8 things to do in the Maldives

Dreamy villas, idyllic beaches, world-class diving and uber-luxurious spas make the Maldives the perfect antidote to urban living.

Aerial views of the Maldives

Aerial views of the Maldives

Once you’ve indulged in some proper R&R, there’s plenty more on offer too. Here’s our list of 8 things to do in the Maldives.

1. Visit a local fishing village

There is no better way to immerse yourself in traditional Maldivian island life than by visiting one of its fishing villages.

Fishing is at the very heart of Maldivian life and these villages are thriving local communities. Fish is sold daily at the beach or harbour and this is where locals gather and hang out.

2. Spend the day on a deserted island

The Maldives is made up of many atolls (rings of reef or coral islands). Take a boat and a picnic and spend the day on an untouched beach on your own deserted island, then swim in quiet waters for a uniquely Maldivian experience.

3. Night fishing

Set sail at sunset in a traditional dhoni (a wooden Maldivian fishing boat) and experience the tranquillity and peace of floating over the reef at night. Try the traditional Maldivian pole and line fishing technique, then take your catch back to shore where it can be cooked for a late night feast by a world-class chef.

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

4. Explore the Maldives by seaplane

The air is the perfect place from which to take in the stunning Maldives landscape of turquoise ocean scattered with beautiful coral islands of white sand and lush greenery. Pick out the luxury resorts and deserted islands from the air as well as the reefs and even some of the larger marine life. This is a once in a lifetime experience so be sure to bring a camera.

5. Explore the rich coral reefs

Whether you’re snorkelling or scuba diving the combination of stunning coral reefs and year-round high visibility has made the Maldives one of the reef diving hotspots of the world.

The sheer number of reefs in the area means that you can explore a different dive site every day with a wide variety of beautiful marine species from Giant Manta and Whale Sharks to turtles, lionfish, snappers and eels. The area has 187 different species of coral, home to more than 1,000 species of fish.

6. Visit the oldest mosque in the country

The Hukuru Miskiiy, or Friday Mosque, in the capital Malé dates back to the mid-17th century with outer coral-stone walls intricately carved with patterns and Arabic text. Inside, the elaborate woodcarvings are a stunning feature well worth visiting. Just opposite the mosque is the white Munnaaru Minaret, also dating back to the 17th century, historically used for calling the people of Malé to prayer.

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

7. Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Whether you like the vibrant buzz of local markets or prefer shopping for arts and crafts or modern handbags and fashion there’s plenty to keep you happy in the country’s frenetically paced capital. The bustling Malé Fish Market at the northern waterfront where the fishermen from across the region bring their catch. Down the road is the general Local Market where produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, street food and handmade sweets from across the atolls are sold. For everything from clothes and perfume to electronic goods visit Majeedhee Magu and for souvenirs and local crafts check out Chaandanee Magu.

8. Experience the history of the Utheemu Palace

Utheemu Island in the Haa Alifu Atoll is famous as the birthplace of one of the Maldives’ greatest heroes, Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu who defended the islands from the Portuguese in the 16th century. His stunning wooden palace is perfectly preserved on Utheemu and is a historic treasure showing how Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu and his wealthy dynasty of sultans lived.

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Constance’s Valentine’s Day cocktails

Celebrating the international day of romance, why not wow your loved one with these delicious Valentine’s Day cocktails?

Valentine's Day cocktails

Valentine’s Day cocktails

Cocktail 1: Mauritian Romance

Ingredients:

  • 4cl Pink Pigeon Vanilla Rum
  • 2cl Amareto liqueur
  • 4cl Fresh orange juice
  • 3cl Fresh pineapple juice.

Garnish:

1. Decorate with a slice of cherry orange.

Cocktail 2: The Ladies Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Vodka
  • 20ml Vanilla liqueur
  • 30ml Orange juice
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • A dash of pomegranate sirup.

Garnish:

The Ladies & Gentlemen cocktails

The Ladies & Gentlemen cocktails

1. Shake well.

2. Add a dash of agave sirup on the bottom of the glass

3. Garnish the inside of the glass with a loop of lemon puree

4. Decorate with an orange flower.

Cocktail 3: The Gentlemen Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Gin
  • 30ml Aperol
  • 100ml Pink grapefruit juice.

Garnish:

1. Shake well

2. Add ice cubes

3. Decorate with slices of heart shaped apple and watermelon, and a dash of Double Heart Red.

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Cocktail recipe: Apple Pie Amore

Getting you in the mood for romance, here’s the first cocktail recipe that we’ll publishing as part of Valentine’s Day – the Apple Pie Amore from Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Cocktail recipe - Apple Pie Amore

Cocktail recipe – Apple Pie Amore

Ingredients

  • 8cl Vodka
  • 6cl Apple juice
  • 3cl Fresh lime juice
  • 4cl Cinnamon syrup
  • 2cl Vanilla syrup

Method 1: Martini glass

1. Collect your serving glass & place on your shaker to chill

2. Prepare an apple wings garnish

3. Remove glass and carefully measure all the ingredients into the shaker, fill it with ice.

4. Seal together & shake hard for 10 seconds

5. Break the seal & dip taste to make sure the taste is balanced – adjust if necessary

6. Gently fine strain into your Martini glass

7. Add the garnish & serve.

Method 2: Lima Old Fashioned glass

Prepare in exactly the same way, this time using a pinch of cinnamon as the garnish.

