Protecting sharks at Constance Moofushi

Scuba divers and Blue Tribe Diving Centre at Constance Moofushi are raising awareness of how to protect dwindling shark populations around the world, and what divers can do to help. Their work is part of Project Aware’s Sharks on Tour campaign.

Shark underwater

Working to protect sharks at Moofushi

Constance guests can join Blue Tribe at their Shark Awareness evenings, where they share knowledge about sharks, and information about what the Maldivian government is doing to keep them off the endangered species list.

Guests can also earn their PADI Shark Diver Aware certification and help donate funds to the work.

What is the Maldivian government doing to protect sharks?

Scientists estimate that over 73 million sharks are killed each year to support the global finning trade.

The Maldivian government has made 3 very big steps toward the protection of sharks in the Maldives. They have banned the practice of:

  • catching sharks
  • sale of sharks
  • shark feeding

This has already had a big impact on the numbers of sharks living around the Maldives, including around the Ari Atoll and Moofushi.

How to get involved

You can find out more about Blue Tribe’s efforts, as well as the Sharks on Tour adventures worldwide by visiting the Project Aware website.

Photographs of sharks

Photographs of sharks in the Ari Atoll, close to the Island of Moofushi will be entered into a global competition with the best photographs  chosen as winners on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2012. Visit the Project Aware website for more information.

Send us your photos

If you have photographs of sharks from around Moofushi, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

Recipe: Green papaya achard

Liven up curries and rougails with this deliciously exotic papaya pickle.

Green papaya

Green papaya

Serves 4
Preparation time:
20 minutes
Resting time: 24 hours
Raising time: 2 hours
Draining time: 30 minutes

  • 300 g green papaya
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh green chillies
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • salt and pepper

1. Peel and grate the green papaya. Add the coarse salt, mix well and let rest for 30 minutes to drain out the moisture.
2. Peel and chop the onion and garlic separately. Slit the green chilli lengthwise.
3. Fry the onion, garlic and green chilli for 1 minute in a saucepan, in 1 tbsp olive oil without cooking.
4. Dissolve the turmeric in vinegar and add it to the saucepan. Add mustard and remaining olive oil. Mix well and take off the heat.
5. Rinse the papaya in cold running water and squeeze it carefully between your hands to remove all moisture. Add it to the sauce, mix well, correct seasoning.
6. Let cool, and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Serve with curries, daubes or rougails.

Trends 2012: wedding cakes

Guest blog by Fay Millar, creative director of UK based Pink Rose Cakes.

Chocolate wedding cake

Chocolate wedding cake

There was a time when ordering a wedding cake meant opting for three white tiers of traditional fruit cake with a bit of piping and maybe the odd sugar flower.

But the world of wedding patisserie has undergone a huge transformation in the last decade and now pretty much anything can be made in cake.

This change is partly due to the popularity of cake programmes such as Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes as well as many innovative bakers thinking outside the box. But it’s also down to couples wanting to be different and willing to cast aside tradition.

What’s new for 2012?

Cakes are being glammed up with decorative lacework, sugar pearls, edible cameos and frou frou ruffles which gives them a modern twist while some brides use elements from their dress, shoes and jewellery to inform their cake design.

Vintage

Vintage styles are hugely popular at the moment, mirroring the wider trend for retro or vintage-themed weddings.

Flowers

Sugar flowers are enjoying something of a renaissance having dropped in popularity in recent years. Cakes with delicate roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas and full peonies, which echo the vintage styling, are on the rise. And intricate piping is enjoying a return but with classic simpler lines to make it more modern.

Stunning two tier wedding cake

Stunning two tier wedding cake

Themed weddings

Rustic, glam and monochrome themed weddings are popular and cake designers draw inspiration from that. Cakes decorated with large bows, feathers and glittery broaches are being used in designs, giving brides that elusive wow factor.

The Royal Wedding

Lastly, no mention of wedding trends would be complete without a nod to the Royal Wedding last year. The beautiful cake created for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has led to a huge rise in people requesting scaled down versions of tiered ivory cakes with delicate piping and small sugar flowers.

It was a timeless, elegant cake in a style that will remain popular for many years to come.

Find out more about Pink Rose Cakes

Keep up-to-date with Fay’s latest creations on the Pink Rose Cakes Facebook page and Twitter.

Underwater tour at Constance Moofushi Resort

Our dive masters at Constance Moofushi take us on a tour of the beautiful underwater world of Moofushi.

The Island of Moofushi is located in a very fortunate position for diving. It lies exaclty on 2 ocean passes to the cemtre west of Ari Atoll, the most colourful atoll in the Maldives.

