Two years of laid back luxury at Moofushi Resort, Maldives

This month we’re celebrating the second anniversary of Constance Moofushi’s chilled out elegance.

Totem Bar at  Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Laid back vibe at Totem Bar

For two years we have been welcoming guests to their own luxury island in the Maldives where barefoot chic meets Constance sophistication, creating a unique vibe all of its own.

In that time you seem to have liked what we’ve done – awarding us two Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence and the 2012 Travellers Choice Award for Top 25 Hotels in Asia.

And even though you’re happy with us, we continue to work to make your experience at Moofushi even better. In May this year we welcomed our new General Manager, Jean François Debon, who is passionate about ensuring guests have the ultimate luxury holiday experience.

Highlights of Moofushi

Here’s a run down of what we’ve introduced in the last two years:

  • Moonlight dinners – a chance to treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic four course meal with champagne served on a candle-lit beach by your own private butler.
Sunset at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Sunset at Constance Moofushi

  • Sandbank moments – a chance to share a table for two on a sandbank of your own for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Cinefushi – lie back on a star-lit beach and watch a movie while we serve you popcorn, canapés, ice cream and cocktails.
  • Sunrise & sunset yoga – stretch and relax in the warmth of the rising or setting sun with our beach yoga sessions.
  • Special Maldivian bed decoration – as part of our turndown service

Thanks to our hugely popular all inclusive Cristal package you’ve been able to come here relaxed in the knowledge that we will look after your every need.

Diving at Moofushi

Diving has been one of our most popular activities since we opened, hardly surprising thanks to our stunning location on the South Ari Atoll, one of the best dive spots in the Maldives.

To make the diving experience even better we have invited a resident marine biologist for guests who want to learn more about what they see.

Diving scooter course at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving scooter course

With their help we run a PADI shark speciality course and from December to April, there’s snorkelling with manta rays.

For die-hard diving fans and adrenalin junkies, we’ve introduced the exciting diving scooter course climaxing with a scooter dive in Moofushi’s shark pass or one of our shark points.

Weddings and honeymoons

Over the last two years Moofushi has become a popular venue for destination weddings, and our personal wedding planner has helped make many couples’ dreams of a luxury Indian Ocean wedding come true.

Fans of Moofushi

We may have only been here for two years but some of our guests have loved their time with us so much they have returned again and again.

Guests beach dancing at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Guests beach dancing

Karine Hermelle has been to the resort five times. ‘Moofushi is more than just a vacation for me. You all have become my friends. Thanks to Bluetribe I passed my advanced open water diving within six days, Sanjeewa, the DJ, puts songs on that I like every night and the spa team pamper me. Thank you to you all.’

Find out more

See what luxury travel website Pursuitist.com has to say about Moofushi or visit our Constance Moofushi website.

And here are some more articles you may have missed:

Top luxury gifts for Christmas 2012

Get inspired with our round-up of some of the finest luxury gifts available this Christmas.

Gift wrapping, photo by Mags Cat

Ribbons, photo by Mags Cat

Vanguards of luxury style, Harper’s Bazaar bring you the ultimate Christmas gift guide, featuring the sought-after soft tote bag by Victoria Beckham and a special bottle of Bollinger vintage 2000.

Condé Nast Traveller has filled its digital hamper with some of the most covetable and quirky travel accessories for this festive season.

Net-a-Porter comes up trumps with its fabulous new gift guide, edited by those in the know including supermodel Claudia Schiffer, fashion director Caroline Issa and personal trainer to the A-list, Tracy Anderson.

And if you’ve got somewhere to go and nothing to wear, head to Style by Kling produced by Elin Kling, one of the most influential fashion bloggers around right now.

 

 

Michelin star Chef Walter Ferretto visits Halaveli

Guests at Constance Halaveli were recently treated to a visit from the Italian Michelin star chef Walter Ferretto.

