Ultimate luxury hotels in a super-league of their own

Experience luxury on a whole new level at our ultimate high-end hotels – Le Prince Maurice, Halaveli and Lémuria. Distinctive, indulgent and utterly more-ish, these gems offer a new take on luxury that make them hard to resist.

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Escape to the idyllic islands of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles and you’ll discover for yourself why the Leading Hotels of the World Group include our three Ultimate hotels in their exclusive club.

Presidential villas

If space and seclusion are high on your wish list – as well as your own garden, gym, jacuzzi, pool and office - then try one of our Presidential Villas or the Princely Suite at Le Prince Maurice.

Take a break with your family or friends and let our staff, including butler, look after all your holiday needs. Whether it’s a quiet dinner for two on the beach, a private excursion or just a PlayStation to keep the kids entertained, we’ve thought of just about everything. And if there’s something we haven’t anticipated – you just need to ask.

Sumptuous spas

Head to the tranquil environment of one of our spas, and discover the restful serenity of Spa de Constance. Indulge in the holistic properties of the best new and traditional treatments from around the world or put yourself in the gentle hands of skincare specialists Shiseido, Sisley, Valmont and Ila.

Isabelle Lamant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Isabelle Lamant, Le Prince Maurice

If you want to kick start a new health regime, or just refind that glorious self from yester-year, why not hire one of our personal trainers? They will create a fitness program specially for you, so you can take that sense of reinvigoration and focus back home with you. Renowned fitness guru, Isabelle Lamant is proving a huge hit at Le Prince Maurice, getting guests back on track and feeling better than they have in years.

Luxury on the greens

One of the world’s most beautiful golf courses is located at Lémuria, and one of life’s rare pleasures can be enjoyed here: a chilled glass of champagne overlooking the ocean and terraced greens at the 15th hole.

If you’re looking to up your game, then the two championship golf courses at Le Prince Maurice should help. Enjoy the deluxe golf experience including guidance from one of our pros at the Marc Farry Academy.

The ultimate in fine dining

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

No luxury holiday would be complete without a selection of gourmet fare. Enjoy the very best in modern haute-cuisine with a hint of island flare in our exclusive, fine-dining restaurants.

  • Jing at Halaveli
  • Legend at Lémuria
  • Le Barachois at Le Prince Maurice

Experience the finest wines from around the world under the guidance of our highly trained sommeliers. Wine lovers can even enjoy a guided tour of our extensive cellars and special tastings with the head sommelier.

Want to know more?

Take a look at our website to find out more about what’s on offer at our Ultimate hotels – Constance Hotels & Resorts

And catch up on another article you may have missed: Secluded hotels and resorts with passion

Diving and underwater adventures at Halaveli

Here’s the second installment from marine biologist Robin Aiello, with tales of her escapades and adventures underwater at Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Some of my best moments this week…

It has been another wonderful week at Halaveli Resort. I’m getting into the routine of diving most mornings, then maybe a snorkel, and every Monday and Thursday night I give a talk on the weird and wonderful marine creatures found here in the Maldives.

The weather has been absolutely perfect with bright sunny days and a slight breeze. As wonderful as the days are, it is the evenings that I really look forward to because of the sunsets. Since I have been here, every sunset has been different. Seriously, no two sunsets have been the same so far – one evening the sky will be lit a vivid orange, then another night the sky will be glimmering yellow, and yet another night the sky will be glowing a soft pink. Incredible!

I cannot describe the beauty of sitting on the beach at sunset with the shifting colours of the skies as a backdrop to the nightly frenzy of dive-bombing seabirds (terns) as they finish their evening feeding session – just perfect.

Diving conditions this week

Diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Diving at Halaveli

The TGI Dive Center has been very busy. This week has been full of great dives, snorkels and cruising excursions. The tides have been perfect, so in the mornings the visibility has been fantastic – we had about 30 metres this morning. And, the currents have also been good.

Current diving

I love current diving for one main reason – the fish life is extraordinary. The waters above the reef become packed full of all sorts of fish. A majority of the fish are the plankton feeders including small neon blue fusiliers, black surgeon fish, red-toothed trigger fish and unicorn fish, which, by the way, love to hover over your head playing in the bubbles.

