Vote for Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards

Cast your vote for Constance Halaveli in this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

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You can vote at any time until 26 July 2013.

At Halaveli we imbue everything we do with a spirit of luxury from our sumptuous spa floating above the lagoon using world-class products from Valmont and Ila Organics, to our elegant spacious accommodation and deluxe dining.

Guests can also enjoy a range of facilities and activities including romantic excursions to deserted islands, boat and fishing trips, water sports and of course diving in the stunning waters of the North Ari Atoll. 

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Sea creatures of the Maldives: the Pyramid Butterflyfish

Marine biologist Robin Aieilo shares her insight about the sea creatures of the Maldives and the beautiful Pyramid Butterflyfish found in the calm water around Constance Halaveli.

Butterflyfish in the Indian Ocean

The varied fish in the reefs around Halaveli

I can’t believe it has been over a month since I left Halaveli Resort – I had such a fantastic time and cannot wait until I return in the near future.

Arctic Adventure

But before I come back to the resort I have another exciting adventure – 3 months sailing above the Arctic Circle. I will be onboard a small Expedition Cruiseship working as a marine biologist lecturer and zodiac driver (you know those small black rubber boats). We are exploring around Svalbard, Norway for over amonth then making our way across the Atlantic to Iceland, Greenland and then into Hudson Bay.

This will be my fifth season up there – for me, it is a little like coming home for a visit every year. So stay tuned – I will be writing monthly blogs from the Arctic and sharing my experiences with polar bears, whales, walrus and the northern lights.

Ongoing Marine Life Blogs

But my heart remains in the Maldives… There are just so many fascinating animals to tell you about. This month, it’s the turn of the Pyramid Butterflyfish.

Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys polylepis)

When you get into the waters on any of the reefs around Halaveli Island, the first thing that catches your eye is colour – splashes of blue, yellow, white, orange, black. Fish of every shape and size darting around you – sometimes so quickly that you only see a flash of colour, then the tail as it disappears into the reef.

Sometimes it is almost overwhelming – where should you look first?

Butterflyfish in the reefs around Halaveli

A Butterflyfish in the Indian Ocean

Beautiful Butterflyfish

One of my favourite fish of all is the butterflyfish. They are aptly named because they are small, colourful and ‘flit’ around the reef. There are 32 species in the Maldives and as a group, they are relatively easy to identify.

They are hand-sized, laterally compressed (discus-shaped), swim in pairs (they mate for life, which can be about 25 to 30 years), and generally cruise along close to the reef as they feed by nipping off coral polyps and grabbing tiny invertebrates.

Their shape is perfect for quick maneuvering – they can turn and dash off in milliseconds – and for tucking into little nooks and crannies in search of food.

Almost all butterflyfish (there are, of course, exceptions) are white and yellow with black stripes. They are certainly striking, and hard to miss. Most of them have two key deceptive features – black eye-stripes that hide their real eyes, and what we call ‘false eyespots’ near their tails. The theory behind these eyespots is that they confuse predators into thinking the fish is moving in the opposite direction, making it harder to attack.

The Black Sheep of the Family

But, as with all families, there is one that is the ‘black sheep’ – the one that behaves and looks a little bit different. In this case, it is the Pyramid Butterflyfish.

Instead of cruising near the reef in pairs, these colourful fish form massive groups, or schools, just off the edge of the reef. They can form groups of many hundreds of fish, forming a beautiful shifting curtain of black, yellow and white.

Butterflyfish

A school of Butterflyfish

Planktivores

This species does not feed on reef invertebrates like the other butterflyfish, but is a planktivore – eating zooplankton (small animals that float in the water). So, for them, it is better to hang out in the open water where there is more current and more plankton.

The other difference is that this species does not have the typical black stripes of other butterfly species. Instead, they have a large triangular shaped white patch on either side. Young fish have lighter coloured heads, and they darken as they mature.

At dusk, this large school of fish disperses – each individual fish wanders off over the reef looking for a small hole to use as a hiding place for the night while they sleep. Just before entering the hole they change colour – the bright white patch fades away and turns dark, making them less visible to nocturnal hunters such as sharks and moray eels.

