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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Constance Creatives: Jordi Vila, executive chef, Constance Halaveli

Spanish Executive Chef at Constance Halaveli, Jordi Vila, has followed his passion for gastronomy around the globe and brought his expertise to the Maldives.

Fine dining at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Fine dining at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Having learnt his trade in some of Europe’s most illustrious kitchens including L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and the legendary Spanish three-star El Bulli, Jordi has brought his fervour for imaginative fine dining to Halaveli.

Jordi is one of an innovative group of young Barcelona chefs who believe in modernising traditional gastronomy by combining new methods and technology with classic culinary traditions.

His unique and creative approach to fine-dining blends the best fresh ingredients with the latest culinary techniques and has made Halaveli an essential port of call for food lovers looking for creative, exotic cuisine.

To celebrate his 16 years of travelling the globe learning from the world’s leading chefs, Jordi has created a special menu for guests at Halaveli inspired by his travels.

The World Discovery Menu includes:

  • Yellow fin tuna tartar from the Caribbean
  • White Asparagus from New Zealand
  • Royale of Foie Gras from France
  • Seared watermelon from Spain
  • Seared Hakkaido scallops from Japan/Asia
  • Black Angus Beef, Maldivian Lobster from Maldives
  • Black chocolate combination from Belgium/Africa.

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A touch of luxury: Ploh Plush bathrobes at Constance Halaveli

At Constance we believe that luxury lies in the details, the little things which combine to create a sumptuous, sensorial, luxury experience.

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Ploh Plush at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

That’s why when it came to sourcing bathrobes for our guests at Constance Halaveli we assessed robes from suppliers around the world before falling under the spell of Ploh Plush.

Ploh Plush bathrobes impressed us with their distinctive, stylish hand-finished bathrobes.

Designed to exude beautiful simplicity with a fine attention to detail, the robes are made from a superior grade 100% chenille microfiber, so soft it feels like you’re being hugged by a cloud.

Having carefully selected what we believe is the most sumptuous bathrobe on the market we then looked for a way to make it even more special for our guests.

Knowing that many guests like to take a bathrobe home as a memento of their time with us we decided to offer a personalisation service so guests could have their names embroidered on the Halaveli bathrobe.

The embroidered bathrobes are available in all our villas, or if you’d like to buy one as a gift, at the Constance Boutique.

We hope that once back home, guests are reminded of the joy of a bright sunny morning spent in the Maldives.

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Constance photographer Bamba Sourang launches new art exhibition

Photographer Bamba Sourang, who has taken so many iconic pictures of Constance hotels over the years, is launching his own art exhibition this month.

Bamba Sourang launches new art exhibition in Mauritius

Bamba Sourang launches new art exhibition in Mauritius

The exhibition at the Mauritius Institute Building in the capital Port Louis, will run from 20-26 June 2014.

A launch party celebrating the international artist will be hosted by Constance Hotels & Resorts on 19 June.

Bamba has enjoyed a special relationship with Constance since 2000 when he visited our hotels and resorts across Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar capturing a series of beautiful photographs.

Bamba’s artistic work is a combination of photography and modern art based on his travels around the world. His aim is to battle against what he sees as a growing visual indifference in modern societies.

Born in Senegal and living in France, Bamba was selected last year as one of only 45 artists worldwide to launch the new phase of the Google open Gallery designed to create an international network of artists.

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