They seem to get a real ‘kick’ out of the jacuzzi-like blasts of bubbles as we exhale. But there are also the less abundant, but eye-catching predatory fish, such as the giant trevallies (jacks), blue trevallies (jacks), dogtooth tuna, black snappers and, of course, the whitetip and grey reef sharks.

One memorable dive the other day was at a reef where the current was a good ‘medium – plus’ (according to our dive guide). We made our way along the reef to a spectacular look out point, where we hooked in with our reef hooks and looked out into the blue water ahead of us.

Baby whitetip reef sharks

White tip reef shark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

White tip reef shark, photo copyright Marco Care

There we were – the six divers flying like kites a few feet above the reef. Suddenly, to my left, a motion caught my eye – there was a very young (not more than a few months old) whitetip reef shark hovering right next to me, looking right at me. Just beyond was another one. They were so cute and perfect without a scratch or scar on them – perfect little sharks.

But the funny thing was that they obviously had not quite mastered the skill of swimming in such strong currents. For several minutes at a time they would be hovering just fine, barely moving their tail, but maintaining perfect position beside me. But then, the baby shark would start drifting closer and closer to me, until it was a mere few inches from my face.

Then, suddenly it seemed to realize that it was too close and would try to quickly maneuver away, but it didn’t quite have the skill to do it gracefully. Instead, it would tumble and get tossed by the current and become totally out-of-control -discombobulated – before regaining control, position and composure. It would then take up position next to me again and the whole sequence would start all over again. Hilarious!

Napoleon Wrasse

One of the dive’s highlights appeared without notice, slowly appearing out of the murky distance. The large shadow came closer and it was revealed to be a huge male Napoleon (or Humphead) Wrasse. He was magnificent – about 1.5m long and 1m deep. This dark green giant swam so easily against the current making it seem like there was no current at all. He simply drifted past in front of us and then off again into the distance.

Robin.

Find out more

Read Robin’s first instalment from Halaveli including Creature Feature #1: Redtooth Triggerfish

Read more about check booking availability on our website: Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Coming soon: Creature Feature #2: Starfish of the Maldives

Constance’s young star chefs at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

The very best young local chefs from Constance are set to battle it out this week for the accolade of winner of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013.

Culinary at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Dining at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Here’s a run down of who is appearing at this year’s festival in Mauritius.

Sasha Dinnoo – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

For Sasha Dinno of Le Prince Maurice being granted a place in this year’s Culinary Festival is a dream come true.

Beginning her career as a trainee at Le Prince Maurice, Sasha Dinnoo has literally grown up in the hotel’s exclusive kitchens, working her way up through their demanding ranks.

Known by her colleagues for her humility and passionate commitment to service excellence, she is excited about the opportunity to learn from the prestigious European chefs.

Elodie Oudeuil – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Belle Mare Plage Chef Elodie Oudeuil is passionate about all aspects of food from the excitement of working in a busy kitchen to cooking with quality fresh ingredients.

She is very proud to be competing in this year’s Culinary Festival, especially because she is representing Belle Mare Plage in the competition.

Oudeuil is known for her calmness in the kitchen combined with her excellent powers of organisation.

Shanifa Larue – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Belle Mare Plage hosts festival

The 19-year-old chef began her culinary career with Constance at Lémuria.

Larue has gone on to be recognised twice as employee of the month as well as being voted Star of Lémuria.

Very focused Larue never stops learning while she is in the kitchen.

Driven to progress in her career, she is eager to show her talents in the competition and contribute her own personal touch and knowledge of Seychelles cuisine.

Beguitta Ally – Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Beguitta Ally dreams of being the first female cook to win the Bernard Loiseau trophy.

Having trained in tourism she has always been passionate about cooking and it was that passion which brought her to Ephélia.

Her positive attitude, and her ability to listen and learn from advice is what has got her this far in the competition and she hopes she can go all the way.

Hem Pulami – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Pulami discovered his passion for food in his home country Nepal. Having worked in local restaurants he joined the kitchen of Hotel D, la Annapurna Casino Ann in Kathmandu.

Deciding to widen his experience Pulami joined the culinary team at Halaveli in 2009.

Starting as a commis chef in the resorts signature restaurant Jing he has recently been promoted to demi chef de partie in recognition of his hard work and dedication.

