How to take underwater photographs at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi is located on the stunning South Ari Atoll in the Maldives, and regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world.

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

This divers’ paradise has a spectacular house reef with migratory ocean species such as mantas, whale sharks, dolphins and sea eagles as well as stingrays, sea cucumbers, lionfish, snappers eels, and table corals as large as 3 feet.

And now, you can learn to photograph this incredible underwater world with our underwater digital photography course.

When you visit Moofushi, enrol at our Bluetribe Dive Centre and pick up quick and easy tips that will transform your underwater photography and wow your friends and family back home.

The course includes:

  • 2 short theory sessions
  • 2  photo editing sessions
  • 2 scuba dives or snorkel dives.

And if you don’t have your own camera, you can rent one at the dive centre.

Find out more about diving at Constance Moofushi from our website.

 

Recipe: Moussaka at Constance Moofushi

Mediterranean food features highly on our menus at Constance Moofushi.

Moussaka from Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Moussaka from Constance Moofushi Resort

We’ve gathered recipes and influences from across Europe, put them in our basket and brought them over to our idyllic Maldivian island. Some of our favourites include our Asparagus salad, Baba Ghanoush salad, Moutabel salad, Bell pepper chakchouka, Hummus, marinated artichoke and this dish, our famous Moofushi Moussaka.

  • Potatoes
  • Minced meat – lamb, beef or a mixture of both
  • Tablespoons butter
  • Tinned tomatoes or 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Grated cheese – cheddar, parmesan or kefalotiri
  • Onion, chopped
  • Parsley, finely chopped
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt, pepper
  • French toast (friganies), or dried breadcrumbs

For the Bechamel Sauce

  • Butter
  • Plain flour
  • Milk, (warmed, but not boiling)
  • Egg yolks
  • Salt, pepper
  • Grated cheese, cheddar, parmesan or kefalotiri

Preparation

1. Peel the potatoes, wash well and slice into 1/4 inch round slices.
2. Fry the potatoes both sides.
3. Remove from pan and place on absorbent paper to soak up any excess oil.
4. Melt the butter in a saucepan and sauté the chopped onion, fry the ground meat (lamb or beef) until browned.
5. Add the finely chopped tomatoes (or paste), salt, pepper and parsley.
6. Cover and simmer until most of the juices are dried up.
7. Remove from the heat.
8. In a greased baking tray, sprinkle the French toast on the bottom of the tray.
9. Place half the potatoes in a layer on the bottom of the baking tray.
10. Sprinkle 1/3 of the grated cheese over the potatoes.
11. Pour all the mince meat sauce over the potatoes and spread evenly.
12. Finish with the rest of the potatoes in a layer over the meat sauce.
13. Prepare the béchamel sauce and pour evenly over the potatoes.
14. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce and then about 2 tablespoons of the ground French toast or breadcrumbs on top.
15. Bake in a medium oven (180C) for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until it reaches a nice golden colour.
16. Remove from the oven and leave it to stand for 5-10 minutes to set before cutting into portions.

Serve with fresh crusty bread and a crisp green salad.

Sourcing the best wines from South Africa for Constance hotels

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré has been busy this month visiting the Cape Wine event in South Africa, sourcing some of the finest wines to bring back to Constance hotels for you to enjoy.

Jerome Faure and team

Jerome Faure and team sourcing wines in South Africa

Cape Wine is a huge event, with around 450 South African wine makers showcasing their wines.

Accompanying Jerome were Cedric Jacob, Head Sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Sanath Kumar, Sommelier at Constance Moofushi, and Fleur Edel, Head Sommelier at Constance Ephelia.

The team spent 3 days tasting some 600 different wines.

They then travelled to the Swartland region and met with wine makers including Eben Sadie, Andrea & Chris Mullineux, before heading to the Walker bay region, home to Hamilton Russell, Ataraxia, La vierge Winery, Cartology….

Guests visiting our hotels in the Indian Ocean are in for a treat. Jerome said, “After this trip, I can tell you that many South African wines are starting to get better and better, and we have found some really amazing wines.”

What’s your favourite South African wine?

Do you have a favourite South African wine? We’d love to know what it is. You can post comments below or on our Facebook page or follow us @constancehotels on Twitter.

Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Cape Wine, South Africa

Sourcing great wines at Cape Wine event

Recipe: Constance Fish Ceviche Acapulco Style

Delicious, fresh tasting and healthy, our Constance Moofushi fresh fish ceviche, Acapluco style makes a perfect starter or light lunch.

Fish ceviche acapulco style from Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Fish Ceviche Acapulco Style

  • 1 lb fresh fish fillets, bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds/stem removed, finely chopped
  • 2 lemons and 2 limes, juiced to make 3/4 cup – use more if needed
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado

1. Place fish and onions in a non-metallic bowl. Add the citrus juice, salt and pepper and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.

