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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Shiseido at Constance Hotels

Shiseido celebrates its 140th anniversary this year: 140 years of expertise, new discoveries, new products and new innovations.

Shiseido Eudermine

Shiseido Eudermine, original at the front

Shiseido began as a single prescription pharmacy in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1872, and has since become one of the most influential skin care houses in the world.

The products are developed with the most advanced science and uncompromising qualities, offering our guests the very best in skincare.

Eudermine elixir

To celebrate the 140th anniversary, Shiseido has brought back their first ever skin care product within its original packaging, created in 1897. Eudermine is an elixir to soothe and hydrate the skin and give a cushioned plumpness back to the complexion.

Within the skincare regime, Shiseido has always used a Japanese Beauty Secret, or ‘softener’. Once you have cleansed your skin, Shiseido recommends you use a softener to balance the skin within and allow your moisturiser to penetrate further into the skin and have a longer lasting effect.

Shiseido at Constance Hotels

At Shiseido spas, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia and Lemuria, guests can enjoy the newly created 140th Anniversary Spa Experiences. These are  3 different packages, offering the very best in spa treatments and massage discoveries. A Spa must have.

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Thai massage at Constance Hotels

Our spa trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Ajay Kishtoo, shares his knowledge of Thai massage and what you can expect from a treatment at Constance Hotels.

Thai massage, also known as yoga massage, consists of deep massage and stretching movements.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The therapist uses his hands, elbows, knees, feet and entire legs to move the client into a series of yoga stretches. No oils are used in Thai massage. The client wears comfortable clothes, and the massage is performed on the floor on padded mats. Getting Thai massage may feel like doing yoga without having to exert yourself.

History of Thai massage

Thai massage, like traditional Thai medicine, has been influenced by Indian and Chinese traditions of medicine. In Thai, it is called nuad boram, which means ‘ancient massage.”Thai massage has been a medical specialty for over 2500 years, since the time of the Buddha. To this day, there are a lot of variations of Thai massage from different regions inThailand.

What happens during a Thai massage?

Thai massage is performed solo or in a group. You will change into comfortable, loose clothes provided by the massage therapist and lie down on a firm mat on the floor. The therapist will push, pull and stretch you into many different positions during the massage. Many stretches and movements are similar to traditional Western sports massage, to lengthen your muscles and release compromised joints.

Woman relaxing at Spa de Constance

Relaxation at Spa de Constance

The massage therapist leans on your body, using her hands and elbows, and applies firm and rhythmic pressure. The therapist follows the ‘sen’ lines, comparable to meridians in traditional Chinese medicine or nadis in Indian medicine.

The therapist walks on you using her feet and heels. The therapist also uses her legs and feet to fix your body and limbs in necessary positions while you are being stretched. A full massage typically lasts 2 hours or more. It consists of rhythmic pressing, pushing, pulling and stretching of your entire body including fingers, toes and ears. The massage follows a standard sequence.

Benefits of Thai Massage

Thai massage stretches your muscles, releases tight joints and increases range of motion. It improves circulation and reduces stress. You will feel relaxed, centred and energised.

Precautions

You should not receive Thai massage without first consulting a doctor if any of the following apply:

  • you have an infectious skin disease, rash or open wounds
  • after chemotherapy, radiation or surgery
  • you are prone to blood clots or if you have heart disease
  • you are pregnant (you would also need a Thai massage therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage)
  • you have bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors or recent fractures – Thai massage should not be performed directly over the affected areas, so advise your massage therapist of any such wounds.

Tips

Arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can relax and fill out necessary forms in peace. Let your massage therapist know your complete health history and any health conditions that need special consideration. Don’t eat a big meal right before the massage. If you feel pain or discomfort during the massage, let your therapist know immediately so they can adjust their treatment. After the massage, drink a lot of water.

A fabulous beauty treatment for mothers-to-be

Therapist at Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

At Spa de Constance, we offer a wonderful holistic pregnancy massage for mothers-to-be.

In one of our beautifully designed treatment rooms, your therapist will use light and smooth movements, applying the gentlest of pressure to ease tension away from your body and restore equilibrium to your whole being.

The massage we offer is suitable from the fourth to eighth month of pregnancy.

Here are some of the benefits you may experience from the treatment: 

  • Reducing swelling in hands, feet and ankles
  • Easing muscular pain caused by the extra weight you’re carrying
  • Reducing anxiety, encouraging relaxation and promoting better sleep patterns
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Reducing sciatic pain
  • Promoting a sense of well being which releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals

Trends 2012 – the spa experience

Spa treatment room

Wonderful spa treatments available at Constance

As we stride into 2012, are you enjoying the challenge of keeping to your new year’s resolutions?

This is a great time of year to make changes in your life that will bring you a greater sense of wellbeing, and improved health and happiness.

These days, the trend is towards a certain art of living. There’s a general wish to feel comfortable with ourselves, and to find simple internal happiness.

Lifestyles are constantly evolving and we need to adapt to the new demands on us. A spa is all about combining health, beauty and well-being through specific and tailor-made treatments.

Try something new…

At Constance Hotels, our guests return time and again to our spas for well deserved treatments.

Spa de Constance

Stunning setting for Spa de Constance at Moofushi

It’s not just about reclaiming ‘me-time’ – it’s about reminding ourselves, when we’re not functioning at full speed, to listen to our body and mind, and to restore an equilibrium that enables us to live life to the full.

Our spas provide a wonderful harmonious space were you can:

  • enjoy something new
  • immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings
  • receive personalised treatments
  • feel really well looked after
  • nuture your physical and emotional self.

At our 7 resorts across the Indian Ocean, you’ll find the renowned Spa de Constance as well as spas specialising in Guerlain and Shiseido treatments. At Constance Ephelia, you’ll find spa villas that come complete with personal treatment spaces.

Visit our Constance Hotels Experience website to find out more about our spas at each resort, and don’t miss these spa articles on our blog:

Spa treatments at Constance – Reflexology

Spa treatment room at Constance Moofushi
Spa treatment room at Constance Moofushi

Our Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Sophie Demaret, takes a look at the health benefits of reflexology.

Reflexology is an ancient holistic therapy that began in China and Egypt.

During a reflexology treatment, the reflexologist will use their thumbs and fingers to massage reflex areas on the feet that are associated with glands, organs and other specific areas of the body.

Releasing toxins and improving health

When the human body is in perfect equilibrium, we call this balanced state ‘homeostasis’.

Reflexology is the art of fine-tuning every part of the body to achieve a state of equilibrium or homeostasis in the body, and so maintain perfect health.

During or after a reflexology session, toxins may be eliminated in various ways such as through sweating, diarrohea, a runny nose or coughing.

What conditions can reflexology help with?

Reflexology has been shown to be beneficial to people experiencing a number of conditions including:

  • stress, anxiety and insomnia
  • migraines
  • digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain
  • high blood pressure
  • arthritis
  • PMS, hormone imbalance and infertility

At Constance Hotels Experience, we offer reflexology treatments at our Spa de Constance.