Sampath Mariyadasa – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Sampath, originally from Sri Lanka, is passionate about food and relishes the opportunity to work with the European chefs in order to learn as much as possible from them.

Constantly practising his culinary craft, Mariyadasa is creatively inspired to create new and exciting dishes.

His willingness to seize new opportunities at Moofushi has meant that he is always learning new techniques and he hopes to use these skills to win this year’s competition.

 

Photos of this year’s Island Chef contestants

Sasha Dinnoo

Sasha Dinnoo

 

Elodie Oudeuil

Elodie Oudeuil

 

Shanifa Larue

Shanifa Larue

 

Beguitta Ally

Beguitta Ally

 

Hem Pulami

Hem Pulami

 

Sampath Mariyadasa

Sampath Mariyadasa

Underwater tales from marine biologist at Halaveli

Robin Aiello, renowned marine biologist, is at Constance Halaveli this month. Enjoy tales of her underwater adventures and find out more about your dive buddies with the special creature features she’s writing for us during her stay.

Robin Aiello

Robin Aiello

Arriving at Halaveli

It is hard to believe that I have been on this wonderful island for a week already. Time is passing too quickly and tere is so much to do, and see, and explore.

I arrived last Sunday to the resort by seaplane – which in itself is a fabulous experience with wonderful views of the reefs and lagoons while enroute.

I’m staying in a Water Villa. It’s spectacular, and for me, living somewhere I can step out onto my deck and down a few stairs directly into the ocean for a snorkel is a dream come true.

Within the first few minutes of snorkelling from my deck I encountered a school of silver mullet fish hungrily feeding at the surface of the water, saw several baby blacktip reef sharks (only about 40cm long, so they were only a few days old), and spotted a manta ray passing by. Wow! What a start to my month on the island.

While I’m at Halaveli, I’ll be working with the TGI Dive Center guiding dives and snorkels and sharing all my expertise on coral reefs and the animals living there.

One of the things that has really impressed me is the diversity of the marine life on the reefs that we visit. There is just so much to see. During my stay, I’lll be writing a series of Creature Features in which I want to highlight some of the lesser well-known creatures that you can easily see while diving and snorkeling. I hope you enjoy the fun facts.

Creature Feature 1

Redtooth Triggerfish at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Redtooth Triggerfish at Halaveli

The Redtooth Triggerfish (Odonus niger)
Also known as Black Triggerfish or Niger Triggerfish

As soon as you put your head into the waters on any of the reefs here, you can see why people come back for diving over and over again to the Maldives. The ocean is full of marine life – in every imaginable shape and colour. It is like being inside a large aquarium.

All around you fish dart to and fro – some are very curious and even change direction to pass close to your mask and look you right in the eye.

Many people ask me which is my favourite fish, and to be honest, I cannot choose – they are each so beautiful and interesting in their own way. But there is one fish that I have developed a great fondness for since being here in Halaveli – the Redtooth Triggerfish. To me, these are incredibly endearing.

Their behaviour

These fish are schooling fish that feed on zooplankton floating in the water, so they form massive groups of hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals. They hang off the edge of the reef, forming a ‘halo’ around it.

All triggerfish are easily recognised by the way they swim – they undulate their ventral (top) fin and dorsal (bottom) fin from side to side, so it almost looks like flags flapping in the breeze. When there are hundreds of fish doing this all at once, the motion is mesmerising – like a fish ballet.

Although on first glance they do not look like this would be an effective way to swim, these fish are actually highly maneuverable. They flit around in the water column catching small zooplankton (small animals that float in the ocean). In fact, when you take a close look at these fish, you can see that their tiny little mouths are upturned, pointing upwards, which makes it easier for them to grab zooplankton floating by.

Recognising the Redtooth Triggerfish

Redtooth Triggerfish

Redtooth Triggerfish

The Redtooth Triggerfish is known by many names, including Niger or Black Triggerfish. Although they can reach up to 30cm long, they are generally much smaller – about the size of you hand.

