Luxury resort turns tap water into mineral water

Halaveli luxury hotel resort Maldives

The beautiful Halaveli Luxury Hotel Resort, Maldives

To eliminate the need to ship in bottled water to our luxury Maldives resort, Halaveli, we have recently installed our own water bottling plant.

The plant purifies tap water to mineral quality and the first bottles of Constance Halaveli Resort’s Still and Sparkling mineral water were produced at the beginning of the new year, 2011.

The main reason for the water bottling plant was to eliminate the need to bring in bottled water from outside sources to the island as well as to reducing wastage at the resort.

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Wine and gastronomy week in the Maldives!

Gastronomic delights at Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Gastronomic delights at Halaveli Resort, Maldives

We pride ourselves on having the very best sommeliers in their fields – and we like to ensure they stay up to date with their expertise.

Our sommeliers often have the opportunity to meet the owners of internationally recognised wine estates and understand their philosophy and their product line – and we’re very excited about the latest visit.

Following the first edition of the Art de Vignes promotion held in March 2010 in the Seychelles, we are pleased to announce that this exceptional wine growers’ club will organise a gastronomic week at two of Constance Hotels Experience’s establishments in the Maldives:

‘Art de Vignes’ is a club which gathers wine growers who associate themselves with the art of wine. It is an association of French wine-producing regions with a strong identity: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire, Rhone. Each vine grower of the club “Art de Vignes” registers his work in his wine-producing area of origin, by respecting his geographical, historical and cultural characteristics.

Jerome Faure, Head Sommelier of Constance Hotels Experience, intends to make this very unique event a regular fixture on our annual calendar.

The week in our Maldives resorts will run from 21st to 27th March 2011.

You can download a PDF with more information on this gastronomy week in the Maldives here.

French Literary Love Stories – finalists revealed

Library at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius

The Library at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius

For the French speakers amongst you, we are delighted to announce the preliminary finalists for the 9th edition of Le Prince Maurice‘s unique literary prize, celebrating the very best in French literary love stories.

Download the Prix Le Prince Maurice Du Roman D’amour (pdf).

20% discount on luxury honeymoons: amazing offer

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Beachside luxury at Moofushi in the Maldives

Constance Hotels Experience is offering an amazing 20% discount on rates at its Moofushi Honeymoon resort in the Maldives when you book online!

Valid May 01, 2011 until Oct 20, 2011

Enjoy a rare taste of paradise where relaxation and romance come easily to make every moment unforgettable. A unique experience just for you…

Package includes

  • 50% discount per person on 1st spa treatment /adult
  • Fruits and sparkling wine /room
  • Daily CRISTAL ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE for adult

More information: 20% discount of luxury honeymoon in the Maldives

Culinary Festival and Competition

Gorgeous luxury food

Luxury foods from Belle Mare Plage Resort

Constance has once again assembled a panel of professional chefs from different shores – all with a Michelin star and each with a vast knowledge of food to share with our own talented island chefs.

This is an extraordinary event – The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau – is a big challenge for our island chefs. Each of our cooks from the indian ocean will work with a visiting chef to create then promote a dish.

The main objective of the festival is to support the exchange, experience and knowledge of the participating professionals, and to gather men from very diverse horizons around a common passion: the love of cooking and the art of the table.

This event has been running since 2006, with le Relais Bernard Loiseau and his Chef Patrick Bertron and is now an anticipated event on the international gastronomic calendar, attracting media from around the world, as well as prestigious sponsors.

Find out more about The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel Resort in Mauritius.

Top tips for planning your dream honeymoon

If you’re planning the perfect honeymoon, read our top 10 honeymoon tips for a successful dream break.

Before you go…

1. Location, location, location

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Luxury honeymoon location: Ephilia Hotel Resort, Seychelles

One of you loves the sun, luxury swimming pools and relaxing massages, the other enjoys diving, fine foods and exclusive bars and clubs.

Remember, your honeymoon destination needs to work for both of you. Luxury and exclusivity can take many different forms but the first and most important honeymoon tip is to choose where you go together.

Top honeymoon tip: make a list of ideal, dream destinations separately and then see if any of your ideas match.

2. Let an expert help you

The internet has made finding and booking that luxury honeymoon that bit easier and you might want to do it all yourself. But it’s always worth remembering that there are experts out there who can help. It’s a once in a lifetime holiday you’re planning, so using a travel agent or a consultant from a luxury resort might be worthwhile.

Top honeymoon tip: if you’re struggling with co-ordinating flight and hotel bookings with excursions and honeymoon activities, get professional advice to take some of the pressure off.

3. Plan your relaxation, excursions and luxury pampering in advance

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Planning a luxury poolside spa holiday?

You probably don’t want to plan too much – it is your honeymoon, after all. But scheduling in some key activities in advance can take the stress out of things.

You’re on your honeymoon – you’ll want to spend every breathing moment together, right? Actually, it’s a great idea to plan a little time apart, too. Having a massage while your husband or wife enjoys some ‘me time’ with a book will give you both a bit of relaxing space and something to look forward to – your reunion.

Top honeymoon tip: plan and book little luxuries and trips in advance – both together and separately.

While you’re there…

4. Eat well, drink well and don’t feel guilty about it

Luxury food hotel resort

Excellent food is all part of the luxury experience

If you’re planning a luxury honeymoon, remember that the luxury extends to all elements of your holiday, not just your location.

If you’re visiting a honeymoon resort, they will provide food and drink to die for – don’t feel guilty about it, dive in and enjoy everything they have to offer. Sample local cuisine, eat the luxury truffles and pastries and drink the champagne without guilt – it’s your honeymoon.

Top honeymoon tip: indulge without guilt!

5. Take lots of photographs

You’ve paid a fortune for an exclusive honeymoon of a lifetime – don’t forget to document it . Take lots and lots of photographs.

Top honeymoon tip: ask other people to take photographs of you together – you’ll cherish these when you look back on your honeymoon together.

6. Remember to pamper each other

Remember to pamper yourself and each other. Find out what your honeymoon resort or location offers in the way of pampering, but remember that pampering isn’t only about the luxuries you can pay for.

Your honeymoon will probably be somewhere extraordinary, so remember to enjoy it together. Take a beach walk at sunset, have breakfast by the sea, enjoy cliff top walks while discussing your future together, your hope and dreams.

Top honeymoon tip: remember that massages can also be a private pampering experience, so pack some oil and pamper each other in the privacy of your own room.

7. Tell everyone you’re on your honeymoon

You’ll be surprised at the extra special service you’ll get when people realise you’re on your honeymoon.

As a newly married couple, you could enjoy provide free champagne, food or other exclusive treats and discounts.

Top honeymoon tip: tell everyone you’re on honeymoon – you’re allowed to be proud of each other and you never know what extra luxuries you might get as a result.

8. Forget about everyone and everything at home

Just for once, forget about family, friends and work back at home. This is about the two of you and your new life together.

Top honeymoon tip: Enjoy yourself and each other and live in the moment.

9. Don’t let sunburn spoil things

One sensible suggestion to make sure you make the most of each other and your once in a lifetime honeymoon – remember your suncream. Sunburn can mean being touched is agonising. Is that what you want on your honeymoon?

Top honeymoon tip: Use high factor suncream, even if it looks overcast.

10. Allow some time back at home before you go back to work

If it’s possible, allow a few days to readjust when you get back home from honeymoon. If you have to go back to work straight away, your luxury break might seem like a distant memory all too soon.

Top honeymoon tip: Book a couple of extra days to enjoy being home together before the real world starts up again.