5 flavours of the Maldives

Over the years traditional Maldivian recipes have adopted influences from Europe and Asia to create a richly flavoured, warmly spiced culinary tradition.

Flavours of the Maldives - tuna curry

Flavours of the Maldives – tuna curry

Here are some of the key ingredients used in Maldivian cuisine and some mouth-watering recipes to inspire you.

Tuna

Tuna is a core ingredient of Maldivian cuisine prepared in a variety of ways including dried, fresh or even ground into a paste known as Rihaakuru and used as an ingredient in other dishes.

• Recipe with tuna: Maldives tuna curry

Curry powder

With its Asian influence curry is a one of the most common dishes in the Maldives, often featuring diced tuna and known locally as Mas Riha.

• Recipe with curry powder: Halaveli’s shrimp Laksa

Chilli

Giving Maldivian cuisine its heat are chillies used in many traditional dishes including the local grilled fish staple.

• Recipe with chilli: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

Coconut

The coconut is widely used in the Maldives in a variety of forms including grated, squeezed (for coconut milk) and pressed (for oil).

• Recipe with coconut: Coconut cake

Avocado

Thanks to the humid soil of the Maldives a wide range of exotic fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, grow easily here and have become key ingredients of the nation’s cuisine.

• Recipe with avocado: Constance Fish Ceviche Acapulco style

Maldivian flavours at Constance

This blend of European and Maldivian cuisine is at the heart of the menus at Constance Moofushi’s Manta and Alizée restaurants while a rich fusion of flavours is served up against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean at Constance Halaveli‘s romantic Jing restaurant. And if it’s a barefoot vibe you’re after, the fresh seafood cooked on the beach is the theme at Meeru’s beach grill.

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  • Find out more about the cuisine of the Maldives on the travel site Wandtheworld.

 

Vallée de Mai celebrates 30 years as UNESCO World Heritage Site

This year the Seychelles celebrates the 30th anniversary of the primeval palm forest, the Vallée de Mai, being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Set in the heart of Praslin island, a short drive from Constance Lémuria, the Vallée de Mai is part of the beautiful Praslin National Park, an area of ancient forest largely untouched by human hands.

The Coco de Mer

Visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site can see a range of endemic species, including the protected coco de mer palm.

A 19th century British explorer was so bowled over by the valley’s beauty that he set out to prove that it was the original site of the Garden of Eden and that the coco de mer palm was the actual tree of knowledge.

Endemic wildlife and plants at Vallée de Mai

A walk around the breathtaking verdant forest, alone or with a guide, is an opportunity to spot rare endemic wildlife including the endangered black parrot, chameleons, Seychelles house snakes and green and bronze geckos.

Alongside the famous coco de mer there are five other types of endemic palms here, the only place on earth where they are all found together, as well as a range of other trees including mango and cinnamon.

Stay at Constance Lémuria

If you’re tempted by the splendour of this World Heritage Site take a look at Constance Lémuria, where you stay in ultimate 5* comfort and luxury while enjoying a holiday of discovery and adventure.

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Growing trend for luxury exotic minimoons

The minimoon has come of age. What used to be a credit crunching short break after a wedding has become the latest trend in short luxury getaways.

Minimoons at Constance Ephélia

Minimoons at Constance Ephélia

The new minimoons aren’t for those who can’t afford the cash but rather for those who can’t afford the time but still want all the luxury and glamour of an exotic 5* break after the frenetic activity of a wedding.

These short breaks often include a range of couples’ activities which make the minimoon special and memorable such as secluded beach dinners served by candlelight, sensual couples’ massages and romantic sunset cruises.

The idea of fitting all the romance and excitement of a honeymoon into a short luxury minimoon is a response to the fact that many couples now choose to take time off before the wedding and so can’t justify the traditional two weeks honeymoon after.

The minimoon is not, however, the end of the story. Among the cash rich, time poor newlyweds it is a short celebration of the marriage with all the sparkle of a traditional honeymoon which is then followed by a more extensive prolonged honeymoon at a later date.

Soak up the luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Soak up the luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Couples looking for exotic minimoon ideas could consider:

  • Private dining by torchlight on your own secluded sandbank in the Maldives at Constance Moofushi
  • Spending the day on your own deserted Maldives island with a delicious picnic lunch prepared by a world-class chef at Constance Halaveli
  • An afternoon massage with your new spouse on a secluded beach in Mauritius followed by champagne and macaroons at Constance Le Prince Maurice
  • A helicopter trip around the island of Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage
  • Watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean while enjoying a candlelit meal in a restaurant perched above one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles at Constance Lémuria.

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  • Discover the latest trend for adventure honeymoons
  • Visit our website to find out about each of our 7 hotels and resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar.

