5 delicious recipes from Constance Hotels

Indulge in a foodie weekend with these 5 tasty recipes from the Indian Ocean.

Fillet of red snapper

Fillet of red snapper

1. Chicken and prawn curry

Mauritian curry served in a spicy coconut sauce.

2. Fillet of red snapper coated in a coconut chatini crust

Delicious fish served with warm lentil dhal and tamarind vinaigrette.

3. Pineapple and watermelon sandwich

Fruity sandwich served with basil and cinnamon French toast.

4. Ultimate spare ribs

Simple, finger food ideal for a weekend lunch.

5. Chicken and prawn fricasse

Spicy dish served with stewed Chinese bredes.

Find out more about the food we serve at Constance Hotels from our website.

Special private dinner at Jahaz Wine Cellar

Indulge your love of great food and wine at a private dinner in the atmospheric Jahaz wine cellar at the 6* Constance Halaveli.

Jahaz wine cellar

Jahaz wine cellar

Our chef and sommeliers will serve you a 6 course degustation dinner with matching wines and champagnes. During dinner, you can explore the secrets of these great wines and discover the food that goes best with them.

Constance Halaveli has one of the largest and best stocked wine cellars in the Maldives. For the connoisseur, the conservation of wine requires it to be kept in the optimal environment, in a storeroom specially designed and prepared for its storage.

At Halaveli, we now have almost 20,000 bottles and 800 different labels and vintages, and we are continuously extending and improving our selection.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli on our website, and catch up on these articles you may have missed:

Cult spa and beauty range ila at Constance Halaveli

Beauty industry favourite and top organic spa range ila is available at our luxury Constance Halaveli spa. This much lauded skincare range contains a level of organic purity rarely found in beauty products.

Ila Essentials Travel pack

Ila Essentials Travel pack

Ila is featured in June’s Condé Nast Traveller as ‘one of the most exciting organic wellness brands on the market at the moment’.

The Good Spa Guide calls it ‘a very special brand’ while Cult Beauty says ‘ Ila have taken their brand above and beyond the call of regulatory organic certification’.

The ila Travel Essentials collection includes:

  • Shampoo for Revitalising Hair (50ml)
  • Conditioner for Nourishing Hair (50ml)
  • Body Wash for Toning Skin (50ml)
  • Body Lotion for Nurturing Skin (50ml)
  • Bath Soak for Pure Relaxation (50ml)

Ila was founded by yoga teacher, nurse and aromatherapist Denise Leicester. Read more about ila-spa products and don’t miss Denise’s blog.

Heard it through the grapevine…

Head Sommelier Cedric Jacob is extremely passionate about all wines and is eager to share his knowledge with our guests.

Cedric Jacob

Cedric Jacob

When speaking to Cedric his enthusiasm and love for wine is evident and he always welcomes guests to come visit the cellars at Constance Halaveli.

Below he shares a bit about his background and where his passion for wine began.

Where in France are you from?
I was born inParis. My dad got the opportunity to move to Aix-En-Provence, South of France for his job and we all followed him. My little village where we moved to, Ventabren, is in the middle of the appellation Cotes d’Aix-En-Provence famous for its Rosé. As you can guess, you can find more Rosé wine on every table than simple still water. My dad used to say ‘water is for flowers’ but my mum does drink a lot of water!

When did your interest in wine begin?
My interest in wine began when I started in the hospitality industry at the age of 15 where I discovered there was a soul to every different wine, each a different product, something sometimes that is hard to put into words.

I have always been interested in the mysterious things of life and wine was part of this. My lecturer, a passionate man who could speak for hours and hours about this topic, helped me to develop my knowledge and I started to learn about it seriously aged 18.

Some people might say that 15 years is very young but I think that we need to start early to understand the idea of taste and sensation when tasting a product. This goes for food, music, art etc… My dad understood this concept of life and used to give us, my 2 brothers and myself, a tiny glass of wine every Sunday to smell and try to recognise aromas. Then we’d add water in to taste it. That was the beginning of what I call a ‘love story’.