2. To serve strain fish and onions through a sieve and discard the liquid.

3. Put fish and onions into another non-metallic (slightly chilled) serving dish. Add all remaining ingredients, except the avocado and toss well. Correct seasonings to suit your taste.

4. Slice avocado into 8 to 12 wedges. Serve in a separate bowl as garnish.

Constance Memories – photos taken by you

We’ve had a fantastic response to our Constance Memories photo competition.

We asked you to send us your photos  from holidays with Constance Hotels Experience since 1975 to the present day.

Constance Moofushi Resort, photo taken by Nicole Petsa

Constance Moofushi Resort, photo taken by Nicole Petsa

We’ve now received thousands of beautiful photographs and captions from our community of Constance fans, and we’re busy publishing them all on our Facebook page.

Once they’re all published, within the next few days, we’ll be announcing the winner of our luxury 7-night holiday to the newly refurbished Constance Le Prince Maurice, as well as the winners of our other fabulous prizes from Valmont, Shiseido and Art de Vignes.

Here’s a taster of some of the photos we’ve received.

And you can view all of them, as they are published, in our Constance Hotels Experience Facebook photo albums page.

 

 

Constance Halaveli Resort, photo taken by Angel Gomila

Constance Halaveli Resort, photo taken by Angel Gomila

 

Constance Ephelia Resort, photo taken by Antonio Garcia Martinez

Constance Ephelia Resort, photo taken by Antonio Garcia Martinez

 

 

Family holidays at Constance Le Prince Maurice, photo taken by Fabrice Tourres

Family holidays at Constance Le Prince Maurice, photo taken by Fabrice Tourres

 

Sustainable tourism at Constance Hotels

At Constance Hotels we work hard to protect the environment, natural resources and local cultures of the islands where our resorts are located.

Beach at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We incorporate sustainable thinking into decision-making at all levels throughout our business. Here’s an insight into the way we work:

Local producers

We support local industries and producers including buying locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and other foodstuff.

Read Bruno Le Gac’s interview with Visit Mauritius about regional and sustainable food at Constance.

Landscaping – Constance Ephélia

In October 2011, we were awarded the prestigious Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry awards ceremony, recognising the landscape design of our resort. No small feat when you consider Ephélia is situated in 120 hectares of lush tropical vegetation, perched on a pristine beach, and adjacent to Port Launay Marine National Park.

Find out more about the Landscape Gold Award for Constance Ephélia.

Conserving water and reefscaping at Halaveli

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Halaveli, we produce our own-label still and sparkling mineral water.

Since March 2011, we have been turning tap water into mineral water using our own bottling plant. This has reduced the need for plastic bottles on the resort.

And late last year, we started our coral regrowth programme - to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the resort, and help repair the damage caused by the Tsunami in 2004.

Find out more about our reefscaping programme at Halaveli.

Design at Moofushi

Since it opened in November 2010, Moofushi has been wowing guests with its eco-design and barefoot chic approach to luxury holidaying.

The island’s butterfly design and daring architecture was developed by Jean-Michel d’Unienville (Mauritius) and Marc Hertrich (France). Careful consideration has been taken to preserve the environment through efficient and non-polluting materials.

Find out more about Architecture and Design at Constance Moofushi.

Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria

We run a turtle preservation programme at Constance Lémuria, Praslin Island,Seychelles. The beaches here are important nesting sites for endangered hawksbill and green turtles, who return to the beaches year after year.

Thanks to our turtle programme, and the work of our Turtle Manager, the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles and the local community and hotel guests, we’re seeing an increase in the number of nests each year.

Find out more about our work preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lémuria.

Environmental charter at Constance

Our environmental charter sets out how we work to minimise the impact we have on the surrounding ecosystems and cultures while improving biodiversity, cultural heritage and community development. Here are a few of the ways we are working on this:

Energy

  • use eco-friendly oil and batteries
  • recover energy from air-conditioning systems
  • install solar panels for heating swimming pools

Water

Clearing mangroves at Constance Moofushi Resort

Clearing mangroves and landscaping at Moofushi

  • install water flow regulators on showers
  • recycle grey water for gardening, toilets etc
  • preserve scarce water supply by using a desalination plant

Waste

  • recycle glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic
  • recycle restaurant organic waste and garden green waste
  • support urban and rural clean-up

Biodiversity

  • use organic fertilizers
  • use plants and trees locally adapted
  • take part in local action for the environment

Social responsibility

  • employ local people where possible
  • support local community development projects with funding, time and human resources
  • provide ways for guests to volunteer for local conservation or community development projects

Marine life and reefs

  • inform guests about responsible snorkelling and dive practices towards unique coral reef life
  • improve staff and guest awareness and concern towards littering beach and sea
  • keep boats clean and in proper working order, including regular cleaning of propellers to reduce amount of underwater sound emitted

Want to know more?

Visit our Constance Hotels Experience website to find out more, or tell us what you think. You can post a comment below, or visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @constancehotels.