Top Burgundy winemaker visits Constance Halaveli

Head Sommelier, Florian David, introduced Constance Halaveli guests to the wines of Jean-Marc Lafont at a special wine dinner on 11 January.

Wine dinners at Constance

Wine dinners at Constance

Following in a family tradition that goes back many generations, Annick and Jean-Marc Lafont have been crafting exceptional, highly expressive Burgundy wines since 1985.

Set in the beautiful Ardières valley, Lafont has a deep respect for the environment with the steep slopes meaning that much of the care and harvesting of the grapes must be done by hand.

His winemaking method is also traditional with each terroir vinified in low capacity vats which he believes helps create wines that are consistent and true to type.

These elegant wines are then racked and matured slowly in oak to promote the distinctive flavours and aromas of each terroir.

Last weekend, Halaveli celebrated the wines of Jean-Marc Lafont with a wine dinner at the beautiful Jing restaurant, pairing them with a menu specially created by executive chef Jordi Vila.

Highlights of the dinner included:

  • Asian hot dog served with crush peanut and miso mayonnaise paired with Crémant de Bourgogne ‘Blanc de Blancs’
  • Reef fish ceviche with lime sponge, coriander crisps and apple confit paired with Pouilly-Fuissé 2012
  • Maldivian tuna with avocado, seaweed and grilled cucumber paired with Fleurie ‘Granits Roses’ 2012
  • Marinated duck breast with beetroot puree, parmesan polenta, raspberry cream and a red wine jus paired with Brouilly ‘Gorge de Loup’ 2011
  • Lemongrass panacotta with gulab jamun, cardamom, banana and lemon paired with ‘Les Galopines’ Viognier 2012

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Lux Traveller review says Halaveli is ‘absolutely perfect’

Luxury travel website Lux Traveller has described Constance Halaveli as a ‘true 6 star experience in the Maldives’.

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The double storey beach villa at Constance Halaveli

The review, written by Lux Traveller CEO Marina Noble, gives Halaveli a glowing score of 10/10 for service, rooms, spa, attention to detail, wow factor, location, generosity and value.

Noble also points out that all the villas at Halaveli come with their own pool, something which she says is, ‘quite rare in the Maldives and sets Halaveli above others’.

As well as the individual pools, Noble praises the luxurious, ‘no expense spared’ design of the villas and their technological features including Apple TV with a wide range of free movies, Nespresso coffee machine and iPod docks.

She goes on to say how impressed she was with the range of activities on offer at the hotel including snorkelling, excursions and the wellness-focused spa with its traditional and modern treatments.

Noble took her two young children to Halaveli and was struck by how child-friendly the hotel was, with everyone from the restaurant staff to the Constance Kids Club (which she describes as, ‘a great addition to an already child friendly resort) making them feel welcome.

Noble reserves her strongest praise for the staff at Halaveli, ‘The best service ever throughout the hotel.’

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BA High Life reveals 5 top dive sites in the Maldives

Discover five of the best dive sites in the Maldives on British Airways’ High Life website.

Top dive sites in the Maldives

Top dive sites in the Maldives

Journalist Ianthe Butt visited Constance Halaveli at the end of November, and explored the crystal clear waters around the north and south Ari Atolls with the dive team from TGI Maldives.

Highlights include diving with reef sharks at Hafsa Thila and manta rays at Madivaru Lagoon, both in the north Ari Atoll.

At Maamigili Kandu, in the south Ari Atoll, Butt writes:

‘Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, have to be on every diver’s wildlife bucket list…The currents and plankton-rich waters along the channel in this Marine Protected Area regularly attract these gentle giants.’

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Ultimate luxury hotels in Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles

Share in our passion for the very best from stunning Indian Ocean locations to warm attentive service and world-class food and wine.

Our Ultimate Hotels in Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Maldives offer it all.

Watch our video and discover more about Constance Le Prince Maurice, Lemuria and Halaveli.

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5 flavours of the Maldives

Over the years traditional Maldivian recipes have adopted influences from Europe and Asia to create a richly flavoured, warmly spiced culinary tradition.

Flavours of the Maldives - tuna curry

Flavours of the Maldives – tuna curry

Here are some of the key ingredients used in Maldivian cuisine and some mouth-watering recipes to inspire you.

Tuna

Tuna is a core ingredient of Maldivian cuisine prepared in a variety of ways including dried, fresh or even ground into a paste known as Rihaakuru and used as an ingredient in other dishes.

• Recipe with tuna: Maldives tuna curry

Curry powder

With its Asian influence curry is a one of the most common dishes in the Maldives, often featuring diced tuna and known locally as Mas Riha.

• Recipe with curry powder: Halaveli’s shrimp Laksa

Chilli

Giving Maldivian cuisine its heat are chillies used in many traditional dishes including the local grilled fish staple.

• Recipe with chilli: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

Coconut

The coconut is widely used in the Maldives in a variety of forms including grated, squeezed (for coconut milk) and pressed (for oil).

• Recipe with coconut: Coconut cake

Avocado

Thanks to the humid soil of the Maldives a wide range of exotic fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, grow easily here and have become key ingredients of the nation’s cuisine.

• Recipe with avocado: Constance Fish Ceviche Acapulco style

Maldivian flavours at Constance

This blend of European and Maldivian cuisine is at the heart of the menus at Constance Moofushi’s Manta and Alizée restaurants while a rich fusion of flavours is served up against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean at Constance Halaveli‘s romantic Jing restaurant. And if it’s a barefoot vibe you’re after, the fresh seafood cooked on the beach is the theme at Meeru’s beach grill.

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  • Find out more about the cuisine of the Maldives on the travel site Wandtheworld.

 

Sunday Times looks at rise in über-luxury holidays

The Sunday Times lists Constance Halaveli as being one of the destinations selected by the super-wealthy to enjoy a truly luxurious holiday.

Luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Enjoy luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Rise of the 100k+ holiday

In her piece for the newspaper’s travel section Susan d’Arcy explores the rise of the £100,000+ holiday and cites Halaveli as being one of the places where such lavish experiences are possible.

D’Arcy highlights reports by UK tour operators that the number of holidays in this price bracket have doubled in the last year because, she says, people want ‘something incredible. People want privacy and remote locations, smaller, boutique hotels and amazing places’.

Top luxury holidays at Halaveli

She gives the example of a private equity director and his family who took a very special diving holiday at Halaveli.

Sparing no expense the family stayed in the lavish Presidential Villa complete with its own fitness suite, spa treatment room, pool and secluded section of beach and a personal chef on hand to create delicious meals.

They then enjoyed our most exclusive dive experience including sole use of a yacht for 24 hours with its own personal chef creating sumptuous delicacies from the finest ingredients and an on board spa therapist for massages between dives.

Luxury holidays at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

What’s on offer at Halaveli

There is, of course, plenty to enjoy at Halaveli if your budget doesn’t run to £100,000.

If the Presidential Villa is a little bit more than you’re looking for then there are the beautiful, secluded water villas with their own infinity pools dotted along the island’s jetty, or beach villas of various sizes with private pools and gardens.

Enjoy the highlife with private in-villa dining or step out and enjoy elegant fine dining at our stunningly located Jing restaurant with its panoramic ocean views.

You don’t need your own yacht to enjoy the rich marine life of the North Ari Atoll with snorkelling equipment available to guests and a variety of mesmerising dives for all levels.

And at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

D’Arcy points out that for those who are looking for something a little less expensive Constance Moofushi nearby may not be ‘quite so plush, but still pretty’.

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