Sommelier team at Constance Halaveli

Sathir, Sampath and Cedric

Why did you become a sommelier?
First of all, I became sommelier for the simple reason that wine was a passion. I love reading about it, finding out what is happening in the world of wine, watching documentaries. Also wine was becoming a huge trend at the time that I started, and people were willing to understand more and more about what they were drinking. It’s not only about drinking nowadays – people want to discover new horizons, understand the importance of Terroir, grape variety, human touch on the final wine that they are drinking and so on. Being a sommelier is all about experiencing and sharing. This idea of conviviality and becoming a sommelier was the best choice I ever made.

What challenges do you face currently being a sommelier in the Maldives?
The main challenge is the difference of climate that definitely changes your perception while tasting. Your smell as well as your taste is affected by the humidity and heat. The same wine tastes totally difference in Europe compared with the Maldives. Our goal is to find a new way of serving wine so our guests fully enjoy the wine that they order, for example, serving slightly chilled red wine.

Another challenge is offering the best price for our customers, considering the heavy import duty on alcohol as the Maldives is a Muslim country.

Cedric Jacob and guests

Cedric and guests at Jahaz

With these challenges how do you foresee them affecting the wine industry in the Maldives?
The main impact regarding government restriction is that wine is getting more and more expensive in this country, especially since the government plans to further increase the duty. However, as a sommelier, we always believe that the price doesn’t always rhyme with quality. Our goal as professionals is to find more small producers from different countries who are driven by their passion to produce great wines. Many young wine makers inFranceand elsewhere are becoming more and more famous for this, and those are the wines we are trying to import. Once again our aim is to satisfy the needs and wants of our guests. 

What is your favourite wine and why?
That is the trickiest question for a sommelier and one that people often ask me because I like everything as long as it is good – white, red, rosé, dessert, Champagne…However since I arrived in the Maldives I have to say that I have a preference for white Sauvignon Blanc for their freshness and their minerality and red Pinot Noir for the easiness and fruit…New Zealand is a region that I particularly appreciate for that even though we do produce amazing Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir in France.

What would be your perfect evening?
A perfect evening is a couple of friends, each bringing a good bottle that they want to make others discover, me in the kitchen (I love to cook, in fact I wanted to be chef before sommelier) and spending the evening enjoying, sharing and having fun with friends… that’s my idea of conviviality.

Do you have any special tips that you would like to share?

Just like a magician, I would say I can’t.

Next time you’re at Halaveli don’t forget to ask our Sommelier team to take you on a tour of our superb wine cellars.

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

Taking the seaplane to Constance Halaveli and Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Constance Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Moofushi

After a lengthy flight to get to Maldives International Airport, the thrill of taking the sea plane to reach Halaveli and Moofushi is like an elixir to the soul.

Upon arrival at the international airport, guests are welcomed by our airport team and taken to the private Constance lounge. Here you can freshen up before heading to the seaplane departure gates.

Arriving by seaplane gives you a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of your resort before you arrive.

First hand account from local barefoot pilot

Here, one of the barefoot pilots, Hamdhan Mohamed, gives us an insight into this incredible experience.

As a local barefoot pilot, I may be biased when I say this but I’m always mesmerised by the beauty of the Maldives from the air. The sparkling shades of blue and jade green that capture the heart. There isn’t another place in the world that comes close to the majestic pearls of the Indian Ocean. They’re truly breathtaking.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

When guests first spot Halaveli or Moofushi from the air they get very excited. Some move from one window to the other, pointing and showing the island to their family while others take out their cameras and capture the memory that way. 

Total joy are the words that come to mind when I’m describing the guests’ experience of seeing the resorts from the air.

Have you taken the sea plane?

If you’ve got photos from your sea plane flight to Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, we’d love to see them.

You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them  to us @constancehotels.