Great progress with reefscaping at Constance Halaveli Resort

Coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli

Purple tips of the new coral regrowth

Back in November 2011, our team of experts at Constance Halaveli Resort launched a reefscaping programme that aims to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the Maldives’ resort, and help repair the damage caused by the 2004 Tsunami in 2004.

Since we launched the metal cage structure into the lagoon, there has been significant growth. The purple tips of the coral are a sign that the coral is growing a very rapid rate. Great news!

The next step in the project is a delicate and very important one. Once the coral has reached a healthy size it will be removed from the metal frame and planted in the sea bed within a marked area. 

Coral growing at Constance Halaveli Resort

Great progress as the coral starts to grow

The coral will then be monitored regularly to see how it adapts to being placed back in the natural environment.

We’ll keep you posted on progress.

We’d love to hear what you think about the project – you can leave a comment on the blog below, or post to our Constance Facebook page or Twitter.

Recipe: Paella from Constance Halaveli Resort

If you’re looking for a tasty dish to refresh your tastebuds after the festive season, try this delicious paella from the kitchens of our Constance Halaveli Resort.

Jahaz restaurant

Jahaz restaurant

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • ½ litre fish stock
  • ½ litre chicken stock
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups short grain rice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Pinch saffron
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 12 fresh mussels in shell, cleaned
  • 12 fresh clams in the  shell, cleaned
  • 3 fresh calamari tubes, cut into rings
  • 12 large prawns, shelled and deveined
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 4 tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup black olives, stones removed
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 6 lemons

1. Heat the 2 stocks together and keep warm
2. Heat the olive oil in a paella pan (or large non-stick saucepan) on low heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft.
3. Add the rice and cook for 2 minutes until opaque. Add the bay leaves, saffron and wine. Continue to stir until the wine is reduced by half. Add the hot stock one ladle at a time, stirring occasionally. Allow the stock to reduce before adding more.
4. When the rice is ¾ cooked (about 8–10 minutes) add the mussels and clams. After 2 minutes add the other seafood and the chicken, and cook until the chicken and fish are cooked and tender.
5. Remove the heat and bay leaves. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Fold in the butter and olives.
6. To serve: sprinkle with the parsley and hard-boiled eggs cut into wedges. Squeeze a couple of lemons over the top and garnish with the remaining lemons cut in quarters.

Do you have a favourite dish from your Constance holiday?

Every Friday we publish one of our delicious recipes from the Constance kitchens. If you’ve got a favourite dish from your holiday with Constance, let us know and we’ll publish the recipe here. You can comment on the blog below or post a message on our Constance Facebook page.

Recipe: 2012 CJ Cocktail

Celebrate the New Year with this cocktail from our barman C.J – Chrisjan Bartolata – at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.  

2012 C.J. Cocktail

2012 C.J. Cocktail

This delicious cocktail balances bitterness and spiciness – perfect for a party on New Year’s Eve.

Ingredients

  • 4cl Vodka
  • 2cl Crème de Cassis
  • 1cl Calvados
  • 1cl Lime Juice
  • Dash of Grapefruit bitter
  • 1 slice of Pineapple Fruit
  • 1 slice of ginger
  • 2 cl of Champagne Delamotte
  • Ice

What you need:

  • 1 shaker
  • 1 Martini Glass
  • 1 Strainer

1. Crush the pineapple fruit and the ginger together.
2. Add all the ingredients to the shaker with the crushed pineapple and ginger (except the champagne).
3. Add ice to the shaker.
4. Shake well and pour the cocktail through the strainer, into a martini glass. Top up with the champagne.
5. Garnish with stick of pineapple.

Do you have any great cocktail recipes you can share with us? You can post them to the blog below, or to our Constance Facebook page.

Happy New Year everyone!

New Year's Eve at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Beach at Constance Halaveli Resort

Paradise at Halaveli

The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on Jahaz beach is the biggest event of the year at Constance Halaveli Resort.

Our chefs go all out to prepare the most delicious dishes imaginable, made from fresh produce and the finest ingredients brought from across the world.

Our culinary team cooks and prepares the food right there on the beach, so you can dine under the stars amidst a wonderfully convivial atmosphere.

Some of the highlights this year include:

  • 8 different varieties of seafood – Maldivian Lobster, King Prawns, Alaskan King Crab, Oysters, Sri-Lankan Mud Crabs, Scampi, Norwegian Scallops, Mussels
  • 30 different Extra Virgin Olive Oils
  • 10 different Balsamic Vinegars
  • 8 different types of Olives
  • 10 different Salts from 6 different countries of origin
  • Shawarama
  • Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi
  • Australian Lamb on a spit

    Beach buffet at Constance Halaveli Resort

    Beach dining at Halaveli

We’ll be offering the seafood smoked over New Zealand manuka wood chips.

Manuka is a bush that’s native to New Zealand. It’s most commonly found in New Zealand honey products and has many health benefits. By using the manuka woodchips as a smoking agent, it adds a soft smoky, almost sweet taste to the flesh of what is being smoked.

We’ll also be firing up our charcoal BBQ’s, and two Halaveli Tandoori Ovens.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli Resort:

And if you’re lucky enough to be at Constance Halaveli on New Year’s Eve, we’d love to see your photos. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet @constancehotels.

