Three Constance hotels named Leading Hotels of the World

Exclusive luxury hotels consortium, Leading Hotels of the World, has chosen three Constance hotels to join its prestigious ranks.

From 15 January Constance Halaveli, Constance Lémuria and Constance Le Prince Maurice will carry the accreditation of Leading Hotels of the World.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Belonging to the group is a mark that your hotel is one of the most exclusive and high functioning luxury destinations in the world.

Established in 1928,  the group today consists of 430 luxury hotels, resorts and spas across more than 80 countries.

CEO of Constance Hotels and Resorts, Jean-Jacques Vallet, said:

‘We are delighted that three of our hotels have been accredited Leading Hotels of the World. Becoming a member of this organization is a real honour and is the result of excellence, quality and team work.’

The performance of each member is evaluated every 18 months based on a strict criteria examining 1200 different elements. Of the 1000 requests for membership received each year, only 20 hotels receive the title. Selection rests on the group’s belief that the strength of each hotel resides in its capacity to distinguish itself.

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Halaveli, Constance Lémuria and Constance Le Prince Maurice

Find out more about Leading Hotels of the World

And find out why Affluent Magazine recommends readers check out the Leading Hotels of the World

Wreck diving in the Maldives

Join TGI Dive Instructor, Natalie Skipworth, as she shares the unique adventure and exhilaration of a wreck dive at Constance Halaveli.

Wreck diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Natalie Skipworth wreck diving at Halaveli, photo by Marco Care

Stepping on the dhoni, a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretch out before me.

The sky is blue and cloudless and although it’s only a short ride to the dive site, and I’m eager to enter the water, I almost wish the journey wouldn’t end.

Arriving at the wreck

All too soon we arrive and my instructor tells me it’s time to get ready. She jumps in to check the speed and direction of the current, and surfaces with a smile, telling us the visibility is amazing and the fish are keen to see us.

We grin like idiots as we gear up and look each other over, strapping on computers, checking weight belts and air gauges, making sure nothing will ruin this perfect afternoon.

Entering the water

The first breath underwater is like coming home for me. As we swim down and across, following the guide, the wreck looms into view. It should be threatening, sinister even, but this wreck has been put here deliberately, sunk by the dive centre specifically for divers to enjoy.

What you can expect to see

The abundance of life is incredible in such a short stretch, and within the first 10 minutes we’ve spotted white tip reef sharks, stingrays, a napoleon wrasse, and even a turtle or two.

This wreck is slightly deeper than most and the first person reaches their air supply reserve within 30 minutes. The guide signals us to do a safety stop and inflates her surface marker buoy.

Blowing bubble rings through her regulator to pass the time she points out fish of every colour on the teeming reef.

We drift along for 3 minutes, almost blinded by the reds, yellows, oranges, blues and greens of the sealife, and surface together close to the dhoni. One of the many advantages to diving in the Maldives is that the boat follows you.

Handing up our equipment with the help of the instructor, we climb the ladder back onto the boat, tired but happy.

Find out more

Read more about Constance Halaveli on our website or catch up on other articles of interest on our blog:

The Huffington Post on Constance Moofushi and Halaveli

Spa Spy, Lisa Stokes, escapes to the Maldives to discover the magic of Constance Moofushi and Halaveli.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Featured in The Huffington Post, Stokes writes:

“I glance down to the sign at my feet. ‘No shoes, no news beyond this point’. I’d arrived in paradise and it was way better than the brochure.

In the coming week I would discover hidden corals with fantasias of tropical fish, turtles and stingrays. Gaze idly at white sand, turquoise waters, incredible sunsets and rainbows. Oh, and experience my first spa treatment whilst watching a shark…”

Read more about Spa Spy: Escape to Paradise – The Maldives, in The Huffington Post blog.

And find out why A Luxury Travel Blog names Moofushi and Halaveli top luxury resorts.

Visit our website to get the lowdown and check booking availability at Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli.

 

Plan your escape to the sun

With the new year just around the corner, take some time out to start dreaming up your next holiday in the sun.

To get you in the mood, here’s the beautiful beach at Constance Halaveli, Maldives. Visit our website to find out more about luxury holidays in the Indian Ocean.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

South African fine wines at Constance Halaveli

Head sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Cedric Jacob, shares his top picks for South African wines and reveals which wines have made it onto the wine list at the resort.

Cedric Jacob, Wine Sommelier at Constance Halaveli

Cedric Jacob, Sommelier at Halaveli

Fine South African wines we’re currently serving at Halaveli are:

And soon we’ll be adding:

  • Lammershoek – La Roulette Blanche, Chenin Blanc
  • David – Aristagos, Grenache Noir

And the best way to drink them…

These wines combined with our Chef’s selection of cheeses and cold cuts in Jing and Jahaz wine cellars is a must-do experience at Halaveli.

Wines from Swartland region

Cedric, and Constance corporate sommelier Jerome Fauré, discovered new wines at an exhibition of the latest up and coming South African vintages in Cape Town.

Cedric’s other top recommendations from the Cape Wine 2012 event are:

South Africa, wine region

South Africa, wine region

He was most impressed by wines from the Swartland region. The wines from the region Swartland really stood out because of the hard work that goes into making the wine. Wine makers from this region seek to produce wines that reflect the South African Terroir starting by analyzing the soils and subsoil, the climate or even micro climate, and identify which grapes will be the most suitable for the place they are.

Find out more about South African wines from the South African Wine Information website.

Wondering which wines to buy this Christmas?

Read Jamie Goode’s online wine magazine, Wine Anorak for insights, tips and advice on what to buy this festive season.

Michelin star Chef Walter Ferretto visits Halaveli

Guests at Constance Halaveli were recently treated to a visit from the Italian Michelin star chef Walter Ferretto.

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

The world renowned chef took time out from cooking at his exclusive Il Cascinalenuovo restaurant in Piedmont, Italy to create a breath-taking culinary wine dinner and an Italian themed buffet night at Halaveli’s Jahaz restaurant.

At the wine dinner Chef Ferretto paired the finest Piedmont ingredients with some of Italy’s most exciting wines. The result was a gastronomic event which had guests literally gasping with excitement as each elegantly sophisticated dish was revealed.

The Piedmont region is famous for its exquisite truffles and it was around this delicious delicacy that Chef Ferretto created his unique menu for Halaveli guests.

Highlights included:

  • An amuse bouche of egg with black truffle – matched with a Veneto Prosecco, Balan Extra Dry, NV
  • Ferretto’s signature dish of white onion with truffles – matched with a Veneto Chardonnay, Il Calto delle Fate, Il Filo delle Vigne, 2007
Roulade of grass-fed veal by Chef Walter Ferretto

Roulade of grass-fed veal

  • Tagliolini and white truffles – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2010
  • A roulade of grass-fed veal served with baby vegetables in a truffle jus – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2006
  • A Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle – matched with a Cesare, Le Salette, 2006

At both the wine menu dinner and the Italian buffet the Italian chef shared his passion for food, meeting guests after the meal to share his love for food with them.

Highlights of the buffet menu included handmade pasta, gnocchi, aubergine and mint stuffed lamb roulade, whole roasted grass-fed veal racks, Italian cheeses, Serrano ham and salami with black summer truffles.

To find out more about Walter Ferretto and try your hand at some of his famous recipes visit the Il Cascinalenuovo website or find out more about holidays at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Enjoy these photos from Chef Walter Ferretto’s visit to Halaveli:

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto

 

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

 

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives