Endangered green turtle eggs rescued at Grand Anse Kerlan

At Constance Lémuria we rescued 135 green turtle eggs from Grande Anse Kerlan to protect them from natural predators.

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

The rescue formed part of our turtle preservation program which we run in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.

The eggs, collected by turtle manager Robert Matombe and landscape manager Adrian, have been placed in a box and covered with sand so that they can safely hatch some time in the next 8 weeks.

As soon as they hatch, Robert will release the baby turtles safely on to the beach so they can find their way to the ocean.

Endangered green and hawksbill turtles regularly visit the beaches of Constance Lémuria between June and September to lay eggs so our turtle manager patrols every day to make sure mother, eggs (and eventually hatchlings) are safe from natural predators like crabs and rats.

A mother green turtle can return to the same spot up to five times at two week intervals to lay so Roger and Adrian plan to camp on the beach to see the mother and collect any future eggs.

Roger was able to identify the eggs as belonging to a green turtle from the markings the female left on the beach which are larger than those of a hawksbill.

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Roger welcomes guest interest and involvement at Constance Lemuria showing guests how to help and observe these splendid creatures without causing them any harm or distress.

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Constance Halaveli involved in major project to protect reefs in Maldives

Constance Halaveli is thrilled to be involved in an important IUCN Maldives Marine Project aimed at helping resorts manage and protect their precious reefs.

IUCN Maldives Marine Project helps resorts manage & protect reefs

IUCN Maldives Marine Project helps resorts manage & protect reefs

The IUCN Maldives Marine Project, endorsed by the government of Maldives, hopes to develop a framework to help resorts manage their marine environment by establishing Marine Managed Areas.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the oldest and largest global non-profit environmental organisation in the world and it has selected Ari Atoll as the demonstration atoll for this project. We at Halaveli are excited to have been chosen as one of the resorts taking part.

This week Senior Project Officer, Patrick Svensson PhD, and Marine Biologist, Barbara, will be arriving at Halaveli. They will be working closely with our dive centre to conduct extensive house reef and resort reef system surveys.

The data collected will then be used to create a reef habitat map to illustrate areas of coral cover, diversity and resilience to aid us in managing and maintaining our precious reefs.

Protecting the environment of Halaveli

At Halaveli looking after the natural wonders of our environment is very important to us so that we can pass this beautiful region on to the next generation in tact.

That is why we are also currently working with Valmont and Water Solutions on a coral growth program in the waters around Constance Halaveli.

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Constance Creatives: Water sports at Constance Halaveli

Water sports at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water sports at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

As one of our long standing members of staff, Ibrahim Amir has been working at Constance Halaveli for more than 30 years, long before it became part of the Constance group, and he’s loved every minute of it.

It was in 1990 that he discovered his true passion for water sports, and changed his job from barman to water sports instructor.

So what inspires him after all these years?

Ibi explains, ‘This job gives me the opportunity to combine the place, which has been my home for so many years, with my big passion: water sports in all regards.’

He describes how important it is to be easily approachable for guests and to give them the best service possible. Behind the scenes, Ibi keeps all the water sports equipment at Halaveli up to date and in great condition.

Ibi’s enthusiasm for water sports is infectious, and he’s our man on the ground at Constance Halaveli making sure we’re up to speed with the hottest new trends out on the water.

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Coral growth project at Constance Halaveli moves into second phase

A dhoni shaped structure for the coral growth project

A dhoni shaped structure for the coral growth project

We at Constance Halaveli are excited to be moving into the second phase of our coral growth program, following the completion of the successful first phase.

So far, in partnership with Valmont and Water Solutions, we have planted more than 250 coral fragments in two locations in the lagoon and are thrilled to report they are thriving.

For the second phase of the project a structure shaped like a traditional dhoni boat will be planted with coral and submerged to attract marine life to an area in the lagoon which is currently without coral.

Once the project is completed these new areas of coral reef will attract new marine life and will become a major attraction for snorkellers. In the meantime we hope to get guests involved in the project so that they can learn more about the beautiful coral reefs we are growing here.

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Constance Creatives: Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Belle Mare Plage

As part of a series of articles introducing the people who put the passion into the Constance experience, we meet Guillaume Grafeille, Bar Manager at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The Main Bar at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Guillaume says he is inspired by discovery and sharing, and incorporates both into his work at Belle Mare Plage.

An expert in top quality rums as well as other spirits and cocktails, Guillaume is responsible for selecting the premium spirits across the Constance Group and for creating its signature cocktail.

‘I love to share my skills and knowledge,’ he says and he is able to do this by offering guests special taster experiences like his ‘gin and tonic experience’ and his ‘rum discovery and testing’.

Guillaume is also a man who knows how to create the perfect party atmosphere organising events like our ‘golf and fun’ evenings, full moon parties, New Year’s Eve party, beach parties and our famous MCB Open cocktail event for up to 800 people.

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How Constance Hotels supports coconut farmers in the Maldives

Guests visiting the kurumba station beside the main pool at Constance Halaveli can enjoy coconuts cut freshly from trees on local farms.

Supporting coconut farmers: enjoy the flavours of the Maldives

Supporting coconut farmers: enjoy the flavours of the Maldives

Coconuts, or kurumbas as they are known in the Maldivian language Dhivehi, are offered to guests at Halaveli in the traditional way.

First the top is chopped off so guests can drink the sweet coconut water. Then the coconut is opened so they can eat the white flesh using the shell as a spoon.

And for later in the day, we use the coconut juice to make the delicious Halaveli pina colada.

Working with local farmers

It is also important to us to support local farmers and for this reason all the coconuts used at Halaveli are bought from farmers from the neighbouring islands of Malahous and Thoddu.

At the hotel we use around 100 coconuts each month, so every week we contact the farmers to give them an order for the coming week. They are then able to cut exactly the number we need.

The farmers send the coconuts to Male to be loaded on to our weekly supply boat.

The coconut’s journey from the tree to our popular kurumba hut takes only a few days, but the memory of drinking sweet fresh coconut juice looking out across the Indian Ocean lasts much, much longer.

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