Diving with manta rays at Constance Moofushi

Diving with manta rays at Constance Moofushi

In the dry season from November to April the northeast monsoon pushes the currents to the West, bringing with it manta rays and whale sharks, which can be encountered on almost every dive around 10 minutes boat trip from Moofushi.

In the monsoon season with the oceanic currents pushing from the southwest, the water is extraordinarily transparent. This provides fantastic diving conditions especially in the ocean passes where groups of up to 50 to 60 gray reef sharks can be spotted.

The coral is beautiful. In the Ari Atoll the diving is very colourful – white, blue, pink-red, and there’s a wide variety and quantity of fish. The diving centre is managed by Blue Tribe, whose guides are intimately familiar with the waters in the area and the whole team have made thousands of dives.

There are many dives full of colorful, soft coral of various species, white and blue, pink and red, deep blue… ideal for lovers of underwater photography.

Colourful corals at Moofushi

Colourful corals

Photography buffs will be rewarded with many different species of fish to photograph. Clown fish are in abundance, so cute and photogenic. Those without a camera or who wish to get the best from their own camera can learn with Bluetribe’s instructors, with their popular ‘Bluetribe Digital Underwater Photography’ programme.

Clown fish
Clown fish
 

Winner of our competition – where in the world are we now?

Thanks to everyone who entered our photo competition – where in the world are we now?

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Sunset at Tsarabanjina

As most of you guessed, our photo was taken at the beautiful Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina in Madagascar.

And the winner is…. Diana Newman.

Congratulations Diana. Please contact us at community@constancehotels.com with your address and phone number, and let us know which prize you would like – the Serge Lutens fragrance or Art de Vignes wine.

More competitions coming soon so watch this space.

Luxurious spa treatments at Constance Halaveli Resort

Constance Halaveli is the ultimate luxury get-away, and the spa experience at the resort is not to be missed.

Spa treatment pavilion at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Spa at Constance Halaveli

At Spa de Constance, you can indulge in a range of beautiful treatments that will restore your sense of vitality and have you skipping back along the jetty to your villa.

Our beautiful treatment pavilion is perched on stilts above the Indian Ocean, with each room offering breathtaking views across the turquoise waters.

We offer an extensive range of holistic spa and beauty treatments, and use only 100% natural products free from SLS and parabens, including the exquisite organic range from Ila. A kids’ spa menu is also available, for children aged 3-12 years.

And in May this year, we’re opening our brand new Valmont Spa – offering beauty and spa treatments from the prestigious brand.

Inside peek at the spa menu

Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to when visiting the spa at Halaveli:

Skin to Within Experience 180 minutes

  • Skin to Within Body Massage
  • Revive Coco Glow
  • Sublime Healing Wrap
  • Restore Hair Mask

Complete body nurturing and re-balancing from top to toe. Our signature blend of oils, Elemi, Coriander, Lime, Coconut and Pomegranate are rich in anti-oxidants to protect your skin, are immune boosting, and will encourage  feelings of euphoria.

Complete Earthjoy 160 minutes

  • Earthjoy Body Massage
  • Invigorate Salt Glow
  • Cool Earth Clay Wrap

This combination of healing herbs, oils and treatments will bring far away dreamers back down to earth, and tease even the timid to sing with joy. Using oils of Vetiver, Ylang Ylang and Lemon to ground, bring feelings of sensuality, clarity and balance, this experience will release all signs of nervous tension, and is the natural choice for complete restoration.

Massage at Constance Halaveli

Massage at Constance Halaveli

Ila Scrubs and Wraps 60 minutes

Choose between Ila Blissful Experience or Ila for Energising and Detoxing. The combined friction of these body scrubs and the healing power of Himalayan salt will leave you looking and feeling truly radiant.

Ayuverdic Shirodara 60 minutes

Warm herbal oil poured over brow chakra to induce a profound sense of relaxation.

Ayurvedic Pindasweda 75 minutes

Traditional hot poultice body treatment using a mixture of rice, herbs and milk. The warmth of the poultice and the powerful scents of these exotic herbs will penetrate your whole being.

Salt Glow Scrubs and Seaweed Wraps 80 minutes

  • Skin to Within Glow and Wrap
  • Earthjoy Glow and Wrap
  • Soul Soothe Glow and Wrap
  • Ocean Purity Glow and Wrap

Bath Soaks 30 minutes

  • Skin to Within Bath Soak
  • Space for Togetherness Bath Soak
  • Ila Bath Soak for Inner Peace
  • Ila Bath Soak for Cleansing

Find out more