Recipe: Strawberry cucumber champagne cocktail

Opt for some decadence this weekend and try out our summery champagne cocktail made with cucumber and strawberries. Perfect for a summer wedding party.

Cucumber Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

Cucumber Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

For each glass you’ll need:

  • 120ml Champagne
  • 40ml Strawberry Puree
  • 30ml Cucumber Juice

Pour all the ingredients into a Boston glass or Martini jug and stir well. Once the ingredients are well mixed pour into a chilled champagne glass. Deliciously simple.

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Top tips to help prepare you for your wedding day

The lead up to your wedding day can cause a certain amount of stress for every couple. On top of everything you need to organise, the emotional whirlwind of excitement and anticipation can at times feel overwhelming.

Wedding arch on the beach at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Weddings on the beach at Halaveli

Our Spa & Wellness Manager, Marissa Garcia Junio, at Constance Halaveli gives her top tips to help you look gorgeous, and leave you feeling on the top of the world as your big day approaches.

1. Good sleep

Try to get a few good nights’ sleep before your wedding day. If your mind is buzzing, try a calming warm camomile tea with honey every night for a week before your special day. It will help you relax and at the same time assist in cleansing your body of toxins.

2. Pamper yourself

Give yourself a day off from all the preparations and book a full day of pampering at your favourite spa. Start with an invigorating scrub and wrap, followed by a relaxing massage and facial. Don’t forget your hands as lots of people will want to take a look at your ring.

At Halaveli’s Spa de Constance, we offer the cult organic brand Ila spa. These products are ideal for couples looking for an antidote to pre-wedding stress, and the chance to to unwind and revitalize.

3. Time to yourself

Wedding on the beach at Constance Halaveli

Romance on the beach

As you get busy preparing everything for that very special day, take some ‘me’ time to gather your thoughts and prepare yourself physically and mentally.

The day before your wedding prepare a warm bath filled with scented salts, light some aroma candles and set the mood with relaxing music while drinking your favourite champagne.

Spa at Constance Halaveli

At Constance Halaveli, we offer 2 spa treatments that can be included in your wedding package.

  • Kundulini back massage for 2, which relaxes and restores the chakra energy levels
  • Space for Togetherness Massage encouraging relaxation

Find out more about wedding packages at Halaveli.

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Discover the luxurious Valmont spa at Constance Halaveli

The 6* deluxe Constance Halaveli delivers luxury in spades, and its new Valmont spa offers the perfect retreat for those in need of some indulgent mind-body pampering.

Valmont Spa at Constance Halaveli

Valmont Spa at Halaveli

Here’s a selection of the tempting spa packages on offer.

Valmont Face Discovery Package

Discover Valmont with these 2 express treatments, smooth your features and leave your complexion glowing.

You can book these 2 treatments for anytime during your stay at Constance Halaveli.

  • 1 Source of Bisses Express Treatment – 30 minutes
  • 1 Vitality of the Glaciers Express Treatment – 30 minutes.

 

Valmont Body Discovery Package

Indulge your body with this complete exfoliation and massage treatment, to reveal fresher looking skin.

65 minutes

  • Including: 1 Bisses Purity – 1 After Sun Body Massage
Spa treatment room at Constance Halaveli Resort

Treatment room at Constance Halaveli

 

Valmont After Sun Package (Face and body)

The ideal treatment to improve the condition of the skin on your face and body – a moment of pure bliss.

80 minutes

  • Including: 1 Princess Pan Dei – 1 After Sun Body Massage

 

Valmont Mother to be package (Face and body)

This package is specifically designed for mothers to be. Start with a body scrub that will help improve your circulation, followed by a calming massage while moisturising your skin using the luxurious Valmont products. Finish off with a facial that will reinvigorate your sense of well being.

120 minutes

  • Including: 1 Bisses Purity – 1 Mother to Be Body Massage – 1 Express Treatment (Hydration, Energy or Radiance)
Valmont Spa range at Constance Halaveli Resort

Luxurious spa treatments

 

Discover more about Valmont Spa at Constance Halaveli

Visit our website to find out more about Valmont treatments available at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

Recipe: Sushi rice from Constance Halaveli

Have you ever wanted to make the perfect sushi rice but don’t know where to start? Try this recipe from our sushi making master at Constance Halaveli, Ferdinand Nono.

Avocado salmon tobikko California roll

Avocado salmon tobikko California roll

  • 3 cups Japanese sushi rice
  • 3 1/4 cups cold water
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

1. Wash rice in cold water until the water runs almost clear. This may take a few minutes. Once water runs semi-clear, drain rice of any excess water and add 3 1/4 cups water. Add enough water to cover the rice and so that the water comes up to the first knuckle on your index finger if you are touching the rice with the tip of your finger.
2. While the rice is cooking heat the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a pan until dissolved. Remove from heat as soon as sugar and salt has dissolved.
3. When rice is done, put rice in large bowl. Slowly add the vinegar mixture in to the rice while mixing the rice with a wooden spoon or spatula.
4. The rice should stay as individual rice grains and not a glutinous blob. Another tip for making sushi rice is to let the steam (water) come out of the rice fast by mixing near a fan or open window. The breeze will allow the water to come out of the rice while adding the flavor from the vinegar mixture. Sushi rice is not sticky from over working the rice. It is sticky from the vinegar mixture lightly coating every grain of rice.
5. Store sushi rice at room temperature covered with a damp towel. This will keep the rice from drying out.

7 tips and tricks for perfect sushi

Sushi master at Constance Halaveli, Ferdinand Nono gives his tips and tricks to get your sushi making technique spot-on.

Ferdinand Nono

Ferdinand Nono

1. When making sushi, there are 3 main points to remember - colour, flavour and texture.

2. Try to pick contrasting colours. This is important because it makes the sushi appear vibrant and interesting. Use a rich red tuna beside a yellow omelette, or next to the green hues of an avocado or a cucumber.

3. Remember to use interesting flavours in your sushi. Sushi is traditionally very simple, but don’t let that fool you: simple foods are enjoyable because they use a few complimentary flavours. Experiment with some good fish and vegetables and don’t be scared to try unusual ingredients.

4. Texture is crucial to a good piece of sushi. You should use a mixture of ingredients that are soft, chewy and crunchy and find a balance between them on your sushi. When in doubt, put an avocado in the roll as it adds a nice and creamy, complimentary texture to any sushi.

5. Remember the key to good sushi is contrasting colours, unique flavours and exciting textures.  If you try to get all 3 characteristics into each sushi roll, you are well on your way to becoming a Master.

6. Sushi rolls are presented in many ways depending on the style of the sushi but the overriding rule of presentation is simplicity. All of the ingredients used should be of good enough quality to speak for themselves. Don’t over-garnish the sushi plate or pile too much sushi onto one plate. Anything that detracts from the main event – the sushi – should be removed or reorganised.

7. Bear in mind that the sushi itself is a work of art, and it needs to be treated as such. Try to arrange your plates with only 1 or 2 rolls each, and include just a little wasabi and ginger to garnish. Very simple and elegant.

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.

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