Weekly roundup, 18-22 July 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything. Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competitions

Sea anemone, Maldives

Sea anemone, Maldives

Name that sea creature: win champagne, perfume and wine

Our latest competition has been a huge success. We asked for your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures, featured in photos on the blog. They live in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli in the Maldives. Deadline: Friday 22 July.

Culinary

Recipe: Dark chocolate tart served warm with ginger milk foam

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try this delicious dessert from the Constance kitchen – it’s a chocoholic delight, and the ginger milk foam will wow your dinner guests.

Insider tips

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Summer wardrobe tips

Top tips for your holiday wardrobe

Our wardrobe tips from the experts, including Vogue.com and Style.com, will have you packing the sass in time for your holidays.

News and events

Constance Hotels Experience Sommeliers at VinExpo 2011, France

Our top sommeliers travel the world to find the best wines for our guests. Find out about their trip to the VinExpo 2011 in Bordeaux.

Inspiration

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Luxury golf holidays in paradise

Our 3 championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles are a big draw for our guests. Get the low down on each course, and find out how you can book golf lessons and tee times before you even board your plane.

Customer reviews: an excellent hotel… great golf!

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip. Below are some of the comments we’ve had recently about Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius:

An Excellent H0tel!

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Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Mauritius

“Five of us visited this hotel in Dec 2010 for just over a week on a half board basis. The food was excellent, the rooms were of high quality, and we made use of the facilities like sailing and scuba diving – The sole criticism is around the electronic door lock that caused some access problems over a 2 day period. I would unreservedly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday. .”

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Luxury golfing holidays

Great hotel and golf!

“We loved the hotel and both golf courses. The buffet dinner had a fantastic variety. It’s true that the drinks were expensive, but that’s what you expect at a top class hotel. We took the larger room, but I think the smaller one would have been fine as well.”

Read this review and others about Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor.

The DNA of a Golf Course

More than 60 million people play the little white ball game, making golf the most practised individual sport in the world.

But what’s the anatomy of a golf course? Are they just naturally stunning greens in luxury locations or is there a strategy behind a good golf course?

Golf courses – a balance between nature and design

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Lemuria luxury golf course - not just nature!

‘A golf course must be interesting to a player, the player must fight against it, it must be a challenge, not an ordeal!’ says Michel Benedetti – and he should know. He conceives and builds golf courses. In fact, he’s built more than a hundred courses in the world, including The Links and the Lémuria.

A golf course has 9 or 18 holes, fairways, roughs, greens, trees, flowers and a host of other wildlife. But underneath this delightful and seemingly effortless veneer of nature, lies meticulous planning and strategy.

The whole course has been designed and constructed, hole by hole, yard by yard, to ensure a varied and exciting golfing experience. It has to work for both professionals and amateurs.

A truly great golf terrain is thought out in meticulous detail and is a delicate marriage of design, architecture and nature.

Design and architecture of a golf course

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Lemuria luxury golf course - design and landscaping

A great golf course unites the elements: water, the lines of the ground, the subsoil – all in an area of fifty hectares for an 18-holes.

To begin with, designers need a good plot of land. The lie of the land itself and its irrigation systems will affect the end design of a course. But land can and is shaped by designers and architects to create the golf course they have in mind.

Like a car, a golf course can be a Ferrari, a Mercedes or simply a good touring car – it’s all down to good design and architecture.

Earthwork, drainage, canalisation, irrigation, grass, turf and fairway covering, sandpits – the list of things that go into creating and building a complex, luxury golf course are numerous.

Michel Benedetti says of his designers and architects: “we are a like experts out when we build a golf course; it’s a sum of our knowledge and experience which speaks.”

The maturity of a golf course

When it comes to nature, it’s not just the view and location that are important – so is the grass, plants, trees and foliage.

If you think of the earth and grass as the ‘mattress’ the golf ball bounces on, you can start to see how different grasses and soils have an effect on the ‘bounce’ of your little white ball.

The development of the roots and the density of the different types of grass selected for a golf course is essential – as is the soil quality. The maturity period or “growing establishment” of grass is also vital – get this wrong and the whole course could fail.

Ecology and golfing

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Ecology and golfing can go hand in hand

In the coming years, ecology is going to become more and more important to golf courses all over the world. A lot of research is already taking place to develop hybrid types of grass which will need lees fertilizers and less water – perfect for golf locations in hot, dry enviroments.

Equipment for golf course will increasingly rely on solar energy to offset the use of oils and motor engines or diesel which are currently favoured.

Saving endangered species of plants is also something many golf course designers are thinking about.

By combining natural beauty with expert design and architecture with an eye for conservation and ecology, golf course designers are able to give to golfers the best of everything: the feeling of playing among trees, an exceptional environment and the perfect technical golf course.

About Constance Hotels Golf Resorts

Constance Hotels Experiences has contributed a number of our own courses in our  hotels in Mauritius and Seychelles – they are renowned destinations for golf in the sun.

The Legend and The Links in Mauritius and The Lémuria in Seychelles are recognised the world over for both their architectural excellence and their idyllic settings.

Customer Reviews: there's free wifi and internet

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip:

If you’re lying on the beach loungers, they bring food and/or drink to you

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Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Mauritius

“If you’re lying on the beach loungers, they will bring food and /or drink to you – just put the blue flag into your parasol pole, next to the number sign – this actually works very well.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

There is free internet and wifi in the cocktail lounge

“There is free internet in the courtesy lounge at the front of the hotel, and also wi-fi in the cocktail bar if you have your I-pod etc with you.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

We’ve enjoyed walks along the beach

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Luxury beach holidays in the sun

“We also enjoyed a couple of walks along the beach – South to the public beach to take photos of the sunset over the hotel, and also North to the One & Only Hotel, which is a really nice walk (if the tide is out!)”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

Free, twice daily trip for both snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat.

“The hotel do a free twice-daily trip for both snorkelling and glass-bottomed boat. There are tennis courts, but you need to hire racquets and buy balls.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

Happy hour!

“Happy hour is every day between 7pm-8pm and 9pm-10pm at the main bar with selected drinks included (look out for the red dots).”

Read this review of the Constance Ephilia Resort on Trip Advisor website.

We arrived early on the first day and jumped in a taxi to the supermarket

“While we were waiting for our room to be prepared when we arrived early on the first day, we jumped into a taxi and headed to the Winners Supermarket in Flacq (about 10 minute drive away). We paid 900 Rupees (£20) for a return trip but found it was well worth it. I’m not sure if you can haggle with the taxi drivers outside the hotel – I’ve heard differing opinions on that! We stocked up on water, soft drinks, wine and beer and that worked perfectly.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

My husband thoroughly enjoyed games of golf

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Luxury golfing holidays

“We had chosen the CBMP primarily because of the two golf courses attached to the hotel. Golf is free but you are obliged to take a buggy at 990 Rupees/ £21. My husband thoroughly enjoyed two games on each of the courses, and would return without question!”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.