The Maldives in photos

Unspoilt ocean views dotted with coral atolls and waters teeming with vibrant marine life epitomise the luxury of the Maldives.

Immerse yourself in this world far from the madding crowd.

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli in the Maldives

Constance Halaveli in the Maldives

Take a stroll along the jetty

Take a stroll along the jetty

An island paradise

An island paradise

Luxury honeymoons at Constance Halaveli

Luxury honeymoons at Constance Halaveli

The sun sets over Halaveli's water villas

The sun sets over Halaveli’s water villas

Constance Halaveli's luxurious water villa

Constance Halaveli’s luxurious water villa

Poolside twilight

Poolside twilight

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

Walk this way...

Walk this way…

Sun, sea & sand - what more could you wish for?

Sun, sea & sand – what more could you wish for?

Island bliss

Island bliss

Soak up the Indian Ocean vibe at the Totem Bar

Soak up the Indian Ocean vibe at the Totem Bar

Step directly into the Indian Ocean from your Senior Water Villa

Step directly into the Indian Ocean from your Senior Water Villa

Swim with the amazing manta rays

Swim with the amazing manta rays

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Vote for Constance Halaveli in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014

Cast your vote for Constance Halaveli in the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Vote for Constance Halaveli at the World Luxury Hotel Awards

Vote for Constance Halaveli at the World Luxury Hotel Awards

Vote now for Constance Halaveli.

At Halaveli everything we do from our sumptuous, secluded spa to our elegant spacious villas and delicious fine-dining options are inspired by our passion to create the ultimate luxury experience for our guests.

There is much to appeal to guests looking for a luxury hideaway with exceptional service. Choose from intimate, romantic excursions through to the high octane excitement of water sports, big game fishing and diving the stunning North Ari Atoll.

Some guests love their villa so much they order in service and indulge in the privacy of their own plunge pool with uninterrupted views across the turquoise water.

Vote now for Constance Halaveli at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Voting closes Monday, 28th July 2014.

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Constance Halaveli staff rescue reef shark

Constance Halaveli staff hit the headlines this month for the rescue of a small black tip reef shark which had become entangled in a piece of rope.

Rescuing the reef shark at Constance Halaveli

Rescuing the reef shark at Constance Halaveli

The shark was spotted by concerned guests, including Austrian journalist Maggies Entenfellner, who saw the shark swimming in the waters around Halaveli with a piece of rope constricting its neck.

The guests alerted Halaveli manager Dominik Kuenstle who set his team the difficult task of catching the shark in shallow waters and freeing it from its dangerous necklace.

We contacted Kolumne to let her know that the shark was safe and well, and she’s since written about what happened in the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

Read the full story and see pictures of our shark rescue at Krone.at.

At Constance Halaveli we work hard to ensure we live in harmony with the marine life which surrounds us.

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Constance Halaveli: Ultimate luxury hotel in the Maldives

For the discerning traveller, luxury is a perfect balance of idyllic location, elegant surroundings and accommodation and friendly, discreet service.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At the intimate hotel of Constance Halaveli, situated on a beautiful, secluded island at the heart of the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll, we combine these elements with world-class cuisine and 5* facilities.

Spacious, secluded accommodation

With just 86 villas spread out along Halaveli’s picturesque wooden-slatted jetty and perfect white-sand beach, there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy this luxury hideaway.

Based on the shape of a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, our elegant villas offer luxurious bedrooms with a choice of pillow for the perfect night’s sleep, large, modern bathrooms, spacious seating areas and terraces with breathtaking ocean views.

All our villas include their own private pool whether that be on the deck of a water villa suspended above the lagoon or in the seclusion of your own private garden leading to the beach.

Delicious food and wine

Choose whether to enjoy delicious dining at Meeru, our evening beach restaurant where you eat by torch-light under the stars, pr wind your way to the end of our jetty and take in the ocean views at Jing or enjoy the buzz at our buffet restaurant Jahaz.

Jing Restaurant

Ocean views from the Jing Restaurant

Enjoy a selection of fine wines from our extensive wine cellar, one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, with a team of sommeliers on hand to offer advice or talk through your choices.

