and Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles this is exactly what you can expect as luxury and golf combine.

On the green

Set over the hills and forests of Praslin with views stretching across three perfect Seychellois beaches the course at Lémuria is often described as one of the most beautiful in the world, winning the World Travel Award for Leading Golf Course in the Indian Ocean 5 years running.

The Legend and Links shared by Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice are not only beautiful golf courses stretching across landscaped woodland with stunning beach views, but they are world class championship courses annually playing host to the MCB Championship.

Improve your game

Once a week golfers at Le Prince Maurice will receive a complimentary golf clinic session with one of our pros to iron out any kinks in your game.

Relaxing at the Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Relaxing at the Sisley Spa, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Whether you’ve come to improve your swing, challenge yourself against friends or to introduce your family to the game, our team of highly qualified pros will be on hand for advice or coaching in private or group sessions.

Begin your golfing experience with us before you even arrive by booking your preferred tee-off times online with our online concierge service.

Get in peak condition

Visit our spas and let our trained therapists stretch out and massage tired muscles in packages specially designed for golfers to ensure that you’re in the best physical condition to take on our challenging courses.

Beyond the fairway

There’s more to a luxury golf holiday than just golf and at Constance there’s a range of other activities for you to try when you’re not on the golf course. Enjoy water sports, tennis, beach volleyball, fishing and sailing or just take it easy relaxing on our stunning beaches with an ice cool drink.

Anyone who doesn’t share your passion for the game will find plenty to do to occupy themselves while you’re swinging the clubs.

Luxury and golf combine at Constance

Luxury and golf combine at Constance

Pamper yourself at the sumptuous Sisley Spa at Le Prince Maurice or a Shiseido Spa at Lémuria and Belle Mare Plage, or seize the opportunity to try something new with a personal yoga or meditation session, tennis coaching or scuba diving courses amongst others.

The 19th hole

After a round there’s nothing better than sitting back with a cool glass of champagne and surveying the course you’ve just mastered. Nowhere is this quite such a treat as at The Seahorse restaurant and bar at Lémuria overlooking the stunningly landscaped, terraced course at the 11th hole.

The Swing at the Links’ course is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer with friends and dissect every inch of the course while those playing the Legend can enjoy elegant Mauritian infused cuisine at the Deer Hunter looking over the famous course.

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Wiebe ‘speechless’ after dramatic Senior Open Championship win

In the longest playoff in the history of the Senior Open Championship, US golfer Mark Wiebe won his first title at Royal Birkdale on Monday morning.

The Links, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Links, Constance Belle Mare Plage

He beat German Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion, at the fifth extra hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Wiebe, the eighth American winner, said he was “speechless”, continuing: “I just was luckier today and last night than Bernie I guess. I also feel like Bernie has won, what, a couple hundred tournaments. He’s won so many, I feel like this was my turn.”

David Frost, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2012, also played well and finished 3rd in the tournament.

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MCB Tour Championship 2013

Keep up-to-date with all the news from the Senior Tour leading up to this year’s MCB Tour Championship.

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The MCB Tour Championship website includes the latest news, player profiles, scores, calendar of events and history of the championship.

The MCB Tour Championship, to be held 9-15 December in Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage, is the final event in the Senior Tour calendar.

Take part in the championship

Amateurs eager to get in the action of this prestigious golfing event can now apply through the entry form posted on the website. Entries are being accepted for the Constance Hotels Pro Am (11-12 Dec 2013) and the Air Mauritius Trophy (9,10,14 Dec).

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Paul Wesselingh wins ISPS Championship

English golfer Paul Wesselingh stormed to victory for the second year running at this years’ ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship.

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Held at Mottram Hall in Cheshire last week, Wesslingh produced a stunning 20 under par total, including a flawless final round, to hold off all challengers and take the ISPS Championship.

The win sees Wesselingh climb to the top of the Senior Tour Order of Merit putting him in a strong position to make it to the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius in December.

Wesselingh was reported as saying, ‘It’s unbelievable, I just can’t believe I’ve done it. Couldn’t believe I’d done it last year and I can’t believe I’ve done it again this year.’

Challenging Wesselingh for the top spot was Paraguay’s Angel Franco coming in second with 16 under par and fellow Englishman Ian Woosnam who came in third.

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