Special offer: kids stay free at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Double storey villa at Constance Halaveli Resort

Double storey villa at Halaveli

Don’t miss out on this great summer 2012 offer at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

From 21 June-31 October 2012, one child under 12 years stays free when sharing their parents’ room.

Offer is valid in single or double Water Villa, Beach Villa or Double Storey Beach Villa.

Package includes

  • Daily breakfast for children

To find out more, including terms and conditions, visit the online booking section of the Constance Halaveli Resort website.

And don’t miss our article about the new beautiful family beach villas at Constance Halaveli.

 

Interview: The Guittet family – on holiday with Constance

Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience
Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience

Aurélien Guittet is a Captain for a European flagcarrier. He is married to Anouk, a lawyer, who is currently a full time mum. They have 2  children – Alexandre, 4 years old and Chloé, 2 years old. They live in Luxembourg, Europe.

Here they share their experience of family holidays with Constance Hotels.

1. Tell us what your family loves most about going on holiday with Constance Hotels Experience.

We discovered Constance 11 years ago. The first resort we went to was Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius. That was such a great time!

The resort itself was like a little paradise. The restaurants were great and on top of it all, the staff make you feel at home, giving very personalised service and a lot of attention. Since that first experience, we only stay at Constance Hotels when we travel to the Indian Ocean.

2. What do your children look forward to the most about the holidays? And you and your wife?

Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles
Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles

Our kids are still very young but we agreed early on that we wanted to share our holidays with them.

Our friends and family thought we were crazy to take such small kids so far away from their home. But one of our favourite quotes from Mark Twain says it all:

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

So every time we have the opportunity, we take our kids along for the holidays. What they look forward to is to spend time with us, discover new things, enjoy sunny weather, and the beach and pools.

For us it’s about the same. But our main goal when we come to Constance is to enjoy wonderful places, have the feeling of living something exclusive and let ourselves be pampered by the very professional staff.

3. How do you and your wife get the opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, when you’re travelling with two young children?

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Well, it’s a question of organisation. Most of the time, when we go to the beach or to the pool, we take them along. But when we want to enjoy a special moment like relaxing at the spa, snorkelling or sailing, we take them to the kids club.

4. Tell us about the different resorts you’ve visited. Do you have a favourite, and why?

As said, our first visit to Constance was at Le Prince Maurice. The second visit was at Constance Lemuria. That stay proved to us that Constance was really the kind of resort we wanted for our holidays because of the location in a small paradise, because of the great service, food, and the impression that every guest is treated like an individual person.

So a few holidays later, we went back to Le Prince Maurice and got engaged there one evening, having a cup of champagne close to the pool with a musician playing flute in the background…

We returned to Le Prince Maurice to celebrate our 10 years together and that was our last trip without our kids.

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe on the beach

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe in the Seychelles

The first resort we visited with the kids was Constance Ephelia. We were a bit sceptical when we booked, as this resort was much bigger than the ones we visited before, and we were wondering how our kids would behave in such a place. But the experience was just fantastic.

Our last visit was to Constance Halaveli Resort in theMaldives. There, we also had a great experience.

Our favourite remains Le Prince Maurice due to the sentimental value it holds for us, and Ephelia is in our opinion the best for kids.

But we must say that in any Constance resort, the architecture and lighting are absolutely beautiful and well designed, making it a very peaceful place.

5. Have you stayed in different types of accommodation? If so, which type has suited you the most as a family?

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

All the suites we have had were really big and it is no problem to share it with the kids. The best was the water villa at Halaveli – very spacious, state of the art equipment, very quiet, breathtaking view and again, the impression of being alone.

6. Do your children enjoy the special kids’ activities that are on offer?

Yes they do! As said before, we sometimes leave them there when we want to do activities that are not suitable for them. They like to play with other kids, use the facilities (games, swimming pools) and they get on very well with the friendly and professional staff from the kids club.

7. Is the food at Constance ‘family friendly’?

Guittet family dining at Constance Hotels Experience

Guittet family dining at Constance

For us, being French, food and wine is of great importance during our holidays.

At Constance, this is just fabulous. Eating at the restaurant is a real pleasure when you can taste high quality products prepared with passion, with the perfect matched wine.

In every Constance hotel we have been, there was always a great choice of restaurants. At the beginning with the kids, we were afraid that they would find the time at the table long and disturb the other guests, but they behaved really well, and the staff are so friendly that it really makes you feel at home.

I was so pleased to discover the wine menu at Halaveli, and to visit their great wine cellar with the chief sommelier. Amazing wine list, especially when you remember that you’re on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean!

We also love to order breakfast for delivery in our room. Being a family and having breakfast on your terrace with your kids, watching the endless ocean and observing the fish hunting is priceless.

8. Would you share some highlights from your family holidays with Constance?

Our kids are very lucky. By travelling with us, they have already seen different cultures, different people, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

They have fed sharks and rays, played with giant turtles, learned to swim in the nicest places and the nicest pools. They came with us deep sea fishing, tried kayaking and had a go in a paddle boat. What else can you dream of to develop their curiosity?

And when they get tired, put them on the bed – the in-room video on demand system has many cartoons that they will enjoy…

9. Do you have any tips for travelling with young children that you’d like to share with other Constance fans?

For the flights, night flights are great as the kids can sleep during travel.

The only ‘enemy’ will be the sun, never let them out without sun protection…