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5 flavours of the Maldives

Over the years traditional Maldivian recipes have adopted influences from Europe and Asia to create a richly flavoured, warmly spiced culinary tradition.

Flavours of the Maldives - tuna curry

Flavours of the Maldives – tuna curry

Here are some of the key ingredients used in Maldivian cuisine and some mouth-watering recipes to inspire you.

Tuna

Tuna is a core ingredient of Maldivian cuisine prepared in a variety of ways including dried, fresh or even ground into a paste known as Rihaakuru and used as an ingredient in other dishes.

• Recipe with tuna: Maldives tuna curry

Curry powder

With its Asian influence curry is a one of the most common dishes in the Maldives, often featuring diced tuna and known locally as Mas Riha.

• Recipe with curry powder: Halaveli’s shrimp Laksa

Chilli

Giving Maldivian cuisine its heat are chillies used in many traditional dishes including the local grilled fish staple.

• Recipe with chilli: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

Coconut

The coconut is widely used in the Maldives in a variety of forms including grated, squeezed (for coconut milk) and pressed (for oil).

• Recipe with coconut: Coconut cake

Avocado

Thanks to the humid soil of the Maldives a wide range of exotic fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, grow easily here and have become key ingredients of the nation’s cuisine.

• Recipe with avocado: Constance Fish Ceviche Acapulco style

Maldivian flavours at Constance

This blend of European and Maldivian cuisine is at the heart of the menus at Constance Moofushi’s Manta and Alizée restaurants while a rich fusion of flavours is served up against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean at Constance Halaveli‘s romantic Jing restaurant. And if it’s a barefoot vibe you’re after, the fresh seafood cooked on the beach is the theme at Meeru’s beach grill.

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  • Find out more about the cuisine of the Maldives on the travel site Wandtheworld.

 

Sunday Times looks at rise in über-luxury holidays

The Sunday Times lists Constance Halaveli as being one of the destinations selected by the super-wealthy to enjoy a truly luxurious holiday.

Luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Enjoy luxury holidays at Constance Halaveli

Rise of the 100k+ holiday

In her piece for the newspaper’s travel section Susan d’Arcy explores the rise of the £100,000+ holiday and cites Halaveli as being one of the places where such lavish experiences are possible.

D’Arcy highlights reports by UK tour operators that the number of holidays in this price bracket have doubled in the last year because, she says, people want ‘something incredible. People want privacy and remote locations, smaller, boutique hotels and amazing places’.

Top luxury holidays at Halaveli

She gives the example of a private equity director and his family who took a very special diving holiday at Halaveli.

Sparing no expense the family stayed in the lavish Presidential Villa complete with its own fitness suite, spa treatment room, pool and secluded section of beach and a personal chef on hand to create delicious meals.

They then enjoyed our most exclusive dive experience including sole use of a yacht for 24 hours with its own personal chef creating sumptuous delicacies from the finest ingredients and an on board spa therapist for massages between dives.

Luxury holidays at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

What’s on offer at Halaveli

There is, of course, plenty to enjoy at Halaveli if your budget doesn’t run to £100,000.

If the Presidential Villa is a little bit more than you’re looking for then there are the beautiful, secluded water villas with their own infinity pools dotted along the island’s jetty, or beach villas of various sizes with private pools and gardens.

Enjoy the highlife with private in-villa dining or step out and enjoy elegant fine dining at our stunningly located Jing restaurant with its panoramic ocean views.

You don’t need your own yacht to enjoy the rich marine life of the North Ari Atoll with snorkelling equipment available to guests and a variety of mesmerising dives for all levels.

And at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

D’Arcy points out that for those who are looking for something a little less expensive Constance Moofushi nearby may not be ‘quite so plush, but still pretty’.

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Constance Halaveli wins Luxury Island Resort 2013 at World Luxury Hotel Awards

Constance Halaveli has been named as the Global Winner of the Luxury Island Resort at the 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Constance Halaveli, winner of Luxury Island Resort 2013

Constance Halaveli, winner of Luxury Island Resort 2013

We are thrilled with this prestigious title because it is voted for by both industry experts and our guests. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us.

The award recognises hotels with world-class facilities, food, and excellent levels of service and management within the luxury hotel sector.

At Halaveli we are very proud of our team who work with dedication and enthusiasm to ensure our guests receive the highest level of service they have come to expect from a Constance hotel.