How Pyramid Butterfly fish communicate

Scientists have only recently discovered that just before they head off to find their nighttime refuge, and only at this time, they communicate with one another. How? By sound! Yes…many fish are able to make sounds by using their air bladders and the muscles that surround it like a drum. So the next time you do a dusk dive or snorkel, listen carefully to these beautiful little Pyramid Butterflyfish.

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Constance Halaveli awarded by Trip Advisor

Constance Halaveli is extremely proud to have been awarded a Trip Advisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

It is a particular honour to receive this award because it is only given to hotels that consistently earn high ratings from Trip Advisor travellers, and so reflects excellent feedback from our guests.

By awarding the Certificate of Excellence, Trip Advisor has put Halaveli in its prestigious top-performing 10 per cent of all businesses worldwide.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our guests for taking the time to share their experience of Constance Halaveli, and for being part of our success.

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Condé Nast Traveller names Constance Halaveli in The Spa Guide 2013

Condé Nast Traveller has named Constance Halaveli as one of the best spas in the world, in their latest Spa Guide 2013.

Spa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa at Halaveli

Just published, The Spa Guide names the crème de la crème of spas around the world. Halaveli, with its Valmont and Ila Spa, is listed as one the most sought-after spas for anti-ageing set against an idyllic island backdrop. ‘It’s as decadent as you want it to be, but the real indulgence is just stopping and letting go.’

Of the spa, they write:

‘Thrillingly, through the face hole of the massage bed, you can watch violet, jade-green and sunshine-yellow reef fish swim below you until the Balinese therapist’s hands send you into shut-eyed oblivion.’

The latest June edition of Condé Nast Traveller is on sale now, and includes The Spa Guide 2013.

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Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013

We’re so proud of the unique elegance and luxury we’ve created at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, that this year we’re entering the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we’ve woven luxury into the fabric of everything we do. Nature, admittedly, gave us a helping hand to create the perfect backdrop with a tranquil lagoon of turquoise waters lapping against crystal white sand beaches.

So we enhanced the beauty, with a jetty off which you’ll discover secluded water villas, a tranquil sequestered spa, and peaceful restaurants and bars in intimate settings.

Luxury accommodation

With a range of luxury accommodation including romantic water villas, large family beach villas and an expansive 5 star presidential villa, Halaveli has a deluxe offering for every kind of holiday.

Diving features high on many people’s wish list when they come to Halaveli, and the spa that offers prestigious Valmont and Ila treatments is a major draw.

Voting in World Luxury Hotels Awards 2013

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Luxury Water Villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Voting for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 – described as ‘the pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels and spas worldwide’ – opens in June.

Watch this space, and we’ll let you know when you can cast your vote for the luxurious island idyll of Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

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A Luxury Travel Blog voted Halaveli in its top 3 luxury resorts in the Maldives

Ultimate luxury Indian Ocean hotels

For those special occasions when only the most exclusive holiday retreat will do, experience the essence of luxury at our three Ultimate Hotels.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Our Ultimate Hotels are set in three idyllic Indian Ocean locations:

Here, you can live life to the max in an entirely different way.

Each hotel offers style, space and an initmate mood for when you’re looking for a bolthole to rest awhile from the adrenalin-fuelled pace of daily life.

In recognition of the luxury offered at each of these hotels, they were invited to join the ranks of the largest luxury hotel consortium, Leading Hotels of the World.

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Enjoy nights of perfect sleep on Egyptian cotton sheets with your choice of pillow to ensure your ultimate comfort.
  • Indulge yourself with the latest treatments using only the best natural ingredients at one of the exclusive Spa de Constance with acclaimed skincare partners including Shiseido, Valmont and Sisley.
  • Savour the very best in fine dining from chef’s trained by some of the world’s leading, Michelin-starred chefs and enjoy wine from first class sommeliers with wine cellars to rival some of the best in Europe.
  • Enticing choice of sports and adrenalin fuelled activities including diving, yoga, tennis, sailing and golf.
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Luxury golf at Lemuria

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Visit our website to find out more about each of our Ultimate Hotels – Constance Hotels & Resorts

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