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

Grown up glamour – Top 5 tips on what to pack

Each of our Constance resorts oozes grown up glamour and elegance. If you’re looking forward to jetting off to the Indian Ocean over the coming months, here’s a round up of the most gorgeous clothes and accessories for S/S 2012.

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Walking on North Beach at Lemuria

1. Beach and poolside style

Pastels, neons and brights are all big news this season. Get the lowdown on fabulous beach vacation swimwear and poolside outfits from style gurus Net-a-Porter.

2. Evening glamour

When the sun goes down, it’s the perfect excuse to dress up a little. Take a look at this beautiful range of glamourous but wearable holiday eveningwear from Net-a-Porter.

3. Nail polish

Beautifully polished nails look uber-chic with a tan. Check out the 10 best spring nail polishes from Stylist magazine.

4. Underwater world

For 2012, designers have taken inspiration from the underwater world. Take a peek at the gorgeous sea-inspired Stella McCartney and Holly Fulton dresses, in Vogue’s designer feature on Waterworld.

5. Handbags

Accessories made from exotic skins are bang on trend right now, and available in some stunning colours. Vogue gives us the pick of the crop in Exotic Skins.

Rougail of sea bass with cèpe mushrooms and black lentils

This warming and nutritious fish rougail, served with rice and lentils, is perfect for a weekend meal when you can take your time preparing, and then enjoying. your food.

Beach dining at Constance Moofushi Resort

Relaxed beach dining

Serves 4
Preparation time:
1 hour
Cooking time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Soaking time for lentils: 30 minutes

For the rougail

  • 4 seabass steaks
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 400g small tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp thick tomato coulis
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parslety
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 5 sprigs fresh coriander, chopped
  • 300g fresh cèpe mushrooms
  • salt and pepper

For the fricassed black lentils

  • 100g black lentils
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 3 tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

1. Soak the lentils for 30 minutes.
2. Prepare the rougail by cutting each fish steak into 4 pieces. Peel onion and garlic, chop them separately, as well as fresh coriander and curry leaves. Finely dice the tomatoes.
3. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides, then fry them in oil for 2 or 3 minutes on each side until golden. Set aside.
4. In the same pan, sauté onions, garlic and ginger for 3 minutes without colouring. Add tomatoes, let stew and reduce for 15 minutes on low heat. Add thyme, parsley, curry leaves, chilli and tomato coulis. Cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
5. Slice the cèpes, add salt and pepper, then pan-sear them on high heat for a few moments. Add fish and cèpes to the sauce and let it stew for 10 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water. Correct seasoning, then sprinkle with chopped coriander.
6. Prepare the black lentil fricassée: peel the onion and garlic, chop them separately. Finely dice tomatoes.
7. Fry onion in a little oil in a saucepan, then add chopped garlic and ginger. Stew for 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, let them stew and reduce for 10 minutes.
8. Add black lentils, thyme and curry leaves, 50cl water, salt and pepper. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, then correct seasoning.
9. Serve the rougail hot, with plain boiled white rice and the lentils on the side.

 

Competition: Where in the world are we now?

Win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine or Serge Lutens fragrance.

Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience

All you have to do is tell us where this photo was taken?

Here’s a clue: it’s on one of our remote island resorts situated in the volcanic Mitsio Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

How to enter

To enter, simply tell us the name of the island where this photo was taken.

You can comment below or tweet us @constancehotels

Competition ends on Wednesday 22 February at 12 noon GMT. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Remember, either post to the comments section below or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter.

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers we receive.

Good luck!