 

A-Z of Christmas at Constance

At Constance we’re getting ready for the festive season ahead. You can expect perfect beaches and breathtaking ocean views but we have plenty other treats in store for guests arriving in the coming weeks.

Christmas at Constance - Christmas dinner with a sea view

Christmas at Constance – Christmas dinner with a sea view

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect.

A is for Appetite

Whether you dream of a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings or a feast of fresh seafood cooked on the grill right in front of you, our world-class chefs will be preparing the perfect festive menu.

B is for Beautiful locations

Spend Christmas day on a white sand beach taking in stunning Indian Ocean views or stroll through verdant, lush tropical gardens at one of our luxury hotels and resorts in the Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives or Madagascar. Each island has it’s own unique features and beautiful vistas, perfect for a winter getaway.

C is for Cristal

Relax and get on with enjoying your holiday knowing everything is taken care of with our luxury Cristal all-inclusive package at Constance Moofushi and Constance Tsarabanjina.

D is for DJs

Dance under the stars, chill out with friends, or party on the beach and let our resident DJ provide the perfect vibe.

E is for Elegance

From the graceful architecture of high-rafted ceilings and traditional palm thatch to the refined decor using rich woods and polished stone, elegance is the word that best sums up the Constance style.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

F is for Fisherman’s Day

A traditional festival in the Maldives to celebrate the importance of fishing in the country, Fisherman’s Day is held on 10 December. Enjoy stalls of fresh seafood cooked in traditional Maldivian style accompanied by music and festivities.

G is for Golf

Indulge your passion for golf this Christmas with an idyllic destination complete with its own 18-hole Championship golf course (or two). At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage you can enjoy the Links and Legend courses, and watch the action at the MCB Tour Championship. Or play one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, and the only 18-hole course in the Seychelles, at Constance Lémuria.

H is for Hot Stone Massage

Indulge in this ancient massage technique at the Spa de Constance at Constance Moofushi. A combination of warm essential oils and heated stones glide over vital energy points creating a sensation of deep relaxation.

I is for Indian Ocean

Explore the beauty and rich marine life of the Indian Ocean with the help and advice of our dive centres. Whether you’re a beginner keen to try scuba diving for the first time or an old hand looking for the best local diving spots there is so much to see in the Indian Ocean in December, you won’t be disappointed.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

J is for Join the Party

One of the things all our destination islands have in common is a love for festivities so it’s no surprise that Christmas and New Year are celebrated in the traditional way with plenty of feasting, music and dancing. All our hotels will have their own Christmas parties for families as well as cocktail and beach parties so everyone can join in the fun.

K is for Kids Club

Christmas is an exciting time at the Constance Kids Club with fancy dress parties, decoration and card making, tree decorating and many other festive activities. Keep your eyes open and you might even catch a glimpse of Santa – in previous years he’s even arrived by helicopter.

L is for Luxury Accommodation

Spacious rooms, outdoor spaces, elegant en-suite bathrooms and dedicated seating areas mean that all our accommodation gives you the luxury of space. It’s up to you whether you choose to open your presents in your own suite, in the peaceful seclusion of a beach villa, or with views out across the ocean from a stilted water villa. Or perhaps you’d rather make it a private party for your family and friends in one of our Presidential Villas.

M is for Meditation

Take time out this Christmas to discover your own inner sanctuary with one-to-one meditation sessions. Guest at Constance Lémuria can meet with our yogi and decide whether to enjoy group Sunset Meditation sessions or private lessons for couples or individuals.

Diving at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Diving at Constance Hotels and Resorts

N is for Night Diving

Try something new this Christmas with night dives available at most hotels and resorts. Diving at night is a treat for the senses when the ocean changes to a tranquil bed for many daytime marine species and others come out to hunt. Dive by torchlight and then turn your torch off and watch the phosphorescent plankton dance in the moonlight.

O is for Open-air Movies

Watch festive movies under the stars at Moofushi. Lie on loungers or beanbags on the sand and enjoy a film on the beach while we deliver cocktails or fresh fruit juices and popcorn right to your seat.

P is for Private Dining

Whether you want to enjoy a meal in the privacy of your luxury accommodation or something more memorable, at Constance there are a range of private dining experiences available. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner for two on your own private sandbank at Moofushi. At Constance Halaveli you can enjoy a picnic lunch or candle-lit dinner on your own deserted island. Savour the fruits of the ocean with a fresh lobster prepared in front of you and served at a private table on rocks overlooking the ocean at Constance Tsarabanjina.

Q is for Quick Tension Release

The Quick Tension Release treatment for men at the Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia concentrates on the key stress areas of the neck, shoulders and back leaving you to enjoy a totally relaxed, stress-free Christmas.

spa retreats in the Indian Ocean

Tend to the soul body & mind at Constance

R is for Relax

With a high ratio of staff to guests we are here to make sure your holiday is relaxed and stress free. Our friendly, attentive staff are always on hand to ensure you have everything you need for a perfect stay from arranging once-in-a-lifetime excursions to running you a aromatic, candle-lit bath.