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

The world renowned chef took time out from cooking at his exclusive Il Cascinalenuovo restaurant in Piedmont, Italy to create a breath-taking culinary wine dinner and an Italian themed buffet night at Halaveli’s Jahaz restaurant.

At the wine dinner Chef Ferretto paired the finest Piedmont ingredients with some of Italy’s most exciting wines. The result was a gastronomic event which had guests literally gasping with excitement as each elegantly sophisticated dish was revealed.

The Piedmont region is famous for its exquisite truffles and it was around this delicious delicacy that Chef Ferretto created his unique menu for Halaveli guests.

Highlights included:

  • An amuse bouche of egg with black truffle – matched with a Veneto Prosecco, Balan Extra Dry, NV
  • Ferretto’s signature dish of white onion with truffles – matched with a Veneto Chardonnay, Il Calto delle Fate, Il Filo delle Vigne, 2007
Roulade of grass-fed veal by Chef Walter Ferretto

Roulade of grass-fed veal

  • Tagliolini and white truffles – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2010
  • A roulade of grass-fed veal served with baby vegetables in a truffle jus – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2006
  • A Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle – matched with a Cesare, Le Salette, 2006

At both the wine menu dinner and the Italian buffet the Italian chef shared his passion for food, meeting guests after the meal to share his love for food with them.

Highlights of the buffet menu included handmade pasta, gnocchi, aubergine and mint stuffed lamb roulade, whole roasted grass-fed veal racks, Italian cheeses, Serrano ham and salami with black summer truffles.

To find out more about Walter Ferretto and try your hand at some of his famous recipes visit the Il Cascinalenuovo website or find out more about holidays at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Enjoy these photos from Chef Walter Ferretto’s visit to Halaveli:

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto

 

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

 

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Competition: Play our golf game on Facebook

Play our fun golf game on Facebook and you could win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Legend Course, Mauritius

Week 4 – Let’s play

Watch this very short video to see where the ball is. Say correctly how you would play the shot and you could win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine.

This week we’re at The Legend 4th hole, Par 5. It’s a lob shot, 20m to the flag with the wind coming from the right.

Watch the video first, then choose the option you think is correct.

Come back on Friday 30 November to watch a Constance Pro play all the options and see if you won. Those who stated correctly which shot gets closest to the flag will be entered into a prize draw with the winner announced on that day.

MCB Championship

We’re counting down to the European Senior Tour MCB Championship in December 2012 hosted by Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius. On Monday each week for the next 2 weeks we’ll present you with a fun golf challenge to play on Facebook.

Previous results

If you missed the results for previous weeks watch what happened here.

Wesselingh named European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year

As we countdown to the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage next week, Paul Wesselingh has been named the European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year.

Tom Wesselingh

Tom Wesselingh

Describing it as the highlight of his career, Wesselingh is now 5th in the Order of Merit as he heads to Mauritius for the finale of the season.

Read more on the European Tour website about Tom Wesselingh’s road to success, and watch this space for regular stories and scores from the MCB Tour Championship taking place from 7-10 December.

Find out more about Constance Belle Mare Plage on our website.

Shark diving at Constance Moofushi

Sharks have long held a fascination for divers, and at Constance Moofushi we offer guests the opportunity to learn much more about these majestic creatures.

Diving with sharks at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving with sharks at Constance Moofushi

What you’ll learn

On our PADI shark speciality course, Moofushi’s shark specialist Valentina will teach you about their behaviour, their group relationships and their eco-system.

You then have the chance to go on 2 shark dives where you’ll encounter these creatures in their natural environment.

Rare ocean species at Moofushi

At Moofushi – situated on the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives -we are lucky enough to be on the migration route of many rare ocean species including whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea.

This shark diving course is run at our Blue Tribe Diving Centre and guests who complete the course will receive a PADI shark diver certification card as well as books and materials used during the course.

Find out more

For more information about the resort, visit our Constance Moofushi website or read our article about protecting sharks at Moofushi.

Also, take a look at the Dive the world website to learn about shark diving in the Maldives  and Shark Diver Magazine online.