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Mimi Spencer: the Kickstart Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Mimi Spencer, co-author of number-one best-seller The Fast Diet, introduces a new way to inspire healthy living and weight loss: the Kickstart The Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel in Mauritius.

Mimi Spencer

Mimi Spencer

It’s blissfully warm outside. Gentle waves lap upon the white sand. Excuse another cliche, but palm trees really do sway in the tropical breeze. Life at Constance Le Prince Maurice, as anyone who has visited will know, is pretty special – relaxed, cosseted, sophisticated. Heaven. It’s also a place dedicated to the senses, with its fabulous food, exceptional spa and staff who seem to know what you want before you even realise it. Smudged sunglasses? There’s someone on hand to polish them. A pillow menu, madam? A personalised pedicure? Not a problem.

Where better, then, to embark on a new and healthy lifestyle? The service and attention to detail you find in all the Constance resorts – dotted across the Indian Ocean like so many pearls – is precisely why Constance Le Prince Maurice works so brilliantly as a place to Kickstart the Fast Diet. As many of you will know, the Fast Diet and the 5:2 method have been the hot topic of 2013; the simple and enticing idea behind it all is that for two non-consecutive days each week, you slash calories to a quarter of your usual daily intake. For a woman, this means 500 calories over the course of a Fast Day; for a man, it’s 600. But for the other five days, there is no dieting, no fretting, no real concern for calories at all. Which makes it the ideal fit for the Prince Maurice, devoted as it is to good living.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

But there’s so much more at the hotel to dovetail with the 5:2 approach. The Spa de Constance offers indulgent treatments, an ideal complement to a health and weight-loss regime. While I was in Mauritius to develop the Kickstart programme, I saw Dajee for shiatsu and reflexology – an excellent, grounding experience and a great boost on a Fast Day. The Sisley facial was another hit – cleansing, invigorating, rejuvenating – and all in the calm embrace of one of the world’s finest spas. There’s personal fitness instruction here too, and sunset yoga or stretching sessions with Isabelle Lamant, one of those teachers who somehow inspire you to stretch that little bit further, reach that inch more.

Guests who wish to follow the Fast Diet during their stay can try a low-calorie cooking lesson with chef Al Youhn (Constance Le Prince Maurice prides itself on its people power) and, of course, eat delicious Fast Diet dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Michael Scioli. We’ve worked on the menus together to offer plenty of low-calorie, nutritious Fast Day options – sashimi, salads, fish fresh from the lagoon – and healthy choices for days when you don’t want to fast, but you do want to eat well. Days, perhaps, when you might order the odd glass of champagne and take in that glorious view…

  • The Fast Diet by Mimi Spencer and Dr Michael Mosley, The Fast Diet Recipe Book by Mimi Spencer with Dr Sarah Schenker, and Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley are all published by Short Books and available on Amazon.
  • Mimi’s new book, Fast Cook, comes out on March 6th 2014.
  • For more in-depth information about the Fast Diet, go to Michael and Mimi’s website, The Fast Diet
  • The Kickstart Fast Diet is available at the Constance Le Prince MauriceBook now.

 

Constance Hotels & Resorts partner with Baglioni Hotels in Europe

As part of our journey to continually offer our guests the very best, we have joined in a venture partnership with luxury Italian hotel group Baglioni Hotels.

Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome

Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome

With our range of seven luxury hotels and resorts across Mauritius, the Maldives, the Seychelles and Madagascar and Baglioni’s 11 hotels across Italy, France, the UK and soon Morocco, the world of luxury experiences for our guests just got much wider.

Benefits for our guests

The partnership means that we can unreservedly recommend Baglioni’s selection of elegant 5* European hotels to our guests, confident that they will meet the high standards you have come to expect from us.

As part of a loyalty scheme, guests will enjoy a number of benefits when staying at both Constance Hotels & Resorts and Baglioni Hotels. Visit our website to find out more.

Leading Hotels of the World

Baglioni shares the Constance passion for creating ‘unforgettable experiences’ and like Constance Halaveli, Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Lémuria, Baglioni’s Milan, Venice, Rome and London hotels are all members of the Leading Hotels of the World group.

Here’s a rundown of where you will find Baglioni Hotels across Europe:

Italy

UK

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean

Take a break from the frenzy of daily life and reboot your system with a spa break in the Indian Ocean.

Here’s a glimpse inside some of our spas in the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

 

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

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