Meeru – The Barefoot Grill at Constance Halaveli Resort

In the first of our series on the restaurants that make the Constance culinary experience so special, we lift the lid on the beautiful Meeru Barefoot Grill at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Meeru beach bbq at Constance Halaveli Resort

Meeru beach bbq

Situated right on the beach, Meeru is a casual al fresco BBQ restaurant. With just 10 tables set for 2 people at each, this is an intimate spot where you can kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and dine by tiki torchlight.

Our house specialities

Specialities here are the finest quality cuts of Australian meat and fresh seafood cooked to your liking. Other signature dishes include our special homemade chilli tomato jam and the Meeru salsa. We also serve the best garlic bread in the Indian Ocean, made on a baby baguette with homemade garlic butter and a blend of 3 cheeses.

The menu is displayed on boards, where guests get to tick the items they want to build their own dish.

Weekly specials

Prepared under the masterful eye of Executive Chef Glen Cooper, Meeru weekly specials include:

Tandoor oven at Constance Halaveli

Tandoor oven at Halaveli

The Halaveli Tandoor

Built by our engineering department, the Halaveli tandoor oven is the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean. This cooking method preserves the flavour of the ingredients and ensures a perfect texture – crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.

Charcoal BBQ

Choose from a wide selection of top quality Australian meat including ostrich, lamb, Wagyu beef, Black Angus, venison, corn fed chicken, and for the more adventurous there’s kangaroo and crocodile.

Lobster night

Lobster and fresh whole fish are brought to Halaveli by local fisherman on a traditional Maldivian boat, the dhoni, just 1 hour before dinner service begins. Pick your own lobster and our chef will prepare it to your liking.

Wine list

Our sommelier Cedric Jacob oversees a wine list that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the wine world. Constance Halaveli houses one of the largest stocked wine collections in the Maldives, which we are continuously expanding to include some of most exclusive and obscure vineyards in the world. On the menu you’ll find our wine collection totalling 18,000 bottles of wine from 920 different varieties, housed in our 2 cellars at the Jahaz and Jing restaurants.

Sea creatures at Constance Halaveli Resort

Continuing our series this week on underwater creatures in the Maldives, here’s a peek at the watery world of Constance Halaveli.

Turtle at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Turtle at Halaveli

Dive locations close to Halaveli have been included in lists of the World’s Best Dive Sites.

Diving here is superb for both beginners and advanced divers.

At Halaveli, it’s all about choice:  diving 12 months of the year, easy access to dive sites, amazing visibility and an abundance of sealife.

Enjoy these beautiful photos from our dive masters at Halaveli. 

And if you have any underwater photos, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

 

 

Maldivian clown fish

Maldivian clown fish

 

Black cheek moray eel

Black cheek moray eel

 

 

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

Honeymoons at Constance hotels

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve brought you some honeymoon stories from our Constance community. Thank you to everyone for taking part.

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and I went to school together and reconnected 12 years later by chance at a mutual friends party. The rest is history!

We went to the magical Constance Halaveli in theMaldivesfor our honeymoon in April 2011.

Some of the things we loved the most about our honeymoon were snorkelling around our water villa every day, and sitting on the beach at Jahaz bar watching the sun set every afternoon while sampling all the delicious cocktails made by CJ the barman.

Every morning, we would wake up to a beautiful sunrise across theIndian Ocean, sitting on our deck and drinking coffee. We would sit for hours taking in the beauty of theMaldives. The water villas are extremely spacious and contained all the necessary amenities, plus they are so private we felt as if we were the only ones there.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Chris and Monique Rankine

Chris and Monique Rankine

Make sure you pick the right hotel. You can go to a beautiful place like theMaldivesbut if you choose the wrong hotel you’ll be completely disappointed. TheMaldivesis exceptional and if you do go, you must stay in a water villa. You seldom get the opportunity to wake up to the sound of the ocean beneath you and walk straight out of your villa and into the ocean.

To us, Constance Halaveli had the most beautiful water villa and we would highly recommend this resort to anyone. The restaurants are top class, the staff go out of their  way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The villas have everything you need, you don’t have to leave your villa if you don’t want to.

And lastly, take a tripod with you – it’s fantastic for randomly taking photos and capturing special moments together.

 

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

Conny and Michael Buchner

We met each other at university. In October 2011, we went to Constance Moofushi on our honeymoon.

One of the most fun things we did was a sunset tour with a Dhoni. We have very special memories of our whole trip to Moofushi. The beaches are wonderful and the people who work there are so nice and friendly.

Our top tip for honeymooners: Enjoy your time together! And if you go to theMaldives, do as much snorkelling as you can – it is so much fun.

 

 

Mr Dmitry and Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

Mr Dmitry & Mrs Natalia Pshikov

We met each other at University 12 years ago.

We went on our honeymoon to Constance Moofushi in December 2011. We had our official wedding inRussiathe day before we left, but we also had a wedding ceremony at Moofushi. It was something special and only for us.

The thing we liked the most about Moofushi was the romantic atmosphere of the island. It was so lovely to lie on our villa’s terrace or on the beach, to enjoy the sounds of the sea and fresh air, to read books and drink wine.

We went snorkelling and diving where we saw sharks and small rays.  We also liked the spa very much. Special gratitude for DJ in Manta Bar. He made pictures of our wedding ceremony in secret and on the next evening he staged a slideshow with music for us and all guests at Manta Bar. It was a lovely surprise!

Our top tip for honeymooners:

If you’re looking for high quality all-inclusive service, an unforgettable wedding ceremony we really recommend Constance Moofushi. TheMaldivesis paradise on the earth.

 

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

Simon and Nicole Woodward

We met when I was serving in the British Military inGermanyand Nicole came to visit an old school friend, as her father had also been in the military.  Her best friend was the girlfriend of a friend of mine, so we were introduced.

We got married at Constance Lemuria in May 2007. One of the most fun things we did on our honeymoon was learn to play golf, it was hilarious.

We loved our wedding meal – we were staying in a pool villa, and our wedding meal was served in the sunken area in the middle of the pool. It was really quite special.  The staff also made us a special wedding cake, which was delicious.

Our top tip for honeymooners:

Our tip -  why stress about any of it… our wedding planner did everything while we relaxed and enjoyed our time there.

We’d love to hear from more of you

If you’ve been on honeymoon to one of ourConstanceresorts, we’d love to see your photos. You can post them onto the Constance Facebook page or tweet them using @constancehotels.

 

 

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.

Chinese New Year at Constance Halaveli

Fruit skewer palm tree

Fruit skewer palm tree

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

On the evening of 23 January, Constance Halaveli celebrated the Year of the Dragon for Chinese New Year – a very important holiday for our Chinese guests.

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The end of new year is celebrated on the 15th day with a nighttime Lantern Festival.

As the year of the Dragon unfolds, it promises to be one of excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity – all characteristics of the Dragon.

For travel, Dragons are often attracted by the bizarre. No self-respecting Dragon desires to walk in a tourist’s footsteps. Instead, they take a lot of pleasure in finding hidden destinations, or locations off the beaten track.

Dragons are also sentimental at heart, so taking a second honeymoon would bring immense pleasure too.

If you celebrated Chinese New Year at Constance Hotels, we’d love to see your photos. You can post them on the Constance Facebook page.