Giant gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

Christmas preparations are well under way at Constance Halaveli, and this year we’ve got a gigantic treat in store.

Gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

Gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

Our carpenters have taken on the enormous task of building the dream gingerbread house for our Culinary Team.

The shell of the house has been carefully crafted to provide a solid base for the weight of the specially made gingerbread. 

Watch this space

Every week we’ll provide a progress report on how the gingerbread house is shaping up before the big unveiling at Christmas. 

Don’t miss the other photos on our Constance Facebook page.

Send us photos of your gingerbread creations

Have you ever made a gingerbread house? Don’t be shy because we’d love to see photos of your creations. You can post your photos to the Constance Facebook page.

Name the sea creature: win perfume and wine

Win fragrance and wine with Constance.

Scuba diving off Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Scuba diving off Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

We need your help again to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures below. Come up with the best name (winners will be chosen by us, so be creative) and you could win.

You came up with brilliant names for the creatures in our first sea creature competition – we can’t wait to see the names this time round.

To enter, just comment on this blog post, or on our Twitter feed with the name or names for one or both of the below sea creatures.

Bonus: there’s a bonus sea creature to name on the Constance Hotels Facebook page – name this one and you can also win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine. Enter as many times as you like.

Competition closes on Friday 4 November at 5pm, so get creative. Read our competition Terms and Conditions.

1. Name the anemone fish and win Serge Lutens fragrance

Clark's anemone fish, Maldives

Clark's anemone fish, Maldives

2. Name the spotted unicorn fish and win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine

Male and female spotted unicorn fish

Male and female spotted unicorn fish

Good luck naming our sea creatures – remember, the names we deem most creative, funny or entertaining will win.

And if you’ve got any underwater photos from the Maldives, we’d love to see them – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook.

Don’t miss our article on snorkeling paradise – the Maldives.

Top 3 festivals in the Indian Ocean this October

 

Performer at Madajazzcar

Performer at Madajazzcar

Check out our pick of the best festivals taking place in the Indian Ocean right now.

Creole Festival, Seychelles

When: 23-30 Ocotber 2011
Where: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue Islands
What: The biggest cultural event of the Seychelles calendar, this 6-day long festival celebrates the traditions and culture of Creole life on the islands. It’s a riot of colour and music with floats, art fairs, dancing, food stalls and more.   
Stay: Constance Ephelia and Constance Lemuria

 

Madajazzcar, Madagascar

When: 3-15 October 2011
Where: Venues around the capital Antananarivo, and other towns on the island.
What: Renowned jazz festival that attracts local and international artists celebrating Malagasy music – Madajazzcar Facebook page and official Madajazzcar website.
Stay: Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

 

Hay Festival, Maldives

When: October/November 2012 (biennial)
Where: Male and Aarah, offering privileged public access to the Presidential Retreat Island.
What: Part of the stable of Hay Festivals, this biennial event launched in 2010 attracts big names to debate cultural, political and social issues of our time against a stunning tropical bacdrop.
Stay: Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi (book early to avoid disappointment).

 

 

Exciting new menu at Jing, Constance Halaveli

Jing restaurant

Fabulous setting at Jing

Awaken the senses with a tantalising new menu at Jing, our South East Asian restaurant at Constance Halaveli.

The new menu has been inspired by the fresh flavours from South East Asia coupled with modern day cooking techniques. Our chef will take you on an intrepid culinary journey of discovery.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on offer:

  • Waldoff Made Over –  a modern twist on a classic salad
  • Lobster Bisque – rock lobster croquette & warm artichoke salad
  • Asian Mushroom Soup – summer truffles with Shimeji & Pencil Asparagus
  • Red Thai Curry Cappuncino – a Jing signature red thai curry soup with coconut air
  • Seared Diver Scallops – with Teriyaki Risotto and Hijiki & Kaffir Lime Cloud
  • Soya Raviolli Alaskan King Crab & Sevruga Caviar
  • Roasted Kumera & Ginger Gnocchi – kumera is a native New Zealand sweet potato
  • Garlic & Curry Leaf Spiced Chicken Sous Vide – this dish requires a special cooking method called Sous Vide. It cooks in a warm water bath for approximately 1 hour to deliver succulent tender meat.
  • Textures of Apple, 5 different ways to have an apple – apple as gelée, apple sorbet, apple espuma, apple compote and apple crumble.

Jing - the perfect venue for a taste discovery.

Name that sea creature: win champagne, perfume and wine

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Win champagne, fragrance and wine with Constance.

We need your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures below. They live in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli in the Maldives.

Come up with the best name (winners will be chosen by us, so be creative) and you could win.

To enter, just comment on this blog post, or on our Twitter feed with the name or names for one or both of the below sea creatures.

Bonus: there’s a bonus sea creature to name on the Constance Hotels Facebook page – name this one and you can also win a Magnum of Deutz Champagne. Enter as many times as you like.

We’ll be choosing a winner next Friday 22 July, so get creative. Read our competition Terms and Conditions.

1. Name the Sea Anenome and win a Serge Lutens Fragrance

Sea anemone

Sea anemone in the waters off Constance Halaveli, Maldives

2. Name the Stingray and win a bottle of Art De Vignes wine

Ray in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jenkin's Whiptail Stingray

Why not send us your underwater photos from the Maldives or tell us about your experiences of diving and snorkelling in paradise. You can get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Also, don’t miss our blog post about snorkelling paradise: the Maldives.

Good luck naming our sea creatures – remember, the names we deem most creative, funny or entertaining will win.

Below are our dive masters at Halaveli who took these shots. Lucky, aren’t they.

Dive masters from Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Dive masters from Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Snorkeling paradise: The Maldives

The islands of the Maldives are a snorkeling paradise. The warm water, incredible diversity of marine life and exceptional visibility make the Maldives one of the top spots for snorkeling and scuba diving in the world.

Marine fish in the Maldives

Snorkeling in the Maldives

The islands, or atolls, are surrounded by coral reefs. Here, you can find some 70 different species of coral, and over 700 species of fish and other marine life.

What makes the Maldives so unique for snorkeling?

One of the things that makes snorkeling in the Maldives so appealing is that you get some amazing underwater experiences without having to don a tank and go scuba diving.

This makes it perfect for people who are a bit nervous about going too deep, as well as for children and anyone just wanting to explore the waters near their resort.

The best place for snorkeling is along the coral reefs. Many resorts, including Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli, have house reefs – a coral reef surrounding each resort. Here, you can see many rare species such as the Napoleon Wrasse, sharks, turtles, octopus, manta rays and eels. Many resorts also organise boat trips to some of the finest dive sites, also suitable for snorkeling.

Where to go snorkeling

Marine fish in anemone, Maldives

Marine fish in anemone, Maldives

Both the North and South Ari Atolls offer exceptional snorkeling conditions.

Constance Moofushi is renowned as being one of the finest diving resorts in the Maldives. For snorkelers, it’s also great news. There are three large lagoons and a superb house reef where you might see lion-fish, stingrays, dolphins, whale sharks and breathtaking corals.

Off Constance Halaveli, the house reef is exceptional and home to turtles, manta rays and sharks. With a very gentle current, this snorkelling site is perfect for anyone wanting to experience the magic of snorkelling without too much effort.