Constance Halaveli wins Luxury Island Resort 2013 at World Luxury Hotel Awards

Constance Halaveli has been named as the Global Winner of the Luxury Island Resort at the 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Constance Halaveli, winner of Luxury Island Resort 2013

Constance Halaveli, winner of Luxury Island Resort 2013

We are thrilled with this prestigious title because it is voted for by both industry experts and our guests. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us.

The award recognises hotels with world-class facilities, food, and excellent levels of service and management within the luxury hotel sector.

At Halaveli we are very proud of our team who work with dedication and enthusiasm to ensure our guests receive the highest level of service they have come to expect from a Constance hotel.

Halaveli – with its elegant charm and paradise location in the Maldives North Ari Atoll – is also part of The Leading Hotels of the World group.

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Top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now

Enjoy a holiday to the Maldives and take advantage of the archipelago’s glorious dry season.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

If beautiful sugar-white sand and crystal lagoons aren’t enough of a temptation, here are our top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now.

1. The best season for uninterrupted sunshine

From December to March the idyllic islands bathe in the sunshine of the North East Monsoon bringing with it low rainfall, low humidity and plenty of sun – weather which continues into the transitional month of April.

For those looking to escape the dull, cold greyness of a northern hemisphere winter the calm, crystal waters, consistent 30ºC temperature and 12 hours of daylight could be the perfect remedy.

2. Swim in beautiful warm waters

While the Maldives is undoubtedly a year-round destination the shift from the South West Monsoon in November brings with it gentle breezes and calmer waters making it the perfect time of year to enjoy water sports. From water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and pedal boating to swimming and snorkelling this time of year equals tranquil, clear waters to relax and play in.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

3. Dive in clear, calm waters with heightened visibility

The gentler winds and calmer waters mean that this is a time for outstanding visibility when diving. From November many glorious species pass through the eastern side of the Maldives including large numbers of whale sharks and grey reef sharks. December to April is Manta season in the Ari Atoll where both Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli are located. Join us at this time of year and swim with these elegant, beautiful giants as large schools migrate through our waters.

4. Big game fishing

During the winter season the Ari Atoll sees an increase in the number and size of pelagic species making it the perfect time to come and fish our waters. Thanks to the increased warmth and calmness of the ocean at this time of year we see more large yellowfin tuna and swordfish, among others, as well as the marlin and sailfish which are caught here all year round.

5. Festivals

Time your holiday to coincide with one of the many festivals celebrated at this time of year, and enjoy traditional feasts and festivities in Maldivian style.

• Hay Festival Maldives, 1 – 31 October
An offshoot of the famous English literary festival, the Hay Festival in the Maldives celebrates Maldivian culture and is a chance to discuss the challenges climate change creates for the archipelago.

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli

• Al’h'aa Eid Day, 6 November
Join in a day of celebration and feasting in most areas of the Maldives on this important religious holiday.

• Republic Day, 11 November
A celebration of the day the Maldives became a republic which usually includes local festivities including street parades, local food stalls, music and dancing.

• Fishermen’s Day, 10 December
Celebrate the important role of fishing in the Maldives with a day of feasting on the very freshest seafood including tuna, mackerel and may other locally caught delicacies.

Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Add a touch of ultimate luxury to your winter break with a stay at Halaveli with its water villas complete with private plunge pools and beach villas set on crystal white sand. Enjoy the very best of 5* dining at our selection of restaurants and pamper yourself in the Spa de Constance and Valmont spa.

Or kick off your shoes and enjoy the laid-back vibe and castaway chic of Moofushi. Drink cocktails on beanbags underneath the stars, dine with your loved one on your very own sandbank, watch movies on the beach and enjoy the sumptuous seclusion of your own water villa in this relaxed 5* resort.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi on our website.

Recipe: Tandoori marinade

This suggested tandoori marinade is a combination of lots of ingredients: chicken, lamb, fish, crustaceans, etc…

Halaveli's Tandoori marinade

Halaveli’s Tandoori marinade

The ideal is to use a traditional tandoori oven for cooking dishes marinated like this, but we still get a good result in a conventional oven, brought to a high temperature.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 5g cumin powder
  • 20g garam massala
  • 8g chili powder
  • 5g ground coriander
  • 4 tablespoons of whole yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1g orange food colourant
  • 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste
  • Salt/pepper

The cumin and coriander:

1. Heat the cumin and coriander seeds in a moderate oven until they are lightly browned and fragrant. Let it cool to room temperature.

2. Once cooled, crush the spices in a mortar with a pestle. You will get a fine powder. Store it.

The ginger and garlic paste:

1. This is a simple mixture of 50% fresh ginger and 50% garlic. Peel, crush and puree both of them.

Finishing

Mix the spice powder and the garlic and ginger paste. Season it with salt and pepper. Store it. Use this mixture to marinate the ingredients of your choice.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold dry white wine:

  • Alsace Grand Cru Muenchberg, Pinot gris, “A360P”, Domaine Ostertag, 2007 France
  • Bordeaux, Château Fombrauge, 2008 France

 

Martha Stewart Weddings celebrates honeymoon bliss at Halaveli

Leading American wedding magazine Martha Stewart Weddings has this month published details of Rakih Datta and George Mathew’s dream honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Weddings at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Weddings at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Rakhi said she sent details and photos from their honeymoon to the magazine and told them what ‘an amazing time’ they’d had describing it as, ‘blissful, sun-soaked and snorkel-happy.’

As well as pictures of the happy honeymooners the piece describes the luxury water villas with their own private plunge pools similar to the one the couple stayed in, the delicious food they’d enjoyed and a stunning excursion by fishing boat to snorkel on the Ellaidhoo Reef.

Download the digital edition of this month’s Martha Stewart Weddings

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World-renowned marine biologist at Halaveli

Discover the secrets of the deep, learn about mantas and whale sharks and then swim alongside them under the guidance of celebrated marine biologist Robin Aiello.

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Harvard graduate and shark and reef specialist, Robin Aiello is back at Constance Halaveli so guests can enjoy a fascinating range of guided dives, snorkel excursions, nature walks and lectures.

Winner of both EcoWarrior and Earth Ambassador Award and author of over 25 publications, Robin will share over 25-years experience studying the oceans of the world with Halaveli guests from now until 24 October 2013.

Treats for guests include:

  • Guided dives – including whale shark excursions
  • Snorkel excursions – swim with turtles and manta rays
  • Talks about local marine life – subjects include everything from crabs, starfish and urchins to whale sharks, octopus and squid
  • Guided island nature walks – see for yourself the geology which created our beautiful island, discover how early settlers survived here and meet some of the local inhabitants such as the ghost crabs
  • Kids’ Club – Robin will join the kids’ club for fun talks and marine discoveries

Throughout her stay at Halaveli, Robin will be happy to meet up and chat with guests about the fascinating marine life around Halaveli.

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore the stunning North Ari Atoll of the Maldives together with one of the world’s leading experts in her field.

For more information on availability at Halaveli, visit our website.

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Read some of Robin’s absorbing guest blogs from her last visit to Halaveli

New and Old World wines at Halaveli wine dinner

Constance Halaveli is inviting guests interested in wine to indulge in an exciting wine menu designed to compare and contrast wines from the New and Old World.

Wine dinner at Constance Halaveli

Wine dinner at Constance Halaveli

Held at Halaveli’s signature restaurant Jing on 18 September, wines will be paired with sumptuous fine-dining dishes to bring out the very best in both.

Working together with fine wine suppliers Gavin Davis and Bastien Gautheron of MMI Dubai, Jing has selected French and New Zealand wines which best express current trends in winemaking from both regions so that guests are able to make a direct comparison.

The wine menu for guests at Halaveli will include:

  • Saffron Macaroons with smoked salmon, black summer truffle and wild Iranian Caviar
  • Quail and foie gras sausage with horseradish, Madras curry and brioche
  • Caramelised king scallop, soba noodles, beetroot, enoki and dashi
  • Mango sorbet
  • Liberty duck ‘sous vide’, baby pack choy, carrot miso crème and koppert cress
  • Kaffir lime and ivory ganache, passion fruit panacotta and Valrhonna cacao pearls

Visit our website to read more about Constance Halaveli, Maldives