S is for Shiseido Spa

Indulge in Oriental-inspired beauty treatments designed to promote a holistic sense of wellbeing at the Shiseido Spas at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Lémuria and Ephélia. Set in secluded, tranquil areas of the resorts’ lush, verdant gardens beside our own Spas de Constance, the Shiseido Spas offer you an oasis of calm in the festive season.

T is for Tennis

Get active for the New Year with a range of sporting activities at Constance. Enjoy a game of tennis with friends at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage, Halaveli and Ephélia or start your resolutions early in the fitness suites and gyms at our resorts featuring all the latest equipment.

U is for Ultimate Luxury

For something extra special this Christmas why not indulge in the luxury of one of our Ultimate Hotels. All members of The Leading Hotels of the World group, Le Prince Maurice, Lémuria and Halaveli offer the ultimate in stylish elegance and luxury holidays.

Waterskiing at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Waterskiing at Constance Hotels and Resorts

V is for Valmont Spa

Pamper your skin this Christmas at the Valmont Spa at Halaveli. The Swiss skincare expert specialises in treatments to rejuvenate your skin and restore its youthful glow through a combination of innovative scientific techniques and natural products.

W is for Water Sports

Enjoy a high-octane Christmas with a range of adrenalin-pumping water sports on offer at Constance resorts. Feel the thrill of the wind in your hair and ocean spray on your lips as you water ski, wakeboard, windsurf, kite surf or try your hand at sailing your own catamaran.

X is for ‘X’ Marks the Spot

Enjoy a festive treasure hunt with the whole family around one of our paradise island locations with the Kids’ Club and uncover the hidden treasure.

Y is for Yoga on the Beach

Join fitness guru Isabelle Lamant for morning yoga session on the beach at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius and revive your body and soul this Christmas. Make your salutation to the sun as it rises over the breath-taking ocean views and feel yourself reconnected to the world you live in.

Z is for Zip Lining

Experience the Seychelles in a completely new way as you zip line through the stunning jungles of Mahé. Get the rush of excitement as you climb the granite rocks of Ephélia before taking on a series of zip lines criss-crossing the breath-taking countryside.

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The rise of luxury villa holidays

As more and more families choose an all-out holiday where grandparents go too, luxury villas are becoming a popular choice.

The presidential villas at Constance are just the ticket, with plenty of space and seclusion, giving them the feel of your very own private hotel within a luxury hotel.

And each luxury villa comes with its own Villa Master to make sure all your needs are met during your stay, with no request too big or too small.

Presidential Villas at Constance

Constance Le Prince Maurice:

Set on a secluded section of beach with dual-aspect views out across the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other, the Princely Suite is made up of 2 junior suites and 1 villa and comes with 2 private swimming pools and 3 separate terraces.

Luxury villa at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Al fresco luxury at Le Prince Maurice

Constance Belle Mare Plage:

This beachfront villa has 3 bedrooms one of which has its own private sitting room and luxury bathroom including a private outdoor bathing area for baths under the stars. It has its own pool with a dining pavilion and terrace all with ocean views.

Presidential Villa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Presidential Villa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Lémuria:

Nestled into the granite rocks of a private beach the villa at Lémuria includes 3 suites, one complete with a terrace and hot tub with stunning ocean views, and a variety of spacious outdoor and indoor dining and relaxation areas. With 3 swimming pools spread across 3 separate terraces and a full staff, including a chef, to see to all your needs this is luxury on the grandest scale.

Presidential Villa, Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria

Constance Ephélia:

Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from this 3 bedroom Seychellois villa perched in perfect isolation in the lush hillside above a secluded white-sand beach. Rich wooden floors merge seamlessly with the wraparound wooden terrace with its own infinity pool with views out across the ocean. The villa also features its own private gym and spa.

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Presidential Villa at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

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Constance shares its passion for wine with Seychellois

Leading sommelier at Constance Ephélia, Romain Sauzier, shared his passion for wine when visiting students at the Seychelles Tourism Academy as part of Constance’s commitment to share our skills and expertise locally.

Sharing a passion for wine

Wine tasting at Constance

Romain, who received his sommelier training in France, introduced the Seychellois students to the art of wine tasting and wine pairing.

Romain explained that while wine is not a part of the traditional Seychellois culture, ‘this skill can be learned and introduced into the many tourism establishments in the country where I hope local talents will be trained to take on sommelier position in the near future.’

Food and wine pairing

Pairing food and wine is an artform we care passionately about at Constance. Our team at Halaveli share their tips for matching the perfect wine to food.

Discover more about Constance Ephélia on our website.