Indulge in me-time at the luxury spa

At a secluded spot along the sun-baked jetty you’ll find the spa with both Spa de Constance and Valmont Spa treatment rooms looking out over the ocean.

Meet with one of our qualified therapists for a wellness consultation so that we can create a program of treatments tailored specifically around your needs and goals.

Then breathe in the tranquillity of treatment rooms and private terrace areas floating above the lagoon. Then let your mind float away as your body unwinds by watching the marine life below through one of our floor windows.

Explore the ocean

Divers come from around the world to explore the waters of Maldives’ legendary North Ari Atoll. With an amazing, colourful array of marine life living and feeding around the area’s stunning reefs this really is a diver’s paradise.

For a truly unique experience take a private yacht, complete with guide, chef and personal spa therapist and discover the secrets of the Indian Ocean at your own pace.

Constance Halaveli

Create memories of a lifetime at Constance Halaveli

Create the memories of a lifetime

Take a boat to your very own deserted island and spend the day enjoying the solitude of Robinson Crusoe with a modern luxury twist – we’ll deliver a delicious lunch or dinner by boat for you to enjoy.

If you crave a beach holiday but want to do more than lie in the sun then why not sail off into the sunset on a traditional dhoni cruise, search for dolphins or try your hand at traditional night fishing.

Get your pulse racing with a raft of water sports including water skiing and wakeboarding, tennis and a fully equipped fitness suite.

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The perfect burger recipe

With the days becoming warmer and Bank Holidays approaching it’s time to brush off the barbecue and indulge in a little al fresco dining.

The perfect burger recipe - coming to a barbecue near you?

The perfect burger recipe – coming to a barbecue near you?

For some inspiration to get you started here is our recipe for the ultimate home-made burger as served in Indigo Restaurant at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Belle Mare Plage’s Indigo Burger recipe:

  • 1kg Australian beef topside (15% fat)
  • 350g Special Wagyu beef trimmings (65% fat)
  • 50g onions (chopped and fried)

Chef’s tip

The secret for any grilled meat is to allow the meat to rest before serving it.

It is always better to slightly under cook the meat and allow it to rest (some chefs let it rest almost the same amount of time it has been cooked).

The result is that the meat is more tender and juicier in mouth.

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Delicious BBQ marinade recipes

Here is a selection of delicious marinade recipes to inspire al fresco BBQ parties from our executive chef at Constance Halaveli, Jordi Vila.

The perfect place to enjoy Constance Halaveli's BBQ marinade recipes

The perfect place to enjoy Constance Halaveli’s BBQ marinade recipes

Recipe 1: Balinese spicy mix for barbecued red snapper

Ingredients (serves 5)

5 fillets of red snapper (150g each)

  • 20g lemongrass
  • 10g garlic
  • 10g galangal
  • 5g kaffir lime leaves
  • 5g sugar
  • 5g salt
  • 10g sweet chili sauce
  • 10g chilli sauce
  • 10g plum sauce
  • 20g oyster sauce
  • 10g onion
  • 10g turmeric paste
  • 10g long red chilli

Cut all the vegetables into small cubes (brunoise), combine all ingredients in a bowl, marinade the fish. Keep in the fridge for 12 hours.

Ready for the BBQ!

Recipe 2: Barbecued baby back pork ribs

Ingredients

  • 5 baby pork ribs
  • 500ml hoisin sauce
  • 400ml plum sauce
  • 250ml soy sauce
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 125ml rice vinegar
  • 125ml honey
  • 100ml sweet chilli sauce
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 4tbsp grated ginger

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Marinade the baby pork ribs ready to cook on the barbecue.

Recipe 3: Barbecue marinated mature Cheddar cheese by Jordi Vila

Ingredients

  • 600g mature cheddar
  • 266g olive oil
  • 266g balsamic vinegar
  • 35g chopped fresh parsley
  • 35g chopped spring onions
  • 18g sugar
  • 3g dried oregano
  • 15g salt
  • 12g freshly ground pepper
  • 9 cloves of garlic minced

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except the cheese. Put the cheeses in a kilned jar and add the marinade. Keep in the fridge for 12 hours.

Grill on the barbecue for 5 minutes each side, till they have grill marks.

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