Halaveli – with its elegant charm and paradise location in the Maldives North Ari Atoll – is also part of The Leading Hotels of the World group.

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  • Learn more about Halaveli on our website

 

Top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now

Enjoy a holiday to the Maldives and take advantage of the archipelago’s glorious dry season.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

If beautiful sugar-white sand and crystal lagoons aren’t enough of a temptation, here are our top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now.

1. The best season for uninterrupted sunshine

From December to March the idyllic islands bathe in the sunshine of the North East Monsoon bringing with it low rainfall, low humidity and plenty of sun – weather which continues into the transitional month of April.

For those looking to escape the dull, cold greyness of a northern hemisphere winter the calm, crystal waters, consistent 30ºC temperature and 12 hours of daylight could be the perfect remedy.

2. Swim in beautiful warm waters

While the Maldives is undoubtedly a year-round destination the shift from the South West Monsoon in November brings with it gentle breezes and calmer waters making it the perfect time of year to enjoy water sports. From water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and pedal boating to swimming and snorkelling this time of year equals tranquil, clear waters to relax and play in.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

3. Dive in clear, calm waters with heightened visibility

The gentler winds and calmer waters mean that this is a time for outstanding visibility when diving. From November many glorious species pass through the eastern side of the Maldives including large numbers of whale sharks and grey reef sharks. December to April is Manta season in the Ari Atoll where both Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli are located. Join us at this time of year and swim with these elegant, beautiful giants as large schools migrate through our waters.

4. Big game fishing

During the winter season the Ari Atoll sees an increase in the number and size of pelagic species making it the perfect time to come and fish our waters. Thanks to the increased warmth and calmness of the ocean at this time of year we see more large yellowfin tuna and swordfish, among others, as well as the marlin and sailfish which are caught here all year round.

5. Festivals

Time your holiday to coincide with one of the many festivals celebrated at this time of year, and enjoy traditional feasts and festivities in Maldivian style.

• Hay Festival Maldives, 1 – 31 October
An offshoot of the famous English literary festival, the Hay Festival in the Maldives celebrates Maldivian culture and is a chance to discuss the challenges climate change creates for the archipelago.

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli

• Al’h'aa Eid Day, 6 November
Join in a day of celebration and feasting in most areas of the Maldives on this important religious holiday.

• Republic Day, 11 November
A celebration of the day the Maldives became a republic which usually includes local festivities including street parades, local food stalls, music and dancing.

• Fishermen’s Day, 10 December
Celebrate the important role of fishing in the Maldives with a day of feasting on the very freshest seafood including tuna, mackerel and may other locally caught delicacies.

Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Add a touch of ultimate luxury to your winter break with a stay at Halaveli with its water villas complete with private plunge pools and beach villas set on crystal white sand. Enjoy the very best of 5* dining at our selection of restaurants and pamper yourself in the Spa de Constance and Valmont spa.

Or kick off your shoes and enjoy the laid-back vibe and castaway chic of Moofushi. Drink cocktails on beanbags underneath the stars, dine with your loved one on your very own sandbank, watch movies on the beach and enjoy the sumptuous seclusion of your own water villa in this relaxed 5* resort.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi on our website.

Recipe: Tandoori marinade

This suggested tandoori marinade is a combination of lots of ingredients: chicken, lamb, fish, crustaceans, etc…

Halaveli's Tandoori marinade

Halaveli’s Tandoori marinade

The ideal is to use a traditional tandoori oven for cooking dishes marinated like this, but we still get a good result in a conventional oven, brought to a high temperature.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 5g cumin powder
  • 20g garam massala
  • 8g chili powder
  • 5g ground coriander
  • 4 tablespoons of whole yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1g orange food colourant
  • 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste
  • Salt/pepper

The cumin and coriander:

1. Heat the cumin and coriander seeds in a moderate oven until they are lightly browned and fragrant. Let it cool to room temperature.

2. Once cooled, crush the spices in a mortar with a pestle. You will get a fine powder. Store it.

The ginger and garlic paste:

1. This is a simple mixture of 50% fresh ginger and 50% garlic. Peel, crush and puree both of them.

Finishing

Mix the spice powder and the garlic and ginger paste. Season it with salt and pepper. Store it. Use this mixture to marinate the ingredients of your choice.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold dry white wine:

  • Alsace Grand Cru Muenchberg, Pinot gris, “A360P”, Domaine Ostertag, 2007 France
  • Bordeaux, Château Fombrauge, 2008 France