Their colours vary greatly depending on the light conditions. When schooling in deep, blue waters they appear black, but in good sunlight you can see their true bright blue or teal green colouration. And, yes, when you get a close up look at the teeth, they are in fact a dark red colour (no one seems to know why they are red). Around the head they have delicate lines that create a beautiful facial tattoo. However, for me, the most beautiful part of these fish are their long lyre-shaped tails that wave in the currents.

The triggerfish spine

All triggerfish have a shared characteristic – a spine (the ‘trigger’) on their forehead. This is a special spine that they can erect and lock into place with a second spine – much like a trigger on a gun, hence the name ‘triggerfish’.

They use this unique feature in two ways. One is for defense against being eaten by predatory fish. Imagine a fish’s surprise if it tries to swallow a triggerfish and suddenly it gets spiked in their throat by the ‘trigger’ spine.

But the most important use of the ‘trigger’ spine is for tightly wedging themselves into coral crevices or small holes in the reef while they sleep (yes…reef fish DO sleep). To stay safe, these fish find their own personal hole or crevice in the reef to hide out in. The spaces are usually so narrow that the fish need to wiggle into them by turning sideways.

Once inside the hole (usually all you can see are thee tips of the tail sticking out) the triggerfish erect their ‘trigger’ spine to lock themselves in place. In this way, any predatory fish, like a reef shark who hunts sleeping fish, cannot grab and tug them out from their holes.

When the triggerfish are ready to leave the holes, they release the ‘trigger’, lower the spine and wiggle their way out – backwards! (Yes…these are one of the few fish that I have seen that can swim tail-first!

So the next time you are diving on one of the reefs around Halaveli, take a moment to observe these little triggerfish.

Catch up later in the week…

…with more of Robin’s Creature Feature specials or find out more about Robin’s work and her visit to Halaveli.

Recipes: Fresh detox juices

Give yourself a healthy boost with one of our power-packed juices.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Strawberry Blitz

Strawberries provide Vitamin C, manganese, fibre, folate and other nutrients are a powerful antioxidant.

  • 6 strawberries (120g)
  • ½ cup soy milk (125ml)
  • 1 tsp honey

1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and pour into glass.

Per serving
3.6g Total Fat (0.4g Saturated fat)
14.4g Carbohydrate
47kj (113 calories)
6.2g Protein
3.2g Fibre

Chard, Apple & Celery

We use green apples in this recipe but you can use the colour of your choice. Chard provides fibre, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate and other nutrients to your diet including antioxidants.

  • 1 trimmed chard leaf (80g)
  • 1 large apple (200g) cut in to wedges
  • Trimmed celery stalk (100g) chopped coarsely

1. Push ingredients through juice extractor into glass, stir to combine.

Per Serving
0.5g Total Fat (0g Saturated fat)
24.6g Carbohydrate
460kj (110 calories)
1.4g Protein
7.8g Fibre

Find out more

Take a look at more healthy breakfast juice recipes from Whole Living.

Visit our website to read more about Constance Halaveli.

 

 

 

Renowned marine biologist visits Halaveli

Next month, guests at Halaveli will have the opportunity to dive or snorkel with world famous marine biologist and reef conservationist Robin Aiello.

Robin Aiello

Robin Aiello

Robin will be visiting Halaveli from 3-31 March. Well known for her studies into marine animal adaptations and ecology, Harvard graduate and environmental management consultant Robin spends at least 8-10 months of the year on or in the ocean, between working on expedition ships in the arctic and Antarctic, and leading dive trips in the tropics.

Her previous expeditions have included diving with a wide variety of sharks – including Great Whites – to document their behaviour, living underwater for two weeks in a saturation chamber to study coral biology and observing jellyfish under an ice-shelf in Antarctica.

As part of her visit to Halaveli, Robin will run weekly events in order to share her expertise with our guests.

Events will include:

  • accompanied dive
  • accompanied snorkel
  • kids snorkel trip
  • presentation with slides
  • private dive or snorkel trips on request.
Coral reefscaping at Constance Halaveli

Robin’s visit coincides with our own reefscaping programme at Halaveli in which we are stimulating regrowth in the coral around the lagoon damaged by the tsunami of 2004.

During Robin’s trip to Halaveli, we’ll be posting regular updates, photos from under the ocean and more.

Find out more

Discover more about coral reef protection from the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Visit our website to read more about Constance Halaveli and check booking availability.